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Types of Colleges: Community College

Community Colleges in California

There are 110 publicly supported community colleges located throughout the state of California. They offer low-cost education to more than 1.3 million students annually. To be eligible for admission to a community college, a student must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate. At the community college, students who plan to transfer to a four-year college as a junior will take regular lower division college classes, completing their general education requirements before beginning work in their major at the four-year institution. Students may also earn a terminal Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, or complete a certificate program in vocational training. Severally community colleges offer study abroad programs and Honors programs which enrich academic opportunities.

The Community College may be a good choice for you if:

    • You plan on four years of college, but for financial or other reasons, you prefer to stay at home for the first two years.
    • You plan on four years of college, but you haven’t met the academic requirements to directly enter a four-year college.
    • You know you want to attend college, but you are unsure of where to attend or what your career focus should be, so you want to complete your general education requirements first with fewer costs.
    • You wish to attend a college which will train you in two years for a vocation.

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For more information on all California Community Colleges go to:

Local community colleges:

Orange County Community Colleges Website