I have GPA 4.0 and a good list of extracurricular activities, but I am unable to pay for a regular college.
Can I just go to a community college and then get transferred to a better college and finish the grad school?
Will anything be different for me compared to people, who go to a regular college?
Update: I want to major in biology and study agriculture, zoology and genetics.
I want to be transferred after two years of study at a community college and then be admitted to the grad school.
There are several points you should consider.
1. You know community college education is not valued much, so if you have a 4.0 GPA from a community college, you will be less likely to be admitted than a person from a regular college with the same GPA. Of course, the same applies to many bad regular colleges, especially private ones.
2. It is possible to be transferred to university from a community college. But remember that there will be you, with two years of easy education and two years of normal education, and there will be others with four years of normal education. You can guess whom they will select.
3. You are afraid of falling into debt. However, if you get a low-quality education, your job and, hence, salary, will also be not promising. In such a case, having small student debt will not save you. If your field of interest is competitive (healthcare, law), then you’d better pay for a normal college. If it is something like arts, then your plan is good, use it.
Community colleges can provide you with an education no worse (and, sometimes, better) than regular colleges.
For example, if you take English 101 at Ivy League schools, there will be a lot of students, you won’t be able to talk to the professor, and half of the lectures will be provided by graduate students.
At a community college, you will get a small group and an attentive professor.
If you get transferred to university from a community college, you will earn the same degree and same a whole bunch of money.
This will definitely work! A lot of people do it to earn some credits and save money. It also helps you to understand if you want to be at this major or not. Community colleges are often despised, but, honestly, there is no reason for that. They can also offer honors and honor courses.
By the way, you have a flawless GPA (well done!), why don’t you apply for scholarships?
If you do as you planned, you will not be different from those, who went to a 4-year regular college. I am studying at a CC, and I too plan to transfer to achieve a B.A. My peers from the CC have already done that successfully.
What I’m talking about is that CCs are just as good as other colleges.
Community colleges cannot be compared to a regular 4-year college. You can’t be admitted to grad school after 4 years of a CC.
You’ll have to get a Bachelor’s degree first.
You can get transferred to university after 2 years of a CC.
Look up the rates of transfer at the CC you choose. If the rates are lower than 50%, do not try this; if higher – do it.
If your intended major is medicine or engineering, you’d better start studying at a regular university from the very beginning because they offer important courses for freshmen.
If you try to transfer in these fields, you’ll have to study at least 3 additional years after 2 years at a CC.