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

Wittenberg University

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Ohio affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The third oldest Lutheran college in the United States, Wittenberg confers bachelor’s degrees in over...

“…Professors are willing to help students and always available to anwser questions.” – Elizabeth from Ottawa Lake, MI

Claflin University

Claflin University is a private HBCU and independent institution based in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The school provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and affiliated with the United...

“…Claflin University is the wonderful college that opens up your mind to different cultures. It's also a college that gives you many opportunities to look for a career that you are interested in. Unlike many colleges many college professors are just...” – Tyra from Sumter, SC

Illinois Wesleyan University

Established in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a 4-year liberal arts university in Bloomington, IL. IWU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic fields of study, as well as an optional May Term, a month-long experiential learning option...

“…I can't wait to start going to IWU. It seems like a great place and I love the environment.” – Andrea from Peoria, IL

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Originally founded as Hawai’i Vocational College, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo is a public liberal arts college on The Big Island. UH Hilo confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors including Hawai’ian Studies. The university also...

“…I have learned so much at UH Hilo, not only in my classes, but also about different cultures and lifestyles. I have many friends that are exchange students from other countries who have taught me so much about the world outside of what I had known.” – lindsay from Great Falls, MT

College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons is a public community college based in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California. The college has an open admissions policy. It is home to a 926-seat performing arts center as well as the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater which is...

“…College of the Canyons is a great school that provides a vast variety of classes that are suitable for those interested in any field. The professors are extremely passionate and dedicated in their work and offer different opportunities to encourage...” – Karla from Sylmar, CA

University of West Alabama

Originally founded as a school for women called the Livingston Female Academy, the University of West Alabama is a coeducational 4-year public university. UWA is home to five colleges and divisions offering undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic...

“…The teachers here have an actual personality and care about their students. Any time you have a problem or question the staff in the office listen and direct you to where you need to go. The atmosphere on campus is amazing; with ponds, lakes, and...” – Grant from Saraland, AL

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University is a private four-year institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. SXU operates two campuses, one in a residential neighborhood of Chicago and a second in suburban Orland Park, Illinois. The school provides a...

“…Everyone here including students, teachers, and staff are so nice and helpful. Saint Xavier University also provides its students with a pleasant and learning atmosphere. Finally, it's a small school with small classes, and a lot more attention is...” – Lauren from Chicago, IL

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a community college that can grant associate degrees and professional certificates. SBCC is a two-year institution with a high transfer rate to 4-year institutions around California. It has an open admissions policy and...

“…Santa Barbara City College is a beautiful place to start off your education. It is located next to a beautiful beach and it has an earthy feeling. Great teachers and great opportunities to succeed .” – Daniel from Santa Barbara, CA

Bergen Community College

Bergen Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Paramus, New Jersey. The college also maintains a number of satellite locations throughout the region in Hackensack and Lyndhurst. Students attending BCC have the...

“…bergen community college campus in paramus, nj is beautiful! not only that but the teachers are great at explaining the curriculum. also the student center is a great place to sit and study, a nice learning atmosphere.” – Rynell from Little Ferry, NJ

DeSales University

DeSales University is a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum with a focus in the Catholic tradition. It is home to dance studios, TV and film studios, simulation laboratories,...

“…Be who you are and be that well. DeSales will help you find yourself and unleash your true potential in life. They help develop student's faith, knowledge and overall being. ” – Ariel from West Easton, PA

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist Church. The CU campus is based in rural Kentucky and is home to the Clay Hill Memorial Forest which is used as an educational and research area for woodland studies....

“…Campbellsville University is a school were you feel you matter. It's religion based and has very supportive staff. We are even allowed to pray in class!” – Marissa from Louisville, KY

Emporia State University

Founded in 1863, Emporia State University is a public institution with “selective” admissions that offers a flat rate tuition. The Emporia State campus houses the Johnston Geology Museum, the Peterson Planetarium, and the Richard H. Schmidt Museum of...

“…Emporia is a great university that allows students to get involved in the community. It has a great learning environment. Kids will feel right at home once attending.” – Tiffani from Hoyt, KS

Middlesex County College

Middlesex County College is a public community college based in Edison, New Jersey, with academic centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy. The school confers degrees and certifications and offers workforce training, transfer programs, and continuing...

“…Middlesex is a great school with top quality professors. Tuition is low priced for high quality education. In addition, the campus is very safe.” – Jacquelin from Hopelawn, NJ

Clark College

Clark College is a public, 2-year institution located in Vancouver, Washington. The college supports many areas of study, including Creative & Communication Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Biosciences, Public Service & Education,...

“…Many different campuses to choose from, great staff, and very knowledgeable. I love it here.” – Makenzie from Camas, WA

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...

“…The university of houston clear lake has several programs to where people can decide what to major in. The university has a good teacher program for education. The professors will help as much as they can and will help[ you be successful.” – Maria from Houston, TX

Indian River State College

Indian River State College is an institution of higher learning based in Fort Pierce, Florida. IRSC has an open door admissions policy and offers a dual-enrollment program for high school students. The school also provides classes for adults who have...

“…The classes are a great size which is good because it will be easier to get 1-on-1 with your teacher. The teachers are great and I've learned a lot in my years here. Just as good as a public university, and it's cheaper! ” – Brandon from Vero Beach, FL

Edgewood College

Edgewood College is a private liberal arts school based in Madison, Wisconsin, conferring bachelor’s degrees in 55 academic fields of study. The school was founded by, and maintains an affiliation with, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of the Roman...

“…Edgewood College is perfect for students that want to enjoy a big city life while attending a small school. The school is expensive but they do a good job at providing sufficient financial aid to make it possible for students to attend that otherwise...” – Jami from Madison, WI

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Overland Park, Kansas. Academics at Johnson County feature a wide variety of course delivery methods, including self-paced, face-to-face, online, hybrid, internships, and...

“…Since starting college, I have learned that I sincerely enjoy learning. JCCC offers an immense selection of classes. You can take anything from College Algebra to the History of Ancient Greece/Near East. The teachers are, of course, a big part of...” – Gabrielle from Overland Park, KS

Baldwin Wallace University

One of the nation’s first colleges to admit students of both genders and all races, Baldwin Wallace University is a liberal arts and sciences university in the Cleveland metro area. BWU is home to colleges of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and...

“…I'm a neuroscience & psychology double-major and the reputation of the neuroscience program here is the reason I came in the first place. The classes are challenging and you have the opportunity to learn a lot if you apply yourself. You can really...” – The Scientist

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....

“…The teachers I have had, especially in the science and math departments, are very good about teaching you exactly what you need to know. They show interest in the subject that they teach, and they guide you when need be.” – Jackson from Waxahachie, TX

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is a 4-year public university in southern Tennessee and one of three campuses in the UT System. UTC hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate...

“…I have learned a lot at UTC. Most of the professors are really good about helping out out if you need the extra help. They want to make sure that you understand the material they are presenting you.” – Miranda from Pulaski, TN

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is a large, public institution located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau. The school operates three regional campuses around the state in Sikeston, Malden, and Kennett. SEMO offers study...

“…I am learning a lot from my classes here at SEMO. I am in a Child Psychology class and I feel like I have learned the most from this class. The teacher is really helpful and the course is challenging in a positive way. The same level of difficulty...” – Katherine from Bridgeton, MO

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Students attending SBVC have the opportunity to enroll in a large selection of associate, certificate, and transfer programs, as well as the...

“…An up to date modern Community college that is a great deal for those that want to learn new skills and get an education. The student center and tutors are quite helpful in overcoming learning obstacles. The campus has a new feeling since the...” – Darryl from Highland, CA

Saddleback College is a 2-year community college based in Mission Viejo, California, with an open admissions policy. It is part  of the California Community College system and confers professional certifications and associate degrees. Eligible...

“…This school has given me the tools and confidence to compete with any other student at any major university. For the most part the professors are great and easily accessible however there are a few exceptions. As a student who is transferring into a...” – Chad from Dana Point, CA

Minot State University

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

“…I have already taken a few Dual Credit classes sponsored through MSU, and I instantly loved the challenge of a class that had a college atmosphere. I can't wait to experience the real deal!” – Ariana from Spanaway, WA

Tulsa Community College

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...

“…i give tulsa community college thumbs up” – Henia from Tulsa, OK

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Northern Wyoming Community College District is a multi-campus community college with locations in both Sheridan and Gillette, WY. The institutions serve Sheridan, Campbell, and Johnson counties, conferring three associate degrees: Associate of Arts...

“…The classroom sizes for all the classes I took had at most 20 students in them at one time. The smaller sized classes really helped me learn more and connect with my proffesors more too.” – Derek from Forsyth, MT

California State University-Dominguez Hills

California State University-Dominguez Hills is a 4-year public university in the greater Los Angeles area and part of the Cal State system. CSUDH hosts six colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors. A diverse institution,...

“…There are so many things to learn within each subject that I have not learned before. Each class has a professor that is prepared and willing to teach us more within a subject.” – Veronica from Norwalk, CA

Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Michigan. The campus features a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including two fitness centers, a library with rentable technology, and two gaming stations. Along...

“…You learn a lot, and the professors are helpful and creative with their learning styles” – Kourtney from Lansing, MI

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Boston, Massachusetts. The college offers courses at all hours, including daytime, afternoon, early-evening, late-evening, midnight, and weekends, with fully-online options...

“…Bunker Hill Community College is not only diverse, but the atmosphere over here is great. The school provides it's students with many great opportunities and with the help of the great staff. ” – Tashi from Malden, MA

Elms College

Elms College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA, Elms is a Catholic college and offers mass Monday through Thursday, as well as missions trips, programs,...

“…The professors at Elms college are really helpful. They understand that you pay to be there and are there for a great education. A lot of them are willing to help you outside of the classroom and have many different techniques to help many different...” – Kelsey

University of Missouri-St Louis

The University of Missouri-St Louis is a 4-year public school and the largest public research institution in eastern Missouri. Part of the University of Missouri System, UMSL is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

“…umsl is an awesome school. it's a great day when you find a university that wants you to excel academically and socially. add to that the beauty of the diversity of the campus, and you've got the almost perfect school.” – claire from missouri

Rockford University is a private, 4-year institution established on a suburban, 150-acre campus in Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations through the College of Arts and...

“…awesome atmosphere. exceptional staff. perfect for small town kids like myself!” – Morgann from Rockton, IL

Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University is a 4-year public institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSW is home to five colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 40 academic areas of study. Additionally, Georgia...

“…GSW has a beautiful, safe, and friendly campus. All of the staff are equipped with the knowledge and willingness to help you with whatever you need. There is a wide variety of courses and majors to chose from. ” – Chelsea from Shellman, GA

Established in 1992, Estrella Mountain Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Avondale, Arizona, with satellite facilities also located in Buckeye. EMCC is a member of the Maricopa Community College District, serving a student...

“…EMCC is a great location and very easy to get to. Although there is no on campus housing there are several apartments very close by. It has everything you need from food to a bookstore!” – dave from Avondale, AZ

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is a public institution and part of the Florida College system. FSCJ is a military-friendly school. FSCJ operates four campuses throughout Jacksonville and several academic centers, including the Cecil Center...

“…I love the teachers I picked this years. I have the best schedule.” – chanel from Orange Park, FL

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

The University of Saint Francis is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The campus features a number of historic facilities, such as the Brookside Mansion, which once was home to the entire college, and now hosts...

“…The University of Saint Francis offers a vast majority of majors and minors to choose from. The classrooms are a wonderful small size so that the teachers can have more one-on-one time with individual students.” – Briana from Fort Wayne, IN

University of Southern Indiana

With campus a short distance from the Ohio River, the University of Southern Indiana is a 4-year public school in southwest Indiana. USI confers bachelor’s degrees in 87 areas of study featuring a community-focused curriculum with an emphasis on...

“…The University of Southern Indiana is a great way to receive a quality education at an affordable price. The on-campus apartments give you the feeling of independence while still having the college experience. The small campus size makes you feel...” – Sarah from Fort Wayne, IN

Salve Regina University

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, Salve Regina University is a Catholic liberal arts college bordering the Newport Cliff Walk in coastal Rhode Island. Featuring a campus of former Gilded Age mansions, Salve grants bachelor’s degrees in over 40...

“…Salve is not only located on a beautiful campus but offers a well-rounded educational experience. The honors program is rigorous enough to encourage a good work ethic while lax enough to allow students to enjoy their scheduling choices. There are a...” – Mariah from Hackettstown, NJ

Columbia College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts institution in central Missouri. Columbia offers bachelor’s degrees in over 30 academic majors, as well as 10 associate degree-granting programs and eight master’s degrees. Additionally,...

“…I am a senior this year and have learned quite a bit in the two years I have attended. I transferred from a community college and Columbia College has increased my knowledge in many areas.” – Crystal from Boonville, MO

Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Arizona. GCC primarily serves students in the northwestern region of Maricopa County. Students can enroll in classes in the daytime, evening, or online, and can take...

“…I didn't really seem to be challenged too much in my time here. It almost seemed like I was learning a little bit more in depth information about the same topics as high school but this could have easily been condensed into maybe a maximum of a...” – Jacob from Glendale, AZ

Defiance College
Founded in 1850, the Defiance College is a private institution based in the rural town of Defiance, OH. The liberal arts college is closely affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The school houses the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity...

“…Defiance is an excellent school because your are a person to them and not another number. They have so many activities for everyone to join. You're going to make a lot of new friends here before you even have your first day of classes.” – Melanie from Medina, OH

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...

“…Henderson State University is a terrific place to call home. There's always something to do on campus so there's no excuse for someone complaining about being bored. The professors are great and I haven't had not one professor who wasn't available...” – Mr.Reddie2016

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is the second largest public university in the state and maintains six colleges that collectively offer more than 175 degree programs. Programs at UMass Lowell span and interconnect the disciplines of business,...

“…UMass Lowell is fabulous, I didn't expect to love it coming in. Now I wouldn't go anywhere else - great professors, great friends great time!!” – Surprisingly Happy Student

Snow College

Snow College is a public institution located in rural Ephraim, Utah. Snow is a community college that offers a variety of associate degrees and professional certifications as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Music and a Bachelor of...

“…While at Snow College I learned so much! All the professors were willing to help me outside of class and had an environment inside of class set up in a way where students weren't afraid to speak up. Not only did I learn a lot about math, English,...” – Sorine from Grantsville, UT

Pikes Peak Community College is a public 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. Pikes Peak operates multiple full-service and military satellite campuses throughout Colorado and partners with 4-year institutions across the nation for...

“…The academic programs here are definitely impressive. I would say that the level of education being taught is as good, if better, than any local university. ” – Amy from Colorado Springs, CO

Bloomfield College

Founded in 1868, Bloomfield College is a private liberal arts school based in Bloomfield, New Jersey, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Bloomfield offers several programs for students, including an Honors Program, the McNair Scholarship...

“…Bloomfield College has taught me many things thus far both inside and outside the classroom.” – Ashley from Camden, NJ

Saint Peter's University

Established in 1872, Saint Peter’s University is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation. Saint Peter’s is based in Jersey City, NJ, with a second location called Englewood Cliffs, and is home to four colleges and schools conferring undergraduate...

“…I would rate Saint Peter's College as an eight on a scale of one to ten, which making a ten the highest. The reason for rating them so high is the fact that it is a good sized school and they offer a lot of options and opportunities to succeed in...” – Stephanie from Albuquerque, NM

Louisiana Tech University

Founded in 1894, Louisiana Tech University is a 4-year public school in northern Louisiana. Louisiana Tech is home to five colleges of Liberal Arts, Applied & Natural Sciences, Business, Education, and Engineering conferring undergraduate degrees....

“…I transferred into Louisiana Tech from a school in Texas that was under the semester system. I have found that Tech, its small class sizes, and its quarter system gives you the ability to actually grasp the new concepts learned as opposed to learning...” – Kasie from Schertz, TX

Butte College

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...

“…This is a great school to prepare to transfer to a University. They have a broad selection of courses but you need to be on top of your registration in order to get the classes you want. This school is excellent for getting your GE classes and has...” – Carrie from Orland, CA

Central Methodist University is a private, liberal arts institution established in Fayette, Missouri. While CMU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the university values diversity and diplomacy making students of all faiths welcome. CMU’s...

Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University is a public institution with “selective” admissions located in the rural town of Thibodaux, Louisiana, 50 miles west of New Orleans. The institution is named after Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, a brigadier general for the...

“…The smaller classroom settings allow you to be more attentive, and it is easier to gain one-on-one time with professors. ” – Dakotah from Theriot, LA

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Andrews University

With campus along the shore of the St. Joseph River, Andrews University is a Christian school in southwest Michigan and the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Andrews hosts six colleges and schools featuring over 130 degrees...

“…The opportunity to learn is definitely obvious at Andrews University. The options are numerous. Classes are challenging and, for the most part, engaging. ” – Danika from Hamburg, PA

St Francis College

St. Francis College is a private institution located in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and was founded in 1884. It is a Franciscan college that provides a Christ-centered curriculum focused on the theology and philosophical teachings of St. Francis. It...

“…Comfortable atmosphere, Small class sizes, and Teachers are aware of who you are. Cafeteria is very clean, many places to sit, fun to participate in activities. Easy to find classroom and friendly faces.” – Devan from Staten Island, NY

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...

“…My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

Lane Community College is a 2-year institution offering degrees and certificates from eight academic departments. The Science department at LCC features several green career programs as well as degrees in Energy Management and Sustainability...

“…lane community college is a great school with a hard working, friendly faculty that give personal attention to their students which is made easy by our smaller class sizes. also, lcc has a sustainable organic garden on campus, run by students and...” – Julie from Eugene, OR

Quincy University

Originally founded in 1860 as St. Francis Solanus College, Quincy University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Illinois affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Quincy grants undergrad degrees in over 40 academic majors and provides a...

“…Quincy University is a campus near the Mississippi river and is gorgeous. The staff are all very friendly and willing to help many people when ever they need to or are needed. Like the staff the students are all very outgoing and willing to meet new...” – Taylor from Quincy, IL

Gordon State College

Founded in 1852, Gordon State College is a public institution located in the rural town of Barnesville, Georgia. It is a member of the University System of Georgia and home to several athletic facilities that  include walking trails, racquetball...

“…Gordon is a small junior college set in the small town of Barnesville, GA. Because the classes are so small, the students are able to have one on one time with the professor. The students are able to learn more and understand the lectures better. I...” – Shakarra from Zebulon, GA

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...

“…As far as the culinary arts program goes Schoolcraft college has one of the best in the country. The staff are friendly, informative, and well trained in field of culinary arts. The school features four Master chefs, a sundry of executive chefs,...” – Allyson from Novi, 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...

“…A beautiful Christian community with nothing but nice genuine people, professors at the top of their academic game, and a relaxed campus a home away from home.” – Acacia from Fresno, CA

Triton College
River Grove, IL

Triton College is a public, 2-year institution established on an urban, 110-acre campus in River Grove, Illinois. Triton offers over 100 associate’s degree and certificate programs, with flexible learning options available including online courses,...

“…One of the best junior colleges around. Triton has a variety of classes to choose from. Located in a very convenient location, lots of transportation near by.” – Frank from Chicago, IL

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Arizona. Along with its main campus in Chandler, the college also maintains satellite locations in Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. The Student Life at CGCC...

“…chandler-gilbert community college is a well rounded school with many different opportunities. it has a wonderful leadership and student based help program and it has a student life group that helps many different people. overall, cgcc is a school...” – Kelsey from Chandler, AZ

University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public institution in the city of Anchorage. The campus is surrounded by lakes, ponds, and mountains, but has a trail system that  connects the university to midtown Anchorage. Top fields of study include,...

“…The learning experience is amazing. The professors know what they are teaching and enjoy teaching it. Some of them are born and raised in Alaska so they can help you out. The other students are a big help as well.” – Haley from Kodiak, AK

Franklin Pierce University is a small private institution based in rural Rindge, New Hampshire. The campus is surrounded by forests, wetlands, lakes, fields, and mountains, which are utilized for field work and ecology research. FPU operates multiple...

“…This may not be the best school in the country, but it is a fantastic school. Small class sizes, you can get to know your professors better, gorgeous campus, and you can even self design majors!” – Amber from Ashford, CT

Simpson University

Originally founded in Seattle, Simpson University is a Christian liberal arts institution in northern California and the region’s only Christian university. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson grants undergrad degrees in 24...

“…Love it. Although it is a smaller, private and christian school it has a lot to offer on and off campus. Love the professors and people that work at the University.” – SIBY from Sunnyvale, CA

Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a private institution based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is affiliated with the Franciscan Roman Catholic church. It operates satellite campuses in Schuylkill County and Philadelphia. Nursing, substance abuse and addiction...

“…Alvernia University is helpful and positive. The staff really cares and wants you to become a better person. This college is going to be exciting and enriching.” – Jocelyn from Catonsville, MD

Century College
White Bear Lake, MN

Century College is a public, two-year institution that focuses on both community and technical education. Century College’s 170-acre campus, which is located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, maintains a variety of facilities, including LGBTQ and...

“…Century has been a great school to continue my education. It has given me more options on classes to take for my associates in the arts degree. I would strongly recommend Century to friends or family who wanted to continue their education. ” – Ashlie from Saint Paul, MN

Governors State University is a public, 4-year institution established south of Chicago in University Park, Illinois. GSU offers programs of study ranging from certificates in Digital Forensics to doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy. The college...

“…The faculty/staff are very eager to help and want all returning adults to thrive/succeed.” – Charles from Plainfield, IL

Everett Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Snohomish County, Washington, with satellite facilities located in Monroe and Marysville. Along with its 7 associate’s degree options, ECC offers over 30 certificates in...

“…Wonderful campus, faculty and students. Everyone is very easy going and friendly. The classes are sometimes challenging but, you'll definitely learn a lot. ” – Megan from Marysville, WA

Wayland Baptist University is a private institution located primarily in Plainview, Texas, with satellite campuses throughout the United States and Kenya. Wayland Baptist has nine academic schools, which offer many programs of study taught in a...

“…Wayland is a great school that has a lot to offer. The staff really cares about the students and they want to see us succeed. The transition from high school to college was much easier than I expected and that is primarily because of the staff and...” – Timothy from Plano, TX

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,...

“…I attend SPC at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center as a Full-Time Automotive Technology Student. The Classroom and Lab are small, but the Instructors are good and they both have plenty of real world experience. Overall I am satisfied with...” – James from Plainview, TX

Malone University

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Canton, OH. Founded in 1892, Malone has grown to offer 91 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs, some of which are available online. Standing out from the 50-plus majors...

“…The classes are in-depth and challenging. If you're just looking to pass classes, this isn't the college for you; but if you want a challenging, enriching academic experience, I would recommend Malone.” – Erik from Granville, OH

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Founded in 1807, University of Maryland in Baltimore is the public health, law, and human services university in the state with a mission to “improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland at large through education, research,...

“…University of Maryland- Baltimore is a clean safe campus. UM Baltimore shows dedication to diversity in the student body. UM Baltimore is home to an internationally recognized shock trauma facility. ” – Mary from Pasadena, MD

Northwest University

Northwest University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Kirkland, Washington. Full-time undergraduate students and faculty at Northwest are required to attend chapel three times weekly in order to earn spiritual life credit each...

“…Even though I will begin in a month I've been impressed with the college so far.” – Kelsie from Battle Ground, WA

Parkland College

Parkland College is a two-year community college based in Champaign, IL, that confers associate's degrees and workforce certificates. It's home to the Institute of Aviation, as well as the second-largest planetarium in Illinois, the Staerkel...

“…Parkland College is a great and friendly environment with lots of diversity and culture within its campus for all students of all ages. It also has many great helping opportunities for many students to get tutored or to get efficient help for their...” – Teri

Alma College

Alma College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It is a residential college based in Alma, Michigan, in the state’s Lower Peninsula. Alma also operates an ecological research area in Vestaburg, which houses...

“…Alma College has amazing professors. It also has so many opportunities to travel and further your education which most schools I looked at while applying did not. At Alma College you are not just a number. The faculty knows you and cares about you....” – Madison from St. Johns, MI

Georgian Court University

Originally founded as a women’s college by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in southern New Jersey. GCU hosts colleges of Nursing, Business, Education, and Arts & Sciences conferring...

“…i would rate georgian court university a 9 on a scale of 10 being the best. when i had transferred to gcu, i was treated with the up-most respect and my needs were accommodated. having been at gcu only two months, my experience here has been amazing...” – Christina from Jackson, NJ

Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University is a private Catholic liberal arts institution situated in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst offers a liberal arts curriculum and all students must complete a core curriculum that includes 15 classes. Noted programs include data...

“…this college, now university, offers the perfect balance of social activities, sports, and most importantly academics. my decision to come to mercyhurst is the best decision i have ever made for myself. it is definitely the place to build memories...” – Jonna from Grove City, PA

Chartered in 1845, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christian school in central Texas and the state’s oldest continuously operating college. UMHB grants bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic programs and all first year students are enrolled in a...

“…Honestly, I have never learned as much as have attending UMHB. I was blessed enough to be a part of the University Honors Program, and doing so I was able to meet students that hold themselves to a higher standard. My professors have been more than...” – Naomi from Channelview, TX

University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is a 4-year public school and the largest university in Kansas City. Part of the University of Missouri system, UMKC offers undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic fields of study and is home to an honors...

“…It is the in-between of a large university and a small university. The professors are amazing. The campus is basically Kansas City.” – Julie from O Fallon, MO

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college closely affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school combines interdisciplinary and international programs into all areas of study. A majority of students...

“…Gustavus is a great liberal arts college. I have learned a lot in my classes. I was kind of intimidated/nervous for classes to start my freshman year because I knew that they would be challenging. However, I was put to ease when in my classes because...” – Erica from Burnsville, MN

The College of Lake County is a public, 2-year institution established in Grayslake, Illinois, with additional campuses in Waukegan, Vernon Hills, as well as satellite facilities throughout the region. CLC prepares students for career placement and...

“…Small class sizes make one on one time with instructors easy. One of the best community colleges you can attend in Illinois.” – Student at CLC

Merced College

Merced College is a public, 2-year institution established in central California. The college offers over 130 associate and certificate programs, many of which can be completed online, in a hybrid format, or in a web-enhanced format. Merced’s scenic,...

“…I am a Music Major/Computer Minor attending Merced College. The courses and classes I am taking here are quite nice and giving me much of a education and focus into taking my career to the best potential it could be, or at least to the next step.” – Quentin from Merced, CA

Marian University

Marian University is a private Catholic institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The curriculum at Marian University combines classroom theory with practical work experience. The school is home to a wetland and lowland forest, the Indy Cycloplex...

“…Marian is a great place where all the professors make you feel wanted. You're definitely not just a number at this University.” – Meredith from Indianapolis, IN

Butler Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in El Dorado, Kentucky, with satellite campuses in Rose Hill, Andover, Wichita, Marion, and Council Grove. Butler offers Meta Majors as one of their many pathway options, which are...

“…i learned exactly what i needed ” – Shelby from Valley Center, KS

Howard Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Columbia, Maryland. HCC offers over 100 associate degree, certificate, and noncredit programs, and it awards credit hours for life experience. Students can take part in a number...

“…I am learning a lot at Howard Community College. The professors are friendly and supportive, and willing to help you succeed. Many of the professors are willing to spend extra time after class to ensure that you comprehend the material.” – Tano from Laurel, MD

Keuka College

Founded in 1890, Keuka College is a liberal arts school based in Keuka Park, New York. The Field Period at Keuka College is a required program chosen by the student that explores their interests through an internship, study abroad program, community...

“…this is a rural campus that has a waterfront view of one of most beautiful finger lakes in the region. it's dedicated to education and makes sure that you leave here knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. every year you get the month...” – Nichole from Brunswick, ME

Saint John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College is an independent instution located in Pittsford, NY, that run on the Catholic tradition. St. John's 164-acres of campus house five colleges, has both a Math and Writing Center, and is within 7 miles of Rochester. The "College...

“…St John Fisher College incorporates a close knit community feel with an outstanding education by professors who truly care about their students. The educational opportunities are among the top tier in Western New York, with very prominent members of...” – Fisher Cardinal

Carroll College

Carroll College is private liberal arts institution and pre-professional college with “more selective” admissions. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and situated in the center of the Rocky Mountains in Helena, Montana. Carroll College...

“…Carroll College is a liberal arts school which means we are required to take courses in a number of different fields. This gives you the opportunity to learn about parts of the world which you never knew existed. It gives you insight into a...” – Rachel from Jerome, ID

Middle Georgia State University

Formed by the consolidation of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College, Middle Georgia State University is a 4-year institution with five central Georgia campuses. MGA is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees....

“…This university is one of the most affordable, has a nurturing atmosphere, and the diverse student/faculty/staff body is like no other ... LITERALLY. There are many various degree fields/extracurricular activities/clubs/programs to attend and be...” – Iris G.

Framingham State University

Founded in 1839, Framingham State University is a public institution based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Framingham operates the Center for Social Research, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, and the John C.....

“…FSU is a small school that focuses on getting students to their next goal, whether it be a career or grad school, etc. Commuters are often forgotten and the parking situation can be like the Hunger Games. Individual programs can be tight knit and you...” – Steph from Northborough, MA

Onondaga Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Syracuse, New York, and is a member of the SUNY school system. Along with its nearly 50 associate degree and certificate programs, OCC maintains articulation agreements with...

“…onondaga community college is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to junior colleges. it gives every applicant a fair chance by never denying an application and it provides a quality education for those who maybe cannot afford a four-year...” – Casey from East Syracuse, NY

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is a 2-year institution located in the state of California. The college maintains two campuses, with one in the city of Santa Rosa, and one in the city of Petaluma. Students of SRJC can take advantage of the college’s wide...

“…As a college freshman I anticipated the work load to be different than that of high school. It was. But it also was doable. I liked the fact that the class I was in wasnt too big. I felt that whenever i raised my hand i would be heard. I learned a...” – Cynthia from Sausalito, CA

College of the Desert is a public, 2-year institution established in Palm Desert, California, with satellite locations in Indio, Thermal, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs. COD is officially recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution, meaning...

“…Great location. Beautiful Campus. Very nice staff.” – Chris from Palm Springs, CA

Auburn University at Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery is a public institution based in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a designated military-friend School and has a “selective” admissions process. AUM has one of the largest study abroad programs in the state and takes students...

“…I am learning a great deal here and most of the teachers are really understanding.” – Mary from Montgomery, AL

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University is a public, 4-year institution established in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with a number of satellite centers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Farmington. New Mexico Highlands offers over 60 graduate and...

“…I love the atmosphere here at Highlands. Yes, it is a small school and a small town, but that is how I like it. I would rather be able to have my professors actually know who I am, rather than just have me as a number in their system. ” – Stephanie from Albuquerque, NM

Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College was founded in 1830 and is the oldest college in Alabama. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church and is rated as having “selective” admissions. Spring Hill College is home to the Spring Hill Oceanic Research and Education...

“…Spring Hill College gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and to do things that you would have never thought was possible.” – Sabrina from Saraland, AL

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is a public Massachusetts institution founded in 1894. It has a “selective” admissions process and provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum integrated with professional programs. The most popular majors are exercise...

“…I am definitely learning a lot. I am just heading into my sophomore year not, and really looking forward to it. Even in my freshman year I learned so much in mostly general education courses alone. For instance, I took a China course recently where I...” – Shannon from Blackstone, MA

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College is a public institution that operates eleven campuses throughout western Colorado. The school offers a Colorado Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act which allows high school students to earn college credit before graduating...

“…There is so much to learn! With the world at our finger tips every physical example you could ever want is just waiting to be used. Between the hands on outdoors classes and the small class size there are endless opportunities for a complete, well...” – Erin from Rye, CO

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

With campus overlooking the Rio Grande, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a 4-year public school in south Texas and a part of the UT System. UTRGV is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees and has been...

“…All professors are approachable. Everyone greets you with a smile and academic advisors welcome you and tell you exactly what you need to do to get things done. There are learning centers with available tutors throughout the day if ever you need help...” – Monica from Mission, TX