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First-Year Exploratory Studies FAQ

First-Year Exploratory Studies (FYES) helps students discover the best-fit academic journey before deciding on a major and career. Through one-on-one advising, exploratory courses, tailored academic tracks and peer mentoring, you get the support and flexibility you need to find the path that's right for you. Whether you have questions about class registration, transferring into your selected major, or how to navigate our first-year program, we hope you can find the answers within the FYES FAQ here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marna Mozeff, Managing Director and Faculty, Division for Exploring Students at mam25@drexel.edu to answer any remaining questions regarding the First-Year Exploratory Studies program or exploratory courses information.

Have more questions? Explore the FYES FAQ:

Current Students

How do I schedule my classes for the fall term?

All first-year student schedules are created by the academic unit (in your case, by the First-Year Exploratory Studies program) during the summer. After the fall term, you are expected to self-register for all future terms. The First-Year Exploratory Studies advisors will explain the process to you during week five of the fall term in UNIV G101 – The Drexel Experience.

How do I make an appointment with an advisor?

The First-Year Exploratory Studies academic advising team offers one-on-one academic support to guide first-year students towards choosing a major and navigating first-year programs. Each student is assigned an academic advisor once enrolled. You can schedule an appointment with your first-year advisor in advance or come to the Goodwin College office for walk-in hours.

You can easily schedule your appointments online via the links below:

Walk-in hours 

Term Week 1: No scheduled appointments, walk-in only 

  • Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Term Weeks 2-11: Regular walk-in hours

  • Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.



What FYES program classes are available?

The First-Year Exploratory Studies (FYES) program includes a three-term course sequence on personal, academic and career exploration. This course sequence provides an opportunity for personal reflection and exposure to programs of study from across the University, as well as insight into career pathways.

These courses include:

  • UNIV G101: The Drexel Experience — Students will engage in structured discussions and assignments to articulate core beliefs that help them make authentic academic, co-curricular and career choices. Additionally, students will learn about Drexel’s systems and how they relate to their success.
  • FYE 102: Academic Exploration And Planning — This course is designed to help students explore, discover and refine academic and career interests and goals. Through active involvement in this class, students will explore campus culture, Drexel’s academic offerings, the role of academics and interests outside of the classroom and how their personal strengths align with academic areas of interest. 
  • FYE 103: Career Exploration and Planning — This course is designed to introduce students to career planning and work environments outside the classroom. Through active involvement in this class, students will begin assessing career paths as well as preparing for appropriate and constructive participation in workplace and community cultures.

Along with our exploratory courses, all first-year students are expected to complete an introductory math and English course, which are dependent upon academic tracks and entrance exam results. These courses are most often:

  • MATH 101: Introduction to Analysis I — This course covers linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations; elementary linear programming; matrix algebra; inverse; and mathematics of finance.

  • ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research — This course develops students’ abilities to use writing as a tool for inquiry. It introduces genre theory, writing as a process, revision, and strategies of primary and secondary research. The course also reviews grammar, style and documentation conventions while engaging students in reflection and promoting positive attitudes toward writing.

Can I switch my concentration track from STEM or non-STEM?

It is easier to go from STEM to Non-STEM due to the required math sequence. While it can be harder to go from Non-STEM to STEM, we will work with you on a case by case basis.

If I am ready to declare my major before the end of first year – can I?

Absolutely! If you are certain you are finished exploring, and are ready to declare your major, you may do so as early as winter term. Make sure to get in touch with your advisor and follow the Declare Your Major Checklist (pdf).

If I don’t feel ready, do I have to choose a major by the end of the first-year?

You can remain with the FYES program into year two. We strongly encourage you to move into your chosen major by the end of the first year to remain on track for timely completion of your degree. 

These courses are key to guiding you toward your best-fit major. You must take these courses until or when you have approved the change of curriculum and status form (the official process for changing your major). See the declare major checklist, and reach out to your advisor for more details.

Will I be in classes exclusively with other FYES program students?

In the majority of your classes, you will be with the general Drexel student population. As part of the FYES program, we require three courses: UNIV G101- The Drexel Experience, FYE 102 - Academic Exploration and Planning, and FYE 103 - Career Exploration and Planning. You will be exclusively with other FYES students in these courses.

How does the transition into my major work?

The FYES program provides you a checklist so that you know all the steps necessary to declare your major. Before deciding on a major and career, Drexel’s FYES program will provide you with all the classes and tools needed for your academic journey. When you are ready, you can work with your advisor on the Declare Your Major Checklist (pdf), and we will help you get the process started.

What happens if I don't get accepted into my preferred major?

Typically, core courses need required grades to be accepted into your first-choice major. If you don't meet those grade requirements, you can continue on in FYES to make those grades. However, at the end of your first year, your time to graduation will likely be affected. We offer options to help you succeed. You can select a new direction to go in as we help you identify the best option based on your interests, or you can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in General Studies to continue the exploration process. Keeping in touch with an advisor is crucial to your success. We’ll work closely with you to figure out an alternative pathway. We maintain close contact with students for the entirety of the first year to make sure you're on track to your preferred major.

Prospective and Admitted FYES Students

The First-Year Exploratory Studies Learning Community is available to all incoming FYES students. Once you have confirmed your offer of acceptance from Drexel University, you can elect to join the FYES Learning Community in your housing application.

In order to be considered for the FYES Community program, you must:

  • Pay your $200 housing deposit
  • Preferred completion of your housing application by Priority Deadline.

Please email housing@drexel.edu with any questions.

If I am ready to declare my major before the end of first year – can I?

Absolutely! If you are certain you are finished exploring, and are ready to declare your major, you may do so as early as winter term. Make sure to get in touch with your advisor and follow the Declare Your Major Checklist (pdf).

Can I still go on co-op?

Yes. Similar to any other major at Drexel, you can select a four-year one-co-op, five-year three-co-op, or a non-co-op option.

  • Five-year FYES program students are placed on the Spring-Summer co-op cycle
  • Four-year FYES program students are placed on the Fall-Winter co-op cycle

If I am in the FYES program, will I graduate on time?

Yes, with careful planning, you may even be ahead. In order to align with your anticipated graduation date, it is important to declare into your major program by the end of the first year.

Should you need additional time in FYES, and not declare until year two, it is possible your time at Drexel could be extended before deciding on a major and career path that suits your needs..

I have a good idea of what major I want. Will I definitely be accepted into that major?

Each major has different internal transfer requirements and the First-Year Exploratory Studies team will work closely with you towards meeting those requirements.

*NOTE: The Music Industry and Architecture majors are not open to transfer from the First-Year Exploratory Studies program.

  • Your academic performance during the first year determines your ability to declare said major
  • We cannot guarantee acceptance into any major
  • There are a few majors within the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design that may not be viable pathways without extending your time to degree completion due to the structure of the curriculum. Ask an advisor for details.

If I don’t feel ready, do I have to choose a major by the end of the first-year?

You can remain with the FYES program into year two, however, we strongly encourage you to move into your chosen major by the end of the first year to remain on track for timely completion of your degree. 

Will I be in classes exclusively with other FYES program students?

In the majority of your classes, you will be with the general Drexel student population. As part of the FYES program, we require three courses: UNIV G101- The Drexel Experience, FYE 102 - Academic Exploration and Planning, and FYE 103 - Career Exploration and Planning. You will be exclusively with other FYES students in these courses.

What are the benefits of the First-Year Exploratory Studies program?

First- Year Exploratory Studies is an ideal program for undecided students or students with multiple interests and ambitions. Whether you are trying to narrow down your options, find something that sparks your interest, or need to fulfill requirements for your first-choice major, we can work together during your first year of studies to help get you there. To find your path we:

  • Offer the unique opportunity to explore disciplines from different colleges across the University
  • Provide intensive, developmental advising and coursework to guide you in selecting your best-fit major
  • Work with you to create custom schedules to allow you to get the most out of your exploring process
  • Pair first-year students with peer mentors in UNIV G101 – The Drexel Experience course to learn from, and collaborate with former Exploratory students who can share the authentic student perspective on all things Drexel