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Finding your major

This is a popular post with anyone who works with high school students, and I've just updated it with fresh data from 2021 graduates; it's mainly helpful for two types of cases:

  • Students who are looking for very uncommon majors
  • Students who want to see which colleges have the largest departments in their specific major
This is pretty straightforward, and I've put the instructions in tool tips; just hover over the icons in the shape of an I you'll see on the visualization.

There are three ways to filter to get just the results your student needs:

  • At top left, you can choose the academic elements, like broad academic category (health care, or business, for instance); academic major; and degree level (it defaults to bachelor's degrees, but you can change that if you want.) To find a major, type any part of the name, and press "Enter."  You'll see a list with all the possible matches.  So if you type "Eng" you'll get Engineering as well as English
  • At top right, you can help students find degree-earners who are like them, by filtering on gender or ethnicity
  • Right below that, you can filter the colleges:  What type, where they're located, and whether they have a religious affiliation or not.
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These data are pretty complex and required a lot of cleaning and restructuring, and I've spot checked it, but as always, it's not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.  And, as always, let me know if  you spot anything interesting or problematic.


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