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What is Exploratory Study?

Each year, over 1,000 students start Grand Valley in the Exploratory Study path: they have not yet declared a major.

“Exploratory Study” provides a support system for students who want and need to explore their options. It’s not a major or a minor; just a positive sign that you are on the path to discovering what you want to study and accomplish at Grand Valley and in the future.

Others may feel confident that Grand Valley is the right place for them, but have absolutely no idea what field of study would be both useful and interesting.

It's okay.

We understand, and we're here to help.

The Exploratory Journey

Why should I do that?

Their expertise is in assisting you to discover the path that's right for you; get involved in activities and programs that enrich your college experience, and help you prepare yourself for life and work post-graduation. 

When should I do that?

The sooner you meet with an advisor, the more opportunities you'll open yourself up to! We recommend that if you're on this page, you go ahead and schedule an appointment with your advisor today. 

Who do I talk to?

You can find your Advisor by following these steps:

1. Log into myBanner

2. Click Student

3. Click Student Records

4. Click myPath - degree planning and evaluation

You will be directed to a new page, and your Advisor will be listed in the top section on that page.

How do I schedule?

You can schedule time with your Advisor, by clicking the link above that says "Schedule time to talk with an Advisor."

You are also welcome to call the CLAS Academic Advising office at (616) 331-8585 or by emailing [email protected].

Where are they located?
CLAS Advising is located on the first floor of Mackinac Hall (MAK) in offices C-1-140 and C-1-120, with the exploratory advisors being located in C-1-140.

What if I want to talk to an advisor about a specific major?

If you think you know what you'd like to select as your major, please feel free to reach out to an advisor who oversees that major. We encourage you to indicate in the "notes" of your appointment that you have not yet declared a major and what major you are leaning towards, as this will help facilitate the conversations.

Schedule Time to Talk to a Major Advisor


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