Is "Undecided" Unacceptable?

Anywhere from 20-50% of college freshman enter their first year of school with an undecided major.

Aggie Kallinicou

January 11, 2016

Is "Undecided" Unacceptable?

“What are you planning on majoring in?” is a question that many high school seniors are repeatedly asked by family and friends alike. Although some students are already certain about what they’d like to do in college, a large percentage are not and this is perfectly okay.

Anywhere from 20-50% of college freshman enter their first year of school with an undecided major. While some colleges still use the term “undecided,” many others have moved towards the more-positive sounding term “exploratory.”

Being an exploratory or undecided major means that you are able to take a wide range of classes, exploring your options for which major to eventually choose. When students take advantage of this opportunity, they are able to take introductory classes in a few different areas of study, instead of just one. If a student is unsure of what to major in, this option can be extremely helpful in finding out which one they will be able to succeed in.

According to the National Center of Education Statistics, the average college student changes their major at least three times. Since this number is so high, it’s no wonder that more and more students are entering college without declaring a major.

Rather than repeatedly changing a major due to uncertainty and confusion, students are instead choosing to assess all of their options before making a choice. This trend allows students to find out what they’re truly passionate about before they begin to dedicate their time and money to a major that they’re unsure of.

If you’re thinking about entering college with an undecided major, it’s not a bad idea. Although some family members or friends might disapprove or disagree with your decision, it’ll be worth it when you finally find what you’re passionate about.

Instead of locking yourself into a major that you chose out of necessity, keeping your options open is a better choice if you don’t yet know what you want to do with your future.

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