If you’re wondering what JUCO is, you’re not alone. I didn’t know for quite awhile. It is just an acronym for “junior college”.

Where you live generally determines how popular these are. California and many places in the East Coast have a number of junior colleges. They are similar to community colleges in that the schools offer associate level degrees and promote transferring to a 4-year college to get a bachelor’s degree. Unlike community colleges, junior colleges are residential, meaning you live on campus, just like a college that offers a bachelor’s degree.

Whether a junior college is best for you is a decision that only you can make. Many enjoy the smaller size and use the opportunity to focus on academics. Some areas do not offer junior colleges so community colleges may be the best option for students who want to stay closer to home.

Attending a junior college does not hurt your chance for admission into a bachelor degree program. However, many colleges offer less scholarship monies to students who transfer rather than begin as a new freshman. Just something for you to think about.


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