What major U.S. college graduates would choose in hindsight 2012

This graph shows recent university graduates responses to a survey question about which major they would have chosen instead of the one they did in order improve their chances for success. The survey was coducted in the United States in 2012. 17 percent of graduates surveyed said they would have chosen a business major, like finance or accounting if they had it to do again.

What type of major would you have chosen instead of the major you did?

Share of graduates
Professional major, like communications, education, nursing, or social work41%
A major in the field of math, science, engineering, or technology29%
Business, like finance or accounting17%
Social science, like psychology, sociology, economics, or political science7%
Humanities, like history, art, English, or a foreign language4%
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Release date

May 2012


United States

Survey time period

March 21, 2012 to April 2, 2012

Number of respondents

444 respondents

Age group

8-19 years

Special properties

College graduates

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The survey includes college graduates from the class of 2006 through to the class of 2011.
This question was only asked to those who had said that they would have chosen another major in order to be more successful.

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