- University: An institution which offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
- College: An institution which offers study toward a two or four year undergraduate degree.
- Career and Technical Colleges: Primarily two- year schools that offer technical or specialty programs such as home health aid, plumbing, carpentry, plumbing, culinary arts, etc.
- United States Military Academies: Four-year institutions which offer programs leading to the B.S. degree as well as officer rank. Application for the military academics should be started in the spring of the junior year. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point(Army), U.S. Air Force Academy(Air Force), U.S. Naval Academy(Navy), U.S. Coast Guard Academy(Coast Guard).
- Community College: A two- year institution that is publicly supported and offers associate degrees and one year certificates. Many community colleges do not offer on-campus housing.
- Junior College: A private two year institution which offers study leading to an Associate degree.
- Business School: A private school which offers one or two year degree and nondegree programs in the field of business.
- Vocational School: An institution that provides specialized training leading to certificate or a diploma rather than a degree (e.g. computer school, diesel driving school.