The focus of this year’s College Choice Report is students’ selection of a college major or program of study among the ACT®-tested high school graduating class of 2013. This is an important topic for enrollment managers and admissions officers to consider, as students’ choice of major has a number of implications for postsecondary institutions, such as anticipating the demand for seats within and across individual programs of study and helping students to find programs of study that are a good fit with their interests.

Highlights

Preferences and Prospects (Part 1)

54%The percentage of 2013 high school graduates who took the ACT college readiness assessment. More about Test Taking
57%The percentage of EOS colleges that use students’ planned major or occupation as a search criterion. More about EOS Context
4 out of 5The share of students who selected a specific planned major during ACT registration. More about Planned Major Status
32%The percentage of females interested in majoring in the area of Health Sciences and Technologies. More about Choice of Planned Major
2 out of 5The share of ACT-tested students who were very sure of their planned major choice. More about Certainty of Planned Major Choice
62%The percentage of students who indicated that they need assistance with their educational/occupational plans. More about Needing Assistance with Educational/Occupational Plans

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Enrollment Patterns (Part 2)

7 out of 10The share of ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates who enrolled in college during fall 2013. More about Enrolling in College
75%The percentage of ACT-tested college students who attended a four-year college. More about Level of College Attended
47%The percentage of 2-year college students who declared a major that was consistent with the major that they planned when they registered for the ACT. More about Consistency of College Major

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Persistence and Transfer (Part 3)

1 out of 2The share of second-year college students who declared a major in the same area as the major that they had planned during ACT registration. More about planned-declared major consistency
56%The percentage of students who were very sure of their planed major area who end up declaring a major that aligns with their precollege plans. More about certainty and planned-declared major consistency
3 to 1The ratio of second-year college students who leave Health Administration and Assisting for every student who enters this major area. More about planned majors with biggest net gains and losses

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NEW! Part 3: Persistence and Transfer

Focuses on the consistency between students’ planned major at ACT registration and their declared major as of the second year of college, and their persistence within their major between the first and second year of college.

NEW! Tool: How do students move between planned and declared majors?

This tool allows you to visualize the movement of students among 18 major areas from pre-college plans to first-year declared major, and from first-year declared major to second year declared major. The tool lets you examine student flow both into, and out of each major area.

Part 2: Enrollment Patterns

Focuses on the college enrollment of these ACT-tested high school graduates and addresses topics such as the consistency of college major choice between ACT® college readiness assessment registration and the first year of college and changes to Interest-Major Fit among students who declared majors outside of their planned major areas.

Part 1: Preferences and Prospects

Focuses on the students’ choice of planned major, certainty of planned major choice, request for assistance with educational and occupational plans, Interest-Major Fit, best-fitting major, and selection of major as the most important factor in choosing a college.

Interactive charts and maps

Visual comparisons of state- and region-aggregated information about the college choice behaviors of ACT-tested students.