5 Community College Disadvantages

If you are considering attending a community college, whether for your associate’s degree alone or if you have plans to move on to a four-year university upon completion, there are some things that you need to consider before submitting your application.

#1 – Possible Transfer Issues: For those students who plan to transfer to a four-year university after completing their associate’s degree, you MUST consult with the university that you intend to transfer to after you complete your associate’s degree.  Why?  To make sure that the community college level courses are compatible with the core requirements for the university.  It’s better to find this out sooner rather than later to make sure that the transfer process is as smooth as possible.

#2 – Housing: Many community colleges do not offer housing opportunities to their students; most community colleges are commuter campuses.  Community colleges in rural areas are much more likely to have housing than those in larger cities.  The lack of on-campus housing makes participating in sports and other extracurricular activities a little more challenging than universities where students live on campus.

#3 – Earning Potential: If you decide that community college is going to be the last stop in your academic pursuit, then you will be denying yourself a great deal of earning potential over the course of your lifetime.  Therefore, you should seriously consider the benefits of transferring to a four-year university after obtaining your associate’s degree.

#4 – Class Offerings: Community colleges tend to be a lot smaller than four-year universities and as a result, they do not offer as many classes as some of the larger universities.  At community colleges, you’ll find that you have to take a certain sequence of courses in order to stay on track to complete your associate’s degree in two years.  Big universities tend to offer greater flexibility, particularly in lower level courses that are required by all students in order to graduate.

#5 – Lack of Resources: Community colleges typically have much smaller libraries than universities.  This can sometimes limit a student’s ability to do more in depth research.  In general, since they tend to have more funding, universities have more resources available to their students.

Don’t get me wrong, community colleges have a lot of benefits. However, it is important that you evaluate these disadvantages to make sure that you are making the right decision for you,

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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