10 Reasons to Choose Community College Over University

10 Reasons to Choose Community College Over University

Community College offers many benefits over University, from cost to environment. Here is a list of 10 reasons why you should choose to go to a community college instead of, or before, going to a university.

  1. Community colleges are substantially cheaper than Universities, and you will receive just as good of an education. Especially if you don’t know what you want to major in yet, you can just take the basic classes now, and not be out a ton of money if you decide to change your major down the line.
  2. You can live at home. Sure, you might not want to live with your parents, but living at home means less expense for you. 
  3. No crowded dorms. This kinda ties in with #2. You don’t have to worry about roommates messing up your stuff, keeping you awake, etc. 
  4. You are more likely to already know people there. If you are going to a local community college, there is a better chance that people you already know will be going to the same college. If you already know some people, making new friends will be that much easier.
  5. You don’t need to take the ACT or SAT. Going to a community college for two years and then transferring to a 4-year University is a great way to bypass these tests in high school and still get a 4-year degree.
  6. If your grades weren’t so great in high school, and let’s face it, high school grades don’t matter much in the long run (and this is coming from an honor roll student), you can still get into a community college.
  7. No stress about college admission. If you choose a community college, you are guaranteed to get in.
  8. Smaller class sizes. With smaller classes, the professors are better able to communicate with students on an individual basis, and you are better able to get an understanding of the material. 
  9. Employers don’t care what college you got your degree from, only that you have a degree. Why go into debt paying for university when it won’t help you in the long run?
  10. Less emphasis on sports, in most cases. Yes. This is definitely an advantage.

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Laura, posted this comment on Sep 22nd, 2008

And most of these reasons are exactly why I go to a community college.

Wilhem, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2009

it depends on what four-year schools you’re comparing the jc to, when comparing them to very average schools like csu’s, it may be true. but when it comes to better schools like the uc’s, usc, uva, you might want to make the investment and just go to those great schools if you can get in out of high school.

don’t worry too much about money. if that was the case, everyone would be majoring in engineering or premed because those are probably the only real ways to secure a high-paying job these days.

soe, posted this comment on May 18th, 2009

there’s a strong counterargument for each of the reasons you listed. apparently, you don’t understand the true meaning of college; much of your “learning” goes on outside of the classrooms in college. if you just want to just throw all that away for the sake of being thrifty, go ahead, but do understand that college is much more than classes. even when it comes to classes, a top ranked university will offer better and greater variety of classes than a cc, if they didn’t, that would defeat the whole purpose of trying to go to a good school in the first place, like there would be no difference between harvard and arizona state.

Rob, posted this comment on Dec 10th, 2009

1) That’s the main reason my son went there but I question whether the quality of education is as good as a 4-year. It might be but your classmates tend not to be as dedicated in his experience.

4) The opposite was true for him. Originally, these were called “commuter” colleges and for a reason. He found that, once class was over, everyone disappeared from campus and no one hung around.

5) One of the best ways to get around that for homeschooled kids.

6) Absolutely!

And the rest of the article is spot on.

PE, posted this comment on Dec 10th, 2009

Most of this looks true, except this: “You will receive just as good of an education at CC.” At a selective uni, classes will be filled with kids who got 4.3 GPAs in high school and took 10 AP classes. Thus you can teach those classes at a very challenging academic level and expect that the kids will get it. The same class at a CC will be filled with students who meet no prerequisite for being there other than opposable thumbs and a pulse, so the teacher will have to dumb it way way down. Also, no one will ask an interesting question and no one will provide an interesting answer to a question.

Stacie, posted this comment on Jan 15th, 2011

Since I’m going to school to become a doctor, I will have to go to a university eventually. But I’m going to start out at a community college first for these reasons. And my grades weren’t too good in high school, so I won’t get accepted at a university unless I go to a community college first.

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