Tip-Off: You Don’t Have to Know Before You Go: Many Students Change Majors Three Times


Choosing a college based upon your major interest is one approach to making sure you get what you want out of your college future. But, should it be your main deciding factor? According to Julia Barlow Sherlock, Director of Career Services at Central Michigan University, half of the university's students will change majors an average of three times! This is not an isolated trend in Michigan; most of us will switch degree tracks a few times before we march to "Pomp and Circumstance". Think about how much you have already changed in the last four years!

When you are looking at colleges, keep in mind that transferring is a very real possibility. You should look at majors offered, as they are an ingredient in making your ideal college decision. But, don't let this one factor make your decision for you.

My advice: Leave yourself room to grow. Choose a college that fits your study habits (O.C.D. studying machine or "slow and steady wins the race") and take as many general education credits as possible in your first two years. You know you are going to need a few history credits, a certain level of college math, a life science, English, etc. Get those out of the way first! Leave yourself breathing room to finish the race to graduation studying exactly what you want, where you want.

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