Saint Louis University

How long can I stay in Major Exploration?

Major Exploration Academic Advisors are aware that each student comes to SLU with a different set of experiences and ideas regarding major and career choices.  We respect the individual and want to help them reach their goals.

Saint Louis University does not have a policy indicating when students must declare their major.  The Major Exploration program duration policy will not force a student to declare their major.  Rather, it is intended to help students intentionally reflect upon their exploration process and identify  questions that still need to be addressed.

On average approximately 30% of students who start with our office in the fall semester will declare their major after one semester with our office.  By the end of the spring semester, or two semesters in the office, approximately 90% of students will declare their major.

Duration Policy:

Entered Major Exploration as:

Duration in Office:

First Semester Freshman

Given two consecutive semesters in the Major Exploration Advising office.

Transfer student with 29 or fewer credits

Given two consecutive semesters in the Major Exploration Advising office.

Transfer student with 30 or more credits

Given one semester in the Major Exploration Advising office.

 

Students will be given the opportunity to declare their major by "Reading Day" during the appropriate semester.  If a student is not ready to declare, they will be asked to complete a duration policy petition explaining what  exploration activities they have completed as well as what they hope to accomplish with an additional semester with Major Exploration. Students petition for every semester thereafter. Students will be contacted via SLU email regarding their status with Major Exploration.

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