question about community college vs. university?

There are a lot of things that I want to do with my life but unfortunately i havent been able to find a university (my preference as opposed to a community college) that has all the majors id like to have available to me. THat is why i also looked into community colleges .. so my question is this..lets say i complete a program in computer programming are my chances as good as someone that got it from a university..? and do the credits always transfer? is there a way i can make sure they transfer so i dont waste time or money? any success stories from a community college?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    most employers prefer a bachelors degree, the best you can get a CC is an AA degree. Almost all your credits are transfarable to a 4 year university.......

  • 1 decade ago

    I did not go to community college but I am pretty sure that a university degree is looked upon more favorably by future employers than a degree from community college. I don't know where you live but here a lot of people transfer from community college to state university and if you meet with a academic adviser at the community college, he/she will probably be able to guide you so that all the courses you take are credits that will transfer to your state university. Finally, I would not worry so much about a university having all the majors you would like available to you. Most have the standard majors and if you want to study something very specific, some will let you design your own major based on taking certain classes. Anyway, many people never actually work in the field they major in in college. Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    I went to a community college for two years and transferred to a regular college later. I saved so much money by going to a community college. The best thing you can do at a cc is to take all your basics like english, math, humanities and they should transfer. You should keep looking at universities while you are there just to keep things on track. Should you transfer and some of the courses don't quite fit you can usually appeal thru a letter to the department head with a copy of the course description to prove you've taken a class very very similar.

    Also if you get an AA at a cc and then go for a bachelors at a university you can get scholorships based that you would be a returning adult. I got half my tuition paid for that way.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you start your degeree in a community college with the intent to transfer to a specific university, you can contact the university and ask them which classes will transfer. If the two colleges are near each other, they may already have a transfer articulation agreement. Then only take the classes at the community college that will transfer to your major at the university. Also keep in mind that typically a university will waive requirements of general electives to those who have completed an associates degree as opposed to those who have completed the same number of credits without receiving the degree.

    If you have specific colleges in mind, feel free to IM me and I will help you find the information you need.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You need to think of community college as a pathway to a 4 year school and not as a destination in itself. Instead of doing the first two years at a university, you do them at the cc instead. You should really try to get an idea of what college you'd like to transfer to before you start a program at a CC.

    You should start by talking to a guidance counselor at the community college. They can help steer you into the correct path towards the college of your choice or help steer you into some general classes that will be likely to transfer anywhere.

    You need to take classes in general education AND NOT MAJOR CLASSES. The whole point is to get general ed out of the way easier and cheaper than at a four year school. The second two years at your chosen college will be for major classes.

    Make sure you talk to the guidance counselor before you sign up for classes, they will help you get on the right track!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I went to a community college because I couldn't afford to go to a 4-year college. I completed all the courses I need to transfer (if it was in my budget) and if I wasn't tired all the time. From what people are telling me, they worked a full time job and went to school at night. Most employers want a bachelor's degree, but there are quite a few who want an Associates degree, so it depends on what you want to be when you finish school completely. I didn't want to fall asleep in class and I am not a coffee person. So it depends on the individual and their finances. Some still can't afford to go to a 4-year college even with the help of fianancial aid. If you can't afford to go an Associates Degree is better then no college degree.

  • 1 decade ago

    Community colleges are great for the core classes you need Most credits are transferrable. The other great thing is you save money by taking the core classes at a Comminity College. Fees are usually cheaper,

  • 1 decade ago

    the most important thing is to get your associates degree from a community collage as credit seldom transfer however Degree do as far as the the quality in education that debatable some states such as Florida guarantee admittance to state collages from community collages degree holders, but that does not say community collages is just as good nor is one community collage is as good as another.

    It is best to ask the admitting people of the collage you wish to move to after your community collage days to find out more about admittance as they know best what they want and will accept

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