Numerology Can Help You Decide What College Major Is Right For You

Are you about to start college and you aren’t sure what to study?

In between hanging out with friends and your summer job, are you internally stewing about what you should declare as your college major? Is just the thought of it stressing you out?

And if you’re a parent: Are you concerned that your student is waffling about what they want to pursue as their major?

Why not add the tool of Numerology to your toolbox? When you know your numbers, you can gain a tremendous amount of insight into your over-all purpose in life and how you’re meant to go about achieving your mission.

Wouldn’t that be nice to know right about now??

Here’s how to start.

Calculate your LIFE PATH NUMBER.

Your Life Path Number is just one number in your entire Numerology Chart.

It indicates your Life’s Purpose – what you’re here to develop, learn, and act upon in order to feel the most purposeful and satisfied.

Remember: What you came here to do will always be the most difficult thing for you to do! That’s why it takes time, practice, and tenacity.

Yet when you know your Life Path, you can make decisions that are in alignment with your over-all purpose.

My personal “disclaimer:”  When I mention “possible college majors,” the emphasis is on possible.  Please don’t think these are the only majors suitable for you or your student.  These are suggestive of what might fit well with the over-all Life Path purpose.  Each person is incredibly unique and brings individual passions and talents to the table.  I don’t even talk about options like Culinary School or other alternatives to traditional college majors.  So please keep this in mind as you read these short descriptions. 

Also note the the whole chart will present an even richer view of you or your student’s personality profile and can offer more specific information about how to optimize your education.  You can order a full report here. 

Even better, a private session can get be a great way to offer your student a different perspective about themselves that potentially will inspire them to get focused about where they’re going and what they’re doing in their lives.

Calculate the Life Path Number:

Your date of birth.

Example: November 11, 1996

Add it together this way:

November = 11; 1 + 1 = 2

11 = 1 + 1 = 2

1996 = 1 + 9 + 9 + 6 = 25; 2 + 5 = 7

Now add it all together:

Month + Day + Year = 2 + 2 + 7 = 11

In this example, 11 is a Master Number (click here to read about Master Numbers)

Yet continue to add until you get a one-digit number: 1 + 1 = 2

The Life Path Number in this example is 11/2 or 2.

CHOOSE YOUR COLLEGE MAJOR . . . with Numerology

Number 1: The Leader

Your ultimate purpose is to develop creativity, confidence, independence, originality, and achievement. You’re here to learn how to individuate yourself from others, develop healthy independence, and get on the road to attainment and achievement.

In Alignment:
Innovative, energetic, original thinker, leader, determined, inspired, courageous.

Out Of Alignment:
Narcissistic, self-important, domineering, intolerant OR insecure, helpless, victimized, wishy-washy, lacking self-respect & esteem.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to act upon your creative ideas and to be a leader. Any major that can give you knowledge and skills to fall back on in these arenas – that you have an interest or passion about – is perfect.
  • Some possibilities: Business, Fine Arts, Communications, Pre-Med, or Interdisciplinary Studies (if you’re already a focused and goal-oriented person).
  • The key for you: What are you totally passionate about? With a 1, it’s not so much what you major in. Rather, it’s all about believing in yourself in terms of what you’re passionate about – not what other people think you should be doing. Then dive in with gusto and trust your creativity, innovation, and uniqueness. Your success resides in taking some risks and trusting your weirdness. You’re not meant to color inside the lines. Don’t shy away from being an entrepreneur, yet you need the foundational skills needed to have success. Get out there, take charge, and don’t be a slacker.  You’ll have failures and must learn to fail forward.  You’re an innovator.

Number 2: The Mediator

Your ultimate purpose is to develop love, harmony, balance, cooperation, and diplomacy. You thrive when serving the needs of a group and you make things happen behind the scenes. You can be detail-oriented and extremely emotionally sensitive.  You’re all about love, partnership, and service.

In Alignment:
Sensitive, intuitive, supportive, detail-oriented, patient, cooperative, diplomatic.

Out Of Alignment:
Resentful, narrow minded, childish, manipulative OR indecisive, self-centered, dependent, overly sensitive.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to act upon your diplomatic skills and to be the “power behind the throne.”
  • Some possibilities: Interior Design, Education, Pre-Nursing, English, Marketing, Humanities.
  • The key for you: How can you find a career where you work in a group that you feel in simpatico? With a 2, it’s all about feeling needed, loved, and that your contributions are respected. You have a giving nature and are innately intuitive. You blossom when you’re talents are being used to serve the greater good of a group, so stray away from career choices where you’ll be working solo. You have a big heart, so you need a major that will lead you to a career where you can be of service to other people.

Number 3: The Communicator

Your ultimate purpose is to develop creative self-expression, emotional sensitivity, joy, and inspiring communication. You thrive in the spotlight with performance, entertainment, or any creative and communicative endeavor having to do with the spoken or written word.

In Alignment:
Expressive, artistic, creative, communicative, joyful, witty, optimistic, intelligent.

Out Of Alignment:
Superficial, emotionally volatile, inappropriate, prone to exaggeration OR depressed, self-doubting, inarticulate, fearful, insincere.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to embrace your creative self-expression and communication skills.
  • Some possibilities: Theatre or Film, Music, Journalism, Communications, Broadcasting, Psychology, Sociology.
  • The key for you: Can you move through your self-doubt and commit yourself to developing your amazing creative talents? With a 3, you might feel that everyone can do what you do (because you find it to be oh-so easy). Yet let me tell you: Not everyone can drink from the fountain of creativity as readily as you. The trick is to develop the verve to know that you can make a living at it. And side step the naysayers or those who wish you’d choose a more practical path. Also, you can be scattered and lacking follow-through. It’s up to you to not flit through and be a novice at everything you do. It’s your challenge to dig in and become an expert.

Number 4: The Teacher

Your purpose is to develop process, security, stability, and hard work. You’re the “slow and steady wins the race” person who thrives when you know the rules, use your systems-building skills, and have a sense of routine in your life. You’re all about hard work and meeting goals.

In Alignment:
Dependable, stable, productive, conservative, loyal, trustworthy, hardworking.

Out Of Alignment:
Rigid, bulldozing, bossy, blunt, martyr about work OR unorganized, careless, distracted, idle, irresponsible.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to be a hard-working systems builder and to spread your vast knowledge to others.
  • Some possibilities: Education, Architecture, Engineering, Drafting, Photography, Fishery & Wildlife, Sports Medicine, Construction and Building.
  • The key for you: Can you decide upon a field in which you allow yourself the permission to pursue with passion? With a 4, you ultimately seek a sense of stability and security. You’re a “literal” thinker and thrive when you’re using your amazing process-oriented brain. You make a superlative teacher – whether you end up being a teacher or not. You’re apt to excel in management. Don’t count out engineering or device building. Work at thinking outside of your own box. Also know that following your true passion is all-important for you. Often you struggle with defaulting to the more mundane or practical path rather than doing what you truly love.  The 4 is the number of the architect and you excel in creative fields where technical skill is required.  Anything having to do with animals is also favored.

Number 5: The Freedom Seeker

Your ultimate purpose is to develop fearlessness, adventurousness, resilience, and the constructive use of freedom. You’re an agent of change and the master of progressive thought and action. You’re here to experience all the material and sensual world has to offer – within healthy and focused perimeters. Your mantra: “Don’t fence me in!”

In Alignment:
Freedom-loving, adventurous, fearless, resilient, agent of change, flexible, fun.

Out Of Alignment:
Indulgent, excessive, restless, high emotions, addiction OR fearful, dependent, depressed, stagnant, procrastinator, erratic, easily overwhelmed.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to develop a constructive and disciplined use of freedom and be an agent of change.
  • Some possibilities: Sales/Business, Metaphysics, Nutrition, Journalism, Hospitality, Travel Industry, the Arts.
  • The key for you: Can you embrace the fact that you really aren’t meant to settle down immediately? With a 5, it’s all about experiencing the world in all of its glory. You’re at your best when you can tap into a fearless sense of adventure, use your versatility in a focused and dynamic way, and see the world as your big adventurous oyster. Usually being a bank teller or any 9-to-5er just won’t cut it for you. Anything where you can act on your adventurous spirit is perfect. Just give yourself permission to experience the world before you settle down. That can come later. Caution for you: Beware of going way overboard in the party scene when you’re in college. I’m not suggesting being a wallflower; just make sure you reign in it or it’ll be a struggle to gain the success you want to have in school when you overdo it in the party department.  The key for you is the focused use of your amazing skills and talents.

Number 6: The Nurturer

Your ultimate purpose is to develop nurturing, balanced responsibility, acceptance, service to others, and visionary pursuits. You’re the “home and family” person and often thrive when working with justice-related issues, in the creative arts, or anywhere a sense of beauty is required.

In Alignment:
Family-oriented, romantic, responsible, artistically creative, supportive, devoted, loving, sensible.

Out Of Alignment:
Perfectionist, critical, idealistic to a fault, self-righteous, meddling OR irresponsible, indulgent, non-committal, self-absorbed.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to balance your sense of responsibility and to do loving service with and for others.
  • Some possibilities: Business/ Marketing, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Beauty School/Cosmetology, Counseling Psychology, Sociology, Pre-Med, Music, Art, Theatre, Political Science, Pre-Law.
  • The key for you: Is there a way for you to key into your visionary capabilities? With a 6, you’re a “Big Picture” kind of person. Ultimately, you’re meant to be your own boss (re: you don’t like be told what to do!). So pay close attention and learn how to build your own business in an effective way. You can be a natural entertainer – creativity is a forte. You’re also a natural counselor, lover of beauty, and cultivator of loving service. Anything in the justice field is enticing. Home and family are important for you, so you might lean toward anything that enriches that aspect of your life.

Number 7: The Seeker

Your ultimate purpose is to develop spirituality, data-driven analysis, intuition, trust, and openness. You’re on an “internal journey” seeking to know who you really are – deep down at your core. You’re here to master both the analytical and the spiritual and intuitive nature of life. You need “alone” time.  You thrive when you specialize in something.

In Alignment:
Data-driven & analytical, refined mind, knowledge-driven, intuitive, wise, truth-seeker, spiritually centered.

Out Of Alignment:
Critical, obsessive, secretive, distrustful, pessimistic, intimidating OR superficial, overly trusting, ignorant, easily frustrated.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to be a truth seeker – your life is spent developing and acknowledging both the left/right brain continuum in yourself. When you tap in to both your analytical brain and your intuitive brain, you’re at your most powerful.
  • Some possibilities: Philosophy, the Sciences, Engineering, Computers, Religion, Nutrition, Healing Arts, Massage Therapy.
  • The key for you: Can you accept that you’re both an intellectual and a psychic? With a 7, you’re always seeking answers to life’s big (and small) questions. You mostly live in your head and tend to over-intellectualize everything. You’re learning how to manage and understand the emotional side of life. You’re actually quite a sensitive and emotional person, yet that part of you feels foreign. Understand that you’re on a different wavelength than most people. You’re great with any career in which you can work alone for part of the time – research, science, data collecting, computers. Yet you can also feel the pull of your more intuitive side and be drawn to the healing arts, metaphysical thought, and self exploration.

Number 8: The Powerhouse

Your ultimate purpose is to develop your positive relationship with money, power, control, and authority. You’re here to experience the satisfaction that comes with financial abundance and material achievement.

In Alignment:
Financially abundant, authoritative, powerful, in control, influential, giving.

Out Of Alignment:
Egotistical, controlling, opinionated, materialistic, forceful, bully, rebellious OR
passive, victimized, powerless, insecure, fear of financial success, blaming.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to master the art of success in the material world.
  • Some possibilities: Business/Management, Engineering, Real Estate, TV/Film Production, Music.
  • The key for you: Can you accept the fact that you’re meant to think big and be a financial success? With an 8, you’re destined to make a big splash in the world of money, power, control, and authority. Yet it won’t be an easy dash to get there! You need to key into your sense of personal power – and that will be tested from very early on in your life. Once you get a handle around that, then it’s off to the races. Yet know that you have authority issues that you need to balance. And know that it’s up, down and all around for you – not this linear path to riches. You must be resilient. You must focus on your goal and move toward it with good management, organization, fortitude, heart, and most of all, integrity. You excel in an arena where there is already an established entity (as opposed to creating your own business, even though that’s not out of the question).  You’re best as the manager, the boss, the CEO.  Yet you have to learn by trial and error (and by having some very challenging authority figures in your life) how to be a heart-centered and effective leader.

Number 9: The Humanitarian

Your ultimate purpose is to develop spirituality, humanitarianism, creativity, wisdom, and integrity. You feel fulfilled when serving a humanitarian service – large or small. You’re creative, compassionate, and giving.

In Alignment:
Humanitarian, compassionate, magnetic, charitable, romantic, creative, generous, idealistic.

Out Of Alignment:
Lacking integrity, resentful, holds on to old “stuff,” hostile, arrogant OR close minded, submissive, emotionally unavailable, drifter, liar.

Choose Your Major:

  • You’re here to use your creativity and make a difference in the world.
  • Some possibilities: Business, Medicine, Music, the Humanities, Real Estate, Non-Profits.
  • The key for you: How can you go with the flow of your creative impulses? With a 9, you’re versatile and unusual. You can be successful at virtually anything for which you feel passion. It’s through creativity and helping others that you find your groove. It’s only a lack of concentration that can keep you from enjoying the success of your projected goals. Understand that you’re challenged with asking for support or help, so the sooner you can learn to ask, the better. A lesson you’re learning is how to both give and receive. Know that you might have a propensity to devour information focused on spirituality or psychology. Overall, you’re working on learning how to express and understand your own feelings. Tap into your creativity and into something that you feels gives back to others and you’ll be living your dream.

If you show an 11/2, 22/4, or 33/6 when you calculate your Life Path number, click to learn more about what the Master Numbers bring to the table for you.

Understand that Numerology gives you an amazingly accurate imprint of how your life is designed – what your purpose is, how you’ll go about fulfilling that purpose, and it also gives you a great map as to what you’re being presented with and learning during specific stages in your life.

If you’re going off to college, chances are you’re about 18 years old (give or take). Often, the descriptions of the Life Path numbers seem to hit on just a little of who you are because – let’s face it – you’re still quite young! You’re truly in the developmental stages of your life where you’re having experiences that’ll be guiding you into your purpose.

It’s a rare 18 year old who knows exactly what they want to do in life. And what I find is that we’re really not meant to be doing one thing all of our lives. We’ll shift, grow, evolve, and change as years and experience move through us.

And yet having your Life Path purpose as a “through line of action” for you – as your stake in the ground that you can align yourself with over and over again – can truly support you as you move into your college career.

And if you haven’t seen this great commencement speech given by Jim Carrey, here’s just three minutes of it (if you have 25 minutes to devote to it, watch here).

Priceless advice as you make decisions about creating this next phase of your life.