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Program Intro

Purdue Northwest offers more than 100 majors and hundreds of courses. Most new students are uncertain about their career interest and need the opportunity to explore different career paths. Starting as an undecided student and exploring all that PNW has to offer is a great place to start.

As an undecided student, Exploratory Advising is your academic home while you work toward declaring your major and completing your degree at PNW. Working with Exploratory Advising will put you on a path towards a positive transition to PNW, academic success, degree attainment and satisfaction in your career and personal life.

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Curriculum Overview

The GS 191 First Year Experience offers a small group format and active learning strategies that will encourage undecided students to build a meaningful connection with a full-time faculty member, connect with other first-year students, and develop helpful relationships with your academic advisor.

Build a foundation with general education competencies.

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Sample Courses

  • AD 25500 – Art Appreciation
  • BIOL 10008 – Foundation Of Biology
  • Introduction To Programming


Each student is assigned an Academic and Student Success Advisor in Exploratory Advising who supports you in your major exploration process, guides you towards successful major declaration, and connects you with campus resources.

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The GS 191 First-Year Experience offers opportunities to:

  • Explore PNW’s academic disciplines
  • Learn strategies for academic and personal success in college
  • Shape your experience around your unique goals


PNW offers a variety of scholarships to provide financial assistance and recognize student achievement.


Beyond the Classroom

With over 100 student organizations and 40 intramurals, PNW students have plenty of ways to get involved, make new friends and create lasting college memories.

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My experience at PNW has been very special, as there has always been somebody there to help me and guide me in the right direction.

Accounting student Tyler Klukken

Not only have I learned the technical skills necessary to become an accounting professional, but I also learned  communication and professional development. I am confident that I have the tools to advance in my field and feel well prepared for any opportunity that comes my way.

Tyler Klukken, Accounting



Without a doubt, PNW is the right place for you! With helpful faculty and amazing students, you will constantly be surrounded by success.

Erik Krause, ’21

Meet the Faculty

Rhon Teruelle

Rhon Teruelle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Social Media

Rhon Teruelle’s research and teaching focus on critical communication studies.

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Rachel Clapp-Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Rachel Clapp-Smith is PNW’s associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and the academic director for the Leadership Institute.

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, Ph.D.

Continuing Lecturer in History

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly is a continuing lecturer in history and acts as the concurrent enrollment liaison for history. Her research and teaching focus on US, gender, women’s and religious history.

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