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A September 2017 report from the Education Consumer Pulse focuses on influential elements in how individuals choose their field of study. That is, who or what sources provide advice to students and how helpful that advice is perceived to be.
Respondents, including more than 22,000 U.S. adults, were asked to name up to three sources of advice about their major and rate their helpfulness. Responses were divided into four broad categories:
The report details that the majority (55%) of U.S. adults with at least some college but no more than a bachelor's degree list their informal social network as providing advice about their college major. This is the most often-cited source of advice when choosing a major for the majority of U.S. adults.
- formal: counselors and the media
- informal social network: friends, family and community leaders
- informal school-based: college staff and professors, high school teachers and coaches
- informal work-based: employers, coworkers, experienced professionals and the military
You may learn more about what this insightful study reveals:
Major Influence: Where Students Get Valued Advice on What to Study in College *
GALLUP conducted a study that examined adults who pursued or completed a postsecondary degree and asked whether they would change their education decision if they could.
The table below presents respondent feedback regarding their education decision.
You may find more information regarding this insightful study here:
Other GALLUP studies:
* These and other reports can be downloaded at: Gallup Reports