Changing Majors Is No Big Deal if the Timing Is Right, Studies Find

When students change their majors, the decision is often thought to create a significant stumbling block in their march toward a degree.

But a pair of studies being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research suggests that changing majors happens far less often than is widely assumed, and that it does little harm when it occurs early in a student's college career.

The first study, by Matthew J. Foraker, research coordinator at