- About the Report
- Test Taking
- EOS Context
- Planned Major Status
- Choice of Planned Major
- Certainty of Planned Major Choice
- Needing Assistance with Educational/Occupational Plans
- Interest-Major Fit
- Best-Fitting Major
- Major as Most Important College Choice Factor
- Key Findings and Recommendations
- List of College Majors and Occupational Choices
Choice of Planned Major
At the time of ACT registration, students can select a specific planned major from a list of 294 alternatives. These alternatives can be grouped into 18 planned major areas.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Who Selected a Planned Major Within Planned Major Areas by Gender, 2013
- The 4 areas of Health Sciences and Technologies; Business; Social Sciences and Law; and Engineering comprise more than half (54%) of all students who selected a planned major.
- The area of Health Sciences and Technologies is very popular among females, with roughly 1 out of 3 selecting a planned major in this area.
- Just less than half (46%) of all males selected planned majors in the areas of Engineering; Business; and Health Sciences and Technologies.
Graph reads: 9% of female students from the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 selected a planned major in the area of Biological and Physical Sciences.
|Health Sciences and Technologies||32%||14%|
|Social Sciences and Law||11%||8%|
|Arts: Visual and Performing||9%||8%|
|Sciences: Biological and Physical||9%||7%|
|Health Administration and Assisting||6%||2%|
|Community, Family, and Personal Services||4%||3%|
|English and Foreign Languages||2%||0.8%|
|Ag. and Natural Resources Conservation||2%||3%|
|Computer Science and Mathematics||0.9%||6%|
|Philosophy, Religion, and Theology||0.4%||0.8%|
|Engineering Technology and Drafting||0.3%||4%|
|Area, Ethnic, and Multidisciplinary Studies||0.2%||0.1%|
|Repair, Production, and Construction||0.1%||3%|
Note: Based on 79% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 who reported gender and selected a planned major when they registered for the ACT.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Who Selected a Planned Major Within a Subset of Planned Major Areas by ACT Composite Score, 2013
- The likelihood of selecting a planned major within a particular planned major area differs by the students’ academic achievement.
- For example, as ACT Composite score increases, the percentage of students who selected a major in the area of Engineering also increases.
- The percentage of students who selected a major in the area of Visual and Performing Arts decreases as ACT Composite score increases.
- Relative to the share of students at either the lower or upper ranges of the score scale, a larger share of students with scores in the middle of the ACT Composite score scale selected a planned major in the area of Health Sciences and Technologies.
Graph reads: 27% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 with an ACT Composite score in the range of 33–36 selected a planned major in the area of Engineering.
|ACT Composite Score Range||Arts: Visual and Performing||Engineering||Health Sciences and Technologies|
Note: Based on 79% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 who selected a planned major when they registered for the ACT.