When do I need to declare a major?

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As an exploratory student at Kent State University, you are required to declare a major other than "exploratory" by the time you complete 45 credit hours. Typically, this will occur in your sophomore year. It is strongly recommended, however, that you set a goal to choose your major the end of your freshman year. Some students do not make their major decision until they are sophomores, and others decide to change their major as late as the sophomore year. Many of these students still graduate in four years. While this can be done in some cases, it is important to note that there is no guarantee for this. It depends very much on what courses you have taken and the curriculum requirements of the major you choose. Thus, while you may be able to have more time, it is best to decide by the end of your freshmen year.