The Benefits of Taking Accounting Courses in Community College

by Chad Agrawal

If you have already decided that you want a career in accounting, then you're well ahead of most of your peers in community college, many of whom are weighing several possibilities when it comes to their major and ultimately, their career choice.

But just because you have made up your mind about what you want to do with your life doesn't mean you should take it easy during the remainder of your time in community college.

You might think that this is your last chance to relax and take a break before you transfer to a 4-year school or Ivy League university to complete your major study and obtain a diploma.

But the truth is that you can do double duty by selecting accounting courses in community college that not only nab you GE credits towards your AA, but also serve as prerequisites for your major at your school of choice.

In short, there are many advantages to taking accounting courses before you transfer.

Take Your General Requirements And Prerequisites

First and foremost, a little extra work now could help you to secure admission to a 4-year college or university.

If they see you are prepared for your major study it could weight your application favorably, especially against students that have not completed any prerequisites.

Taking these courses before you're required to shows that you took the initiative to research the expectations of the school you're interested in, and that you are serious about the course you have planned.

This could definitely equate to points in your favor when it comes to the review board that decides which students are granted admission, especially if you're vying for a spot in a competitive school or program.

Of course, it can also save you time and money.

Students who fail to prepare by taking accounting courses in community college may waste an entire semester at a 4-year institution taking classes in preparation of their major.

This not only equates to an extra semester of study that could have been finished at the community college level, but it also means you'll pay an additional semester worth of tuition at whatever rates are offered by the 4-year school you transfer to, and they're bound to far exceed the costs of community college.

And you'll have several extra months of living expenses on campus on top of it.

So you could find yourself shelling out a lot more money for the privilege of taking classes at your 4-year school that you could have completed earlier.

And taking these classes before you head to an accounting program will ensure that you're prepared for the type of work you'll be doing once you start your major study.

This could solidify your resolve to become an accountant and put you ahead of the game when it comes to your upcoming coursework.

On the other hand, taking these classes at community college could also let you know if you're on the wrong path, which is better discovered now, before you go through the trouble of obtaining your degree.

But if you're certain that you want to become a California, Illinois, orĀ New York CPA, then taking accounting classes at community college is a great place to start.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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mike October 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

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