TYPES OF COLLEGES

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DIFFERENT COLLEGES DEFINED
TYPES OF COLLEGES

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DIFFERENT COLLEGES DEFINED
TYPES OF COLLEGES

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FINDING THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR EDUCATION

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

COLLEGES

Colleges are often smaller institutions that focuses on  undergraduate education in a broad range of academic areas. Along with the smaller size and enrollment, colleges typically have smaller class sizes as well which may lead to a more engaging experience with professors.

UNIVERSITIES

Universities are typically larger institutions that offer a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Based on the typically larger size, universities often offer a broader range of academic studies and research opportunities.

Note:  A bachelor's degree is necessary if pursuing an advanced degree such as a master's, Ph.D.

FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
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PRIVATE & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Private schools are primarily funded by attendees while public schools are primarily funded by State and/or federal taxes.

PRIVATE COLLEGES

Private schools are typically more expensive but may compensate for that with generous financial aid packages.  As the source of funds is not through public taxes, private schools are not obligated to adhere to legislative mandates for curriculum or philosophical/religious standards.

PUBLIC COLLEGES

Public schools are typically larger in size than public schools. Due to the public funding, public schools tend to have lower admission prices, especially for in-State residents.

COMMUNITY & JUNIOR COLLEGES

COMMUNITY  &  JUNIOR COLLEGES

Community colleges and junior colleges are educational institutions that provide two-year educational programs, typically focused on technical, vocational, or liberal areas of study.  Many offer associate’s degrees.  Community colleges are typically publicly funded while junior colleges are typically privately funded.

COMMUNITY & JUNIOR COLLEGES
TRADE & TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

TRADE & TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

TRADE SCHOOLS

Trade Schools tend to have more "hands-on" programs of study. Trade Schools specialize in labor-focused industries: auto mechanics, electricians, carpenters, and medical assistance. 

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

A technical college focuses on preparing students for a career. They often offer one-year certificate and two-year associate degree programs in a variety of areas.  Some tech schools also offer transferable credits, if deciding to complete a bachelor's degree.


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