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Community College

Megan Jean Megan Jean
I'm currently attending Ivy Tech, the largest community college in my state of Indiana.
I'm wondering how many of you are attending, or have attended a community college?
Did you get a degree there, or did you transfer to a 4 year university?
What is your opinion on community colleges?
01/04/2012
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Yossarian Yossarian
Quote:
Originally posted by Megan Jean
I'm currently attending Ivy Tech, the largest community college in my state of Indiana.
I'm wondering how many of you are attending, or have attended a community college?
Did you get a degree there, or did you transfer to a 4 year ...
If I'd had a brain in my head when I was 18 I would have done my first 2 years at a community college instead of a private school. I am a big, big fan of community colleges.
01/04/2012
Iron Man Iron Man
I'm currently attending community college and I really really enjoy it.

The teachers are generally, from what I've seen, ready and willing to help those who help themselves; I haven't had a jerk for a teacher even once.
01/04/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Attending one here in Florida. Working on my AS.

I prefer community college because I'm not the oldest in the class. And the parking is more affordable. In fact, so is the tuition.
01/04/2012
spiceboy spiceboy
I went right to a university but I used a lot of transfer credits from a local community college because I went to an art school that didn't have many academic classes. Community college is awesome! Cheap and no less legit than a university. Most of the teachers at CC's work at universities too.
01/04/2012
interestingstuff interestingstuff
I'm at a community college in California. It's great. I'm going to transfer after I finish my two-ish years.
01/04/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I'm not a fan of community colleges. I took one course over a summer at one because I absolutely had to.
01/04/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
my mom got her associate's degree at a community college. while some are better than others, they're a good, low cost, albeit underrated alternative to the more expensive universities. It's the for-profit (not private, for-profit) colleges you need to avoid.
01/04/2012
Taylor Taylor
I'm at a community college right now. I had spent a year a private, liberal arts college about 5 years ago.

I would say the education has been about equal quality between the university and the community college. University is more fun, better for making friends, and more of an "experience." Community college is more convenient and career focused in my opinion. Also my community college tuition is about 1/8 of what my university education was.
01/04/2012
Taylor Taylor
Also I am much more convinced I am going to be able to get a job that has decent pay with my associates' degree in physical therapy from the community college, than I would if I had finished my bachelor's in public health from the liberal arts school.
01/04/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I did not go to a community college, but had a few friends that went for a year or two and then transferred hours over to a public university. It definetely is a cheaper alternative to get your bull-shit courses out of the way!
01/04/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
Quote:
Originally posted by MrWishyWashy
I did not go to a community college, but had a few friends that went for a year or two and then transferred hours over to a public university. It definetely is a cheaper alternative to get your bull-shit courses out of the way!
make sure they transfer though. If you're transferring to an instate college they usually will, the colleges have agreements to allow them to transfer. If you're transferring out of state however, it gets trickier.
01/04/2012
badk1tty badk1tty
Quote:
Originally posted by Megan Jean
I'm currently attending Ivy Tech, the largest community college in my state of Indiana.
I'm wondering how many of you are attending, or have attended a community college?
Did you get a degree there, or did you transfer to a 4 year ...
Community college is only good if you're going to move on to a 4 year in the same COMMUNITY, or else you could very well end up losing a heap of credits. Trust me.
01/04/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
I've known a ton of people who have gone to CC and really loved it. I think it's totally worth it.
01/04/2012
Aberrant Aberrant
I was dual enrolled at my local community college for 2 years (in high school) and am now in a transfer program for a 4 year university.

I think it is an awesome thing to do if you live near a good one and can transfer your credits. You get smaller class sizes, and waay cheaper tuition. The math department at my community college is better than the one at my local university..
01/05/2012
poetprincess poetprincess
Quote:
Originally posted by Megan Jean
I'm currently attending Ivy Tech, the largest community college in my state of Indiana.
I'm wondering how many of you are attending, or have attended a community college?
Did you get a degree there, or did you transfer to a 4 year ...
I am, so far I am enjoying it, i am taking most my classes online though so i can still work full time..
01/05/2012
squire squire
I went to a CC before transferring to a large 4 year Uni. I think CC's can provide a decent education depending on what you are looking for. For more practical, hands on professions, hands down CC's are great, can provide specialized training, and be connected with companies in the area to allow for internships and jobs. With that said, I do believe that there is a difference between CC's and uni's when it comes to competition. At uni's you compete against more people who did well in high school, thus forcing you to get stronger faster so that you're on the better side of the bell curve. I did CC first as it made it much easier to get in to Uni from the back door by bringing my grades up.

To summarize, if your looking to eventually do any graduate work, or get a degree in things that are more research/theoretically based uni is helpful, but for those who are well motivated and independent thinkers/learners CC can be a wise option that could give you access to the same job a uni would but with half the debt load and more likely a better GPA.
01/05/2012
AmberM AmberM
Quote:
Originally posted by Megan Jean
I'm currently attending Ivy Tech, the largest community college in my state of Indiana.
I'm wondering how many of you are attending, or have attended a community college?
Did you get a degree there, or did you transfer to a 4 year ...
I'm attending my Local collage, going to switch to MSU later on i thinks.
01/05/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I think community colleges are great for a number of reasons. They can save you a lot of money knocking out two years of school before transferring to a 4 year school and I've never had a problem with any of the teachers I've had not being helpful. They also offer a lot of certification classes if you don't want to go for a full degree (because not everybody has to go to college and a degree you're not going to use [choosing not to use it] is time you wasted when you could have done something else) and can get you out in the working world faster. The only real possible downsides I've seen are that you're still living at home and not getting the "university" experience.

I got an associates degree from a community college, and it would have been pointless for me to try to go to a 4 year school because I still don't know what I'd want to do for a career. So rather than rack up tons of debt I don't want or have my mom rack up tons of debt for me to live in a dorm and take classes for a degree I'll never use, I paid for all of my classes in full. For the degree I'm probably never going to use. I may go back for a certification in something later on, but I'm happy enough right now.

There are a lot of things that community colleges are good for, and anybody who tells you that "a community college is not a real college" should be smacked upside the head and have their self-entitled self have to spend a few years there themselves. I've had more than one ex and a few people I thought were friends tell me that their education was better than mine because theirs came from a 4 year university. Well I graduated with absolutely zero student loans to pay off, and I'm doing just fine, thank you very much.

Ok, and now I think I'm done ranting, lol.
01/05/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by MrWishyWashy
I did not go to a community college, but had a few friends that went for a year or two and then transferred hours over to a public university. It definetely is a cheaper alternative to get your bull-shit courses out of the way!
This!

I wish I would've logged in a couple semesters at a community college before going into state college. It would've been a LOT cheaper!
01/05/2012
CollegeFun2014 CollegeFun2014
I went to a community college for a year. Now I'm at a Big Ten school and I must say that I like the feel of a large university much better than a community college.
05/10/2012
laflauta laflauta
I took a calculus course at my local community one summer for credit at my 4 year university. The small class size was nice, but the teacher was kind of lazy and the class wasn't anywhere near as challenging as I'm used to. It wasn't a great experience for me, but I can see how it is a great opportunity for a lot of people.
08/09/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I obtained my Associates at a small two year college and transfered all my credits to the State University. The 2 yr. college was a branch of the University, but was closer!
08/09/2012
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