Will My Child Change Their Major?

Once the college decisions are made, THIS is the question! Being able to predict that the major chosen will stick. Certainly, there was plenty of soul searching, SAT taking, thinking about interests, assessing grades and more. Yet, the question remains…

An article that appeared in the U.S. Department of Education’s Data Point newsletter in December, 2017, “Beginning College Students Who Change their Majors within 3 Years of Enrollment,” states that;

“Within 3 years of initial enrollment, about 30 percent of undergraduates in associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs who had declared a major had changed their major at least once”

For some majors like natural sciences or mathematics the rate was 40 and 52 percent respectively. Even education majors switch at a rate of 37%.

So, is there something more to do to be sure that a college major is the right fit? This is where an aptitude assessment can play a vital role in helping a student chose a college major they will stick with. Specifically, the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB).

There are many reasons that students change their majors. Here’s how the HAB can intervene with some of them.

1. With respect to higher math or sciences, many students do well in grade school because they learn well in that environment. In addition, they may be very bright and pick up concepts quickly. Once in college, where the learning environment can be very different and the level of difficulty increased, some students find they are a bit overwhelmed. Understanding their natural abilities will help them see this potential in advance giving them the opportunity to be more mindful when picking their major.

2. Maybe a student has spent their life within a family environment that includes parents working in a particular field, so the student has that as a reference point and doesn’t spend as much time looking into other types of careers. The HAB debrief includes the Whole Person Model which will incorporate a discussion of interests, values, and experiences and how those relate to their natural abilities. Having this understanding opens the student up to think more broadly about career fields.

3. A few of the abilities included in the HAB relate to how a person learns. Students who maybe struggled in high school or those who sailed through without a lot of work will be able to adapt to college classes more easily if they are prepared with meaningful learning strategies from the beginning.

The Highlands Ability Battery is an objective, evidence-based assessment of natural abilities that is based on 80+ years of research. Different from personality and interest assessments it provides an objective measurable result. Join the thousands of students who have made meaningful decisions based on their natural abilities. Discover Your Future