Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Based on data from WPI Classes of 2002 and 2003, students' choice of major and dynamics of changing majors are studied through the lens of MBTI types. Certain majors are found to attract students of certain MBTI types. For example, Computer Science attracts Introverts, Management Extraverts and Electrical & Computer Engineering Judging students. Significantly more Extraverts than Introverts are found to switch from technical fields to various forms of management. For Intuitive and Perceiving students, changing majors is associated with lower average Math and Science grades in the freshman year. These and other findings have possible implications for research and policy in higher education.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies