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Does applying undeclared hurt my chances?

seniorrrseniorrr Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
edited December 2007 in College Admissions
I applied undeclared to every school I applied to. will this hurt my admission chances compared to if if declared a political science or business major?
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Replies to: Does applying undeclared hurt my chances?

  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,785 Super Moderator
    No. Most applicants apply Undecided. Even if they don't, most kids change their majors at least once during college.

    Some schools even prefer Undecideds because they feel that these kids are more open to exploring options that they couldn't have even considered in high school.
  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    The guidence our kids received from the pricey college counselor who visited our high school was that 'undecided' is not a good idea at competitive schools and is no longer the norm there.

    Apparently, it undermines your case (assuming you are making one) for having passions/interests that differentiate you from your peers. In addition, girls who can demonstrate a commitment to math or physics, and students interested in 'less popular' majors (like Classics or German) may be accepted over stronger students who indicate an interest in 'popular' majors like English and Biology (or undecided).
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,962 Senior Member
    That said, there's no requirement that you stick with your "intended" major. But you can't pick something arcane just because it sounds cool; it has to be logical for your demonstrated interests and ECs.
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,785 Super Moderator
    I guess it depends on the school. My d was told by one school's admissions officer that they prefer undecideds.
  • stellarRicestellarRice Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    No it wouldn't
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