The first level of postsecondary education is undergraduate study and includes two-year and four-year programs. Two-year programs generally lead to an associate degree earned at a community college, whereas four-year colleges and universities offer programs that lead to a bachelor's degree.

The first two years usually are spent taking courses that give you a broad foundation for future specialization. They may include history, sciences, languages, humanities, etc. - along with courses determined by your chosen field of study. The second two years are devoted to your major academic subject. Generally, colleges and universities offering undergraduate degrees share these characteristics:

Size Less than 1,000 to more than 50,000 students
Selectivity Admission policies range from highly selective to open admissions
Setting Campuses in small and large cities, suburban areas, and rural communities
Field of Study Over 600 major fields of study to choose from.
Type of Institution From liberal arts colleges to vocational schools

Other factors to consider when choosing a U.S. college or university include, financial aid and international student services.

Here are some useful links to help you find a U.S. college or university that's the right fit: