How Do You Choose the Right Major?

Categories: Majors & Minors


Has anyone asked you what you’re thinking about majoring in yet? Maybe you’ve considered English, computer science, or fine art, but not been quite sure of your choices. As college gets closer you might expect to wake up suddenly and think, “That’s it! I was meant to be a biology major!”

Unfortunately, most students don’t experience this lightbulb moment. This makes choosing a major – not to mention a college that offers it – that much more confusing. And ACT data shows only about a third of college-bound students end up choosing a major that fits well with their interests. If you’re not in this relatively small group, you may end up switching majors at some point. This often means more time in school, more money spent on tuition, and more stress for you.

That’s why we’ve created our Careers and Majors quiz. Answer a few simple questions about your preferences and personality and we’ll give you a customized list of majors that will suit you and some potential career paths you could take.

Once you’ve found a topic of study that sparks your interest, check out which schools offer the program and add them to your list to get more information and see your chances of getting in.

Who Should Take the Quiz?
The quiz isn’t just for high school students heading off to college this fall – you can take it at any age. Freshmen and sophomores can use it to plan what electives they’d like to take as upperclassmen or start thinking about career paths. Juniors can use it to start narrowing down their list of colleges based on which ones fit their general interests. Seniors – you can take the quiz to see which majors may be worth considering after you step onto campus in a few months or which classes you should enroll in your first year.

It’s never too early or too late to know what areas are good match for you based on your unique personality and preferences. Get started now, and don’t worry – you’re not being graded!

Original Post Date: April 16th, 2015

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What Are the Highest Paying College Majors?

Categories: Majors & Minors

There’s a lot to think about when you’re choosing a college. Where will you go? What will you major in? But more frequently, high school seniors are asking themselves: What’s my return on investment?

Deciding on a college major is a personal decision. Only you know what program is right for your interests, skills, and career aspirations. But the the cost of college rising every year, many high school grads want to make sure they’ll be able to pay back their loans quickly – especially if they haven’t started to apply for scholarships yet.


Which Majors Are the Most Lucrative?
More college-bound students worried about their future earnings potential. That’s why PayScale created a list of the highest paying college majors. It shows both early- and mid-career median salaries for a range of majors.

Engineering majors of all types topped the list, with petroleum engineering majors making a median early-career salary of more than $102,000. Their mid-career median wage hit more than $176,000. This is substantially higher than child development majors, who saw an early-career median salary of just more than $32,000 annually. Pay didn’t rise dramatically for these individuals, as their mid-career median was just less than $36,500 per year.

And while some parents have been encouraging their aspiring humanities majors to choose a more marketable degree, it turns out language, history, and literature grads aren’t doing too badly after all. English literature majors start their careers with a median salary of $40,600 and boost their pay to $76,500 after 10 years in the workforce.

So … What Should I Major In?
It’s a fact: People who major in some subjects tend to earn higher annual salaries than others. But that doesn’t mean everyone is cut out to be an engineering or actuarial mathematics major.

You should choose your major based on many things. Your interests. Your skills. Your dream career. And, if you’re concerned about seeing a return on your investment, considering earnings potential before declaring a major may be worthwhile. But picking a course of study based only on salary is risky. There’s no guarantee you’ll enjoy your classes and do well in school and, perhaps more importantly, salaries aren’t set in stone. That means while PayScale’s data may show engineers outearning childhood development professionals, this may not ring true for your unique situation.

No matter what you choose though, it’s important to be informed about how your major will impact your career choices over the long term.

What are you majoring in? Do you think earnings potential is an important part of choosing a degree?

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Original Post Date: April 15th, 2015

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18 Scholarships Expiring in April

college_scholarshipsSpring is here and if you’re a senior, you’re headed off to college in just a few months! It’s time to tackle tuition costs head-on by applying for any last-minute scholarships you can find. Here are a few expiring in April:

1. Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: April 14
Award: $1,000

Submit an essay on one of the questions about “Pygmalion and My Fair Lady” for a chance to earn this scholarship money.

2. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000-$10,000

Students with a research-oriented, water-related science project can compete for this award.

3. Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Deadline: April 15
Award: $2,500

Students who have shown leadership in developing service projects are eligible to be nominated for this award.

4. ChairScholars National Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000-$5,000

Students who have significant disabilities and demonstrate financial need will be eligible for this scholarship money.

5. HotelsCheap General Scholarship for Higher Learning
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,500

Answer a set of personal, thought-provoking questions to apply.

6. A Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000

If you’re studying medicine, nursing, social work, gerontology, speech pathology, or a related field, you can submit a short essay to qualify for this scholarship.

7. Hays C. Kirby Video Scholarship Contest
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000-$5,000

This award is for students who create a unique video based on the topic “Keepers of the Constitution: Service and Freedom.”

8. Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000-$5,000

Students with Type 1 diabetes who have remained active in the community qualify for this scholarship.

9. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship
Deadline: April 16
Award: $1,000-$5,000

Students of Hispanic descent who show leadership potential and have a record of civic engagement can apply for this scholarship.

10. New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 17
Award: $2,500

New Jersey students who visit the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and write about their trip will be entered to win this award.

11. Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 17
Award: $500-$6,000

Illinois students who plan to work in the culinary industry can apply for this award.

12. Princeton Review College Scholarship
Deadline: April 18
Award: $1,000

Members of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) will qualify.

13. Active Calendar Scholarship
Deadline: April 20
Award: $1,000

You want to know what’s happening on campus so you can have an active social life. Now, write an essay about it to win money for school!

14. Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest
Deadline: April 26
Award: $50-$10,000

High school upperclassmen who write outstanding essays on the meaning behind “The Fountainhead” qualify for this award.

15. Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity
Deadline: April 30
Award: $1,000-$5,000

Are you a creative problem solver who lives in Connecticut or the New York City metro area? This scholarship may be for you!

16. Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 30
Award: $2,000

For high-achieving students of African-American descent.

17. Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications
Deadline: April 30
Award: $5,000

To qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and have participated in community service projects aimed at curbing tobacco use in underserved areas.

18. Jain Foundation Merit-Based Scholarship
Deadline: April 30
Award: $1,000

Applicants must teach at least 10 people about LGMD2B/Miyoshi myopathy, a type of muscular dystrophy, and answer questions about their experience.

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Original Post Date: April 8th, 2015

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