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Academic and Career Exploration Program

About the Academic and Career Exploration Program

Academic and Career Exploration is the logical evolution of Niagara’s highly-successful, nationally recognized Academic Exploration Program (AEP) that guides students into academic programs that align their skill sets with personal and professional interests. Academic and Career Exploration continues to support undeclared students with personalized academic advisement, but now will intentionally link these students to career discovery.  
Through this updated approach, undeclared students at Niagara University will be prepared with the experience they need to choose an academic trajectory that fits them, and the knowledge of career pathways that are available to them upon degree completion. Students in our Academic and Career Exploration program will continue to have access to award-winning professional academic advisors, and each student will also be assigned to one of our professionals in the Gacioch Center for Career and Professional Development to provide one-on-one career advising and professional development. 
This new enhancement provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is tailored to each student within Academic and Career Exploration.


of Niagara University seniors will graduate in the declared major (or a related major) they chose through ACE.


of students benefit from individualized and personalized advisement and a supportive environment that encourages knowledge and self-discovery.


of NU first-year students enroll in the ACE program.

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Info For Parents

It’s OK if your child is thinking about going to college, but is undecided about their major and career. Niagara University’s Academic and Career Exploration Program allows them to have a successful collegiate experience with academic support and career awareness, giving them room to discover who they are and who they want to be.

The Academic and Career Exploration advising team will help students and parents transition to a new learning environment. As a Niagara University student, your child will have access to advisors, services, and activities to help them decide their major and illuminate career options. Students will benefit from individualized and personalized mentorship while staying on a four-year track to graduation to save time and money.

Programs of Distinction

Students benefit from individualized and personalized advisement and a supportive environment that encourages knowledge and self-discovery.

  • Exclusive Access. Coaching on various academic curriculum, university policies and procedures, campus resources and the transition from high school to college.
  • Advanced Tools. Online assessments to learn more about a student’s interests, skills, and values.
  • Personalized Coaching. One-on-one advisement, including the availability to meet with an advisor at least three times per semester.
  • Unlimited Exploration. Opportunities to take a variety of courses that count toward academic and graduation requirements.
  • Career Direction. Knowledge of each major offered at Niagara University and potential fields of study and career paths.

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AEP Staff


Beth Aquino

Beth Aquino
Office Coordinator



Academic Advisor

Phone: 716.286.8273





Assistant Director of Academic Exploration Program

Phone: 716.286.8205





Director of Academic Exploration Program

Phone: 716.286.8531