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MyMajors

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MyMajors

Audience: Students and counselors (primary), parents (secondary)

Focus: Finding college majors that fit students best

Big Picture: Here’s a very clean, easy-to-use site that packs a powerful punch when it comes to college and career prep. Think of it as a digital guidance counselor—students create a profile and take a 15-minute assessment that gives MyMajors enough information to recommend career paths and college programs that best support them. Users may also choose to use the site’s comprehensive college majors search tools without being registered. Counselors and parents can benefit by subscribing to the site’s online resources—advice, checklists, testimonials, and more. A blog and magazine section (videos, articles, webinars) round out the site’s robust college-planning offerings.

Big Challenge Solved: MyMajors ably answers the most basic question when students start thinking about going to college: Where to start? The assessment does all the work, and students can use their findings to enhance meetings with their real counselors.

Must-Use: Educators should take advantage of the Counselors section, where they have access to a wide array of videos, articles, and tools (such as lesson plans and sample advisement reports) to aid them in college-prep sessions with students.

Most Unique Tool: The search tool allows users to drill down to colleges by major or career choices, and once there the results refresh automatically as additional parameters are chosen, such as distance from student’s home, type of college, and size.

Best Middle-School Student Tool: Younger students who check out the site’s blog will find engaging headlines like “College Majors of the Star Wars Characters” that will start them thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Best High-School Student Tool: MyMajors has its own magazine (look at the bottom nav), and the online versions are PDFs with embedded links—students can click on almost any page to open up windows to other site resources or the homepages of specific colleges.

Protip: The top navigation menu doesn’t appear until you get past the homepage—our advice is to, upon arrival, immediately scroll down and use the bottom navigation links to drill further into the site.

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