The Ivy Coach Daily

October 17, 2023

The Most Popular Majors at Each Ivy League School

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Social Sciences were the most popular majors among 2022 graduates of Harvard University.

What are the most popular majors at the Ivy League schools? While Ivy League schools often include the most popular intended majors in their press releases about their incoming classes, students’ intentions can change. It would thus be more accurate to analyze the majors of recent graduates. So, what were the most popular majors among graduates at each of the eight Ivy League schools?

Top Majors By Percent of Graduates at Ivy League Schools

As classified by US News & World Report, the following were the most popular major categories — groups that include all related fields — among 2022 graduates at each of the eight Ivies:

Most Popular Majors at Brown University

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Computer Science15%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics13%
Applied Mathematics, General10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General7%
International Relations and Affairs6%
History, General5%
Engineering, General5%
Public Health, General4%
English Language and Literature, General4%
Political Science and Government, General4%

Most Popular Majors at Columbia University

Columbia University, mired in a scandal in which the school misreported data to US News & World Report, in seemingly an act of protest, did not report data on its 2022 graduates’ most popular majors to the publication for its 2023 rankings.

Most Popular Majors at Cornell University

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services17%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services13%
Engineering13%
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields10%
Social Sciences8%
Physical Sciences3%
Architecture and Related Services3%
Natural Resources and Conservation3%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2%

Most Popular Majors at Dartmouth College

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Social Sciences32%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services10%
Engineering9%
Mathematics and Statistics9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences7%
Psychology6%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies5%
Visual and Performing Arts5%
History3%
Natural Resources and Conservation3%

Most Popular Majors at Harvard University

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Social Sciences, General26%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General14%
Mathematics, General12%
Computer and Information Sciences, General11%
History, General9%
Physical Sciences, General6%
Engineering, General5%
Psychology, General4%
Visual and Performing Arts, General4%
English Language and Literature, General3%

Most Popular Majors at Princeton University

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Social Sciences20%
Engineering18%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences10%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions10%
Physical Sciences6%
History5%
English Language and Literature/Letters3%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics3%
Psychology3%

Most Popular Majors at the University of Pennsylvania

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services19%
Social Sciences14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11%
Health Professions and Related Programs9%
Engineering9%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services9%
Philosophy and Religious Studies7%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies4%
Physical Sciences3%

Most Popular Majors at Yale University

MajorPercentage of 2022 Graduates
Social Sciences26%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences11%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services8%
Mathematics and Statistics8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies7%
History6%
Engineering5%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies5%
Psychology5%
Visual and Performing Arts5%

Overview of Ivy League’s Most Popular Majors

So, it’s the social sciences and computer science that really lead the pack among the Ivy League schools in terms of the most popular majors of recent graduates. Social sciences are the most popular majors at Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and the second-most popular majors at UPenn. Computer science-related disciplines at Brown and Cornell were the most popular majors and were the second-most popular at Dartmouth. We’ll report on Columbia’s most popular majors for its recent graduating class when it becomes available.

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