There are 5,300 colleges and universities for a student to choose from in the U.S. Last year, over 19 million students went to a college with more than 7.6 million over the age of 25. Each student has an important decision to make that will have a lasting effect on their life.

A major is one of the most important decisions a student will have to make. Yet, 75% of them start college without one or change it. With so many options out there how did they decide on one?

According to a study by niche.com, the most popular major was humanities in 2017, with over 600,000 degrees awarded. Nursing, business, health professions, and biology were in the top five as well.

Zety.com suggests choosing your major based on your passions, interests and values. The website also suggests looking towards the future into things such as employment and stability.

A study by Georgetown University showed that education and health have the lowest unemployment rate.

And according to kiplinger.com, the best major for money is electrical engineering with over 1 million job postings a year, and photography is the worst with less than 10,000 postings. Offering you resources and ways to choose your profession.

Students who go into college without a major are called exploratory students. They have until the beginning of their junior year or earlier to declare a major. Also a wise 72-year-old has some advice for young people: her parents’ advice was 30 years out of date and yours might be also!