Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

There is an art to systematic instruction in any subject, which is where earning a degree in education comes in. Offered at the associates, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate levels, education degrees are a mix of theoretical and applied courses. There are facets to education degrees, such as early childhood education, primary teaching, or secondary education. The key goal behind acquiring a degree in this area of study is to learn how to create a dynamic learning environment, typically within a specific age range or in a certain topic.

Associate Level

Associate degrees in education typically take 2 years to complete when attending full time. There are two different types of degrees offered at this level, an Associate’s in Science and an Associate’s in Art. The AS focuses more on science and mathematics, making it a precursor for teaching in those areas. An AA is geared towards the liberal arts, including literature, music, performing arts, and art. This level of education also comes with a few different specializations, including in Early Childhood, Paraprofessional, Elementary and Secondary.

Careers for graduates with an associate degree in education include: Teacher Assistant, Preschool Teacher, Childcare Worker, Tutor. The entry-level salary ranges between $21,000 and $29,000.

Baccalaureate

Education management and the psychology of students is addressed more in-depth at the baccalaureate level. Educators play many roles in students’ and parents’ lives and learning how to wear those different hats is crucial. Learning to create a lesson plan, and then learning to be flexible about it are both necessary skills at this level. Curriculum will include classes on developmental psychology, social and personality development, classroom technologies, assessment strategies, arts education, mild and moderate disabilities, as well as teaching english, math, and foreign languages.

Like the associate’s degree, baccalaureate degrees are conferred in two different ways, as a Bachelor’s in Science or a Bachelor’s in Art, and they function the same way. At the baccalaureate level, however, there’s room to take on a second major or a minor that complements the focus of the education major. For instance, minoring in Spanish can be a huge leg up towards becoming a high school Spanish teacher. The average salary for graduates with a baccalaureate in education is $43,000.

Careers for graduates with a bachelor’s in education include: High School Teacher, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, Recruiter, Admissions Staff, Adult Educator, Job/Skills Trainer, GED Instructor, English as a Second Language Instructor, International Teacher, School Board Member, School Administrator, Museum Learning Programmer, Standardized Test Developer, Instructional Coordinator, Education Consultant, Textbook Author/Editor, Prison System Teacher, Health Educator, Activities Director.

Master Level

Much like the associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, there are several paths for earning a Master’s in this area of study: a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.), a Master of Science in Teaching (MST), or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). For the MAT and MST, the focus of the 2-year program is the grade of students taught and the subject matter. This level and type of degree is popular for concentrating in Special Education and is often considered a pre-professional degree. In other words, the intention is to teach. Many colleges offer a 5-year program that ecompasses both a baccauleate and master degree.

A Masters of Education is geared more towards advancement within the educational world and focuses on research rather than applied knowledge. The focus of the degree is limited to curriculum and instruction; counseling; school psychology; and administration. It’s often used as a precursor for a doctoral degree, as well. Other similar degrees include  a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) and a Master of Science in Education (MSEd).

The primary perk for earning a master’s degree is the ability to become a National Board Certified Teacher. This certification can open a number of opportunities within the academic world, as well as a generally higher salary. Available careers, depending on degree type, for a master’s level graduate include: Principal, Administrator, Special Education Teacher (higher level or specialized), School/Career Counselor, Educational Coordinator, Corporate Trainer, Curriculum Developer/Instruction Specialist, Academic Dean.

Doctorate Level

There are options aplenty at all levels of the education field of study, and that include at the doctorate level. The two prominent options are a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) and the Doctorate in Education (EdD). Unlike what’s typical, the PhD is designed for further knowledge to put in practice, whereas the EdD is geared toward research and improvement of the educational system as a whole.

Career options for doctorate holders include: School Board Executive, Education Researcher, Policy Maker.

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Colleges

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its...

“…No matter what class you take, your bound to pick up some information. Whether it is just a general education class or a class to enter your major, you will learn something. One of the benefits of going to such a large school is the diversity in the...” – Jen from Newww Yorkkk

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student...

“…The classes here are great. The professors are all the best at their field and teach with passion that is tangible. They really are geniuses. The classes taught vary from a class on just mushrooms to hip hop to harry potter to bird watching. I...” – Berkelium from SoCal

Duke University

Duke University is a selective, private research university that calls Durham, NC, home. Founded originally as Trinity College in 1838, it was renamed by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in 1924 and became the “Gothic Wonderland” campus it is today...

“…We cover a lot of material and very quickly. As long as you can keep up with the reading you're usually okay, and you will learn SO much on so many different topics. Duke's T-reqs or Trinity Requirements (http://trinity.duke.edu/academic-requirements...” – Larissa from Clayton, NC

University of Central Florida

Featuring the largest single-campus enrollment in the United States, the University of Central Florida is a public university in Orlando. UCF is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in over 200 academic majors. Additionally, UCF is a space-grant...

“…The University of Central Florida is a very large school. With over 50,000 students attending classes at the main campus or one of their satellite campuses, and almost 1500 acres of land on the main campus alone, it is safe to say that UCF is one of...” – Ledesha from Orlando, FL

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…The University of Washington is a challenging school that blossoms independence and creativity. The majority of all faculty members are enthusiastic about the subject they teach, and are willing to assist all students. This school provides excellent...” – Ronald from Honolulu, HI

University of California-Davis

The University of California in Davis is a public institution in northern California and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the UC System. UC Davis is home to four colleges conferring undergraduate degrees and six professional schools....

“… I have met amazing students. The talent here stretches all over the board from I can't believe you got in... to You also got into Cal Tech? Why didn't you go there instead? Because of my major, Biomedical Engineering, I don't associate with the...” – HONG from San Jose, CA

University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

“…There is wide variety of classes that students can take. Even if you already know what major you intend to study, the opportunity to take classes outside that specific study is always available. The professors genuinely care for each student and are...” – Kelly from Coral Gables, FL

University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

“…There are some inspirational professors and TAs here who go above and beyond the class material to help students learn about life. College prepares us for the real world and not only am I learning material relevant to that, but I am also learning how...” – Erica from Irvine, CA

University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

“…Professors are very highly qualified and will teach a lot. Great learning experiences everywhere.” – Samantha from Portland, OR

Washington State University

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

“…wsu is the perfect school for me. the academics are great, but the best part is the atmosphere of the town and the university. it is the perfect college in the perfect little college town!” – Megan from Sparks, NV

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is one of the nation’s top religious schools and holds mass multiple times a day. U.S. News & World Report rates the school as #18 in National...

“…In my first semester here, I feel like I learned more than I did in my last two years of high school. Classes really challenge you and they don't just teach you the material, they teach you how to think, as in how to approach an intellectual issue...” – Karyn from MO

Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 15 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to...

“…I'm in the engineering program and I am learning tons about software and how computers work. I highly recommend Auburn to anyone who is looking for an engineering school. ” – Marissa from Stafford, VA

Johns Hopkins University

Named for a well-known abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. JHU confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs....

“…I just finished my first semester of graduate school at JHU. Although I was expecting JHU to be difficult (and it was), I found that my first semester went very well. My advisor, fellow students and professors were very welcoming and walked me...” – Samantha from Leavenworth, KS

University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City, often considered one of the nation’s top college towns. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs. The...

“…The University of Iowa is a fantastic place to go to gain a higher education. Many of my family members have attended and absolutely loved it. I am very excited to be attending Iowa this fall.” – Alexis

DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…DePaul is an amazing University. The professors care a LOT about your experience while you are here. If you are having trouble in a class, they are willing to meet with you and help you with whatever you need help with. Also, one of the BEST things...” – Genie from Bolingbrook, IL

University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects....

“…With the quarter system, you will be amazed on how enormous your learnings will be. All you need to do is keep up and put real effort because every class, you will have something new to learn.” – Diana from Aurora, CO

University of San Francisco

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

“…USF is a beautiful school located in one of the coolest cities in the U.S. The classes are fun, the community on campus is lively and engaging, and the friends you meet are definitely the ones who will be in your life for a long time. I've really...” – Laura from La Quinta, CA

American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers,...

“…Wonderful campus, international student body and engaged and engaging professors have made this a fabulous experience so far. I have had the opportunity to create my own major within the School of Public Affairs. As a student in the Honors Program,...” – Isabel from Wilton, CT

Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites,...

“…College in general is going to be more intense than high school, and BYU is no exception. Although getting adjusted to the rigor of classes and extracurricular activities is challenging, there are so many people willing to help you, from professors...” – Christina from CA

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Originally founded as a small branch college, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a 4-year public university and an Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving institution. UNLV encompasses 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

“…I learned more than I expected I would in my first year at UNLV. Not just from the courses I took but also the events held on campus. The Professors all were enthusiastic about the subjects they taught and applied what they were teaching to everyday...” – Samantha from Henderson, NV

Originally founded as an extension of New York University, Hofstra University is a 4-year research institution and the largest private university on Long Island. Hofstra is home to 12 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 160...

“…Hofstra has a beautiful campus. The people, both student and staff are extremely helpful and kind. The tuition is very costly.” – Abigale

Nova Southeastern University

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

“…My major is Education and the professors were learning from defiantly gives us a lot of their experiences to help us in our future teaching. Your not only learning through the textbooks but through stories shared in the classroom” – Hanadi from Pembroke Pines, FL

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Originally opened as a night school in Charlotte Central High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has grown to become a 4-year public research institution and campus of the UNC system. UNC Charlotte is home to seven colleges...

“…It is a great school that has something for everyone. The teachers make a point to be available as often as possible and to learn the students names in their classes (even if they are large classes). The campus is beautiful and makes you feel at home...” – Katherine from Winston-Salem, NC

University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

“…I feel like since I have attended college this fall I really have learned quite a lot of new material. A lot of the classes I am taking now are General Education requirements that everyone has to take unless you have received credit for these courses...” – Hannah from Saratoga Springs, NY

CUNY Hunter College

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, CUNY Hunter College is a public college and the largest school in the City University of New York System. Hunter is home to six colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition...

“…I have never absorbed so much information in my life. The professors are amazing at helping students retain information and to help them learn. Every day in class is a new experience and I find myself often saying,wow I've never heard that before....” – Rebecca from Bethpage, NY

Missouri State University-Springfield

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

“…tons of great teachers working one on one with you making sure that you are the person YOU wanna be.” – Shelbie from Harrisonville, MO

College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 61 undergraduate majors and 78 minors from six schools, plus 24 master's degree programs and 10 graduate-level...

“…The College is everything you could want in a balance of academics and recreation. As a student in the Honors College, I can assure you that we work hard here but the love I have for my professors makes the work worthwhile. Besides academics, you are...” – Maddie from Huntersville, NC

Kennesaw State University

One of the top 50 largest public schools in the United States, the third-largest university in the state, Kennesaw State University is a 4-year institution with two campuses in the Atlanta metro area. KSU is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in...

“…the campus of kennesaw state university is big and beautiful. for those whom love to be outside and alone in nature to those whom are very sociable, this is a great campus for them. it has a lot of tools on campus for us and even though its big, in a...” – guest

St Thomas University

St Thomas University is a private institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. STU is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and Archdiocese of Miami, and their institution goal is to “form[] a community of co-learners that teaches and worships...

“…Professors are great. Whats best is the same class sizes; they allow for a more personalized education. Plenty of areas of study to choose from, however, the classes in less demand are on rotation so you might have to wait a semester to take a class...” – STU Bobcat from FL

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a member of the Kentucky State University system and the first city-owned public university in the US. Louisville features three campuses hosting 12 colleges and schools and the university’s Health Sciences Center is...

“…Not only is there a wealth of wisdom in every professor, every opportunity is given so that a student can thrive. People say that a big school isn’t as good because each student won’t get personal attention. This is totally false-even in my largest...” – John from Louisville, KY

Troy University

Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School, Troy University is a 4-year public school in southeast Alabama and the flagship of the Troy University System. Troy is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 260...

“…The teachers challenge you, but are very welcoming.” – Christian from Henagar, AL

Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a 4-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Additionally, Western Michigan hosts the...

“…No matter how great the school is, you are going to get out what you put in. That being said, I feel like Western is preparing me so well for my future career. Every single one of my classes--though challenging me a lot at times--is beneficial to me....” – Bridget from Saint Joseph, MI

Spelman College

Spelman College is an historically Black college and the first in history for women only, which is still the college's primary focus today. The most selective women's college in the nation, Spelman has also topped US News & World Report's list of...

“…spelman is a wonderful school with many great opportunities that many do not know about. make sure you network with your professors, your financial aid advisors/scholarship coordinators, and the career offices.” – Saleena from Harrisburg, PA

Seattle University

Seattle University is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the largest independent university in the Northwest. SU consists of eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120 academic majors and...

“…This school is very small, so you meet everyone. It is near downtown, so you are able to be very mobile and independent. The classes are also very interesting and fun.” – Sarah from Bremerton, WA

The Evergreen State College

With campus along the shores of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts institution in Washington’s state capital of Olympia. Evergreen offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees without formal majors and...

“…It is a fantastic liberal arts college. It has great options for self motivated individuals. It is a great place for finding out what you want to do in life.” – David from Olympia, WA

University of New England

With campus situated a short distance from Saco Bay, The University of New England is a 4-year institution in coastal Maine and the largest private university in the state. UNE is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy,...

“…Whether it be inside the classroom or out, there is always someway to learn. Even extra curricular activities help you learn, like the Ocean Club, and MARC.” – Brittany

University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is a 4-year institution and a doctoral research university. Originally founded as an agricultural and mechanical school, UWG has grown to offer 43 bachelor’s degrees and is home to an Honors College. To provide a break...

“…UWG wasn't my first choice but I thank God He knows what's best. I had the chance to become part on an on/campus ministry called BCF and met THE most amazing people through it. Carrollton overall is quiet and great for studies. That being said, the...” – Salome - Powder Springs, GA

Tennessee State University

With two campuses in Nashville, Tennessee State University is the only state-funded Historically Black College and University in the state of Tennessee and part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TSU grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in 77...

“…I learn a lot of things here. This college is a great place to be. I love the experience!” – Amber from Memphis, TN

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Marist College

Originally founded as a seminary for training future Marist Brothers, Marist College is a Roman Catholic school in southeast New York State. Marist grants bachelor’s degrees in 47 academic programs. Outside of the classroom, Marist maintains...

“…The classes tend to be small, I've never been in a class with more than 25 students. This is so beneficial because each student gets as much individual attention as they need. Most teachers are quite dedicated and have real passion for their subjects...” – Emily from Alamo, CA

Georgia Southern University

Founded in 1906 as a land-grant college, Georgia Southern University is a public research institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSU’s main campus at Statesboro is situation on 900 acres of land and offers more than 50...

“…So far all my teachers have been helpful, you just have to ask if you need the extra help. Not all classes are easy, but if you put effort and time into your work, you will make a B or A. I have learned a lot from my first semester classes.” – Curtis from Cataula, GA

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado College

Colorado College is a liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. CC offers over 80 academic majors and minors as well a thematic minor for students who wish to choose their field of concentration from several...

“…Colorado College has an amazing academic atmosphere. The people are friendly,and there are lots of fun things to do. People here like to work hard but also have fun.” – Nila from Saint Peters, MO

University of Memphis

Formerly known as Memphis State, the University of Memphis is a 4-year public research institution. U of M is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. In addition to classroom space, U of M...

“…This is my first semester at the University of Memphis, and the amount of information bestowed upon me is amazing. The professors are very informative, and show great concern in their students education. Have a problem learning the material in class?...” – Cedrick from Bartlett, TN

University of Redlands

Originally founded by the American Baptist Convention, the University of Redlands is an independent 4-year private institution in inland southern California. Redlands confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic programs of study. Additionally, the...

“…Due to its small population, Redlands has smaller classes, and therefore the teacher knows every student by name and is able to help them individually with office hours and no-cost tutoring. The school is very liberal, accepting and inclusive, with...” – Emily from Ojai, CA

University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, the University of Toledo is a public research institution in northwest Ohio and a member of the state university system of Ohio. Toledo is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergrad and graduate degrees. For...

“…not to big but not to small. classes are easy to find. students are very friendly and nice. the atmosphere is very prone to learning.” – Rudy from Lyndhurst, OH

Coastal Carolina University

With campus a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Carolina University is a 4-year public liberal arts institution in South Carolina. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study. In addition to the academic facilities on its...

“…Coastal is such a good school. It may sometimes get the party school name, but it really isn't anything like that. The classes aren't easy, but you will get a lot out of them. I love it at CCU. I would not choose to go anywhere else. The size is...” – Erin from Catawba , SC

Alabama State University

Originally founded by former slaves, Alabama State University is an HBCU situated in Montgomery and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The ASU campus hosts eight colleges offering over 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The ASU...

“…Alabama State University, is a very well rounded college for national, and international, students with goals and dreams of earning a college education that will last a lifetime.. ” – Kimbery from Montgomery, AL

University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is located in Plymouth, England, with affiliated campuses located throughout South West England. The Royal Statistical Society selected Plymouth as the home for the Centre for Statistical Education and has been awarded the...

University of Dayton

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

“…Even in the classes that I had to take to fill basic requirements, my eyes were opened to the world around me. Because of these classes, I feel like my education has grown exponentially.” – Heidi from Botkins, OH

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is a public flagship university and the oldest university in the SIU system. SIU is home to ten colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors Program. For...

“…I am currently going to be a senior at SIUC in Computer Engineering, and have found that the teaching in the engineering school is quite good. The classes are small enough that the teacher can get to know you personally and meet with you whenever you...” – Robbie from Mahomet, IL

Norwich University

Founded in 1819, Norwich University is a private school in northern Vermont and the oldest private military college in the United States. The Birthplace of the ROTC, Norwich confers degrees in over 50 academic programs. Approximately two-thirds of...

“…smaller university with a home-like feeling. great education and leadership building opportunities. international studies and athletic opportunitites are available for prospective students” – Aliah from Windsor, MA

Florida Institute of Technology

Founded as Brevard Engineering College in the midst of the Space Race, Florida Institute of Technology is a private research university with a focus on STEM programs. FIT is home to colleges of Engineering, Aeronautics, Liberal Arts, and Business. In...

“…Im majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology. I love how the labs are hands on. Almost every biology lab has one or more research projects that you work on for the semester. It teaches you how to design, conduct, and present research. This skills...” – Stephanie from Hudsonville, MI

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a 4-year interdenominational private school in Phoenix and the largest Christian university on the planet. GCU hosts eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. The university is also home...

University of St Thomas

Named after the patron saint of students, the University of St. Thomas is 4-year Catholic school in the Twin Cities and the largest private non-profit university in Minnesota. St. Thomas hosts eight colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in...

“…I cannot even describe how much I have learned at UST. The professors are fantastic and present the material in a way that invites you to think in a new way. ”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the oldest university in the state and flagship of the NU system. Nebraska is home to nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, the NU campus hosts The...

“…At UNL, you will take a lot of classes that pertain to your major, but you will also have the opportunity to take elective classes on diverse subjects that will make you a well-rounded and well-informed individual. You can choose classes in the...” – Erica from Olathe, KS

Winthrop University

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is a 4-year public school in the greater Charlotte area. Winthrop consists of five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 40 fields of study and is also home to Think College, a program that offers post...

“…Not only do you learn about your field of interest, but you also learn how to interact with so many different types of people. Winthrop is all about diversity!” – Sarah from Columbia, SC

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

“…Elmhurst emphasizes the Liberal Arts experience. Now that I have declared my major, I am working on a healthy balance between my Major classes and my Gen. Ed requirements. Not only am I learning a lot in the classroom, but the school encourages me to...” – Allison from Burbank, IL

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

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

“…BGSU has great entering freshman programs that help you learn and understand a lot about the campus. It also is good for undecided students and it helps you find your major quicker. There are also many places that offer free tutoring and the teachers...” – Nia from Cleveland, OH

Park University

With campus overlooking the Missouri River, Park University is a 4-year private school in the Kansas City area. Park grants bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and is also home to eight associate degree-granting programs. In addition, every...

“…Very helpful staff that works with you until finances, classes and boarding is accomplished to your liking. The campus setting is fabulous on a bluff over looking the Missouri River, downtown Kansas City with beautiful historic buildings. The...” – Kristina from Independence, MO

Wright State University-Main Campus

Named after Wilbur & Orville Wright, Wright State University is a 4-year public school in Dayton. Wright State features eight colleges and three schools granting degrees in 295 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, Wright State hosts the...

“…Wright State has great professors and classes are in great sizes. I haven't been in a huge class that the professor ignores you and they will help you when you need it. ” – Alissa from Springfield, OH

Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

“…As a high schooler, you constantly hear College is hard or Don't expect to be babied/pampered in college like you are in high school. These statements leave you questioning are you really going to make in in college, more importantly, through college...” – Alyson from Bowling Green, KY

Jackson State University

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the Mississippi state capital of Jackson and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State is...

“…Jackson State has a supportive network of professors and alumni. There is a warm, welcoming, helpful atmosphere whether you are experiencing your first tour, going to class, or handling business in any of the offices. There are multiple opportunities...” – Keleigh from Hereford, AZ

Utica College

Utica College is a 4-year private institution founded in 1946 and located in central New York, in the town of the same name. Utica offers 38 undergraduate majors on its 128-acre campus along with 31 minors and 21 graduate programs. UC students can...

“…Very big campus with a lot of resources available to you. So many student organizations, it's pretty easy to join one and very rewarding. The shuttles let you access the mall and the shopping center so you may get whatever you need without...” – Charity from Indianapolis, IN

Canisius College

Founded in 1870 by members of the Society of Jesus, Canisius College is a private institution located in Buffalo, New York. The school is known for its health science and biological fields. Admissions are rated as “selective.” Biology, psychology,...

“…Canisius has great programs for the majors and minors that they offer. The science programs are very demanding, but will prepare you for medical, dental, and vet schools.” – Lauren from NY

North Park University

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

“…It is very easy to learn everything you need to know at this school. The largest class size is 25 max. Your professors are always available to help you when you need extra help. ” – Shellye from las vegas, NV

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is a 4-year public school with a main campus and four regional sites. EKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic majors including the only Aviation program in the state. Additionally, Eastern Kentucky makes over 21...

“…Eastern Kentucky University is filled with a variety of knowledgeable professors, each one with a unique teaching style. Whether or not the subject piques your interest, you can learn a lot from them if you pay attention and make sure you take good...” – Jessica from Richmond, KY

Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University is a 4-year Christian university in the greater Birmingham area affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Samford is home to 10 colleges conferring numerous undergraduate degrees and all classes are focused...

“…The campus is lovely and staff that I have met so far are very friendly. The atmosphere seems to be very welcoming and accepting. The campus is located in a wonderful part of Birmingham.” – Anonymous

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The second largest university in Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year public school and part of the UL system. Louisiana Lafayette is home to nine colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 80 academic majors....

“…There are many places to eat at walking distance to eat at. Grab a friend anf go to Burger King, McDonald, taco bell, subway or Zeus. ULL also have a coffee shops, food courts and buffet cafeteria with many things to choose from. ” – Raegan - Lafayette, LA

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Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a Catholic liberal arts college in northwestern New York State. Niagara is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality granting degrees in...

“…niagara university has a great teaching staff; some of which work int the field they teach. they are very good about keeping you aware of current and up coming events. biggest criticism the current parking arrangement; be prepared to walk about 2-3...” – Dawn from Niagara Falls, NY

Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a public, 4-year institution established in the state of Maryland. FSU offers a wide variety of degree programs, many of which are unique, such as Adventure Sports Management, Forestry, and Ethnobotany. The school bases...

“…Some teachers will make you learn on your own with general guidance and others will hand you the answers that will be on the test, but you are going to learn something. Some classes you will just retain more than others. My math ad physics classes...” – Jessey from Waldorf, MD

Houston Community College

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

“…Houston Community College is a great college to attend to and it is a smart decision to make if you plan to attend a 4-year university because it saves you a lot of money. The staff is very helpful and shows that they want you to succeed. Every...” – Vanessa from Houston, TX

Hamline University

Named for a Methodist bishop, Hamline University is a liberal arts school in St. Paul affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the first university founded in Minnesota. Hamline offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic fields of study....

“…The professors were amazing! Very helpful.” – Brittany from South Saint Paul, MN

Trinity University

Founded in 1869, Trinity University is a private liberal arts and sciences institution situated in San Antonio, TX. Trinity is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and offers undergrad degrees in 47 academic majors. All freshmen must take a First...

“…The art program has many fantastic resources and all of the professors are wonderful.” – Lyndsay from Portland, OR

Gannon University

Founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania and one of 11 Diocesan universities in the United States. Gannon grants bachelor’s degrees in 64 academic fields of...

“…Gannon University provides a great environment for learning with small classes. Teachers really care about each students success. It is easy to maneuver around campus.” – Kathleen from Cleveland, OH

Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

“…Education of the whole person -- mind, body and soul -- is one of the founding principles of ORU. Through their classes, chapel services and physical education requirements, they serve their purpose and they serve them well. Professors have open...” – Student from Houston, TX

Stockton University

With a main campus surrounded by the Pinelands National Reserve, Stockton University is a 4-year public institution in southern New Jersey. Stockton grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over 160 academic fields of study. To promote...

“…Stockton is has a very welcome and modern environment, and supports students of all backgrounds and affiliations. Many opportunities are offered to students to benefit them academically, such as Preceptor Advising day (each student is assigned an...” – Lindsay from Somers Point, NJ

Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

“…The teachers here are all well experienced in their fields. They know how to give you good hands on experience that you can later use in your own field. You may even walk away with something to show an employer.” – Lace from Murray,KY

Bridgewater State University

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Bridgewater State encompasses colleges of Science & Mathematics, Business, Education, and Humanities granting undergrad degrees in over 90 fields of...

“…Bridgewater State University is an innovative, growing university that provides an excellent education both through academics and co-curricular activity. BSU transforms its students into career ready professionals and global citizens. It is a jewel...” – Gabriella from Taunton, MA

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

“…I love the atmosphere there, it feels like a little home, and everyone knows each other. It might feel a little bit weird at first, but when you go through the day, it becomes a much more comfortable environment.” – Isis from Islandia, NY

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in south central Oregon. SOU confers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic fields of study and provides numerous opportunities to engage in field study, internships, and capstone projects...

“…SOU is a beautiful college with great people. The students are all really nice and helpful. The instructors are knowledgeable and eager to help each student succeed.” – Susan from Medford, OR

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

“…I feel like I am learning a lot, in a party environment, coming from a big city, Murfreesboro keeps you grounded on the foundation of working hard.” – Jordan from Murfreesboro, TN

Wesley College

Founded in 1873, Wesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Delaware state capital of Dover and the oldest private institution of higher learning in the state. Wesley offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors. In addition, Wesley...

“…Small classes, supportive staff, numerous majors/minors....” – Laura from Bronx, NY

University of Minnesota Duluth

The University of Minnesota Duluth is a research institution located in Minnesota’s fourth largest city. Founded in 1895 as the Duluth Normal School, this medium-sized campus for a large university has grown since its humble beginnings as a teacher’s...

“…There is always something to do on campus or in Duluth. There are numerous campus organizations and everyone is involved in at least one organization. The campus is mid-sized but still has the small town feel which was important for me since I came...” – Tracy from Mantorville, MN

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private institution located in Bristol, RI, that was named for a 17th century visionary who advocated for religious liberty, equality, and a government free of religion. What began as a junior college back in 1956 is...

“…Roger Williams is an academically challenging university. It provides fantastic support systems for incoming freshman during the tough transition phase. Roger Williams has a great social life for those who are not interested in involvement with drugs...” – Girl from MA

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…the university of tulsa is an extremely diverse campus. many students from all over the world attend here involved in many of the extracurricular clubs available. furthermore, the professors treat each student as an individuals, truly intent on...” – Blc

Adams State University

Adams State University is a 4-year, liberal arts institute in Alamosa, Colorado. ASU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, and the university is also the center of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...

“…A good majority of the teachers here are highly qualified to teach the classes they are teaching. The teachers are more interested in helping the students and making sure that they fully learn the material, as opposed to just making the grade. ” – Brittney from Pagosa Springs, CO

Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

“…I learn a varity of things. In my high school I wasn't taught everything I should've known to enter college. When I started my first semester of RIC it was pretty intense for me. I wasn't familiar with certain subjects but the good news is I now know...” – nescarly from Providence, RI

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is a private liberal arts college located north of Chicago, Illinois, near Lake Michigan. The school offers over 200 study abroad programs in places such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Colombia, Poland, and Vietnam. Top fields of study...

“…Diversity is a major factor here at LFC. Your professors will challenge you as well as take an interest in you due to the size of the college. Close-knit community that serves as a springboard for a wide variety of futures.” – Raul from Holyoke, MA

Grove City College

Founded in 1876, Grove City College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania. Grove City grants bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic majors and all courses feature a focus on Christian faith. As a Christian college,...

“…Before coming to Grove City College, I did not even think it was possible to learn so much in such a short time. The professors here cover material at a fast pace, but still manage to address topics in depth and challenge you to think about the...” – Kate

Western Oregon University

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

“…Western Oregon University is a small campus with many beautiful trees. The Werner University Center is the main place where all events happen Western Oregon is a good school because its a small campus that you get to know many different people. ” – Christine from Monmouth, OR

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is an independent, Doctoral/Professional University with a liberal arts curriculum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, the University offers more than 70 undergraduate...

“…A small private school in Northwest Indiana. It offers the academics of larger schools and is extremely reputable. Outside of class, everyone is obsessed with Valparaiso Basketball. ” – Samuel from Rensselaer, IN

University of Central Missouri

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

“…UCM is a great family oriented school. All the faculty and staff work well with others and students. There are many great opportunities available here at UCM.” – Jennifer from Warrensburg, MO

Delta State University

Delta State University is a public institution based in Cleveland, Mississippi. DSU began, and continues to be, a teacher’s college, but also offers programs in traditional areas as well. It is home to the Delta Music Institute, the Bologna...

“…Delta State University is a small school where the teachers genuinely care about the education their students earn. Everyone knows everyone, and we are all one big Fighting Okra family. Delta State University is a perfect example of what a university...” – Magnolia from Hernando, MS

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...

“…Southeastern University is an enriching atmosphere, they focus on the person as a whole, not just one aspect. The professors who work there, are there only because they love young people and want to see them succeed. There is something there for...” – Matias from San Leandro, CA

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...

“…This school is fantastic if you are looking for a college with a small Christian atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. The teachers are great. they know you by your name and personality not by your student id number.” – Shelby from Charleston, SC

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

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...

“…Incarnate Word is a friendly, and humble university. It's very multicultural and has students from all over the world. The resources here for your education are plentiful.” – Morrissey 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,...

“…Lindenwood is a close knit campus and everyone is really friendly. It is very similar to a high school setting and easy to feel comfortable in classrooms.” – Kelly from Ballwin, MO

Founded in 1859, Averett University is a private 4-year institution situated in Danville, Virginia. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia but welcomes students of all faith, or non-faith, backgrounds. Top...

“…the small classes offer a more personal level with the professors making easier to pay attention” – Joey from Richmond, VA

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...

“…At Harding University, the classes are challenging and the teachers are well educated and truly enjoy their jobs and their students. I have enjoyed every class I have been a part of, even Geology! All the classes truly involve you in what you are...” – Kaitlyn from Searcy, AR