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California Institute of Integral Studies Reviews

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  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 2

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who want to examine change in unusual ways, engage progressive thinkers, and take risks in their scholarship are good fits for CIIS.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rooftop meditation garden that can be used by faculty, staff and students.

    Bang for the buck

    CIIS is reasonably priced for graduate study and the hybrid programs allow people who would rather not relocate to the Bay Area to stay put. The quality of education is top notch. When factoring in the personal growth so integral to the institute's mission, you absolutely get a great bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Talk to your fellow students! The programs attract people with diverse life experience and interests. Simply talking to someone new each day is fuel for fun for the length of your program. In case you need a break, the city of San Francisco and cliffs of Pacifica offer a million activities for every palate.

    Food and Dining

    At the Residential Intensive in Pacifica, the food has been heavy and repetitive, but a new caterer has been contracted. The administrators have proven that they listen to student concerns.

    Dorm Life

    CIIS hybrid distance programs (graduate level) meet in a hotel in Pacifica for a week to kick off semesters. The feel is like summer camp for an incredibly interesting mix of adults. The beachfront location and views bring the vast spirit of the ocean into the sessions, which adds dramatic elements to the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Because CIIS emphasizes holistic learning and engaging personal processes, the rigor can be managed in ways perhaps unavailable in traditional settings. Faculty are leaders in their fields and work collaboratively to integrate multiple disciplines into student experiences. Learning to switch genres is part of the art of being a CIIS student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider how you expect to use the degree you will earn here and match the cost of the program to your anticipated marketability - know what you are investing in before you commit. However, be open to the possibility that doors will open that you never imagined existed before getting into the coursework! CIIS is a unique education that prioritizes your personal transformation, which can be valuable to you in ways yet to be discovered.

    In three sentences

    CIIS offers progressive educational practices, formats, and courses of study that suit both traditional and non-traditional students. Faculty expertise coupled with honoring student experience allows the learner to be an explorer as meaningful connections are made in a creative space.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 2

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    What other school has a zen garden on the roof? And a meditation room?

    What to do for fun

    Drive to the east bay and go for a hike.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe has great vegetarian food - hot Indian food, salads, bagels, and more. I just wish their menu was bigger.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Top-notch professors - they get you asking questions that will change your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a deep breath and remember that you did not choose this school because of its cutting-edge technology.

    In three sentences

    Great school for conscious people wanting to contribute good things to this rapidly evolving world. You will be challenged, supported, and seen as a whole person - body, mind and soul. There is no other school quite like it.