Are You Ready for a Four-Year University & its Costly Tuition?
Graduating from high school and then going off to college is a large step for many students, especially in regard to academics and maturity level. A student (and parents) should really assess if the student is ready to attend a four-year university with all the academic and social demands. If not, community college is a great option. Or perhaps the student is ready to attend a four-year college, but simply cannot afford the cost. In this case, community college is also a great choice.
Community college used to have a stigma attached. But the stigma is quickly going away because students and parents are realizing what a financial steal community college is. For example, the average annual cost of tuition, room and board and fees at a public university as of 2009 is $14,333 (College Board). The average cost of a private college is $34,132 (College Board). The average annual cost of tuition and fees for 2008 for a community college is $4,552 (U.S. News & World Report). The savings are astronomical.
Therefore, many students choose to transfer after two years of community college into a regular four-year university. If the student does well academically and takes extracurricular activities, including volunteering and internships, universities look highly upon these applicants. In fact, White Picket College.com says in an article entitled "Community College Leads to Ivies" that an admission recruiter from New York University cited community college students as her favorite applicants because they are the best incoming students academically and socially.
Many students who start at community college transfer to prestigious, four-year universities . . . and with a great financial aid package.