Graduate versus Undergraduate comparison chart
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Meaning (in the U.S.) A graduate program is a 1-6-year college master's degree program, for someone who already has a bachelor's degree. An undergraduate program is a 4-year college bachelor's degree program, or a 2-year associate's degree program.
Course load 4 courses/12 credits per semester/trimester 5-7 courses/15-21 credits per semester/trimester
Tuition $30,000+ at public colleges/universities $40,000+ at private colleges/universities $3,000 for associates/2-year degree $9,000+ for 4-year degree, state residents at public colleges/universities $23,000+ for 4-year degree, out-of-state residents at public colleges/universities $31,000+ for 4-year degree, private colleges
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree, application and fee (per school), GRE test scores, undergraduate transcript, letters of commendation (may be optional), FAFSA or other financial aid High school diploma, application and fee (per school), SAT test scores, ACT test scores, TOEFL scores (sometimes), high school transcript, letters of recommendation (may be optional), FAFSA or other financial aid