Where should I go to college?

Ready to choose a college? There are thousands to consider. From public to private and large to small, it's about finding the college experience that's right for you.

PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, such as the University of Nebraska, offer a wide range of degree programs, usually on a residential campus with active student organizations, a strong research program that often includes students, valuable internships and great community service initiatives that bring students and the community together. Public universities can be small or large, urban or rural. Athletics are often a big part of campus life. To get a taste of college life in a public university, visit our campuses in Kearney (www.unk.edu), Lincoln (www.unl.edu) and Omaha (www.unomaha.edu and www.unmc.edu).

STATE COLLEGES tend to be larger than community colleges but smaller than state universities. They offer an alternative for students who would like to receive a bachelor's degree, but prefer to attend a smaller school, often closer to their homes.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES offer two-year programs of study and award associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS) degrees. Some students go to a community college for two years, receive their associate degrees, and then get a job in their chosen field. Others attend a community college for two years then transfer to a four-year college or university to work toward a bachelor's degree or more advanced degrees.

PRIVATE COLLEGES are located across the country and are viewed by some as more "prestigious" than public institutions. This may be because some have tougher admission requirements, a long history of high academic standards, or simply because they usually cost more to attend. (In some cases, a lot more.)

These options let you choose a learning environment that suits your personal needs, in whatever field of study you pursue.

Regardless of the type of school you prefer, bear in mind that great teaching, and learning, can happen anywhere. And, as in life, you'll only get out of college what you put into it.