Community colleges can provide a good chance for students who wish to start off their college career. The also have a reputation, unfortunately, of being “second-rate” schools,” which is not necessarily the case. Lets take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of community colleges.
One advantage that community colleges have over other schools is cost. They are often significantly less expensive than other institutions. This is not necessarily true in all cases, however, so make sure to research actual costs before assuming the community college option is less expensive.
Community colleges can also act as stepping-stone to other schools, if you have trouble with admissions. They often offer individual classes, which you can attend to show your commitment to college life. However, make sure that the courses you plan to take are able to count for credit at another school. That is not always the case.
At many larger, more prestigious schools, students, rather than the professor, sometimes teach the actual courses. This is not the case with community colleges.
Although a community college may not offer the types of advanced courses that may be offered at other schools, they can change their curriculum more quickly, to adapt to changing technologies. This can make them a better choice for vocational degrees.
As you apply to your list of schools, It is always good to have a few “safe” colleges on your list, and community colleges can provide that insurance.
Consider community colleges as you apply to schools!