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Selecting the right degree plan is a key step in ensuring a smooth admissions process and a successful educational experience. Many first-time college students come to us unsure of which program to choose and where to begin. Our admissions representatives can help you make this important decision. To speak with a representative, call 877-777-9081 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the application process, you will be asked to declare your academic program. This is an important step as it generates the academic plan that you will follow as a student here. As an undergraduate student, you can choose from the following program levels:
The associate degree program is designed for students who seek a 2-year degree as either their final degree in higher education or the foundation for further study at the bachelor’s level. If your plan is to someday seek the bachelor’s degree, it is recommended that you declare a bachelor’s degree program instead of the associate degree.
A bachelor’s degree is designed for students who seek the traditional 4-year degree commonly recognized as the standard credential of higher education in the U.S. and most industrialized nations. It is this degree that is most often pursued by students who possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
The undergraduate certificate provides a 6- to 8-course focus of study on a particular topic or set of issues. The curriculum is more concentrated than an associate or bachelor’s degree and is typically taken by students who may already have an undergraduate degree but seek more specific knowledge in a subject area.
A learning track is comprised of 3 academic courses in a related area of interest. The learning track is designed for students to pursue a course of study without committing to a degree or certificate program.
Select this option to take courses here for personal knowledge or for transferring credits to other universities.
In addition to meeting the requirements for each program level as listed above, some programs have specific admission requirements. Please carefully review the detailed program description to be sure you are qualified to apply for your program of interest.
If you need help deciding on a major that could assist you in achieving your career goals, check out our career assessment tool, FOCUS-2 (use apus123 as the access code when creating an account). This assessment tool can help you discover which career fields match your interests, skills, and abilities, and suggests possible degrees that can prepare you for jobs in these areas.
Once you've narrowed your options, talk with an Admissions Representative; he or she can assist you in getting a preliminary evaluation of your previous transcripts so you can make a more informed choice.