U.S. Undergraduate Education — Finding the Best Fit

Diversity of choices, flexibility and quality are the cornerstones of undergraduate study in the United States.

The undergraduate degree, also known as a bachelor’s degree, is awarded after completing a specified number of credits in a major field of study. Every course confers a certain number of credits, and each institution has its own requirement for the total number of credits needed to graduate. The bachelor’s degree is usually completed in four years of full-time study. An associate degree requires fewer credits for graduation and can be earned at U.S. community colleges usually after two years of full-time study. The credits earned for an associate degree can usually be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

Prospective students can choose from more than 4,700 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. High school (secondary school) graduates can pursue a wide range of study options, from astronomy to zoology, in a variety of academic settings — public or private, small or large, urban or rural.

In the end, the best college or university is the one that is best for each student and best meets his or her requirements — academic, financial and personal.

While there is no officially recognized ranking system for colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. schools are considered among the world’s best and are often found at the top of world rankings because of their academic rigor and their commitment to helping students achieve their full potential. A U.S. degree is highly valued in many countries and can be the key to a successful career.

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