Define Your Priorities, U.S. Community College

When searching for a community college program in the United States, first look at your own priorities to find a program that is your best fit. Your priorities may change over time, but they will help guide your program search. There are several key questions that you should answer:

  • Why do you want to study in the United States?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • How will you pay for your community college program in the United States?
  • Will you be seeking financial aid?
  • Are you intending to transfer credits to a four-year institution?
  • Do the community colleges you are considering have articulation agreements with four-year colleges?
  • What are your grades and English test scores?
  • How large of an institution would you like to study at?
  • Would you like to attend a private or public institution?
  • How easily will you adjust to your new community and environment?
  • Do you prefer living in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?
  • Would you like to live on campus or off campus?

Please download and fill out this worksheet that serves as a guide when defining your priorities, as well as when meeting with an EducationUSA adviser or U.S. university admissions staff.