Our Exploring Program will help you answer questions such as:
Why am I here?
Everyone at Carroll asks themselves this from time to time. Pull up a chair and ask your classmate, instructor or Orientation Mentor, "What brought you to Carroll?" Staff in the Office of Spiritual Life, Walter Young Center or Career Services can also help you answer this question.
What do I care about?
Discover your passion through one of our 50+ student organizations, giving back to the community through a volunteer opportunity or learning about spiritual life. The Exploring Program faculty have also created a quick "What are my Core Values?" tool to help you identify what you care about.
What skills do I have?
Use tools such as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Skill Explorer or CareerOneStop's Skills Assessment. Carroll University's Career Services team is also a great resource—and not just for job seekers. Stop by their office if you'd like to meet with someone in person!
What skills do I want?
Learn what employers are looking for using survey data collected by organizations such as the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
What type of career do I want?
If you're wondering about work environment, salaries and schedules, check out tools such as the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
Where do I want to go?
The world is your classroom at Carroll University through our Pioneer Core general education program's Cross-Cultural Experiences.
How do I please everyone, including myself?
Above all, family and friends want you to be happy, but what worked for them may not work for you. Everyone (including you!) will rest easier if you have a plan. Refer to a First-Year Plan for Exploring Students from Academic Advising Services to find pathways that are right for you.
Can I really earn a living doing something I love?
Family and friends may have experience in a particular field, but are probably not the best sources of answers to this question. Refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for current data on careers you're considering.
Who is going to help me?
We have that covered! All of our Student Services team members are here to help with whatever your needs are.
What if I fail?
We have a dedicated Office of Student Success ready to help you overcome challenges.
Don't I need a major to start college?
Not at all! Many students start out in our Exploring Program and declare a major in their second year. As one of our students, Jeremy Beres ’20 stated, “Coming to Carroll University committed to a certain major is great. Nevertheless, exploring is equally as special. Not knowing your direction allows you to be the change. It empowers you to find new ways and new interests. Don’t be afraid, embrace the change and find your way.”
Carroll University is committed to allowing a student to explore academic disciplines with support and advising from many faculty and staff along your journey. Contact Academic Advising Services today to talk about our 1+3 Exploring Programs where you can explore different academic areas your whole first year before taking even one course in a major of interest.
Won't I waste money if I start college without declaring a major?
More than 60 percent of students switch majors during their college career, and most still graduate on time. You can too! Use your first year to explore options while satisfying your Pioneer Core requirements. Exploring Program faculty mentors and academic advisors are here to help.
Get a new perspective on your goals and values over coffee and treats with Carroll's friendly international students. These events take place on select Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. and feature a different organization or campus department each event.
- Jan. 30 | RecSports
- Feb. 13 | Honors Program
- Feb. 27 | Plowshare
- March 27 | College of Arts and Sciences and the Exploring Program
- April 10 | Social Justice League
- April 24 | College of Health Sciences
- May 1 | TBA
Try It Tuesdays
Explore a field of study with alumni or faculty as they lead an informal, hands-on demonstration of the skills and knowledge they use every day.
Explore Career Series
Hop on the van and visit a local employer who hires graduates from a surprising range of degree programs.
- Stay tuned for upcoming events!