(Closed) Spin off- Community college vs university for student life

posted 4 years ago in College
Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I live in a town with a wannabe university and a community college. I lived at home so i felt like i was just at a community college even though i was at the university. I felt like i was still in high school. There are no football teams although there is basketball, track, and volleyball.


Post # 5
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ap2010 yup, sure do!

Post # 8
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What thread is this a spin off of?

I would imagine that universities would tend to have more of a sense of community just based on the differences in the types of schools.

Post # 9
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I lived at home so i didnt ever get to live the campus life. I was on campus for two years and recently switched to taking online classes and i now enjoy college MUCH more!

Post # 10
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

In Canada these two things are definitely similar but different.

There is no shame in going to a Community College / Trade School vs a full fledged Degree granting Uni.

Infact, in the Province of Quebec… where HS ends at Grade 11… all students want to pursue Secondary Eduation must attend a College for 2 Years before they go on to 3 Years of Uni.

Colleges there (called CEGEPS) specialize in BOTH Academic & Trade Programs… so if you aren’t suited to one stream you can easily switch to the other… and still earn a Diploma / Certificate which can be worthwhile in the job market.

Example… You want to be a Verterinarian.  You cannot cut the Science Component for Pre-Uni, you can switch over to the Career Side of the College… and earn a Diploma / Ceritificate in Animal Husbandry, Animal Handling, or Dog Grooming etc

All is not lost

Then if you decide 5 or 10 years down the road you are older & wiser and more serious and give it another go, you can return as an Adult Student to earn credits on the Academic side (and get credit for work experience) to get into the Science / Pre-Vet Stream at a Uni.

Unis tend to get more money overall than Colleges in Canada… so they do have generally speaking better facilities … and sports teams.

But otehrwise, I don’t think that from the outside looking in one is better than another.

I would be ok for example if one of my kids opted for a College Education vs a Uni… I just see it as two schools who specialize in different things… not that one is better than another.


Post # 11
10572 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I haven’t heard the term community college used in Canada.

US media always gave me a distorted perspective of things years in advance.  As a kid, well before high school, I thought it was very typical to go away for school.  In reality, most people stick to their home province and even city if they have the right program.  My undergrad university was known as a commuter university, the vast majority lived off campus.  I do see a different type of student life after being at a much larger one, with more students living on campus.

Post # 12
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I went to both community college and a university. The university was away from home so I got involved with more things like a sorority and some other groups. I also went to the football games. When I went to community college I lives at home so I wasn’t as involved on campus since I just spent time with my friends at home. 

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