Academic Exploration Program

March 25, 2020 Program Updates for Online Community:

Virtual Advising Information from AEP

Online Learning Strategies from the Academic Success Center

Winner of the Outstanding Advising Program Award by the National Academic Advising Association:

A Powerful Educational Experience

The Academic Exploration Program is a national award-winning academic program at Niagara University that aligns the interests and talents of undecided students with potential fields of study and career paths.

AEP provides students with a personal advisor that helps them research NU’s more than 80 majors and 55 minors – and related careers. Students also develop a four-year plan with their advisor so that they can sample classes and still know exactly how to stay on track to graduate on time.

Approximately 20 percent of the university’s freshman class typically participates in AEP, making it Niagara’s largest academic major for new students.

A Cutting-Edge Approach

AEP uses a methodical approach to aid students in discovering and selecting a major that supports their long-term goals. Through one-on-one advisement and targeted exposure to NU’s academic offerings, students make informed decisions that are in line with their interests, aptitudes, and career aspirations.

Students also build confidence through experiential learning, research, and volunteering, participating in academic clubs, and by taking advantage of the Office of Career Services, especially by attending career fairs and related events.

How to find us:

We are located on the second floor of Bailo Hall, and you can find us on the campus map.

Phone: 716.286.8203  /  Fax: 716.286.8207  / Email:

Academic Exploration Program
Bailo Hall
P.O. Box 2046
Niagara University, N.Y. 14109


Ninety-two percent of Niagara University seniors will graduate in the declared major (or a related major) they chose through AEP.


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


Students stay on a four-year graduation track, saving time and money. NU offers generous merit-based scholarships, awards and grants to qualifying first-year students.