Should I Go To a Community College in the fall or a University in the Spring?

<p>Hey guys, I was wondering should I go to a CC in the fall or wait and go to ODU in the spring.
I'm planning to major in computer science. I'm a senior in high school as well.</p>

<p>I plan on transferring from my CC (or ODU) to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech says that their computer science program is extremely competitive, and that admissions require well over a 3.0 GPA. </p>

<p>Moreover, heard that many college credits from CC do not transfer over to Universities, so you will start a semester late and will have some catching up to do. So in that case.....</p>

<p>Should I just apply for ODU in the spring and transfer to Tech later on, or go to a CC and transfer?</p>

<p>Go to a community college. They all have guaranteed agreements to every state university. You can go to their websites right now and look at list of community college classes and their equivalents at every university in Va. If credits don't transfer its because you are not taking the right classes. </p>

<p>VT can not guarantee a transfer from another university as they are not designed to transfer from. But a transferable tract at community college is designed to do just that.</p>

<p>Sounds great to me, pretty much answered my question. </p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>Ok, you guys can flame me if you want, but depending on the college, I say go the non-CC route. Why, I am basing this on my son who is currently a Junior at VT in ME. He says that a lot of kids (some his friends from H.S.) coming from the CC route in to Engineering are not prepared for the Junior/Senior level classes. Specifically, he indicates that the math and sophmore level engineering classes taught at the CC did not adequately prepare these students. Now, i am sure there are many that manage jgreat, but he is speaking from his own, albeit limited, first hand experience. For example, he took Differential Equations (the last required math class) during the summer after his Freshman year at a CC and it was a joke. Learned nothing, got a "B" and struggled with the math portion of the other Engineering classes like Statics, Dynamics, etc. Again, his experience and I am sure others may have a different perspective / experience. Just another viewpoint to consider.</p>

<p>I can't speak to your son's experience. However, the admissions office has stated that they prefer students to go the CC route and guarantee admission. With a guarantee I would assume that more transfers come in that way, so the chances of meeting a cc transfer that doesn't feel prepared would happen more often since there is more of them. </p>

<p>Make the best decision for you, I just have a hard time going against a guarantee.</p>

<p>undercover007 makes an excellent point. A guarantee is awesome, but make sure you know and plan to meet the "requirements" for it to be guaranteed. I thought the poster was wanting to transfer after the first year. (not sure why I thought that though). If that is the case, the guaranteed admission would not be available unless they finished their associates degree within one year. You may want to consider posting your question on the VT page. Many people are transfers right now (from both university and CC) so they can provide first hand views. Good luck, no matter where you go, it will work out great. I have provided the link to VT's guaranteed admission for your reference. </p>

<p><a href="http://www.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/GAA-Virginia-Tech-College-of-Engineering.pdf"&gt;http://www.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/GAA-Virginia-Tech-College-of-Engineering.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Many have found sucess starting at a CC thte transferring after two years. The guarenteed admission program is a good one. Sucess meaning a degree and employment in their field of study. </p>