Should You Go To Community College Or University First?

by Chad Agrawal

Of late, there has been a lot of controversy on this issue as different people tend to share different views regarding the choice between community college and university first. Community college or university; which of these two should one attend first? This is the main question that most high school students try to figure out immediately they are through with their high school studies. The answer might not be all that outright as both types of facilities have their benefits and disadvantages. All in all, there are only two options when it comes to either community college or university. Option number one is to go straight to university. This option however requires one to have attained top grades in high school. Option number two is for one to go to community college first then university.

Option number one which is going straight to university has a number of benefits among them being getting a degree after only four years of study. In today’s society, a degree is a must in order for one to get a well paying job in that particular filed. From hospitals to highly ranked companies, all these institutions require one to have a degree in order to even stand a chance of getting a job. On the other hand, life in university is generally full of fun. The university night-life is known to be even more thrilling than the ordinary town night out. The parties, art exhibitions and extravaganzas to name just but a few are what make the university life that much fun. It is a well known fact that freedom corrupts! In the case of universities, research has shown that a number of students normally end have having too much fun hence affecting their studies in a number of ways such as pregnancies. At the end of the day, only about half of the students finish their four year courses in due time. Generally, universities require one to be highly disciplined and principled.

On the contrary, community colleges are the exact opposite. Students have fun but not to that extent. They spend most of their time in class studying. The teacher-student ratio is lower than that of universities. This means one teacher gets a lower number of students to handle hence the teachers are able to closely keep tabs on all their students. This ensures that all students get to perform. Although community colleges go for only 2 years, the students get to cover whole lot more than most university student’s cover in the same time.

Other advantages associated with community colleges include the admission requirements (which are relatively lower), lower tuition fess, more flexible class schedules and fewer distractions. When deciding one whether to go to community college or university first, one should consider all these factors first in accordance with his or her preferred faculty. All in all, community colleges also have their own disadvantages such as the fact that some transfer credits are not accepted in all universities.

To cut the long story short, the choice between going to community college or university first is purely based on one’s own preference and desires. It all depends on how determined one is and what exactly he or she expects to attain afterwards.

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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