If you chose to attend a community college you will receive an Associate’s Degree as opposed to a Bachelor’s Degree.
There are several good reasons to consider a community college:
- The career you are interested in may only require an associate’s degree.
- Community colleges are much less expensive than either public or private four year colleges. You may decide for economic reasons, to do your first two years at a less expensive two year institution and then transfer to a traditional four year school.
- Increasingly, public and private four year institutions are partnering with community colleges. This means that after you complete your associates degree, assuming you have attained a qualifying grade point and taken qualifying courses, you will be admitted to a four-year college as a junior. For example, if you attend Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, and meet the requirements, Syracuse University will guarantee your admission as a transfer student.
If you think that doing your first two years at a community college may be a good plan for you, do a little research first. Find out if your community college has a co-operative relationship with a four year school. Be sure that the courses you take will qualify for transfer.
This information has been written by consultant Jan Raymond for use by City Year.