Choose a Second Major! Seriously.
As some of you may have noticed, our application process has changed a bit this year. Let’s talk about it.
In the past, students were asked to apply for their first choice program or the Division of General Studies (DGS) if they were undecided (second choice was available for Engineering students only). When reviewing files (in the past), we considered students for:
- Their first choice,
- Second choice (listed only by Engineering students),
- Related majors and the Division of General Studies. All students were automatically considered for all avenues of admission.
Starting this year, all students are encouraged to choose a second choice program! How will this influence the review process? Let me tell you.
- Students will be considered for the 1st choice program. If they aren’t admitted there, the process continues. If you don’t list a 2nd choice, you will not be considered for other options. You will only be considered for 1 major.
- Students will be considered for the 2nd choice program. If they aren’t admitted there, the process continues
- Students will be considered for the Division of General Studies (DGS) and all other avenues of admission.
So, what’s different you ask? All students get to tell us what else you would like to be considered for! You’ll notice in the old process (with the exception of Engineering applicants), we were making that decision for you. Now, you get much more agency; how great is that?! Consequently, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all students to list a second choice program.
- Listing a second choice does not hurt your chances of getting into your first choice.
- Yes, you should always list a second choice (unless you’re applying to DGS… that’s undecided)
- If the two majors you’re applying to are similar, your essays may also be very similar. That’s ok!
- You’ll notice that some majors can be listed as 1st choice, but not 2nd. This is due to the competitive nature of that particular program.
- If you don’t list a 2nd choice, you will not be considered for other options. You will only be considered for 1 major.
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