Exploratory Advising

Exploratory advisors are academic specialists who can help you explore degree programs to meet your unique needs and interests.

Whether you book a one-on-one appointment or attend a workshop, our advisors will help you maximize your academic potential.

Exploratory Advising, 2020, Ucalgary

Booked appointment (45 mins)

Visit success.ucalgary.ca to schedule an online or in-person appointment and guarantee your time slot.

Please book by appointment type as outlined below.

Drop-in appointment (20 mins)

Due to the current health situation, the Exploratory Team is currently not offering drop-in appointments. Current students can book an online or in-person appointment with an advisor through our online booking system at success.ucalgary.ca 

Prospective students can book an appointment through our virtual front desk or by emailing success@ucalgary.ca

Book with an Exploratory Advisor

After selecting the Book an Appointment button below:

  • log in using your UCID
  • click on the Book an Appointment button
  • then select Exploratory Advising.

Contact Information

Deirdre Mooney
Academic Advisor, Exploratory Students

Karen Quinn
Academic Advisor, Exploratory Students

Daniel Birch
Academic Advisor, Prospective & Open Studies Students

Exploratory Resources

Please find below some resources to help with the Exploratory/Choosing a Major decision making process.

What type of exploratory appointment should I book?

These appointments are open two weeks in advance and are removed from the calendar once booked. We are currently offering online or phone appointments.  Prospective students can request an appointment by emailing success@ucalgary.ca 

Prospective Student Advising

Students considering applying to UCalgary to an undergraduate degree program.

Book an appointment

Navigating Open Studies

Students currently registered in Open Studies and navigating undergraduate degree program options.

Book an appointment

Undecided/Exploring Degree Program Advising

Undergraduate students currently registered in a faculty program and exploring program options.

Book an appointment

Meet your Exploratory Advisors

Deirdre holds a Masters of Education, specializing in Adult Learning and Higher Education, and bachelor degrees in General Studies and Education from the University of Calgary. Prior to working in post-secondary student services, Deirdre was a secondary school teacher who taught Social Studies in both Calgary and Germany. In her current role, Deirdre supports prospective, Open Studies and current undergraduate degree students in choosing an educational pathway that fits their motivators, personality traits, interests, and academic backgrounds. Once admitted to the University, Deirdre also provides registration assistance for incoming first-year and Open Studies students. Passionate about educational planning and career development, Deirdre is committed to facilitating students’ smooth and positive transitions into degree programs. Good days for Deirdre include a combination of helping students, yoga, squash or long walks, and great vegan food!

Dan is an Academic Advisor for Exploratory, Prospective, and Open Studies students and joined the Student Success Centre after working for several years in Admissions and Recruitment and as an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Arts. He attended the University of Guelph-Humber where he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College. Dan enjoys talking to students about their interests and helping them find a degree program that suits them and will allow them to pursue their passion and reach their goals. He also thrives on helping students understand the pathway and requirements to be admissible to their program of interest. Outside of work Dan is a very active person and spends his spare time running, playing sports with friends, and hiking and camping in the mountains.

Karen Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a PhD in Physiology & Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. She is currently working her way towards a Bachelor of Arts in Art History at the University of Calgary. Originally from Northern Ireland, Karen enjoys running, hiking, listening to the radio, and anything to do with art. She is experienced in supporting students who are undecided about their degree program, whether they are prospective or a current University of Calgary student. Karen also advises students in Open Studies on educational planning towards achieving their academic goals.

Considering UCalgary

Go beyond admission policies with prospective student advising. Explore program content and structure. 

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Exploring Degree Programs

How do you build a degree program that's the best fit for you? By working with a specialized advisor within the Student Success Centre! 

Find out more about exploring degree programs


Attend an exploratory workshop if you're in Open Studies, Arts undeclared, or a program that doesn't feel quite right. These workshops give you the information and tools you need to understand UCalgary.

Discover more about exploratory workshops