Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center
Exploratory Student Advising

An exploratory student is a student that has not decided on what they would like to major in, but is wanting to seek a degree. All exploratory students are advised in the Academic Advising and Career Exploration (AACE) department. They work with the AACE department their Freshman and Sophomore years taking General Education requirements in order to stay on track for graduation and a major. The General Education program is a 55 hour program. When students reach their junior year (60 hours) or are finished with their General Education requirements, they are encouraged to decide on a major. During the freshman year, AACE will assess students awareness of themselves by helping them explore their interests, abilities, values and personality preferences. The sophomore year is exploration and learning about careers. What careers relate to my interests, abilities, values, and personality preferences? To learn more on how to decide on a major visit our Career Exploration Web site.

Exploratory On-Campus Student

There are many steps that an exploratory student needs to take in order to stay on track to graduate with a degree. The following steps are what need to be done for an exploratory on-campus student before you visit with an advisor from our office.

  1. Submit an application to FHSU.
  2. Send high school transcripts, college credit transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Once you have done steps one and two, contact Admissions to set up an appointment to visit Fort Hays State University and pre-enroll for classes. Fort Hays State University has Tiger Registration days set up for you to visit and pre-enroll for classes as well. Take advantage of this opportunity. When you set up an appointment with Admissions, they will set up an appointment with AACE so that you will meet an advisor in our office.
  4. When you visit an advisor from our office, you will learn information about Fort Hays State University policies, procedures, software and you will register for your classes.
  5. To help you decide on a major, you can take  UNIV 100 Major and Career Exploration course. It is a one hour elective offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.

AACE is here to assist you until you decide on a major.

Exploratory Virtual Student

Our Virtual College offers several undergraduate programs. You are limited to choosing from one of these distance education degree programs. A list of the programs we offer can be found on their web site.

To help you decide which of the virtual degrees you would like to pursue, you can take the UNIV 100 VA Major and Career Exploration course. It is a one hour elective offered virtually in the Fall and Spring semesters.

If you are still exploring your options follow these steps for exploratory virtual students:

  1. Submit an application to FHSU.
  2. Send high school transcripts, college credit transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Once you have done step one and two, contact our office. Our office will serve as your academic advisor since you are an exploratory major. Once you declare a major you will be assigned another advisor within that department.
  4. When you contact us we will assess your transcripts and ACT/SAT records to help you enroll in General Education requirements.
  5. Once you have registered for classes our office will send you an email with your schedule and other important information a virtual student needs to know.