Exploratory Studies

Exploratory Studeis Degree

Exploratory Studies is a program designed specifically for students who are not ready to declare a particular major (“undecided”). It provides a good starting place for those who need more time to decide on a career or major.

In the exploratory studies program, specially-trained advisors help students explore degree options. Advisors offer curricular planning, major selection, and general assistance to ensure that students are successful in finding the “best-fit” major.

Students cannot get a degree in exploratory studies. “Undecided” students must transition into a specific degree program by the time they have earned 30 credit hours. (That’s a year of full-time studies.)

Students work closely with advisors to choose courses best suited for their unique interests and goals. Courses vary greatly for each student because of individual desires and talents. All “undecided” students must take a seminar their first semester, in which they explore careers and the majors (programs) to achieve that goal.

Exploratory Studies students will end up on a variety of educational paths once they’ve completed the Exploratory coursework. Some students will choose majors that transition or transfer to a baccalaureate degree, while others will complete an associate’s degree.


Exploratory

What is Exploratory?

Exploratory studies is a program designed specifically for students who are not ready to declare a particular major (“undecided”) or for students who would like to follow a specific curriculum for which UC Clermont College does not have a program (for example, medical imaging, athletic training, entrepreneurship, etc.). In the exploratory studies program, specially-trained advisors help students explore degree options. Advisors offer curricular planning, major selection, and general assistance to ensure that students are successful in finding their “best-fit” major.

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

Career Possibilities

Since this is not a degree program, career possibilities are different for each individual. Career possibilities 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 students will learn from earning their degrees.

UC Clermont College offers 45 degree programs for students to choose from. Plus, for those who decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, UC offers a broad range of programs and majors that Clermont students can transition into—to follow whatever career path they have decided upon.

Major Maps

Courses vary greatly for each student because of individual desires and talents. “Undecided” students must take a seminar their first semester, in which they explore careers and the majors (programs) to achieve that goal. Students work closely with advisors to choose courses best suited for their unique interests and goals.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont Colege campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. UC Clermont College is relatively small, and our faculty to student ratio is low. Small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty members create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Admission Requirements

UC Clermont College is an open admissions campus. A high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent is our only admission requirement. We accept applications all year long and students may start any semester. Financial aid takes 6-8 weeks to process. We recommend students apply at least 10 weeks prior to their desired attendance.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Students must be in good academic standing at the college or university they last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and students may start 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 mathematics or English will need to take the placement test.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, 513-732-5319). Students are urged to see an advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on their degree progress.

International Student Requirements

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.

Graduation Requirements

You cannot graduate from exploratory studies. Rather, you will transition into a major of your selection from which you can graduate. Whatever major you choose, you must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513-732-5319) for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

Accreditation

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

Quick Facts

Undetermined Associate Degree Degree in Exploratory

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Contact

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