Types of Colleges

There are many choices when it comes to choosing a college. Spend time with your child and explore together. Let your child know you are interested in helping plan his/her future.

  • Universities: Compared to colleges, offer more majors and often include research facilities
  • Community or Junior College: Offer degrees in specialized training after two years of full-time study for immediate job entry. The student can also continue studying and transfer to a four-year university.
  • Liberal Arts College: Smaller than universities and offer a broad range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, typically with more personal attention. Most are private, so can be expensive. 
  • Technical Schools and Colleges: Offer one-or two-year programs to earn a certificate or associate's degree. For example, careers like art, cooking, teaching, computer electronics, etc. Your child can also pursue a four-year degree in any of these careers if he/she wishes.

You can support your child by:

  • Finding out what your child finds most exciting or interesting at school. Knowing your child's interests will guide your selection of a college
  • Encourage your child to speak to an adult who works in the type of job that's interesting so he/she will learn more about that field and what it will take to pursue his/her dream.
  • Log-in to Career Cruising, a free online career center for all Riverside students