Front Range Community College Blog

Why I’m Smart for Going to Community College

Most of us have heard at one time or another that we should consider attending a community college because it will save you money. But what about all the other great reasons? Well, I’m glad you asked!

The Teachers are Passionate

I have been truly blown away by some of my professors at FRCC. The teachers I had throughout my time here have been phenomenal, and I still come back and check in with many of them. They really care about the success of their students, and do everything in their power to supply all available resources or give us the extra help we need. Best of all, they’re passionate about what they do!

You Get Individual Attention

Along with how amazing the teachers are, a lot of their ability to work with students to achieve their goals comes from our small class sizes. The average number of students in a class ranges from 15-30, so teachers are much more able to get to know you individually, and tailor their classes to better fit the needs of the students.

It’s So Affordable

Compared to other colleges and universities in the area, Front Range has the most affordable tuition for in-state students. With the Colorado Opportunity Fund (a $75 per tuition credit for in-state students), tution averages about $2,500 a semester for 15 credit hours. Whether you’re pursuing an associates degree, a certificate, or just gaining credits to transfer, the price is significantly less than attending at four-year university, which means you can save thousands of dollars just by taking your first two years at a community college.

Students from all Walks of Life

One of the best things about FRCC is the variety of the students who attend, and the range of demographics your peers belong to. Everyone is unique with their own stories of how they found their way to FRCC. It has been so nice getting to make friends with people from all different backgrounds, from non-traditional students who decided to come back to school, to working mothers, to veterans, to other freshly graduated young-ins also trying to find their way.

Leadership Development Opportunities

Out of all the clubs, student organizations, leadership retreats, intramural activities, lectures, study groups, and more supplied by the school, you’re sure to find something you truly enjoy with people you get along with. You can check out all of the different club and organizations Front Range offers or by stopping into the Student Life office when you’re on campus.

Guaranteed Transfer to Four-Year Schools

Most importantly, if you plan on getting a Bachelor’s or higher, going to community college beforehand almost guarantees your admission into any state university. Front Range even offers guaranteed-transfer agreements with many four-year universities in Colorado, including Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, and University of Northern Colorado.

If you’re not sure about what you degree you want to get or what careers you may be interested in, come to Front Range and in no time you’ll start to figure out exactly what you want to do.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Wilkerson completed her Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Environmental Science at FRCC before transferring to CU-Denver for her Bachelors. During her time at FRCC, she worked in the Westminster Campus call center and as a Student Coordinator of Student Success Technology.