Aye! Not a bad choice.

I could speak more about when going to a two-year college is the optimal choice, but to boil down, it comes down to two things – finance and career.

  1. Is a 4-year university too expensive to attend but do you need a degree?
  2. Does your career choice require a degree?

There are plenty of jobs that ONLY require a high school diploma.

However, I strongly suggest anyone go through 2 years of college. Not for the degree but for the experience where you will meet a network of people with similar interests and learn self-management and independence.

Despite that some two-year colleges do not offer the same meaningful experience as most two-year or four-year colleges do, you should still go get an associate degree even you are clueless.

To earn an associate’s degree, you need to complete the general education (60 units; about 2 years) and academic grind. And the journey is going to prepare you for a better career with more career advancement potential.

More importantly, by doing so you will see the power of knowledge and the benefits of learning. Thus, you know learning will enrich your career and life so you will become a life-long learner and you will continue to grow to your fullest potential.

Check out this video to identify that which type of college experience works for you and how will each college experience help a student after graduating differently.

In general, 2-year college program has 3 main advantages:

  • It is more affordable:

In the US, 2-year community colleges cost a fraction of what 4-year universities do. For example, while tuition and fees at 4-year public universities average $9,650 per year, they average just $3,347 at community colleges. And that’s not counting room and board, which can add another $10,000 or more to the cost of a 4-year degree.

  • It is quicker:

Most associate degrees can be completed in 2 years, compared with 4 years for a bachelor’s degree. That means you could save yourself both time and money.

  • It may be more relevant to your career:

Employers are increasingly looking for workers with associate degrees, which is reflected in the growing number of jobs that require one. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of jobs requiring an associate degree or higher has increased from 38% in 1990 to 58% in 2010. That means there’s a good chance an associate degree will give you an edge in the job market.

So, if you’re looking for a more affordable, quicker, and potentially more relevant education than what 4-year universities offer, then a community college (or any 2-year vocational program) may be the right choice for you.