Benefits of College - Junior College
Academic quality is not the only important factor to consider in college choices. Finding an atmosphere that will be comfortable goes a long way towards promoting a successful college experience. Here are some of the elements to consider in deciding whether a small college or junior college might be the best choice.
Benefits of College - Small
The benefits of a small college are mostly seen in light of comparison to larger schools.
- Unlike a very large college, a small college may have an atmosphere that is very much like a community. With a student body size that may be very much like a high school, professors and administrators alike may know a good number of the student body personally. Athletic events and musical performances may draw a large portion of the campus, and parties and other celebrations may do the same. This can have a profound effect on school spirit and the comfort of the campus.
- Although a small college may offer fewer courses, this may be counterbalanced by small class size and an increase in the attention professors give to individual students. There is less chance that a student will just be a face in the crowd, enrolled in huge lecture courses with little chance for faculty contact.
- The exclusive focus on undergraduates may also mean that the student spends more time in class with faculty, rather than teaching assistants, working out their graduate teaching fellowships.
- In addition, focusing on a more narrow vision - only undergraduates, rather than an extended array of graduate programs, for example - may mean that a small college can benefit undergraduates who, in a large research institution, can play second-fiddle to the achievements of professors and advanced graduate students. In a small college, the outstanding undergraduates will be the â€œbig fishâ€ . . .
- Given the focus of the small college, individually-designed majors may be more of a possibility, as both faculty and advisors have the time and attention to focus on approaches that are off the beaten track.
Benefits of College - Junior
A junior college - or community college, as it may also be known - is a two year college that awards an Associates Degree, but not a bachelorâ€™s degree, as is standard in four-year colleges. The benefits of college can be reaped through attendance at a junior college. Hereâ€™s how:
- According to a 2006 statistical analysis that polled workers 25 or older, those who had an Associateâ€™s Degree earned more each year than those who had some college, but had not attained any degree: $35,270 as compared to $31,790.
- While tuition and fees for a local junior college student taking a full course load for two semesters might be in the $2000 - $5000 range, tuition and fees at a top four-year college can top $39,000.
- Junior college can offer a place to repair a high school record that is marred for any reason. Without entering into the high pressure of four-year-college acceptance right out of high school, a student can invest in creating a â€œnew me,â€ and apply as a transfer student to a four-year institution with a junior college transcript to support his or her qualifications.
- Some Associates Degrees qualify students for entry-level positions in the field of their choice. For example, an Associates Degree in Nursing (AND) or Accounting prepares the holder for entry-level positions in those fields. This is true in a number of other fields as well. If this is whatâ€™s desired, then itâ€™s a perfect match, and thereâ€™s no need to look at (and pay for) a four-year college.
US Department of Education: Digest of Education Statistics: â€œTable 372. Distribution of earnings and median earnings of persons 25 years old and over, by highest level of educational attainment and sex: 2006â€ - nces.ed.gov
U.S. News & World Report: National Universities Ranking - colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com
Community College of Vermont - ccv.edu
Oakton Community College - oakton.edu