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.
Chart showing Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates with Different Planned Major Statuses by ACT Composite Score, 2013

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.

ACT Composite
Score Range
Selected a
Planned Major
UndecidedMissing
1–1571%12%17%
16–1980%13%7%
20–2382%15%4%
24–2781%16%2%
28–3280%18%2%
33–3678%20%2%

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.
Chart showing Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates with Different
Planned Major Statuses by Gender, 2013

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.

Planned MajorFemaleMale
Selected a Planned Major82%77%
Undecided14%16%
Missing5%8%

Note: Based on 99.5% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2013 who reported gender.