Should I go to a community college? Well, that's up to you. Hopefully, we can help make the decision easier for you with this post on going to community college first.
If you're already going to community college, you can check out our post Is It Better To Go To Community College First?
To start off, we'll cover some of the major reasons why community college would be right for you. Then, we'll give you some more resources to make your decision. Please let us know if you have more questions by posting in the comments below.
Should I Go To Community College?
Once you've learned about the 17 Little Known Benefits To Attending Community College, you know that going to community college can give you tremendous opportunity while saving you plenty of money.
Financial Constraint - Community colleges are significantly cheaper than 4-year-colleges. If you're not going to an Ivy League or Tier 1 university, then saving money on your education is a smart decision. You can always transfer after 2 years and pay expensive tuition prices.
Poor/Average Grades - Sometimes our grades do not reflect how well we can do. If you could have worked harder in high school, community college is your chance to get a fresh start and study hard. Even if you have average grades, going to community college will not hurt you. Doing well at community college will help boost your transfer application to get you accepted into a better university after 2 years.
Living At Home - Not everyone is ready to pack up their bags and handle all the responsibilities of living on your own at college. By going to community college for 2 years, students have time to mature. This can be a nice transition into college for many students, especially those who are very close to family.
If you have financial constraints, poor/average grades or think you'll do better living at home for a little longer, community college is a great option for you.
Going To Community College First
Here are some resources to going to community college first. They will help give you an idea of how other students have gone from community college to universities, including Tier 1 & Ivy League.
Our Community College Transfer Guide - Our guide is mostly for students who want to transfer from community college to Tier 1 & Ivy League universities. Nevertheless, it gives you a great idea of what you can do if you were to go to community college.
Youtube Videos - There are plenty of video testimonials on youtube of students who have transferred from community college to university.
Friends/Family - Reach out to an older friend or family that has gone to community college. Ask them about their experience. If it wasn't a good one, ask why? and what would they do if they went back?
We wish you the best of luck on your decision and we're here for you along the way!