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College planning

Why Go to College?

  • More job opportunities

  • Meet new people

  • Learn to be independent

  • New opportunities to explore your interests, and experiencing success.

Why college continued
Why College? continued

  • A 4-year college graduate (with Bachelor’s degree) earns almost $1 million more over his/her lifetime than a high school graduate.

    • Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Why college continued1
Why College? continued

  • A 4-year college graduate earns about $52,200 annually on average, compared to $30,400 for a high school graduate.

    - Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Published by Federal Student Aid

Why college continued2
Why College? continued

  • Increased education is also associated with:

    • Better working conditions;

    • Longer job tenure;

    • More on-the-job training opportunities;

    • More promotion opportunities.

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High School – 4 years


Community College – varied


Community College – 2 years (Optional)


University - 4 years


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University-2 years or more

Master’s Degree

University –3 years or more

Doctorate Degrees-Ph.D, Ed.D,

M.D., J.D.

Degrees after the B.A./B.S.

What is a certificate
What is a Certificate?

  • Diploma

  • Shortest course of study

  • Least expensive

  • Career competency

  • Three to twelve courses

  • 12 or 18 months of study

  • State or national licensing requirements

What is an associate s degree
What is an Associate’s Degree?

  • Associate’s of Arts or Associate’s of Science

  • Minimum of 60 semester credits

  • General education requirements, major requirements, and electives

  • Awarded by community, junior or technical colleges

  • Degree may be in an occupational area such as Accounting or in Liberal Arts & Science with a concentration such as Science & Mathematics

What is a bachelor s degree
What is a Bachelor’s Degree?

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

  • Four years of full-time study

  • 120 semester credits or about 40 college courses

  • 30 to 36 credits—10 to 12 courses—will be in your major area of study

What is a master s degree
What is a Master’s Degree?

  • Must have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree

  • Requires a year and one-half to two years of full-time study

  • 36 to 54 semester credits of study (this equals 12 to 18 college courses)

What is a doctorate degree
What is a Doctorate Degree?

  • highest level of academic degree

  • takes four years to complete

  • 90 to 120 semester credits or 30 to 40 college courses

Systems of higher education
Systems of Higher Education

North Carolina University


North Carolina Community Colleges

North Carolina Private Colleges/Universities

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North Carolina Community Colleges

  • 58 Community Colleges in NC

  • Prepares students to transfer to a 4 year institution

  • Associate’s degree

  • Offers technical training in specific occupations (bookkeeping, culinary arts)

  • Most are nonresidential; students live off-campus

  • Students can attend part-time or full-time

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North Carolina State Universities

  • 17 North Carolina State Universities

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate’s, and Professional degrees

  • Accepts high school Seniors and Community College transfers

  • Provides broad liberal education and prepares students for professional goals

  • Professional Schools-Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social Welfare

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North Carolina Independent/Private Universities and Colleges

  • 36 Private Universities and Colleges in NC

  • Vary in size, prestige, and cost

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate’s, and Professional degrees

  • Accepts high school graduates and Community College Transfers

  • Professional Schools-Law, Medicine, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Social Welfare

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simple steps

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Knowyourselfand your reasons for attending college

Takeresponsibilityfor yourfuture

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List, compare,and visit colleges

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Discussyour chances for success





Applyfor admission and meet all deadlines

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Developaplanto pay for your education


Don’t eliminate any college because of costs before receiving financial assistance information!


check withcollege officials for the most current costs.

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Reviewandfinalizeyour plans

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Colleges wantall kindsof students


Keep your communication lines open.

Test scores and high school grades are important. However, they measure ONLY PART of your POTENTIAL.

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How is College Different from High School

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Fail to plan, plan to fail.