At the heart of Exploratory Studies are experienced, knowledgeable professional academic advisors. They provide accurate academic advising, personal attention, and concern for students’ well-being. The students’ relationship with an advisor begins at New Student Orientation and continues through the year. To learn more about advising in Exploratory Studies, visit Advising in Exploratory Studies. Exploratory Studies academic advisors teach a required first-year orientation course, Introduction to University Education for their advisees. While all orientation courses seek to help first-year students become more comfortable within the university community, the Exploratory Studies orientation courses also encourage students to make rational, informed decisions about their majors. As an Exploratory Studies student, you will have an exclusive opportunity to become completely immersed in the college experience by living in the Exploratory Studies Village in the center of NC State’s campus. The Exploratory Studies Village is designed to enhance the college transition and learning experiences of our residents by providing a safe and welcoming environment for residents to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and cultures, develop a sense of community, and connect to the larger university community.