Choosing a School

  • Choosing a school

    What degree does my student need?

    There are four major levels of academic degrees that a college student can complete: 

    • Associate degree – two years of full-time classes (60 to 62 credits) 
    • Bachelor’s degree – four years (120 to 124 credits)
    • Master’s degree – two additional years after your bachelor’s (30 to 45 credits more)
    • Doctoral degree – two to three more years after your master’s 

    Each level builds on the previous one. A student working on their associate degree would concentrate on completing classes that will also work toward a bachelor’s degree, if that’s part of their overall plan.

    How do the schools differ?

    Most of Michigan’s four-year colleges and universities have some basic educational similarities. Many offer majors in traditional subjects. Each school also specializes in certain subjects.

    Students who have a good idea what they’re interested in studying should spend time identifying the schools that can offer the specific education they’ll need.

    What admissions requirements should we expect?

    Standards for incoming students vary from school to school.

    This includes your high school grade point average and other factors, including how involved you were in high school activities like sports, clubs and leadership opportunities. 

    If you have a particular school in mind, get familiar with their requirements as early as possible.

    Some have very high standards, meaning your student should keep their GPA as high as possible and get involved in plenty of activities. Other schools have less demanding admission standards. 

    Regardless of where your student chooses to start their college journey, you should expect your classes to be more rigorous and more in-depth than the classes you’ve taken previously.

    What about community college?

    All of Michigan’s community colleges have open enrollment, which means everyone is accepted. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged academically. 

    If you take your education seriously and take advantage of the opportunities, a community college education can be every bit as rewarding as going directly to a four year school.