The Academic Exploration Program is one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. The Academic Exploration Program at Bradley University received the Outstanding Advising Program Merit Award in 2012. The Academic Exploration Program is supported by faculty and staff across campus and each year accounts for approximately 12-15% of new freshmen entering Bradley.
The goal of the Academic Exploration Program is to provide major and career support to students who have not yet declared a major or who are looking to change majors. In order to accomplish this goal, a systematic approach using interest assessments, classroom activities, one-on-one academic advisement, individual job-shadowing within the Peoria community are provided.
New students may select this program upon application to the university. Current Bradley students may transfer into the Academic Exploration Program at anytime. When a student is ready to declare their major he/she must fill out a change of major form and obtain the necessary signatures. If the student has the minimum grade point average to declare into the major of their choice, the change of major form will be honored and the student's major will be officially changed through the Registrar's Office. Students must declare out of the Academic Exploration Program before attaining junior standing (56 semester hours).