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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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28. Considering a Community College

Community colleges are the home of second chances and fresh starts, attracting students of a wide range of academic abilities and financial means.

—from the study “Transfer Access of Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States: Threading the Needle of the American Dream”

If you expect to attend a community college, it’s only natural to feel left out if your friends are heading out of town for college. That was what was on the mind of a teenage girl, who posted her frustrations on the Web site of Inside Higher Ed.

The student lamented that her friends were all focused on leaving home and having experiences, such as living in a dorm, that she wouldn’t have. “At my graduation,” she wrote, “college talk ...

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