(Susy Rocha)

Susy Rocha

Is a 4-year school always the best place for everyone?

April 20, 2015

College is college no matter where you go.

If they offer college credit and the ability to transfer to a university to finish getting your degree, I don’t think it should be looked down upon at all because in the end, it’s still college.

I myself will be attending Austin Community College in the Fall. I remember when I would tell my friends where I’d be attending, they told me “Why are you shooting for a place so low?” or “Wow way to downgrade yourself.”

ACC’s low tuition gives their students the opportunity to begin their college degree at affordable prices compared to other universities. According to ACC’s website, the 2 year/60 credit hour comparison of in-district/in-state tuition costs shows that ACC has the lowest cost at $4,926, while universities such as Texas A&M, Texas State, and the University of Texas all reach up to between $18,000 to $19,500.

“I’m going to ACC because I came from Mexico to have better opportunities than I would’ve had over there,” senior Alejandro Martinez said. “Since ACC is affordable, that’s my future college.”

I’m not going to lie. I would love to live in the dorms if ACC had them for students. However, that would still cost more money that I would have to pay. Having the campus accessible to you by living in the dorms is where universities have their advantages.

ACC’s smaller campus has an advantage than having to walk through the huge university campus. Some of my friends have told me about how they’ve arrived to class late because of the campus size. If you’re a future student going to ACC, you have no reason to be ashamed. Some people don’t take the initiative to even begin college. You’re starting somewhere and gaining the ability to learn at the college level. That’s more than some people will ever experience.

If you’re going to a university, be proud that your fellow seniors are starting their future instead of making them feel ashamed of  going to a community college.

Seniors on campus are coming to a point in their life where they have to decide what the next step will be after high school.

Whether that means going to a university, a junior college or diving straight into the workforce, we all have one question in common: what is the best decision for me?

Applying to a university can be nerve-racking, especially to students who feel like they won’t get accepted and can’t afford it even if they did.

There are many reasons why you should apply to a four-year university as opposed to settling for a community college.

Statistics show that higher graduation rates occur at four-year public and private universities compared to junior colleges.

A lot of people start off at a junior college to get their basics out of the way without paying a ton of money.

However, on average it takes students one to two years longer to complete a bachelor’s degree if they don’t start off at a four-year university according to an article by the Breakthrough Collaborative.

Attrition rates for students who attend a community college are also higher than students at four-year universities.

On average, students who attend a four-year university also have a higher salary than students who complete an associate degree at a junior college.

Community colleges don’t offer on campus living, which helps students learn how to study, problem solve and get along with others.

They get to meet students who have the same interest in their fields of study and also get more opportunities to surround themselves with people who are extremely dedicated to their work.

The benefits of a four-year university clearly outweigh the benefits of a community college. Some people only get one shot at attending college so make sure you invest your college dollars in the right place when you leave high school.

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