How to Choose a College Major
Most college students choose a college major that’s wrong for them. In fact, eighty percent of students headed for college have yet to choose a major, according to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of MyMajors.com. But those students still have to pick schools and begin degree programs without knowing what they want to do for a living. Unsurprisingly, half of students who choose a major decide to change it, with many changing several times over their college years.
Difficult as it is to have students struggle with their direction, the inability to choose a satisfying major can also be expensive. Tuition at public universities currently averages $13,833 a year, costing students a bundle as they restart course sequences or transfer schools and lose credits. Five- and six-year students are becoming commonplace, according to College Board. Nearly 40 percent of students who start a four-year degree fail to earn one by year six.
How can students choose a college major that will stick? First, they have to know what majors they’re suited for. Second, they need to understand how choosing a college major relates to the jobs they can get.