💡 The Frank Takeaways:
- At least 80% of college students change their major throughout their college education.
- If you’re thinking about changing your major, talk to an academic advisor to understand how it will affect your financial aid and graduation qualifications.
- Some changes in major mean taking on additional credits.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons students change majors and how you can go about ensuring you change yours the smart way.
Top Reasons Why Students Change Majors
Here are some of the top reasons students reported when asked why they changed their major:
- They were not interested in the material they were learning or studying.
- There was a lack of understanding of the information being taught.
- Students found their previous major did not have many job opportunities after graduation and wanted something with a more attractive compensation range.
- Some students said that they ignored their true calling and were pressured into registering for their previous major. This usually happens if parents pressure their children into a particular career path that might not be right for them.
- They rushed into making their decision and did not evaluate all of their options.
- The learning environment was not a good fit for them. Maybe there were too many lecture halls or lab work that was not a good match for their learning abilities.
- Their previous major was not enjoyable, and they needed a change.
If you read that list and see that some of these items apply to you, then maybe it’s time to explore other options.
Top Majors Students Change Out Of
Not everyone picks a major that they want to stay in. Here’s a list of the most common majors that students reported changing out of:
- Math Programs
- Natural Science Programs
- Humanities Programs
- STEM Majors
- General Studies
These programs are not bad programs to pursue. They just happen to be some of the more common programs students choose to switch out of, so take the time to evaluate your options.
What should I do if I want to change majors?
Each school handles changing majors differently. Your first step is to speak to an academic counselor and understand what your school’s specific process is. They can let you know about extra credit hours and potential delays you might face.
Changing majors is a common practice for college students. However, it can mean taking out more money for your education, as you may have to stay in school longer. Be sure to do your research and get questions answered before making the decision.
When deciding to change your major, it’s important to take your time to think about what’s best for you. For more information about how to choose your new major, click here.
Still, have questions? The Frank Team is here for you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at (347) 690-7886.