<p>Hey guys,</p>

<p>I'm slightly worried because I applied to economics in the UK (we apply to a course here) but I told Harvard I plan to study physics at Harvard (I made it explicitly clear through my CA essay, amongst other areas of my application. In fact my essay was about the realisation that the journey of life should not be a pursuit of affluence and wealth but rather a pursuit of passionate satisfaction). However, I only decided to switch from economics to physics very recently, so my teachers may have written their recommendations with a concentration towards economics. I don't want Harvard to think I'm lying about what I plan to study or am unsure about my intended concentration. Should I email them to explain my situation?</p>

<p>Thanks everyone!</p>

<p>You’re over thinking the issue. Don’t email Admissions, as you might be drawing attention to something that they most likely have not noticed. </p>

<p>FWIW: Admissions does not use “intended major” to recruit applicants. That’s because more than 60% of undergraduates switch their major at least once during their four years of college, so the information is an unreliable predictor of what a student will eventually decide to major in. Colleges ask about your intended major to gauge your interests, and it’s okay to have more than one!</p>


No. Harvard does not admit by major and it is unlikely that your recommendations talked extensively about potential future studies (but you can always ask your teachers).</p>

<p>@gibby @skieurope Thanks guys, I’m relieved. I simply didn’t want inconsistencies within my application and wanted to explain them in the scenario that they did exist.</p>

<p>You should be just fine! Most college students change their major anyway, so this should not be an issue. Best of luck to you!</p>

<p>@ekroxx Thank you! Wish you the best of luck also.</p>

<p>@gibby @skieurope So it turns out that my teachers wrote A LOT about economics in my recommendations, so much so that they’ve explicitly said that econ is my intended subject of concentration (I haven’t read the recs, but that’s what my teachers implied when I asked). Problem is I want to concentrate in physics, and I expressed this desire in my essay as well as other parts of my application… Now I have an inconsistency in my application! Also, I accidentally wrote I took an SAT that I hadn’t on the common app instead of an SAT that I had taken. Do you guys think that it’s worth an email or is it too late? You guys are really helpful btw, so thanks :slight_smile: </p>

<p>If you have the grades for both subjects it won’t matter. In reality it won’t matter what your essays say that you want to study since Harvard does not admit to a major and you will be toiling for two years doing graduation requirements instead of physics vs economics. In the end, it won’t matter what you graduate in from Harvard either if you do make it. :stuck_out_tongue: </p>

<p>I agree with @texaspg.</p>