3 Things to Think About Before You Choose a College
It’s never too early to start thinking about selecting a college, or even going on a college visit or two.
Visiting a college or university campus can help you visualize your future. The type of college you choose will depend on three primary factors:
- Comfort level
- What you can afford
- The best fit for your program of study
Here are some things to consider when thinking about continuing your education after high school.
Type of School
- Vocational-technical schools offer career-oriented programs that can last from a few months to a few years, awarding a certification or license in a specific field
- Community colleges offer two-year programs leading to an associate’s degree and transfer programs that are similar to freshman and sophomore classes at four-year colleges and universities
- Colleges offer academic programs leading to four-year bachelor’s degrees
- Universities offer four-year and graduate programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, and other fields
Two-Year or Four-Year
Some students choose to start out at a two-year community or technical college. They’re often closer to home and more affordable, and they award two-year associate’s degrees, which is all that’s required in some careers.
However, many careers require the four-year degrees offered by colleges and universities. Research some careers to find out which is the best path for you.