You don't have to get it right the first time

Switching majors or transferring is a normal part of the college experience.

Choosing to go back to college as an adult is one of the most important decisions you can make. However, even if you take your time and plan things carefully, you might be disappointed with your original choice of major, regardless of whether you enroll in business programs or arts programs. If you're having doubts about your choice, don't be afraid to switch majors or even transfer to another college.

Stay focused


Even if the initial college admissions process seemed arduous, it's certainly no reason for you to stay in a school or degree program you're not happy with. Rather than struggle to complete coursework that doesn't interest you anymore, consider your options. Is your degree program causing doubts or is it the school? Have your career plans changed since you originally enrolled? Whatever the reason, if you're thinking about transferring, it's important to have a plan. Transferring to another institution isn't a bad thing, but admissions officials will want to see evidence of why transferring will benefit your education and career goals.

"Iā€™m not aware of many universities that will admit transfer students who are entirely undecided about their academic plans," Shawn Abbott, assistant vice president of admissions at a university in New York, told The New York Times. "We expect that transfer students are ā€“ at this point in their college career ā€“ a little more self-directed and focused."

It's all about you


What works for one student may not necessarily work for another. While some adult learners enroll at a single institution and complete their studies without transferring, others attend two or sometimes even three colleges before they earn their degree. Although it might be tempting to compare your situation to other students in similar positions, remember that your academic path may be different from someone else's.

"The transfer process is an alternative route; not every successful student takes the same path to and through college," Nancy Meislahn, dean of admissions and financial aid at a university in Connecticut, told U.S. News and World Report. "Students need to do as much or maybe even more research the "second time around." And they will be expected to articulate motivation for the transfer and why they see the match with the transfer institution and/or major."