Child Development

Child Development

Child development is a field dedicated to examining the mental and educational growth of children at various ages and stages of the growing up process. It is one of the most common fields of study for students looking to become teachers at the preschool or elementary levels, as well as for professionals affiliated with elementary schools. A childhood development degree centers on teaching the stages of childhood as well as developmentally appropriate practices that correspond with each of them.

The Child Development Degree

Students looking to enter the workforce as early childhood educators often choose to earn a child development degree. In addition to providing training in the field of education, a child development curriculum includes classes in psychology, social sciences, and communication—all subjects that will be important when dealing with young children. 

As students pursue their degree, most choose to focus on a specific concentration within the child development field. The child development degree is available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, and EdD levels. 

Is a Child Development Degree Right for Me?

Since many childhood development majors enter the workforce as early childhood educators, it’s important to consider the qualities you’ll need to possess to teach children at a young age. One of the most important of those traits is a passion for teaching. As all teachers will tell you, there will be days when the only thing that keeps you going is that passion for the job. 

Any time a job requires working with children, you’ll need to have patience and creativity in spades. It’s important to have a broad set of communication skills as well since you’ll have to teach lessons to kids representing a wide array of personalities. In this job, you’ll also be frequently dealing with parents in person and on the phone so you have to be proficient in talking to both young children and adults.

Early childhood education jobs require superior organizational skills to design informative and entertaining lesson plans and carry them out every class day. Cultivating the right amount of flexibility and disciplinary levels will serve well in this sort of position, to both adapt to unforeseen circumstances in class as well as letting children know when they need to get back on track. 

Associate Level

Students attending community or junior college interested in entering the early childhood education field can pursue a child development associate degree. The associate degree curriculum provides an introduction to the field as well as the developmental stages of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Education will span the physical, emotional, behavioral, and language development of children at each level. 

Associate degree classes include: cognitive development, child development theories, behavior management, child safety, and exceptional children. An associate degree-granting program usually requires two years and graduates have the option of finding an entry-level job in the workplace or transferring to a 4-year college or university to continue their studies.

Child Development Degree Jobs at the Associate Level Include: Preschool Teacher, Head Start Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Special Education Paraprofessional, and Daycare Provider.

The average child development degree salary for jobs at the associate level ranges from $24,000 (Daycare Provider) to $28,000 (Preschool Teacher, Teaching Assistant) to $32,000 (Head Start Teacher).

Baccalaureate Level

The bachelor’s degree in child development focuses on studying the social and academic development at each stage of childhood from birth through age eight. In addition, students are provided training to help guide and encourage young children through each stage. The child development curriculum focuses on literacy and instruction with particular attention to areas of diversity and the child’s place in their family. 

Examples of classes at the baccalaureate level include: development assessment, child nutrition & health, psychosocial development in children, observation and assessment, young children with special needs, intervention for children with disabilities, and child abuse issues.

Many child development majors choose this field seeking a career in teaching. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, jobs in this field require students to pass a state examination leading to an early childhood education certificate. Requirements for the exam vary from state to state but all teachers at this level must possess a knowledge of language arts, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. A student teaching assignment is usually a prerequisite to attain a job.

It’s also possible to earn an online child development degree at the bachelor’s level. All online programs feature a flexible schedule which makes them especially convenient for working students or those with families. Online classes feature multimedia lectures utilizing learning platforms like Moodle or Canvas and class message boards. If classes include an observation or field work requirement, accommodations can be made based on a student’s geographic location.

What Can You Do With a Child Development Degree at the Bachelor’s Level?

Examples of jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree in child development include: Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, Preschool Director, Social Worker, Child Life Specialist, Parenting Educator, and Early Childhood Education Consultant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $40,000 (Kindergarten Teacher, Child Life Specialist) to $47,000 (Elementary School Teacher, Preschool Director, Parenting Educator) to $57,000 (Social Worker).

Graduate Level

Students who wish to specialize in a particular subject area of this field can continue their education past the undergrad level and earn a master’s degree. The master’s in child development program enables students to choose an academic concentration such as adolescence, mental health, counseling, family services, or infancy and dedicate their research to this subject. 

Courses at the master’s degree level include: infant development, divorce & remarriage, literacy development, and child growth. Several master’s degree programs involve a student teaching component and most can be completed in two years. 

For students looking for a leadership role in the educational industry, child development degrees are also available at the PhD and EdD levels. The PhD in child development revolves around conducting original research in the field. PhD candidates hypothesize and test new theories on child development. Comparatively, EdD candidates work closely with education professionals on research directly related to teaching-related issues. PhD graduates gravitate toward careers in academia or social policy while EdD grads usually choose professions in educational or government leadership.

What Can You Do With a Child Development Degree at the Graduate Level?

Examples of jobs you can get with a graduate degree in child development include: Teacher Educator, Special Education Director, Curriculum Specialist, Behavioral Center Director, Principal, and Superintendent.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $69,000 (Curriculum Specialist) and $73,000 (Special Education Director) to $110,000 (Principal) and $160,000 (Superintendent).

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Boston University

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Michigan State University

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a large public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan, and a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries. MSU is home to more than 200 areas of study through 17 degree...

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University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a land- and sea-grant public research university in Athens, GA. Founded in 1785, University of Georgia is one of three public universities to hold the title of the oldest public university in the US. With 17 different...

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Although most intro classes are large (300+), the teachers are for the most part very friendly and available during office hours and for any additional meetings. All of the professors and grad assistants are very knowledgeable.

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Howard University

Howard University is an HBCU comprised of 13 schools and colleges located two miles from the US Capitol. Nationally-ranked programs at HU include social work, business, and communication sciences and disorders. Howard has three honors programs for...

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At Howard University i am learning more than i ever imagined i could. As a chemical engineering student i grow more and more confident in my abilities. I have learned so much in a wide variety of subjects which range from English to taekwondo...

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Washington State University

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

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As a student in the animal sciences program, I am learning so much more about animals than I thought possible just in my first year. Almost all of my professors have been easy to talk to and very interested in the subject.

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Central Michigan University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Central Michigan University has grown to become a 4-year public research institution. CMU encompasses eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs. In addition, CMU is home to...

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Having only been at Central Michigan University for a year, I feel like I have learned so much. Not only are students taught so much in the classroom, they learn through volunteering and getting involved on campus.

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Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress, Ohio University is a public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Ohio campus hosts nine colleges conferring degrees in over 250 undergraduate and graduate-level fields of study as well as...

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I transferred to OU from Marietta College and I believe it was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I had much anxiety being a minority student on a campus with about 30,000 students but OU offers so many organizations that cater to the...

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public institution in Charlottesville. UVA encompasses 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields of study. For artistically-inclined students, UVA...

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UVA is an amazing school, and the wide array of classes and activities will allow anyone to find a niche. Additionally, there is both a strong emphasis on academics as well as a surprisingly vibrant party scene (if that's your thing). However, due to...

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The University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a 4-year public research institution and the largest university in the San Antonio region. UTSA encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College. Between...

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You'll learn as much as you put into it, just like anything else. Ask lots of questions of your professors: you'll learn and look like you're giving it a good amount of effort.

” – Korina from San Antonio, TX
Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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So far the Professors I've had have really made sure the students understand the subjects and offer many review session apart from class if you're still lost. The campus is easy to get around and everyone is really friendly. There are a few...

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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

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A true liberal arts college, the U of R offers students an open curriculum, a vibrant on-campus life, and a small college feel with approachable faculty and graduate staff. Rochester is the place for an innovative mind - many classmates created their...

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West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution that operates 10 experimental farms and four forests across the state. Sociology, Journalism, and the Arts and Humanities are popular fields of study at this research-intensive university...
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Even though WVU has been labeled a party school, I still find the classes to be quite challenging. I graduated from high school as an honors student, so I've never had trouble with classes until coming to college. Even though classes are challenging...

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Tufts University

Tufts University is a 4-year private institution with three campuses in the Boston area. Tufts is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 90 academic majors and minors. The school is known for their popular a capella...

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Tufts is often called a baby-ivy meaning that the quality of education here is at par with or better than what students receive at Ivy League schools. The only difference is that it isn't quite as famous as schools like Harvard or Yale. Classes are...

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University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a public institution featuring a main campus in Denton. Ranked as a Tier One research university, UNT is home to an Office of Research and Innovation, as well as the Institutes of Research Excellence, which include...

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Most of the teachers know their stuff and are pretty entertaining but some I have one or two who should probably go teach high school or stop getting off on tangents.

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Nova Southeastern University

Founded by a group of local businessmen over breakfast, Nova Southeastern University is a 4-year private university in southeast Florida and an Hispanic-serving institution. NSU is home to 18 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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So far, the professors are great; they are helpful; they will go out of their way to help you. One of my professors let me borrow their book, to copy chapters out of it, so I could do my assigned reading, since I didn't have a book.

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Appalachian State University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian State University is a 4-year public university in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. As a campus of the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to six colleges...

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East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

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University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

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UIC is a great learning environment if you are able to use the resources offered to you. It's not always easy, and the classes are tough, but it's a great learning experience.

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Towson University

Originally established as a teacher-training school, Towson University is a public institution in the Baltimore area, and part of the University System of Maryland. TU is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 64 majors. In...

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I recently transferred from a 4 year public college closer to my home, to Towson University mainly because of their Business Program. At Towson, they were very professional and the students and teachers knew fully what they were talking about...

” – Felicia from Ridgefield Park, NJ
Missouri State University-Springfield

Formerly known as Southwest Missouri State, Missouri State University is a 4-year public institution in southwest Missouri and the second largest university in the state by enrollment. The main campus of the MSU system, MSU Springfield is home to...

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Every professor is willing to help. Even when I did have a problem with a teacher I went to my advisor and the problem was cleared up that day! Everyone wants you to succeed.

” – Paige from Bolivar, MO
College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 62 undergraduate majors and 80 minors from six schools, plus 23 master's degree programs and 9 graduate-level...

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The College of Charleston is well-rounded, beautiful school that rests elegantly on the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by delicious food, intelligent professors, and interesting people; there is no better place to attend school. Any student enrolled at...

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Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a 4-year public research university and the flagship campus of the TTU System. Texas Tech encompasses 12 colleges and schools and is the only Texas college to feature an undergraduate university, law school, and medical...

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Is there any college that really has bang for the buck? I don't think so, but Tech is in a city that is less expensive than most.

” – Joshua from Tahoka, TX
Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

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santa clara university is a school where staff and faculty care about you. the school focuses on enriching both the mind and spirit. in any class you take, you will learn the course material along with the impact that ethical decision-making has in...

” – Raymond from San Jose, CA
Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

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Eastern Michigan offers opportunities that will definitely satisfy the majors offered. There are several clubs/sports that allows interaction with other students/peers. The academic curriculum is the most interesting I have ever seen.

” – Nigel from Flint, MI
Kansas State University

Founded in 1858 as Bluemont Central College, Kansas State University is a 4-year public institution in northeast Kansas. K-State hosts 11 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 250 academic majors. In addition, the Kansas State...

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I am definitely learning a lot about myself and my major through my classes at K-State. I can't speak for all the different departments but the Apparel and Textiles program has professors who really know their stuff and I love how they are extremely...

” – Jen
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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As a pre-med student at WMU I am required to take very challenging classes. However, I have done extremely well and have made the Dean's List every semester that I have been here. This is due partially to my hard work and focus, and also because of...

” – Pre-Med Girl
Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

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Easy to apply and admissions counselors are with you every step of the way. The online class formats are self-explanatory, and you quickly learn the ins and outs. You academic adviser is constantly available and takes the initiative in knowing how...

” – Katty from Reno, NV
Central Washington University

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

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It is the best college I have every been to! I love it here! Highly recommended!

” – Valerie from Camas, WA
North Carolina A & T State University

Founded in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public Historically Black College and University and the state’s first land-grant university for people of color. N.C. A&T is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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I just graduated from A&T in May, and I feel more than ready to begin my Master's of Accounting program at The Ohio State University. Not only am I prepared, but I also managed to get a scholarship for my Master's and for the CPA Exam (which I am...

” – Winnie from Greensboro, NC
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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I have learned a lot, but it has been tarnished by a few professors who are not as sympathetic to first year students' struggles while adjusting to college life/schoolwork/expectations.

” – Amanda from Findlay, OH
Brigham Young University-Idaho

Affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho is a 4-year institution in eastern Idaho and the state’s largest private university. BYU-Idaho is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

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The teachers here are amazing and really know their stuff. Because this school is a religion school, you can definitely feel the spirit and it's great because it's a constant thing. The teachers here are great at teaching, telling you what you need...

” – Jillise from Boise, ID
Weber State University

Founded in 1889, Weber State University is a 4-year public school in northern Utah. Weber State awards undergraduate degrees and certificates in over 225 academic programs with a focus on integrating scholarship and community. For recreation, Weber...

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The teachers and ambassadors know what they are talking about. I've never been in a place where everyone knows everything about how to survive. No one has been left in the dark.

” – Karyn from Provo, UT
Whittier College

Whittier College is a private, hispanic-serving institution is located in Whittier, CA, with a mission to "prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society." The liberal arts curriculum framework is centered around the...

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Whittier College is great for a student who is looking for a small school with a closely knit student body. Whittier offers incredible oppurtunities to get involved both on and off-campus. I am in love with this college and am so glad I chose to come...

” – Jae from San Diego, CA
Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

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The class sizes really help with learning the material. they're small enough to be able to ask questions in class, and have the teacher still hear you from way in the back. The teachers also want to make sure you understand where the concept they're...

” – Jessika from Lynnwood, WA
Bowie State University

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

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The courses are great. Every instructor is different in their own way.

” – Sheryl from Lynchburg, SC
Texas Woman's University

Originally founded as the Girls Industrial College, Texas Woman's University is a school primarily for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and the largest such university in the United States. Although TWU is designed for women, the university...

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I am learning more here then I thought I would. I was so nervous that I wouldn't be able to keep up, but the teachers here are amazing. They really know how to explain things in a way that you can understand.

” – Melissa from Lake Worth, TX
Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

University of La Verne

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private school in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. La Verne encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Law awarding undergrad degrees in...

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Its small and easy to get around. The campus is lovely and they keep improving it. The dorms are also nice.

” – Karina from Oceanside, CA
Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

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this is a great college, but i have to say it varies greatly by campus, i have been to two different ones, one i cant stand, and one i love. this is just like any other college, many students are mistaken to think it will be easier because it is a...

” – Sarah from Houston, TX
Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech, is a 4-year college located in Fort Wayne, IN, that was founded in 1930. Indiana Tech offers 58 career-focused degree programs through their seven academic divisions, as well as a Discovery Track for students who aren’t quite sure which...

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The professors get to know you and help you out a lot. Which you will most likely not find at a larger school.

” – Justin from Markleville, IN
Pima Community College

Pima Community College is one of the biggest multi-campus community colleges in the nation. PCC serves the Tucson metropolitan area of Arizona and operates six campuses and four education centers. It has an open admissions policy and offers non...

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I love there classes here. I go to the downtown campus and have also done plenty of online classes. So what you need to know before you start is to have some kind of idea of what you want to major and minor in. This is super helpful because while...

” – Angelica from Tucson, AZ
Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a 4-year public school in southwest Utah. SUU confers bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and the university features a project-based curriculum that focuses on professional experience. Known as The University of the...

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Southern Utah University provides students with a quality education; small class sizes, and real-world experience make your learning more meaningful and worthwhile.

” – Bradley from Stansbury Park, UT

Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the...

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This is a great school if you are motivated to work hard and achieve. If you are looking for a small campus with a big heart, you will find your home in Western Oregon university. A perfect, almost private school feel for a nice public school price.

” – Lindsay from Monmouth, OR
University of Central Missouri

Founded in 1871 as a teaching school, the University of Central Missouri is a 4-year public university with two campus locations. UCM confers bachelor’s degrees in over 150 academic programs. For students looking to spend part of their college tenure...

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UCM is a great family oriented school. All the faculty and staff work well with others and students. There are many great opportunities available here at UCM.

” – Jennifer from Warrensburg, MO
Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs...

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At Meredith College all of your professors will know your name and how well you are doing in their class. They continually strive to challenge and introduce students to new topics and conflicts that our generation faces and provide students with the...

” – Niki from Wake Forest, NC
Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

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Great faculty and diversity in course selection.

” – Martin from Saint Louis, MO
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

Founded by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a Catholic-affiliated institution in the greater Boston area. Merrimack is home to five schools conferring over 100 undergrad and graduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Merrimack...

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The Classes are great. The Professors are always there for you.

” – PRESTON from Wareham, MA
Collin County Community College District

Collin College is a 2-year community college with campuses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Collin confers associate degrees and certificates in over 100 academic fields of study and all students are required to complete a core curriculum...

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Excellent school!

” – Rebecca from Mckinney, TX

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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God's hand is very present here on campus. If you are looking for a place with legitimate people coming to know The Lord, Harding is the place for you. I would not be anywhere else.

” – Brittany from Olive Branch, MS
East Tennessee State University

Originally founded as a normal school, East Tennessee State University is a 4-year public university and part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. ETSU is home to 11 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees...

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I have learned a lot in the classes I have taken so far. I really learned a lot in my computer class and have enjoyed my teachers thus far. After taking sociology class, I decided to take more sociology in the future possibly making it a minor.

” – Morgan from Bluff City, TN
Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

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Point Loma strives to help you succeed in all areas of your academic life. Unlike many larger public schools, PLNU's small and intimate class size allows students to engage in the the classroom activity and ask questions, thus letting the student...

” – Michal from Huntington Beach, CA
Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

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The teachers really get to know the students and there is a lot of individual, personalized attention given to the students. There is a lot of help provided to everyone either with the teacher, students or in the Learning Resource Center where there...

” – Lucia from Los Angeles, CA
Olivet Nazarene University

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Olivet Nazarene confers bachelor’s degrees in over 140 academic areas of study. As a Christian institution, ONU holds twice...

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I have learned so much this semester at Olivet! I absolutely love my professors because they are so willing to help me with anything and they really know the information that they are teaching!

” – Hayley from Normal, IL

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is a public Historically Black College and University in southwest Mississippi. The oldest historically black land-grant university in the United States, Alcorn State is home to five schools offering...

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Alcorn is a true academic resort, lying beneath the shade of the great oak trees, to quote our Alma Mater. Alcorn's campus is flourished with vast amounts of these huge pristine trees, making it a true southern paradise. On closer inspection one can...

” – Jonathan from Natchez, MS
San Antonio College

San Antonio College is the oldest 2-year community college in Texas and part of the Alamo Colleges District. SAC offers professional certifications and associate degree programs. It is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber...

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The courses here are actually great. From what I hear we're on par, if not ahead, of the major colleges in the area, which for the cost of the school itself is rather amazing. The majority of the teachers I've had are fantastic at their job as well.

” – Anon
University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma is a 4-year public school in the Oklahoma City metro area and one of the oldest universities in the southwest United States. UCO oversees six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 121 areas of study and operates...

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I have definitely learned a lot about the University of Central Oklahoma, ranging in all aspects of my life. Most importantly, I have learned to communicate better with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Also, intellectually, I have...

” – Eric from Oklahoma City, OK
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Originally founded as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public school and flagship campus of the U of A System. The oldest institution of higher-learning in the state, UAF is home to nine...

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UAF has a beautiful campus and a lot to offer its students. The engineering department is very helpful, encouraging, and educational (which is the goal, right?). However, the math department seems to greatly detract from the school, often believed to...

” – Sarah from Anchorage, AK
University of Houston-Downtown

Founded in 1974, the University of Houston-Downtown is a 4-year public school and a designated minority and Hispanic-serving institution. UHD is home to five colleges awarding undergraduate degrees in 44 fields of study. For students interested in...

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I'm learning a lot because of the great student to teacher ratios, the classes aren't as huge as the University of Houston's classes which allows you more one on one time with your professors, which will be really helpful when you need that letter of...

” – Marlyn from Katy, TX
Mills College

Mills College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. The college’s undergraduate program is exclusively open to women, though its graduate program is open to students of all genders. Mills has a unique core curriculum...

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Mills focuses on a variety of things including social justice, food sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Important discussions pertaining to these topics occur on campus in and out of class sessions. Everything is extremely important for...

” – Ina from Montrose, CA
Tyler Junior College

Founded in 1926, Tyler Junior College is a 2-year community college in east Texas and one of the largest community colleges in the state. TJC grants associate degrees and certificates in over 130 academic fields of study. For sports fans, TJC fields...

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Tyler Junior College is one of the top junior colleges in the nation. For the most part the faculty is always very helpful and qualified. They offer classes in the classroom, online, and even via satellite. There is also an honors program at the...

” – Melody from Sunnyvale, TX
University of Gloucestershire

Founded by the merger of the Cheltenham Mechanics’ Institute and Cheltenham Training College, the University of Gloucestershire is a British public university in southwest England. Gloucestershire confers undergraduate degrees in 26 academic subject...

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Brilliant. Large. Filled with academics.

” – Alexandra from Phoenix, AZ
Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is a public institution based in the Arkansas River Valley. ATU also operates a satellite campus in the Ozarks that offers two-year associate degrees and certifications. Admissions to ATU are selective. A majority of students...

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Even though I've only been a student here for a few weeks, I'm already very impressed with the classwork and the professors in general!

” – Jacqueline from Alma, AR
Madonna University

Madonna University, located in Livonia, Michigan, is one of the nation’s largest Franciscan Catholic universities. The Detroit-area campus provides: career preparation, service learning, more than 100 rigorous and relevant majors in a student...

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Wow, a lot can be said about the learning that goes on at Madonna. The classes, for the most part, are small and you really can get that one-on-one attention with the professor in the middle of class. The only exception to that rule would probably be...

” – Alejandra from Lincoln Park, MI
College of the Ozarks

With campus a short distance from Lake Taneycomo, the College of the Ozarks is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in southwest Missouri. College of the Ozarks grants undergrad degrees in 28 academic majors and all courses feature a Christ...

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To rate this college in three sentences I would say it is a blessing to attend this school. This college isn't for everyone and of those who do desire to attend only a few will be accepted. Being here gives you the realization that you are amongst...

” – Trenton from Nixa, MO
Langston University

Langston University is a public institution and historically black college. LU operates a main campus in Langston, Oklahoma as well as University Centers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It is a land-grant institution best known for its E de la Garza...

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Langston University is the Passport to the World. It provides vast opportunities for students to succeed.

” – Jennifer from Langston, OK
Amarillo College

Amarillo College is a two-year public institution based in Amarillo, Texas. The school has an open admissions policy and confers both professional certifications and associate degrees. AC is home to a STEM Research Center which houses several...

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When i first started out i knew nothing about going to college, but thanks to all the employees at Amarillo College I have learned so much about attending school.

” – Samantha from Amarillo, TX
Colby-Sawyer College

Founded in 1837 in the Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College is a 4-year institution built on a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. Conferring undergraduate degrees through the School of Arts and Sciences, the...

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Embrace orientation.
Take time to get to know the campus.
Take a guided tour on campus.

” – Alexandra from Lancaster, NH
University of Houston-Clear Lake

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is a 4-year institution and a campus of the University of Houston system. UH Clear Lake is home to colleges of Human Sciences, Business, Education, and Science & Engineering conferring degrees in over 80 academic...

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An ideal university for focused students.

” – Mali
Navarro College

Navarro College is a community college based in Corsicana, Texas, with multiple branches around the state. The main campus is home to a two hundred seat planetarium and the Pearce Collections Museum, which houses several American Civil War artifacts...

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Coming out of High School into college you're guaranteed to learn something and everything I've learned so far has been interesting and will be much help to my future.

” – Rickey from Corsicana, TX
Gallaudet University

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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Gallaudet has give me the opportunity to prove myself as an deaf individual, not only to my family, to the society as well. Not only opportunities poured in, the communication at Gallaudet has made it accessible for the deaf students. I can say I...

” – LINDSEY from WASHINGTON, DC

Tulsa Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Oklahoma. Students attending classes at TCC can choose between the Metro campus, the Northeast campus, the Southeast campus, the West campus, the Owasso Community...

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Tulsa Community College is a perfect way to start your academic career, or to get the technical skills you need to start working right away. The the size of the campuses make it easy to navigate between classes, or you can choose online classes so...

” – Grandma, back in school.

Saint Paul College is a community and technical college with an open admissions policy. Qualifying students who have graduated from Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools may attend the college tuition-free through the Power of YOU program. Saint...

Henderson State University

Henderson State University is one of only 10 public schools in the state and has the alma mater “The School with a Heart.” Rated as having “selective” admissions, HSU offers the only bachelor’s degree in aviation in the state. The Reynolds...

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I have taken several classes, and almost every one of them I have learned a lot of new information from. There were only a couple classes that I didn't really retain much, because they seemed to be a review from the college prep classes from high...

” – Brittany from Malvern, AR
Wheelock College

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

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The classes are all really interesting and the professors know a lot and are great.

” – Nicholas from Waterford, ME

Butte College is a public, 2-year institution located in Oroville, California. Along with the main campus, which is a designated wildlife refuge, Butte also maintains three education centers in Chico and Orland. In 2011, Butte became the first...

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Butte College is a great institution for students who may not know what their intended degree major will be. Butte College offers a great student services center where tutoring and work space is abundant. I'm very happy to have studied at butte due...

” – William from Chico, CA
Holy Names University

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

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My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.

” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

St. Bonaventure University is a small, private institution located in the rural town of Allegany, New York. It is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and provides a “values-based” curriculum. Journalism, accounting, and marketing are the most...

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I know one thing students hate are mandatory classes; but honestly these classes, at Bonaventure called CLARE courses, give you a wider range of knowledge. I'm learning things I wouldn't in my major and I find it really interesting. Granted some...

” – Heather from Penn Yan, NY

Schoolcraft College is a public 2-year community college in Livonia, Michigan. The school offers traditional courses for credit as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development classes. They use an open admissions policy and students can...

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All of the professors I have had are each different from the next. I have had new instructors and less experienced ones. A lot of my professors teach at another institution, have travelled a great deal, are from other countries or have worked in a...

” – Sarah from Livonia, MI

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

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The student there seem to really love it, the campus is beautiful and the classes are small enough for one on one learning so you don't feel left behind. The school offers many various programs all with an underlying message of faith and God.

” – Kourinthia from Tulare, CA
Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a private, historically black institution located in Denmark, South Carolina. The school offers degree options that can be completed entirely in evening courses for students with scheduling limitations. Voorhees’ campus features...

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The classroom settings are very small so you can ask for help anytime. There are various opportunities to be taken advantage of. There are also many different programs on campus that help expand your cultural enrichment.

” – Karessa from Long Beach, CA
Bluffton University

Situated on the banks of Little Riley Creek, Bluffton University is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite Church in northwest Ohio. Bluffton offers undergraduate degrees in over 85 academic areas of study. As part of the university’s...

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Not only am I learning through classes, I am also learning through groups on campus like p.e.a.c.e. club about social justice and environmental issues. I am also learning daily about my faith.

” – Samantha from Tiffin, OH

South Plains College is a 2-year community college based in Levelland, Texas with satellite branches in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC awards professional and technical certifications as well as associate degrees. Popular fields of study include welding...

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Wow I can't tell you how much I learned at this school. To me it was hard work but I learned more than I ever did in all 4 yrs of high school in one semester

” – Alicia from Odonnell, TX
Bennington College

Bennington College is a progressive liberal arts college, the hub at which global opportunities converge, and a launching pad for careers of meaning. Our campus prepares leaders, intellectual change-makers, and artists by empowering them to shape...

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I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons:
1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...

” – A high school senior from northern VT

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the city of Memphis. Along with its main campus, the college maintains an additional seven campuses, sites, and centers throughout the southwest region. The school...

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I LOVE SOUTHWEST I THINK ITS VERY AFFORDABLE... THIS IS MY SECOND SEMESTER AND I MUST SAY THAT I'VE LEARNED A LOT...

” – Deidra from Memphis, TN

Founded in 1898, Miles College is a private liberal arts institution in the greater Birmingham area and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the United Negro College Fund, Miles confers undergraduate degrees in six academic...

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Miles college is a great Historical black college. Our president is firmly involved with his students and teachers. We have great teacher to student ratio and Miles is an great overall personal learning experience.

” – Brittany from Birmingham, AL

Formed by the consolidation of Baker Business University and Muskegon College, Baker College is a career and vocational school with several campus locations throughout Michigan. Baker confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and students...

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baker offers great programs and they will guide you throughout your schooling. the teachers and academic advisers will help you through your schooling. they offer a good variety of programs and they will help you after you graduate to get employed.

” – Katelinn from Flint, MI

McLennan Community College is a public institution located in Waco, Texas, near Cameron Park and the Bosque River. MCC has an open admissions policy and offers free tutoring, online or in-person at the Center for Academic Excellence. It also operates...

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Yes, I am learning very much the teachers are very knowledgeable.

” – Susan from Waco, TX
MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oceanside, California, with satellite facilities located in Cardiff and Carlsbad. MiraCosta offers over 60 fields of study within its six pathway programs, including a bachelor’s degree...

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Last week I was talking with the President of Miracosta, Mr. Rodriguez, he has a very interesting life story. Other then that he showed me that even though he was label in high school as mentally impaired, because of his lost of vision in one eye he...

” – Michael from Oceanside, CA

Eastfield College is a public, 2-year institution established in Mesquite, Texas. The campus showcases award-winning architecture, multiple terraced areas, and a heated outdoor exercise pool among many other resources. For students interested in the...

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eastfield college is a wonderful school. it has really great teachers. also i am doing great in my classes. god bless eastfield.

” – jessica from Mesquite, TX

Foothill College is a public, 2-year institution established in Los Altos Hills, California. Foothill’s 122-acre main campus is joined by a satellite learning center located in Sunnyvale, which features its own cafe, group study area, and a miniature...

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After going to De Anza College for a year and not enjoying myself at all, I decided to try Foothill College and it has been one of the greatest decisions I've made. Most of the teachers are professors and they are all very supportive, motivational...

” – Megan from Santa Clara, CA

Seminole State College is a public institution with four campuses in central Florida. Seminole State is comprised of four schools offering both bachelor’s and associate degrees in twelve academic departments. The college also offers the chance to...

Oklahoma Christian University is a private Christian liberal arts university founded in 1950 by members of the Churches of Christ. The 240-acre campus is on the north side of Oklahoma City and includes a 30,000 square foot Prince Engineering Center...

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The class size is small which provides individual help from teacher to student. The campus is always clean and easy get around on. The cafeteria serves wonderful food all day long.

” – Kara from Edmond, OK
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX

Del Mar College is a 2-year community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas. DMC provides associate degrees and professional certifications. Many students choose to study nursing, welding, or police and criminal science. Del Mar College is a...

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Delmar is a wonderful school! Everyone is friendly and the campus is close to great places to eat. The campus is beautiful and full of diversity.

” – Kayla from Corpus Christi, TX
El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College is a 2-year community college based in El Paso, Texas. The school operates five campuses and offers courses throughout the El Paso and Hudspeth counties. EPCC has an open admissions policy and offers programs for...

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It is a great place to start. The educators are very knowledgable and I feel that I have gotten a lot out of the classes I have taken thus far.

” – Ashley from El Paso, TX
Cameron University

Established in 1908 in conjunction with Oklahoma’s statehood, Cameron University is a public, 4-year institution located in Lawton. CU offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as over 50 minor fields of study. The college...

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Great school with eager teachers. The teachers seem compassionate and passionate about what they teach and how they interact with their classes. I am enjoying this venture.

” – Jamaal from Lawton, OK
Weatherford College

Weatherford College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in Parker County, Texas. Along with WC’s main campus, the college maintains satellite campuses in Wise County, Mineral Wells, and Granbury. Students enrolling in courses at WC can...

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Weatherford College is an exceptional community college. I would highly recommend this school. With engaged professors and faculty Weatherford College makes it their mission to provide effective educational opportunities to each student.

” – Natalie from Weatherford, TX

With a main campus on the banks of the Rio Grande, Laredo College is a 2-year community college serving three south Texas counties. LC’s academic offerings are divided into five instructional divisions including a South Campus extension site hosting...

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The Teachers are good people they understand some events that happen with the students and help you succeed. They are more then happy to help you grasp the lesson and lectures. We have a wide variety of faulty from all over the world who dedicated to...

” – Osvaldo from Laredo, TX
Alverno College

Chartered in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College is a Catholic women’s college in Milwaukee. Alverno confers bachelor’s degrees in 35 academic majors and 27 minors. In addition, Alverno eliminates letter grades and provides...

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They definitely challenge you & push you outside of your comfort zone! It may seem awkward at first, but I just finished my 1st semester here & I look back and realize how much I've grown already.

” – Ashleigh from Oak Creek, WI
Temple College

Temple College is a community college operating the main campus in Temple, Texas, and multiple branch locations throughout the state. Temple College is recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” Leader College, with a goal of degree completion for all...

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At first, I was a little insecure about going to a community college, but what I have discovered is that it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is a medium-sized, comfy community college with many fun and active people. They also transfer...

” – Julie from Taylor, TX