4 reasons NOT to rush into choosing a college major

4 reasons NOT to rush into choosing a college major


Look, we get it — applying to college can be stressful. But we’re here to tell you that there’s one less thing you need to worry about right now — choosing your college major.

Read on for some reasons not to rush into declaring your college major too quickly. Who knows, waiting to do so could help you make the most of your first couple of years on campus!

1. You have so many college major choices. Don’t limit yourself!

One of the most academically exciting things about college is the fact that you have lots of classes to choose from. By taking a variety of classes, you’ll discover where you thrive academically. Taking a variety of courses will help you when it’s time for you to declare a major. While choosing a major may seem intimidating at times, you’ll find that you develop quite a few academic and career interests over the course of your first few years on campus.

Marymount has over 100 different majors and concentrations combined to choose from, ranging from international business, fashion design and sociology to public health and cybersecurity.

2. Most students change their college major at least once, anyway.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80 percent of students change their major at least once during college, which means that the major you select on your application, or declare early freshman year, won’t be the degree you earn when it’s all said and done.

That’s why it’s okay to take your time in declaring a major. Don’t rush! Take the opportunity to experiment with various fields of study before committing to one. Also, once you select a major, you’ll have the freedom to take on a minor and explore even more possibilities through elective courses!

3. You can enjoy gen ed and elective courses!

What students get out of general education courses is entirely based on mindset. If they’re viewed as requirements that need to be checked off a list, they won’t be as beneficial to the student. But if gen ed classes are viewed as a chance to gain knowledge on a topic they’d be otherwise unfamiliar with, such as a foreign language or a philosophy class, they could be a highlight of the student’s academic career!

4. You don’t have to feel alone, and you’re not at a disadvantage if you’re undecided.

As an undeclared student at Marymount, you won’t miss out on academic resources — students can get advice on declaring a major from the Peer Tutor Program, learn about campus resources, gain study skills and proper presentation techniques and connect with other new students in a First-Year Experience Course. A first-year academic adviser will suggest certain general education courses to guide students based on their area of interest, assist with class registration and help them through the process of declaring a major. Marymount is here to support you as you figure out what field of study is right for you.

Here at Marymount University, we know that applying to college can be stressful. But, we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to stress about rushing into declaring a college major. Take your time and see where your learning takes you! By the way, you can request more information today to see if MU is the right place for you!