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Would it be better to go to a community college or a four year college?

At this point I am a junior in high school, and I am wondering if I should go to a community college. I have my sister telling me that going to one could help you complete the general ed much cheaper. However, I have my parents pressuring me to go straight to a four year school. #colleges

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This is a very good question and one that many students have. Community college is a good option for several reasons. Community college is less expensive, there are less students in the school (this could mean it is easier to get in to the classes you need), likely less competition (which helps if there is a grading curve), you may be able to find a school near where you live currently so this would save on housing costs, and going to community college gives you some time and flexibility if you are still figuring out what major is the best for you. If you are unclear about what you want to do in the future but you know you want a 4 year degree, community college would be a good option. You would complete your general ed courses in likely the same time that you would in a 4 year college and save some money. I went straight to a 4 year university. However, I do know quite a few people who went to the local community college, did very well in 2 years, and were able to go to reputable universities and grad school after that. My parents also pressured me to go to a 4 year school but I think if the end goal is to do well, get good grades, and pursue a field that really interests you, community college is something you should consider. If you are very sure of what you want to do and you get in to the 4 year school you want to go to, by all means go for it! But there are a lot of good reasons to go to a community college too. Good luck!

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Alicia’s Answer

This is a great question!


I had many friends who went to Community College for a couple years, and then transferred to a four year university. This allowed them to save money and stay local for awhile until they felt more comfortable and prepared to transfer to another school.


I went to a four year university because I always had my dream school, and that was all I needed to know what decision was right for me. For every individual, the answer will be different, but I think both options can fit the needs of most students, depending on their career goals!

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Richard’s Answer

Save your money by getting the basics out of the way at a community college which can be free in some cities. Also you can save money by continuing to live with your parents.

Once you have a better idea of what major you want to pursue, you can transfer to a 4-year university.
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Andrea’s Answer

I think it depends on the type of experience you want, and the resources you currently have. I went to a community college and save money! Not only did I save money, but I took additional courses there because the cost was significantly less. I felt more inclined to try new classes for career and personal growth. I was also able to get an internship at the community college and got a lot of work experience as well. You get what you put into it. If you attend a community college, look at the student groups, visit professors during office hours, apply for internships, all of those things will prepare you for a university and later down the road. A lot of community colleges now have priority admission into universities. Good luck in your decision!

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