How to Change Majors

Did you know 80% of students change their major at least one time during their college careers?

So, if you find yourself second-guessing your decision, know you’re not alone! During college, you’re going to learn a lot about yourself — things you like, things you don’t like. So, don’t worry if you find yourself changing your mind.

If you find yourself in the same boat as most other college students and want to change your major, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

First things first, here’s how to choose a new major.

The first step of changing your major is a little self-reflection. Think about what careers interest you, what you’re good at, and what skills you have to offer. After you have an idea of what you’d like to do, consider talking to a parent, professor, or mentor. They’ll be able to offer first-hand advice, which will help make your decision a little easier.

Unsure of what you’d like to do but know your current path isn’t for you? Consider going to your school’s career counseling center and schedule some time to speak with someone. There you’ll be able to take career assessment tests, which may open your eyes to the career/major you’ve been searching for.

Schedule time with your Academic Advisor

Once you’ve decided on your new major, it’s a good idea to speak with your academic advisor. They can help you create a plan to ensure you satisfy all academic requirements for your new major.  

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In some cases, changing your major can delay graduation. So, it’s imperative to meet with an academic advisor as soon as possible.

Now it’s time to declare your new major

Even though you’re already a student at your college, you may still need to apply to and be accepted into your new major. This is especially true for business schools and engineering programs that have strict requirements.

There is always a possibility that you could be denied entry into the program if you have poor grades or are missing specific class prerequisites. Before making the jump and changing your major, be sure to speak with a department advisor.

Gather and submit your documents

Now that everything is in process, it’s essential to make sure you turn in all the necessary forms and documents on time to prevent any acceptance delays. Even if you’re already enrolled in the school, your change request still goes through a review process similar to new students. You will likely go through approvals by the department chair and the college dean of your new major.

This is why working with your academic advisor is crucial, as they will be able to keep you updated about your change.

Remember, when choosing a major, make sure you’re choosing something you’re interested in. Jumping from major to major could delay your graduation. 

Most students don’t declare a major until their junior year of college. So, if you’re unsure about what you want to do when you “grow up” or what you want to study, that’s okay. It’s a big decision, so take your time.