How many people with college degrees regret their major?

Do you regret what you studied for four — or maybe even five — years of college? You’re not alone.

According to a Federal Reserve survey, 38% of people with a bachelor’s degree would have studied something else.

The most regretted fields of studies were humanities and the arts; 48% of those surveyed would make a different choice if they could go back in time, while 46% of social and behavioral science students would have also studied something different.

The study included in the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021 showed vocational training and education also had higher rates of regret from former students. Around 40% of people who studied those fields would have chosen a different area of study.

On the other end of the spectrum were people who received STEM education. Engineering students had the least regret; only 24% said they would have changed. Computer science, health and math degrees were the next lowest — around a third said they would change it up.

Below are the fields of study and what percentage of people would have chosen something different.

A look on the bright side: Few people of any education level said they would have completed less education if they could make their decisions again.

Luke Lukert

Since joining WTOP Luke Lukert has held just about every job in the newsroom from producer to web writer and now he works as a full-time reporter. He is an avid fan of UGA football. Go Dawgs!

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