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If my overall GPA isn’t that good in high school isn’t that good and I’m a senior, is going to community college my first two years a good option? I don’t think I’ll get intnthe college I want to get into.

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Lillian’s Answer

If you are choosing between go to community college vs. not have any schooling at all, you should definitely take at least some classes at community college. It is definitely a good option, depending on your circumstances:

1) Getting your basics done in community college could save you a ton in not taking out as much in loans.

2) If you're still unsure of what to major in or what your career path will look like, you might want to take some time to explore in community college. It might help you save money and facilitate a speedier graduation if you did your self-exploration at a community college.

3) Do you want to stay closer to home? Community colleges are generally more local to where you are compared to universities. This may be a factor if you want to live at home to save money or simply want to be closer to family for a few more years.

Universities generally have more resources and opportunities to do whatever you want, which is why it's nice to transfer in as soon as you can. However, going to a community college for the first year or two is probably more beneficial financially as you would have less debt overall.

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Devon’s Answer

Going to community college is always a good option, whether your high school grades are up to par or not. The question is, how much student loan debt are you willing to incur? I spent four years at a private university, when I could have just as well taken the community college route and spent less time at the university to end with less debt in the end. It could have saved me a lot of post-graduation stress had I done that instead.
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Kim’s Answer


Your college of choice has a 60% acceptance rate, with an average 3.4 GPA. If it is not likely you will be accepted, then, you could try to find a different 4 year university where you are more likely to be accepted, or, like you suggested, go to a community college first. However, I recommend you talk to Georgia State to see how they treat transfer students. That is, you need to know if your plan to transfer is likely to be successful. Find out how they evaluate the transfer requests. It may be important for you to not only get good grades, but also to join student organizations and show leadership/community involvement. Knowing this information, and doing everything possible to satisfy their requirements, will improve the likelihood of your being accepted as a transfer student.

Good luck!


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melanie a.’s Answer

App deadlines are closed but it doesn't hurt to see what your preferred school offers during the Summer while you're at a Community College.

It's ok to be realistic and know when your chances are slim. Of course applying to a local Community College is a great failsafe.
But if there's a College or University school that speaks to your heart even though you believe it'll be hard to be accepted to,
it doesn't hurt to go for it anyway.

Just remember to explain as much as you possibly can in your PIQs when applying. This may make up for your low GPA.

Get in touch with their Registrars Office to find out if the Community College courses
are transferrable to the College or University that you'd want to transfer to.

Start building a relationship with the Transfer Related Offices.

Ivy League or not, just don't give up! And please keep us posted!!!

Melanie Winns
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Jasmine,

What I would add here is that most state schools have close relationships with certain community colleges in that if you attend one of those community colleges for the first two years in order to complete the required general courses then it is much easier to transfer into your desired college or university. For example, here in Los Angeles, Pasadena City College and Santa Monica College (both community colleges) have close ties with the UCs; so, there are many students who attend these community colleges and then transfer to UCLA, for instance.

Also, in my experience working with students who struggle a bit academically, community college is a great way to step into higher education. And it saves you a lot of money!

Jennifer recommends the following next steps:

Call the college/s where you most want to go.
Ask to speak with the registrars office.
Ask to speak to someone with questions about transferring from a community college.
Ask that person to identify with which community colleges they work most closely.
Call those community colleges (transfer departments) and confirm this information.
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Kevin’s Answer

Hi Jasmine,

Community College is a great option and will save you a lot of $$. Make sure you talk with the college adviser to ensure you take classes that transfer to your desired college. I work in high-tech and when I went through the hiring process no one cared that I first attended community college. In fact, going to community college, transferring to college and eventually graduating shows that even when things don't work out perfectly you find a way to make it happen.
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Richard’s Answer

Yes, you can definitely start at a community college. Not only is this extremely cost effective, but it will allow you to show improvement in your grades during your first semester of college. You can get used to college at a better pace and then apply to a different university at a later time with a better record. You can also take this time to improve other aspects of your college application, such as your job experience or essays.