University to community college

<p>Im currently a freshman at my Public university - it's pretty expensive as I recieved no aid or scholarships (~12k a semester). I'm not doing that great, and overall this university didn't meet my expectations...</p>

<p>Im considering transferring to a community college for my 2nd semester freshman year... the cost of that would be (~2k - housing with my parents) we're not in any financial disaster but saving the ~10k would be ideal... </p>

<p>I've made lots of friends, overall enjoyed the 'college experience' so far, I study my butt off, but tests/exams are much different and way more difficult. The pressure here to do well is insane. I really don't have a huge courseload (13 credit hours).... and at the end of the semester ill probably end up with a 3.0-3.3 gpa. </p>

<p>Sorry im kind of all over the place, my question is... is it a bad idea to transfer to a community college my 2nd semester as a freshman? If i did, i would plan on applying for another public university my sophomore year (a better/known tougher school). </p>

<p>How would it impact me in the long run? With employers, etc?</p>


<p>I would just stay where you are. You’re getting at least a 3.0, that’s not too bad. I think it would be harder to re-adjust to the university after being gone for a semester.</p>

<p>I’m a bit confused. I understand the financial aid bit about why you want to leave, although I don’t know why you would want to transfer to a community college for only one semester and then go to another college the following semester. If money is an issue, then perhaps you should stay there until the end of sophomore year (so, 3 semesters) and then transfer for your junior year.</p>

<p>You also say that you want to leave because you find the course is a bit tough in terms of the difficulty of the exams. Why would you want to transfer to a “tougher” school? Unless by tougher, you mean prestige.</p>

<p>To answer your last question though, it shouldn’t have a big impact on employees. Many people go to community college and transfer to well-reputable schools. A 3.0 is a good GPA for freshman, believe it or not. You learn from your mistakes and then you try harder for your last 7 semesters! You could still achieve something like a 3.8 if you do well from now on. And if you are in the hard sciences, a 3.0 is not bad, considering some people graduate with a 2.5 cumulative.</p>

<p>The reason I questioned you about the financial aid and “tougher” bit is because if money is not an issue and if you put in more effort into your work for the next 3 1/2 years to obtain a preferable GPA, then there is no reason to transfer. It seems like you are in a good place. You are enjoying your college experience so far!</p>

<p>Is it just the prestige of the school or lack of resources that is making you want to transfer? What exactly do you not like about your school?</p>