about community colleges

About U.S. Community Colleges

U.S. Community Colleges

  • 1,000+ community colleges in the U.S.
  • Community colleges are (mostly) two-year public institutions of higher education
  • Community colleges offer both academic degrees and vocational/technical programs
  • 45% of U.S. undergraduates attend community colleges
  • U.S. community colleges enroll 86,000+ international students

Advantages of Community Colleges

  • Less strict admission requirements than most U.S. 4-year institutions
  • No SAT/ACT required
  • Lower TOEFL and IELTS requirements than most U.S. 4-year institutions
  • Lower tuition costs than most U.S. 4-year institutions
  • Classes are taught by professors, not graduate students
  • General education classes are smaller than those in the first two years at most U.S. 4-year institutions
  • Admission rates to U.S. 4-year institutions are higher for U.S. community college transfer students than for first-year applicants from abroad

California Community Colleges

  • 115 California community colleges (1 is online)
  • California community college students get priority admission to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) institutions
  • Approximately 90% of transfers to the UC system come from California community colleges
  • 52% of CSU graduates began their studies at a California community college
  • 48% of UC bachelor’s degrees in STEM were awarded to students who transferred from a California community college

Where California community college students transfer

  • 17% to UC institutions
  • 58% to CSU institutions
  • 9% to in-state private institutions



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