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Attending Community College and Earning an Associate's Degree

 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:

  1. The career you are interested in may only require an associate’s degree.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.