Prospective Students

If you’ve recently graduated from high school or are considering going back to school for a career change, you’re probably wondering what your prospects in college are. Universities have been in the news a lot lately, with rising tuition prices making higher education less and less affordable. Fortunately, there’s a great alternative to traditional four-year schools: community college.

Community colleges get a bad rap, with many considering them the fall-back plan for those who couldn’t get in to a four-year school, but it is undeserved. Two-year schools are cheaper than four-year schools, and many have the same educational standard. The difference is that while four-year schools focus on academic thinking and abstract concepts, community colleges tend more toward the technical side, with real-world applications for their subjects. This means that community college graduates often get higher starting salaries than four-year graduates, because they already have the experience that employers want.

If you’re still not sure that community college is a viable option for you, take a look at some of these resources. Everything you need to know about a two-year education is included in these links.

  1. FastWeb reveals the many advantages of attending a community college including cheaper tuition, general education, self-discovery and less expenses. Also check out their College Cost Projector and community forums for to get perspective on your education.
  2. With tuition at an all time high and admittance rates shrinking, the smartest students in America go to community college. Two-year programs have increased in popularity and quality and are quickly becoming a viable alternative to traditional universities.
  3. Even in 2004, the National Science Foundation statistics showed an increased percentage of science and engineering students beginning their post-secondary education in community colleges. These institutions are not just for vocational training or remedial students.
  4. While community college definitely has a lingering stigma, there are some clear upsides to enrollment. Scholarships.com takes the good with the bad for a balanced viewpoint on community college life.
  5. With record turn out for college applications many universities encourage students to attend community college first. Not only would this reduce the strain on four-year institutions, students would have more time to choose their major with less pressure.
  6. Community college can be a great option for students from abroad to save money and earn credits. They tend to be more diverse than conventional universities and welcome new faces.
  7. Take a look at University vs. Community College if your are on the fence about your education options. The choice is important and finding the right fit has a large impact on your academic success.
  8. The American Association of Community Colleges provides statistics on the demographics, cost difference and career goals of students. Essentially, community colleges cater to a variety of different students with equally varied needs.
  9. Community college has become an easy route for students to continue on to universities, according to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This leaves all but the best achievers in the dark about what will actually be expected of them in a four-year school.
  10. Deciding between Harvard and a community college education is becoming a valid question in today’s academic climate. While a four-year institution is more impressive, community college allows you to save money while pursuing your degree.
  11. The National Center for Education Statistics examines the trends of community college enrollment. While students at these institutions come from diverse backgrounds, many use their education as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree or further study.
  12. A community college might be cheaper than a four-year university, but it won’t land you a high paying job. Aside from career limitations, two-year institutions are not challenging enough for some and student disinterest degrades from class time.
  13. Recently LaGuardia College in New York stopped their open access policy to limit class sizes. The structure of community colleges is changing and U.S. News tells you what you need to know about their changing policies.
  14. While many students attend community college with the hopes of one day receiving a baccalaureate degree, statistics show that few finish their academic ambitions. A new study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education claims that students who first go to community college suffer a disadvantage against their four-year peers.
  15. Community Colleges, Not So Junior Anymore points out some of the advantages of choosing a community college. While they are not for everyone, they play an important role in preparing the nation’s learners for future careers.
  16. Community colleges are much more than just associates degrees and vocational training. A Positive Pathway explains the many reasons to attend a two-year institution and has specific instructions for transfer into the University of California system.
  17. This community college professor does not hesitate to send her own children to a similar institution. While lacking student involvement and stretched budgets often diminish the quality of the education there, the low cost and receptive teachers make all the difference.
  18. Nursing programs at community colleges are quickly turning to limited admission to address the popularity of this career. Open admissions are a big draw for two-year colleges but are faced with the challenge of increased demand.
  19. The ultimate goal for a lot of community college students is to transfer to a four year university and obtain a bachelor’s degree. While this pursuit is not impossible, recent demand for transfers has increased competition for these limited spots and is driving up requirements.
  20. The steps for switching to a university are laid out in How to Transfer from a Community College. The article guides students on what to do during their years at community college and common aspects of transfer like articulation agreements and academic counselling.
  21. New Jersey recently instated a law requiring colleges to accept an associate degree as the equivalence of two years of undergraduate credits. While student still must apply to universities on their own, they are now guaranteed that their work at community college will transfer over.
  22. Statistics on college transfer rates were recently collected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The data shows the percent of students who switched and what kind of institution they moved to.
  23. Nevada’s Chancellor of Education’s suggestion to reduce the amount of students accepted to community colleges. He outlines in “Access to What?” several impending declines in quality of community college education he foresees.