The 1997 ACT High School Profile Report -- National Normative Data

Table 12: Distribution of Planned Educational Majors and ACT Composite Scores

Agriculture & Ag Technology  |  Architectural & Environmental Design  |  Business & Management  |  Business & Office  |  Marketing & Distribution  |  Communication & Comm Technology  |  Community & Personal Services  |  Computer and Information Science  |  Cross-Disciplinary Studies  |  Education  |  Teacher Education  |  Engineering  |  Engineer-Related Technology  |  Foreign Languages  |  Health Science & Allied  |  Home Economics  |  Letters  |  Mathematics  |  Philosophy, Religion, Theology  |  Sciences  |  Social Sciences  |  Trade & Industrial  |  Visual/Performing Arts  |  Undecided


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Agriculture & Ag Technology (21085) (19.5)
Agricultural Business 1229 19.6
Agricultural Economics 189 21.0
Agricultural Mechanics 286 17.7
Agri Production/Technology 250 19.3
Agronomy 381 21.2
Animal Sciences 1856 20.5
Farm & Ranch Management 723 18.5
Fish, Game, Wildlife Management 3424 19.3
Food Sciences/Technology 143 20.3
Forestry & Related Sciences 1997 19.9
Horticulture/Ornamental Horticulture 584 20.3
Natural Resources Management 461 20.9
Agriculture & Ag Tech, General 9562 19.2

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Architectural & Environmental Design (20400) (20.8)
Architectural Drafting 4347 20.1
Architecture 2496 22.3
Building Con/Construction Science 688 18.3
City & Regional Planning 138 21.1
Environmental Design 190 20.9
Interior Design 2135 19.8
Landscape Architecture 1026 20.0
Archi & Envir Design, General 9380 21.2

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Business & Management (101423) (20.5)
Accounting 14866 20.6
Banking & Finance 2540 21.4
Business Admin & Management 12645 20.1
Business Economics 1445 21.3
Contract Management & Purchasing 126 18.2
Hotel/Restaurant Management 1895 19.2
Human Resource Devel/Training 244 19.7
Institutional Management 39 20.2
Insurance & Risk Management 593 19.7
International Business/Management 3665 22.4
Labor/Industrial Relations 56 21.1
Management Information Systems 296 21.6
Management Science 120 20.0
Marketing Management & Research 2288 20.7
Organizational Behavior 19 21.4
Personnel Management 271 18.5
Real Estate 792 18.1
Small Business Mgmt/Ownership 3607 19.3
Trade & Industrial Management 111 18.7
Transportation Management 111 18.9
Business & Management, General 55694 20.6

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Business & Office (9157) (18.0)
Bookkeeping 188 17.7
Business DP/Computer Operations 748 16.8
Court Reporting 136 17.8
Office Supervision & Management 491 18.6
Secretarial 1436 17.2
Typing & General Office 230 16.5
Word Processing 117 15.9
Business & Office, General 5811 18.4

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Marketing & Distribution (5732) (19.2)
Fashion Merchandising 1109 18.7
Retailing & Sales 597 19.0
Travel Services & Tourism 541 17.8
Marketing & Distrib, General 3485 19.7

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Communication & Comm Technology (36140) (21.2)
Advertising 2123 21.1
Commercial Art 1508 20.0
Graphic & Print Communication 784 19.9
Journalism 5652 22.6
Photo/Motion Picture Technology 818 20.3
Public Relations 1408 21.2
Radio/TV Broadcasting 5235 20.2
Radio/TV Production & Technology 984 20.0
Communic & Comm Tech, General 17628 21.4

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Community & Personal Services (32063) (18.7)
Corrections 150 18.1
Cosmetology/Barbering 1102 16.4
Criminal Justice/Criminology 9035 19.0
Fire Protection/Safety Tech 929 18.7
Funeral Services/Mortuary Science 298 17.1
Law Enforcement & Admin 5519 18.3
Library Science/Assisting 111 21.5
Military Science/Technology 510 21.2
Parks & Recreation 347 19.0
Public Administration 143 19.6
Public Affairs 127 19.2
Social Work 3375 18.9
Commnty & Prsnl Svcs, General 10417 18.8

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Computer and Information Science (28232) (21.1)
Computer Programming 7135 20.1
Computer Science 7892 22.2
Data Processing 359 17.4
Information Sciences & Systems 789 21.3
Math/Computer Science 771 23.9
Computer & Info Sci, General 11286 20.9

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Cross-Disciplinary Studies (904) (23.5)
Area & Ethnic Studies 165 22.1
Liberal/General Studies 480 23.2
Multi-/Interdisc Studies 104 26.3
Cross-Disc Studies, General 155 23.8

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Education (49967) (20.2)
Adult & Continuing Education 140 20.4
Education Administration 366 19.4
Elementary Education 17673 20.0
Jr High/Middle School Educ 1714 19.6
Pre-Elementary Education 2966 18.7
Secondary Education 5540 21.8
Student Counseling 689 19.1
Teacher Aide 43 15.6
Education, General 20836 20.3

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Teacher Education (36484) (20.3)
Agricultural Education 274 19.9
Art Education 1005 20.2
Business Education 229 19.2
English Education 2816 22.1
Foreign Languages Educ 355 21.9
Health Education 223 17.8
Home Economics Education 85 19.3
Industrial Arts Education 60 18.9
Mathematics Education 1610 22.2
Music Education 3957 22.1
Physical Education 4975 17.8
Science Education 579 22.1
Soc Studies/Soc Sci Educ 1786 21.1
Special Education 2207 20.0
Speech Correction Education 294 20.7
Teaching English as 2nd Language 116 20.2
Technical/Trade Education 80 19.1
Teacher Education, Other 1041 19.5
Teacher Education, General 14792 20.0

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Engineering (63601) (22.9)
Aerospace Engineering 3894 24.5
Agricultural Engineering 389 21.7
Architectural Engineering 1946 22.0
Bioengineer & Biomed Engineering 1662 26.2
Ceramic Engineering 72 24.2
Chemical Engineering 3483 25.2
Civil Engineering 2357 23.2
Computer Engineering 5120 22.4
Construction Eng/Management 687 19.8
Electrcl & Electronic Eng 5384 21.8
Engineering Management 144 21.2
Engineering Physics 348 25.6
Engineering Science 181 22.5
Environmental Health Eng 514 23.3
Geological & Geophys Eng 101 23.4
Industrial Engineering 504 21.8
Materials Engineering 142 24.8
Mechanical Engineering 5157 23.0
Metallurgical Engineering 92 23.9
Mining & Mineral Eng 57 20.8
Naval Archit & Marine Eng 189 22.1
Nuclear Engineering 276 23.9
Ocean Engineering 108 20.1
Petroleum Engineering 106 20.3
Systems Engineering 82 21.3
Engineering, General 30606 22.5

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Engineer-Related Technology (15644) (20.9)
Aeronautical Technology 818 22.4
AC, Heating, Refrig Technology 177 16.8
Arch Design & Construction Tech 790 21.2
Biomedical Equipment Tech 147 23.7
Civil Technology 251 22.0
Computer Technology 1724 20.7
Construction Technology 229 18.1
Drafting & Design Tech 872 19.8
Electrical Technology 978 19.5
ElectronicTechnology 1292 19.4
Electromechan Instrm Tech 102 18.8
Environmental Control Tech 205 22.2
Industrial Production Tech 102 20.6
Laser Electro-Optic Tech 66 21.0
Manufacturing Technology 116 19.5
Mechanical Design Tech 692 22.0
Mining & Petroleum Tech 21 22.6
Occupatl Safety & Health Tech 23 18.3
Surveying & Mapping Tech 74 20.9
Engineering Tech, Other 484 20.7
Engineer-Related Tech, General 6481 21.4

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Foreign Languages (3434) (23.1)
Asiatic Languages 186 23.0
Classical Languages 56 26.6
French 526 24.5
German 229 24.3
Italian 29 20.6
Middle Eastern Languages 26 19.0
Russian 86 23.8
Spanish 1148 22.6
Foreign Languages, Other 137 21.3
Foreign Languages, General 1011 23.0

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Health Science & Allied (183863) (20.9)
Chiropractic 1147 20.8
Dental Assisting 483 16.7
Dental Hygiene 2062 18.2
Dental Lab/Technology 101 18.6
Dentistry 3334 21.4
Emerg Medical Tech/Paramedic 1060 18.3
Health Care Administration 488 18.7
Medical/Surgical Assisting 1984 18.7
Medical Lab/Technology 1924 20.1
Medical Records Admin/Tech 607 19.4
Medicine 36416 23.8
Mental Health & Human Services/Tech 634 19.7
Nuclear Medical Technology 178 19.8
Nursing (Practical) 2963 16.8
Nursing (Registered) 17938 18.6
Occupational Therapy/Assist 2522 19.9
Optometry 1413 21.8
Pharmacy 5325 21.7
Physician Assisting 1358 20.5
Physical Therapy/Assist 20093 20.5
Radiology/Radiologic Tech 3111 18.6
Recreational/Art/Music Therapy 397 20.8
Respiratory Therapy/Tech 523 17.8
Speech Pathology/Audiology 1167 21.4
Veterinarian Assisting 938 18.3
Veterinary Medicine 8214 22.5
Health Sci & Allied, General 67483 20.5

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Home Economics (6558) (18.9)
Child Development, Care, Guidance 1182 17.6
Child Care Aide/Assisting 261 16.2
Culinary Arts 1080 19.1
Family/Cons Resource Management 34 18.9
Fashion Design 590 19.1
Food Production, Mgmt, Services 221 17.8
Food Sci & Nutrition/Dietetics 797 21.3
Human Environment & Housing 22 20.1
Individual & Family Development 66 19.5
Textiles and Clothing 60 19.7
Home Economics, General 2245 19.0

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Letters (6941) (24.8)
Classics 59 24.8
Comparative Literature 97 26.0
Creative Writing 2129 24.0
English, General 2174 25.4
Linguistics 115 26.0
Literature, English/American 748 25.1
Speech, Debate, Forensics 90 22.2
Letters, General 1529 24.7

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Mathematics (3832) (24.3)
Actuarial Sciences 275 25.9
Applied Mathematics 438 23.2
Statistics 161 24.0
Mathematics, General 2958 24.3

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Philosophy, Religion, Theology (5576) (22.4)
Bible Studies 996 22.1
Philosophy 649 24.3
Religion 595 22.1
Religious Education 560 21.6
Religious Music 234 21.3
Theology 503 22.4
Philos, Relig, Theol, General 2039 22.3

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Sciences (44852) (23.5)
Astronomy 730 23.1
Atmospherical Sci & Meteorology 1078 22.2
Biochemistry & Biophysics 1996 25.8
Biology 13848 23.5
Botany 276 23.3
Chemistry 3459 24.6
Earth Science 545 21.8
Ecology 681 23.8
Geology 509 23.0
Microbiology 1021 24.5
Oceanography 2347 21.0
Physics 1463 27.0
Zoology 2907 21.9
Sciences, General 13992 23.4

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Social Sciences (77366) (21.8)
Anthropology 1289 24.2
Economics 348 25.2
Geography 187 21.3
History 4088 23.4
International Relations 1251 25.4
Law 15514 21.8
Paralegal/Legal Assisting 778 18.9
Political Science/Government 5143 23.6
Psychology 26729 21.3
Sociology 1826 20.3
Urban Studies 34 20.9
Social Sciences, General 20179 21.6

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Trade & Industrial (10128) (18.7)
Aircraft Mechanics 251 18.6
Airplane Piloting & Navigation 1925 21.3
Automotive Body Repair 391 16.6
Automotive Mechan & Tech 1352 18.1
Aviation Management 112 19.2
Computer Electronics/Repair 228 18.5
Construction Trades & Carpentry 479 17.7
Diesel Mechanics & Technology 389 17.6
Drafting 249 18.3
Electrical Equipment Repair 428 17.9
Heating, AC, Refrig Mechanics 156 17.1
Tool Operation/Machine Shop 283 18.2
Mechanical Drafting 52 19.3
Welding & Welding Technology 381 16.5
Trade & Industrial, General 3452 18.3

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Visual/Performing Arts (45344) (21.3)
Applied Design/Crafts 242 20.5
Art 4668 20.7
Art Hist & Appreciation 272 23.3
Cinematography/Film/Video 2336 22.3
Dance 1223 20.7
Design, General 718 20.6
Dramatic Arts 4169 22.7
Fine Arts, General 1014 22.1
Graphic Arts Technology 1208 20.5
Graphic Design 2438 21.0
Music (Liberal Arts) 2148 22.8
Music Performance 6184 22.1
Music Theory & Composition 1247 22.5
Photography 1915 20.3
Visual/Perform Arts, General 15562 20.7

Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Undecided (86366) (20.7)

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