The Advantages of a Community College – Paul Taylor

Advantage 1 – Open Admission

  • Unlike four-year colleges, community colleges have an open enrollment. This means that you can attend the college regardless of your high school academic achievements. While open-admission may be a boon to some that have a less than stellar track record, it can also be a wasted effort if your education doesn’t meet a specified standard. Nearly two-thirds of kids who attend community colleges are enrolled in remedial classes due to weak English and/or math skills. Essentially, this is education you should have accumulated in high school, but now you’re paying around $2,000 per year for the experience.
  • Attending a community college can help you in the long term, however. Four-year colleges will look at your community college achievements over your high school grades so think of it as a fresh start. It is possible to do well in a college when your high school grades were less than ideal. If you don’t pass the placement tests, however, consider taking more high school course work somehow until you can. Perhaps you can take some English and/or math at your high school while you pick up a few real college courses at your community college.
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