Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dropping the ball

Declaring a major is one of the hardest decisions a college student must make — and it's even tougher for student athletes.

A Post-Gazette analysis shows athletes in many of the nation's top-ranked football and basketball programs concentrate in just a few majors, raising an important question: Do student athletes really have a choice in balancing academics and athletics?

We compiled and condensed athlete academic information for the top 25 Division I football and basketball programs, counting the number of athletes pursuing majors in science, math and engineering, the liberal arts, business, social science and miscellaneous studies, marking which universities showed clustering and which didn't.

Note: Florida State, Alabama, Washington, Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Villanova and Connecticut do not provide player major information.