A four-year college offers students an undergraduate degree in a wide range of academic majors. Programs of study often follow a rather traditional corpus of academic curricula sometimes boiled down to “liberal arts.” Majors are offered in social and physical sciences, the classics, humanities, and the arts. Colleges might confer a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science, depending on the major and their model.
Distinctions can be immediately drawn between colleges and universities in size and degrees conferred. The biggest difference is a perceptual one—size. Most colleges are significantly smaller in student body, as well as campus size. And while most colleges are limited to a four-year degree, a university delivers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees across a huge spectrum of majors and specializations.
The limitations inherent in a four-year college environment include the degree and academic limitations. Students that choose to pursue advanced degrees must apply to graduate programs at a larger university. In the process they lose the faculty familiarity that might have earned them respect in their academic field.
In California there are three major 4 year college/university systems
The California Community Colleges is the largest higher education system in the nation. It is comprised of 72 districts, 112 colleges and enrolls more than 2.9 million students. Community colleges provide basic skills education, workforce training and courses that prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. The colleges also offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.
If you are considering attending a community college, please contact that college’s Admissions Office directly for more information about programs, classes and offerings. For more information on how you can afford college, please visit icanaffordcollege.com
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