Community College Life Explained – What Is It Actually Like?

by Chad Agrawal

You're leaning towards going to community college. But, you want to know more about community college life. Or, you're already going to community college and want to make your life better.

I know how you feel. I've been there. Actually, I was very uneasy about starting out at community college. However, it ended up being the best decision of my life. In this post, I'll give you an easy overview of community college life so that you can explore the aspects that matter to you most.

What Is Community College Life Like?

Similar to any other college, it's what you make of it. You can have the best time of your life. Or, you can have a difficult time.

Our community college transfer guide helps you make community college the former - a great experience.

Unfortunately, you might know a few stories of students going to community college and dropping out. Although community colleges can struggle to retain some students, we hope that and the resources we provide here will help you succeed.

At the end of the day, it's your job to make college a great experience (wherever you are).

Overview of Community College Life

Academics - Throughout your college career, academics should be your #1 priority. Maintaining a high GPA shows that you are learning and engaging in the classroom. In most community colleges, you're developing critical thinking skills and testing your untested assumptions - helping you grow as a person overall. See Why Your Academics Make A Difference to learn more.

Family - Living at home adds this unique dynamic to college. For students who are close to their families, community college can be a nice lifestyle. For more complicated home environments, it is important to communicate with your parents and siblings.

Social Life - Believe it or not, there are many students who have a wonderful social life at community college. On this page, we answer the question, "What about my social life in community college?"

Work - Internships/jobs are a fantastic way to test out your skills, preferences and overall "fit" for the career path you are considering.

Transferring - If you succeed in community college, you'll have a world of opportunity ahead of you. From community college, you can transfer to Ivy League and Tier One schools.


Over the next few days, look out for our posts on the specifics of life at community college. Please leave a comment below and tell us if there's anything you want us to cover more specifically.

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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