Choosing a Major at the UCs

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/9/19 9:20 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

The University of California college application is officially online! Now that you're scrolling through the app, you may be wondering about how to handle that little check-box for selecting a major. With so many options available, the choice can seem overwhelming. As a follow-up to our previous discussion series about the UC system, we've also compiled a list of resources for those of you wondering what you need to know when picking a major.

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Our Top Picks for BS/MD programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/30/19 11:08 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many students dream of becoming a doctor. It's a noble profession, helping people and saving lives. While most students go down the traditional path of completing an undergraduate, taking the MCAT and then going on to medical school;  accelerated BS/MD programs are growing in popularity.

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How to Ace Your BS/MD Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/31/19 3:00 PM / by Shay Simpson

Many of the combined bachelors degree with medical programs (BS/MD or BA/MD) use a series of mini questions to screen applicants in their selection process. If you've reached this far, rest assured that you are a competitive applicant and have a good shot of being accepted into the program! But what can you expect to be asked and what is the format of the multi mini interview?

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So You Don't Know What to Major In...

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/30/18 2:31 PM / by Heather Gupton

Everyone knows that student who has known they want to be a doctor or a lawyer their entire life. And there are plenty of high school students who have found their favorite subject and are pretty sure they want to major in it. But there are also lots of students who have absolutely no idea, and it can be scary and bewildering if you fall into that category.

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Which College Major Will Increase Admission Chances?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/18 1:17 PM / by Julia de Raadt

It’s a question that gets asked a lot at Empowerly - which major should I choose to increase my chances of admission? Or more specifically for example, I’d like to major in bioengineering at this college. Can you tell me what the admission rates are compared to other programs. I may apply to another if my chances decline in choosing this program.

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Guides: 10 Things Any STEM Major Should Know, as Told by a Stanford Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

As a sophomore at Stanford, I’ve met my fair share STEM-oriented students. In fact, at Stanford, it feels like everywhere you turn, you bump into another STEM student (a.k.a. “techy”).

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3 Tips for Exploring College Majors

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/17/17 3:50 PM / by Melanie Falconer

College might as well be another universe. The schedule is different. The lifestyle is more independent. The teachers are now ‘professors’ with different agendas. 

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Interesting College Majors Part 2: Environmental Engineering

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/17 5:05 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

This is part of a series on interesting college majors you can pursue at a variety of different colleges. By deciding on a field of study you’d like to pursue, you can create a list of colleges to apply to that offers majors for that field. Sometimes high school students are not aware of their options when it comes to majors. We hope these articles encourage you to explore your options and find a major that helps you achieve your goals.

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Does Declaring a Major on My Application Help Me Get In to College?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/13/17 8:39 AM / by Gelyna Price

When you’re applying to colleges, chances are you’ll be asked to declare your intended major. You usually have the choice of applying as undecided or undeclared, which may feel more honest if you don’t yet know what you want to do. But does it hurt your chances not to declare a major? In other words, does declaring a major on your application help you get into college?

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Popular Majors for Pre-Law Students

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/19/17 8:05 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

When many students apply to college, they’re often not thinking about college - they’re thinking about what comes after college. For some, that means the work force. For others, it means going to medical school or law school. If you’re thinking ahead already, especially if you hope to become a lawyer, then you’re probably already considering schools and majors with that goal in mind.

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Choosing a College While Thinking About Law School

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/30/16 9:05 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

There are benefits to choosing a college while thinking about law school. While GPA, extracurriculars, and LSAT scores matter a great deal when gaining acceptance to law school, earning your undergraduate degree at a particular school can go a long way as well, for a number of reasons.

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Should You Double Major in College?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/4/16 9:52 AM / by Kristen Seikaly

Some students may enter college knowing exactly what they want out of a career, so choosing a major is easy for them. Other students, however, can have difficulty knowing which of their interests to pursue in life. Therefore, double majoring may seem like a good way to explore their options.

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Should I Apply To BS/MD Programs?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/16 10:46 AM / by Crystal Liu

They go by many names. 8-year programs, direct med school, guaranteed medical school, etc. BS/MD programs allow high-achieving high school students committed to a career in medicine to lock down their track towards becoming a doctor. While few in number, many applicants latch onto these programs as an opportunity to streamline their way into medical school.

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The Pros and Cons to Declaring a Major on Your Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/30/16 4:27 PM / by Kristen Seikaly

Although it may feel like all of your peers have decided what they want to study in college, an estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college with an undeclared major, and 75 percent change their major before they graduate.

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The Benefits Of Waiting A Year (or Two) To Apply To Law School: Part II

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/27/16 5:22 PM / by DJ Dorff

If you're thinking about applying to law school in the near future, there are many benefits to waiting a year or two to do so. As noted last week, waiting may give you time to raise your LSAT score, thus putting you in a position to go to a better school or get a better scholarship. In addition to these benefits, waiting to go to law school offers advantages that future students will reap once they get to law school.

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