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Transcript of College 101
you can attend after high school?
What are the different degrees?
What's a major?
How do you get one?
How do you figure out
Types of Schools
Look at college websites
Research where careers are, will be, and won't be
Use the Future Center
Public and private colleges
Colleges with a special focus
Public VS Private
Out of State
funded by local and state governments.
usually offer lower tuition rates than private colleges, especially for students who are residents of the state where a college is located.
rely mainly on tuition, fees and private sources of funding.
private donations can sometimes
provide generous financial aid packages
Offer four-year programs that lead to a bachelor's degree.
Often are larger
Offer more majors and degree options: bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
Offer 2-year associate degrees
Preparing you for a career or to transfer to a 4-year college to earn a bachelor's degree.
Often an affordable option with relatively low tuition
Colorado Community College System has
13 colleges throughout the state.
All are open enrollment.
Metro area community colleges:
Community College of Denver
Front Range Community College
Community College of Aurora
Arapahoe Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Prepare students for a specific career field
2 years or less to receive degree or certificate
Students are only taught skills for their career choice
Adams State University (Alamosa)
Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction)
Colorado School of Mines (Golden)
Colorado State University (Fort Collins)
Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo)
Fort Lewis College (Durango)
Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver)
University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder)
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO Springs)
University of Colorado Denver (Denver)
University of Northern Colorado (Greeley)
Western State Colorado Univ. (Gunnison)
Colleges & Universities
Colorado Private Colleges & Universities
Johnson & Wales Univ.
University of Denver
Ivy League School
7% acceptance rate
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-EL PASO
El Paso, TX
Texas Public University
99% Acceptance Rate
ASSOCIATE'S Degree (2 Year)
Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
BACHELOR'S Degree (4-5 year)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.)
GRADUATE Degree (2-5+ years)
Advanced degree pursued after earning a bachelor’s degree.
Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree
Doctoral degree (a Ph.D.)
PROFESSIONAL Degree (3+ years)
To become licensed to work in professions like medicine or law.
Example: Medical Doctorate (M.D.)
A specific subject that students can specialize in.
Between 1/3 and 1/2 of the courses you take in college are in your major or related to it.
By completing a major, you demonstrate sustained, high-level work in one subject.
Double major or minor.
You declare a major while in college
Working with an Academic Advisor you will decide your major (minor, double major, etc)
Usually declare immediately at a 2 year school or by the end of your sophomore year at a 4 year school
Experiment with your classes
Make sure you are passionate about it
Most college students change majors at least once--sometimes several times-- in their college careers.
Examine your interests.
Examine your abilities.
Examine what you value in work.
Do some career exploration.
Reality check: volunteer, internships, informational interviews
Narrowing your choices and focusing on choosing a major.
How do you
get a major?
Top 10 Majors
Top 5 In-Demand Majors
Who's known for
what in Colorado?
These are not necessarily the degrees that are the most demand in the job market. They don't lock you into a set career path.
1. Business Administration and Management/Commerce
4. Biology/Biological Sciences
6. English Language and Literature
8. Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
9. Political Science and Government
10. Computer and Information Sciences
4. Computer Science
5. Business Administration
Least In-Demand Areas
Arts: including studio, fine, photographic, graphic arts
Philosophy, Theology/ Religious Studies
Agriculture & Sustainability/ Clean Energy
Health Programs including Nursing
Engineering (all types)
Which one interests you?
Forming YOUR College List
REACH, TARGET, SAFETY
Important things to think about when forming your college list:
Out of state?
Not all schools offer nursing or engineering
How much are you willing to pay?
How much wiill your career path earn?
Academically, Socially, and Financially