Prospective Students

If you're worried about going to college undecided about your future career, don't be. The Academic Exploration Program at Niagara University helps align the interest and talents of undeclared majors with potential fields of study and career paths.

The award-winning AEP uses a cutting-edge approach to aid applicants in discovering and selecting the best major for undecided students that support their long-term goals. A personal advisor works with the student to discuss and research more than 80 majors and 55 minors at NU, so they can start on the journey for a career they'll love. Students can develop a four-year plan with their advisory so they can sample classes and still know exactly how to stay on track to graduate on time. 

Trust us. You wouldn't be the only one undecided. About 20 percent of NU first-year students enroll in the AEP program, becoming Niagara's largest academic major for new students. Take your time to gain clarity to make an informed decision. Students may also transfer into AEP from another major, college, or university if they have less than 45 credits. AEP allows that individuals who have selected a program and have the required grade point average may transfer into their desired major at any time within the first two years.

Be confident. Ninety-two percent of AEP students graduate in the major they decide upon. Start your journey with Niagara's AEP program to realize the purpose of your career.

Program Information

  • So how do we assist students in selecting a major? Individualized advisement appointments with a professional advisor! Students have the opportunity to meet their advisor as often as needed. AEP students work with one advisor the entire time they are in the program.  Minimally, students are asked to come in three times per semester.  During these appointments, the student’s strengths and passions are explored, in addition to their volunteer, club and organization, athletic and work experiences. Together, the advisor and student select courses that allow the student to research areas of interest while fulfilling university requirements.

    The exploration process begins in the freshman year with the Strong Interest Inventory (career assessment). Students can also interview university professors and career professionals. In addition, they may participate in campus career events, complete online research, volunteer with our Impact Office, or attend a class lecture in a course within a prospective major.

    AEP helps students make life-changing decisions and affirms students’ individual talents. It is a great way to sample the rich variety of academic life at NU before declaring a major. Students will receive support, resources and guidance from their advisors throughout their time in the program.

Mission

  • The mission of the Academic Exploration Program (AEP) is to provide a learning experience using resources from all areas on campus for students undecided about their major. Through individualized guidance, AEP creates an environment that fosters self-discovery. Students participate in the exploration process in order to select a major that supports their career goals.

Goals

  • The goal of the Academic Exploration Program (AEP) is to provide students with a systematic approach for discovering their interests, developing a career plan and selecting a major. AEP also provides students with information regarding campus programs and resources to enrich their college experience. AEP's ultimate goal is to empower students by providing opportunities to foster independence.