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community college a no-go?

wannaflywindy

Hopeful Pilot
so, due to funds, Ive been attending community college for the last two years, and am in the process of transferring to a 4 year university. my question is, does this make me look bad in the eyes of the commissioning board? I know the stigma attached to community college, but the facts are, my family could not afford to send me to a bigger 4 year university. I am involved in many extra-curriculars, is this good enough?
 

SynixMan

Staff Life
pilot
Contributor
As long as the final piece of paper comes from a 4 Year Accredited University, you're fine. However, take into account your GPA will only be from the classes at the 4 year university. There's less room for error in those 2 years/4 semesters with respect to your GPA. Good luck.
 

KBayDog

Well-Known Member
Kick ass at CC, kick ass at the university, and earn your commission. Everybody has a different story - show the board that you can grow where you're planted.

True story (albeit different circumstances): One of my neighbors (same age as me) dropped out of high school during his freshman year. He got a GED, and enlisted in the Corps the same time as me. I didn't see him again for nearly a decade. The next time I ran into him? At TBS, where we were in the same company. While he was enlisted, he applied himself, got picked up for a commissioning program, went to college, and earned a commission. Fast forward several years, and guess what? This former high school dropout was chosen to get his Master's from an Ivy-League university - all based on how he played the cards he was dealt.
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
However, take into account your GPA will only be from the classes at the 4 year university.
This is incorrect. I attended community college before transferring to my university. All grades from every college/university will be calculated towards your cumulative GPA with respect to your application.
 

BusyBee604

St. Francis/Hugh Hefner Combo!
pilot
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CCs R OK

so, due to funds, Ive been attending community college for the last two years, and am in the process of transferring to a 4 year university. my question is, does this make me look bad in the eyes of the commissioning board? I know the stigma attached to community college, but the facts are, my family could not afford to send me to a bigger 4 year university. I am involved in many extra-curriculars, is this good enough?
Yes. it IS good enough! In my view, a Communnity College Associate Degree having a stigma attached is a myth.The courses available in a Community College are usually much the same as the first two years of a University, including required (pre-major) courses. Due to the high per-semester cost at 4-year institutions, many are opting for "Junior Colleges" for the first two years.

Besides the cost savngs at a CC, unlike major Universities (where core classes can be huge (100+) with Grad Assistants teaching, often with canned video programs), CCs usualy have much smaller, personal classes with a qualified Professor at the helm. I did my first two years at College of the Sequoias in Visalia CA, and finished my Bachelors at Fresno State. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both schools, and never suffered any "stigmatic" effects resulting from my COS Associate Degree.:captain_1
BzB
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
so, due to funds, Ive been attending community college for the last two years, and am in the process of transferring to a 4 year university. my question is, does this make me look bad in the eyes of the commissioning board? I know the stigma attached to community college, but the facts are, my family could not afford to send me to a bigger 4 year university. I am involved in many extra-curriculars, is this good enough?
Well I will tell you this much. I attended a Community College. I transferred to a university and actually did worst at the university (due to personal reasons) and I was selected. So in my opinion transferring from a CC to a university doesn't look bad in the eyes of the commissioning board. There are several other members on here that have done the same thing. Being involved in extra-curricular activities will look good period and it has nothing to do with you attending a CC before going to a university.
 

SynixMan

Staff Life
pilot
Contributor
This is incorrect. I attended community college before transferring to my university. All grades from every college/university will be calculated towards your cumulative GPA with respect to your application.
Good point. Each institution will have different rules I'm sure. My university had a guide and most transfer credits from other universities were counted as Pass/Fail and not included in GPA. Probably a good thing to take into account when picking your University.
 

wannaflywindy

Hopeful Pilot
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I have maintained a 4.0 GPA in CC, and Colorado University at Boulder has accepted me into their engineering school :D two more years till OCS! *fingers crossed*
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
In my view, a Communnity College Associate Degree having a stigma attached is a myth.The courses available in a Community College are usually much the same as the first two years of a University, including required (pre-major) courses.
I agree 100%. In fact, my CC was well known for having one of if not the toughest math department (for classes it taught) in the state. This was echoed to me again when I tried to convince some fellow university students to do math classes there over the summer. Most decided they would rather fight it out at the university then try it at the CC I attended.
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
Good point. Each institution will have different rules I'm sure. My university had a guide and most transfer credits from other universities were counted as Pass/Fail and not included in GPA. Probably a good thing to take into account when picking your University.
I think we are having a communication problem. I thought you were talking about the GPA calculated towards her application into the Navy; however, it appears you are talking about her application to the university. So my correction came because I thought you were talking about the Navy application process.
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
Due to the high per-semester cost at 4-year institutions, many are opting for "Junior Colleges" for the first two years.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both schools, and never suffered any "stigmatic" effects resulting from my COS Associate Degree.
Are you sure... I will help you out. ;)
 

fattestfoot

In it for the naked volleyball
I think we are having a communication problem. I thought you were talking about the GPA calculated towards her application into the Navy; however, it appears you are talking about her application to the university. So my correction came because I thought you were talking about the Navy application process.
I will just echo this, your GPA from every single post-secondary school you attend will count towards the GPA for your OCS application.
 

SynixMan

Staff Life
pilot
Contributor
What I was trying to say is that the GPA the Navy cares about, the one on your
4 year B.A./B.S. College transcripts, will be largely (if not all) based on the grades you accumulated at that university. It's that way for primarily two reasons: They want you to pay them for credits and they don't want to put their name on credits you earned somewhere they have no say over the curriculum.
 

twobecrazy

RTB...
Contributor
What I was trying to say is that the GPA the Navy cares about, the one on your
4 year B.A./B.S. College transcripts, will be largely (if not all) based on the grades you accumulated at that university. It's that way for primarily two reasons: They want you to pay them for credits and they don't want to put their name on credits you earned somewhere they have no say over the curriculum.
Gotcha. Well my initial post is correct. The Navy wants every grade from every university/college you attended. When I applied I sent in 3 transcripts, as I attended several colleges/universities, to my OR which were used to calculate my cumulative GPA and then submitted with my OCS package to the board. Now that I graduated in December I have to send a final transcript to show I completed my degree. My GPA no longer has any meaning.
 
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