| How many years do you have to go to college?|
|Question Date: 2014-05-08|
The answer to your question varies depending on
what career path a person chooses to pursue. Some
careers don't require a person to have a college
degree, but instead have some kind of vocational
training. Alternatively, some careers require a
degree from a 2-year institution, such as an AA
degree. People who go to 4-year universities
typically earn a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) if they
focus more on the liberal arts, or a B.S.
(Bachelor of Science) degree, where people take
the majority of their classes in the sciences. The
B.A. and B.S. degrees can take anywhere between
3-5 years to complete, on average.
If a person wishes to pursue even higher
education after earning a B.A. or a B.S., they may
apply to attend a graduate or professional school.
Examples of professional schools include medical
school, where a person can earn an M.D. or D.O.
degree to become a doctor, whereas dentists go to
dental school to earn a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree,
lawyers go to law school for a J.D., etc. Graduate
school may be attended in a wide variety of
fields, including the sciences, education, arts,
humanities, social sciences, and engineering.
People who to go graduate school typically pursue
a master's (M.S.) degree, PhD, or MFA, although
there are other variations of degrees that may be
obtained in graduate school. Furthermore, people
can attend professional schools that combine their
degrees. For example, a popular choice is
There are all kinds of ways to pursue an
education, and a vast array of careers that
follow! Education plays an important role in
society and it's great that you're already
thinking about college. Whatever path you do
choose to follow, I hope it is one you are
passionate about. My best wishes for your future!
I'm glad you asked that question even though you
don't have to worry about college for another
couple years. Usually college for an undergraduate
degree, meaning a bachelor's degree, is 4 years at
a university (private or public). This is the
degree you get after you finish high school. After
that, you can study more in the subject of your
interest at graduate school. The number of years
you are in graduate school depends on what you are
studying; it can be anywhere from about 2-6 years.
Most degrees, like a science degree, take 4 years
of school. Some shorter tracks, called diplomas,
only take 2 years but you don't get as much
information from those programs. After you do a
Bachelors degree (4 years), then if you want to do
even more school, you can do a Masters (2 years or
more) or a PhD (4 years or more).
The cool thing about college is that you can go
for as many years as you want! It's actually
really fun, so people tend to be sad when they
have to leave! I've been in college for 9 years, I
get paid to do it, and it's a great time.
The fact that you're thinking about college
already in third grade is great :D people go to
college for a range of years. Some jobs and
professions don't need you to have a a college
education. Some require two years. Most people who
go to college go for four or five years. This
includes many engineers and scientists,
journalists, buisnesspeople, etc.
Doctors, lawyers, researchers, and other people
who need a lot of training go to college for 8-9
years. (I will have been in college, undergraduate
and doctorate, for 9 years when I graduate.) When
you're in high school you will get a chance to
look at different colleges and programs and pick
whichever looks most exciting. You have a lot of
time to think about what you like doing and what
is interesting, and I'm sure you'll have a ton of
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