- 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
Planned Major Status
When students register for the ACT, they can select a college major that they plan to enter upon enrolling in college. Among ACT-tested graduates, 79% selected a specific planned major, whereas 15% indicated that they were undecided; 6% did not provide a planned major (i.e., Missing).
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates with Different Planned Major Statuses by ACT Composite Score, 2013
- A larger share of students with scores in the middle of the ACT Composite score scale selected a planned major relative to the share of students at either the lower or upper ranges of the score scale.
- The percentage of students who were undecided about their planned major choice increases with ACT Composite score.
- Conversely, the percentage of students who did not provide a planned major decreases with their ACT Composite score.
Graph reads: 17% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 with an ACT Composite score in the range of 1–15 did not provide a planned major at the time of ACT registration.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates with Different Planned Major Statuses by Gender, 2013
- A greater percentage of females than males selected a planned major when they registered for the ACT.
- Conversely, a greater percentage of males than females were either undecided about their planned major choice or did not provide a planned major at the time of ACT registration.
Graph reads: 82% of female students from the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 selected a planned major when they registered for the ACT.
|Selected a Planned Major||82%||77%|
Note: Based on 99.5% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 who reported gender.