These are SOME of the reasons to attend a community college:

Your GPA isn’t so great or you want to build your skills before attending a 4-year school.
While 4-year colleges have admissions requirements (GPA, SAT Scores) community colleges are open to everyone. Community colleges offer small classes and one-on-one tutoring to help strengthen your basic skills.

You’re Tight on Funds.
Community colleges cost significantly less than state or private colleges. This can be a cost-effective way to complete your first 2 years of college. The money you save can help pay for your last 2 years at a 4-year college or university.

You aren’t sure what you want to study/major in.
Many people enter college without a clear idea of what they want to focus on. At a community college you can explore different subjects without committing to a program. They also offer career-counseling resources to help you through this process.

You’d like a career-oriented degree, such as Health Care, Construction technology, fashion design or child-care.
Programs like these are often not available at four-year institutions. 80% of law enforcement and firefighting personnel got their education at a community college.

You work or need a flexible schedule.
At 4-year colleges, course schedules are generally geared for full-time day students. At community colleges, schedules are developed with attention to the needs of part-time and full-time students, so classes are usually offered throughout the day and evening, and sometimes on weekends.

Discuss this option with your family and your Guidance Counselor. It may be the perfect place to begin your post-high school education.

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Two Year Community College:

Massachusetts Community Colleges

Other local 2 year colleges

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Dean College
Laboure College
Quincy College

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MassTransfer Program
Information on transferring to a Massachusetts State College or University from Massasoit Community College