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j93
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Jul3-09, 02:28 PM
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This is exactly what I always figured.

Quote Quote by physics girl phd View Post
When I was on a selection committee, the only way a dual major influenced selection was if a committee member noticed this during the "reading" of the application. The reading score was out of ten points, and typically I'd give a small boost (1/4 to 1/2 a point) if I noticed a strong double major (with strong grades and coursework in the second major).
Semesters of challenging coursework at best give a 2.5% bump which is diminished after averaging. On the other hand the same coursework has the potential to hurt you more than that 2.5%.
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So via a system like this, a second major might give you a small boost, but it's probably fairly insignificant.
I would say it is fairly insignificant since a 2.5% boost on a subsection is pretty insignificant.