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Breaking down the different types of college
Types of Colleges
When most students talk about planning for college, they really mean that they are planning for education beyond the secondary level. Many don’t know that institutions of higher learning can be classified into a number of categories. There are colleges, universities, community (or junior) colleges, vocational or technical schools, and specialized institutes. A student may even apply to schools in different categories. That’s fine as long as they have done enough research to see which ones best fit their needs, abilities, and interests.
Let’s take a look at the various options that are available to high school graduates and how each is defined.
- College – An institution of higher education that offers a curriculum leading to a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. The primary focus is on undergraduate education. (Should these agree? Arts and sciences or art and science?)
- University – A typical university has a liberal arts college as well as several specialized colleges and graduate programs in such fields at business, engineering, medicine, law, agriculture, nursing, and the arts.
- Liberal Arts – A four-year institution that emphasizes a broad undergraduate education. It offers exposure to the sciences, history, philosophy, music,and art. Pre-professional and professional training may be offered, but not stressed. Most liberal arts institutions are private.
- Community College/Junior College – A post-secondary institution that typically offers courses parallel to the freshmen and sophomore offerings at four-year colleges and universities. In addition to these programs that offer students the opportunity to transfer to a four-year school, many community colleges offer career-oriented certificate programs or associate’s degrees for students concerned with finding immediate employment.
- Military School – Federal military academies prepare officers for the armed forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These institutions require recommendations and appointments (or endorsements) by members of Congress. Private and state-supported military schools and the Coast Guard Academy operate on a college application basis. Their degree programs offered are usually in the areas of business, engineering, technology, and military science.
- Engineering or Technical College – This type of college is an independent professional institution that provides training programs in the fields of engineering, technology, and the physical sciences. They are often known as Institutes of Technology or Polytechnic Institutes and their degree programs range from four to five years for completion.
- Vocational or Technical School – This kind of institution is similar to a community college in that it offers specific career-oriented programs that last from a few months to a couple of years. Most are specialized and offer intense training in one specific skill area.
- Nursing School – Some nursing schools are affiliated with hospitals and students receive R.N. (registered nurse) degrees upon completion of training. Others are affiliated with colleges or universities where graduates receive an R.N. degree and a bachelor’s degree both, as well as preparation for careers in nursing administration.(The latter career choice may require further study leading to a graduate (master’s or doctoral) degree.)
- Art Schools (or Institutes)- The principal focus of this specialized type of institution is the study of the visual, performing, and/or creative arts. If it is accredited as a college, an art school or art institute may grant its graduates a bachelor or master of fine arts (B.FA or M.FA) degree. (Many colleges and universities also have art schools as a part of their program offerings.)
At Edu-Futuro, we empower youth and families through mentorship, education, leadership development, and parent engagement. Our inter generational model prepares upper elementary, middle, and high school youth for college and career success before they graduate and furthermore, while students are attending college and are ready to join the workforce. All of this is achieved through our Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Pipeline. Last year alone, our leaders in ELP II were able to take home $5.5 million dollars in scholarships. We want to make this happen for your students. After a successful Winter Session, we are proud to announce that we are re-launching our ELP and STEM Programs soon this Spring! We would greatly appreciate it if you would extend these program offerings to your teachers, students and their parents as well as other staff who would be interested in signing up students to our youth programs. You can see attached flyers for more detailed information. If you are willing to invite our team to present these program offerings virtually to students, we would be incredibly excited at the opportunity to do so.
Please apply by our deadline of Friday, April 2nd 2021.
Attend our upcoming high school outreach!
UndocuMason is bringing back virtual outreach visits to high schools! Students will receive an hour-long presentation with information concerning: the current legislation surrounding immigration, a brief overview of the college admissions process, resources (legal, financial, and social) available, and tips for college. We will also have an admissions representative to answer any questions with regards to GMU admissions.