about community colleges

U.S. Community Colleges


One of the things that make community colleges so special is that they do not pick and choose their students - they work with all students. —Jill Biden

U.S. Community Colleges

  • There are 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
  • U.S. community colleges enroll nearly 50,000 international students
  • 45% of U.S. undergraduates attend community colleges
  • Nearly 33% of University of California undergraduates are transfers from community colleges

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

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