High School Students and Families

College decisions are major decisions. Major Decision can reduce stress, save time, and save money in this all-important process by talking to a current college student of your choice. Find your Student Advisor today!

How Does Major Decision Work?

  • You search the Major Decision database of college students (Student Advisors) at colleges you're considering.

  • When you find the Major Decision College Advisor you want to talk to, simply schedule an online conversation in text or video format. A credit card is all that's needed for payment. No personal information - email addresses or phone numbers - are ever exchanged, for your safety and security.

  • At the agreed-upon time, join the secure online session, conducted entirely within the Major Decision platform.

  • You can then rate the quality of the conversation (1-5 stars) and the Student Advisor is paid for the session.

  • The process can be repeated as many times as you want to make for smarter college search decisions.

  • When you set up your account, you'll be given a Referral Code, which earns you $5 for each new customer or Student Advisor you get to join Major Decision. More on that at the bottom of the page.

Where are You in Your College Decision Journey?

The college admissions process is really a whole series of major decisions – what schools to research and consider, how many to apply to, which ones to visit, what school to commit to, how to prepare for your college career.

 

Confidently making an informed decision can mean the difference between a great life experience and one that doesn’t live up to expectations. Or worse, ends in a setback. 

 

With Major Decision, you can increase your decision-making confidence all along the journey, and gain peace of mind that you’re headed in the right direction.

 

You can connect with current students about their colleges, majors, athletics, Greek life, campus diversity, support services, the local community, and so much more.

 

And the investment is minimal, especially when compared to what's at stake in making the decision:

 

  Text Session Video Session
Length of Time 20 minutes 30 minutes
Cost $30 $50

 

 

Step 1

Research

This step begins in your sophomore or junior year in high school, and can be an overwhelming and confusing start to the college decision process. 

 

You may start with 10, 12, or even 20 colleges on your initial consideration list. Do you want to be a big fish in a little pond, or a little fish in a big pond? Urban, suburban or rural campus? Public or private university? Any thoughts on a major?

 

Major Decision conversations with current students at these colleges, along with help from school counselors and online research, can make it quicker and easier to bring focus to the journey and narrow this list to something more manageable.
 

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Step 2

Campus Visit

Campus visits often leave everyone hungry for more knowledge and for direct, firsthand impressions. After a while, they all seem the same and start to blur together.

 

Even visiting colleges within driving distance of home involves planning, coordination of your family’s busy schedules, and the inevitable “are we there yet?” questions from younger siblings.

 

Economically, even colleges near home often require an overnight stay and hundreds of dollars in hotel bills, meals and car expenses. A trip across the country for a campus visit can easily mean an investment of thousands of dollars.

 

A Major Decision conversation is an incredibly cost-effective part of deciding on where and how many campus visits to make. You’ll be confident that your hard-earned money is being well-spent.
 

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Step 3

Application

By now you’re feeling the angst of writing and editing essays, pressure from your classmates who always seem further ahead in the process, and deadlines that never seem to stop. 

 

In addition to the stress and time required, the average application fee is about $50, and some elite colleges are rapidly approaching $100 per application. 

 

Avoiding even one application fee through a Major Decision conversation can easily pay for itself. Or, improve your confidence that a college is worthy of your application.
 

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Step 4

Commitment Decision

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted, possibly to as many as a half-dozen colleges or more. Choosing the best college to attend involves decisions around academics, tuition and fees, financial aid, questions of “fit,” and so much more. 

 

A Major Decision conversation can help you reduce stress, risk, and second-guessing at this critical time. It can make you feel more confident in the final decision – after all, there’s a lot at stake.

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Step 5

Preparing for that first semester

You’ve made the decision, you know where you’re going to college! Well done!

 

Connecting with current students at that college can help with course selection, housing decisions, choosing a meal plan, even finding the hottest places to visit when you arrive in town for orientation and beyond. And, they can relate their experiences as a Major Decision Student Advisor, which you can now become, too.

 

Arrive on campus rested, refreshed, confident and ready to start this great journey.
 

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Ready to Start a Conversation? 

Hundreds of Student Advisors are ready to help guide you on your journey.

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An Added Benefit – the Major Decision Referral Program

You can earn $5 in Referral Rewards credit for each new customer or Student Advisor you sign up. You’re part of the program as soon as you become a customer, so help grow the Major Decision community and save money on your journey! Your Referral Code will appear in your customer profile when your account is set up. Pass that along to other customers and Student Advisors for when they sign up.