Academic Exploration Program

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

Unsure what to major in? The Academic Exploration Program can help!

The Academic Exploration Program (AEP) is NU’s largest freshman academic program with an average of 15-20 percent of the incoming class each year. Designed for first- and second-year students, each student is given a personal advisor who will help them research majors, minors, and related careers. Students develop a four-year plan with their advisor so they know exactly what to do to graduate on time.

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

As a member of the Division of Academic Services, AEP students are supported through connections with Career Services and the Office of Academic Support.

What we offer:

  • Personalized, one-on-one advisement for first and second year students.
  • Opportunities to take a variety of courses that count toward potential majors and other graduation requirements.
  • Availability to meet with an advisor at least three times per semester.
  • Knowledge of every major offered at Niagara University.
  • Online assessments to learn more about your interests, skills and values.
  • AEP only sections for the freshmen seminar class (NUB102).

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