Community & Junior Colleges
Community and Junior Colleges are essentially the same thing. They are small colleges that offer 2 year degrees, otherwise known as an Associate Degree. In addition to offering a 2 year Associate Degree, most Community and Junior colleges also offer specialty programs, adult learning courses, and also serve as community centers that host a number of seminars and informational meetings.
Admission to a Junior College is pretty straightforward. The vast majority of them require only that you graduate from high school. They are much less concerned about grades and test scores for admission when compared to 4 year colleges and universities.
Advantages of Community and Junior Colleges
Community and Junior colleges offer their students a “fresh start” if their grades were not good in high school. Many students that want to go to college have no other option but to attend a Junior college due to sub-par high school grades and test scores. Once a student attends a Community/Junior college for a year, they can begin to look at transferring to a 4 year college if their grades and credit hours meet that college’s transfer student requirements.
Another advantage of Community and Junior Colleges is the cost and location. Generally speaking, Junior colleges are located relatively close to where you live, so you would not have to take on the added expense of paying for room and board.
Also, cost per credit hour at the Community College level is much cheaper than at the University level. Look at it this way: You will have to take some gneral education courses at the Unviersity level, so why not get some of them out of the way in Junior College? The more courses you can get out of the way, the more money you will save yourself when you transfer.
There are many 2 year degrees and certifications that can be earned at the Community College level. We encourage you to visit the website of your local Community College to see exactly what they offer. Take a look at some of the better paying programs on our Associate Degree page!