StraighterLine or Community College: Which Works Harder for You?

Barry Lenson

StraighterLine or Community College: Which Works Harder for You?

At first glance, StraighterLine and community colleges seem to have a lot in common.  Both make it easy to start college.

But which serves your educational needs best? We put together this chart to help you decide.

         Community Colleges  StraighterLine   Winner
EASE OF APPLYING Regular application process Start any time StraighterLine
AVAILABILITY OF ONLINE INSTRUCTION Limited All courses StraighterLine
SATs REQUIRED? No No Tie
EASE OF TRANSFERRING TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS Depends on school Direct transfer to 20+ Partner Colleges StraighterLine
ONLINE HELP FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS?  Depends on school All courses Depends on school
ABILITY TO ADD/DROP COURSES ANY TIME?  No Yes StraighterLine
MILITARY FRIENDLINESS Students can take online courses when in the military  Students can take online college courses when in the military Tie
ATHLETICS Depends on school No Community colleges
STUDY ANYWHERE, ANYTIME? Depends on school and courses Yes StraighterLine

 

So, which option is better for you if you are seeking an alternative route to college? It depends on the quality of the community colleges that are near you, and on what they are offering. But there's no doubt about it - StraighterLine will cost you less. Plus, StraighterLine's distance learning courses offer the flexibility that you probably won't find at the community college near you.

 

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