Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Nursing is a sector of the healthcare field focused on the care of individuals and/or communities. There are many different types of nurses, and most can be distinguished by their level of education, which can be certificates, diplomas, baccalaureates, and masters. Nurses often choose specialties, the same way doctors do, and may also have the authority to prescribe medications depending upon education and state regulations.

CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants, typically work in long-term care and they are often the day-to-day assistants for patients. From a state-approved education program, becoming a nursing assistant can take anywhere between three to eight weeks. CNAs bathe patients, help them use the facilities, eat, and dress. They take vitals, as well as move patients from beds to wheelchairs.

The average salary for a CNA is around $26,500.

Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs, typically hold either a certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Most commonly, they work in long-term care, though occasionally they’ll work in hospitals or doctor’s offices. Primarily, LPNs will take vitals and speak with patients, reporting to an RN. Depending upon state regulations, LPNs may or may not be able to hook up an IV. To officially become an LPN, passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required.

LPNs make around $42,000 per year.

Registered Nurses, RNs, typically have a baccalaureate degree (though some states allow for an Associate’s degree) and have passed the NCLEX-RN. The majority of RN nurses work in hospitals and take on more responsibilities than an LPN, including assessing patient conditions, assisting in diagnosing patients, setting up plans for patient care, and educating patients and families about care once at home, plus much more. RNs can work in specialities, including in critical care, genetics, neonatal, public health, and rehabilitation.

Salaries for RNs can vary based on specialty, but clocks in around $62,000 per year.

An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), sometimes referred to as a Nurse Practitioner, is likely to be the most educated form of nurse. On top of having a baccalaureate, NPs will have a master’s degree with a specialization. They work under the guidance of a physician, but have more autonomy than RNs. They can diagnose, treat, prescribe, and run medical tests independently.

Advanced Practice Nurses have an average salary of $90,000 per year.

Career options for nurses are heavily dependent on education level, as well as the accreditation of the institution.

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Colleges

Mesa Community College is a public institution with an open admissions policy based in Mesa, Arizona, conferring associate and professional certifications. The school operates two campuses, Red Mountain as well as the Southern and Dobson location....

“…They have helpful teachers and offer a vast assortment of resources to utilize in your studies. Plus, there are two campuses to choose from that each have there own great qualities. I attend both campuses for the best selection of classes and the...” – Kristen from Mesa, AZ

Southeastern University

Originally founded as the Alabama Shield of Faith Institute, Southeastern University is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in central Florida affiliated with the Assemblies of God Church. Southeastern grants bachelor’s degrees in more than 70...

“…I think the academic program there is rated highly” – Victoria from Ocala, FL

Aurora University

Aurora University is a private liberal arts college based in Aurora, Illinois. AU offers more than 40 academic programs, several of which can be completely taken online. Aurora is home to the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, which is home to...

“…If you take the time to work towards good grades, your professors will too. They truly care about your success.” – Becca from Illinois

California State University-Stanislaus

California State University-Stanislaus is a designated Hispanic-serving institution in Turlock, CA, and part of the California State University system. It is the only campus to offer a bachelor’s degree in cognitive studies in the CSU system and...

“…The staff is always very helpful here and the Professors are knowledgeable and attentive. They create a great learning experience that allows the students to excel. ” – Alysha from Yucaipa, CA

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College is a two-year institution based in Columbus, Ohio. CSCC offers technical certifications and associate degree and college credit for life experiences. The most popular majors are nursing assistant, logistics and supply...

“…CSCC is an outstanding college to attend. The atmosphere is friendly, there are a lot of campus-related activities to do, and is conveniently located in the downtown area. Here, besides an active social environment, there is a friendly staff that is...” – Christian from Columbus, OH

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

With campus along the banks of the Chippewa River, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a 4-year public university and a regional UW campus in northwest Wisconsin. UWEC is home to colleges of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing...

“…For a smaller university, UWEC offers a really wide range of classes. You can study anatomy, geology, and modern dance all in one day if you want. Professors are very passionate and really go out of their way to make sure students understand...” – Ally from Madison, WI

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...

“…Great faculty and diversity in course selection.” – Martin from Saint Louis, MO

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Founded in 1835, the College at Brockport is a 4-year public liberal arts college in western New York State. A member of the State University of New York system, Brockport confers undergrad degrees in over 45 academic majors and minors. In addition,...

“…The College at Brockport is a home away from home. The campus is very diverse and has a lot going on so you'll never be bored. There is a lot of Brockport pride no one could be prouder of this college then the students here.” – Kamnolu from Jamaica, NY

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage is a two-year community college situated in the suburban town of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The school has an open admissions policy and nontraditional students can gain college credits based on life experience. Top fields of study...

“…This college has surprisingly good academics. I wasn’t expecting much from a junior college, but COD really delivers. They offer a wide variety of courses and a high quality curriculum. The professors are competent and helpful. I have heard of some...” – Benjamin from Carol Stream, IL

Regis College

Regis College is a 4-year coeducational Catholic school in the Boston area. Regis hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Business, and Health Sciences conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Regis holds weekly Sunday mass at the...

“…Regis College has really good teachers who care about the student and do everything in their power to make sure the student understands the information they are receiving. The teachers are well educated themselves and also keep the classes...” – Medgine from Roslindale, MA

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-funded institution based in the rural town of Maryville, Missouri. The tree-filled campus is designated as the official Missouri State Arboretum. Business, elementary education, and communications are...

“…Northwest has a lot of different offices around campus that can help you if you are struggling with any class you are in. There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to succeed here!” – Alisha from Blue Springs, MO

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...

“…Excellent school! ” – Rebecca from Mckinney, TX

Carroll University

Carroll University is a selective liberal arts college located Waukesha, Wisconsin, with an affiliation to the Presbyterian Church. Established in 1846, Carroll University was the first 4-year higher learning institution in the state and began with...

“…On average, the class sizes are about the size of a high school class (20-30 students), which means each student has a better opportunity to talk to their professor. I am someone who really likes science, so I really enjoy how the science labs have...” – Erin from Appleton, WI

Hillsborough Community College

Hillsborough Community College is a 2-year community college in Tampa. Hillsborough confers associate degrees and certificates in over 190 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, HCC features two art galleries on its Dale Mabry and Ybor...

“…Coming out of high school, I was not expecting professors who were so passionate about what they were teaching. Some of them might be a little stricter than others but regardless they are all still there to help you learn. As long as you don't waste...” – Julia from Tampa, FL

Blinn College

Founded in 1883, Blinn College is a 2-year community college with four campuses in southeast Texas. Blinn confers associate degrees and certificates in over 60 academic fields of study. For students looking to complete a 4-year degree, Blinn features...

“…At Blinn College, I learned a great deal about the American government through my government class. I can now contribute to conversations about politics that I used to shy from. I also learned a great deal about the nations that surround us through...” – Ariel from College Station, TX

South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in eastern South Dakota and the state’s largest university. The oldest institution of higher education in South Dakota, SDSU awards bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic...

“…South Dakota State University has the programs I'm looking for and at lower rates than my other choice, North Dakota State University. South Dakota State University also has many more opportunities for myself and others for fun and participation for...” – Elisabeth from Webster, SD

Bakersfield College is a public community college with an open admissions policy. The institution houses the William M. Thomas Planetarium, a 36-foot dome with a Chronos star projector,  and the Levan Center, which focuses on research that promotes...

“…the college serves 15,000 students on the 153-acre main campus in northeast bakersfield, at the weill institute in downtown bakersfield, and at the delano center 35 miles north of bakersfield. classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester...” – Student from Bakersfield, CA

Marywood University

Marywood University is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church that’s located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University’s 115-acre campus houses three colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of...

“…I have been learning so much in all of my classes and my professors have definitely helped guide me, and my classmates along the way. The professors know you by name and face here and put in extra effort to make sure they are available for any help...” – Christina from Matawan, NJ

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in south central New Mexico. A designated Hispanic-serving research institution, New Mexico State encompasses six academic colleges conferring undergraduate...

“…I will be going into industrial engineering this fall, the teachers provided for my classes are very nice and definitely know what they are talking about when asked specific questions. I am looking forward to this semester and I am ready for anything...” – Alexa from Roswell, NM

University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic school in San Antonio and an Hispanic-serving institution. The largest Catholic university in the state of Texas, UIW is home to 11...

“…The best part about this school is that you learn a lot here. The professors here are amazing in helping you with your work. They know your name and your not just a number. They know what your good at and exactly what you need help in. Not only...” – Macy from San Antonio, TX

Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

“…I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...” – Esia from Hudson, NH

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is a private liberal arts university based in Saint Charles, MO, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Lindenwood’s eight academic schools offer more than 120 programs, which can be completed traditionally, online,...

“…The five stars are not a joke. I am currently a freshman at Lindenwood University and I have learned so much within my first semester. Already I have learned with hands on experiences and in the classroom with terrific teachers. Those who are...” – Candice from Eagleville, TN

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Founded by the Society of Mary, Chaminade University of Honolulu is a Christian institution and Hawaii’s only Catholic university. Chaminade is home to six academic departments conferring over 25 undergrad and graduate degree programs. As one of only...

“…I was a day Undergraduate student studying Criminology during the Spring 2009 semester and the Fall 2009 semester. The professors for my major are all incredible. They are very knowledgeable and more than willing to do what it takes to help you...” – Danielle from Honolulu, HI

Upper Iowa University

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a 4-year private school in northeast Iowa. UIU hosts schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education conferring undergraduate degrees in 45 academic programs. Additionally, UIU makes 32 bachelor’s degrees...

“…The classes here are great. There aren't usually a large number of students in each class, so students have more of an opportunity for one on one time with the teachers. The teachers, advisers and all the staff are always very helpful and are always...” – UIU Fan

Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

“…webster exudes an open atmosphere filled with people that are easy to get along with. the staff is friendly, and personable, and the education quality is top-knotch.” – Lowell from Saint Louis, MO

La Salle University

Founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle University is a Catholic school in Philadelphia. La Salle is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing conferring undergraduate degrees and all academic programs feature a...

“…La Salle University is well known for its challenging nursing programs. I am a current student in their MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program. I find it to be challenging, but rewarding and I know in the end hard work will definitely pay off. ” – Mariel from Warminster, PA

South Texas College

South Texas College is a public community college based in McAllen, TX. Continuing education, workforce training, online programs, and hybrid courses are available in addition to traditional associate and bachelor degree programs. They also offer...

“…The instructors here are always eager to help students out in any way possible within reason. They target subjects well and utilize many different resources from textbooks to web sites.” – Durenda from Mission, TX

Harding University

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...

“…Harding offers such a wonderful variety of classes to choose from, and the teaching is exceptional. The teachers are extremely caring and understanding to the students' needs at all times. They take their time to go through all of the material,...” – Kristin from Miami, FL

Luther College

Founded by Norwegian immigrants, Luther College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Iowa affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Luther confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic majors and preprofessional programs. For students...

“…Almost every department takes pride and enjoyment in teaching students everything they came to learn as well as a good deal they did not sign up for. Most students are pleasantly surprised by the faculty's desire and success in challenging what we...” – matt from Rochester, MN

Catawba College

Founded in 1851, Catawba College is a private institution located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and houses a wildlife refuge and ecological preserve on campus. Study abroad opportunities are offered...

“…Great teachers. Many have the highest degree possible in their field.” – Ronald from Cartersville, GA

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is a public institution with three regional campuses. USM confers bachelor’s degrees in 54 academic majors and is one of two universities in the state to offer an ABET accredited Computer Science degree program. USM...

“…i love it here! the hills on the gorham campus are tough on your legs but it's worth it. the community is very accepting of everyone!” – Jessica from Manchester, NH

The College of New Jersey

Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, The College of New Jersey is a 4-year public institution in the Trenton area. TCNJ is home to seven colleges and schools including the oldest teacher-training program in the state. In addition to...

“…College does change an individual, and I certainly am no exception. I went to TCNJ expecting to gain better writing skills and become immersed in learning about the journalistic world. In actuality, the real learning came from outside the classroom...” – Brianna from Matawan, NJ

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...

“…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

Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College is a Catholic liberal arts school dedicated to teaching students in the Sisters of Notre Dame tradition. NDC is based in South Euclid, Ohio, and houses the tolerance outreach center, the Abrahamic Center, which promotes interfaith...

“…Notre Dame offers a very personal educational experience with lots of free support.” – Jaimie from Galloway, OH

Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. LBCC consists of two locations: The Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus. A member of the California Community Colleges, LBCC is home to 11 academic...

“…I was planning on going straight to a four year university right after graduating from high school but life had its way (this time) and I, not to happily, applied to go to LBCC. Now a student I can honestly say this school turned my frown upside down...” – Vanessa from Long Beach, CA

Simmons University

Simmons University is a private, liberal arts university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Simmons offers a women’s undergraduate education in 60+ majors and programs, as well as four graduate schools for its co-ed graduate population. The university...

“…My classes at Simmons have proved to be exciting and stimulating, and there are also a lot of social opportunities at Simmons. This includes frequent events such as plays, movie nights, sporting events, city outings, special guests and more. Not to...” – Anne from Philadelphia

Phoenix College

Established in 1920, Phoenix College is the flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest provider of higher education and career training in Arizona. Phoenix College offers a variety of facilities for students, including a dental clinic...

“…university of phoenix is a wonderful school. uop is very helpful and understanding of their students needs. uop offer classes to fit your lifestyle.” – Meloldy from Bradenton, FL

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...

“…The school has a great academic atmosphere. Because of the policy prohibiting drugs or alcohol on campus, students can focus on learning and enjoy their studies in a healthy environment. The school provides great opportunities for extra-curricular...” – Adam Corfman from San Diego, 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...

“…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

Daytona State College

Daytona State College is a 2-year community college in eastern Florida. Daytona State hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health granting degrees and certificates. Additionally, DSC is home to the Advanced Technology College allowing...

“…While attending Daytona state college I learned how to manage an adult life while pursing my AA. The professors here not only helped me stay on track but teach me valuable life lessons. In the end I would rate Daytona State College a 9.5!” – Nikki from New Smyrna Beach, FL

Oklahoma City University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City University is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences university in Oklahoma’s capital city. OKCU hosts 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. For...

“…I feel that I am challenged by several of my teachers. My English composition teacher Ms. Keller really helped me learn how to write a cohesive and interesting essay. My public speaking teacher helped me get over my fear of formally speaking in front...” – Shavonne from Oklahoma City, OK

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...

“…Because I was an undeclared major my freshman year I took a lot of different classes. I learned a lot of things in all of them. All the teachers that I had were very good and really cared about their students.” – Andy from Peoria, IL

Lincoln University is a public land grant university in central Missouri that was founded by African American Civil War veterans as an institution for educating freedmen. Lincoln is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 50 fields...

“…All teachers are generally consistent with their teaching and availability to help you understand.” – Chelsia from Kansas City, MO

Alcorn State University

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...

“…Anybody who is pursuing an education at Alcorn State University will be in a positive learning environment:full of fun and a better understanding about careers all in one. ” – Imara from Sontag, MS

Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

“…Just by speaking with some of staff at YSU, there is a set plan for my education. I cant wait to see what this new experience will bring. ” – Zachary from Delaware, OH

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College is a 2-year community college based in Pasadena, California. It operates four satellite campuses, the Northwest campus, Rosemead campus, Foothill campus, and a Child Development Center. PCC has an open admissions policy and a...

“…After I graduated from High School I knew that going to a community college was my only option. A lot of people told me that it would be High School all over again, and I believed them that were until I finished my first year of college and started...” – Jeffrey from Arcadia, CA

Nazareth College

Located on a 150-acre wooded campus, Nazareth College is a 4-year private school in western New York State. Nazareth confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors featuring a general education curriculum linked to internships and career...

“…The professors at Nazareth are great. However, to be a realist, you will always run into those professors that you feel just may not know quite as much as they make it seem. Although once in a great while this happens, all of the professors are open...” – Alyson from Newark, NY

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public institution situated at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead, Kentucky. MSU has one of only five space science programs in the nation and offers all students a chance for undergraduate...

“…Love this school...not to small yet its right between home and Lexington. Campus is beautiful the lake is gorgeous. The housing on campus is getting updated and renovated, to make it more modern. Morehead is AHMAZING!!!” – Jenna from Ashland, KY

Austin Peay State University

Named for a former state governor, Austin Peay State University is a public institution in north Tennessee. Austin Peay is home to colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Education, Health Sciences, and STEM conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

“…Members of Austin Peay's faculty are very friendly and helpful. Most professors have an open door policy and are willing to do anything to help their students learn. Also, with the honors program, there are multiple opportunities to build on the...” – April from Clarksville, TN

Stephen F Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. It ranks #22 in Top Public Schools by the U.S. News & World Report. The university offers its students the chance to participate in Moot Court, Model UN, and...

“…Four out of five of my classes, and I'm ignoring my math class because it's not my strong point, had teachers that were not afraid to engage with you and make sure you know what you needed and wanted to know. When I feel like a teacher wants me to...” – Jennifer from Hitchcock, TX

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...

“…The teachers at San Antonio College are awesome, most teachers are very helpful and as long as you show that you want to learn they will help you and try to get you to understand as much as you can. Most teachers teach their subject very well and...” – Lucianna from San Antonio, TX

University of South Dakota

Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota is the state’s oldest public university and is a designated R2 research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The Vermillion campus is located along the bluffs of the Missouri River and home to seven...

“…From day one the teachers are really excited about teaching. Many professors, while not able to get to know students in class, welcome office visits with open arms. The class variety makes it easy to explore options and get a taste of other majors....” – Anne

University of Central Arkansas

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is a 4-year public school and one of the oldest universities in the state. UCA awards undergraduate degrees in 86 academic programs and is one of the largest producers of teachers in Arkansas. For...

“…I plan on getting my Physical Therapy Doctorate here, just the fact that they offer a Physical Therapy Doctorate tells me something about their emphasis on education.” – Traven from Mountain View, AR

Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, is a Catholic, women’s institution with a focus on “creating leaders & women of action.” The college offers more than 30 majors, which include 6 nationally accredited programs, and four graduate programs, which...

“…My current intended major is Nursing, but I'm learning so many other great things that I feel more informed about the world than ever before. Not only is St. Mary's good at teaching her students about the past, but also on keeping us updated about...” – Allison from Battle Creek, MI

Bethune-Cookman University

Formed by the merger of the Cookman Institute and Daytona Normal & Industrial Institute, Bethune-Cookman University is an Historically Black College and University in eastern Florida affiliated with the United Methodist Church. B-CU confers bachelor...

“…Bethune-Cookman University is the best HBCU that anyone could ever attend. The enviroment, campus liife, and student activties are amazing. I really am glad that i picked this school theres no other place like it.” – Malik from Jacksonville, FL

Cedarville University

Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1887, Cedarville University is a 4-year Baptist school in southwest Ohio. Cedarville offers undergraduate degrees in more than 150 biblically integrated academic programs and each program features a...

“…Cedarville University has much to offer its students in everything from academics to volunteer ministry opportunities. Its faculty are all top notch, with most having their doctorate in their chosen fields. They are all passionate about teaching and...” – Melody from De Pere, WI

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...

“…The classes here are challenging, but the instructors understand that you have other classes so they don't overload you.” – Lauren from Bixby, OK

Truman State University

Truman State University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in northeast Missouri. Truman confers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors and its Liberal Studies program combines “traditional learning” and “personal investigation.” Truman hosts...

“…There is a wide selection of classes to choose from and while it is sometimes difficult to get into a desired class there are many more options open. The smaller class sizes really allow you to interact better with your teacher and so get more out of...” – Keara from Wildwood, MO

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a 4-year public university in the greater Cincinnati area. NKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the Northern Kentucky campus is home to a laser...

“…NKU is a great school to go to. Most of the teachers are very challenging and understanding. It is also reasonably priced for such a large campus & great teachers. ” – Sarah from Highland Heights, KY

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Originally founded as Mankato Normal School, Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year public school overlooking the Blue Earth River valley in central Minnesota. MSU Mankato operates six colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 130 fields of...

“…You are able to learn the material in a matter of time and your time will not be wasted. The professors are willing to schedule days in which they can give you one on one help. There will be a lot of information that comes at once that you will need...” – Antonio from Minneapolis, MN

National University

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

“…National University has a wide range of courses. Their instructors are quite diverse in knowledge and experience. Ever since I transferred here I stopped screwing around and got my academic path together, you kind of have no choice but to succeed...” – Andrew from La Quinta, CA

Winona State University

With campus a short walk from the Mississippi River, Winona State University is a public institution in southeast Minnesota and the oldest school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. WSU is home to five colleges conferring...

“…Winona is a great place to go for the full college experience. The academics here are great and the professors are very helpful. There is also so much stuff to do in and around Winona, especially when it comes to outdoorsy activities.” – Emily from Brookfield, WI

Macomb Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses in Warren and Clinton Township, Michigan. The college features a wide variety of unique academic programs, with subjects ranging from Court Reporting to Fire Science. Students...

“…I have learned a lot while attending this school. I have been going here for over a year and have been happy with all my instructors. The professors are friendly and helpful when you need information. The classes were not too easy or too difficult. ” – Nathan from Ira Twp, MI

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
Molloy College

Molloy College is a coeducational Catholic institution on Long Island. Molloy confers degrees in over 50 undergrad and graduate programs and the college is home to one of the largest nursing programs in the United States. As a Catholic college,...

“…At Molloy, you have to be try to not get involved in the campus life. There is always a ton of events going on and although it is a small school, the campus life is easily comparable to any larger school. I have been given opportunities here that I...” – Robert from Smithtown, NY

Cerritos College

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the five largest community colleges in LA County. Cerritos is home to 87 associate degree and certificate-granting programs in over 180...

“…Every teacher has their specific style but yet they are similar in lots of ways. Here at Cerritos all the teachers want you to be involved in class and there a tremendous amounts of extra credit they make available to you.” – Alec from Whittier, CA

Le Moyne College

Founded by The Society of Jesus, Le Moyne College is a Jesuit school in Syracuse. The first co-ed Jesuit college in the United States, Le Moyne offers degrees in over 30 fields of study. For students interested in the performing arts, Le Moyne is...

“…At Le Moyne since it is a small school all the teachers know you on a personal level, and are very understanding. Teachers make sure that you are understanding the lessons and if you need extra help most of the time they are available for help during...” – Kristin from Putnam Valley, NY

Portland Community College

Portland Community College is a 2-year higher education institution in Portland, Oregon. It is the largest community college in the state and operates 4 campuses around the Portland metro area. The university offers professional certificates,...

“…PCC is a great place for students to develop. Between the various campuses, there is a wide variety of programs of study, including skilled trades. A high level of instructional quality is expected from professors at PCC, and typical instructors are...” – Kyle from Portland, OR

American River College

Founded as a training center for civilian soldiers in World War II, American River College is a 2-year community college in California’s state capital of Sacramento. ARC confers associate degrees and certificates in over 80 academic fields of study....

“…A college with pleasent teachers. Having many different classes ranging from art to English to Liberal Arts. This campus is vary diverse with a positive atmosphere.” – Haley from Elverta, CA

Fairmont State University

Founded in 1865, Fairmont State University is a public institution based in Fairmont, Virginia. It is a “selective” university and operates the satellite Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center where aviation technology programs are...

“…FSU is a pretty small sized school; which I love! The professors at FSU are very helpful with managing your time if you let them be. Overall, I think FSU is a great school.” – Sommar from Wana, WV

Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University is a 4-year institution located on 100 acres of land just outside of its namesake town in Texas. The university promotes academic, spiritual, and academic excellence centered around their central confession “Jesus Christ is...

“… HBU has a lot to offer and has a very well rounded academic selection. ” – rohana from Houston, TX

South Carolina State University

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is a 4-year public school in central South Carolina and the only public Historically Black College and University in the state. SCSU is home to six academic departments conferring undergraduate degrees...

“…My school is beyond amazing for an biology student like myself. My favorite HBCU in the nation and my favorite biology program. SCSU is my number one school and I won't go nowhere else, it's like home.” – Alexis from Timmonsville, SC

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chaffey College

Chaffey College is a public community college based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The school operates multiple campuses around the state in Rancho, Chino, and Fontana. Chaffey College has an open admissions policy and offers a federally funded...

“…I take the Broadcasting and Cinema classes so its very useful that I'm getting a hands on approach so I know what I'm doing.” – Stephen from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Saint Francis University

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is a Catholic liberal arts institution in western Pennsylvania and one of the oldest Franciscan Catholic universities in the United States. St. Francis confers undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of...

“…Saint Francis University has been great in transitioning me from living at home, to living away from family members. The environment is very welcoming and all of the faculty and staff are more than willing to help any student in need. Saint Francis...” – Jordan from Pittsburgh, PA

Oakland Community College is a public 2-year institution with headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with an open admissions policy. OCC operates five campuses and is the largest community college in the state. Nearly half of all OCC students...

“…This school is terrible when it comes to financial need. No one here knows much able ways to attend on a financial need basis. They are very slow with processing financial applications.” – Brittany from Detroit, MI

York College of Pennsylvania

York College of Pennsylvania is a 4-year liberal arts college in south central Pennsylvania emphasizing experience-based learning. York hosts five colleges of Communication, Education, Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences offering bachelor’s...

“…With the core classes, York offers you an opportunity to try new things and offers a wide variety of all types of classes. For the classes required for a major there are plenty of advisors you can go talk to with any questions and get the most out of...” – Amber from Freeland, MD

Elmira College

Elmira College is a private, coeducational liberal arts school located in Elmira, New York, and nationally recognized as the “Twain Site” as the guardian to the Quarry Farm and home of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, as well as the Mark Twain...

“…I have learned a lot through the required freshman courses. Freshman writing has taught me a lot about writing that I didn't learn in high school. Encore has helped me to broaden my view on music and performing arts. Community service has taught me...” – Megan from Lawrenceville, NJ

California State University-Monterey Bay

California State University at Monterey Bay is a public university and a member of the 23-school CSU system. Located along the northern coast of California, approximately a mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, the university offers 24 undergraduate...

“…The classes are not too large so the teachers have more one-on-one time with their students. The only problem are furlough days that take away more time to learn.” – Pauline from Whittier, CA

Berea College

Founded in 1855, Berea College is a liberal arts college in Kentucky and the first coed and interracial college in the south. Berea confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and the college provides free tuition to all students through the...

“…The professors all make sure that you are keeping up, but at the same time, you are expected to keep up to the rigorous pace they set. We currently operate on a 4-1-4 calendar year. That means that fall semester is 4 months, we have a January Short...” – Morgan from Campbellsville, KY

Bellevue College

Bellevue College is a public institution with an open admissions policy based in Bellevue, Washington. Popular programs at the school include liberal arts and humanities, business, and network, database, and system administration. Bellevue operates a...

“…Being here is absolutly great. I am learning alot and do feel like I am getting a University level education even though Bellevue college isnt classified as a University. The classes here are about 30-40 students which allow you for a lot of one on...” – Tyler from Renton, WA

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Founded in 1887, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is an Historically Black College and University in Tallahassee and the only public HBCU in the state of Florida. Florida A&M is home to 12 colleges and schools granting bachelor’s...

“…The professors come from all over the world and are always willing to share their personal perspective upon request...” – Karl from Dallas, TX

Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College

Messiah College is a private liberal arts and sciences institution based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church and has a “more selective” admissions process. Students are required to sign a Community Covenant...

“…Mostly my classes have been small enough to be able to get to know the teacher, yet large enough to have a discussion that has representatives from many different worldviews. Even the lecture classes have been small, especially considering what...” – Messiah Student, Health and Exercise Science Major

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

“…All of the teachers that I have meet seem to be very professional and experts in their subject areas. The classes are taught by the professors and not by student aids. The class sizes are smaller, so that means more access to the teacher. I believe I...” – Ashlynn from Morrison, CO

Palomar College

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training....

“…Classes are good, just be sure to pay attention and not fall asleep during lectures!” – Cate

Caldwell University

Caldwell University is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Caldwell, New Jersey. Founded by the Dominican sisters, the university has a strong Catholic identity which students will experience through the Enriched Core, which requires a...

“…i got a stellar education at caldwell college. the school is more than friendly towards seniors citizens. more schools should follow cc's external degree program. the saturday orientations are worth attending.” – Hilda from Caldwell, NJ

Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University is a private institution based in Ada, OH, associated with the United Methodist Church. ONU is a sister university of a private school in Seoul, South Korea, the Dankook University. ONU offers one of the only pharmacy...

“…Smaller school but a lot of majors to choose from. Teachers will take an interest in their students” – HS Senior looking for the right college

Curry College

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private institution based in Milton, Massachusetts. The school operates a main campus near a state park in Norfolk county and a satellite campus in Plymouth. All students must take a General Education curriculum...

“…I transfered to Curry College last semester and loved that it was a small school and the professors were very helpful with anything you needed. Curry has a great campaus and very small class sizes which is very easy to learn from. Also since the...” – Joseph from Canton, MA

Georgia Gwinnett College

Founded in 2006, Georgia Gwinnett College is a 4-year public school in the greater Atlanta area and part of the University System of Georgia. Georgia Gwinnett confers undergrad degrees in 18 academic majors and 13 minors. In addition to classroom...

“…About 97% of the faculty have PhD's in their field. What other college has that? Plus Student Interaction is one of the fields in which faculty is graded at the end of each year, making student-to-teacher relationships more lasting and helpful for...” – Gabriel from Snellville, GA

St Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College is a public institution that operates multiple small campuses around Pinellas County, Florida. SPC is part of the Florida College System and is recognized as a state college. Popular majors include medical records technician,...

“…There certain classes that should not be taken online, like speech or one you need lots of instruction.” – Tyler from Clearwater, FL

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is a two-year institution and the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The school operates six campuses and offers 1-2 year technical certification and associate degree programs....

“…The teachers at Northern Virginia Community College (or, as its students and staff call it, NOVA) truly are amazing educators. Many people are sorely mistaken when they think that as a community college, NOVA provides poor quality in its education....” – Tsz from Reston, VA

Fisher College

With campus a short walk from the Boston Public Garden, Fisher College is a 4-year private school in Boston. Fisher confers undergraduate degrees in over 20 academic majors and 15 minors, as well as graduate degrees. Additionally, Fisher is home to a...

“…I am an international student at Fisher college and all of my teachers that i had by far were great. I am majoring in business and this is a really good place to consider in boston if you want to get an associates degree first. Small school size and...” – Dmitry

Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University is a 4-year institution calling Danbury, CT, home. The university is comprised of two campuses within 3 miles of each other: a 34-acre campus downtown called Midtown and a 364-acre campus called Westside. WCSU is...

“…With professors that are clearly knowledgeable in their respective profession, a quality education is sure to be attained while attending WestConn. Not only do every one of the teachers I have studied under have given me a quality education with...” – Michael from Charlton, MA

Chatham University

Chatham University is a liberal arts college based in Pittsburgh, PA. CU offers 60 majors and programs, also providing Integrated Degree Programs to complete a bachelor’s and master’s more quickly. The university is comprised of three campuses, the...

“…Classes are very nice. I am only taking first year courses at the moment, but everything I am learning is either going to be beneficial to me in the real world, or help me in my career. It is nice because if Chatham doesn't offer the class you want,...” – Anonymous Reviewer

Otterbein University

Otterbein University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Westerville, OH, minutes from the 14th largest city in the US, Columbus. Founded in 1847, Otterbein has been co-educational from the beginning and takes pride in its diversity and...

“…The small class sizes and individual attention from one's professor (as opposed to a graduate assistant as is the case at most large schools) sets students up for success. It's impossible to just blend in during a class.” – Tara from Columbus, OH

Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution based in University Center, Michigan. SVSU has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study elementary education, nursing, or kinesiology and exercise science. The school also...

“…Saginaw Valley is a beautiful, small campus that has everything to offer that a large university does without the large crowds. Class sizes are small and professors take the time to get to know their students making you more than just a number. There...” – Lauren from Byron, MI

Georgia College & State University

Georgia College and State University is a public liberal arts university located in Millegdeville, GA, and a member of the University System of Georgia. Georgia College is home to schools of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and Health Sciences....

“…Georgia College is a magical kind of place. Most of the students (including me) complain about it pretty regularly. Despite all of our whining, there really isn't anywhere we'd rather be. ” – A'Leyah from Jonesboro, GA

Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of California. Along with the main campus, SCC also maintains two academic centers in Davis and West Sacramento. Students attending SCC’s main campus can take advantage of a...

“…sacramento city college is a beautiful campus. the faculty and resource centers are readily available and there are plenty to choose from. possesses exceptional instructors who are dedicated to their teachings.” – Samounn from Sacramento, CA

Keene State College

Keene State College is a 4-year public liberal arts college in southwest New Hampshire and a member of the University System of New Hampshire. Keene State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic fields of study. Throughout the school year,...

“…The professors here are great. They really strive to not only get you to learn the material, but make you like learning it. There are so many options when picking classes. You are destined to find something you like. ” – Sam from Londonderry, NH

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University is a health sciences institution associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Loma Linda campus is located in Southern California and is home to six hospitals where students gain real world experience. The university...

“…i think that Loma Linda has a lot to offer especially in what i want to major that's why i have chosen this college that i want to attend.” – Damien from fontana, CA

Viterbo University

Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as a teaching school for nuns, Viterbo University is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in western Wisconsin. Viterbo is home to three colleges of Business, Education, and Health...

“…many of the classes i took this past semester i had some background knowledge in but the liberal arts education that viterbo provides its students with is amazing. the academics are challenging at times depending on what program you are in. the...” – Laura from Stillwater, MN

Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a public, 2-year institution located in El Cajon, California. The college features a number of student service facilities, such as the Assistive Technology Center, the Dream Center, the CalWORKs Student Services, and the Career...

“…Many of the teachers at Grossmont also teach at local schools like San Diego State. ” – Grossmont Student