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The Most Popular College Degrees

With high school out of the way, popularity is a thing of the past. Going to college can give you a fresh start. However, it seems to be human nature to want to do the same thing as other people, or at least be curious about what everyone else is doing. When deciding on a college major, it can sometimes be helpful to see what other people are choosing. So what are the most popular college degrees? The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reveals them to us:

  • Business
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Health Sciences
  • Education


These four degree areas account for 46% of all graduates in 2009, according to NCES’s most recent publication, Digest of Education Statistics, 2010. Below is a graph depicting the number of students who graduated from each program.


Graphic of the most popular degree programs


While the US Department of Education may be the definitive source of information for all education statistics, other reliable sources have put together their own lists, which offer more than just the top four disciplines. The Princeton Review lists the Top 10 Majors as:

  1. Business Administration and Management/Commerce
  2. Psychology
  3. Nursing
  4. Biology/Biological Sciences
  5. Education
  6. English Language and Literature
  7. Economics
  8. Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  9. Political Science and Government
  10. Computer and Information Sciences

When picking a major, you do not have to follow the crowd. There are hundreds of different types of degree programs out there. However, popular departments generally have more resources allotted to them, as well as some great teachers. Another great thing about the popular majors is that they are available as online degrees from a variety of universities. If you pick something very specialized, then your choices of schools is greatly diminished; however, hundreds of online colleges offer the degrees listed above.

May 27, 2012, 8:28 am

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