For students with average GPAs it’s often difficult to know which colleges to apply to. You don’t want to waste your time filling out applications, especially if there are fees involved, only to find out that your application for enrollment has been declined. Here is some advice if you fall in that category of students. Don’t bee too proud to give your local community colleges a chance!
Local community colleges have many benefits over larger, more prestigious institutions. Here’s a list of advantages local community colleges have over major universities:
- Community colleges are much cheaper than big name universities and the college credits count the same toward your degree. So why not spend less money in the beginning and go to the local community college and then transfer your credits over to the university of your choice.
- Community colleges can be a stepping stone to prove yourself in the classroom. Their acceptance rates are much higher than major universities and once you are in, you can prove you belong by making the grades.
- Class sizes are often smaller at community colleges. That means you will have a lower ratio of teacher to student, which means you will get more one on one time with your professors.
- Parking is usually much easier at community colleges
- Campuses are less crowded at community colleges.
- There are more community colleges available, which means there is probably one closer to your residence than a major university.
- Community colleges tend to be slightly easier than universities. This point is debatable; however, in my own experiences of attending a community college as well as a division I. university, I think the community college classes were much easier.
Those are just a few advantages. The important thing to realize is there is no shame in going to a community college. It is a practical and economical alternative that makes sense for millions of students across the country. If you hadn’t considered it before you definitely should now!