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Most Popular College Majors in 2022

Choosing what you study in college is a big deal. It can be a determining factor in what career field you work in and what you end up doing for the rest of your life.

We wanted to know what fields students are most interested in, so we took a look at our database of over 1.5 million students to find out what majors are the most popular in the United States. Take a look at what we found out!

Breaking down the most popular college majors in 2022

  1. Most popular college major by state
  2. Top ten college majors in the United States
  3. Most popular college major by graduation year

After analyzing the preferences from our user database, there were a few commonalities that were found. Specifically, here's what was discovered when it came to the most popular college major in each state:

State

Most Popular Major

Alabama

Nursing

Alaska

Nursing

Arizona

Business

Arkansas

Nursing

California

Business

Colorado

Business

Connecticut

Business

Delaware

Nursing

Florida

Business

Georgia

Business

Hawaii

Business

Idaho

Business

Illinois

Business

Indiana

Nursing

Iowa

Business

Kansas

Business

Kentucky

Nursing

Louisiana

Nursing

Maine

Psychology

Maryland

Business

Massachusetts

Business

Michigan

Business

Minnesota

Business

Mississippi

Nursing

Missouri

Nursing

Montana

Nursing

Nebraska

Business

Nevada

Nursing

New Hampshire

Business

New Jersey

Business

New Mexico

Nursing

New York

Business

North Carolina

Business

North Dakota

Nursing

Ohio

Nursing

Oklahoma

Nursing

Oregon

Business

Pennsylvania

Business

Rhode Island

Business

South Carolina

Nursing

South Dakota

Nursing

Tennessee

Nursing

Texas

Business

Utah

Business

Vermont

Psychology

Virginia

Business

Washington

Business

West Virginia

Nursing

Wisconsin

Nursing

Wyoming

Nursing

Top Ten College Majors in the United States

Check out the top ten majors in the nation! Each of these majors is important in its own way and we’ll likely see many more students entering careers in these fields in the upcoming years.

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services topped the list at number one. This may not come as a surprise to many with the number of new startups and companies popping up all over the country.

Nursing-related majors came in second, and we’ve seen just how important nurses are over the last few years and what kind of difference they make in the overall health of our nation.

Other majors that made the top ten list are psychology, computer science, medicine, law, chemistry, biology-related majors, education, and political science and government.

Have the most popular majors always been the same over the years? Or have they shifted with each graduating class?

Over the recent years, we’ve seen the most popular majors shift from nursing to computer science to business-related majors. But the most recent class is shifting their interest to psychology—could this be influenced by the mental health impacts of events these students have experienced recently?

Methodology

We analyzed our database of more than 1.5 million students and the college majors they are interested in to find out which college major is the most popular in every state. We also found which majors are the most popular overall and broke down the data by graduation year.