Reasons to go to college

#1. Don’t know what else to do.

#2. Get more money.

           #3. Parents demand that you do and you don’t want to deal with the conflict.

           #4. Some actually want to get more education.

Other reasons:

  1. Qualification for certain jobs (i.e. a lawyer, doctor.)
  2. - Not necessarily. It is only if you take the board or the bar exam.

  3. Want to learn more.

Alternatives to College

  1. Get a job for income; do life responsibilities.

Establish a home, get children.

The pressure/decision to have children is faster.

  1. Go to a technical or vocational school.
  2. 30%-40% seek post secondary schooling.

    Types of Jobs: A paralegal or a computer technician.

    It is getting to be the more common option.

  3. Mooch  :-)

Stay at home.

Provide parents with income.


Reasons to choose a college

    #1. Location

    #2. Money – OK

    #3. Admissions policy of the school – OK

    #4. Reputation of separate academic programs and education – GOOD


Kinds of Colleges there are

1. 2 year college Ex: A community college or junior college. Only an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) is offered in a 2 yr. degree.

2. 4 year college BS BA More common.  Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

They offer degrees more than 4 years.  Generally, if you went to the same school for both the BA and Masters, it is not considered favorable.  Going to two different schools/programs is favorable.  SEEK A DEGREE AT A BETTER PROGRAM (recommended) More depth academically and facilities wise.

3. 4 year college BS BA MS MA

A master of science is more specific than a master of arts.

4. 4 year college BS BA MS MA D (Doctoral)

Goes up to a doctoral degree.

5. 4 year college BS BA MS MA D F (Post doctoral)

EX: Princeton

IAS – Institute for Advanced Studies

EX: Dr. David Ho


The U.S. govt. wants more educated.


  1. To compete with other countries.
  2. World supremacy.

  3. If we don’t support education, more will go on welfare.


Types of Degrees

Associate’s Degree – Associate’s of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Arts degrees are becoming less common.

You can study courses outside your field of study.

Bachelor of Science (BS) – Science degrees are studies within your course of study.

If you want to go into a serious job.


Master of Arts or Science – It takes 2 years longer. MA MS

Hard labor from 4-6 years

Full time.

EX: UOG Marine Biology

MBA – Masters of Business Administration

DOCTORAL – In all different flavors. (Impressive)

J.D. – Juris doctorate (EX: Lawyer-3years)

Phd - Doctorate in philosophy of a certain area. You know the essence, structure of a field.

Edd- Educational Doctorate

        EX: Dr. Lawrence Cunningham – active researcher.

MD – Go to school year-round. Take special courses. It’s not for everyone. You cram basic info. in a short amt. of time. Phd is the opposite, where you create your education. You find something and then synthesize it.

Avg. 1st year of premed major

Calculus I and II, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry.


Size of college

1. 200 – 60,000 students ( LARGEST: University of IOWA (60,000))

2. 50-4000+ faculty Ohio state

FACTOR: How many hold doctoral degrees.

UOG approximate enrollment: 5,000 – 7,000

Degree Differences

BS – Better more narrow, rigor

BA – Broad less accepted

BS in Education BA in major BA in Ed.

    It is possible to graduate from college without an education.

    Degrees – if you graduate with it only, you won’t get a good job


    Degree Requirements

Semester Hours – 129 hours 15 week sessions, 2 times a year, plus summer schools Fall and spring

PREMED major: Calculus –5 credits

Introductory biology – 5 credits

College physics – 4 credits

College English – 2-3 credits

Quarter Hours – 194 hours 10 week sessions four times a year

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Most colleges convert it to quarters.

Converting from semester to quarter hours, you get

ripped off.

That tell you what to take for your major.

Academic Standing

  1. 16 semester hours per semester, 32 for an entire year.
  2. 2.0 or lower is probable cause for dismissal.
  3. Deadlines/Fees

Financial Aid

  1. Pacific Islander – Big Help (Ex: Filipino, Chamorro)
  2. Minorities are entitled to some benefits, including preferential admissions.

  3. Poor – Good
  4. If you’re poor, it’s a help.

    - It may take 1.5 years to get consideration in income tax if your parents don’t claim you.

  5. GRANTS – people give you money for free, but you don’t have to pay it back.
    4.  LOANS- People give you money that you must repay.
    1. NDRSL- National Direct Rate Student Loan
    2. GSL
    3. HEAF – Higher Education A F
    4. ALAS – Auxiliary L A S
    1. & (b) – Government pays the interest rate while you’re still in college The government will pay 8% of interest rate while you’re in school. They subsidize the loan if you’re a full-time college student.

            FAF – Financial Aid Form – 2 types: Free Version and a $15 application . Every student must file one if they are going to a public institution.  The federal government processes it.  Few banks will turn down a student loan.

     5.  SCHOLARSHIPS – Guam Teacher Corps ( If you get 4 yrs., you pay back 4 yrs.)



  1. 3% of college students graduate in 4 years in their original intended major. (Most college students go to 3 or 4 majors)
  2. Most go through 3 or more majors.
  3. 50% of college freshmen don’t finish the year whereas 50% successfully complete it. In college, you’ll learn how to deal with stress and learn how to learn.



  1. Open
  2. Rolling vs. Limited
  3. Non Competitive
  4. Competitive
  5. Very competitive.


Why so many don't make it through college:

  1. They lack DISCIPLINE- everyone wants to be a doctor, engineer but finally realize that they can’t take it.
  2. Emotional maturity plays a great deal – few can handle stress.

  3. They lack MATURITY.



#1  College is a business!!!