Choice in Major matter much in admissions?

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Discus: College Admissions: March 2004 Archive: Choice in Major matter much in admissions?
By Xforce (Xforce) on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 01:07 am: Edit

I know it probably does, but how much. would it be easier to get in undeclared, or with a major with less competition in a college.

By Anxious_Mom (Anxious_Mom) on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 01:24 am: Edit

This can be a tough call. At some colleges it is easier to get in with a less competitive major. At some colleges "undeclared" may be more competitive than most declared majors. At some colleges, it is fairly easy to transfer into a different major - at others, nearly impossible, especially into impacted majors and you may be stuck with your original major.

An example: at the UCLA engineering open house this weekend,the Dean said that it is easy to transfer within the college. The new UCLA Bioengineering major had over 900 applicants, yet their target class size is only 35-40 enrolled, so chances for acceptance to that major was terrible. However, someone applying to a less popular engineering major had a much better chance to be admitted, and likely will be able to transfer in...

Another thing to keep in mind, if a University has separate colleges, say Engineering, Letters & Science, etc. - sometimes it is more difficult to transfer from one college to another.

In any case, be sure to check out the details of the specific college or U you want to apply to. Many websites will have detailed statistics on the number of applications, and admitted students, per major. Consider what major you declare as part of your specific admissions strategy to a particular college.

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