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Would saving money and going to a community college for two years be acceptable?

Updated Los Angeles, California

I've been told that doing this is perfectly fine yet a lot of people are also telling me that the first two years of going to a University is where you make all the meaningful connections you will be needing for your career. #college #university #college-admissions #community-college

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Hi Sean!

By all means yes it is acceptable and recommended. It does not really make a difference where you go to college. What matters is how well you do in college and how well you take advantage of career exposure and networking opportunities during your education.

Community colleges have smaller tuition and smaller classes sizes - both are to your advantage. They also have great opportunities for coop and intern programs that will allow you to earn and learn and experience what you are learning. When you to go college you have very great adjustments to make in the college approach to learning and a different living arrangement and life style. Going to a community college allows you to adjust with the largest difference without having to cope with the other.

You can get a better idea by talking to the head of alumni relations at your local community college to arrange to meet and visit graduates of that school who graduated in your major area of interest to see what they are doing, how they got there, how you feel about it, and what advice that they have for you. I started out at a community college and found it was a great stepping stone for my educational adventure.

Let me know if and how this might be of help. keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

Ben’s Answer

Updated Menlo Park, California

If you want to save money definitely check out your local community college. If it's a decent CC and you put in the work and get good grades, you will be fine when you transfer over to university. I haven't gone to community college, but I have a lot of friends who went to CC. They saved themselves a lot of money and now they are at awesome universities. Look you might miss out on the traditional "college experience" that everyone raves about. However, here is my take on it, your college experience what you put into it. You CAN meaningful connections at community college. Join clubs/organizations at your community college. It might be a little bit more challenging since people at CC aren't as social as in University but you should be fine if you take the effort to meet people and put yourself out there. Good luck on your college journey! :D

Cielo’s Answer

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

YES. Being a graduate from one, I definitely advocate this route in order to save money. Most community colleges also have transfer programs to 4-year colleges/universities so your credits earned will most likely transfer. With the cost of college tuition & fees, this is definitely a great way to go.

4-year colleges/universities are not the only ones with connections, community colleges do to. As a matter of fact, if you live in a big city (I live in Philadelphia), our community college takes part in a lot of activities that go on in the city. Professors in community colleges have advanced degrees & Doctorates as well & most of them also teach in 4-year universities too so they can be your connection.

A lot of older adults that decide to go back to school usually start off in community colleges & I find this as an advantage because your classmates are actually in class with a purpose so the rowdiness of a much younger class is usually avoided.

David’s Answer

Updated

It depends on the community college. If it is a good community college, I see no problem with it. My daughter is planning on doing this very thing.

Honestly, I talk to very few people that I went ot college with. Those that I do talk to are really not business connections either. Maybe it is because I went to a large school (Rutgers Engineering), but that is how it is for me.

It could be an issue if your community college is either sub-par, or if it does not cover the subject you are plannng on going into. I went to college for Civil Engineering. My community college did not offer some of the freshman and sophmore classes that I needed to take - Mechanics of Materials, Reienforced Concrete Design, etc. If I had gone to community college for two years, I would have had at least three more years to make up mixed classes, and scheduling would have been a issue. But if you are undecided, or if your community college offeres the same sort of courses that you would be taking in a 4 year school, then I see no problem with it.

On the topic of engineering and comunity colleges, some do offere it. The community college in the county I live in has an engineering program,. IN fact they work with the local high schools. You can take community college enginerring courses as a high school senoir, and when you graduate from high school you already have something like 27 credits completed towards your associates in engineering. You then finish you associates at the community college and then move on to finish at a 4 year school, early than if you would have just gone to a 4 year school right out of high school.

-dave