Researching Colleges

Higher education, sometimes referred to as postsecondary education or simply “college,” is education beyond high school. This includes trade school and community college, as well as public and private colleges and universities.

Degree Programs

A Certificate Program is an undergraduate degree program that is one year or less of full-time, directed study. Certificate programs can be pursued independently or in addition to an associate or bachelor’s degree to enhance skills or expertise in a specific area.

An Associate Degree is an undergraduate degree program that is two years of full-time study.

A Bachelor’s Degree is an undergraduate degree program that is four years of full-time study.

Master’s and Professional Degrees are graduate degree programs that are typically two to four years of full-time study after completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Types of schools

  • Career and Trade Schools generally offer certificate programs.
  • Community Colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs.
  • Public Colleges and Universities generally offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs and may also offer master’s and professional degrees.
  • Private Colleges and Universities generally offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs and may also offer master’s and professional degrees.

What if my chosen major is not offered at a Maine school?

Some state universities in New England offer reduced tuition to Maine students pursuing a program that is not offered in Maine. For more information on reduced tuition at an out-of-state school, visit the New England Board of Higher Education’s website.