How Do I Search for Universities By Major?

There are several resources that prospective students may use to search for universities by major, including the National Center for Education Statistics, The College Board and The Princeton Review.

Online Search Tools

The following online search tools allow students to search for universities by major, as well as other criteria:

National Center for Education Statistics

Students can search for universities by major through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database run by the U.S. Department of Education. Users can search by major, as well as the following characteristics:

  • State
  • School name
  • Public/private status
  • Distance learning opportunities
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Percent of applicants admitted
  • Campus setting

The College Board

Aspiring students can browse a database of over 3,700 colleges provided by The College Board, a not-for-profit association that offers college readiness services and exams, including the SAT. Using the College Board's online search tool, prospective students can search for colleges that offer specific majors. Other available search criteria include:

  • College name
  • Location
  • Enrollment
  • School activities
  • Selectivity
  • Diversity

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review, a provider of college information and test preparation services, provides a database that includes categories of majors. Users can search for universities by major, select a major from an alphabetical list or choose a category of majors, such as education. Additionally, The Princeton Review offers a list of top majors, based on challenging areas of study that don't limit students to one career route, but rather develop abilities that may be applied to several professions.

Selecting a Major

Choosing a major is an extremely important decision. Some students choose a major prior to enrollment, while others leave their options open and enter a university undeclared. Common majors include:

  • Business
  • Social sciences
  • History
  • Health services
  • Education

Prior to starting the search for universities by major, prospective students should seek advice from current college students, high school guidance counselors or professionals in the field of their interest. It's worth keeping in mind that college students commonly change majors after developing interests in other areas.

Using online resources provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, the College Board and the Princeton Review, prospective students can find schools that offer majors in which they are interested. Other search criteria on these sites can help them narrow down the list to find a school that meets all of their educational needs.

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