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Lying about prospective major on app

xiaohyoleexiaohyolee Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in College Admissions
i have a friend who got into upenn early this year who (i wouldnt say outright lied but wasn't entirely truthful) put east asian studies as her major when she was actually more interested in (but again not totally committed to) business. and knowing that wharton is really selective, she decided to just put an "easier" major just to get into upenn.

does this really help...?? i really didnt think colleges emphasized your prospective major since people end up changing majors anyways...

but then again, my college counselor also said something along this line about how if i apply to jhu with a prospective major in med then i have less a chance of getting in than someone who applies as a prospective art history major or something....

is this true????
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Replies to: Lying about prospective major on app

  • AccessAcademicsAccessAcademics - Posts: 90 Junior Member
    Though it is dishonest, it can help in certain circumstances. One big example is with Cornell. Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences is harder to get into than their College of Human Ecology. I know several students who have gotten into the CHC as policy analysis and management or human development majors and then switched their majors to something like history, government, English, a foreign language, etc.
  • kayfkayf Registered User Posts: 4,161 Senior Member
    People change majors all the time, but my guess is moving into wharton is going to be a little tougher. I guess she can show up, say she is an econ major, and take the same first year courses as someone at wharton. I tend to think it may not be all that easy.
  • AccessAcademicsAccessAcademics - Posts: 90 Junior Member
    Switching majors is typically pretty easy after a year of solid academic performance.
  • kayfkayf Registered User Posts: 4,161 Senior Member
    Agree, generally pretty easy, but transferring into Wharton ?
  • stephennnstephennn Registered User Posts: 2,103 Senior Member
    um... switching majors is different than switching schools.

    switching from whatever school houses east asian studies to wharton WILL NOT be easy.
  • Red_GloryRed_Glory Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    great job getting into to UPENN and all......
    but no way will she able to transfer into Wharton.
  • AccessAcademicsAccessAcademics - Posts: 90 Junior Member
    It's easy if you have solid first year grades. If you don't have an A- or higher average, then yes, it will be difficult.
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