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COLLEGE MAJOR CHOICE: An Analysis of Person–Environment Fit

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Although recent research suggests that congruence between students and their academic environment is critical for successful student outcomes, little research has been done on student college major choice. Using Holland’s theory of careers, we analyze college major choice using a multinomial logit model. We use the CIRP Freshman Survey and institutional data for three cohorts of first-year students at a selective liberal arts college to study the factors that affect college major choice, both at entry and at graduation.

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Porter, S.R., Umbach, P.D. COLLEGE MAJOR CHOICE: An Analysis of Person–Environment Fit. Res High Educ 47, 429–449 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-005-9002-3

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