“I never thought that I’d be able to go to college, but I worked hard in school, and I’ve been accepted at a great college. I am really excited because I’ll be the first one in my family to go to college.” Josh Four-Year College A four-year college education, or bachelor’s degree, can open doors and prepare students for a wide variety of rewarding careers. While all four-year colleges hope to attract bright, well-prepared students, colleges vary greatly in their admission requirements, size, costs, and in the majors they offer. At most four-year colleges, students take approximately half of their courses in their major (the subject they have chosen to study in depth). Their remaining courses are either required general education courses (English, science, history, math, etc.) or electives (courses they want to take).