Community College vs. 4-Year University

There’s no fair way to compare a two-year degree or four-year degree.  Both are excellent for certain things; however they both have their limitations.  It ultimately boils down to what you looking for.

In this post, I’ll attempt to examine the Pro’s and Con’s of each degree program.  At the very least, these topics will be good things for you to start thinking about as you are in the process of selecting a college.

Community Colleges

  • More Affordable – Community colleges offer an affordable alternative for the first two years of your college education.  A lot of students opt to continue their education at a four year school after they’ve completed their Associate’s degree.
  • Enter the Workforce Sooner – Community colleges also offer various certificate programs, in addition to the standard Associate’s degree.  These certifications give students the option to venture out into the work place with the specific skills they have acquired after two years of concentrated study.
  • Job Competition – While it is possible to enter the work force with just an Associate’s degree, there is a growing competition for limited jobs.  It can be difficult for Associate degree job candidates to remain competitive in an industry when there are more and more people entering the work force with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Job Requirements – Some job positions will not even consider a candidate who does not have at least a Bachelor’s degree.  So, if you do not plan to continue your education at a four year college after you’ve completed your Associate’s degree, then you could be at a disadvantage.

4-Year University

  • Earning Potential – A Bachelor’s degree will earn you far more money over the course of your lifetime than an Associate’s degree.
  • Job Competition – A Bachelor’s degree will also allow you to be more competitive within your chosen field or industry.  This means that you will be given preferential treatment when seeking job positions over those who have not obtained this level of education
  • Confidence – Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree is something that you should definitely be proud of; a lot of people never achieve this goal.  You will find that a 4-year degree will give you more confidence on both a personal and professional level.
  • Price Tag – The biggest con associated with a Bachelor’s degree is how much it costs.  Although there are many benefits associated with a Bachelor’s degree, you should be certain that this is the path that you want to take AND you are willing and able to pay the price of doing so.

Final Thoughts….

Regardless of which option you choose, it is important that you just take the time to consider all of your choices.  Neither option will be a waste of your time or effort; it just depends on your individual short and long-term goals.

Good Luck!

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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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