The University of Texas at Austin offers 170 fields of study across 13 undergraduate colleges and schools—with majors available in 120 of those fields. It's exciting to have that many options at the start of a student's college journey and can get students looking forward to the academic demands of college. But because students are asked to choose their first-choice major on their UT application, it can also be a bit overwhelming.
How can a 17-year-old know what they want to spend the next four years studying? And how should they navigate the selection process, knowing that it has an impact on their chances of admission? There's no magic formula, but it's important to understand major choice in context, so we'll take a look at this big—and exciting!—decision from a few angles.
College MatchPoint has developed a guide for navigating the system of selecting a first-choice major at UT Austin. It explains how first-choice major factors into holistic review, offers tips on how to demonstrate academic fit for the first-choice major, discusses interdisciplinary majors and honors programs, and more. If your student is applying to UT Austin, we recommend reading the ebook with them to help guide them through the process of selecting their first-choice major.
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