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5 Reasons To Consider Community College

Last updated January 24, 2022

You've likely heard from parents, teachers, and friends that college is the key to success. But you likely also know that college is expensive, and maybe you're unsure if four years of school is right for you. We have good news! Attending community college is an excellent way to learn, discover your passions, and save up enough credits to transfer if you decide to attend a 4-year university after all. Here are our top 5 reasons to consider attending community college!

Save money. Tuition and fees for courses at community colleges tend to be significantly cheaper than the cost of tuition and expenses at a 4-year university. Many states and cities have also enacted grants and programs that help pay for, or in some cases completely cover, a community college education for residents. 

Smaller class sizes. Most community colleges don't have big lecture halls like universities. Class sizes can average 30 students per class, even for introductory courses like Biology 101. In a university setting, this number can be in the hundreds. This means that in community college, your professor will know who you are and could be able to help you personally during their office hours. Keep in mind, there are TONS of smaller 4-year colleges that also offer small class sizes - it’s just more common at community colleges.

Get a degree in 2 years. You can get an Associate's degree in as little as two years, or earn a career-specific certificate - allowing you to jump quickly into fields like dental hygiene, radiology, nursing, and working as an EMT. Check out this list of jobs you can get with a 2-year degree!

5 Reasons To Consider Community College

Transfer to a 4-year college or university. Whether you complete a 2-year Associate’s degree, or only take a handful of classes - community college is an excellent stepping stone to a 4-year Bachelor’s degree. If you struggled to get good grades or a strong SAT/ACT score in high school, attending community college for 1 or 2 years - raising your GPA, and then applying as a transfer student to a 4-year university can dramatically boost your chance of being admitted - all while saving you money. Community college credits, if you work with your academic advisor, can count toward your 4-year degree when you transfer - meaning that by starting at a community college, you’re getting that same 4-year degree for way less money.

If you’re thinking about community college as a post-secondary option, but have questions or want advice, text us for 1:1 help from our college coaches - #HELLO to 33-55-77!

We also have a guide on how to transfer from a community college to a 4-year university  here.

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