I have seen a few threads discussing about the advantages and disadvantages of taking prerequisites in a four-year university vs community colleges. But I would like to ask for your opinion in a more specific way.
For people like me (and maybe many others on these forums), taking these courses at CC instead of Universities is almost inevitable for the following reasons:
- I have to work full time and most of main science classes in the University are spread over several days and during the working hours.
- I cannot be a full time student so I have to wait until the first day of the course to see if I can get the instructor permission to add my name as an “open University” student, which might not happen and is risky.
- For the same reason I have to pay a lot of money (like $1200 for 5 credit of biology), while at community college my tuition, which is much cheaper, is waived.
- I can take several courses at the same time in several colleges that match my work schedule.
I know that my MCAT score and GPA, my ability to handle a heavy course work along with full time job, my extracullicar activities, … are more important factors, but there is always a doubt or worry about not being able to take those courses at a four-year school in the corner of my mind. I need someone to give me encouragement and maybe peace of mind in this regard, so I don’t have to worry about it anymore and just focus on doing the best I can in my prerequisites.
Also I looked up the transfer rate of various CC (to 4-year schools) and some of them are much higher (say %40 to % 50 of applicants were accepted) compare to others (say less than %10), but the way my schedule and available classes have worked out so far, I have to go with the college with lower transfer rate. If I do everything else at highest level, is the college that important?
Sorry for the long post and I appreciate your comments.
My brief portfolio:
B.S. in Engineering 1990, overseas
M.S. in Engineering 1998, overseas
PhD. in Engineering 2006, USA (GPA 3.8)
Have been working in industry and academia for 20 years
Have published 10 technical papers in my field
Started prerequisites in Spring 2010
Volunteering at a hospital (6-12 hours a week)
Plan to take MCAT in April 2012 and apply the a month later for 2013 matriculation