I don't really know how to properly phrase this question but can you transfer from any program, maybe one that's not as competitive, to a more competitive program in university?

I've always been curious: for example, let's say I'm applying for Harvard, a super competitive school. I understand that they don't require you to choose a major until second year. If I were to indicate my interest of a less competitive program, like gender studies or african dance choreography, would I be able to transfer/select a biology program 2nd year? Surely it's much easier to be accepted into one of those programs than a competitive science program, so wouldn't people try to cheat the admissions system by applying for a non-competitive program and then end up choosing a competitive program?

I don't really see what would prevent someone from doing this, as the schools all allow you to choose whatever program you want regardless of your indicated interest.

Question doesn't really make sense but I wanna see what yall say regardless.

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    "Surely it's much easier to be accepted into one of those programs than a competitive science program" - Citation needed. – Bryan Krause Feb 25 at 23:39
  • Every university is so different in how they handle major selection that your question is off-topic. It took me a few reads to understand your question because it barely makes sense for my school does it. – Azor Ahai Feb 26 at 0:10

I'll assume that you really do mean "competitive" and not just "difficult to master". (Otherwise you've stepped into a minefield with your examples, which can be astoundingly difficult). I'll also take "competitive" to mean that there are lots and lots of students wanting to major in those things.

A priori, there is no reason for the university to care a lot which major you choose provided that it has the resources to accommodate you. But some programs that might be competitive (by the above definition) require small classes (and therefore more faculty) or laboratories with a limited number of seats available. Other majors have very deep prerequisite requirements for the upper level courses, requiring that you select those majors early if at all.

So, there are a lot of considerations. Each university will have its own constraints and those constraints will impose rules that don't seem valid until you look at the constraints that led to the rules.

Biology is a lab science, generally speaking, which imposes limits. Computer science may or may not require equipment, depending on how the program is built.

But your expressed interest on entry isn't really a constraint most places. If you want to choose a major, you will be admitted or not based on your current record and any constraints in place at that moment. (caveat: MOST PLACES)

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