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Undecided on Major—How to Show Interest in College Apps?

I'm a junior, and I'm really unsure about what I want to major in... Any advice on how to approach my college applications when I'm undecided? How can I show a genuine interest in the schools I'm applying to without a clear major preference?

7 months ago

Not having a clear major preference isn't a problem at all during the college application process. Many students feel undecided in their junior year. To approach your applications, focus on emphasizing your intellectual curiosity, passion for learning, and a willingness to explore new subjects. This will show admissions officers that you're open-minded and will make good use of the resources provided by the college.

When demonstrating interest in a particular school, research the unique programs, courses, and extracurricular offerings that attract you. You can mention interdisciplinary programs or any academic resources the school provides, such as research opportunities, internships, or study abroad experiences, that you would like to take advantage of. Furthermore, examine the school’s core values and culture and express how they resonate with you personally.

Lastly, make sure to personalize your essay to each college you apply to. Show how the specific aspects of the institution's education style, campus life, and opportunities align with your goals and personality. This will help the admissions officer understand why you would be a good fit for their school, even if you haven't chosen a major yet. So, being undecided doesn't disadvantage you; it just means you'll need to approach your applications a bit differently.

If a school you're applying to has a "Why This Major?" supplemental essay, you can still tackle it. Check out this CollegeVine article for tips on how to do so: https://blog.collegevine.com/undecided-major-essay

7 months ago

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