‘What Should I Go to College For?’ Quiz: 17 Questions to Find the Right Major

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Going to college is exciting, yet choosing a major can feel stressful. The best major for you is a mix of interests, skills, topics you like, and what sets you up best to get the kind of role you’ll eventually want. If you’re wondering, “What should I go to college for?” here’s your ultimate quiz — that doesn’t require you to know what “STEM” or “sociology” means.

‘What Should I Go to College For?’ Quiz

Ready to answer “What should I go to college for?” and learn what kind of major you should choose? You’ll have to sign up for your results, but it’s absolutely free. Let’s get started!

Pick a book to read.

a. “The Code Breaker” by Walter Isaacson: Learn about the technology of gene editing

b. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee: Read an American novel about race, justice, and morality

c. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries: Learn how to build a successful business from the ground up

d. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman: Get curious about human thought processes and decision-making

e. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot: Explore the intersection of science, ethics, and health care

Pick a YouTube rabbit hole to go down.

a. space mysteries

b. watercolor painting

c. unboxing videos

d. ghost sightings

e. pimple popping

You work best when…

a. problem-solving with a peer

b. creating something independently

c. brainstorming with others

d. conducting your own in-depth research

e. doing hands-on experiments

Pick a lecture to attend.

a. The Next Great Addiction: Coding the #1 App

b. Secrets, Secrets: Symbolism in the World’s Greatest Artistic Masterpieces

c. Money Moves: Financial Independence (and Success) in the Next Economy

d. Whirlpools of Thought: The Unseen Forces Steering Our Choices

e. Beyond the Microscope: Exploring the Frontiers of Nature

When you were little, you wanted to grow up to be a(n)…

a. astronaut

b. actor

c. firefighter

d. detective

e. marine biologist

Pick a vacation destination.

a. Tokyo

b. Paris

c. Hong Kong

d. Morocco

e. Ecuador

Your best school subject is…

a. physics

b. English

c. math

d. history

e. biology

Your worst nightmare at school is…

a. learning the same repetitive concept over and over

b. getting negative feedback on an essay

c. getting put on a group project with partners who won’t cooperate

d. forgetting the facts you memorized during an exam

e. messing up an experiment and ruining your results

Pick a type of event to attend.

a. puzzle conference

b. poetry reading

c. friend speed dating

d. museum tour

e. nature walk

Pick a popular TV show to watch.

a. Black Mirror

b. New Girl

c. The West Wing

d. Modern Family

e. Grey’s Anatomy

Pick a made-up job.

a. robot companion

b. playlist curator

c. competitive Yahtzee referee

d. mind explorer

e. stuffed animal veterinarian

Your ideal weeknight activity is…

a. playing video games

b. reading a book

c. watching a sports game with friends

d. binge-watching your favorite show

e. having dinner with your best friend

Pick an assignment you’d be excited about.

a. developing a new website

b. sculpting a clay model

c. giving a mock business pitch

d. writing a research paper

e. conducting a lab experiment

You have the most trouble with assignments when…

a. they’re purely creative

b. they’re purely technical

c. they’re very independent

d. you don’t understand how they connect to real-world situations

e. they have vague guidelines

Pick a new skill to learn.

a. how to make a piece of furniture

b. how to quilt

c. how to play a new sport

d. how to cook a dish from a different culture

e. how to plant spring vegetables

What kind of extracurricular are you most looking forward to at college?

a. trivia team

b. student theater

c. club or intramural sports

d. culture/community groups

e. gardening club

Choose a volunteer opportunity.

a. teaching students how to code

b. hosting an art day with kindergarten students

c. helping out a local business

d. working at the local library

e. volunteering at a health clinic


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What Should I Go to College For? Advice

You’ve taken the first step in answering the question, “What should I go to college for?” But what’s next after you’ve gotten your results? What other advice should you consider when choosing a school and major?

Block Out the Noise

It can be hard to figure out what you want to attend college for when you have so many outside perspectives telling you what to do. While it’s helpful to remember what trusted individuals want for you — like your parents or college advisors — at the end of the day, your opinion is most important. 

“Remember that this is your personal journey,” says Kimberely Tyler-Smith, VP of strategy and growth at Resume Worded. “Choose a major that aligns with your goals and aspirations, not just because it’s what others think is best for you. Ultimately, you are the one who will work in this field, and it’s crucial to find something that keeps you motivated and excited to get up and go to work every morning.”

Think Holistically

When answering “What should I go to college for?” remember, your college experience and resume is not just about your major, but also your GPA, extracurricular activities, internships, volunteer opportunities, and more. This means you want to choose a major where you can focus on doing your best — meaning you’re dedicated to attending class, studying, doing well on exams and projects, and having time to participate in activities that build your resume. Finding a major you’re interested in and want to do well in is better than a major you’re just doing to have it on your degree — and ending up with a low GPA and no motivation. 

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“I have had direct experience with classics majors who were hired for investment banking based on college grades and SAT scores in Math,” says Mary Banks, director of admissions consulting at Quad Education. “Most students are concerned about how the major they select will determine their career options. English is often the best major for graduate study in law and even medicine. My best advice is to be sure you do your best in your program of study as grades and internship experience do count when first pursuing your job of choice or career path.”

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Have a Plan — But Be Flexible

Maybe you have some bigger ideas about what you want to do with your life (and if you don’t, try our “What Should I Do With My Life?” quiz). Even if your dream career feels far away, you can start by working backward to figure out how the college courses you take, major, extracurriculars, and internships can help you get there. 

“The biggest mistake students make is not having a plan to guide their career exploration journeys,” Katherine Adams, senior vice president of Pipeline AZ. “The plan should align your interests, passions, and developing skills to industry workforce needs. Having a long-term vision of your career goals can help you find the best work-based experience and educational opportunities now.”

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For example, you can write down what skills you need to build, how you’ll learn them, what opportunities you want to explore, and how you’ll land them. 

Be sure to write in pencil — or on a computer where you can delete and move things around. 

“You can adapt your career map over time based on where each role takes you,” Adams says.

Don’t Put Too Much Pressure on Yourself

Answering “What should I go to college for?” is essential, but it’s not the be-all, end-all, especially when it comes to your career. So many majors apply to various fields and teach you transferable skills you can bring to nearly any professional role.

“Remember that your major doesn’t solely define your career path,” says Eric Eng, college admission expert and founder and CEO of AdmissionSight. “Several successful individuals have majored in one field and built successful careers in entirely different domains. Focus on building a broad set of skills, and don’t limit yourself. Be open to exploring different opportunities; remember, the skills and experiences you gain along the way truly matter.”

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