How do you know if community college is right for you?

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How do you know if community college is right for you?

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How do you know if community college is right for you?

A community college is probably right for you for a number of reasons. If you don’t feel ready to move out of your parents’ house, spending 1-2 years at a community college could help with the transition to a campus farther away. If your grades weren’t where you wanted them to be in high school, community college can be a great way to to get your grades up to be a more appealing candidate when you apply for your bachelor’s degree. Lastly, community college is a great option to save money for two years as they are often less expensive than 4-year colleges.

Ed Garcia
Assistant Professor/Counselor Austin Community College

How do you know if community college is right for you?

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Dr Sharon
Associate Professor and Program Director of the International Business Bachelor Program Friends University

How do you know if community college is right for you?

A community college is a bridge. Do you need a bridge? It may be an emotional bridge drom high school to a large university, it may be a financial bridge to decrease your total education costs, or it may be something else. Bridges are useful! Also, students who are full time students at a four year institution, are increasingly also taking classes at community colleges to study over the summer, graduate early, or to complete general education requirements that most insitutions require students to take, such as Composition or College Algebra.

Christine Reynoso

How do you know if community college is right for you?

The question of Community College is a very personal one and is rooted on an individual's motivation and final goal. I have counseled a number of students who seek Community College as an alternative for a number of reasons. The most common are as follows: 1) Financial 2) Admission Competition 3) Emotional Maturity 4) Academic Maturity 5) Academic Goal of an Associates Degree For the purposes of this question I would like to focus on a response to the Financial as well as how competitive it is to get into college. Here, you need to ask yourself and be honest, what is your level of motivation. The community college is a wonderful way to save money and demonstrate the ability to succeed at the college level. However, if your view of Community College is the "easy road" and that of the "13th Grade" then you will most likely fall short of a 2 year and transfer goal and in the long run, college may end up costing you more and taking longer. It is important to keep in mind, Community College is in fact COLLEGE. The courses that are transferable are challenging and will prepare you for the rigor of a major university. But you need to be willing to put in the hard work to make it happen. I recommend to my students who are seeking C.C. admissions to maintain a rigorous high school curriculum so that the transition to your college classes is seamless. You must also be persistent and willing to access the many opportunities that community college offers. You will also need to evaluate the importance of the "first year experience". A majority of C.C. students live at home or close to home and never get that "first year experience" that they would at traditional 4 year school. In short, if community college is an option for you, my best advice is to set yourself up to succeed. Take the time to hone in your study skills and time management so you hit the ground running and can be successful from the moment you step on campus.

Kiersten Murphy
Executive Director and Founder Murphy College Consultants LLC

How do you know if community college is right for you?

If you don't feel ready to leave home, if you need to save money or if you need some time to improve upon your academic GPA.