Education and Training Options after High School
Four-year colleges and universities generally offer programs
leading to a bachelor's, masters and/or doctoral degree. In order
to gain admission, you must complete, while in high school, the
courses required by the Higher Education
Admission Requirements. You should also confirm the minimum
grade point average and ACT or SAT scores required for admission
for each college to which you will apply. They may also require
other courses to be completed during high school, in addition to
those specified by the Higher Education Admission Requirements.
Use the College Admissions Tool to understand how you
can make your dream school a reality.
Four-year colleges and universities may also use an Admissions
Eligibility Index to help evaluate which students to admit to the
If you have questions regarding how the index relates to a specific
institution, please contact that college or ask your high school
guidance counselor for an explanation.
Colleges and universities that are not publically funded are
called private schools. Private colleges and universities set their
own admission standards. Contact those institutions directly for
information regarding their specific enrollment policies.
Finally, if you are an athlete, you may also be interested in
reviewing the information and requirements for students who wish to
participate in varsity sports at a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I or II college or university.
Community colleges and junior colleges (two-year colleges),
generally offer programs leading to an associate's degree, and many
offer certificate programs as well. Two-year schools range from
colleges where most classrooms and academic support services may be
located in a single building, to campuses with residence halls,
athletic teams and activity and educational buildings. These
campuses are sometimes called junior colleges.
Some class credits and/or associate's degrees can transfer to
four-year schools and take the place of the requirements for a
bachelor's degree. Other classes and degree programs are designed
for students who know that their career choice does not require a
four-year degree and/or students who wish to move into the
workforce more rapidly. Students may also find community college
classes a great, nearby alternatives for additional coursework
after high school to gain better understanding of basic academic
subject matter before enrolling in a four-year college.
Community colleges typically have open enrollment policies,
which mean that students applying to these schools do not need to
meet the Colorado Higher Education Admission Requirements.
Occupational and technical (sometimes called vocational) schools
provide coursework and training for specific careers and trades -
everything from acupuncture to veterinary technologists. These
programs usually require one to two years of training beyond high
school. Each career profile in CollegeInColorado.org will itemize
programs and schools that offer occupational and technical
opportunities where applicable.
Apprenticeship programs allow you to earn while you learn. An
apprentice is a paid employee who trains on the job in a skilled
career. While there may be some in-classroom learning involved,
most of the training is hands-on under the oversight of a skilled
worker as the teacher.
The United States military offers students options to earn a
salary, train for a occupation or profession, get a college
education and serve their country all at the same time.
Distance Learning Opportunities
Many colleges and universities offer courses online. As you
review college choices, note the availability of courses you could
take from home to meet variable scheduling needs.