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Originally published October 26, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 26, 2007 at 10:49 AM

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Community college or four-year?

A community college could work for you if: • You want to learn a trade. • Your grades aren't...

Community college or four-year?

A community college could work for you if:

• You want to learn a trade.

• Your grades aren't so hot.

• You're tight on cash.

• Your work schedule demands more flexible class times.

• You can benefit from the small classes and tutoring versus the independent work expected at a four-year school.

Reasons to think twice

• You can be disappointed if you're looking for a rich campus life (community colleges are commuter schools).

• More-able students could feel less challenged since instructors have to teach to a wide range of abilities.

All's well that ends well

By the time they graduate, students who transfer from community colleges into four-year institutions for their junior and senior years generally do as well academically as other students.

— Patti Jones

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