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Academic Exploration Program (AEP)

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Front row, from left: Kathryn Marzec, senior academic advisor, and Carolyn Makey, director.     

Back row, from left: Michele Gansworth, office coordinator, and Bernadette Brennen, academic advisor.

Bailo Hall, Second Floor

Team leader:
Carolyn Makey, director

Team members:
Kathryn Marzec, senior academic advisor; Bernadette Brennen, academic advisor; and Michele Gansworth, office coordinator

How to contact:

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m

By the numbers:
In 2015, AEP was one of only four programs nationwide to receive the National Academic Advising Association’s Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award.

Just the facts:
The Academic Exploration Program works to support first- and second-year students who are still deciding on an academic major by allowing them to sample a variety of courses that count toward potential majors and other graduation requirements.

AEP is NU’s largest freshman academic program, with an average of 15-20% of the incoming class each year. Students are given a personal advisor who will help them research majors, minors, and related careers that suit their needs. Along the way, students will receive support, resources, and guidance from their advisors until they declare a major that fits their personal goals.

AEP’s continued growth has led to some positive developments recently. Last year, the AEP office moved from the St. Vincent’s annex into the larger, more accommodating space on the second floor of Bailo Hall.

More recently, the AEP office proudly welcomed Bernadette Brennen back to Niagara as an academic advisor. Brennen has more than 25 years of experience at Niagara University, having previously worked across a number of different offices/programs including the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, Academic Affairs, and most recently, International Affairs.

Last seen:
Doling out the best selection of candy/complimentary travel-size water bottles available on campus.