There are approximately 4,000 universities in the U.S., each with its own areas of expertise and unique campus atmosphere. With plenty of preparation and research, you are bound to find one that is the right fit for you.
There are two types of undergraduate degrees offered in the U.S., the Associates Degree and the Bachelor’s Degree. Students can study for one of the following degrees:
Associate’s Degree: Typically two years in length and offered at Community or Junior Colleges. Associates degrees often focus on vocational or technical skills. Similar to a Diploma in Ireland.
Bachelor’s Degree: Usually four years in length. Follows the liberal arts philosophy and typically includes required “core” courses, a major, and electives. Similar to a Bachelor’s Degree in Ireland.
Types of Schools
Once you have narrowed down the type of degree you wish to pursue, it is important to explore your college options. In the U.S. there are both public and private universities.
Public Universities (State Schools): State-funded and often larger in size with a diverse study body. International students are typically required to pay “out-of-state” tuition, which is higher than paid by in-state residents, but often less expensive than a private university.
Private Universities: Supported by tuition, private donations, and grants, private universities are often more expensive to attend. However, they typically have grants available for international students. Private universities often have a smaller student body and very good facilities.
Each college in the U.S. is unique, so whether public or private, you will get an excellent education when you choose an accredited school that is right for you. Please note that there are no official rankings in the U.S. To check the accreditation status of a school, please see www.chea.org