The Pros And Cons Of Community Colleges

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The pressure of choosing the right college can be one of the most stressful situations,thus far, in some students lives. Often times community college is thrown out the window without the least bit of consideration. The stereotype that community colleges aren’t as educated or students that attend community college are “not good enough for a four year university” are stereotypes that still exists today. The percentage of students that attend community colleges and who come from households earning $100,000 increased from 12 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015 (Selingo, 2015). Thus, community colleges have improved to become competitors with traditional universities. However, some people remain skeptical about the competitiveness of community …show more content…
The annual tuition fee for a student in community college amounts to $3,131 compared to $8,655 and 29,056 for a student in a public and private university respectively. Further, while a student in community college spends nothing on room and board (assuming the student lives at home), a student in public university spends $9,205 every year while , a student in private university spends $10,462. The annual ‘sticker price’ for a community college student, public university student and private university student comes to an average of $4000, $18000 and $40,000 respectively. The cost saving aspect of community college is unrivaled. Selingo (2015) adds that the sizes of classes in community colleges are much smaller than in public universities. The average class size in community colleges is 20 students compared to 150 students in public universities. Notably, students in community colleges experience a student-teacher interaction in the same way as students in a private university, yet pay significantly less tuition fees. The consequence is that community college graduates are as highly experienced in their respective fields as students from private …show more content…
Students who have passed through community colleges before taking a 4-year university education are more successful because they have middle skills. Their technical skills help them thrive. Consequently, most of the time, they earn higher than those who jumped to a 4-year university program. Besides, students who have passed through community colleges are in high demand. Currently, there are 29 million middle skills job opportunities in the US, with 11 million of them paying over $50000 annually and 4 million of them paying over $75000 annually (Selingo, 2015). It is important for students to know that a four year degree and university are not the only ways to a successful life and career. While college communities offer numerous benefits, some lack expensive facilities, sports programs, vibrant clubs and student culture, and the campus life common in universities. Further, some credits from community colleges are not transferable to universities. Despite these setbacks, community college is the smart decision for many students. In my opinion, the good outweigh the bad. In conclusion, community colleges have numerous benefits that make them appear better than universities. These benefits include reduced tuition fee, small classes and high flexibility among others. It is always important to look at all the facts before making a decision. Starting college

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