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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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Dorm Life and Community Colleges

Some students hesitate to attend a two-year school because they want to experience living on a campus. Traditionally, few community colleges offered housing, and those that did were typically confined to rural areas that draw students from a wider area than urban schools.

But that’s all changing. An increasing number of schools are building dorms as they become a popular choice. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 240 public community colleges and 70 private ones offer dormitories.

Private two-year schools are typically referred to as junior colleges and public schools are called community colleges. There are 987 public community colleges and 177 independent schools. Another 31 are tribal ...

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