I like the answer above and have some additional considerations. If you are a social person and want to be involved in student activities at a 4 years school like joining fraternities, sororities, and attending sporting events, you may want to start at a 4 year school. For me, it was about cost. I attended Eastfield Junior College for 2 years and transferred to Baylor. I was in the top 10% of my class in high school, but found the Eastfield experience did not impact me at Baylor. I graduated from Baylor with a 3.9 and went on to obtain 2 master's degrees. My two daughters went to a 4 year university. One because she wanted to play soccer and the other daughter was more of social thing. My son went to Eastfield College and has transferred to a 4 year university.
Timothy recommends the following next steps:
- Think about the activities you are involved in high school. If you participate in social clubs and are involved in activities like the student council, you would probably like the 4 year college approach. If you are not, then maybe 2 years at a junior college first.
- Also, look at the scholarships. If you get a good scholarship offer at a 4 year university, don't pass that up. Note that many universities offer transfer scholarships to students who attended a junior college.