I'm a rising high school senior with an interest in industrial engineering. Although I'm aware that plenty of people graduate with degrees completely different from what they wanted to do in high school, industrial engineering is what I want to major in right now. Industrial engineering isn't a super common major, so it's definitely restricted my college search. To broaden my choices, I've also been considering schools that offer systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, operations research, or more general engineering programs that include a concentration (ABET accredited). I've thought about including schools that offer engineering management but I've heard that's not a good idea for an undergrad degree and the starting salary tends to be substantially lower. People have been telling me I should still apply to schools that have none of those things, though so I can "keep my options open". I know it's totally possible that I'll change my mind about engineering in my first year of college, but if I want to go back to math just about every school offers a math major. They say I can just get a more general major and then do industrial engineering for grad school. Honestly though, I really don't want to make plans that are contingent on me going straight to grad school. I guess it's possible that I'll change my mind between now and when I have to decide where I'm going to college (May 1), but I think it's really unlikely I'll change to something outside of STEM. People are telling me to not limit my options by not applying to schools that don't have anything I can make into an IE-type major, but I feel like that's actually limiting my options more. How much should the available majors be affecting which colleges I apply to? Should I apply to schools that I like that don't offer what I think I want to major in, or anything pretty close to it?