What are you going to do after High School? Brainstorm a list of possible options. Lets Read Is College for Everyone to discover alternatives to higher education.Community CollegesState UniversitiesPublic Universities Independent Colleges & Universities Prepares students to transfer to a 4 year institution Associates degree Offers technical training in specific occupations (bookkeeping, culinary arts) Most are nonresidential students live off-campus Students can attend part-time or full-time Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees Accepts High School Seniors and Community College Transfers Provides broad liberal education and prepares students for professional goalsAccepts High School Seniors and Community College TransfersBachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science and Masters degreesHave Professional Schools: Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social Welfare Vary in size, prestige, and cost Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorates, and Professional DegreesAccepts High School Graduates and Community College TransfersProfessional Schools: Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social WelfareEverything You Need to Know About DegreesUndergraduateAssociatesBachelorsGraduateMastersDoctorateWhat is the difference between undergraduate and graduate degrees? Undergraduate (associate and bachelor) degrees give you a general foundation plus a basis in your field. Graduate (master's and doctorate) degrees specialize in a specific field.Common at community or junior colleges & trade and professional schools. Typically requires about 60 hours of course work.If you attend school full-time that translates into two years of college. Associate-level programs offer different degrees for a variety of careers. May provide the necessary training to prepare students for entry-level positions in fields like nursing, graphic design and other vocational areas. Transferable associate degree programs cover the general education requirements needed to continue a student's education at a 4-year university. The most popular degrees available at the associate level include these: Associate of Arts (A.A.) Associate of Science (A.S.) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Paramedic Digital Imager Drug Prevention Educator Emergency Medical Technician Fashion designer Fire Fighter Graphic Artist Auto Mechanic Police Officer Real Estate Agent Respiratory Technician Surgical Technician Telecommunication Technician Web Designer Bio-technician Business Manager Computer Aided Drafter Computer Support Specialist Cosmetician Dental Assistant Hygienist Interior Designer Journalist Medical Assistant Nurse ParalegalUsually means attending a four-year college or university.Requires about 120 hours of class work.Costs vary for bachelors degrees, but in general, it costs $21,000 for a standard four-year public college, and about $40,000 for private colleges and universities (including tuition, room and board). Requires that students choose a major area of study. Graduates are qualified to work in entry or management level positions, depending on the field. Bachelor's degree usually required for admittance into a graduate program. Different types of degrees available in a bachelor's degree program include the following: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)A Bachelor of Science is more focused on practice while a Bachelor of Arts is more focused on academia and general education. Bachelor of Science degree includes more courses that include math, labs or other practical learning situations. A few of the most popular majors that fall under the B.S. umbrella include: Biology Chemistry Engineering Information Technology Mathematics Nursing A Bachelor of Arts degree, generally includes classes and electives in areas like foreign language, history, and the arts. Below are a few of the common majors that fall under the B.A. umbrella: Anthropology Art History English History Philosophy Sociology Theres often a lot of overlap between these types of degrees. Keep in mind that you dont have to decide during your first semester Demands that you go above and beyond normal levels of academic achievement. Primarily offered by public and private universities, Encompass an additional 60 hours of class work (about two years). May qualify graduates to work in advanced or executive-level positions. Required for entrance into some doctoral programs. Along with an undergraduate degree, enrolling in a master's degree program usually requires a minimum GPA and an acceptance score on a graduate entrance exam, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Many master's degree programs require a thesis or capstone project for graduation. A few different degree programs available at the master's-level include the following: Master of Arts (M.A.) Master of Science (M.S.) Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Public Administration (MPA) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Master of Engineering (MEng) Master of Education (Med) Most advanced type of degree program available. Admittance usually requires a master's degree. Completing a doctorate usually takes several years. Involves the completion of a dissertation and a major research project or publication of a coherent body of literature. Qualified to work as experts Three types of Doctorates: Research, Professional, Honorary A few possible degrees include those listed below: Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) J.D. (Juris Doctor M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) Learn the college-preparatory course requirements Push to get into these courses in high school Push to get into honors and AP courses in high school, if available What you do outside of class matters Sports, Clubs, Work, Church, Honor Societies, and various groups Take the PSAT by the 9th or 10th grade Its good practice for the SAT!1. Size: What is the total student population? How big are the typical freshman classes?2. Location: How far is the college from home? Is it in a rural, urban, suburban setting? What is the area surrounding the campus like?3. People: Who are the students and where do they come from? 4.Academics: What majors are available? Who teaches the courses? What is the academic reputation of the college? 5.Social Opportunities: What clubs and teams are available? Are there fraternities and sororities? 6.Cost: What is the total cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, and books? What kind of financial aid is available? Whats the highest level of education that your parents received? What is your goal? Why do you seek to receive this degree? What will be its benefits?