First Time College Vs Community College

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College students attending either a University or community college share distinct and similar experiences as first time college students. For instance, both students have to pay tuition costs, applications fees, and they share a similar 1st (change) first) two-year curriculum. On the other hand, they have obvious differences in student body size, teacher and student relationships, and career preparation. Seniors in High School across our nation face immediate life altering decisions when pursuing a further education. Choosing which path is best for a first time student is ultimately a personal decision, as personality, financial liberty and readiness can influence that path. Despite their differences and similarities, first time college students …show more content…
In 2016, the average tuition for community college was $3,520 (College Board). Although, the tuition is also increasing on a year by year basis, since 2000, it has only increased by $1,642. (College Board). While there is a rising cost in tuition each year for community colleges, the price is more reasonable for students. A recent study from Columbia University (2016), there were 7.3 million students in community college, and these students make up for 42% of all college undergraduates (para 2-3). Moreover, community college students do not have to pay for increasing room and board expenses, as they usually will live at …show more content…
As a university freshman, you are required to take a core two-year curriculum that is similar to all college entities in order to receive a bachelors degree. Although, a sparking difference is evident when looking at the average cost a college freshman can expect in the first two years. For instance, in the State of Texas, the average two year/60 credit hours at a public university is $19,500 (2016, Austin Community College). In comparison to a local community college where the average is $5,100 in the state of Texas (2016, Austin Community college). As an entry level university student you must look at the bigger picture and decide if paying on average an additional $14,000 is the right economic choice. Although, attending a University in the long run can be to the advantage of a college freshman, as an education through a university prepares an individual better for their selected career or major. If a student is determined and entirely set on the major of their choice, a university offers a variety of options to achieve that ultimate goal. An article posted on the New York Times revealed that as of 2010, “1,500 academic programs to the Department of Education; 355 were added to the list over the previous 10 years” (2012, Capuzzi, Cecelia. Para. 2). If you are willing to take the economical risk, a college freshman

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