There are many types of colleges. Consider them all and choose the type that's the best fit for your personality, learning style, and situation.
Two-Year Community or Junior Colleges
A two-year college offers you a degree after two years of full-time study. Four out of 10 graduating high school students start their college careers at community colleges.
Attending a community college has lots of advantages.
- Tuition and fees at public community colleges are less than half of those at public four-year colleges and about a tenth of those at private four-year colleges.
- The faculty at community colleges tends to focus more on teaching than research, which means you'll get more help. And classes are usually smaller , so you'll get more personal attention from your teachers.
- Community colleges are good places to explore fields that interest you before committing to a major. You'll save money by paying less than you would at a four-year school while exploring your options.
- Taking classes at a community college can help improve your GPA. Community colleges have an open-door admissions policy — all students are accepted regardless of past academic performance.
- Since many communities have community colleges, you can save money by living at home.
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technician
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Forensic Science Technician
Geological and Petroleum Technician
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant
Solar Energy Consultant
Sound Engineering Technician
Public and Private Four-Year Colleges and Universities
A four-year college usually offers a bachelor’s degree in the arts or sciences once you've completed a program of study.
Universities are generally large and offer many majors.
State colleges and universities are usually less expensive than private colleges and universities. State colleges are usually large, as well.
Private colleges are generally more expensive, but tend to be smaller and may offer more personal attention. There are many types of private colleges including women’s colleges, men’s colleges, religious colleges and military colleges.
Don’t exclude more expensive colleges from your list. They often have many grants and scholarships available.
Clinical Laboratory Technician
Computer Applications Software Engineer
Computer Systems Software Engineer
Market Research Analyst
Medical and Health Services Manager
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
Personal Financial Advisor
Public Relations Specialist
- Careers that you could have with a Graduate or Doctorate Degree after earning a Bachelor’s Degree.
Educational, Vocational and School Counselor
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
Vocational schools, also known as trade or technical schools, teach skills necessary to perform a particular job.
Vocational schools offer a variety of programs that are two years or less. Typically you earn a certificate or diploma for a skill or trade once you've completed a program of study.
Automotive Service Technician
Food and Beverage Manager
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
Online Classes and Degrees
Many colleges offer online classes that may be taken as part of a program. These classes provide some flexibility in your schedule.
More and more completely online degrees are offered by online universities, traditional colleges and universities, and community colleges.
- Criminal Justice
- Nursing & Health Care
- Information Technology
- Continuing Education