One major benefit of attending a community college before transferring to a four-year college or university is cost. The American Association of Community Colleges, has information regarding the cost of community college vs. a four-year college, and shows that spending the first two years studying at a community college could yield a substantial savings.
Another benefit to attending a community college before transferring is a chance to complete all your introductory level college courses so that when you arrive at a four-year college, you can focus immediately on courses for your specific major.
If you choose to attend a community college first, make sure that you work closely with your transfer advisor to choose the right classes. Also, study hard and earn good grades. Apply to schools that have strong transfer or ‘articulation’ programs with target universities. Many universities have developed guaranteed transfer agreements with selected community colleges, so become familiar with those universities. Remember, regardless of the choice that you make, in the long run, you will end up with a degree from the transfer university.