Top Seven Benefits of Earning an Associate Degree
It seems like many jobs require a bachelor's degree, so why earn an associate degree instead?
- The Cost: Associate degree programs generally cost less than 4-year colleges, allowing you to earn a degree, or complete the first two years of college, without going into debt.
- Time: You can earn an associate degree in two years.
- Transfer-potential: If you do plan on pursuing a bachelor's or other advanced degree, doing well at an associate degree program can create more opportunities for you by possibly helping you gain admission to the more competitive programs, especially if you've been out of school for a while or if your high school GPA wasn't great.
- Uncertainty about college: Maybe you aren't sure if college is for you or you don't know what to study. An associate degree gives you the opportunity to explore different subjects before committing to one for a fraction of the cost you'd spend at a university. Many community colleges also offer excellent guidance counseling to help you figure out what career you want to pursue and which classes to take.
- Small classes: Most community colleges, vocational, and technical schools that offer associate degree programs have fairly small class sizes, compared to large university lecture halls where you might be 1 of 1,000 students.
- Location: You can usually find at least one associate degree program in every neighborhood and thousands are offered online.
- Flexibility: Associate degree programs can usually accommodate non-traditional students, such as those who work full-time or have family commitments, and therefore offer greater flexibility in scheduling (like offering classes at night or sometimes on weekends).
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