15 Most Popular College Majors in 2017

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If you’re a prospective college student and still deciding what your field of study should be, take a look at our list of the 15 most popular college majors in 2017. While you’re at it, also check out our list of the 11 Best Master’s Degrees for the Future.

What do Computer Science, Nursing, and Statistics all have in common? They all made it to the list of most popular college majors for this year. When making a decision about what to study in college, you may experience anxiety, full body sweats, night terrors, nausea, and a desire to bury your head in the sand, or run away to a foreign country where no one will think to look for you. This is completely understandable. The decision to study Communications over Biology will undoubtedly alter the course of your life (for the better or worse is yet to be determined). The only way you can feel a bit more secure in making this decision is to do your research.    

Most Popular College Majors in 2017


In order to create our list of 15 most popular college majors in 2017, we used Forbes, GlassDoor, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review as our sources. We collected all of the majors from each list, and then sorted them according to a number of students who reported studying within that major.

Continue reading to learn more details about the most popular college majors of 2017.

15. Software Engineering

Median Base Salary: $54,900

Software engineers are the creative minds behind every computer program. Some of them work on applications for your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Others work on developing systems which run the devices or control networks. Many software engineers work in firms that deal in computer system design and related services. 

Most Popular College Majors in 2017


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