Students Initial Interest Areas Endure

During their application process, students are asked to choose which majors are of interest to them. Over the summer, the Office of Institutional Research conducted an interest analysis and discovered several thought-provoking findings.

  • There were some differences based on sex. For instance, interest in Computer Science, Engineering, and Economics was dominated by males, while interest from females dominates Health and Wellness Promotion, Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Nearly half of graduates who indicated academic interest areas graduated in their first interest area, 60% in one of them.
  • There is great variation across majors and graduates in the proportion of students who had indicated interest in that field at the time of admission.

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