Associate Degree - The award granted after completing a 2-year college program., Bachelor's Degree - An academic degree which usually takes four years to earn and is awarded by a college or university., Master's Degree - An advanced 2-year program completed after attainment of a bachelor's degree., Doctorate Degree - Master's Degree plus advanced graduate courses in specialized area. Normally requires three to five years of additional full-time studies after completion of a Master's Degree., Undergraduate Degree - This is a term used when referring to the bachelor's degree a student is earning or has earned., Graduate Degree - Second level of college degrees, Masters, Doctorate and PhD., University - Typically larger institutions that offer a variety of majors and degree options - bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees. Most universities contain several smaller colleges such as college of liberal arts, engineering or health sciences. In order to be labeled as a university, the school must offer at least one type of graduate degree., Colleges - Colleges are often smaller institutions that emphasize undergraduate education in a broad range of academic areas. A college does not have a graduate program., For-Profit School - There are businesses that offer a variety of degree programs which typically prepare a student for a certain career. They tend to have higher costs, which could lead to graduating in greater debt, and their courses are typically not transferable to other colleges., Four-Year College - Offers four-year programs that lead to a bachelor's degree. These include universities and liberal arts colleges., Community College - Offers two-year associate degrees that prepare you to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree. They also offer associates degrees and certificates that focus on preparing you for a certain career. They are often an affordable option with relatively low tuition., Private - Rely mainly on tuition, fees and private sources of funding. Private donations can sometimes provide generous financial aid packages for students., Public - An educational institution of higher education which is funded by the government and usually offers lower tuition than private colleges, especially for students who are residents of the state where the college is located., Liberal Arts College - These colleges offer a broad base of courses in the liberal arts, which includes areas such as literature, history, languages, mathematics and life sciences. Most are private and offer four-year programs that lead to a bachelor's degree., Military Service Academies - Five highly-selective institutions that prepare students to serve immediately as officers in their chosen branch., Religiously-Affiliated Colleges - Some private colleges are connected to a religious faith. The connection may be historical only or it may affect day-to-day student life., Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) - These originated during a time when African-American students were denied access to most other colleges and universities. The 100+ HBCUs serve a predominantly African-American student body, providing an opportunity to both earn a degree and connect with their cultural heritage, Single-Gender College - Some private colleges are specifically for men or for women., Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) - Defined as colleges r universities where at least 25% of the students enrolled are hispanic., Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) - Colleges or universities that serve at least 50% low-income students and at least 10% students who identify as Asian-American, Native-American or Pacific Islander, Vocational School & Technical College - Post-secondary school that provides specialized training in a specific career field, trade, or profession, including computer technology, business administration, culinary arts, electronics, medical assisting, legal assisting, automotive technology, cosmetology, health sciences and skilled trades, such as welding. They are different from typical four-year colleges because the programs are less academic and more job-focused.,

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