What colleges are out there?

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What colleges are out there?

  1. 1. What kinds of colleges areout there?<br />February 26, 2011<br />
  2. 2. General Terminology<br />University<br />College<br />Undergraduate and graduate<br />BA and BS<br />Public and private schools<br />In-state is only applicable to public universities<br />Consortium<br />
  3. 3. Academic Classifications <br />Liberal arts college<br />Technology or polytechnic institute<br />Research institute<br />Professional / Pre-professional programs<br />Combined degrees<br />Accelerated and 3-2 degrees<br />Land / sea / space grant university<br />Music or art conservatory<br />Great books colleges<br />
  4. 4. Liberal Arts College<br />Primary emphasis on undergraduate <br />Broad based study in the liberal arts and sciences<br />General knowledge to develop the student’s rational thought<br />Includes literature, languages, philosophy, history, math and science<br />Major in one (or more) discipline but get full exposure to all academic subjects<br />
  5. 5. Common Liberal Arts Characteristics<br />Smaller size than a university, which means more individual attention to each student and small classes<br />Community environment and focus<br />Develop closer relationship with faculty and students<br />Residential college means students live and learn together, sometimes with faculty<br />Typical 2 year exploration of all liberal arts topics and general knowledge before declaring a major<br />
  6. 6. School Offerings<br />Honors programs<br />Coop, internship and research<br />Study abroad<br />Semester, year, inter-term or summer<br />Senior projects<br />Block courses<br />Work and service learning<br />Academic calendar<br />Semester, quarters, trimester, 4-1-4<br />
  7. 7. Sports Classifications<br />Division 1<br />At least 14 sports and athletic scholarships<br />Division 2<br />At least 10 sports and some athletic scholarships<br />Division 3<br />At least 10 sports and no athletic scholarships<br />Club<br />Intramural<br />
  8. 8. Financial Categories<br />Need blind admissions<br />Need based (grant) or merit based scholarships<br />Meet 100% of financial need<br />Federal and institute defined financial need<br />Package may include grants, loans, work-study<br />Sliding scale<br />

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