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Exploratory Track Program

The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes many of our incoming first-year students would benefit from learning more about all majors offered on campus that may be a good fit for their academic interests and aspirations. To this end, the University has implemented an Exploratory Track program to better serve students who are either undecided with their choice of major or did not receive direct acceptance into their first choice major. The Exploratory Track program will assist students with their consideration and ultimate declaration of a major based on their interest, eligibility, and academic proficiency.

Students in the Exploratory Track program will benefit from working closely with academic advisors to explore potential majors within their collegiate unit and across campus. Students in this program will also participate in academic programming, including a first year seminar, embedded within their School or College. (Please note that exploratory tracks are for first-year students only -- transfer students are required to choose a major at time of application.)

Please see a list of descriptions (PDF) of all the Tracks.

Websites for each Exploratory Track

Humanities and Fine Arts

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Natural Sciences

Public Health and Health Sciences 


Computing and Informatics (invitation only)

Isenberg School of Management (invitation only)