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You have finally finished high school and now it is time for college. Like many students, you may not have the ability to experience the “true college life”. This includes living on campus, pledging to a fraternity or sorority, and attending homecoming. You may need to work full-time while in school. Here is some information to help you determine if junior college is for you.

  • Cost of Tuition

    The most obvious reason that students attend community college is for the financial advantage. Many junior colleges cost less than two thousand dollars each semester to attend full time. Attending community college gives students the chance to prepare for the financial demands of a 4-year university if they plan on transferring. You are able to use state and federal funding to pay for junior college and still use remaing funds for a 4 year institution if youplan to transfer.

  • Flexible Schedule

    Many students don’t realize that if they plan on working while attending school, community college is the best option. They offer far more night classes than other universities and more schedule options. The workload may be lighter than a state school or private university and attendance is not usually required. This depends mostly on your professor and thier level of expectation.

  • Give students an opportunity to explore major options

    Instead of spending thousands of dollars at a private university towards a major that you are less than sure of, consider attending a community school while you are making your decision. Classes cost less, so you will have the opportunity to explore interests that you might not have otherwise pursued. Junior college is usually a great place to obtain core class credits while exploring your major options.

  • Smaller Classes

    The class size is surprising to most students because the tuition is so reasonable. While classes aren’t as small as those of a leading universities, many have as few as twenty students. In a smaller class, professors have the opportunity to learn more about their students. Likewise, students will find their teachers more accessible and can get assistance when they need it.

  • Qualified Professors

    Everybody starts somewhere. Some of your professors will be fresh out of a master’s program, but many will be well-seasoned academics who carry an impressive resume. Community schools are just as flexible for the students as for the professors. Many accomplished instructors teach part-time at community schools to allow plenty of time to focus on their own pursuits and career goals. I found in my experience that many of my professors where very seasoned professionals who were looking for flexibility in their schedule just as I was.

  • Transitional

    Countless numbers of college freshman transfer out after their first year of studies. Many return, some don’t. Unfortunately, many of these students felt displaced and found that their expectations were not met by the university they attended. Attending community school gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while taking the time to select the 4-year institution that is right for them. Because there is little financial investment, most students are deterred from dropping their studies altogether.

CONS

  • Limited Curriculum

    Typically, community colleges are 2-year schools. If you plan on obtaining a 4-year degree you will have to transfer to another university at some point. If you’re looking for a permanent residence, this probably isn’t the best place for you. However, there are some associate degree’s you can obtain at a two year college with nursing being one of them (RN).

  • Lighter Workload

    The workload may be a bit more lighter than at a state university or a private college. There is sometimes very little course work aside from major exams. However preparing for those exams are vital. You may feel like you are teaching yourself at times, and your instructor is there for exam proctor and answers to questions.

  • Uninvolved Students

    Many of the students are uninvolved. Many live a very busy life outside of school and have little if no time to fraternize. If you are a very out going person, looking for many clubs to choose from, basketball games to attend and step shows to coordinate, you may be disappointed. There are a few options for clubs at community colleges but remember many of these are ran by students. If many students are very busy outside of school, there is no one to run the clubs.

I hope this information helps. Please explore all options when considering what school is right for you. Please see our college check list article to ensure you have taken all steps needed to get ready for college.

Written by, Victoria Gallespie MSN, NP-C

Info also borrowed from scholarship.com

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