You Don't Need to Choose A Major Right Now

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

Most schools are pretty good about advertising the plethora of majors they offer. This is helpful if you know with confidence what you want to get a degree in. But what if you are part of the approximately one-third of college freshmen who are undecided about their degree choice? If you don't know what you want to major in, should you be worried?

As a higher education administrator I've noticed that more and more colleges are pushing freshmen to choose a major early. Many institutions believe that students who select a major at enrollment do better academically and graduate faster than students who delay selecting a major. So is this correct, should you select a major right away?

I'm happy to report that you don't need to stress about your degree program when you enter college. And if you do select a major and decide to change it later, in most situations you will be quite alright. In fact, according to a study by the Educational Advisory Board, "parents and students can be confident that changing majors is not likely to result in negative consequences until the second semester of junior year. In some cases, a late major change could help students decrease their time to degree or improve their chances of graduating" (page 7).

So don't be pressured to choose a major right away. Explore your major options. And if you choose one that you later don't like; see your advisor, and switch to one that fits you better.


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