Many students may begin their education at a community college instead of a four-year college or university. There are different reasons for this. Your local community college will be, almost always, the most affordable way to begin your college education. Community colleges also offer open admission to local residents, meaning that students will be accepted regardless of their G.P.A. or SAT/ACT scores as long as the college isn't filled to capacity.
Community college offers associates degree programs (AS, AA, AAS) that ideally take two years to complete. While students can enter the workforce with an associate degree, their job options can sometimes be limited. Many students enter community colleges hoping to transfer to a four year institution to earn a bachelors degree. Keep in mind that AAS programs are designed to help students enter the workforce in a specific field; students hoping to earn a bachelors degree are usually better served pursuing an AA or AS degree program as these credits may be more likely to transfer to four year schools.
Transferring from a two year college to a four year college is common. In fact many community colleges have agreement with four year colleges to help students avoid losing credits in the transfer process. These agreements are called "articulation agreements" or "joint admissions". Each community college will have such agreements with four year schools both in the community and elsewhere. Consult college websites or contact the community college in question to obtain this information. If you are hoping to transfer to a particular four-year college, call them to ask for advice about which community college may be best for you, and which classes are most likely to transfer.
A strong performance in community college can go a long way. Goood community college grades can make up for your high school transcript; many highly selective colleges will accept community college graduates with good college grades. The stigma associated with community college is undeserved, so don't let it get in your way as you start your journey to higher education.
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