Choosing a Major: When & Why

Naturally, you’ll want your child to have a major in mind when beginning a 4-year undergraduate career. Steps can and should be taken to identify a course of study prior to choosing a school (by May 1st of senior year in high school).

Why choose a course of study before attending school? What if your child has no idea what to study? What if your child is interested in a variety of fields?

Currently, a student spends 5.5 – 6 years earning an undergraduate education. Perhaps the greatest reason why this occurs is the failure to identify the best field(s) of study to pursue until sometime during the second year in college.

A change in majors; an additional year or two added to the schedule. Tons more money invested. Perhaps even a transfer from one school to another, if the current school doesn’t offer the coursework needed.

Typically, determining a course of study to pursue will require soul-searching, solid research, and a willingness to test it out once school begins.

And, typically, if the initial choice really isn’t a major your child should pursue based on talents, skills, abilities, desires, and more, then you’re back on the 5.5 – 6 year path.

The standard method of identifying a major course of study may not be the best approach.

Perhaps the best approach would be discussing the matter with a member of the National Association of Certified Admissions Counselors (NACAC). Following such a discussion, combined with reviewing questionnaires and/or other documentation completed by your child at the counselor’s request, your child (and you) will have a much clearer understanding of the path(s) to pursue. That knowledge will serve to reduce the national average of time spent in school from 5 – 6 years to 4 – 4.5 years

And, best of all, that knowledge should save you money!

Each of our fee-based packages includes a private interview with an NACAC-certified counselor…and much, much more!

To schedule a meeting to discuss your family’s college planning campaign and for assistance in identifying the best field(s) of study to pursue, contact our Professional College Planners.

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