College Major Exploration
If you are not sure how to decide on a college major, you are not alone. It can be extremely difficult for high school students to choose a course of study and narrow their career path options. After all, most high school students have a limited work history and have not had the opportunity to explore their options effectively through high school career assessments. Some students end up choosing a major simply because it is a field with which they have some familiarity, only to later decide they are not interested in that career path after all.
Structured Help with Choosing a Major
Career placement tests for high school students—sometimes offered and administered by guidance counselors—can be a good start in helping students with college major exploration. Unfortunately, in most schools, counselors lack the resources and time to help each college-bound student dive into the results of his or her high school career assessments and take the critical next steps.
HelloCollege’s process does not tell students what major to choose. Instead, it is designed to equip college-bound young adults with information, showing them how to decide on a college major for themselves. Individuals begin with a comprehensive career aptitude test for high school students. From there, a certified career coach works closely with the student to help him or her understand and evaluate the results, discussing potential college majors and career choices that are aligned with the student’s aptitude and interests. The result is a tailored list of options students can use to find the right fit.
College Exploration Services Help Students Make the Most of College
Nationally, 80% of college students change their major at least once before graduation, and just 21% graduate within four years with a job in their major field of study. At HelloCollege, we believe that taking a proactive approach to choosing a college major, beginning with our career aptitude test for high school students, can change those statistics. In fact, of the more than 1,200 students with whom we have worked, just 14% changed their majors and 82% graduated within four years with a job in their major fields!
We are committed to helping college-bound students with every aspect of the process, including college major exploration. To learn more, contact us today!
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Founder and Managing Director
Inspired by his parents, Kevin’s journey from a first-gen, diverse, low-income background to Northwestern University shaped him. After experiencing challenges, including student loan debt, he founded HelloCollege and has spent the last 25 years helping students successfully navigate college admissions.
Director of Counseling Services
As an MSA holder, Allison brings a wealth of experience supporting students in higher education. As a respected leader at HelloCollege, she expertly navigates admissions, and academic advising, empowering students to conquer their goals.
Sue has 25 years of experience in financial services and assists families with the financial aid process and cost saving practices.
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Amanda is a Lead College Counselor and Trainer with over 10 years of high school counseling experience. She holds a Master's in Education with a counseling concentration and graduate certificates in Military & Family Education and Administration & Supervision (Educational Leadership).
Don is a highly skilled College Admissions Counselor, boasting a 20-year background in student service. Don's expertise includes evaluating applications for UC - Berkeley and the prestigious Questbridge Scholars program, making him well-equipped to guide students toward their educational aspirations.
Raymond, a first-generation college graduate from the Bay Area, holds a Master's in Education from Harvard, a Master's in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's in Social Work from University of Southern California. His diverse experience includes roles at Assist America and the UN, reflecting a commitment to global youth advocacy.
Shariq holds an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from Elon University. Shariq leverages his experience in research, advocacy, and mentoring to create personalized plans that reflect students’ unique stories and empower them to achieve their academic dreams.
Miracle received her B.A. from the University of California - Berkeley and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She has a rich background in higher education, founding her own College Advising company and roles in business academic counseling at Tulane University and college advising at UC Berkeley.