More than 1.5 million people attend a California Community College each year. In fact, an average of one in 3 Californians will attend a community college during their lifetime! What are some of the advantages of attending a California Community College? We will take a look at some of the many reasons that so many people choose to enroll in this college system.
8 Reasons Why Community Colleges Are Underrated
Reason #1: Affordability
California Community Colleges are much more affordable than four-year colleges or universities. How much more affordable? Here is a chart that shows how affordable Diablo Valley College is compared to CSU, UC, and private schools:
Reason #2: Student : Teacher Ratio
Classes at California Community Colleges often have much smaller class sizes. This means that students have more opportunities to work directly with their professors.
Reason #3: Student Services
International students are often surprised at the many resources that community colleges offer. Community colleges have sports teams, student clubs and organizations, and student governments. The campuses also have libraries, facilities like computer labs, and free tutoring. Transfer and Career Centers provides information regarding transfers to four-year colleges and universities. International student offices provide services regarding housing, visas, and transfers.
Reason #4: Transfer Agreements
For many, community college is just the first step in their academic career. Thanks to transfer agreements with private universities, California State Universities, and University of California schools, students have the option of receiving guaranteed transfer agreements. This takes the stress off of the transfer process, which allows students to focus more on their studies.
Reason #5: Academic Options
Community colleges offer many degree and certificate programs. They also provide all of the general education requirements that all college students must take. This allows students to learn general education during their first two years of college, then transfer to a four-year college or university to focus on their specific major.
Reason #6: Clubs and Organizations
A large part of the American college experience is building your resume (CV) with activities outside of the classroom. This makes students more well-rounded, interesting, and experienced!
Reason #7: Career Centers
What would you like to do after you graduate? The school’s career center can help! Career centers offer information about how to make a quality resume, how to interview, and how to conduct job searches. Career centers also organize job fairs, where businesses come to recruit new employees.
Reason #8: Accessibility
Community colleges are within a short drive (or public transportation ride) of most Californians. There are 114 California Community Colleges to choose from: which one will help you start your academic career?
Would you like to learn more about the advantages of Community Colleges? Watch this informational video titled Why Community Colleges Are Way Underrated.