Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 346 Four-Year Colleges A four-year college degree (bachelor’s degree) can provide students with a wide range of career choices and opportunities. Students who want to attend a four-year college need to take college prep courses in high school and work hard to get good grades. Colleges have requirements for admission College entrance requirements vary greatly. Colleges with an open admis- sions policy accept any high school graduate who applies. Highly selective colleges, on the other hand, look for students who have high test scores and high grade point averages. In order to be accepted at any college, students must take the right tests and complete the required forms. Some colleges are public and some are private Public colleges are usually much larger and less expensive than private colleges. Public colleges also offer more majors, programs, and activities. Private colleges generally have smaller classes and offer a more personal atmosphere. Because of their many offerings and more affordable prices, most students attend a public college in their home state. Students must be academically prepared All colleges want students who are prepared to do college-level work. High school students should therefore take as many college prep courses as they can. See page 22 for a list of recommended college prep courses. Four-year colleges can be expensive It generally costs $9,000-$10,000 a year to go to a public four-year col- lege. Students who live on campus usually pay an additional $10,000 or so for room and board. While going to college can be expensive, most students receive some kind of financial aid. There are also lots of ways that students can make college more affordable. Don’t ever think that you can’t afford to go to college!