Student Learning Outcomes and Expectations

Student Learning Outcomes

Exploratory Studies is a three-tiered program that focuses on coordinating advising, teaching, and programming to support students in their major and career decision-making process.

Advising is an integral part of your college learning. As a result of your academic advising experience, you will:

  • Identify and articulate your unique interests, abilities, and values (self-knowledge)
  • Apply your self-knowledge, personal experience, and research to make an informed decision on a major
  • Establish educational goals and monitor progress toward those goals
  • Understand university policies and procedures, including, but not limited to:
    • Course registration procedures, degree requirements, grade exclusion, academic standing, and GPA
    • Change of Degree Application (CODA) (criteria and process for declaring a major)
    • Requirements for meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Student Code of Conduct
  • Select courses that strategically fulfill the General Education Program in your intended degree program(s) and help you achieve your educational and career goals
  • Utilize the Degree Planner effectively in course-planning
  • Pursue campus resources and opportunities that support personal wellness, academic success, community involvement, and career goals

What to Expect from Your Academic Advisor

Advising is a partnership between you and your Advisor that is grounded in frequent communication regarding personal goals, self-knowledge, and information about majors, careers, and university policies.  Our advisors do not “prescribe” answers or majors for you; rather, we prompt you with the questions and resources you need to explore your unique interests, abilities, and values, and to set and reach your personal, academic, and career goals. While academic advising is a collaborative process, the ultimate responsibility for your educational experience rests with you, the student.

How Families Can Support Their Students

Academic Advisors in Exploratory Studies take pride in developing strong relationships with advisees. We view our relationship with our students as a partnership in which there is interaction in class and in individual advising sessions to help them learn about academic programs and resources, and to develop personal and academic goals. Whenever possible we would like for students to ask their own questions and handle issues that arise.  However, if your student has signed a FERPA release, we are willing to discuss with you academic or personal information that may be of concern. Learn more about the opportunities to get involved with our Parents as Partners Program!


Your USC 101 instructor will provide you with details about the Majors Exploration Series (MES). Here are the dates that the Colleges will attend: September Wed.,13th- Poole College of Management, 126 Witherspoon, 3-5:30 pm Thurs.,14th- …read more.

Convocation->Required Event!

This is a required event for all new Exploratory Studies students! Don’t miss #NCSTATE21 at Convocation! Make sure you’re there when the Class of 2021 will come together for the first time as a class …read more.