Most students are encouraged to identify a parallel plan (also known as a back-up plan or "plan B") for success in addition to planning for their chosen major. Some Ball State majors take a limited number of students and therefore have highly competitive admission processes. Other majors may require much higher than average GPAs or a high skill level in particular subject areas (like mathematical sciences) in order to continue in the program. Parallel plans are vital in the event that a student’s interests and career plans change or a student is unable to gain admission to a particular major/program.
You can use the parallel plan worksheet to help you to identify and outline your own personal parallel plan.
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