Colleges that are self-supporting and receive no direct subsidy from state
funding. These colleges often are labeled as “independent” colleges as well.
Higher tuition costs are often associated with these colleges based on their
Proprietary – College
that are privately owned and poised to make a financial profit for owners or
share-holders. Many of these colleges/schools will offer degrees/diplomas for
technical career fields.
Selective/Highly Competitive – Colleges or universities that may receive
as many as 10-15 applications for each admissions slot available. Applicants
will have to demonstrate an extremely strong, rigorous academic record as well
as a comprehensive profile of other strengths, achievements, involvements and
honors in order to be admitted.
Selective/Competitive – Colleges or universities that will receive more applications
that they have slots available. Applicants usually will have some combination
of high school grades, test scores, class rank, essays, recommendations,
activities, honors and achievements reviewed and rated in order to be admitted.
Some applicants usually will be denied admission.
Selective – Colleges or universities that have minimum requirements for
admission. All applicants that meet the requirements are usually admitted.
– Colleges or universities that may require only a high school
diploma or GED for admission purposes. Many community colleges fall into this
category and may not even require any diploma or GED if they have an
alternative entry option. There usually are no minimum academic standards
Arts – Colleges that usually offer a broad base of classes in
humanities, social sciences and science. Many liberal arts colleges will be
small, private and primary focuses on undergraduate education. Degree programs
at liberal arts colleges may often be inter/cross disciplinary.
Colleges – Colleges whose undergraduate program focuses on a significant
amount of Bible study along with some general education coursework. Many of
these colleges are preparing students to enter the ministry or other religious
Interests – College or universities that have a dominant characteristic
Single-Sex – enrollment restricted to all female or all male
Historically Black – institutions dedicated to serving
African-American students. These colleges generally were created at a time when
minority students were being denied access to most colleges/universities.
Hispanic-Serving Institutions – colleges/universities whose
total undergraduate student enrollment consists of at least 25% students of
Tribal – colleges or universities whose enrollments primarily
consist of students of Native American descent.
Religious Affiliations – colleges or universities identified
with certain religious denominations such as Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist,