Attend Community College For 1 or 2 Years? See Here…

by Chad Agrawal

It's decided. You're going to community college, but for how long? Transferring from community college after one year sounds interesting, but can it be done?

The answer is yes. It can be done, but you might not want to.

In this post, we'll show you the advantages and disadvantages of attending community college and transferring after 2 years instead of 1 year.

Attending Community College

As we have seen in our 3 post series 17 Little Known Benefits of Going To Community College, there are many advantages of attending community college first. There's the immediate benefits, short term benefits and long term benefits that are all covered in the series.

However, you're not going to be able to squeeze out all the same benefits of attending community college if you only attend for one year. To get the most value out of your time at community college, you should be aiming to community college transfer to tier 1 and ivy league universities. If you don't think you can transfer to top ranked universities, sign up for our video series on how to make community college easy.

Now that you're aiming for a top university, let's go through what happens when you attend community college for one and two years...

Transferring After 1 Year

When you attend community college, you get a fresh start. It's a new chance to prove to admissions counselors, and to yourself, that you are capable of handling college work successfully. We'll come back to this in a moment...

In order to transfer after just one year at community college, you'll have to apply to universities as early as February 1st for the fall semester. That means, you'll only have one semester of academic records to show your transfer admissions office. Even if you got a 4.0 GPA, it's a hard sell because of the short time.

Spending a year at community college isn't the best choice unless you have a stellar high school track record because one semester of work does not prove that you are capable of handling college work successfully.

Attend Community College For 2 Years

Now let's see what happens when you transfer from community college after 2 years...

You don't have to apply to universities until you've had a solid three semesters under your belt. During this time, you get to build up credibility for yourself by succeeding academically and creating relationships with professors who can vouch for you.

In addition, you'll have given yourself enough time to really get to know people and have a fun community college social life.

Resources For Community College

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to check out the following:

Case Study: Community College Transfers

At Last, The Ultimate Community College Guide!

Transfer Students Advice

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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Chad Agrawal October 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

Sure thing Edwin. Thanks for commenting.


Cleo Reper February 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!


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