Exploratory Programs

You may not know what you want to study, but you do want to live a meaningful life

It’s okay not to know what you want to do for the rest of your life!

You only just graduated high school, after all. You just need a little time to explore your options. And there are definite advantages to this.

By taking time to explore your interests, you are:

  • Less likely to end up in a major that is not a good fit
  • More likely to graduate in four years
  • Able to save on student loans
  • More likely to hit the job market sooner—and stronger

At IU Bloomington, you can wait until the beginning of your sophomore year to declare a major. This means you can use your freshman year to explore your interests, and see what’s right for you.

Allison Higgs chose IU because of the amazing options for exploratory students. She says, “IU wants students to explore their options and advisors are great at helping students. My advisor recommended introductory courses that aligned with my interests, and you don’t have to worry that you won't be supported—the faculty and advisors at IU are all available to exploratory students.”