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Frequently Asked Questions

About Community College and Universities

Mike McIntyre

March 17, 2009


Green River students enjoy a spring day on campus.
 

Here are some of the more commonly  asked questions about community colleges, universities and Green River. If you do not find all the information you are looking for, please send us your questions and we will get right back to you with the answers.

What is a Community College? 
What are the benefits of attending a community college? 

How difficult is it to transfer From GRCC to top universities all over the U.S.?
How do I apply?
When can I start?
What is the age requirement?

How do I obtain a student visa? 
Do I have to complete a TOEFL assessment prior to attending? 
Where is Auburn? 
Where can I live? 
How many students are on campus? 
Can I participate in Sports and Activities? 
Can I work? 

More Questions?


What is a Community College? 
Community colleges are a major sector of the U.S. education system.  More than 11 million students, about 46 percent of all undergraduate students, attend community colleges throughout the United States. 

Community colleges provide the first two years of university education, called “lower division courses,” preparing students to transfer to a university for two years to complete their bachelor’s degree.  This system is called “2+2” – two years at a community college plus two years at a university equals a bachelor degree. 

The community college also offers two-year associate degrees in many fields; one and two year certificates for shorter courses focusing on career training as well as short term non credit programs. 

Close to 100,000 international students attend community colleges, about 39% of all international undergraduate students in the United States. Green River Community College has been serving international students since 1985 and currently has over 1,000 students from over thirty-two countries. 

What are the benefits of attending a community college? 
The curriculum at a community college and a university are the same.  Both the community college and the university are accredited by the same agency.  However, the community college costs less money, classes are smaller and you receive more attention from your instructors and advisors. 

How difficult is it to transfer from GRCC to top universities all over the US.? 
Each year several hundred students, international and domestic, transfer to universities from Green River Community College.  Preparation for transfer is very important.  There is the equivalent of three full time advisors, educational planners, who assist international student. When you arrive on campus and begin your academic credit program you will be assigned a personal advisor.

About Getting Ready to Attend Green River Community College

How do I apply?
You may apply online or by mailing or faxing your application. 

When can I start?
You may start any quarter.  Fall quarter begins in September; winter quarter begins in January; spring quarter begins in April; and summer quarter begins in June. 

What is the age requirement?
Students must be 16 years of age. 

How do I obtain a student visa?
Upon acceptance to Green River Community College you will be sent an I-20.  You then need to bring the I-20, your passport, and a bank statement to a United States Embassy to apply for a student visa.  It is best to check the Web site of the Embassy in your country for up-to-date information. 

Do I have to complete a TOEFL assessment prior to attending? 
No, you don’t have to take the TOFEL; you may take our English Placement Assessment when you arrive.  However, if you have a TOFEL score of 173/500 you are immediately eligible for academic classes.  In the event you do not qualify there is an English as a Second Program available to assist you in preparing for the college program. 

About Student Life at Green River Community College 

Where is Auburn? 
Auburn is a suburb of Seattle, approximately 35 miles south of the city-center.  It is about 20 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Auburn has a population of 45,000 and is located on the Green River.

Where can I live? 
You can live on campus. Campus Corner Apartments is a wonderful place to live and make friends with Americans and others from all over the world. You may also choose to live with a host family or in a nearby apartment.  Our housing department will work with you to find the type of accommodations you desire. 

How many students are on campus? 
Close to 100,000 international students attend community colleges, about 39% of all international undergraduate students in the United States. Green River Community College has been serving international students since 1985 and currently has over 1,000 students from over thirty-two countries.
 

Can I participate in Sports and Activities? 
There are both intramural and varsity sports at the college.  In addition, there is a full-time activities coordinator for international students.  Trips, clubs, sports, cultural activities are arranged on a continual basis for international students. 

Can I work? 
Yes and no.  You can work on campus at any time.  There are more students wanting jobs than there are jobs; however, so you have to compete for them.  There are special circumstances which allow you to work off campus after attending for a number of quarters.  Ask an advisor when you get to the College. 

More Questions?
Please let us know if you have more questions by e-mailing us directly. We will get right back to you with the answers.