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When I choose a major will they look at my grades for specific subject?

For example; If I have a major related to biology but I want to change to a major related in to English. Will they still look at my English grade to determine whether I get in or not?

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Paul’s Answer

When I was attempting to get into graduate school, my grades overall in my non-major related subjects, were lower than my grades in my major subject.

I was able to articulate to the university that I could do the work within my graduate program, and my grades in my major proved this. It made all the difference in my eventual acceptance to graduate school.

Also they look if there is a lot of competition to get into a major. If competition is high they weight grades more heavily in certain areas. They want to know if you can do the work successfully.
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Megan’s Answer

Hi Shayla, your grades are only considered when getting accepted to the college. Some majors do require a second application where they look at your grades. For example, if you major in nursing in order to get into the nursing program which only has so many spots for students they would look at your grades as a factor in accepting you. You can freely change your major as many times as you want. However, changing your major could cost you. If you switch from a Biology major to an English major you have now taken Biology courses that you do not need in order to graduate as an English major.

I changed my major 3 times and it took me over 5 years to graduate. I had 24 credits which did not count toward my credits to graduate. That is about a year of useless credits that I paid for.

My best suggestion for avoiding changing majors and if you are unsure what you want to major in use your first two years of college to only do your general education credits. These are your math, science, English, etc... requirements. Your general education courses will overlap with major requirements allowing you to explore what majors you are interested in. I would also use those two years to explore the majors/careers you are interested in so come your junior year you can make a decision. You can explore through clubs, internships, volunteering, and part-time jobs.

I hope this helps!
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Laura’s Answer

I took a long time to graduate due to job moves and life. I was a Junior when I switched from a BS In accounting to chemistry. I found that when looking for jobs some did require my college GPA, however, I could qualify with my major GPA instead of my overall. Within my major I did better than my Gen Ed classes. Biology is a great major, I hope your program has you taking a sufficient amount of chemistry, physics, and math, you’ll need it! Best of luck!
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Caitlyn’s Answer

No - once you're accepted into college, you can change your major anytime, and as many times as you want. I changed mine about 3 times! When you're a junior, your guidance counselor will review your credits with you to see what's needed to qualify for graduation with a given degree.
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