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You Can USUALLY Change Your Major

One question I get asked a lot is, “What if I’m not sure about my intended major?” It’s okay if—at 16, 17, or 18 years old—you’re not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life.

In fact, about 33% of students will change their intended major at some point in their first three years of college. Those numbers go up in the STEM fields, with the number-one most commonly changed major being math, at over 50%. Take it from me: I was a math major until I changed. So it’s okay if you start with one major and then eventually change to some other major that more closely aligns with your evolving goals.

One thing to keep in mind is that, when you’re applying to schools, you’re not just trying to get into a competitive college, you may also be trying to get into a competitive major, which may be harder to get into than other majors at that college.

Some students get it into their head to apply for a less competitive major, and once they’re in, they’ll transfer over into the more competitive major. That can be a smart move for those colleges that let you do that, but some schools have gotten wise to students gaming the system. So for certain highly-competitive programs, you may have to get accepted from your original application.

Make sure to read the fine print carefully, and if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 732-556-8220. We are here to help.

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