What type of college should I go to?

There are different types of colleges that fit the different goals of each person. For example, a community college offers different degree programs than a four-year institution. And a public college typically costs less than a private college. Think about what your goals are, and weigh your options to find a college that best fits your needs.

Offers two-year degrees (associate degrees) at a low tuition rate. Associate degrees are needed for many jobs, and can also be an affordable way to earn credits that can transfer to a four-year college. These colleges usually don’t have on-campus housing.
Four-year colleges offer bachelor’s degrees. Often, these colleges also offer master’s and doctoral degrees. Many four-year colleges provide on-campus housing and are ideal for full-time students. Four-year colleges can be private or public.
A college supported by state funding. For Indiana residents, Indiana public colleges have lower tuition than private colleges. Public colleges can be two- or four-year institutions.
Nonprofit colleges — usually with smaller enrollments than public institutions—that offer mostly four-year bachelor’s degrees. Private colleges often charge higher tuition than public colleges.
A research college has professors who do research in their fields, as well as teach. Many four-year public colleges are research institutions.
These colleges run as a business, usually offering one- to two-year degrees in high-demand industries. Watch out for for-profit colleges that are not accredited, sound too good to be true or charge high tuition. More information on the dangers of these schools can be found here.
Many colleges offer online classes, while some colleges only exist online. These colleges don’t have a traditional campus, but instead teach classes to students from all across the country or even the world. Online courses can help you go to class on your own time. This may be beneficial if you are working a job, have kids or can’t attend traditional classes. Taking online classes mean you have to stay on top of your assignments, and not fall behind. Without a set schedule, it can be tough to follow-through, so it’s recommended you set your own schedule at the beginning of the semester and stick to it. As always, look for accredited colleges to be sure the degree you earn will be valuable in the workforce.
Some colleges have specific focuses that may appeal to you. These focus areas include gender (male- or female-only colleges), religion (including seminary), the arts (conservatories), military colleges and more.

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