Although many students have their mind and hearts set on attending a four-year institution, not everyone is certain as to their path to higher education. With this in mind, consider the following information about two and four-year colleges to help you determine which may be right for you.
• Why attend?
While 4-year colleges often receive all of the media hype and attention, there are many benefits to attending a 2-year program. First, 2-year colleges are much more affordable than four-year programs. Moreover, they offer students the chance to start their careers faster through various certification programs that are attractive to many employers. Lastly, they also enable students to strike a better school-life balance. Meaning, students can address their family and work obligations while attending classes on a part-time basis.
• Who attends a 2-year program?
Students with less than perfect records, those looking for a technical or trade vocation, or those who want to ease their way into a four-year program are perfect for a 2-year college.
• What courses can you take?
2-year programs offer pre-requisite courses that enable you to transfer credits to a four-year college. They also offer a wide array of classes that cater to local industries.