Choosing a College
What type of college should I go to?
A college supported by state funding. For Indiana residents, Indiana public colleges have lower tuition than private colleges. Public colleges can be two- or four-year institutions.
Nonprofit colleges usually have smaller enrollments than public institutions, and they mainly offer bachelor’s degrees. Private colleges often charge higher tuition than public colleges.
A research institution has professors who do research in their fields, as well as teach. Many four-year public colleges are also research institutions.
These colleges run as businesses and usually offer one- to two-year degrees in high-demand industries. Be careful around for-profit colleges that are not accredited, sound too good to be true or charge high tuition. More information on these schools can be found here.
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How should I choose the
Choosing the right college for you is important. Not only does each career path require a unique kind of degree, some require specific majors. Plus, you’ll want to consider things like cost, how much independence you want, how big you want your school to be and the culture around extracurricular activities like collegiate sports.
You should visit the colleges you’re interested in to see how you like them. You can take an in-person or virtual tour of the campus, talk to advisors and current students, and get a feel for the environment overall. Ask a professor if you can sit in on a class, or find a group of students to talk to about their experience there.