What To Ask If You're Undecided

Founder and President, Smart College Visit, Inc.

Aug   2011



What do you want to be when you grow up?

Since the age of two, you've probably been asked this about a billion times. The questions about your future begin early in life and transform in your senior year to “What's your college major?"

As if the pressure during childhood to choose a career path that won the approval of whomever was asking wasn't tough enough, you may feel the same pressure when it comes to choosing a major.

What if you don't know “which major to choose?”

CampusVisits_UndecidedIt's okay; you can always apply undecided, but it's important to explore the “undecided major” the same way you would English, engineering, animal science, or any other specific degree program by asking questions while on your college visit.

According to Christina McIntyre, a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and founder of BecomeAlum, an online academic degree planning tool, "high school students should ask the right questions before applying and the campus visit is the perfect place to do so."

She recommends the following:

Top 6 Questions for the Undecided Major

  1. Does applying undecided impact how my application is reviewed?
  2. What guidance do students receive toward helping identify a major that would be a good fit?
  3. How many students typically enter your school as undecided?
  4. Is there a course students should take the first semester to help in the search for a major?
  5. What majors are restricted and what are the restrictions?
  6. Will applying undecided impact my ability to graduate in four years?

The answers you receive can impact your ultimate choice in a major as well as which college to attend.

If you're visiting several colleges, take notes from the Q&A on your college visit and compare them when you return home. Who knows? You might find the answer to that looming question while on a campus visit.

For more information about academic degree planning once you're enrolled in college, explore BecomeAlum.com.

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About Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo is president of Smart College Visit, Inc., a higher ed marketing and college visit planning portal, which she founded in 2009. Kelly is passionate about mobile app development, especially when it comes to creating travel and location-based tools and services for colleges and universities. “Visit Virginia Tech,” a mobile campus guide and her company's first app, was released in 2011. SmartCollegeVisit.com has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites by her peers. Her popular weekly Twitter chat "CampusChat" provides education experts, parents, and students with a forum for insightful interaction. A Virginia Tech alumna, Kelly held the position of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Virginia Tech from 1993-2000. She is the former Director of i-Recruitment Services for Carnegie Communications and Internet Sales Manager for CollegeNET, both of which provide web-based services to college admission offices. An award-winning writer and marketing campaign developer, Kelly is the 2010 VT Knowledgeworks Entrepreneurship Summit award winner for best business concept.