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Friday 9.18.2020

National Application Center :: college matching wizard

Plan, explore, and apply to college using these great tools.
College Matching Wizard

Type of College

Many people have heard about the big state colleges or the Ivy Leagues, but may not know about the other thousands of colleges in the United States. In order to find the college or university that best matches your personality, read the descriptions below and see the related information in the right-hand column for advantages and disadvantages to each type of school. You may find that there are many college opportunities that you have not considered.

Choose one of following types of colleges:

: Offers two-year academic programs of college-level courses and typically awards associate's degrees. Many courses from two-year programs can be transferred to a four-year college and applied towards a bachelorís degree.

: Offers specialized studies or majors and awards bachelor's degrees. Many 4-year colleges/universities and bachelorís degree programs also offer graduate study programs. Note: 4-year colleges may require more than four years to complete.

Would you like to attend a private or public college?

: Private schools rely on endowments, tuition, and fund-raising campaigns for their money. They generally have higher tuition because they do not have a high level of government subsidies.

: Public schools are operated and subsidized by the state in which the school is located. For that reason, they are relatively inexpensive for state residents, but charge a much higher tuition to those that live out of state.

: Proprietary

Please rate how important this factor (public/private) is in your college decision:

How important is your selection?