There are many benefits for students to attend a community college first and then transfer to a four-year college including; lower overall costs, flexible schedule, an opportunity to test out major options, and smooth transition into a four-year college. The tuition costs for community colleges are significantly lower than public and private universities; which means a lower amount of debt after college. In addition to lower tuition costs, the cost of living is also less expensive. Room and board at public and private universities can become extremely costly when living on the college campus so attending a community college can eliminate those costs. Regardless of the major, the first two years of college are composed of general education courses therefore, the credits are transferable to a university. Attending a local community college will only cost a fraction of the cost of attending a university straight out of high school.
Community colleges also offer a wide variety of classes and various times making it extremely flexible to meet student needs. They also offer online classes making it convenient for students who work.
Many students are unsure of what they want to major in college. Attending a community college allows students the opportunity to take a variety of elective courses to see what interests them prior to committing to a major. Not only does this alleviate wasted time and money on changing majors over a period of time, but the classes taken can be transferable to a university. Classes are generally smaller at a community college ranging from 20-40 students. Having more accessibility to the professors allows students the opportunity to seek help and guidance as well as develop relationships with their professors and fellow classmates. Furthermore, attending a community college prepares students for the level of commitment necessary to succeed at a university.