Ohio State is committed to helping you find the right program of study for your interests while keeping you on track for a timely graduation.
Options for undecided students
Though it may feel to you as if everyone knows his or her major going into college, it's actually common not to know -- and 100 percent okay. Rather than take a wild swing at a major, we recommend you start out in a program designed to help you learn more about your options, and more about yourself. That way when you do declare a major, it's going to be a really good fit.
At Ohio State, we set you up for success by offering a lot of academic programs so you can combine interests or change your mind without changing schools, a strong general education curriculum that allows you to explore fields, and a dedicated exploration program with a high rate of success at matching students and majors.
What to choose as a major when you apply
When you apply for admission, you will be asked to select a major. As an undecided student, you may select one of the programs below. Note for international students: Due to visa requirements, you may not declare University Exploration or undecided programs as majors.
Option 1: University Exploration
If you want to sample courses before committing to a major or just have too many interests to narrow it down right now, you’re best bet is to start in University Exploration. In University Exploration you will have personalized assistance from trained academic counselors to match your strengths and interests to a major that will lead to a satisfying and rewarding degree.
On the admission application, select either general Exploration, Undecided or one of six "meta-majors" (broad fields of study):
- Arts, Innovation and Design Exploration
- Behavior, Culture and Context Exploration
- Education and Public Service Exploration
- Health and Human Services Exploration
- Management and Industry Exploration
- Science, Technology and Environment Exploration
Option 2: Undecided majors within a college or school
If you know what you’re good at and you have a general idea of the field you want to pursue, but haven’t decided on a specific major, consider beginning in an undecided program offered by five of Ohio State's colleges and schools.
On the admission application, select one of the following: