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Updated on Jul 30, 2009

Getting accepted into a four-year university right out of high school is extremely difficult. It's not just about the grades anymore. More than ever, universities are looking for students that go above and beyond the 4.0-grade-point average and the mind-boggling SAT score. A student must have a bevy of extracurricular activities to add to their resume, whether it be lettering in a sport all four years or being the president of the student body since kindergarten.

The same rules simply don't apply to those transferring from a community college. In fact, as Mike Claire, President of the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California, says, "Students have an excellent chance of transferring to a preferred university directly from a community college. Generally, chances for acceptance are much higher than they would be straight out of high school. In California, most community colleges have a Guaranteed Admission Contract with a student that guarantees admission to a particular four-year university if the student meets certain requirements – generally based on their GPA and unit completion."

All in all, community college is an excellent choice for those who are undecided about what to do after graduating from high school. Not only does it give them an opportunity to make the transition from high school to college easier, community colleges also offer a variety of unconventional courses – everything from graphic design to firefighting – so that students can explore options they wouldn't normally be able to at a four-year university.

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