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Exploratory Advising

CHANGE YOUR COURSE: If you are interested in changing majors between colleges/schools, an Exploratory Advisor can help. Exploratory Advisors are also available to help you choose the major that is the best fit for you or to help prepare you for your departmental advising appointment.

Make an Appointment

Log-in to our online appointment system to schedule your appointment with an Exploratory Advisor. 


Schedule an Appointment with an Exploratory Advisor

Exploratory Advisors can help answer a variety of questions about switching majors between colleges/schools on the Columbia campus. You should schedule a 30 minute appointment if you need: 

  • help because you have no idea which major is the best fit for you
  • to explore different majors
  • general advisement questions answered
  • to see how your prior coursework fits into your new major
  • supplemental advisement for your intended major
  • to figure out how to change your major
  • help rearranging your schedule before the drop/add deadline to fit your intended major

Attend Major Change Drop-ins

If you already know the major you want to declare, consider dropping in for a 15 minute appointment. During this appointment an Exploratory Advisor can:

  • answer general advisement questions 
  • show you how your prior coursework fits into your new major
  • provide supplemental advisement for your new major


Changing Majors within the same college/school?

If you want to change to a different major within your current college/school, you don't have to meet with an Exploratory Advisor. Simply meet with your assigned academic advisor for next steps on switching your major.


Change of Major Resources

Major Exploration Tools- Holland Code

If you are interested in changing majors but are unsure which major to choose, this short quiz can help you discover career and major paths related to your personal and work values. Take the Quiz.

Change of Major Directory

The Change of Major Directory provides program information, GPA requirements, and necessary "how to" steps for changing majors into each of the 11 colleges/schools on the Columbia campus. View the Change of Major Directory. 

Undergraduate Academic Bulletin

Learn more about academic programs offered at UofSC and their requirements in the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin

Advising Forms

Both advisors and students can access several common forms (including the Change of College form) on this webpage

Alternate Pathways for Nursing

If you are a current Nursing student, and/or are considering a major in a related healthcare field, watch these videos to learn more about alternative major pathways that can lead to similar career opportunities in healthcare.

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