Question about choosing unpopular Major

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By Alex00087 (Alex00087) on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 12:46 pm: Edit

Let's say that the most popular major at one university is obviously there is alot of competition and they only select the best for that major. What if you chose an unpopular major at that school, which would increase your chances of getting in, and then would it be possible to just switch your major to the popular one once your already accepted and in?

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 12:49 pm: Edit

It depends on the school. In many schools it can be difficult to transfer into the engineering department after matriculation, especially if it is a popular major. Also, engineering students usually have to start their major coursework in freshman year in order to graduate in four years. It may be difficult or impossible to get into the required classes if you are not actually enrolled in the engineering school/department. Best bet: apply to the engineering school if that's what you want to do.

By Clickspring (Clickspring) on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 12:02 am: Edit


Lying about your interests and intentions is horrible and WILL NOT give you an edge in college admissions!

If you declare a major in classics when you're really interested in engineering will only make you seem like a confused applicant.

The major you put on your application will only carry a lot of weight if
1) it is a specialized, exclusive program
2) it is emphasized strongly in all parts of your application including your essay, reccomendations, extra curriculars, and course selection.

Most students change their major at least once during the course of their college career, so picking an arbitrary "rare" major without supporting it throughout your application will only make the major you selected seem arbitrary to adcoms.

Besides, if you apply undecided or if you apply to some liberal arts major when you really want to do engineering may only make it more difficult to transfer schools within the university or to change your major later because the requirements to get into a certain school or major remain the same for students within the university.

So don't put down a major you do not want to have!

By Wampito (Wampito) on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 12:16 am: Edit

But will it look bad if you put undecided on your app, could it make you look kinda unfocused?

By Uncchlocalmayor (Uncchlocalmayor) on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 04:36 am: Edit

no--unfocused? shoot, you're interested in attending their university for goodness' sake!

By Serene (Serene) on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 02:44 pm: Edit

I put two possible majors down on my application. And I was genuinely interested in both of them.

By Clickspring (Clickspring) on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 04:19 pm: Edit

Wampito --

If you're genuinely undecided, there's nothing wrong with admitting that on your application.

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