UC Clermont

Exploratory

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Why study Exploratory?

The Exploratory Studies (EXPL) program is designed for students who come to college not yet prepared to declare a specific major. Faculty teaching in the program help new students to adjust to the first year of college life and to begin the academic planning process. The program introduces this process by exploring students’ interests and researching possible majors and careers.  EXPL uses an interactive curriculum to engage students in the process of discovering their academic strengths and interests and match those to an appropriate major. Trained advisors offer curricular planning, major selection and general assistance to ensure that students are successful.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Students should be flexible, willing to try new things, and value learning for its own sake. They should also enjoy introspection and self-discovery.

This is not a degree granting program.  Career possibilities are different for each individual and will depend on degree choice. For some fields of work, such as nursing or engineering, a specific major is essential. However, for many people, the most important factor is simply the education they attain while completing a degree. Employers value the critical thinking, effective communication, social responsibility and problem-solving skills that students will learn from earning their degrees. UC Clermont College offers many quality degree programs with a broad range of majors that students can transition into — to follow the career path they choose.

The currriculum is a general outline for students enrolled in Exploratory Studies.  Actual courses may depend on prior credits. Students enrolled in EXPL should complete no more than 30 credits in the program and will be required to move into a major upon completing that coursework.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.  We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call us at 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Tutoring Services - UC Clermont students have access to free tutoring and academic support services through a collaboration with UC’s Learning Commons. The Learning Commons provides centralized academic support for all University of Cincinnati students by bringing together faculty, best-practices in teaching and learning, and hundreds of outstanding peer educators to create flexible academic success programming. Free services available to UC Clermont students through Learning Commons include academic coaching, success skills workshops, and tutoring in writing, math, science and more. All services are available virtually for spring semester.

Academic Writing Center (AWC) - The AWC can help with any writing assignment for any course and at any stage of the writing process. The AWC is not course-specific and can help with discipline-specific documents, as well as non-course-based writing. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a trained writing tutor or submit your paper through email for feedback.

Math & Science Support Center (MASS) - The MASS Center offers virtual study tables for many undergraduate mathematics and science courses. Study tables provide a collaborative learning space so that students can learn from their peers who have excelled (the table leader) as well as their fellow class members attending the study table. No appointment is necessary for these scheduled group tutoring sessions.

Peer Tutoring - Peer tutoring sessions are one-on-one with a subject-specific tutor to answer questions in more than 300 undergraduate courses including subjects such as math, science, languages, business and writing. Schedule appointments up to 7 days in advance for one-hour, 90-minute or two-hour session. If you notice your desired course is not offered, please let us know.

Academic Coaching – Academic coaches help students get organized and learn to be efficient and effective with their study time during one-on-one sessions. Academic Coaches will work with you on new strategies or exercises to try before the next meeting and later meetings allow tailoring new approaches to develop the best study and test taking habits for your unique goals and strengths. Schedule one-hour sessions as often as once per week.

Success Skills Workshops – Success Skills Workshops are free one-hour sessions that focus on skills students need to be successful in college (study skills, note-taking, motivation, etc.). While there is no shortcut to success, the goal of the workshops is to empower students to identify and apply academic habits and soft skills through a deeper understanding and purpose of them. When you RSVP for a workshop, you will be able to register for the upcoming workshops one at a time and up to nine days prior to the workshop date.

Developmental math and English course tutoring services – UC Clermont provides free tutoring services for students enrolled in Preparatory Composition (ENGL 0099), Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029), Fundamentals of Algebra (MATH 0030), Introductory Algebra (MATH 0031) and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034). Information about these services is provided in the course syllabi.

You cannot graduate from Exploratory Studies; rather, you will transition into a major of your selection from which you can graduate. You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications that allow students to begin any semester, provided their transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester they wish to attend.

Students who have not taken college-level math or English will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. Students are urged to see an advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on their degree progress.

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Admissions
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319
clermont.admissions@uc.edu

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