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Didn't get first choice major

poofstylepoofstyle Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
I thought it would be a good idea to start a discussion for people who got accepted into UT, but didn't get the major they wanted. I wasn't able to get the major I wanted, and have a few questions, and I thought others might as well.

I was going to pick Physics, but as soon as I clicked refresh the page crashed (504 gateway error), and when I was finally able to get through, Physics and Mathematics were already gone. I settled for sustainability. When I checked on my status my second choice is still listed. Will I be able to change my first choice (sustainability) with my second choice (something that I actually want - computer engineering)?

If not, I read that you can request a major change starting April 1st, and was just wondering if it is possible to change to engineering major/computer science (natural science), or are they usually all full and I probably won't get them?

Replies to: Didn't get first choice major

  • Ya YaYa Ya Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    I really don't know how it is going to work this year, because it looks like there are some changes every year.
    In the past after May 1 UT had some extra spaces because some people who got accepted decided to go elsewhere, and students could get into engineering and other impacted majors during summer orientation.

    Also in the past internal transfers to physics and mathematics were not that difficult if you had good grades in introductory classes and could manage workload because some CNS students changed their majors to something easier right after first semester, or even during. Some because of grades, some because of parties.

    To make it easier for transfer some students don't claim certain AP credits and repeat them as introductoryclasses to get better grades.

    There are some certificate options, they are actually pretty good because you have an unique interdisciplinary combination.
    https://www.cs.utexas.edu/undergraduate-program/academics/elements-computing
    https://stat.utexas.edu/undergraduate/certificate-in-scientific-computation
    One student from our HS, who studied biology at UT, had trouble finding internships and felt like he had bad job prospective, He took Elements of Computing Certificate (had to stay a semester longer because he figured out pretty late that he needed this certificate) and got job right away.
    Scientific Computing Certificate is very good too because statistics is needed everywhere, and it is a great combination with any major.

    Here is list of different certificates that can be combined with something else.
    https://www.cs.utexas.edu/undergraduate-program/academics/certificate-programs
  • poofstylepoofstyle Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thanks, Ya Ya! That really helped. I guess I'm going to try to change my major towards the end of April, and if I'm not able to get it I will decline UT, and go to A&M (they gave me my first choice: chemical engineering)
  • GTAustinGTAustin Registered User Posts: 974 Member
    @poofstyle - do know at A&M you are entered into a general engineering program first and then apply to your specific major late Spring. They have the stats of each engineering major listed on their advising page. The most competitive was mechanical, the least computer science. Chemical was in the middle at about a 50% acceptance. They also look at EC besides academic stats when admitting into each discipline.
  • RahultimateRahultimate Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    edited February 2016
    Of the alternate majors they have listed, is there any one that I can go to that would maximize my chances of transferring over to Computer Science next year? Or is transfer admission based purely on GPA, and it doesn't matter what the previous major was?

    Right now, I'm leaning towards Philosophy because I'm interested in that, but would Undergraduate Studies be better for transfer chance?
  • gettingschooledgettingschooled Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    What is still listed?
  • RahultimateRahultimate Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    @gettingschooled

    Advertising
    African & African Diaspora Studies
    American Studies
    Anthropology
    Applied Learning & Development, Early Childhood-Grade 6 Generalist
    Applied Learning & Development, All-level Special Education
    Applied Learning & Development, Youth and Community Studies
    Asian Cultures & Languages
    Asian Studies
    Classical Languages
    Classical Studies
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Audiology
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Deaf Education
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Speech/Lang Pathology
    Communication Studies, Corporate Communication
    Communication Studies, Human Relations
    Communication Studies, Political Communication
    Communication, Undeclared
    English
    Asian American Studies
    Mexican American Studies
    European Studies
    French
    Geography
    Geological Sciences, entry-level
    German
    German, Scandinavian, & Dutch Studies
    Government
    Health and Society
    History
    Iberian & Latin American Languages & Cultures
    International Relations & Global Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Italian
    Jewish Studies
    Journalism
    Latin American Studies
    Liberal Arts, Undeclared
    Linguistics
    Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
    Middle Eastern Studies
    Philosophy
    Psychology (BA)
    Psychology (BS)
    Public Relations
    Radio-Television-Film
    Religious Studies
    Rhetoric & Writing
    Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
    Sociology
    Sustainability
    School of Undergraduate Studies, Undeclared
    Urban Studies
    Women’s & Gender Studies

    ...a disappointing list indeed
  • PentanorixPentanorix Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    edited February 2016
    So the whole liberal arts school apart from maybe economics is available still. Good to know. Well psychology is not that bad (personal preference).
  • rach98nrach98n Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    Seems very strange that Radio Television Film, one of the toughest majors to get admitted to, is on that list! Interesting!
  • Ya YaYa Ya Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    UT is a research university. All the research is about media studies. RTF needs students for these classes, I guess. It can be anyone who likes research.

  • gettingschooledgettingschooled Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    @Rahultimate Thanks for the list. I agree. For someone interested in CNS, not much there of interest. As far as I can tell, CS doesn't give anything more specific than the CNS requirements of:

    24 hours of in-residence coursework
    mathematics and science coursework taken in-residence
    cumulative UT GPA
    mathematics and science UT GPA
    number of applicants versus number of available slots desired major

    You might look in the transfer thread and see suggestions there from those going through the process now. Seems like undergraduate studies is the most likely choice listed right now. From what I gather, some majors open again later in the spring and summer, so you might try again then.
  • RahultimateRahultimate Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Thanks for the advice, I'll check that thread out!
  • Ya YaYa Ya Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES. ENTRY-LEVEL.

    http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/education/undergraduate/degrees-offered/

    Geosciences is one of the BEST UT schools. It is very small and often overlooked.
    But I heard "table talk". don't have any links or any proof, that this school gives very nice scholarships to top students, almost automatically, and their internships are better paid than engineering.
    Probably it was about Jackson Scholars program, I don't know.
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