Types of Schools

0483xsmallIt’s decision time! Your choices are almost limitless, but deciding what’s best for you can be a difficult task. Ask yourself some questions.

Do I want to be close to home or far away?
Do I want the greater opportunities of a large university or the more personal, homelike environment of a smaller college?
Which kind of school offers the courses I need to get the degree I want?
Am I more financially suited to a state university, private college, or a community/technical school?

Those are some of the BIG questions, but other things to consider might be the availability of the kinds of athletics and extracurricular activities you like. More than likely, there’s a school that will fit you perfectly . . . but it might take some research.

Here are brief descriptions of the different types of post secondary schools. Once you get an idea of what kind of school you’d like to attend, then start researching which school fits the criteria you’ve laid out. Start now . . . don’t wait until the end of the school year.

Public Universities

If you consider variety a plus, you might want to consider a state university. Your choices of career tracks and courses are greatest at one of these schools. All offer a four-year degree, and some offer associate degrees, advanced degrees, and pre-professional and professional curricula.

If you want a great education for less money and it doesn’t bother you if you have some large, impersonal classes, this might be just the thing for you.

Your social opportunities are greater as well. From sororities and fraternities to major sporting events, the choices are limitless.

Private Colleges

If you like a more personal touch with smaller classes and faculty availability, you might consider one of Kentucky’s private universities and colleges.

These schools also offer associate and advanced degrees, as well as four-year degrees.

The cost is usually steeper, but don’t let that turn you away. Financial aid and work-study are available.

Because there aren’t as many people on campus, you might have opportunities to participate in sports, music groups, and other activities.

Community and Technical Colleges

A good place to start your education may be at one of Kentucky’s two-year community colleges. After obtaining your associate degree, you can transfer to a four-year school for your bachelor’s degree or you can go right into the workplace.

If your interest lies in the technical areas, one of Kentucky’s many technical colleges might be your choice. You can obtain a certificate, diploma, or associate degree, taking from 6 to 24 months, depending on your goal.

This is a fast track and leads directly to the job market. You will only be required to take the courses that relate to your field. And often there will be direct ties to the industries who need your skills.

One of the big advantages of going this route is the availability of the schools. You can probably find one near your home and continue to live at home, saving the cost of room and board.

Trade Schools

Did you say that your interest lies in cosmetology or possibly a fast track to becoming a nurse? This might be the route for you. Complete your high school or get your GED diploma. This qualifies you as well.

Trade schools – more properly called proprietary schools – are privately owned and licensed schools offering courses in business, trade, technical, industrial, or related areas.

Some of these schools offer only one area of study (such as cosmetology), whereas others might offer a variety of courses.

Off-Campus Courses

If you want to veer off the beaten track of actually “going to school,” there are several other options open to you. Online courses offered through the Kentucky Virtual University (KYVU) are possibilities. KET offers college credit telecourses. Distance learning courses are offered through correspondence, interactive satellite, and the Internet. Contact the college for information.

If you aren’t located near a college or university, some schools offer extended campus centers. These are classes at locations other than the main campus. Contact either your high school counselor or the college admissions office for information.

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