Finding the Right College

  • Which college is best for you? Your choices depend on your interests, career goals and academic record. Talk to your high school counselor about your options and take advantage of college fairs and tours.

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    Types of schools

    • Community college — Traditionally an institution that offers certificates, diplomas or two-year associate’s degrees in various courses of study. For students who ultimately want to earn a bachelor's degree, community college can be an affordable way to earn initial credits that can be transferred to and count toward requirements at a four-year university.

    • Four-year college or university — An institution that offers students a bachelor’s degree in a wide range of academic majors. “Public,” or state, colleges generally have lower tuition rates than private colleges; students who attend public colleges in the state where they and their families live receive lower tuition than students who attend from out of state.

    • Vocational, professional and technical school — An institution that provides training leading to a particular type of employment. Programs at these schools usually include a strong element of hands-on training, providing students with skills needed to enter the workforce as professionals upon completion of the course. Many schools offer apprenticeship programs, allowing students to earn money while they are training.

    • Historically black college or university (HBCU) — An institution with a learning environment that builds on African American cultural background and history.

    When you've decided on a list of schools the may be right for you, get tips on financial aid and on completing your application. Talk to your counselor for more information.