Changing your major: What you need to know

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Choosing a college major is a big decision, no matter where you go to college. Nearly half of college students come to college undecided on their majors, and about 70% end up changing their majors at some point. And while uncertainty around your major is completely normal, it may stem from some real concerns, like being prepared for a career you’ll enjoy or staying on track to graduate.

One of the best things about CSU academics is the room you’ll almost always have to explore the studies you are curious about, even if you have multiple areas of interest. Maybe you feel stuck choosing between two majors, or maybe you have no idea which path to take at all. Maybe you’ve already been admitted to a certain major but you’re still wondering if it is the right choice. Rest assured we’ve got ways to help you decide on a major or feel confident choosing our Undeclared-Exploring option. For now, let’s dig into what changing your major might look like at CSU.

#1. How do I change my major?

There are a few different ways to go about changing your major, and they depend on when you plan to change your major. If you are an admitted student who hasn’t yet begun classes at CSU, that’s where we come in. If you’re ready to move into a different major,  you can submit a major change request in RAMweb. Click “check your application statusand then choose “request major change.” Your request will be reviewed within a few business days.

If you still have questions, concerns, or would like help filling out your major change request, your admissions counselor is happy to help you navigate the process.

Once you have begun classes here on campus, your academic advisor or academic success coordinator is a perfect person to go to for help navigating the major change process, which looks a little different once you are a current CSU student. 

#2. Can I change my major more than once?

Absolutely! But you’ll be better equipped to narrow down your interests prior to making a decision by using any and all of our tools. There is no hard deadline on major changes, so you have ample time to research and explore. Check out the variety of ways you can learn more about academics at CSU: 

  1. Take a quiz that will help you connect your interests to majors.
  2. Create your CustomViewbook to explore academics, clubs, and more.
  3. Explore the Admissions academic page for an overview of each program.
  4. Read student blogs about choosing a major.
  5. Explore majors tracks.
  6. Get to know the CSU academic colleges on social media.

#3. Can I get into a competitive major?

CSU has a number of competitive majors that have specific entrance requirements and a couple have limited numbers of spots. If you are considering switching into a competitive major before you come to campus, contact your admissions counselor, who can help you determine if you meet requirements and find out if there is space available.

If you start classes on campus and decide you want to pursue a competitive major, there is a different set of requirements, which may include criteria like maintaining a certain cumulative CSU GPA or earning a certain grade in specific courses. Your first step will be to talk with your advisor, who can explain how the requirements work and help you start working toward meeting them.  

Still thinking about changing your major?

Remember, there is always room to explore majors no matter what your situation is. Check out our academic resources and get in touch with your admissions counselor if you want to discuss your options and get help determining your best academic path.

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Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.