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"College Choice Report: Preferences and Prospects"

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What high school students think they want to study in college doesn't always match their interests and strengths, a new report finds. And that mismatch can lead to switching majors, transferring schools, and higher college costs overall.

About one-third of students who recently took the ACT college-entrance exam signaled plans to major in a subject that was not deemed a good fit with their academic interests, according to the study by the ACT Inc., the Iowa City, Iowa-based testing and research organization.

In all, 79 percent of students who took the ACT indicated a particular college major that they planned to pursue. That information was compared to their interests and profiles of college students in that same program of study to develop "interest-major fit scores" for the study.

The majority of ACT-tested graduates chose a major that was at least a moderate fit with their interests, but only 36 percent selected one that was a good fit and 32 percent chose a major that fit poorly with their interests, the report said.

Vol. 33, Issue 13, Page 5

Published in Print: December 4, 2013, as Choosing a College
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