Is it better to declare a major or apply undecided?

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Jessica B. on September 3rd, 2011:

It depends on the school, your interest in the major, and how difficult the field is to get into. Going in undecided gives you a more flexible schedule that allows you to explore your options in various fields. Many times, students switch over to another field multiple times before finalizing their decision. I have met students who have transferred from business to biology or engineering to biology and vise versa, and foreign language to psychology. So, if you are not definite with your destined career path, which most students are not, apply undecided. If you are decided, go ahead and pursue your intended major! 


Allen Gannett on August 18th, 2011:

Most admission officers I've talked said it does not matter, except some schools for specific majors (such as Business at NYU) are harder to get into.


Michelle Palmer on August 18th, 2011:

If you really don't know, I would absolutely apply undecided, because you don't want to start on a track and end up changing majors. It's a waste of time, credits and money.


Jennifer Titche on August 19th, 2011:

It can actually depend on the school. One school I visited (Amherst College) said that because their admission is so selective, and their school so small, they often have to choose students based on their intended majors. For example, if the psychology department says that they need more students, the school will accept more people who say they are interested in psychology. However, it is impossible to know which majors will matter, so this could help or hurt you. Also, if you are girl and are interested in engineering, that could help your chances because it is generally a male-dominated field.

But, in most cases at most schools, it won't matter. If you do put a major on your application it is not the same as declaring, and it will not be official so you can change your mind. The majority of college students apply undecided, so it's really up to you!


Isabelle J. on September 4th, 2011:

Your first year is really about you figuring out what you want to really do - be sure to attend orientation and informational sessions regardless of what school you're going to and by all means - do some of your own research to see what you're getting into! By the time your second year rolls around, you should have a pretty good sense of where you're going. I applied with my current major, and I don't think it will change, but I've known people who have changed their major 3 or 4 times. Apply undecided if you really have no idea what you want to do, but do some extra work to find out what works for you :) 


Anonymous C. on September 16th, 2011:

It's usually best to say which major you want because it sends a message that you are a focused and confident person. Of course, you can always change majors later on if you want to. 


Mika L. on September 21st, 2011:

Personally, i did not have a clue what i wanted to do when i came to college. And most students don't! This is perfectly okay, thats what college is all about-figuring out what interests you, professionally and personally. And don't worry, eventually you will find something that really grabs your attention! And if that turns out to be a dissapointment you can change majors, too! All in all, in the first 2 years of college you have a lot of flexibility and time to figure out what your interests and passions are!

Best of luck! 


Anna Weber on October 3rd, 2011:

Unless you are applying to a very specific program it probably doesn't make much of a difference. Most college students change their intended major at least once anyway! Just be wary, many colleges do seperate admissions for each of their undergraduate schools (for example: business, liberal arts and sciences, engineering), so you may want to take some time to decide what school you want to apply for. Your specific major, however, is probably not a huge factor in the admissions process.


Med B. on April 3rd, 2012:

It is important that you know what you want in the beginning to keep you on track or driven. If you do not know yet what you want to take then go for undecided. You can also read online to get to know what may interest you. There are new courses now surfacing you can either take it at school or online just be sure where you obtain your certificate from is accredited.

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