5 Reasons Why Changing Majors Late in College Is Not a Good Idea

The fall semester is about to begin, so this post is for juniors and seniors getting ready to return to college. While there is no specific definition of what constitutes a junior or senior student in college, we’ll use the number of credit hours completed as a measure. Therefore, a student that completed at least 60 credit hours is a junior and one that completed at least 90 credit hours is senior. As a point of reference, a college degree typically requires the completion of 120 credit hours.

Therefore, here are some of the reasons why changing majors late in the game could backfire.

As a point of clarification, I am not saying that changing majors is bad, in fact changing majors is good. Studies showed that students who change majors are more likely to continue their college education and not drop out than students who don’t change majors. These changes in majors, however, are best to occur during the first two years rather than the last two years of college.

Therefore, if you think about changing majors during your junior year or later, keep the following reasons in mind:

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Five Facts about Tuition Discounting

College costs can play an important role in the college selection process. As early admission and early decision time is upon us and since nobody wants to graduate with a lot of debt, knowing what tuition discounting is as well as how it can be impacted by changes in finances and academic performance is important.

Tuition discounting is a common practice used by institutions (colleges and universities) to decrease costs and attract students.

  • Tuition discounting represents the amount of grants and scholarships that a student gets but does not have to repay it back. The main source for these discounts is institutional aid (the institution’s funds). Applying for other scholarships can help boost the discounting amount, but the largest amount of funds would typically come from the institution.

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