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Exploratory Track Program

The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes many of our incoming undergraduate students would benefit from learning more about the many majors offered on campus that may be a good fit for their academic interests and aspirations. Starting in fall 2015, the University is implementing an Exploratory Track program for all students who have been accepted for admission to the University as an Undeclared major. Undeclared students will be placed into one of the Exploratory Tracks based on a review of their University admissions application materials. The Exploratory Track program will assist students with their consideration and ultimate declaration of a major based on their interest, eligibility, and academic proficiency.

Exploratory Track in Engineering

The Engineering Exploratory Track is by invitation and allows Undeclared students to explore their interests in engineering areas such as chemical, civil and environmental, electrical, computer systems, industrial and mechanical engineering. Students in the Exploratory Track in Engineering will benefit from working closely with academic advisors to explore the majors within the College of Engineering and across campus.

Students in this Exploratory Track will be advised on appropriate coursework and the requirements needed for admission to one of the engineering majors. For more detailed information on requirements for admission to one of the engineering majors, see Admission to the Major »

In the fall, students will also be able to participate in a small First Year Seminar offered by the College of Engineering. This seminar will expose students to engineering challenges such as healthcare, energy, privacy, sustainability, and climate change.  It will also orient students toward resources across campus, and help them learn strategies for success at UMass Amherst.