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most and least popular majors

ky9742ky9742 Posts: 310Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2006 in College Admissions
just curious, what do people think are the most popular and least popular majors to show interest in when applying to college? does it hurt your chances to apply to a very popular major? Does it help at all to apply to a less popular major?

my thoughts on most/least popular

Most popular
1. Communications
2. English
3. Economics
4. Biochemistry

Least popular
1. any ethnic studies

what do you guys think?
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Replies to: most and least popular majors

  • UCLAriUCLAri Posts: 14,728Super Moderator Senior Member
    Major's role in admission varies by school, but a general trend seems to be that letters and science colleges (general studies, etc.) don't weight major when it comes time to admission. However, engineering programs tend to be more competitive at many schools, and some "specialty" programs like business tend to be more competitive at many schools.

    Most popular majors nationwide tend to be the usual suspects, including poli sci, history, biology, econ, English, etc.

    Least popular tend to be "obscure" languages...or so I've observed.
  • Ilovesoftball44Ilovesoftball44 Posts: 1,497Registered User Senior Member
    I second UCLAri, definitely the obsecure languages are least popular.
  • BacktothestarsBacktothestars Posts: 454Registered User Member
    I'd say psych would be another popular one.
  • sfgiantssfgiants Posts: 1,489Registered User Senior Member
    From: http://www.fastweb.com/fastweb/resources/articles/index/110291
    Tops on the list of hottest majors are, in order, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, accounting, business administration/management, and economics/finance, according to demand for the degrees measured by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Rounding out the top 10 are computer science, information sciences and systems, marketing/marketing management, computer engineering, and chemical engineering, according to NACE's Job Outlook 2006 report.
  • AndrewHCOAndrewHCO Posts: 70Registered User Junior Member
    sanskrit has got to be pretty unpopular, my teachers friend majored in that at Harvard
  • TheVeganActressTheVeganActress Posts: 6,666Registered User Senior Member
    what would you do with a degree in sanskrit?
  • AndrewHCOAndrewHCO Posts: 70Registered User Junior Member
    I know, and why would you get it when you're going to Harvard?
  • chocolatelover03chocolatelover03 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    I agree with backtothestars...psychology seems to be a popular major.
  • shoebox10shoebox10 Posts: 3,521Registered User Senior Member
    popular: any business major...also, marketing
    not popular: a certain language (besides french, german, latin, spanish)
  • JyankeesSS2JyankeesSS2 Posts: 2,021Registered User Senior Member
    business is by far the most popular. Education is also very popular
  • fhimas88888888fhimas88888888 Posts: 1,866Registered User Senior Member
    Haha -- just fyi, doing it for an advantage isn't helpful.

    For example, MIT says on its website, don't say you're nationally ranked in UNDERWATER BASKET WEAVING, b/c that's not gonna get you in.

    I thought it was funny at least.
  • wrathofachilleswrathofachilles Posts: 762Registered User Member
    i really don't think it makes that much of a difference. And if you say something really obtuse, like tribal arts of sub-saharan africa, and there's nothing in your application to reflect your interest in that, they'll know you're trying to manipulate the system.
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    Computer Science
    Economics
    Psychology
    Social Welfare
    Cognitive Science
    Mass Communications

    Those are the "impacted majors" at Berkeley's College of Letters and Science, meaning they're so popular that they're extremely difficult to get into.

    I think linguistics isn't a very popular major...
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