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Community College of Allegheny County Reviews

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  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Shadow the Field you want to go into

  • 10/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    *Student who don't exactly know their major * students who have struggled in high school(supportive services staff is excellent)

    Tips for prospective students

    * get involved * if you go through a financial issue in the year apply for financial aid * make friends

    Bang for the buck

    Community colleges are much more less expensive than going to a public school. if you don't know what you want to major in, I would advise you to apply for a community college, to start taking general classes first, so you get a feel of what you might want to do. After that you can transfer to the college of your preferred choice

    Am enjoying being here

    even though its not the dorm life, since most students who go to community college commute, they get a better education and if you don't enjoy being there, you can always transfer.

    Am learning a lot

    the learning environment for ccac is outstanding. The class ratio to the teacher is compared to the class ratio of teacher to students in learning in high school.

  • 04/14/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend your first 1-2 years at CCAC, you won't regret it. Your wallets and future will thank you. Do some research into the classes you would be taking at other institutions, do well in them and the credits will almost always transfer. You will save thousands of dollars at least in just one year.

    Bang for the buck

    I had a part-time job while I was at CCAC and one paycheck payed for one class. There is absolutely no financial stress and the education is just as good as a 4-year institution. I can even say it was better because the stress level was so low that I could concentrate on academics better and my grades sky-rocketed.

    Did enjoy being here

    I attended the North Campus of CCAC for my classes and I loved it. The building is clean and open, the atmosphere was great for studying. They had a 2-story library with study carols in the second floor and computers on the first. There was a separate computer lab with free printing. The rooms are easy to find. Students also get discounts off of tickets for activities all around Pittsburgh including (but not limited to) Pirates Games, Phipps Conservatory, and the Zoo. I would usually stay on campus hours after my classes had ended either studying or just relaxing. Also, registering for classes was completely hassle-free. I loved CCAC overall.

    Did learn a lot

    I attended CCAC after a year at an expensive private 4-year college. If it was an option I would still be at CCAC. The Community College stereotype is one that needs to be re-written. The classes at CCAC were the exact same quality as anywhere else. The classes had challenge, the teachers cared, and I left feeling enriched. I took classes over the entire spectrum and I was happy with every one. I ended with all of my expectations fulfilled. I would suggest Community College to anyone and everyone.

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    A great college to get on the fast track to the career you are seeking for. It's cheaper and quicker and just the best way to go !

    Bang for the buck

    This is the reason that I attend a community college. Instead of paying 30,000 a year in a university and attending the same classes I am now I pay 80% less. Definitely a bang for the buck !

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only does schooling give me something to do instead of sleeping in till 2 in the afternoon everyday but it's helping me to achieve my goal. Very enjoyable !

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are all different yet all the same in the fact that they all want you to acquire knowledge and to succeed in life. I am definitely learning a lot and will continue too.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are friendly security guards spread throughout the school, and the groundsworkers keep the campus clean.

    Great for these types of students

    commuters, those with jobs off campus, anyone paying their own way through school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    several building on campus are registered with the national historic registry.

    Bang for the buck

    a great value for the price. although many of the classes are taught by the same professors as other big name schools in the area, ccac is only a fraction of the cost.

    What to do for fun

    ccac features several social clubs, including sports, music, and religious groups. the students lounge has several different rooms to hang out in, as well as an open access pool table.

    Food and Dining

    ccac's allegheny campus features a small cafe with fresh meals each day, as well as vending machines and several restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    ccac does not have dorms, although there are several study areas as well as social halls and activites.

    Academic Rigor

    although the classes are challenging, the teachers make themselves available for assistance, and tutoring sessions are simple to arrange.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan on transferring to a 4-year school, be sure to identify your program early, and schedule your classes to fit your needs.

    In three sentences

    community college of allegheny county is a wonderful low cost alternative to larger colleges and universities. it's campuses and centers are spread out through allegheny county, so everyone is near a campus. ccac works with many area schools to ensure transferability of credits.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    great security staff is present even after the latest night classes.

    Great for these types of students

    for anyone looking to get started at or get back in school.

    Bang for the buck

    for the price per credit there is no better place to start your college education or get a degree to advance your career.

    What to do for fun

    there are a wide variety of clubs and organizations which provide opportunities for students to get involved, make friends, and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    food is available at the cafeteria with a wide selection of options at reasonable prices to satisfy every hungry student.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are interesting and challenging and prepare students for the workforce or for transfer to a 4-year college or university.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the counseling and student services offices and get enrolled as soon as possible. don't put off your education any longer.

    In three sentences

    the community college of allegheny county is a great school with teachers who are passionate about their fields and seeing their students succeed. it offers great value with affordable classes and a school-wide commitment to helping keep textbook prices low. the campus is convenient and all the faculty and staff are friendly and genuinely interested in helping students with their studies.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24 hour security in a safe neighborhood in my experience.

    Greek Life

    Not much Greek life. I think those types of organizations are more predominant at university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are few clubs which students can join. At the beginning of each semester there is a club showcase/recruitment day. Students can explore the different clubs options on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for students not sure of what direction they want to go academically; great for adult learners; and really good for students on a restricted budget.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Spring live bands play in the center courtyard. Other than that, not much. It is a small school.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, this school is a good deal for your money. Especially compared to the pricey four year institutions in the city. I think all students planning to attend Pitt should really consider going to CCAC first and transferring, especially if they are a resident of Allegheny county. It is a really good deal economically.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is a good town; baseball, football, casino, and lots of bars. The school is walkable from the football and baseball stadium. I live in an area called Shadyside and drive to school. The parking at school is free for students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not the greatest. I try not to eat on campus because its not the healthiest but there is a salad bar. There is also a subway two blocks away, and on the street behind campus are a few bars and restaurants.

    Academic Rigor

    As someone who has taken classes at a four year institution, the difficulty is about the same as my previous school. However, the classes are small so there is more of a personal relationship with the professors. If concerned about academic rigor, make your advisor aware and they will assist you in organizing the specific courses you should take together to help lighten you load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be patient during your initial class registration. It can be frustrating, but after you go through the process once, it becomes much easier the second time. After completing one semester, you will have the option for priority registration which speeds up the process. Also, confirm that credits you plan to transfer will be accepted by a four year institution before you register. Finally, if you are new to the college experience, be prepared for college level courses; the sciences can be difficult.

    In three sentences

    This college is a great deal for your money. I chose it because its reputation with the local universities is very good. The school has been around for over 40 years and is regionally credited.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    8 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to spend some extra time on campus, it will be a lot easier to make friends and feel like you belong.

    Bang for the buck

    I was not qualified for financial aid, but the prices are low enough that I wasn't feeling financially stressed while being a full time student and working part time.

    Did enjoy being here

    Although it takes a little longer to get to know people, everyone I have meet have been very friendly. The teachers are also helpful and provide great advice and academic references when asked.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school is really helping me get my degree without spending as much as I would if I had enrolled in another school.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to save money, study in an urban area, with access to public transportation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, amke use of tutors and use RateYourProfessors.com when choosing a teacher if you have the choice when registering for a class.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have excellent security guards.

    Bang for the buck

    i am 62 and still working on an associates. without ccac i would not have the 100+ credits that i do have, and they are not just blow off courses; some are psych and other such deep academics. even though i can't seem to get my maths i feel they must like me or they would have graduated me long ago.

    What to do for fun

    i do not partake of this either but i definitely know there is almost anything you want to do for fun. there was recently a trip abroad with ccac students; and there is many sport programs available. there is also cultural events. on the spur of the minute i can only say if you think it, want to do it and its legal; ccac will accommodate you somehow.

    Food and Dining

    being as i commute the same would be said about this; but i am aware of the many programs offered at this school and feel that they would only offer not maybe the best but definitely nutritious; as we have an excellent nutrition program.

    Dorm Life

    i commute so i am not knowledgeable about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    after looking up the term rigor i probably would not want to make this a five but the logical exactness of their academics is only as good as the student--if the student does not question then it remains the norm.

    Tips for prospective students

    when the faculty is having a bad day try to cheer them up by being understanding instead of acting like the school doesn't care. they will quickly remember why they are there. always try to be as honest with them as possible; they can't help you solve a problem if they only know half the problem and since they are an educational tool; they welcome a chance to better our environment and education. they are not above using a student to advance education. but they will never abuse that student. nor their situation.

    In three sentences

    i would definitely give them the highest rating possible for various reasons. in their own way they exceed even the ivy league schools. 10 out of 10; 100 out of a 100; whatever the variable they are tops.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    great fo r recovering people and those who are much older and must work during the day.

    Bang for the buck

    very very affordable!

    What to do for fun

    sporting events, girls, and indoor and outdoor sports.

    Food and Dining

    hey you cant have everything!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    i wanted it badly, i had changed careers and wanted to help others, but first needed to learn how to let others help me.

    Tips for prospective students

    give 100%, and by all means, show up and learn to listen and listen to learn!

    In three sentences

    this is a great place to start for a man such as myself. having worked for 25 yrs in city government, being a recovering addict, (26 yrs), and had not been in school in 35 years! a wonderful beginning!

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    i dont eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i dont live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    they have academic standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    just make sure your mentally prepared for school.

    In three sentences

    the teachers are really attentive to my needs. the counselors are very help. there is not to many students in your class.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    there are alot of young students doing core work before transferring to a larger university, and also older students changing paths.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition for out of county students took a giant leap, so unless you are looking at the 2 year courses, a states school might be a better option.

    Academic Rigor

    courses are as good as the effort you put into them.

    Tips for prospective students

    see a counselor right away for guidance.

    In three sentences

    ccac has quite a diverse list of courses available, with a nice selection of 2 year or less tracks to follow. the professors are very knowledgeable and caring. the down side is the traveling between campuses.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    on campus security officers are posted at the entrance of the parking lot and in every building on campus. not only do they make me feel safe- they are great for asking questions and directions!

    Great for these types of students

    transfer students, dual enrollment students, continuing education, enrichment purposes

    Bang for the buck

    ccac is an extremely affordable school with lots of academic and government aids for those who need it. the book store also offers most books used; i saved 50% my first semester!

    What to do for fun

    allegheny campus is located on the north shore of pittsburgh, minutes away from downtown! pittsburgh offers lots of shopping, sight seeing, parks, theaters, and night life. south side works is my favorite place to go for a walk and just meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria at main campus is a great place to stop in a hurry, but the selection is somewhat limited.

    Dorm Life

    i'm a commuter student, and only wish i could live closer to main campus for student activities and fellowship.

    Academic Rigor

    the level of difficulty in most courses offered here can be measured by the students determination to do well. every college course should be a challenge if a student applies themselves!

    Tips for prospective students

    i would explore all the ccac campus' before choosing where to take classes. the advisors at ccac are great to meet with to answer any questions or even to help decide on classes or a major.

    In three sentences

    ccac is a great school for anyone who wants to continue their education. the variety of programs they offer is amazing! the teachers and students at ccac can help anyone have fun with learning practical information for the future.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    what would campus life be without activities?! whether you rather participate or just sit on the sidelines. the community college of allegheny county provides you with major activities, from greek step shows, to stage plays. if you enjoy dancing, acting, or musical instruments, they have a place for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    the chefs cook fresh food everyday. if the meal of the day does not catch your interest, they have a daily menu that you can choose from. if that still does not interest you they can make you what you want by simple request.

    Dorm Life

    unsure what the dorm life is like, i live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    some courses can be easy, it's all about what you know already. majority of our courses are taught by professor's who's actual careers where what they teach. so you would be getting hands on experiences as well as the proper education.

    Tips for prospective students

    just make sure that you are confident in what you want, and your ambition will pave the way to your success.

    In three sentences

    in my opinion , this college is very convenient. they have four different campus locations, giving you the option to teach or learn at the site of your choice.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, meet people, and be your self.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, expensive, but great. cafeteria is only opened during the day though

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be self motivated and willing to push yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be self motivated and ask for help when you need it. Take advantage of the opportunities that come up.

    In three sentences

    They have a great faculty and are willing to get you the help you need to succeed. The campus has opportunities to get to meet people. The campus is clean and inviting

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is security that mostly doesn't seem to pay attention at all.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    not really

    Great for these types of students

    commuter students

    Bang for the buck

    I think for a community college they are overpriced with little resources available to students

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is huge so pretty much you can do anything depending on what campus you are at.

    Food and Dining

    none

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    basically most of the classes are cake courses although some of the professors give you TONS of busywork which is just ridiculous.

    Tips for prospective students

    there are a lot of adjunct faculty members here which means no office or office hours so if you choose and online course or even hybrid course be prepared to study yourself

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at our location at Washington Crowne Center. Located in a nice area and a well lit parking lot with security to walk me to my car if I request, makes me feel protected.

    Great for these types of students

    CCAC is great for: older adults wanting to get back into school, 18-19 year olds who aren't quite ready for dorm living or being away from home, any student who is financially strapped for cash, those who just want to knock out the basic courses before continuing on at a University.

    Bang for the buck

    CCAC per credit hour price is around 90.00 for Alleghaney Co residents and 195.00 for Washington Co residents is a bargain compared to Waynesburg University at around 500.00 per credit hour. That's why CCAC is my choice for earning my Child Development degree.

    What to do for fun

    I really don't have any suggestions on what to do for fun since my courses and my job consume most of my time. Therefore, any extra curricular activities the school might offer are not on my radar. One nice thing with the school being at the mall is there might be time for some recreational shopping therapy!

    Food and Dining

    The location where I attend is located at the Washington Crown Center Mall. There are several places to eat at the mall such as China Express, Subway and a pizza shop. The other option for a sit down restaurant is Garfields which is nice and the food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life offered at CCAC here in Washington County.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered at this college are interesting and thought provoking. Classes at CCAC will challenge and inspire students. The workload is average but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you plan out all of the classes you will need to finish your degree in a timely manner. Meet with an advisor to help you chart your course. Apply for any and all grants and scholarships, every little bit helps.

    In three sentences

    This college is great for students off all ages. It is very cost effective and convenient. I would recommend this college to all my friends.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Every once in a while you will hear about a robbery or a break-in on campus, but this isn't very often. Security guards patrol several of the campus buildings, and if you feel uneasy, there are phone numbers posted inside most of the academic buildings that you can call for a security escort.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a variety of clubs and activities on each campus. Many of them do not have strict attendance requirements since many of CCAC's students also work and have children, so join a club to have some fun, even if you can't go very often.

    Great for these types of students

    It is very good for older students returning to school and for traditional students who want to save money on their first few years of college.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of CCAC is very good for the education you get, especially if you live in-county. In-county residents pay less than $100 per credit, and CCAC offers a good education.

    What to do for fun

    I like to read novels, bicycle, and grow houseplants.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeterias is alright and the opening hours are decent.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at CCAC. It is a commuter-only school.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not terribly so. Homework is a big thing. Do all your homework and develop a relationship with a tutor, and it is not so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out where the tutoring services are and get to know your tutors before you are lagging behind in class. Go to class, stay on top of your homework, go to tutoring when you are having trouble, and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    CCAC is a good school that has reasonable tuition rates and good professors. Its libraries are nice and have a lot of resources, and their Internet service is speedy. Overall, if you are trying to get a good education while saving money, CCAC is a good choice.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria food sucks. it's the usual hum-drum fries, chicken fingers, cheese sticks, onion rings. its boring and gross so you may want to brown bag your food from home.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in a dorm but I know people that do and they say that it sucks. The people are not friendly and the dorms aren't clean and the rules are very strict.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you have you may have a lot or a little homework. I had a semester where I had almost no homework so it was really easy. But I also had semesters where I was overloaded with homework.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guards through out the campus and many cameras.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities at CCAC. Unfortunately I have not had the chance to participate.

    Bang for the buck

    At CCAC you definitely get what you pay for. They did raise the tuition this year but you still can not beat the price.

    What to do for fun

    CCAC has many sport teams and clubs to participate in. Unfortunately I have not had the chance to participate in any clubs or sports because I work full time and go to school full time.

    Food and Dining

    CCAC has the BEST coffee. They also offer breakfast sandwiches made to order. They offer fresh pancakes and french toast. For lunch, pizza, chicken fingers, french fries, and so much more.

    Dorm Life

    There is no Dorm Life at CCAC. Students live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Community College sets students up for the classes right for them by having each student take a placement test. These placement tests put the student in the classes right for the student. If the student scored low they will put them in a lower class until they can prepare the student for the college level courses. The teachers in these classes specifically, do everything they can to help each student exceed. I feel that is very important and I really appreciate the effort from the teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggests prospective students to look over every option before applying to this or any school. I would personally prefer this school because it is cheap and close to home for me. I will say that sometimes the financial aid office and registration office are not as helpful as I would like them to be. They do not really take the time to help you and always seem to be in a rush.

    In three sentences

    Community College of Allegheny County is a good school to consider if you are going to be transferring to a four year institution. I would suggest this school to other students because of the low price and if you are in a hurry to earn a degree.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    23 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very financially safe college.

    What to do for fun

    There is a nearby mall.

    Food and Dining

    No dining programs.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    They seemed like they knew what they needed to do, but they were very relaxed about it.

    In three sentences

    Everyone there was friendly. It was a nice environment. I was able to easily find my way around.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat the price, many campuses to attend, small class sizes, classes at all hours morning, evening, even weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of choices in the area.

    Academic Rigor

    You wont slide through, you will learn and apply yourself, while still being encouraged and motivated by professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great campus, friendly staff and students, just an overall wonderful college experience awaits you so come in join the excitement and get your professional started you won't be sorry

    In three sentences

    The classroom experience is truly exceptional, the professors makes themselves available to you as students. You are an individual, not just another number (name on the roster). The campus is friendly and welcoming, I am enjoying my time here at CCAC.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the types of students who don't follow concepts as easily as other people, or who need more time to fully understand things gone over in courses because I felt as if each of my courses proceeded at a slower rate that should have been.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you pay for; which isn't much considering the low-cost of tuition for this school. Don't expect a grade A education when you aren't dishing out the dough.

    What to do for fun

    Since on-campus residency isn't offered, there isn't really much at all on campus to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    It isn't a requirement to buy a meal plan for this school as it is with other schools (I believe mainly due to the fact that on-campus living isn't offered), but once again I wouldn't be in the place to make remarks on food and dining because I never ventured to the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe CCAC offers student residence, but even if it did I wouldn't be in the place to make a remark about it because I lived off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I guess it all depends on what kind of student you are, as stated above, but this school has eerily similar degrees of difficulty as my high school courses did. I wasn't challenged at all, and a lot of times could receive high grades on exams with little to no effort as far as studying. To put it in the most plain terms, this school is a joke compared to other 4-year B.A. universities that I've attended or have heard about.

    Tips for prospective students

    As usual, make sure to attend all of your classes. Become familiar with your professors so that if some difficulty in your coursework arises, you won't have a hard time going to them to ask for help. If you're assigned homework or reading that is NOT required, do it anyway; it will only help you out in the end, take an extra hour out of your day to understand the material your professor has or will go over to the utmost degree.

    In three sentences

    This school is nearly as difficult as high school was for me; which is not at all. I guess it depends on what kind of student you are, but if you yourself know that you can succeed at a more challenging school, CCAC isn't for you because you won't be challenged. I enjoyed my time at this school, but it was just too easy for me and I didn't feel like I would be taking the information that I've learned there with me in the future to help me with anything.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security isn't great, but it is getting better.

    Clubs and Activities

    Usual amount of clubs, a lot of variety. Discount tickets at student life. Gym is open to students. Day trips.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the halls is supposedly haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm considered out of state, if your out of state don't go here. It is absolutely ridiculous how much I'm paying, around 3x in state tuition and there are no scholarships for out of state students, your better off going to a university. In county tuition is good.

    What to do for fun

    Try and find parking in the morning. Take the bus if possible.

    Food and Dining

    They recently put in a cafeteria that is getting good reviews, it is always packed during lunchtime. There is fast food places walking distance from school; Mc Donald's, Subway, Taco bell, Wendy's. Sadly, there are still no coffee houses.

    Dorm Life

    Off campus only.

    Academic Rigor

    Usually depends on the teacher, day classes are better and you tend to learn more, in least in my experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the placement tests even if your SAT scores are high enough to take 100 level courses. You could score higher and skip over the 100 level course. Don't rely on advisers to help pick your classes, you should find out what teacher to take and make sure classes will transfer to future college.

    In three sentences

    A good school to get required classes, not pertaining to your major, out of the way. Teachers are diverse, fin aid staff is friendly and helpful. Average community college.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is a wonderful option. You can save money while working on your associates and transfer to a 4 year school later. I can't say enough wonderful things about CCAC!

    Food and Dining

    Very limited options for food on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am continually being pushed academically. The instructors are dedicated and hardworking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be aftraid to ask questions. More than likely, the same question on your mind someone else is also seeking the answer.

    In three sentences

    CCAC offers wonderful opportunities for students straight out of high school and for non-traditional students. It is affordable and easily accessible. The teaching staff are compassionate and knowledgeable.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    for fun, you can go to the movies, mall or theater.

    Food and Dining

    they have good food in the cafeteria

    Tips for prospective students

    listen to the teachers. They will be very mean to you if you keep missing classes.

    In three sentences

    The school is at a good location. The teachers are good. Most of the teachers teach also at University of Pittsburgh. I graduated from Phlebotomy program and i'm going to start nursing in Fall.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would have to say that the safety at this campus is good, and I have never felt unsafe at this school.

    Greek Life

    There is not much of a greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am rating this a three becasue they could have a little more activities to do, and I was a little upset that they did not have football.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who grew up in a small community will enjoy this type of school. Someone who likes to know their professors well instead of just being a person in a larger crowd at a bigger school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I would tell you if there were any.

    Bang for the buck

    Very low cost and is worth every penny at this college.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, drama club, college baseball and basketball boy boys and girls.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average not the best food though. It could be better.

    Dorm Life

    If there were dorm I could rate this higher.

    Academic Rigor

    Love the teachers, they are very helpful and will do anything to make sure you pass!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a small classroom environment this is the school. Buy used books instead of getting them from the bookstore. To make friends, you need to get involved with the activities at the school, they won't come at you, you have to find them.

    In three sentences

    It is a very pleasant small classroom size. The teachers are very close with the students. You can't beat the cost.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe! They have at least two security guards on duty while classes are in session. They make their rounds and are willing to help anyone in need, espcially if you're lost and looking for a class or If you accidentally lock your keys in your car!!

    Greek Life

    I have no idea what that is but I think there is a Greek club.

    Clubs and Activities

    At CCAC, there are a few sports but lots of activities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who actually have to pay for their own schooling and not let mom and dad pay for everything. Price wise the schools cost of classes are a lot lower than the big universities. A majority of the professors are wonderful and are willing to stay after class so the students are learning and understanding everything they need to know from the course. Also great for students who are always busy with outside activities such as work or raising a child. The classes are a reasonable size maximum of 30 students per class. Therefore students do not have to worry about large classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few areas to take naps in between classes and there are awesome nature trails to view old history before the school was built.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of schooling can not be beat! It is very reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    There are many sports, clubs and activities to become involved in, you just have to find the right one.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is very reasonably priced and has a very wide range of options. There are also vending machines located in the cafeteria and on every floor level.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe there are dorms at CCAC south but there are apartments near by off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tough to get through but that just means you need to study more and ask questions on the material that is difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to attend be aware that you may have to take courses that you do not need, but sometimes they worth taking :)

    In three sentences

    A reasonable school.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are guards, but they spend most of the time gossiping, reading the newspaper, checking out the girls, or listening to their ipod. They are probably just bored because there's not much going on. I have never felt in danger here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Nothing of interest to me, but they are there.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to save money.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall not bad, but nothing to rave about.

    What to do for fun

    There are some events/activities available, but I've never been interested in what they offer. Most of these are academic based as far as I know.

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't know. I have never eaten anything here, but I hear the cafeteria food is not good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available here.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies by professor and class, but over all the classes have been easy for me. I have found many of the professors to be interesting, for one reason or another, but they are often lazy and do not put much effort into their classes. This might simply be because they are given too many classes to teach, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on transferring, make sure the classes you are taking here will transfer to your intended college. This means try to figure out where you will transfer as soon as possible. Parking is horrible between 10am and 2pm at most, if not all, of the campuses. Get there early or be prepared to always be late for class.

    In three sentences

    Community College is a great way for college students to save money. However, many of the professors do not seem to put much effort into their classes. There are some great professors here that do seem to care, though, and overall I have had a good experience.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many activities associated with numerous clubs to keep you busy, including a basketball team if that's your swagger.

    Food and Dining

    Mostly young teen food such as chicken nuggets, pizza, hamburgers and etc.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are transferring, make sure you contact the transfer counselor to see which credits are transferable to the college of your choice.

    In three sentences

    Class scheduling was user friendly. The professors were great and my advisers are helpful with charting my course of action.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There were a lot of different events that occurred which saved money and helped bring forth a lot of entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food was average, nothing amazing, but also nothing terrible.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms at CCAC.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is only as hard as you make, it all depends on your focus and determination as well as motivation.

    In three sentences

    I feel as though this college presents a very wonderful opportunity. I am glad I chose to attend this school because it gives me the knowledge I need at the fraction of other school's costs. I also appreciate how well rounded the professors are.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There's a good amount of clubs on campus, and if there isn't something you want, you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm an overachiever who craves academic autonomy, and I've received everything I've wanted/needed, so I'd say it's great for a student who loves to control their own schedule and plan!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They say that the old art building is haunted. Is it? I don't know. Probably not.

    Bang for the buck

    CCAC is incredibly inexpensive. Most universities will accept up to 60 credits from CCAC, so you end up saving about 70% off the cost of a degree by going to CCAC before you transfer.

    What to do for fun

    Maybe I'm a dork, but my idea of fun is adding on an extra course or two in something I love, like ceramics or creative writing!

    Food and Dining

    The breakfast at CCAC is cheap and delicious. However, I keep finding hair and stuff in the dinner food. I never eat dinner there now... Someone on the night staff is gross and isn't wearing a hair net or something.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are difficult and some are easy. However, you learn something from every course, and I feel that most of my courses have prepared me to one day be a professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to test things! There are so many features that most students don't know about, like course substitutions, dual enrollment, cross enrollment, credits by exam, etc. Plan your schedule yourself; don't just accept whatever schedule you're given, and above all else, have fun!

    In three sentences

    Before I attended CCAC, I had a negative view of community colleges because I thought that they weren't as good as other universities. However, I have utterly fallen in love with the school, from the amazingly supportive administrative staff to my knowledgeable and often inspirational professors. CCAC has given me the guidance I needed to make decisions about my future, and because of it, I have decided to become a professor so that I can work in a school like it in the future!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always a security guard around

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is too high.

    What to do for fun

    Sports and fund raisers

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is good

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    ccac is very accessible.

    In three sentences

    The school itsself is very good.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Drama Club Gym Basketball Team

    In three sentences

    CCAC is a very good place to start your higher education. There are a lot of student activities available. Students can always get help and advice.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Neutral

    Tips for prospective students

    I just wanted to leave a review on here and tell students to RESEARCH YOUR TEACHERS BEFORE YOU CHOOSE THEM. I made the mistake of not doing this and recently took a class that had Dr. Barbara Radigan as the prof. It was an online Psychology class. Wow, was choosing her as a teacher a huge mistake. She was not involved with the class at all. She DOES NOT follow her own syllabus, even though she explicitly states in it that she wants her students to all but memorize it word for word. Her grading scale goes completely on her feelings, and not actual grades on tests or home work. And she is a very cold and callus person to deal with when you point out her short comings. She DOES NOT like students pointing out mistakes in her work. Yes, I am upset with her. I had an A in her class and after pointing out a mistake in her syllabus, I suddenly had a C for a final grade (and she would not give me any proof as to why.. I am still fighting this). I worked very hard in her class. Never missed an assignment and my lowest exam score was an 88%, or B+. Just please be careful when considering your instructors and beware of her. After my whole ordeal, I read some awful reviews of her online. I feel it is now my fault for not looking in to who's hands I was putting my academic career in. Just PLEASE stay informed and involved in your choices for instructors.

    In three sentences

    Good school... Their professors leave something to be desired.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No matter what part of the campus youre in youll always see a security gaurd.

    Greek Life

    Very huge library.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres always all types of clubs going on. I not to familiar with them but i do know we get discounts on things from plays to pirate/steeler games.

    Great for these types of students

    Cheap college kids ( i fit in the category)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual about the campus. Actually a great campus to be a community college.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall its the perfect way to get your feet wet when thinking about college.

    What to do for fun

    Wide range of activities from drama clubs to sports teams.

    Food and Dining

    Food is mediocre. Nothing special. Thou wendys, subway, and mcdonalds are only a block away.

    Dorm Life

    Doesnt have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    You save alot of money and you get top tier education.

    In three sentences

    This school really gets you prepared for bigger universities at a steady pace. It doesnt rush you into intense college curriculum but it gets you ready for it. Love this place!!!!

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not in the best neighborhood but I haven't encountered any safety issues yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to start their education and get some core credits out of the way before transfering to a state or private school.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has not been open on any of the days I've attended classes so far. Vending machines are well stocked.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    So far it doesn't seem as though it's quite as demanding as other schools. I take fast track classes and they seem much less challenging than the courses I took at a state school last year.

    In three sentences

    It's convenient that it is much cheaper than a state or private school. With the cheap tuition comes buildings that doesn't seem nearly as well equiped as other schools are. The professors aren't even permitted to choose the books they would like to teach from which I don't particularly like.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police presence all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many things to do

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Located on the north side. Easy commute.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is cheap. Campus is near major highways, buses, trains and eateries.

    What to do for fun

    arts, theater, dancing, singing, plays.

    Food and Dining

    Great

    Academic Rigor

    It can get hectic but have confidence in yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid not to.

    In three sentences

    The people and the teachers are awesome.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone just looking to great through their general pre-req's and that enjoy smaller classrooms.

    Bang for the buck

    Books were WAY too much, especially ones that you could only buy for specific campuses, that specific professors wrote. Buy back was worthless. (As usual.)

    What to do for fun

    Hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad for no cafeteria!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Matches what level classes you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you put in the time and effort, the teachers will do a lot for you.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Small classes. Amazing teachers.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    nothing

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    CCAC does not have a lot of student activities so don't get your hopes up. Be sure to always check with an advisor if your credits will transfer to your college.

    In three sentences

    CCAC is a good place to take general education classes before you transfer to a university because the tuition is a lot less. It is also good if you want to earn an associates.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CCAC is great for adult learners with work or family obligations and those who intend to transfer to a four year institution eventually.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no reason to pay full university price for courses that are required for every major. If you are trying to figure out your path, this is a good place to experiment with academics before committing to student loans.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty average cafeteria fare, though the individual pan pizzas are always available, and pizza is always good.

    Academic Rigor

    Class difficulty tends to be a mixed bag. Many of the general studies requirements, especially math and English, are not extremely challenging. However, I have had very good experiences with elective classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take a variety of classes! CCAC is a good place to try out new things without worrying about breaking the bank. Also, try to register for art classes especially early. They fill up very quickly.

    In three sentences

    CCAC is a great place for recent high school graduates or returning adult learners to start out a college career. Class sizes tend to be small, and the instructors are often also professors at neighboring colleges and universities. Tuition is extremely reasonable, and multiple locations, online, and night classes are convenient for non-traditional students.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Pittsburgh Police is always on duty and will provide escorts if need free of charge.

    Greek Life

    There are no traditional greek organizations but a Phi Phetta Cappa which is a high honors organizations that can open doors for many oppertunities for students to Four Year Universities or High Skilled Jobs

    Clubs and Activities

    LGBT club, P.A.C.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are into anything different.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cougars den offers some Different students there such as a dancing cougar mascot and gothic people.

    Bang for the buck

    Affortable transportation, cheap taxi services and a free train ride from the Pittsburgh's NorthShore to downtown. Small local restaurants in the area with homemade meals at low cost.

    What to do for fun

    The Community College offers various student life programs such as LBGT organizations for understanding and working to better relationships for LBGT people and Heterosexuals in the Pittsburgh Community. The P.A.C. (Pittsburgh Activities Club) is a student organization to promote ways to better funded activities for students to enjoy such as water balloon fights, water gun fights and Nerf gun battles. The anime and video game club promotes cultural activities for the animation of Japan. There are also various religious club and bible studies. Sports also exist such as Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, and the Bowling team all under the NJCCA.

    Food and Dining

    The Campus offers exceptional homemade meals in the cafeteria such as burgers, omelets, pizza, fresh brew coffee seafood etc.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm in the community college but there are various government programs such as Pittsburgh Job Corps and the Pittsburgh Promise program for inner city school children graduating high school that can be assisted for looking for housing. International students entering the U.S. through government programs can find easy accessible housing close to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging but if students apply themselves and show up to lectures everyday it can be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class everyday show utmost respect for your professor and faculty. Network as much as possible for other students there. Take advantage of the vast tutoring programs there that's available.

    In three sentences

    The institution is locationally convenient. The staff and faculty is exceptionally skilled and talented The classes and teaching style and tutoring is extremely helpful and effective.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I feel the cafeteria is priced very well for a college student that is limited with money.

    What to do for fun

    I do not participate in non-credit course activity at CCAC. I am looking to transfer to a D1 university for football I work out daily off-site. I read a number of books for pleasure. I enjoy family activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food at CCAC is good, a good variety and healthy food choices are available. The cafeteria is clean and comfortable. The food pricing is affordable and you get your money's worth.

    Dorm Life

    I commute and do not live far from my campus location, I don't even know that housing is offered.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically CCAC is far more than I expected from a positive perspective, the professor/instructors take pride in the delivery of syllabus materials. I have learned a great deal thus far and I am in mid-point in my first college semester. The professors show interest and take time out to ensure you understand the course material.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure about where you want to end up academically, work with a counselor prior to your first semester. Explore the certificate programs that CCAC has to offer in addition to the associate degree programs. If you have intentions to transfer understand that you save significantly if you graduate from CCAC and then move on.

    In three sentences

    I am currently in my first semester college experience and the following is how I feel about my CCAC journey. CCAC has good entry counselors who make transition from high school to junior college easy. My class sizes are comfortable in terms of learning without feeling as though you get lost in a crowd of numbers. Affordability was an issue for myself and family, CCAC offered affordability.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    pretty good. not a lot of threat to begin with

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety, from anime, gaming, sports, music, LGBT, adventure club.

    Great for these types of students

    There's a lot of great involvement in the nerd community between the numerous different clubs, and the amount of magic and dungeons and dragons and anime is always being played in the student lounge. Its also good for people who have a busy schedule, and people who like to be alone because you never have to stay on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    $2,000 total after books, it's a little hard to beat that.

    What to do for fun

    There's not a whole lot to do when classes aren't in session since no one lives on campus no one stays on campus. During class time there's clubs and activities to join, and there's the student lounge. Most people hang out on the north shore or go downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria isn't bad. There's a lot of choices, and there's always pizza to fall back on to. They've also been pushing to make for a bit more of a healthy diet option as well.

    Dorm Life

    None applicable. There are no dorms at ccac.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging based on individual knowledge level, and how high of a level class you are taking. So far none of my classes have seemed to be that big of a challenge though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely use the rate my professor website as often as possible when scheduling. Don't take teachers if they are about to retire. If you're awful at doing things on your own time never take the online classes.

    In three sentences

    For a community college I am impressed. There's a lot to do on campus with clubs and student trips at reasonable prices. That being said, some teachers aren't very serious and do not care, and that really does suck when you are paying all of what you make to go to school.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There were a few threats in security as well as precautions in safety when colleges around had problems but other than those, it's pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Not a part of the greek life so I don't know if there is one and if it's satisfactory or not

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't really give it a star rating because I'm not a part of any clubs though I'd like to, clubs would take too much of time that I need to be other places.

    Great for these types of students

    Working people People with kids Don't know what they want to do Want a more personal experience

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is really cheap...well cheap compared to a 4 yr school but other than that....

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't anything to do around here except maybe the Science Center....but if you venture into the Downtown area, then you can find clothing stores or a library to relax and sit a spell.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few fast food joints around, like Wendy's, McDonalds, Taco Bell, but when that gets tiring, there are some mom-pop resturants around if you've got the time and money to go there.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms except for the handicapble students

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are okay, but it seems more like an academically strict high school than a college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure it's what you want before applying because the low amount of tuition is tempting but if you want to challenge yourself, it's not the best.

    In three sentences

    Good for working students and those with kids. Teachers are a little more lenient then those in a 4 yr school. Not much on campus experience (e.g dorms)

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For the most part each campus, Allegheny, South and Boyce has always felt safe and had good security on campus

    Greek Life

    The fraternity is hard to get into they may invite you then decide they dont want you read everything

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some good clubs because there run by good students an not by the unorganized school.

    Great for these types of students

    It can be a good starter school be patient you will have issues

    Bang for the buck

    Once you work out all the issues if you can get in the classes you want an need it does have good value most teachers, teach the same class at other more expensive schools.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing there to do for fun no matter what campus. If you enjoy going to the gym there always over crowded an have the worst hours ever and each gym has its own rules

    Food and Dining

    Depending on campus depends on the food most campuses stop serving food by 2pm so if you have an afternoon class an your hungry you maybe forced to visit the over priced vending machines that only work half the time. The price of the food is high and for what you get your better off buying food and bringing it with you from home or somewhere else

    Dorm Life

    Has no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Many teachers are from other top schools that are more expensive so you get the same academic education for less

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of everything. Don't rely on the school for anything keep records of everything an beware people are always willing to give excuses instead of resolutions

    In three sentences

    Nice campuses. Very unorganized staff an administration , there is always issues an one office never communicates with the other so there is always issues with admissions an financial aid office as well as accounting. Very poor advisor system, you never see the same person twice an you always get a different answer for the same question which is frustrating.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 71

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have field trips, usually once a month you can sign up to go on. You can join a sports team like basketball.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely ever ate inside the cafeteria, but when I did they had a good selection to choose from. I always ate at the many restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, you will find some courses to be really hard. Let me be honest though, this isn't high school anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before applying for college, fill out a FAFSA application to see if you can receive any financial aide. You should meet with an adviser when picking you classes, so he/she can help put you on the right track. Get to school early and walk around to find out where your classrooms are. Always come prepared with a pencil/pen and notebook on the first day.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice small campus where you don't have to walk very far for classes. It's very handicap accessible with ramps and elevators. They have quite a few student parking lots for those that commute.

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 71

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened here. I do not know what else to say.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities as far as I am aware. This is a commuter college, after all.

    Clubs and Activities

    My campus has a Disney club, a Horticulture club, a Criminal Justice club, a History club, a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and more. I have literally lost count.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students, those willing to speak up/ask questions, those willing to do the work, and those pressed for time and/or money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a fitness trail, a gymnasium, a gym, and a small patch of woods, complete with lake. There are quiet study areas in many unexpected places. I love their library.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap, equivalent, and just as academically challenging as more traditional and expensive four-year colleges. I am not regretting coming here one bit.

    What to do for fun

    The library is an awesome place. They have televisions and DVD players and actual popular movies (with headphones, of course) and a lot of fiction books, not to mention nonfiction that goes way beyond dry academic research tomes (although there's a lot of those, too, if that's your thing). There are nooks and crannies all over that one can study, read, nap, or chat with others in. There are more clubs than I can count, and usually something's going on with student life. Plus your student ID scores you discounts on many activities around town.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten at the cafeteria too much, but it's usually packed. Everyone keeps telling me the cheese fries are to die for.

    Dorm Life

    CCAC is a community college and does not have any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've never been to another college, but CCAC is moderately tough. If approached with discipline and self-control, one's life will not be taken over, and one is more likely to learn, and learn well. There are also more free tutoring opportunities than I can shake a stick at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Study with your peers! Feel free to ask your teachers anything: they're often willing to be your friend, too. Some of them make their classes genuinely funny - even math!

    In three sentences

    I was originally kind of nervous about going to a community college, but CCAC was a perfect transition from high school. The classes are challenging, the teachers are always willing to help, and it's cheap. There are also a zillion ways to make friends and get involved in student life.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is provided by security guards that are on campus daily.

    Greek Life

    Every ethnic culture is recognized at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was involved in the Criminal Justice Club as well as the Conduct Hearing Board. Activities vary but include fundraisers and fieldtrips.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a parent there is a daycare provided on site for your child to attend while you pursue your education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not any unusual traditions or locations on this campus however we do recognize the holiday seasons with different activities and fundraisers.

    Bang for the buck

    CCAC does not discriminate against age. There are students from 18-50 attending courses. The class sizes do not exceed 25 students therefore learning seems more at a personable level.

    What to do for fun

    Attending school functions such as concerts or sporting events are available.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has reasonable prices for college students and healthy choices are provided.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on this campus. I live in my own home.

    Academic Rigor

    I have made the Dean's list three times while attending CCAC. My GPA in High School wasn't the best but my college GPA has proven that I have worked very hard and stayed motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay motivated. Use the tools that the college offers such as free tutoring. Ask for help and questions to the advisors so they can direct you in the right direction in your current major.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this college a ten. It has provided me with many resources in the Criminal Justice field. I will utilize what I have learned after graduation this summer and tranferring to another college to achieve my B.S.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has a couple of security guards but no actual cops. Most of security are a lot older as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Good gateway for students wishing to pursue core classes and transfer in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    You earn a good education for little money, and you save thousands of dollars by attending CCAC instead of a large university.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs that you could join, but a lot of the current students are transferring so not many people are joining these clubs so there really is not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers a variety of different foods from eggs, pancakes, and pancakes in the mornings to chicken tenders and french fries in the afternoons. The cafeteria staff is very friendly and welcoming. The food is good as well.

    Dorm Life

    CCAC doesn't have dorms. All students commute to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You have good teachers, and not so good ones but you are getting a very good education especially if you're interested in pursuing an allied health field.

    Tips for prospective students

    There aren't too many students on campus, and it gets boring at times. The education you receive for the amount of money you pay is worth it and it saves you a ton! The biggest downfall is the difficulty of getting into your desired major, because you're not guaranteed a spot.

    In three sentences

    I would rate CCAC a 6/10 due to the difficulty of getting into your desired major, the lack of student life/activities, and some instructors at the facility. You have meet all the pre-requisites required by your program, but you are not guaranteed to be accepted. Classes here are challenging and you are well taught, but some professors do not teach and you have to go to your books to get the material.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who need a stepping stone to get where they want to go.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally affordable, and great for potential transfer students.

    What to do for fun

    The North Side, where the campus is located, has a bunch of great galleries and museums.

    Food and Dining

    Some vegan options in the cafeteria. Overall its adequate, nothing fancy.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I have never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I put 4 stars, but academic rigor is completely dependent on the person and there level of effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself from getting lazy. Its not that hard to get up at go to class. And make sure to pay close attention in the last class of the day, thats the one that gets the most frustrating.

    In three sentences

    The north campus is not glorious or flashy, but if you look at the students you can see the potential. It feels like your capable when your there. Everyone is on the same page, everyone is trying.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have security on campus at all times.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent in a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many available with fliers throughout the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Undecided and need some cheap credits along with time to figure things out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really aren't much. You go in, take care of business, and you are out.

    Bang for the buck

    It isn't too difficult to get the entire tuition paid by financial aid and scholarships so you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    When I am not doing anything school related, I am either working or doing things outdoors such as fishing or going for runs in the park.

    Food and Dining

    We only have a small cafeteria with average food.

    Dorm Life

    There are not dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm taking currently enrolled in the academic classes I just need out of the way such as Business 101 and Psychology and a basic math so the classes I am taking aren't too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Is a lot like what you would imagine 13th grade to be like. Nothing to worry about.

    In three sentences

    Excellent for a community college.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Traditional and Non-Traditional

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs to choose from!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open heart and an open mine and you will succeed!

    In three sentences

    I attended a state university fir 3 year and couldnt afford it. So i came home and decided to take a more economical approach and attend community college. I have had the absolute best experience with some of the most loving caring professors.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, relaxed.

    Bang for the buck

    Decent prices, however they have a strange credit policy. If you only sign up for 12 credit you get charged for 15 and so on and so forth.

    What to do for fun

    Pond, Walking trail, Gym, Clubs and live music in the cafeteria.

    Food and Dining

    Chicken strips and BBQ <3

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Attendance is important in community college, despite what you may hear.

    In three sentences

    The class sizes are perfect, and the teachers are very hands on and personal. It is a wonderful environment with a diverse group of people. Another plus to attending CCAC is the numerous job fairs and opportunities they provide you with.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria has machines, the food is priced a little outrageously

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are burnt out

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not depend on an advisor or anyone else to care about if you are on track for a program. Everything at the school is black and white.

    In three sentences

    The school does not care about you at all! I have a 4.0 and I was denied to enter a program over a high school grade from 12 years ago.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have officers

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of people go here

    Bang for the buck

    It is decent instead of the high costing university.

    What to do for fun

    They have many clubs.

    Food and Dining

    They have a little cafeteria. It is affordable

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are fair about academic information

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your financial aid done early

    In three sentences

    It is a good school that is cheaper than most schools. Most of the teachers are helpful and want you to succeed.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    CCAC does provide extra curricular activities and groups to join.

    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten at the cafeterias but have heard the food is good and reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    I do not believe community colleges have dorms....

    Academic Rigor

    I feel the college tries to make sure that whomever attends is serious about attending and passing classes. Again, community college is an opportunity and to some a second chance in their life to be able to earn some kind of college education.

    Tips for prospective students

    My major tip would be that if your planning to attend CCAC and you are not attending out of high school, then I would suggest to visit and get to know the buildings and room numbers ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    This community college is a wonderful second chance in earning a degree. The staff help wonderfully and make sure you are on a good path. The professors are great and help in every way they can to get you through any struggles.

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Community College of Allegheny Campus has a well established safety plan, with students often seeing well trained security staff throughout campus, giving one a sense of security.

    Greek Life

    Greek life lives on at CCAC!

    Clubs and Activities

    CCAC offers a wide variety of clubs and activities - including the National Honor's Society.

    Great for these types of students

    CCAC is a great campus for any recent high school graduate or non-traditional student. Classes have a variety of time slots to meet student needs and there is a broad range of online classes to assist a student through their educational endeavor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Community College of Allegheny County - Boyce Campuse is a moderate sized campus that is surrounded by wooded area that often brings out a variety of wildlife to feast the eye on.

    Bang for the buck

    Community College of Allegheny County has a number of artriculation agreements that will transfer the credits you have earned at CCAC to major universities - including the University of Pittsburgh. These artriculation agreements greatly decrease the amount of tuition that the student will pay.

    What to do for fun

    Community College of Allegheny County offers a number of sports, artistic, and educational activities.

    Food and Dining

    As an evening student, the only access to food and dining was a vending machine. The snack bar closes very early in the day.

    Dorm Life

    Community College of Allegheny County - Boyce Campus does not provide dormatory living.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any academic institution, there are rules that need to be followed. The easiest way to meet the rules established by CCAC is to make it to class, don't be a disruption, educate yourself on the rules, follow the rules, and be respectful of your instructors and peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip would be to make time management your friend. As a non-traditional student, who works and goes to school full time, I have found it extremely instrumental in my successful degree completion. My second tip would be to make sure that you make time for yourself, outside of studying or working, in order to regroup. Spend time letting off steam, in a positive way (yoga, meditation, reading, exercise, etc). My last tip would be to remind students to set small goals by looking at each semester as an accomplishment towards the finish line of degree achievement.

    In three sentences

    Community College of Allegheny County - Boyce Campus provides a comprehensive educational program, excellent supportive personel to assist students in acheiving their academic goals, and progressive technological advances to make sure that students have the tools necessary for educational success.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone fresh out of high school, who would like to save money before they go to a University. If you not sure about college but, you want to try it out. College can be very fast pace and requires you to be responsible,assertive,and accountable. CCAC helps you become all those things that you need to be in order to be ready and confident at an University.

    Bang for the buck

    CCAC is great for students fresh out of high school. It's a lot cheaper than going to a University and they can transfer your credits. Their advisory department is amazing at gearing towards the needs and wants of the students. They help you get your grounding being fresh in college without making it seem as if they were holding your hand. They treat their students like responsible young adults that want to reach their goals for the future.

    What to do for fun

    They offer so many program and clubs. Whatever, you may be interested in yoga, reading, or sports they have it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and take advantage of every opportunity.

    In three sentences

    I think the school is great. They are very helpful with getting to where you need to be. They have a lot of helpful programs from tutoring to student activities.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would say it's pretty safe, I haven't seen about or heard of any trouble.

    What to do for fun

    You can just hang out with friends you already know, or new people you meet, take a walk around the campus, etc..

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't too bad, some of it is a little expensive, but some is good enough. Plus there's a sheetz and some other fast food places and restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms since it's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the academic strictness is about the same as any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention to your classes, go to class, stay ahead, and do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Even though many young students going into college want to go to a bigger, well-known college, community college is the way to start. CCAC is a great place to begin financially, since the costs are way less than other colleges and universities. I also like that the classroom sizes are smaller, so the teacher can actually pay attention and help each student learn.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is always found and the school is monitored by cameras and if something seems odd a lock down is immediately on

    Greek Life

    have not seen any of this

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs i couldn't even try and count. There are clubs to help everyone feel accepted and vent about what issues are bothering them. Awesome so see so many people voicing their opinion.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for an independent person, meaning someone out on their own or a person not so sure what they want to do with their life. It is not always easy choosing a career in this day and age.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I do not have a child, but there is a day care and that shows that this school wants everyone to succeed, even those that have a lot on their plate.

    Bang for the buck

    couldn't of done it any other way! i can work full-time and also go to school. its not easy, but there's no other way and they understand. Teachers are willing to work with you and your circumstances, but also know you as a person.

    What to do for fun

    Their is normally some event every month for students to mingle and get to know each other

    Food and Dining

    food is pretty good and cheap! theres also a couple places around the school that serves cheap food.

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life, but their are always people looking for roommates to save money

    Academic Rigor

    I would have to admit that this school has a high drop out rate, but over the past couple years finical aide has changed its day that refunds and i think that helped. people where dropping out right after they got they're refund, but now there are different requirements that make it harder to dip out with this aide. The school is becoming know from saving students money, by taking their prerequisites and transferring into a 4 year college. this is awesome for students like myself without any other finical support but my own.

    Tips for prospective students

    never put work before school!!! Quick money will distract you on your path to success and school is also for educations, not money. As you work toward your degree you must be patient and as corny as it sound believe yourself, but never let pride get the best of you. there are people at your school that want to help you.

    In three sentences

    This school is here for people who do not have much help at home. They will do what they have to to help you succeed and i love this! There are plenty of tutors and councilors there to help and lord knows i need it. Without the councilors guide I would be completely lost with the college process. My high school had helped some what, but it was all my senior year and i felt like it was crammed.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I go to class and go home, that's pretty much it.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat in the Cafe at my campus, but the highlight of my day is when I can take a 10 minute walk to Wendy's, Mcdonald's, Subway, or Taco Bell for lunch. These fast food restaurants being near gives me enough time to grab some food before my class. I love my fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to campus so I don't know about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are way more difficult if you have a teacher who explains the material poorly. However, if you have good studying habits and time to invest in your classes you will do fine. The science courses have some of the best teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to utilize the library and computer labs on campus, where you can print out slides, articles. etc. You can only print a certain amount of pages, but its extremely useful if you do not have an accessible computer of your own.

    In three sentences

    This college holds up to its slogan of being the first choice for faster results. Although some of the faculty are not as compassionate and helpful as they should be, the college if made for those who need flexible class times at a decent price.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security everywhere.

    Greek Life

    They have greeks. I havent joined and sorority but I do know they have them available, which is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on. Always a charity event, always opportunities to join a club and have a lot of fun.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are unsure of college, or for students who suddenly decided to go. Like I said before its a great school to get your feet wet, and really decide if you can do this college thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There arent any unusual traditions, but the campus' are huge here. There is always a great hiding spot equipped with tables and comfortable chairs to relax in.

    Bang for the buck

    For the last few years, I have gone to college completely free with my fasfa. You get taken care of finacially, your parents will love this school.

    What to do for fun

    Theres plenty to do, pittsburgh is a great place for activities, especially broke college students. Theres always a free activity here.

    Food and Dining

    There food is good and great priced. They even have shows sometimes in the diner, which is always fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Great school, small class sizes and teachers with wonderful education backrounds and a passion to teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not all about parties and dorm rooms. This is a great school to get your feet wet. If you are looking for a great party, oakland is not far away.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to attend. They have a lot of resources for students and great programs. I love it there.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Play Woman's Professional Football for the Pittsburgh Passion.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Do the work and you can move onto another collage.

    In three sentences

    This campus is a great way to get back into school and save money. The staff is friendly and willing to help you achieve success.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There has never been an issue with crime or something bad happen since I've been on campus.

    Greek Life

    Non existant

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for anybody that needs and wants to save money on their first years of college. Also great for people that do not want to deal with a four year college because they have other things going on. The flexibility of scheduling classes is great here.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and sports to partake in, if interested.

    Food and Dining

    Not that great. Though I have not tried it that much.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes do transfer to most colleges. However, you are not given difficult work, so how much you learn is partial.

    In three sentences

    The tuition is great being that it is a community college, so you save a ton of money. The teachers are also pretty great. However, the office staff, such as the financial aid office and advisors are not helpful at all, and actually often rude.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I constantly see the security staff in and out of the building. Seems to be very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not involved in any yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-Motivated. Unsure of what major/degree as the college offers a variety of coursework.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I'm aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live in-county then the tuition rate is fantastic, otherwise you will wish you lived in Allegheny County.

    What to do for fun

    I know they have a nice exercise trail behind the building. Also, the gym and fitness room along with the ball fields.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses. Not a cakewalk by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on the ball as far as financial aid and registration processes go and you shouldn't have any problems. The office staff always seems to be accommodating and helpful. Boyce Campus is very nice overall.

    In three sentences

    Boyce campus is nice. Office staff are helpful and caring. Teachers so far are all great and seem to care.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security guards do an adequate job at keeping the school secure and making you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Barely any to speak of since it is a community college.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who work full time,who have families,who live close to campus and who can only go to school part time or online.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can speak of.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of tuition is very affordable but the quality of education does not make it worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    If at the Monroeville campus,travel a few minutes up the road to the Monroeville mall and do some shopping during off time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at all other colleges. Online professors can be unhelpful and have poor program schedules. Be prepared receive little to no help from staff.

    In three sentences

    The staff seems unhelpful and unacknowledged,always transferring you to another person without any help. The online classes can be poorly set up and the professors do not reply to emails forr days at a time. Even for a Community College the institution does not seem to care for its students in a way that would help them to succeed.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CCAC promotes campus safety, and there are always safety guards around.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in a low-cost school, one in your area, or, like myself, you just want to start earning credits so you can later attend another college/university. Whatever your reason is, CCAC can provide it

    Bang for the buck

    For the low cost, you more than get your moneys worth out of CCAC!

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, and chances at social interaction with other students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too hard, but not too easy, as the goldilocks theory would put it: It is just right!

    Tips for prospective students

    You could go here for many reasons, it is a low-cost school, it is in your area, or, like myself, you just want to start earning credits so you can later attend another college/university. Whatever your reason is, CCAC can provide it. I find it a good place to start a college career, I would never hesitate to ask any of my teachers anything, they usually have great availability, and help is always around the corner , if needed. The classes are not too hard either, but not too easy, as the goldilocks theory would put it: It is just right! For the low cost, you more than get your moneys worth out of CCAC!

    In three sentences

    Great school for any reason you have low-cost, close by, or just to start earning credits. Great place to start your college career, friendly teachers, with not-too- hard, not-too-easy classes. For the low cost, you more than get your moneys worth out of CCAC!

  • 08/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around. I always see somebody from the security team patrolling the parking lot or walking the halls. If I don't see a security guard at least once every hour, that's rare.

    Greek Life

    The only Greek Life we have is for the Honors Program.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's usually always something going on at one time or another and there are numerous clubs for all kinds of interests. Personally, I recommend the theater club and the video game club, but that's just me. :)

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who isn't sure about their major just yet Saving money by taking general education classes (not specific to your degree) Achieving an Associate's Degree and pursuing a higher degree at a University

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nature Trail. It was built by a local girl scout troop and, I believe, maintained by them as well. It's great to take a walk if you want to relax, but you should make sure you have at least one other person with you because the trail gets very narrow in some places and it can be dangerous after heavy rain fall.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth the tuition. As long as you work hard for your classes you'll have no trouble at all. And the teachers are always willing to help if you need it.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't much in the area directly around campus. The only thing that comes to mind is Century III Mall and it's not exactly a hang out place.

    Food and Dining

    I personally like the food in the cafeteria. There's always healthy options available. (pre-prepared salads, a sandwich bar, home cooked style foods) The only bad thing I could say is, there isn't always enough when the lunch rush comes in so the line gets long when the students are waiting for more food to cook and you might have to wait for the second or third batch to be up depending on when you came in. Worse comes to worse? If you have the time in between classes, or you're willing to wait until class is over, there are many good restaurants within a 10 minute drive. Plus, there's a microwave for student use in the cafeteria if you brought your own lunch and you want to heat it up.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms since this is a community college. Students either have their own apartment or they stay at home with their parents to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and the teacher, the classes can be very difficult. Some are easy and feel like they are more of an extension from your high school. Others are very difficult and require 2 hours of studying at home for every hour in class. In my experience those classes are higher classes (microbiology and anatomy 2).

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check to make sure you actually need the books for your classes before you buy them. I think I've used my books regularly for only 5 out of 12 classes. Don't buy something you don't need and waste your money.

    In three sentences

    CCAC is definitely a good place to go if you're unsure of your major or you're looking to get your Associate's and work to a higher degree at a University. It will help you transition from high school to college and as long as you are dedicated to what you are doing, everything will go great.