Higher Education in the USA

Higher education in the USA does not depend on a central government authority and institutions of higher education are free to design their curricula. Regional and national accreditation of US colleges and universities helps to ensure that institutions and programmes meet certain standards. 

Types of institutions 

  • Public universities
  • Private universities
  • Colleges
  • Technical institutes

Higher education in the United States has a diversity of institutions comprising public universities or colleges and also many private institutions. Keep in mind that the schools you apply to must be accredited in order to get a financial aid form Cedies!

Two-and Four year colleges mainly offer degrees up to a Bachelors degree. They might be public or private. Entrance requirements are here less competitive than in other institutions

Technical Institutes mainly offer 1 or 3 years vocational training courses and prepare for immediate employment.

Wide range of institutional styles

  • large all-inclusive campus vs fewer students on a close-knit campus
  • urban vs rural setting
  • state-funded vs private institutions
  • amount of funding and support for international students
  • quality of campus facilities, from labs to athletic facilities
  • diverse specializations vs focused on one field
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