Admitted to Tulane and Clemson Honors I have no idea what I want to major in. TU would cost 38K per year, CL 24K. Any ideas on how to decide?


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Hello there! Congratulations on your admissions to Tulane University and Clemson Honors!

According to the Tulane website, you don't have to choose a major as soon as you get to campus. According to the Tulane University website, incoming students do not be concerned if you are unsure about a major; most entering students are undecided when they begin at Tulane. You are not required to declare a major until the start of your fourth semester, and the Academic Advising Center is here to help you choose.

When choosing which college you want to go to, think about the following factors:

  1. Choose Your Top Priorities- what factors are important to you. Small class sizes? Greek Life? Housing Options? Proximity to home?

  2. Review Your Financial Aid Package- Cost is undoubtedly an important factor in your college search. Differences in tuition fees and financial aid packages for each university can often be incentive enough to choose between two similar schools. If a less desirable financial aid package is preventing you from attending your dream school, contact the school to discuss whether a better financial aid deal is possible. If colleges and universities know that you have been offered more competitive packages at other schools, they may be willing to offer additional financial aid. This practice is becoming increasingly common as schools compete for top candidates.

  3. Consider Whether the Environment Suits You- Weather and climate are often overlooked or underestimated when selecting a school, but can have a significant impact on your college experience. Similarly, city and campus environment are just as important. Consider revisiting campuses during different seasons to determine which college choice "feels" right to you and whether you can handle any weather extremes.

  4. Read College Blogs- You can get a better idea of what the student's complaints are and insider information of the school. It is a great way to get unbiased information.

  5. Deciding on a School Tips & Tactics

    -As soon as you’ve made your final decision, let the schools you’re rejecting know. That way, they can offer your spot, and any financial aid, to another student.

    -If you’ve made personal relationships with admissions officers or students at schools you’re rejecting, consider sending them a personal note thanking them for their help. It’s always good to maintain good relationships – especially if you may end up transferring in the future.

    -Don’t think you can coast through your senior year. A college acceptance is conditional, meaning that if you let your grades tank or get in trouble at your school or with the law, your acceptance could be revoked.

I hope this helps!

Good luck choosing!

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