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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- There are a variety of reasons why a big university might not be right for you if you're a prospective college student.
If you don't get into the university of your choice, you aren't sure you can afford the big price tag, or you don't yet know what area of study you want to pursue, a community college may be a good option.
"A lot of people prefer a smaller college such as us," said Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Julia Wood, "because we give a lot more hands-on attention."
Pellissippi State has about 8,600 students and an average class size of 18.
The campus is much smaller and easier to navigate than a four-year institution, not to mention the cost.
"We're a wonderful alternative for a four-year college because we're less expensive, tuition-wise, and most of our classes transfer to the four-year college," Wood explained.
With a two-year degree, any community college students move right into the workforce, but others choose to transfer to a larger university.
"If they don't know what to major in, I think that a community college is a very good place for them because they can get those basic classes, that you can take anywhere, out of the way," Wood said.
State community colleges are easier to get into than four-year universities and have classes to accommodate working professionals.
They have scholarship opportunities just like larger schools, and workshops to help parents fill out all the paperwork.