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Community College Differences?

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  • HonestWorkerHonestWorker Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    They don't grade on the "Curve" like they do at big 4 year schools. Curve is also called "Normative Grading."
    For example, I went from Community College of Rhode Island to the University of Rhode Island. The 100 level classes at URI were 10 times easier because I was being graded compared to how well I did compared to my classmates, not what I actually earned.

    Community Colleges are drop-out factories.

    General Rule of Thumb: The Bigger the College the Easier the Classes
  • ArtsyLoverArtsyLover Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    Not to be creepy HonestWorker, but I'm at CCRI now! Small world; it seems like everyone else is from Cali on here. Anyway, do you think it's just that URI is easy? Not to be a snob, but URI doesn't appeal to me at all. I'm hoping to transfer elsewhere, but we'll see!

    Also, I'd like to add that CC students tend to be harder workers, even if they're not as bright (in comparison to your average state school). The people I've talked to at school work to pay for both their degrees and the transportation to get there. They tend to be a bit more realistic, and less prone to drama...but I could be wrong. This is comparing people I know at URI to people at CCRI.
  • texans80texans80 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    It depends on the community college. I don't see why people rag on community colleges, they're great options for people who want to save money and still get the skills they need to get a job. So many big university students get out of college without a job and thousands upon thousands of dollars in debt...at least if you went to community college you'd have less debt. And honestly, you'd have the same skills.
  • svir07svir07 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    how long would you think staying at cc is good?
    I just finished my freshmen year of college at cc some people say its good to stay for 2 years then transfer but some say transfer after 1st year now i am confused
    I got into University of Texas at Austin which is #1 college in Texas so would you recommend going now or wait get more classes done at cc and apply again next year?
  • HoustonOrBustHoustonOrBust Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    I went to high school in Irvine, CA, at the most competitive schools in the country--everyone was rich, had private tutors, and was fixated on getting to Ivy Leagues. If you were still in Pre-Calculus senior year, it was a stigma that meant you had "no future."

    Then I went to the local community college, and to be sure, some General Education classes were easy (like Speech, Anthropology, Economics.) The Calculus, Physics, and Computer Science classes were ALOT harder than even my "competitive" high school, ESPECIALLY the CompSci program. It was almost entirely staffed by professors from University of California, Irvine, and people who graduated with a 2-years' CompSci certificate from my community college could code better than people with a bachelors' in CompSci from most four-year schools.

    Also, BIG reasons why it takes people so long to get through community college is because they have to work part (or even full-time) in school and initially enroll as psychology majors because they don't have much confidence in math/science/engineering and then switch to engineering when they figure out they can actually do it. Also, at my community college, some math classes were offered only every other semester--and there's 100 students trying to get in. It's alot harder to get the classes you want at community college.

    To be sure, someof my classmates say they goofed off at high school, and had to start community college with Algebra I. But now, they're straight A students and went to intern at NASA.

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