College Student Blog

19 Apr, 2008

College Majors Up To Bat

Posted by: Parker In: College Selection

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What Major is Right For Me?

This question is the absolute number one most asked question so far in your life. You may recognize it more easily in its cliché form; What do you want to do when you “grow up?”

You’re probably now imagining the answers that you have heard a million times, a fire fighter, a lawyer, a police woman, or even “what mommy or daddy is.”

You need not fret if you do not have the slightest clue of what you plan to major in. I am not even 100% sure of what I wish to major in! Although, I am currently leaning toward economics or finance.

On average, 80% of college students change their major at least once! Of these 80%, the average student changes their major 3 times!

Be sure to take a look at my previous post, Narrowing Your Focus, if you truly have no idea what you may wish to pursue. It outlines some tips that may be useful to you in brainstorming possible fields of interest.

I Have One or Two Majors In Mind, Now What?

Now that you have generated some areas that interest you, do your homework and find out some detailed information.

For a brief three to four paragraph summary of majors, I suggest heading over to the CollegeBoard’s Major & Career Profiles or The Princeton Review’s Majors Search. Both are intuitive sites that allows you to browse by interest and find out more information on specific majors.

You can also do some Google or Wikipedia searching regarding your topic.

I would discourage searching for a salary for your major of interest. Most of what you find is unreliable and, in my opinion, not all that important. Prospective salaries are not worth worrying about. If you are great at what you do, no matter what it is, you will be prosperous.

Schools Relating To Your Major

Unless you have impressive, in-depth personal knowledge of schools you may already be interested in, you will need some help in deciding what institution excels in the area of major.

I will also not claim to have expansive knowledge in this area, I would much rather prefer to refer you to reliable sources.

I found a couple sources to be the most helpful and easy in my college search. Unfortunately, some of the best materials available on college majors are not free.

Free:

USNews’ College Search by Major

CollegeBoard’s Comprehensive College Search

Paid:

*I have no financial interest in the sale of anything listed below. These are simply personal recommendations.*

Princeton Review’s Complete Book of Colleges, 2009 Edition

I highly recommend this book, it is the Bible of college searching and I used it throughout every step of my college searching process. The book as every detail you could ever want to know, including everything from demographics to the average buildings flammability!

USNews’ College Mini-Bible

Gives the highest ranked colleges in reference to major or category.

Admissions

Can I get in?

Next post I will be doing a brief introduction to college admissions to answer that very question!

Due to the nature of the college admissions process, I will also be doing an entire College Admissions Series to give you the edge to stay one step ahead!

As always, please leave me a comment or send me an email if you would like to discuss something or would like further elaboration. I will answer any non-personal questions in my actual posts, as I am sure many people have the exact same question!

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