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Choosing a college degree

If you decide to apply for a degree in the U.S, it must be in a specified field known as a 'major'.

Although most undergraduate schools do not require applicants to choose a major before they are admitted, all students must select their major by the end of the second year.

It is a good idea to know what subject you would like to study before deciding on which universities or colleges you are going to apply to.

This way you can choose institutions that not only offer that subject as a major, but which also have strong courses in that subject.

Some colleges and universities have highly reputable (although normally very competitive), degree programs in some fields, but weaker programs in other fields.

If you are not sure what subject to choose for your major, try not to worry. Many American students start their first year of college 'undeclared', i.e. with no selected major.

A good choice for a student who has not selected a major is a liberal arts college.

These institutions offer a wide range of majors, so it is likely you will be able to find something that interests you.

Also, at a liberal arts college you will be introduced to various subjects as part of the course requirements for graduation.

Exposure to these subjects may make it easier for you to select a major by the end of your second year in college.

You can check out which are the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S on the U.S News Liberal Arts Rankings webpage, and find more detailed information at

For more information on choosing a degree in the U.S, visit our dedicated section at You may also find some of the information in our UK choosing a degree section useful in deciding which course is best for you in the States.