With college application deadlines fast approaching, possible academic majors are top of mind for many prospective students. Not to mention the many more students already enrolled but still figuring out where to focus.
The economic uncertainty of the past year and beyond has had many thinking ahead to potential earnings after graduation, essentially trying to predict which major will give them the biggest bang for their buck, so to speak. This approach makes sense, though some would argue, start-of-career income shouldn’t be the primary outcome of a university degree. Especially if you look out 10-15 years, the choice of major for an undergraduate degree has far less correlation with overall income and financial stability.
We did a deep dive across every state in the country and discovered the top picks that seem to be the most popular. Check out our analysis below and see if you happen to line up with your state’s top pick! While some of the results follow what you might expect – others will surprise you. Read on for more.
- English is the overall favorite college major for the entire country, taking the top spot in 13 states.
- Communications came in dead last, with only one state (Delaware) claiming it as their top pick.
- Two states tied for their favorite college major:
- North Carolina tied between Business and Political Science
- New Hampshire loves both Psychology and Engineering
- Future biologists are likely coming from California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania – who all name Biology as their favorite major.
- Business is the nation’s 2nd favorite, taking the top spot in 10 states.
We looked at the 10 most popular majors across the nation and analyzed their Google Trends search volume over the last 12 months to determine each state’s favorite. Google Trends can be a surprisingly accurate determiner of population data, as you’ll see below.
|New Hampshire||Psychology / Engineering|
|New Jersey||Political Science|
|New York||Political Science|
|North Carolina||Business/Political Science|