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Is it better to go straight to a University or Community College ?

I always hear it is better going straight to a University than a Community College how come? #education #career-paths #life


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Kayla’s Answer

It's fine to attend a community college, but be sure that you have your full four-year plan in mind. If you need more than an associate's degree or technical certification, but you'd still like to start at a community college, for the lower price or smaller classes, you will want to contact an academic adviser at the four-year university you plan to transfer to. This way, you can ensure that any courses you take at the community college will transfer over to your four-year college and your future degree. Hope this helps!


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Stephenie’s Answer

I recommend Universities with 4 year programs for most students, however, this depends on the individual student. I have many students who attend local community colleges or choose 2-year programs and are loving their technical careers.


As a college counselor, I would tell individuals who are having difficulties being accepted into a university to first attend a community college, and when they are ready, transfer to a university. Speaking to a private college consultant who can understand your background will help, as there are different options for different individuals.


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Tanya’s Answer

Arisleily, if you can, go to a 4-year university. There is nothing wrong with a junior college, however, if you start there and transfer to a 4-year university, you have to worry about which classes the university will give you transfer credits for. If you have 45 credits at junior college, but the university will only give you transfer credit for 24, then you would have wasted your time and money. To bypass that step, just try to get accepted to a university.


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Andrea’s Answer

It really depends on the individual and your financial options. Going to a community college might be a good choice if you are still deciding what you want to major in and want to try different classes at a low cost. Doing this might help you decide what field you want to pursue, so when you transfer to a University you won't have to pay significant amount of money to dabble in different interests. Many community colleges now have a priority admission into Universities. Good luck with you decision!


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Jenn’s Answer

Usually universities (especially four-year ones) have better academic reputations than 2-year colleges or community colleges, so the degree from a rigorous four-year college/university is often much more useful in terms of opening up career options.


However, the choice of college is always an individual decision that should take into account financial options, having a good 'fit' for you with wherever you attend, and what you want to do for your career. I'd speak to your college counselor or another knowledgeable adult at your school to review your full range of options.


Thank You this helps me a lot Arisleily T.

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