If you’ve been thinking that college isn’t right for you or that you’re not right for college, it’s time to change your thinking.
Community colleges offer a strong support system designed to help students just like you succeed. With lower costs, career-focused advising, dependable academic support, and flexible class schedules for working students – community colleges are built with every student in mind.
Concerned about succeeding in college-level classes? Whether you want to get your GED and improve your English skills or earn your associate degree and transfer to a four-year university, community colleges can help you. College advisors can place you in classes geared to your strengths and abilities, and if needed connect you with tutoring opportunities. And almost every college has dedicated advising teams for students with specialized needs, like student veterans and students with disabilities.
Need to know more about financial aid? Community colleges offer tuition rates lower than those of four-year colleges and universities – but even with lower overall costs, community college students still have plenty of opportunities to receive scholarships and other aid. Special support is available for students who are the first in their family to attend college or students with financial need.
Have a busy schedule? Community colleges can accommodate you. Classes are taught during daytime, evenings, weekends, and online, and often include hybrid courses with online and on-campus sessions. Some community colleges offer even more options, like fast-track courses for students who want to finish faster and classes scheduled over summer and winter breaks.
Looking for teaching excellence? Small class sizes and open doors are hallmarks of the community college experience. Classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate students, and student learning is every community college professor’s top priority. Many career-focused technical programs boast adjunct instructors with industry experience, who know exactly the skills you need to get hired.
Worried about fitting in? Community college students come from every background. They range in age from 16 to over 80. Some have advanced degrees and want to learn a new skill, while others are in college for the first time. Some have full-time jobs and take classes in the evenings; others take their courses online. Many students fit in on campus by participating in student organizations, ranging from community service groups to clubs devoted to favorite hobbies.