THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT DEGREE TYPES:
Associate’s Degree (2 Years)
Bachelor’s Degree (4 Years)
Master’s Degree (1-2 Years AFTER getting a Bachelor’s Degree)
Doctoral Degree (Approx. 4 Years AFTER getting a Bachelor’s Degree)
Every occupation that requires a college diploma has different entry level requirements. When you have a career decided, you can research to see the minimum requirements for working in that career field. Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees are considered Undergraduate Degrees, whereas Master’s and Doctorate Degrees are considered Graduate Degrees.
Students entering college after high school take one of two pathways. They either work towards obtaining their Associate’s Degree at a 2-year college or go straight into a four-year program. Students who complete an Associate’s Degree can then choose to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college.
Two-Year (Community Colleges):
- Southwestern Community College
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Ellsworth Community College
- Indian Hills Community College
- Iowa Central Community College
- Kirkwood Community College
Four-Year Public Colleges:
- Iowa State University
- University of Iowa
- University of Northern Iowa
- Northwest Missouri State University
Four-Year Private Colleges
- Buena Vista University
- Central College
- Graceland University
- Grand View University
- Mount Mercy University
- Simpson College
There are many more colleges for students to explore. This list does NOT include every college in the state of Iowa. To discuss more college options, please stop by Mrs. Wood’s room.
College Search Tip: If you know what you want to major in, search for colleges that offer that major.