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  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    De Anza is a great school for students who like to get ahead and like to work hard. Since it's a quarter system, it's more for the type of students that can work at a fast pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    As I mentioned before, get there super early to get a parking space. Also, register for classes when it's your time to- classes fill up FAST. And always, check ratemyprofessors.com for the classes you are taking. You never know which teacher is right- or wrong- for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Even going to a community college can be a bit pricey these days, but I feel that De Anza College is a very affordable school at $13/unit. Affording college is, well, AFFORDABLE at De Anza College.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at this school a whole lot. There is a ton of opportunities to meet new people, get involved in many different school activities, and getting ahead in your education. The one thing I do not enjoy about this school is the parking. With so many students here, it might be best to get there at least an hour early before your class- just to get a parking space! Other than that, this school is great and I enjoy being there.

    Am learning a lot

    Although De Anza College is a community college, I feel that you can get so much more out of this school rather than going straight into a university. The classes & teachers are there to help you reach your goal as much as they can, whether it's in your education, career, or life. I feel like I'm getting the aid to get where I want to be in life at De Anza College because of all of the things I've learned in my time being there.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. There are many different people at De Anza, both traditional and non-traditional. There are online and night classes for full-time workers as well as classes starting as early as 7:30am for morning people like me. Many classes available so timing should not be a problem with those who work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early! It's important to register at 5am on your chosen registration date. I know it sounds early but it's really important because it can make the difference between getting a class or not. Make sure to check the availability of the classes you want ahead of time so when registration comes, you won't be freaked out about what class you will take if you can't get the one you want. Also, be sure to sign into the MyDeAnza portal to register at around 4:45am because there are thousands of students signing on at the same time. Don't waste time. Make sure to take at least 15 transferable units a quarter so you don't get behind. There are many students who don't take enough units when they first start and they end up staying an extra year because of it. Don't make the same mistake! Meet with a counselor if you're confused because they are there to help. Do take the time to meet people in your classes. They can help with your coursework and help make the time go by faster when in class. And who knows, maybe they'll turn out to be a new friend! Do apply for financial aid. I qualified for the BOG fee waiver and had all my registration fees paid for me my first year. Definitely worth applying. Don't slack off. This is not anything like high school. If you screw up, your grades will reflect that and your professors won't change your grade just because you give them a sob story or beg them to change it. It's a time to get serious. You are there to learn. Lastly, have fun! Enjoy the experience because it goes by quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely getting your money's worth. At $17 a unit, registration fees are only about $816 a year! that's only about 1/6 the price of some of the cheaper 4-year schools! You really get your money's worth at De Anza. Going here saves thousands of dollars a year for the same quality education. Since you spend your first two years taking GE classes anyway, it's best to get a great education at a great price. Definitely recommend this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is so much better than high school. You get the freedom to choose what classes you take and when. College life at De Anza is pretty cool. Since it's a community college, students don't live on campus but there are still tons of ways to meet people. With over a hundred different clubs you can meet people who share your same interests. The easiest way to meet people though is in your classes. Making friends in class makes the class much more enjoyable and makes the time go by much faster. Many of the teachers assign group work which is the perfect time to meet people. There are also many events that occur around lunch time which bring the students together.

    Am learning a lot

    De Anza is a great school, one of the top community colleges in the state. All the teachers are well-educated, most with Master's and Doctorate Degrees. They truly care about their students and they are always available to help after class.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a lot of cops on and off campus areas. De Anza and foothill college district have a district police so the safety is not a big concern for many students. Also it's in the city of Cupertino which has a sheriff department and there's always patrols going around the campus.

    Greek Life

    Sadly de Anza doesn't offer one

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of clubs that range from ethnic backgrounds to musical and religious beliefs.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students that are serious about their academics most classes require a lot of work but you do learn. Great for visual leathers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's plenty of open areas to study in and just enjoy nature. The Fujitsu planetarium is a great place to catch a movie or maybe a laser show inside the dome like roof. The pool is also beautiful, it's huge and the surrounding area is built like an old roman stadium with a pool instead of dirt.

    Bang for the buck

    De Anza is a great college to attend if you plan on making academics a priority. For a community college, de Anza offers a wide variety of classes to accommodate students and their transferring needs, and plenty of electives to keep your mind working and staying active.

    What to do for fun

    We have clubs, team sports, plenty of physical education classes for all with a huge variety to chose from. There's also a planetarium which offers movies, or laser shows. If your a person whom likes nature an studying on open spaces de Anza also offers plenty of quads and areas to enjoy nature and peacefulness when you study, read etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best but its also not horrible. If your looking for a good meal your better off bringing lunch from home. A bit expensive, but their is plenty of variety from Chinese to Mexican, and plenty more.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't on campus living here.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors take their classes less seriously than students so make sure you read the reviews at ratemyproffesor.com before choosing them. All in all most of the other faculty is great, their always has to be office hours so if you need help professors are there. The classes and class sizes are huge in the beginning of the quarter but as time goes they get smaller and the student professor interaction gets better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you choose your classes in time because they fill up fast yet lot of the students drop within two weeks so if your in the wait list just be patient. Take advantage of everything offered at de Anza it will make your stress levels relatively low because their is help everywhere if you just look for it.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college is a very good college if your trying to get your academics done fast. They have a quarter system which keeps the flow moving and it keeps you on your toes. The atmosphere is very friendly, and the campus is great if you love nature, plenty of trees and squirrels and its also very clean.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Like I said clubs would probably be your best bet for fun and their off-campus activities that they sponsor.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus isn't worth buying nor trying since most of it tastes like it's been frozen for months or the ingredients have been sitting around all day. They could use a new cafeteria as well as a more elaborate and neo-healthy-freshly-friendly menu, if that's even possible. Things like a 100% Angus burger on a grilled ciabatta roll with roasted red bell peppers and arugula served with lemon herb carrots and watercress would sweeeeet. I wouldn't mind laying down 5 bucks for that or even a freshly grilled tomato, basil, and mozzarella panini. Though I'd have to be eating it in a remodeled cafeteria or at least outside on a table that has an umbrella.. Outside of that the food off campus is 5 stars with Panera, Togo's, Island Burger Cafe, Ikes Lair, Whole Foods, and Jamba Juice all within walking distance!

    Dorm Life

    To be honest this college does not offer dorms or living quarters since it is a two-year college and people are going in and out of here constantly but there are some lofty apartments around the neighborhood and even in nearby cities like Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, and my hometown San Jose.. the S babies.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are what you read is what you get instead of what you see is what you get. You may expect to see a nutty professor and nutty students not doing the right things but you'll go home and start reading the material you discusses/worked on in class and figure out that this stuff is pretty rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Absolutely and I mean ABSOLUTELY register for classes ahead of time even try registering a month or two in advance or at least have a solid idea of what class you want to take 2. Join at least one club that interests you to help build your connections and if you can't find one that does check out the on-campus events they have or the off-campus events some clubs host and go from there 3. Finally, just have fun and make sure you stay on top of your work because one little slip no matter what college you go to can put you into a whirlwind of trouble, grrr..

    In three sentences

    The campus is all around very scenic with all of it's trees and freshly paved pathways. The students, staff, and professors/teachers are inviting and are extremely friendly. De Anza College is hands down a great two-year college to help boost not only your life skills but to get you prepared for the outside world and a transfer Uni or UC!

  • 05/30/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that are very education-focused. This is not a school for students who just want to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do research yourself when you're trying to apply at an out of state university. The counselors at De Anza generally can't help you out as well as you can. Make sure you take a good look at requirements for certain schools.

    Bang for the buck

    Since De Anza is using a Quarter system, instead of a Semester, classes are shorter and lessons may be accelerated in order to cover all material that is required to be taught. That and adding to the budget cuts make classes very expensive to take. In order to take advantage of the classes you have paid for, you would have to take up every single information taught, including learning outside of class with your teacher's office hours.

    Did enjoy being here

    From the outside looking in, the school looks overcrowded and kind of boring. However, I thought it was absolutely peaceful and tranquil - the perfect place for a real scholar. There were enough flowing trees for shade, but there was enough spaces for sunlight to peak through. The campus is really clean because everywhere you go, there's bound to be a trashcan nearby, along with a recycle bin for recyclables. This environment allowed students to study out in the open without being interrupted by noise. However, because it is a community college, most students go to school with the intention of transferring, and because of this, there aren't many student activities. Of course, there are clubs, but the campus is usually quiet with the occasional chatter between students. It might be a little boring for students who want some activities in their school.

    Did learn a lot

    The teachers that I've had the chance to know are absolutely amazing. However, you must know that I used Rate My Professor. For me personally, I believe that having a great, or even decent teacher, is the best way to learn. They are your educators and they are the expert in whatever subject you're trying to learn about. In my experience, every single class I ever took at De Anza, my teachers were passionate about their knowledge of the subject and seemed to want their students to know just why they are so passionate about it. I really was inspired to learn in my classes because of that kind of attitude that was presented to the students.

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to qualify as an in-state resident before applying to this college or you'll be spending thousands on tuition on just the first few quarters that you attend.

    Am learning a lot

    My teachers have shown that they are passionate about the subject they teach. It's not like high school, where you just take notes, study and do homework and that's all you really get from a class. You actually learn beyond than you would from an ordinary class.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Science, Math, Psychology, Automotive Technology, Health Technology, Music, and much more majors to choose. You have to be a hard-worker.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study more. Use ratemyprofessor website to find best professor! Interesting clubs to join.

    Bang for the buck

    Save money by going to bookstore across the street. Financial aid include fee waiver, scholarships, and state financial aid if you qualified.

    Academic Rigor

    Study and professor are nice.

  • 04/09/2012

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    They have a good set of clubs and activities. If you wish to participate, there is plenty to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    People looking for an education but want to save money.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and explore the neighborhood.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing special I suppose.

    Dorm Life

    De Anza does not have residential dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are no requirements for enrolling and the process is incredibly simple. The classes are very inexpensive. Make sure to visit the campus and get a feel for the school and go to the Open House event.

    In three sentences

    Great school for a great price. There are a variety of classes, clubs, and services available to students. De Anza really wants to help their students succeed.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Food sucks. Go off campus to eat or get the chinese food or unomas.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard it is harder than some state schools, and the quarter system is a little difficult to navigate since things go so fast. It is not a school for slackers; if you want to slack off, go to west valley haha

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for transferring, not so much if you want to just get your associates. It's main focus is getting people in and out and transfered.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Police is around throughout school and close school hours. They roam around every second of every day always checking around that everything is A okay.

    Greek Life

    De Anza has many parties that they have planned and set out for those who like the night/party life. They are always posted outside in the bulletin.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every ethnic group and any sport you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a leader or like to action for what you believe in, programs such as joining the presidential committee is for you. Many teachers and students also go out in Sacramento once to twice a year to protest about school budget.De A

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We always have karaoke day where people perform in front of the out side dinning area in the afternoon. There is also a mini carnival that takes place in the main quad a couple times a month where cotton candy and games are provided for free.

    Bang for the buck

    The amount you pay per class is considered cheap when compared to any other schools. You get your moneys worth every time you attend class!

    What to do for fun

    The gym is free for students to go to, track field. The library offers a variety of uses. Many people like to hangout in the dinning area along with the outside eating area.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good considering it is from school. The amount given is fair along with the prices.

    Dorm Life

    It is not provided by the college. No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Research on the professors before taking their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to class early to make sure you get a seat and not miss anything because teachers start lectures exactly at the time posted. Parking is hard to find so beware. Take advantage of all the programs and benefits they have for students.

    In three sentences

    They have a variety of teachers to choose from in every subject. De Anza is always clean along with a high rate of green promoters. Impacted with students.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    playing music and hanging out with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Be patience in your academy goal and be realistic!

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. I love it because there are a lot of classes for me to choose. And this is a wonderful school to transfer to the university.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have campus police; however, the substation on campus has limited hours. They reassure students that the campus is getting patrolled 24 hours, but I don't know how true that is. I also haven't noticed any camera's on or around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    De Anza is quarterly; meaning, many students here appreciate a fast-paced learning environment.

    Bang for the buck

    You get University education at a junior college's price!

    What to do for fun

    Your student body card offers you a discount at the movie theatre and bowling lanes nearby. Again, because of De Anza's awesome location you are close to everything that would be considered fun!

    Food and Dining

    On-campus meals; Breakfast meals (till 11am), Italian; pasta and pizza mainly, American; burgers, cheese-steaks, hot dogs, fries, etc, Baja Fresh; fish tacos! affordable fresh Mexican grill style deliciousness, Chinese food too! Off-campus student discount restaurants are 360 Gourmet Burrito; Baja Fresh; Bar Code; Cafe LeTTea; C'est Ci Bon Bakery; Cold Stone Creamery; Coffee Society; Cinnabon; Erik's Deli; Fresh Choice; Florentine Restaurant; Ike's Lair; It's a Grind Coffee House; Sea Port Restaurant; Subway; Simply Thai; Togo's; Yiassoo, and a few more believe it or not.

    Dorm Life

    They do not offer on-campus dorms, as most junior colleges do not. They do, however, offer off-campus dorm assistance.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say they are as challenging as any University, but for a lot less tuition money. The teachers are just as serious about education as my fellow classmates are. You will learn how to apply yourself in the real world here.

    Tips for prospective students

    My favorite teachers thus far are: Sal Breiter- Humanities and Cultural Anthropology and Bill Abb- Mathematics. GET IN TO THEIR CLASS(es) as soon as you can. This school is on quarter system- 12 weeks. Other students rate this school 3.8/4 stars! Register early!!

    In three sentences

    De Anza College offers an impressive array of courses and clubs to help you today and in your future. De Anza has students and professionals working with you to ensure you get everything you need while attending; such as: extended library hours, multiple cafe's and food selections, tutors and social clubs, free wi-fi, free public events-like karaoke Tuesdays, financial assistance, etc. There location is a huge plus for me too which must contribute to the schools diverse community. De Anza graduates will succeed in life and academically.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to pursue their education in an friendly and intelligent environment should consider De Anza College. The classes allow the optimum efficiency for learning and the teachers are saints when it comes to student satisfaction and achievment.s

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students who are hesitant in choosing this college should think about how much value their education is to them. If prospective student decides that education is a necessity of life, or an invaluable asset of consciousness, then De Anza should not require a single moment of thought.

    Bang for the buck

    for about 17 $ a unit, this community college is an absolute bargain for the amount of knowledge and friendliness. There are a myriad of scholarships that De Anza offer to its students. With such help, it is implausible to think anyone would have a financially difficult time attending De Anza college

    Am enjoying being here

    If a social environment is what you're looking for, then look no further. De Anza College has a huge amount of students attending and the hospitality of the general population cannot be described by mundane words. Many times have I gotten lost and inquired about directions, only to find that the students and faculty there not only tell me the direction, but also incline to offer me advice on who to ask if i get lost.

    Am learning a lot

    De Anza is a college for those who thirst for knowledge. The general education classes here are absolutely incredible. I have taken classes which range from environmental science to legal studies, and I can proudly accept the fact that I have been extremely ignorant of the vast knowledge that I have been privileged to witness. It is impossible for me to deny that the vast majority of CA Redwood Trees have been chopped down, or even that reality is a combination of action and form.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    De Anza works with a quarter system, which means that there are 4 quarters in a year: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The pace is much faster, and even faster in Summer. But if you are the motivated and fast paced, competitive type student, you should really consider going to this college.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say that De Anza is a very popular school, so prospecting students should know that it is very competitive to get into lower division courses for your major. Also, even though it is a community college doesn't mean that it is easier than a university college, you must really focus and work hard!!

    Bang for the buck

    This community college has very intelligent professors that teach there, who come from schools of higher education that you would expect to be teaching in university's. So going to De Anza doesn't necessarily mean that you won't get the same education as a university, it's just cheaper and you can really take advantage of this if you have Financial Aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    This community college is a relatively short commute, and that is a good thing about this school. The school is very diverse and has many clubs that you can be involved in. De Anza being one of the top community colleges to transfer from, it's very popular! So there are so many students you can meet and it is very interesting to such diverse backgrounds in a community college!

    Am learning a lot

    De Anza is a great community college to attend because it has a variety of professors that come from prestigious schools and can provide you with a great quality of knowledge. I have spent a year in this school and i have taken classes with very intelligent professors from schools that you would also hope to be in someday.

  • 12/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, active, committed

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about not getting into a class that first day, go back the next day, and the next till the teacher adds you.

    Bang for the buck

    I really do my research on my teachers before I sign up for a class. My first year I had to drop a class because I could not deal with the teacher and the teacher couldn't deal with me. Other than that, awesome school.

    Am enjoying being here

    A beautiful campus and there is always an activity by the food court to keep people entertained.

    Am learning a lot

    There is an amazing amount of diversity on the campus as well as in the class room, I am learning from the moment I step out of the car!

  • 04/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Competitive students, especially those willing to fight for spots in classes (it's pretty much a requirement as some classes are near impossible to get in to). You should be motivated as well, and willing to be social and more out there. Students there already have their cliques generally, and there are a ton of people who go there-it's easy to get lost.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an early bird, sign up for 7:30 or 8:30AM classes. You will be able to have your choice of parking spaces. If you wait until 9:30, it will be harder to find parking, and you will end up having to leave the house earlier to get to class on time anyways. Be to your classes (and ON TIME) on the first day. If you aren't you can and probably will be dropped (yes, even if your late they can drop you). If you are waitlisted, still go to class for that week, even if the teacher keeps telling you they aren't adding anyone. Many students don't show up the 1st day, or drop it after a few days, which bumps you up.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are definitely affordable. However, books can become very expensive, especially if the only copies left are the new ones -.- If you can, go to your instructor's page as soon as you sign up for the class so you can look at their green sheet and find which books you need. You can generally get them for way cheap on amazon, but also can buy them used/rent them at the campus bookstore. Also, if all are sold out definitely check out the college bookstore across the street (next to Togos). You can also go there to sell old books, they take almost all of them. If you go to buy your books too late at the campus bookstore, though, they will generally be sold out and want you to order a new one through them, which is crazy expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a ton of school spirit when it comes to current events, fundraisers, clubs, etc. Right now we are having the Walk a Mile in her Shoes march, and almost everyone in my classes is signed up and attending it. The same thing happened for the March on March 4th at the capitol (supporting teachers and school funding).

    Am learning a lot

    I came from one of the top distinguished high schools in California, so for me the classes aren't terribly hard. But for someone who went to the average high school, classes may be a bit more difficult. I did, however, learn a TON in my sociology class with Mari Huerta, as well as in my psychology class with Goesling (hint hint!). Wasn't too impressed with my philosophy teacher-I've heard the same thing from other students as well. Overall, the teachers are great, helpful, and if they see you putting in the effort, they will work with you and help you succeed. Oh! And child development with Cordero is awesome! Anyone going into nursing, teaching, etc. should definitely take this class!

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Go see a counselor as soon as possible, i would have been done sooner if I had.

    Bang for the buck

    it's not that expensive and you get a lot of thing for what you pay for, like an on campus attorney which i found out we had the second year.

    Am enjoying being here

    there are times i really like it but then there are times where i wonder if this is how all colleges are and hope it's not. the one thing that would make it more enjoyable is for them to have more events to meet other students

    Am learning a lot

    there are some teachers that are just horrible and i couldn't learn anything from them but then there are some teachers that i love and could not wait to go to there class to learn

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it's ok.

    Greek Life

    don't really know yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    really great!!!!!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    any kind of students who want to be successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    bookstore is easy to find. it's near parking lot a.

    What to do for fun

    sports, reading in library

    Food and Dining

    they're delicious. and customer service is good.

    Academic Rigor

    many popular and special departments.

    In three sentences

    this is the best college i've learned at. it has good environment. the teachers here are so nice and professional.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    morning, afternoon, and night. campus police/security are there to assist you for whatever reason it may be. they are helpful so do not hesitate to ask for help.

    Greek Life

    no greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    it is somewhat expensive but starting in the summer, it's only going to get more expensive. so i suggest applying for financial aid but do not let the cost stop you from making your goal. also apply to scholarships that are available from the school or other places where you can find them.

    What to do for fun

    what is there to do for fun? well there can be a wide range. you can join a club or create your own if nothing interests you, play school sports, act in a play. you just have to open your eyes and see whats out there on campus.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria provides variety of food for students who are looking to eat something different. if you want to know what will be on the menu for the day, you can look at the school newspaper and it will tell you. but overall, the food is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    since de anza is a community college there is no dorm life here. however, college life at de anza is fair.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic life at dac is slightly harsh. but it can be different in some departments just depends where you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    research, research, and do some more research. find what major you truly want to major in and then find the best college. on the other hand, if you are undecided (which is fine) find a college that can help or help broaden your horizon to see what interest you.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    i have been involved with a few clubs but my favorite and the one i've spent most time in is anime club. i have made long lasting good friends through this club. everyone is welcoming and friendly and i have had an overall positive experience. there are also many other clubs catering to a variety of many other interests.

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good although a bit over priced.

    Dorm Life

    well there is none but the school has a busy atmosphere, with a lot going on.

    Academic Rigor

    it is fairly challenging depending on the course.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    due to an incident that occurred years ago where a student planted bombs around the school, the campus security are now actual policemen, so that's a plus. you can go to the campus police department if you're ever in trouble.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs here to choose from to join of your liking. if you do not have an interest in any of these clubs, you are allowed to create your own club with approval. club days are held i believe every quarter except summer that you can check out.

    Great for these types of students

    if you want to save money, which most people do, this school is great for you. you save a large amount of money attending here before you transfer. the saying, you get what you pay for., does not apply here at all, attending this college, you get way more than what you pay for, which is a great advantage especially in our current economic crisis.

    Bang for the buck

    what you pay to attend this college is very well worth it. cheap because it's a community college, a community college with a high transfer rate. the courses aren't too easy nor are they ridiculously difficult. de anza is also a quarter system school so you can transfer faster if dedicated.

    What to do for fun

    de anza's campus is very peaceful in general so going for a little stroll around campus is fun. in the cafeteria there is also a piano there for anyone who would like to play to play.

    Food and Dining

    the food served here is very good. the cafeteria serves restaurant quality food and there are also other places on campus, such as the bookstore and cafe that sell a wide range of snacks and packaged foods. random vending machines are also located in various areas on campus.

    Dorm Life

    there aren't any dorms on campus here, it's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses taught here are a bit challenging, but that's typical, for they are college courses. as long as you put in the work and study, you should do fine with your classes. some classes are easier than others of course, but all it takes is perseverance.

    Tips for prospective students

    after you apply here and are enrolled, if you are academically disadvantaged whether it be financially or academically in general, make sure you apply to eops!! this program helps out students who are academically disadvantaged guiding them to success and also giving students the upper-hand of early registration for classes as de anza is very impacted!

    In three sentences

    de anza college is filled with many helpful professors and staff who just want you to transfer and are willing to answer any questions you have. the campus has a very tranquil feel being very spacious, filled with plants, and smoke-free. the people all around are very friendly, creating a safe and mutual environment.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    it will get you in and out, as long as you stay on track and take at least 3-4 classes each quarter

    Food and Dining

    big selection of food

    Academic Rigor

    just stay on top of your work and its easy

    Tips for prospective students

    have a back up classes, just in case your not able to get in. and always keep going to the class until the teacher says were not taking anymore students

    In three sentences

    overall school is pretty decent, takes awhile to get the classes you need due to budget cuts. great transfer rate, if thats what you plan on doing.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never usually have to worry about my safety. There's always police men walking around, supervising the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love the bay area!

    What to do for fun

    School clubs and weekly activities like the flea market on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    there's plenty of great food and restaurants conveniently located around the school

    Dorm Life

    de anza does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult in usually major classes and not so much in minor classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't forget to study.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college is convenient. The teachers there are great and they're always willing to listen and help.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a Police station in the campus, and they are willing to help and protect you if you need safety. However, it is an open-campus, therefore always try to be aware of your surroundings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs that you can join in, and you will be able to sign up during club day which is I believe once or twice every quarter.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer and on-budget students.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes and tuition are cheap once you apply for Financial Aid!

    What to do for fun

    Attending club activities and getting to know people from De Anza. It is always fun to interact with other people and make friends!

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is okay and a little expensive, I would not say that it is the best because there are many other restaurants near the campus. Usually, people pack their lunch from home or eat outside of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is not any dorm on campus, but housing is available near De Anza.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough since De Anza is based on a quarter-system, however if you are dedicated on your studies, you will succeed with a high grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's best to do a research on who your Professors are going to be!

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe at De Anza. Cupertino is generally a safe neighborhood. I do not believe any violent activity has happened at De Anza for the past three years I have been here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. On club day you will witness multiple clubs circling in front of the library. You will definitely find something you are interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cafeteria is always filled with an exciting, college atmosphere. There is nothing really unusual about the campus. It is beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a $5 movie theater across the street at The Oaks shopping center, as well as many food vendors around the area.

    What to do for fun

    De Anza has many clubs and activities on campus. There is the flea market the first Saturday of every month, $5 movies across the street at the Oaks, and many food vendors around the block.

    Food and Dining

    The food at De Anza was good. I especially liked the salad and the curly fries. The prices were a bit high, but reasonable.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at De Anza are challenging enough to prepare me for my four year college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to leave your house early enough to get parking during the first week of class. Be sure to study throughout the quarter so you do not kill yourself towards the end. Also talk to a counselor so you do not waste your time and money.

    In three sentences

    De Anza College provided the right education for me for the past three years. The teachers helped me by providing challenging life lessons and the counselors have been a big help by advising what classes to take. De Anza was the perfect community college to prepare me for my next college experience.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeteria is pretty good. If you want, you can always go to nearby restaurants such as Quickly, WholeFood, Panda Express, etc.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at De Anza.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to study hard, but all the assignments and projects are doable.

    In three sentences

    The professors are great at De Anza College. All of them are very friendly and passionate about teaching. Because of the education budget cut in California, De Anza is experiencing increase of tuitions if you're out-of-state or international students. The majority of the students go to De Anza to transfer to 4-year-institutions.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Presently there is a lot under construction (which is good because they're upgrading, but tends to disrupt parts of the campus safety).

    Great for these types of students

    Computer and technology. Not so much art. Athletes too!

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for very cheap! Even the parking permits are cheap. I honestly believe one can get as good or better education from a JC like De Anza as one can get from a UC.

    What to do for fun

    Being that I love sports, I'm inclined toward De Anza's athletic department. They have a new soccer field, tennis courts, golf area, and archery area.

    Food and Dining

    I mostly enjoy the Espresso shop in the cafeteria. Those guys pay attention to quality ad love their work. I've had little of the cafeteria food, but i know it's better than Cabrillo College's food.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms and I don't know what the student housing is like.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very thorough and cover a lot. This can be especially challenging in the night classes, but even a little effort can go a long way with the instructors. They pay close attention to who is working and who isn't. Auto mechanics is not easy and the courses are designed to weed out those that are not serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    I most recommend that students use the instructors as much as possible. Fit in some one-on-one time with them and ask questions. Try to reap from their experience because that is invaluable in the automotive world. Finally, because automotive technology is becoming electronic, focus on electoral related classes. My father recently told me, to be an auto mechanic means to be an electrical engineer.

    In three sentences

    The Automotive Technology Program offered at De Anza is well organized with availability of up to date equipment and technology. The teachers are extremely knowledgable and connect personally with the students, always being open to work individually — very important! I highly recommend this school and hope it can continue to find support through budget cuts and hard times.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe on campus. There is always a strong police presence on campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student life on campus is really limited. It is very difficult to start a club and most students are not interested in spending a lot of time making it work.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the cost of most community colleges around the nation, California Community Colleges are very inexpensive although you will hear students complain. They have no idea what the TRUE cost of an education really is and would be surprised to learn the discount they are getting via the state. Out of state and international students are fully aware of the true costs.

    What to do for fun

    Fun? College is about studying and getting into the mindset of working hard as most of life will be this way. Occasionally, you can find time to hangout and talk with others or go to the movies. But keep it focused!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is very expensive and not that great so make it only an occasional treat.

    Dorm Life

    Only off campus living and the area surrounding campus is expensive area to rent space. If you allow plenty of time for your search and you time it to the beginning of the quarters you can find affordable living arrangements, just be prepared to be flexible.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are way too easy and others seem to require a real focus and discipline. Approach every class with the idea that you will have to work hard for the grade and the easy classes will be a pleasant surprise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Search out answers and never assume that what someone told you is true or fact. Spend the majority of your time studying and building a relationship with your instructors as this will help you in your time in the classroom.

    In three sentences

    A good school for those serious about pursuing knowledge with their own motivation. Counseling here is not that great so get to know your catalog and your educational requirements. Build relationships with faculty, but remember to double check all that is told to you.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    29 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I recommend De Anza for any students that feel pressured to pay for college. This school provides excellent education and has some of the best teachers I've met. And this school is located in such a college student friendly area and has a lot of fun things to do close by.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth the money! You can get the same general education that everyone else is getting for a fraction of the price. The professors are great, the location is awesome, and the people are friendly. And because classes do not cost as much as other schools, I was able to try out different classes without feeling pressured. This was how I figured out what I wanted to major in. I tried different classes at this community school and I figured out what I wanted in the future. That is definitely worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do on campus other than club activities. But there are things right outside the school that you can go to for fun. There is a movie theater right across the street and it is very cheap, although it does not have the most recent movies out in theaters... And within 15-20 min driving distance, there is also a bowling alley, mini-golf, amusement park, and many more dining areas. And because this school is located in the bay area, you can visit Apple, Google, Facebook, and other cool places! And the beach, San Francisco, etc. are places to be if you're willing to drive an hour or so.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food can be overpriced, but if you know what to get, it should be okay. But De Anza is surrounded by a lot of dining areas. These include Quickly's, Panda Express, Ike's Place, Whole Foods, Togos, Thai, Japanese, Jamba Juice, Coffee Society, and many other places. All of them are walking distance so you can easily walk over and grab a bite. Most of them are fast food and college student friendly. Some even have De Anza student discount so make sure to get an ID card!

    Dorm Life

    No Dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I've taken both online and on-campus classes at De Anza. They are both rigorous and not easy. Some are easier than others, of course, but they all need that extra work to get an A. Just because it's a community college, don't underestimate it. The work that the professors expect of you is very high, and a lot of them know what they are doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    I said this for Foothill College as well, but do not bring your car for first couple of weeks of school because it is almost impossible to find parking. There are a lot of buses that go by the school so if possible, take public transportation.

    In three sentences

    A very lively community college with many classes and opportunities. Its location makes it an excellent place to meet up and hang out with friends. The variety of classes make it fun for students to choose their classes and they are taught well.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safety college.

    What to do for fun

    Join some clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Food center launched few years ago and.. poor quality with expensive price.

    Dorm Life

    NO dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Great! There a variety professor available for each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Set up plan before enroll because there are so many students. It's hard to register class on time.

    In three sentences

    So many international student. Great professors available. The biggest community college in Bay Area.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been some questionable incidents on campus. I don't recall the Russian Strangler being apprehended. What about that crazy girl who stole a car and crashed it into the faculty parking spaces? Sorry for being an alarmist. De Anza is safe most of the time.

    Greek Life

    Nope, no Greek life at De Anza. Except.. maybe the honors society .. phi theta kappa .. Get your geek on :)

    Clubs and Activities

    Taekwondo, outdoor club, raw food club, pre-med.. what are you interested in? If the school doesn't have a club, apply to make your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who need to stay close to home (whether for personal or financial reasons) before transferring to a 4-year. It is very well suited for students who can motivate themselves to work hard and actively seek out resources. There is also a huge international population here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Between the Trianon and the new California ECOT building, there is a little place with tables. If you venture far enough, you will encounter a really creepy cherub fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Best community college I've ever been to. If you put in the effort, you will go far.

    What to do for fun

    Not much to do in Cupertino. Watch a movie at the Bluelight theatres across the street, at the Oaks Center, or hike Rancho San Antonio. You will probably see deer out for dinner if you go near sunset!

    Food and Dining

    Can't really attest to the dining because I pack a bag lunch but there are always some delicious smells wafting through the rooms. Check out the food!

    Dorm Life

    There are no on-campus dorms. Remember, junior college?? However!, living at home is cheap and you've probably been doing it most your life so you're a already a pro!

    Academic Rigor

    De Anza is one of the top ranking community colleges in the state, probably second after Santa Monica College in transfer rates. But just as in every college, there are difficult and easy teachers. If you are a hard worker, you won't even know the difference.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always talk with a counselor. Community College can be difficult if you don't have a plan in mind. Utilize the many resources in the library, like the extensive subscription databases and dvd collection. You already paid for it, am I right? Somehow, complaining makes the quarter last longer. Put your all into your studies and in the end, you will be proud of your achievements.

    In three sentences

    Offers great financial assistance and even without, attending De Anza is very affordable. There are many support programs that helps students with academics and adjusting, like tutorial centers and language exchange programs. The environment is very laid back and you will meet a huge diverse group of people.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The number of active clubs and student organizations varies from quarter to quarter, easily fluctuating between 50 and 80. There are also plenty of spots around campus to just get together with friends and hangout, both indoor and outdoor, such as the Main Quad, the Campus Center (cafeteria), the computer labs spread across campus, the patio dining area, etc. A lot of events also happen in the Main Quad and on the Patio Stage from time to time, so if anything, you can give De Anza an A for effort in that they make sure campus life is not boring in the slightest.

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus food is alright, but off-campus, we are surrounded by food places, and it all depends on whether or not you want to/can drive, or would prefer to walk. Plenty of food places abound, and most will accomodate a student discount, as all you have to do is ask and make sure you have your student ID on you.

    Dorm Life

    Seeing as how De Anza is a community college, there are no on-campus dorms so there isn't really a dorm life here, but many students do live very close to campus and simply walk over when it's time to go to school. It's in a convenient location for most, and even for those who have to commute from farther places, most would surprise you by saying that it is worth the drive.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a fair balance between easy classes and hard classes, but then everyone has their strengths and weaknesses across different areas, and will develop their own specific skill set. Depending on which area of study the classes you take fall under, you can either have an easy but fulfilling schedule, or a hard but rewarding schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to anyone, or ask questions. Take the time to explore the campus, from the faculty to the places and even your fellow students.

    In three sentences

    A great atmosphere that makes you want to learn. Academics that will challenge you, but will reward you if you are willing to put in the work. Full of surprises, as you can find and learn things that you would not expect to from this place.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    What to do fir fun? Well you can join a club. Get a job on campus or simply walk around and enjoy the beauty that this campus has to offer you.

    Food and Dining

    De Anza has one of the greatest foods and college could possibly have. The Mexican grill Una Mas is my favorite food there.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Though this college is way more rigorous than any other community college i know it is worth it because in the long wrong it will get you prepared if you are planning on transferring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of all the programs that De Anza has to offer. Join clubs, go see guest speakers, and socialize.

    In three sentences

    One of the best community colleges in the South Bay. Great food, professors, and staff. It is also a clean and environmental friendly campus.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe! have taken a few night classes.. never ran into trouble. campus police are always around.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    oh gosh, we have over 70 clubs! always fun! the outdoors club is my have, along with the Red Cross club!

    Great for these types of students

    ALL TYPES! I can honestly say De Anza has an incredible diverse student body. Many engineer majors, biological sciences, art... you name it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that i'm aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth your money. Lots of great programs that will help you financially. You really get a great education for your money.

    What to do for fun

    This school is in the heart of the silicon valley. Lots of cool tech companies. But thats not the fun stuff. there is a mall and movie theatre less than a mile away. and a neat little shopping area literally across the street from the college!

    Food and Dining

    BEST CAFETERIA! i have visited many college cafeterias, De Anza is by far the best. Even out ranks some Universities.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    DEFINITELY GO TO DE ANZA! Community college is a great choice if you want to save money, and De Anza is the best of the best.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school, the faculty is incredibly helpful. Academics are top notch. And the transfer program is phenomenal.

  • 06/29/2012

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

    35 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    housing is expensive

    What to do for fun

    The school is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Lots of restaurants across the street

    Food and Dining

    Dinning area is decent.

    Dorm Life

    none

    Tips for prospective students

    Fees are low, teachers are helpful, buildings are updated and not old.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college is a very good school. The teachers are helpful and the campus is clean. They are currently under construction.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus police patrolling the school at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, however getting admitted into a club is a different story.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to transfer or are international students should consider this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are various fountains and hallways that can create the logo of the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Every year the prices go up, but at least it is cheaper than the universities.

    What to do for fun

    Santana Row and Westfield Valley Fair are really close to the school. There are various shopping centers for students to visit.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. It is fairly expensive

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any school, work hard you will achieve. This is a second chance to get into the schools you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to work hard and don't slack off because the quarter system shortens the time frame you have for memorizing facts.

    In three sentences

    This college is fairly small. The school is very diverse and different. This school is one of the best schools to help one transfer to their dream college.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Anything, as long it is legal.

    Food and Dining

    Great, no tax and cheap.

    Academic Rigor

    Very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Excellent in teaching, the environment of the school is good, glad to be here

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    38 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always take night classes and have never once felt unsafe walking to my car across campus alone.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs don't really do much on campus besides hold their meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who have yet to figure out a major and want to save a ton of money. Also, if you didn't get into the UC of your choice, it's a second chance to get in, using the Transfer Agreement Guarantee or T.A.G.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I was attending, there would always be break dancers practicing inside the orange theater.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll get your money's worth if you use ratemyprofessor.com and go to class. If you pick an easy teacher, you'll definitely get a good grade, but not necessarily learn anything. So if it's a prerequisite for one of your major courses, choose a challenging professor that will prepare you for your transfer.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and P.E classes you can do for fun, but most students just choose to hang out off campus at a local eatery or hit the clubs in San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    On Thursdays, they serve bow-tie pasta with bacon and chicken. It is heavenly. But the sandwich's they sell are amazing. The bread and ingredients come from Le Boulanger, one of the best sandwich shops out there. Unfortunately, the menu never changes, so after a year of the same food, you'll eventually start bringing your own lunch. This will also save you hundreds of dollars.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    It is generally quite relaxed at De Anza. But depending on you're major the academic rigor increases exponentially. For example, the economics and humanities classes are very easy, but physics and calculus forced me to attend the tutoring center.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't be shy in class. -Speak up and talk to your teacher if you're having trouble, most are there to help. -ALWAYS go to the tutoring center. You'll make good friends with good habits there. The tutors and students there are absolutely amazing. -Take a class that you find interesting or want to learn, it'll make the day less stressful.

    In three sentences

    De Anza is one of the few community colleges that actually offers a community as well as good faculty. Friends are important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but there are many students who forget that they are there to transfer and sadly begin to slack off. Overall, De Anza college is a great junior college; you just need to focus just as you would any other college.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is safe but you always have to care take of yourself

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities such us parties, art and music shows. They seem to put a lot of effort in cultural activities

    Food and Dining

    The Food is really good, a bit pricey though.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in this College.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the teachers have been pretty good and flexible but none of the classes have been super scary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions and be patience. Take advantage of the Student Success Center that has excellent tutors and classes to help you do well in class. Everything works out eventually, hang in there. College is tough.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is pretty nice and helpful. Teachers can be really good but other times I didnt feel I was learning a lot. The experience has been really positive overall.

  • 09/11/2012

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

    40 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    DeAnza has many clubs and places on campus where you can meet lots of people. They also have karaoke at night sometimes which is very fun to both watch and participate in!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus or your teachers! Make sure you are focused on doing the best you possibly can.

    In three sentences

    DeAnza is a very diverse, beautiful school. It is a great environment with many attributes to guide and help the students towards success. The teachers really seem to care about the students and their grades, which is awesome.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to get involved in and activities going on pretty much on a weekly basis.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer Students, First Time College Students

    What to do for fun

    Discount movies for students across the street at Bluelight Cinemas, and several good places to eat and grab coffee. There's also some great nightlife options available in San Jose and if you're up for a drive SF isn't too far either!

    Food and Dining

    Not much to brag about, the cafeteria has very little options but I do have to give them kudos for the vegetarian items on their menus. The school also has two little cafes in the campus center that are both excellent.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms that I know of, but you'll get a similar atmosphere by joining clubs and getting to know other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses with great teachers that care about your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as early as possible because they fill up quickly and definitely talk to a counselor if you need help finding out what you need to take. If you want to avoid crowded parking lots, get to class early and consider taking evening classes.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for transfer students or those seeking to earn a 2 year degree. The quarter system delivers challenging courses with the ability to get a lot done very quickly. The area surrounding the college is great for students with a little bit of everything in reach.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I am new

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want to go to universities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am very new to the college

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, karaoke, parks

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and see counselors often.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college offers a large selection of classes.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've heard of an attack on a young girl in the parking garage early one morning. I don't really feel safe and usually sit with my car locked until I leave for class.

    Clubs and Activities

    Saltworks is the best club!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Sunken Garden is a nice little spot to eat lunch :)

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of different clubs on campus, but other than that I'm not sure what else they offer for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, there are a lot of choices. It's too expensive for me to eat there. There are a lot of places to eat, but its hard to find somewhere comfortable during bad weather.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life that I am aware of. I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There isn't a lot of pressure but some teachers just want you to do things on your own so it seems hard and demanding but I think some are just trying to teach independence.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to people who have been there before. Find someone who can show you around, there are SO many resources I never knew about that have helped me so much.

    In three sentences

    De Anza has a lot to offer students, if they take the time to look around. For someone who has very little, I have so much at De Anza. The campus is clean, up to date and easy to get around.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle between L Quad and the Library. It was always a meeting point for my friends and I.

    What to do for fun

    Take classes that interest you like art, sports, or photography. Get involved with events or clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The 'chicken caesar salad' is a must. If you haven't tried it, definitely try to get that next time you head to the cafeteria. The chicken nuggets are also very delicious. The dining area is big, with a couple of TV's and lots of tables and chairs. Sometimes they'll play the soccer game or baseball games and everyone in the cafeteria will be cheering or booing for their team. Occasionally, there will be students playing the piano that's next to one of the doors that lead out to the library.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are really helpful. They push you and want you to do well in the class. For Psychology, I recommend Philip E. Boissiere. He makes all his psychology classes fun and some how makes the material easy to learn. For PE classes, I would recommend Yoga or any sport you're interested or have played in high school. I found Yoga very relaxing and I would suggest either taking it before your day starts.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, I would recommend (for the first week) coming to class 10-30 minutes before class starts. There is always trouble when finding parking because nobody knows where their classes are and where to park. The spaces are a bit tight, but I found out that people park better in Parking Lot C, especially in the garage. When it rains, make sure to bring an umbrella because there aren't many shelters to help you when you're walking to class. Selling your books is easier in the beginning of every quarter. Post your ad near the classroom or inside the classroom, in bathrooms, cafeteria, anywhere that has foot traffic. Try selling it to students before going over to the book stores. The book store across the street near Jamba Juice usually sells their books cheaper than the De Anza book store. Plus they have this black dog there that is really cute that just walks around. For counselor appointments, don't go in the beginning of the quarter. That's when everybody is trying to talk to them. I would try to make an appointment or do a walk in at random times. For example, if your class gets cancelled or you have a free day, go during that time because not a lot of people will be there due to the fact that they will be in other classes.

    In three sentences

    De Anza has the best cafeteria! Teachers actually want to help and shape them into better students. Everyone there is super friendly.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    De Anza is a safe campus. There are thousands of students on De Anza's open campus, though, so if you leave unattended items they may be stolen. Overall, the people you meet at De Anza are friendly, and there are few problems on campus and in the parking lots--even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs on campus for students to express their cultural and religious beliefs, or share a common interest such in the break dance club or psychology club. Each quarter there is a club day so new students can join the clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices for De Anza are going up every quarter, and it's becoming harder to get into classes. For students that need financial aide, though, FAFSA and other scholarships provide help to thousands of students every quarter. As for getting into classes, you just have to be prepared to sign up for classes as soon as your registration is open.

    What to do for fun

    There are several musical performances held in the Flint Center every quarter performed either by De Anza music students, or outside musicians. Also, De Anza has a free art exhibit redesigned every quarter. Besides these opportunities, students stick to their friends and studies for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at De Anza is great! There's a large variety of options, and also several restaurants across from the De Anza campus. The food is a little pricey-for college students, it's a major downside to the dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on the De Anza campus, and I have personally never heard of any dorms for DA students. Most international students stay with relatives.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at De Anza all have a unique style for teaching, but they are all committed to their work. Even though students prefer one teacher over another, teachers at De Anza are highly qualified and committed to their students. In order to make sure you get the teacher best for you, try to find out information about the professors before enrolling in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    At De Anza, students can make the most out of their time. There are many welcoming teachers and resources accessible to help students succeed; however, unless you take initiative, the opportunities can be overlooked. When you are willing to reach out of your comfort zone--by enrolling in different classes, or joining a club--you might discover a passion for a new profession or field of study.

    In three sentences

    De Anza College is a great place for students to explore fields of studies, fulfill GE requirements, or even jump-start a second degree. There are a multitude of opportunities and resources available for students to take advantage of, such as campus clubs and access to free tutoring. De Anza is committed to seeing students succeed, and will challenge any student who is willing to work hard.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The film club at De Anza is amazing! It is well organized and informs you well of many great film entrepreneurs, as well as plugs you in with festivals and provides resources and people who are interested in making student films and working on projects for fun. I have had a lot of fun in the club and find it very resourceful.

    Bang for the buck

    Total bang for your buck. I'm hoping to pay for my entire year at de Anza in only 3,000 dollars and take at least 12 units per quarter. The prices are fair here, and while books are pricey there is a bookstore across the street that offers better prices, and also offers an option to rent books instead.

    Food and Dining

    De Anza has a few really cool on campus places to eat. There is a coffee shop called Luvellos which is simply incredible, and you won't be able to go back to starbucks. Also located in the bookstore is a small store that has snacks and drinks available to students, though the prices are a bit high its very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like all my professors teach me well and provide me with excellent resources to both learn, and pass their class. I have no doubt that they know what they are talking about and feel excited to learn everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking at De Anza, consider your major because it is a highly scientific and academic school. If you are an art major of any kind I would not recommend studying here as it does not have much to offer especially for performers. Though the film is great here.

    In three sentences

    I feel like I get a great education at De Anza and I know it is opening up many doors for me as a student. Though it is a community college it is plugged in well with programs, advisors and professors who excel in what they know. This is a great school to kickstart your education and launch you into wherever you want to transfer.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety if pretty good. They're nice people willing to help. They also provide free hack into your car services when you locked your key in. You just have to have manual windows.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent. It's a junior college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities. There's an amazing diversity.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for not chemistry major students. The classes are too impacted and arrive systematically. If you can't take the first class in fall or spring then you have to wait till next fall or spring.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There;s nothing really unusual about the campus or any traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of the time if you don't apply for financial aid and still need help, De Anza will give you the BOG waiver. You pay for everything except the $13/ unit. The food's a little overpriced, but good. I believe the chef is actually trained and went to school for it. They sell movie tickets 25% off the price of the theaters. De Anza also offers free bus passes for VTA.

    What to do for fun

    There're many activities, clubs, and other social events the school plans. Laser shows are available in the planetarium. Musicians play during midday hours.They offer movie tickets for 75% of the price from the regular theater. There's a five dollar cinema right across the street.

    Food and Dining

    I actually really like the food. The only thing is that at times it can be a little greasy and always slightly overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    This doesn't apply to De Anza.

    Academic Rigor

    They have very well educated professors who expect a high level of understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you speak with multiple councellors before you plan your classes. There're many ways to go about taking the curses you need and one might be a better pathway for you than the others.

    In three sentences

    The have good professors, but a bad registration process. I'd give them a C because of this. They tend to cancel classes and drop students from other classes due to glitches in the system.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    join clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    use rate my professor.com for registering for classes

    In three sentences

    great teachers friendly students beautiful campus

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had any problems with this, even at 10 at night

    Bang for the buck

    I've lived in California for almost 2 years and STILL can't get in state tuition. I even graduated from high school here.

    Food and Dining

    Very expensive but open until pretty late

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life?

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't had any challenging classes so far, definitely go to ratemyprofessor.com because some of the teachers are CRAP

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take online classes, and if you don't have a car get ready for a serious commute.

    In three sentences

    I like the campus, but it takes me 2 hours to get there without a car so I go online now. The online system is horrible, don't try it.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    This school has a great program if you plan on transferring to a 4-year college. The campus is very beautiful. Everyone is friendly and seem like great people.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always trying new ways to boost campus safety. De Anza is a very big school with a stretched out campus, but I've always felt safe there. The campus police are always happy to escort you to car at night too.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is always pretty interesting, but at De Anza they have tried their best to make it edible. They have recently added healthier options to their menus and also vegan and vegetarian options. There are also small cafes around campus that offer the best coffee during exams!

    Dorm Life

    Since De Anza is a community college, there are no dorms or any other on campus housing. But it does have its own little college community around itself and most of the apartments in the area cater towards students.

    Academic Rigor

    De Anza is both easy and hard. It really just depends on what classes you're taking and what you really want to get out of them. Most of the professors are super nice and willing to work with students, some however have turn into old grumps. I would suggest researching your professors first, to ensure a good match.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend talking with an academic counselor and setting up a lose road map or academic plan before getting too far into your studies. It's a big school with a lot of classes to choose from and it can get overwhelming pretty fast.

    In three sentences

    De Anza is a great school for anyone confused about life. It's a school where you can discover yourself and your dreams, while they teach you the skills necessary to achieve those dreams. And if you're not lost and confused, it's still a great pathway to use to get to where you want to go.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I gave it four stars because if you are taking a night class it can be kind of scary walking to your car alone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've noticed this past quarter that there are a lot of half naked guys that like to hangout by the smoking area...

    What to do for fun

    There are many welcoming clubs on campus and a lot of sports you can join.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very tasty and delicious. Could have more healthy options but their hot sandwiches are to die for!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most Asian students, so if you have a hard time understanding them it will be hard in group projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to purchase a parking permit and if you have a bigger car it will be hard to find parking. If you are taking a night class, try to park near it because it can be scary walking to your car alone.

    In three sentences

    Overall, great school to attend when wanting to transfer out quickly. It's hard to transfer in two years, but doable if you don't work full-time. Professors are nice and easy-going but make sure to check in with ratemyprofessor.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Study. There is no fun at De Anza.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good at De Anza. The kitchen looks pretty clean and there are meals healthy meals and as welll not so healthy meals.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at De Anza.

    Academic Rigor

    Though. You always need to keep with the class in De Anza if you want a good grade. De Anza is very different than normal semester colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, and study this college is fast passed don't even think about procrastinating.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college is one experience that will leave you with your mouth open. De Anza colege uses a quarter system the classes advance fast which makes it the perfect school if you are looking for an extra challenge. De Anza also is a school concerned for the student; tutoring services and office hours are always available.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Socializing students or are trying to make new friends

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Club day

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Crazy!!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to transition from high school to De Anza College because it still has the high school feel to it. People are really friendly and are very sociable. If your afraid of making friends? Don't be because the professors tend to make you join in class groups to help each other out also know other people in the class room

    In three sentences

    Best socializing school to go to out of the other community colleges out there in the south bay area.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and meet people

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is full of variety, but a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard as long as you put in the effort and focus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus and work hard at whatever class you are taking. Some days you will feel like not going to school at all, but just think that it is just a couple of years of struggle and you will have the rest of your life doing what you love with an education to back it up.

    In three sentences

    A great educational experience. I have been attending De Anza for three years and am now on my way to transfer to UC Davis due to their great academics. Worth every penny.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing will happen if your walking around late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Seems like every week is there is club day and there are many to join as well.

    Great for these types of students

    International Right minded individuals

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Seems like every week there is a field trip for kids to go see planetarium.

    What to do for fun

    Various sports to join and clubs, if not for you then one can go enjoy plays they have or open mic that are put on and live music occasionally but mostly live piano performances from students in cafeteria, or just relax and take in the scenery and enjoy the beatuiful international students if your a guy, always a good enviornment at de anza

    Food and Dining

    Great spots to eat that are near the campus if your not into the cafeteria scene.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have an idea of what you want in life and want to go to school to learn and achieve, then De Anza college is for you.

    In three sentences

    Overall a beautiful learning enviornment filled with right minded individuals who want to pursue their educational goals and succeed in life. The staff is friendly and always going above expectations to help youbachieve your goal.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Better than most, but there have been instances where a persons life was in jeopardy. Note: don't park in the garages.

    Greek Life

    There's not much out here.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't say. I haven't had the time for them.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a rather compact campus with a lot of parking surrounding it. Wherever your classes are, your car is just minutes away from the door.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't say.

    Bang for the buck

    I suppose so. Its definitely cheaper to go here for your A.A. and Unlike the four-year institutes, you can stay undecided until a few quarters before you graduate or transfer. Its a good place to experiment before heading to the brand names for a degree.

    What to do for fun

    Meet your friends there and go somewhere else. It's a nice place as a gather together but there is nothing there to do. Around De Anza, though, there are plenty of options to hang out - like the game stop, target, restaurants, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely terrible and cheap foods. Whole Foods is across the street in a easy five minute walk. I say go there if you're in need of a meal uplifting and energizing.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life. Be prepared to commute from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are excellent. I've only had two terrible teachers out of two years there. I put three stars because I have not used the study centers, and so cannot vouch for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a community, really dig around. But this place is really just to tunnel vision through as many classes as possible to get the heck out and transfer.

    In three sentences

    Its a rather quiet place with not much of a community. The teachers are great, though. I've had very few bad experiences with the staff. But the cafeteria is not recommendable; a short walk to Whole Foods across the street offers higher quality food cheaper than the burritos or sandwiches there.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Other then new drivers being known for backing into cars into the parking lot this campus is VERY safe.

    Greek Life

    No greek life, unfortunately.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs and activities going on at De Anza is insane. You would thing we were a major university. A majority of students are involved in something.

    Great for these types of students

    A dedicated and hard working student on a budget or looking for a good transition from high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two ducks that are always walking around campus together. Everyone calls them Mr. and Mrs. Duck, it's hilarious because they walk around with people.

    Bang for the buck

    People in my neighborhood joke that De Anza is UC De Anza because of the quality of education we receive. The professors are beyond amazing. An educational experience I would not want anywhere else my first two years of college.

    What to do for fun

    Chill by the cafeteria and listen to the bands that come once in a while!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria serves some good breakfast, other then that the lunch menus are selective and bland.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at De Anza, but i feel like if there were it would be a blast.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are more average in difficulty then hard. They are not easy and not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. The workload is average but that doesn't mean you should slack off. Don't give yourself a break. This is a community college, but it's a great one so work as you would at a major university. Study, study, study.

    In three sentences

    The experience here is like no other community college education. The teachers and students combined are ridiculously hard working and dedicated to success. A+ school in the middle of Silicon Valley.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police help by covering some area of the campus and in cases of threats, De Anza warns students through text-messaging or emails (only happened once in the past 2 years that I've been here). Parking tickets and smoking outside of the smoking areas receive tickets all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs is available on:http://www.deanza.edu/clubs/clublist_name.html Other than clubs De Anza has great Athletics teams, internship opportunities, and fun events that the Student Body Senate puts on.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for just about anyone! Whether your social or keep to yourself, De Anza offers ways to meet people, study quietly, interact with staff and advance your academic future.

    Bang for the buck

    De Anza saves me a lot of money as a transfer students since I don't have to pay high University tuition (especially in California). I pay around $500 for 15 units (a regular quarter) and I get many useful resources I can utilize for that money. There is an exceptional amount of free service offered around campus and it's truly worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in school activities. As mentioned before, you can join clubs (or start your own! It's easy), get involved with Student Government, try out for Athletics, go to events and dances that are put on by the Inter Club Council.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria could use some improvements. There are many healthy and good food options around campus (Ike's, Whole Foods, etc). The cafeteria food includes Sandwich bar, Salad bar, Italian, Mexican, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Most students live at home with family / roommates. There is no on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of effort that is put into studying largely depends on the student, the major, and the types of classes they choose to take. De Anza has amazing professors who put their heart and soul into teaching. For a community college, De Anza's academic reputation is widely known as successful and positive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore and take every opportunity you get to meet people and broaden your horizons. De Anza offers many great resources that go by unnoticed by many students. Whether you're struggling academically, financially or socially - De Anza offers help with almost anything. Your community college experience is what you make of it! Some activities that De Anza offers include clubs (Art and Design, Psychology, Auto-Tech, Black Student Union, Debate Club, etc), sports (teams and classes), student government, internships, civic engagement, free tutoring at the tutorial centers, free legal aid, computer labs and more!

    In three sentences

    A diverse community college that ranks #1-2 in transfer rates in California. Large variety of course offerings and extra curricular activities, as well as great training in various programs such as Child Development, Nursing, Athletics, Animation, etc. There is a place for everyone at De Anza.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of stores and restaurants around de anza that's convenient to walk to in between classes. There's even a bookstore across the street that sells their books cheaper than the De Anza Bookstore does. There are several fast food places also.

    Food and Dining

    I don't really eat in the cafeteria but their coffee shops are very good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system goes by very quick, so one needs to be very devoted in their studies. It not easy and students do fail on their classes but perseverance and motivation will help students succeed in their future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be prepared and study before class. Test or no test, the more you study the less stress you'll be putting on your grades and status in transferring. Many students struggle in transferring out in 2 years but it's possible!

    In three sentences

    De Anza College should be rate at a 6, due to the impacted classes. I am also displeased with some of the teachers/professors who come to class unorganized and leave the students feeling lost and unprepared for upcoming exams. I feel like they can improve in the communication with their students.

  • 08/13/2013

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

    61 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    There's quite a lot of activities you can do in De Anza, most of which are found in clubs. Join one and see what kind of thrills you may encounter :)

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are plenty and prices associated with them are pretty decent. Also, there are food places near the school too like Quicklies and PandaExpress if you're craving for them. The only problem I have at the moment is the quality some food may not be consistent, and I'm talking from experience by the way, but aside from that, their food is something you guys should try out at least once. Especially the Alfredo and Salads

    Dorm Life

    I don't think there are dorms here...

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are very straightforward and most of the classes I've been to are quite enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always register early, check in with your counselors, and really focus on the school work since quarterly systems can be less leisurely compared to a semester system.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very large and spacious, accompanied by having an environment that's very pleasing to the eye. The quarterly system in this school makes this a very good college to go to, for anyone who are willing to fastrack their educational needs and compress everything into quality workload. Most of the people here are pretty friendly too, just don't leave your things unattended though.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The ecopass is a good way of saving money. There is a book store across the street that can save you money when the time comes to get your text books.

    What to do for fun

    There are always on campus activities. If you're ever bored just swing by the quad and there will always be people to talk to or something going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's always a good idea to stay organized and on top of your assignments. Use a planner and keep up with deadlines.

    In three sentences

    This college is a good campus. The teachers do well in preparing us for the material we are expected to know. The system works very well.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in a quite and low crime city, but take precautions anyways. You can never be too safe. Also, watch out where you park your car, some of the students are new to driving and there are occasional reports of hit and run accidents.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs at this campus, more than any other school I've been too.

    Great for these types of students

    Low income students, or students that need time to figure out their major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Plenty of secrets and traditions at De Anza, but you need to get involved to find out ;)

    Bang for the buck

    University quality courses at a fraction of the price.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the office of College Life and get involved with the school. You will make lots of friends this way.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't very good. There are plenty of places nearby where you can get something to eat, so even if you don't like the campus food, you should always be able to find something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the teacher at De Anza also teach at local universities so expect the courses to be entertaining and tough. However, if you keep up with your school work and stay ahead of the class, you should be able graduate with a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the school. Go to the clubs, speak to the counselors and read the campus newspaper, because knowing what resources are available to you will make this a good experience.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are some of the best around. The campus is big enough to be a UC, and it has more to offer than you will ever need.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not bad, it is all organic.

    Dorm Life

    Non existent.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends upon the class and professor, but if you do your work and come to class you will be fine.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I haven't got into any trouble yet, but heard a couple of rumors and stuff. Car theft, and sexual assualts. Not many people or advisors will be there to witness or help because of how big the campus is.

    Great for these types of students

    Types of students who want to express themselves and have fear of doing it. Here, you can do anything, and be however you want. No one will judge you, everyone here understands that everyone is different. It's great for students who want to learn and want a great environment to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    De Anza has a Facebook Confessions page, its actually pretty funny and amusing. There are also nice students informing you on things that happen around De Anza and give you advice. It's like everyone is friendly and willing to help.

    Bang for the buck

    Whaaat? I'm not really understanding this question...

    What to do for fun

    I would make new friends, hang out in the social areas. There are also programs and other things to do, you just have to find your cup of tea.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, I never have time to pack lunch or buy food. The food court is right on campus and serve a variety of meals and snacks. The salads are good too.

    Academic Rigor

    Right now, I have classes that challenge me in a time manner, but for the most part the academics aren't that hard to keep up with. Unless you're lazy like me haha.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should be prepared to take on the worst time of your life here... Just kidding, it's a very good and fun community college to attend. You should keep up with your work, and make new friends. People are friendly and helpful so stay tuned to be filled with excitement when attending De Anza

    In three sentences

    De Anza College is a very diverse school with a lot of opportunities. It's a very active school, and has such a friendly environment. The campus is relaxing to be on.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I volunteer for teachers as a teacher assistant.

    Food and Dining

    The food was adequate for the price you paid. The serving sizes were larger than one person should eat but for the price you pay it makes sense to be that big. Service was slow at times before and after popular times to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There is not an option for dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were challenging but if you study hard you will be rewarded. English teachers were are great asset in my education goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, work hard and you will be rewarded. Take both general education classes along side some major preparation classes. Be clear on your major before taking major preparation classes.

    In three sentences

    Exceptional education opportunities with professors who take the time to teach their students. I enjoyed taking physical education classes because I got to learn new skills that would help me to obtain a job before completing my degree.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking to eventually transfer or just get a general education/degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Le Cafe and order the Caramel Macchiato. Trust me.

    What to do for fun

    Sleep on a bench or go talk to random people on campus. Everyone does that.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use RateMyProfessor.com to find a professor that fits your needs. Also, get plugged in to the school as much as you can.

    In three sentences

    De Anza is a great place if you're looking to transfer to another college. The international population is overwhelming. The professors are the best you'll ever have.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    De Anza is a fast paced college on the quarter system. Offers a variety of courses and degrees.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is on constant alert and has a lot of police phone calls spread all around campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life because it is a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities in the school is strong, but not a major influence. They do exist, but they are not as expressive to students on campus. This is due to students, like myself transferring in a 2 or 3 year span resulting the clubs to constant pick a new leader and staff every quarter.

    Great for these types of students

    De Anza is great for any type of students. The nationality is not a problem and also whether you are social or non-social there are areas where people talk and people relax. There are areas of complete silence as well as places for people to socialize. The school is a great start to prepare students who did not enter a university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school was a smoking-zone that leaves the rest of the campus a smoke-free campus. There are new buildings for film and animation majors as well as areas to help international students and people from the military.

    Bang for the buck

    The school admires and acknowledges students who work and attend school full time. The books are relatively cheap and sometimes not needed to buy due to checking them out at the school's library.

    What to do for fun

    I tend to meet new people in my class and get involved with my professors. The professors are more than welcome to aid you for your academic success. There are even clubs that are funded in which it is best to join as much as you can. I am in the Anti-bullying club, but due to mid-terms I cannot attend every meeting.

    Food and Dining

    The food is a bit pricey, but that is the same for all colleges (even universities). There are a variety of restaurants around the college from fast food, buffets, and sushi restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms in De Anza. It is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a quarter-type system, so the pace is fast. Turns out the work is not that hard, but all determines on how hard you want to receive the A.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to save money and get good grades, go to De Anza College. The nationality is very diverse from Russia, Czech Republic, and even Pakistan.

    In three sentences

    The college campus is mid-size to large. The community is very peaceful and helpful. It is the best community college, if not the best college to start.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus located in Cupertino, California, closed to Apple HQ, is very safe. Since this is the silicon valley, crime rate is very low.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a lot of active clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    - International students. - Those who having financial issue. - Those who seeking to attend high ranked four-year college. (Since we have great transfer rate)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So many international students.

    Bang for the buck

    I like this college a lot. Even though I am an internatinal student and having stress earning good grades. There are a lot of good people to be with and let me keep being positive. The sad part of this school is most of people are transferring to universities in a lot of locations, so it is hard to have friends for long term. However, it is a good chance to make connections over the places.

    What to do for fun

    We have a lot of active clubs. Joining them is one of the best way to have fun. There are also many events on campus provided by the student government and the club council. They are also worth to participate.

    Food and Dining

    Foods in the cafeteria is pretty bad, so try to bring your own lunch every day.

    Dorm Life

    It does not have dormitory.

    Academic Rigor

    Having a lot of good professors. Not only for learning subjects, but also their practical experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active on the campus, making many friends! That's all what you need. Enjoy!

    In three sentences

    Diverse of students come. Campus is active. It's having a high rate of transferring.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not much around the area, but it's a beautiful area that's prime for running and biking if you're into that.

    Food and Dining

    There's a decent enough cafeteria on campus, and various eateries around the area. Pretty standard fare I'd say.

    Dorm Life

    There are none here.

    Academic Rigor

    Many professors push you academically in a good way. This is truly a great school to ease you into the next level.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely meet with a counselor as soon as possible. Also, parking can be very hectic, so plan to come early. Lastly, if money is tight, head across the street on Mary Ave. behind the businesses to find free street parking. The walk is a bit far, but it's free.

    In three sentences

    De Anza is a great community college that does a wonderful job getting students ready for university-level courses. The professors are often highly qualified, and the students are great. Also, the campus is beautiful.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theatre, and many food and snack places you could hang around with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There's a minimum variety of food in the cafeteria. But the location of the school allows for exploration and there are many food places around.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't a dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    I think adjusting to the quick quarter system is the only difficult thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would give are to try new things. There are so many different people and students so don't be closed minded, try new things that YOU like. Get out of your comfort zone and you'll be rewarded!

    In three sentences

    De Anza is a diverse community. There are many opportunities. Students and teachers are driven to succeed.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It good. Once in a while things are reported such as sexual assaults, robberies, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    All student! Very diverse!

    Food and Dining

    I cant personally rate the food. Ive never eaten at the college.

    Dorm Life

    Theres no dorms since its a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Fair

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in full time and focus on your AA degree. Even if all you want is a short tech certificate having your degree opens the doors for better pay annd oportunities eapecially finding that first job.

    In three sentences

    De Anza college is a beautiful college with great degrees and programs. All councelors are very helpful and friendly and give great advice. Many class options though health care programs tend to be very limited on offering different times for same classes.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can join clubs and meet new people and eventually become friends. You can also join a sport perhaps if that's your thing. Its college life you can do ANYTHING to have fun =)

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. I don't eat there very much now a days, but i used to. They have all sorts of different kinds of foods hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and even Mexican food you pick whatever you feel like having that day. They also have drinks of course soda, juice, water, fruit....oh and they also serve breakfast so if you have a 7am class you can go there and eat.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms =(

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking I would say that this school is not too hard, but not too easy. I guess it all depends on the professors you get, but after all you do want to go to school to learn and not just get an easy class and come out with no knowledge whatsoever.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend you come in knowing what you want to major in and take the main classes for that major because if you have no clue on what major to pick you might end up staying longer than you anticipated.

    In three sentences

    De Anza College is a very friendly environment to be a part of especially if you are a international student. You feel as if you are at home because people here are just too friendly which is a good thing of course. Students struggle and we all get a sense of that hardship so we try to lighten it up a little and try to help each other out (well at least most of us do).

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't be fooled, De Anza has actual police- cars with the rifles and all. It is a decently safe campus but I recently had a friend who had their bike stolen out by the A lot, and having car windows smashed for valuables has been reported so stay safe. About the most danger you will encounter on campus is in the parking lots. People drive kind of crazy around here just to save a couple of minutes. Don't be that person!

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are generally well heard of and well received.

    Great for these types of students

    NOT for the slackers or party students. While De Anza's social setting is often fun, everyone really comes here for the studies. If you show up with your club gear on, you'll probably get weird looks. You can often find flyers for raves or clubs littered about on campus for off campus events, though.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as the trend of attending colleges in California and transferring goes, you're gonna want to save some money for the first two years. The best way to do this is by attending De Anza, since the majority of professors here will give you the complete package of knowledge with a positive experience. Of course, not all professors are great. Always use ratemyprofessor.com to find the best, of which there are many at De Anza.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Pick up one of many fliers advertising things to do in the area, or events on campus. Talk to people- you never know who you will meet at De Anza.

    Food and Dining

    De Anza's dining has also won awards in the past for their dining services. The food is pretty good, but the prices are a little high. In case if you get bored of the dining on campus, Cupertino itself has a large variety of food establishments within walking or a short driving distance.

    Dorm Life

    Does not apply, however, 5 stars for the surrounding areas.

    Academic Rigor

    De Anza is voted 2013's best California Community College for a reason. Any major you may be pursuing -be it Biology, Film, Anthropology or English- you will find a challenge that will better you for the future in your chosen career path.

    Tips for prospective students

    De Anza has an EcoPass program. If you live close by or use the VTA, consider using it since it is part of the tuition. It is extremely useful in getting around the valley. Lock up your bike in front of the Police department to avoid your bike getting stolen. There's also a bike lock up cage for a small fee for extra security. When you apply, take your placement tests and counseling class as soon as possible. Talk to an academic counselor as soon as you can as well in order to figure out your academic goals to get you through. As awesome as this college is, you don't want to be stuck here forever. Talk to people. Sometimes they may seem too self absorbed or even disinterested, but more often than not people are happy to chat. You may make some new friends out of it. Especially talk to those in your major, as these people can become your connections later in your career!

    In three sentences

    This California campus located in the heart of Silicon Valley boasts an extremely diverse student population. It is the number one California Community College of 2013, and for good reasons too. Come check us out, and see why our motto is Just what you need!

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always campus police patrolling and many security officers around as well. My only concern would be to install cameras in the parking garages. I have been witness to various illegal activities taken place, especially in the higher floors.

    Greek Life

    There does not seem to be much of Greek Life in De Anza College. My best guess would be because of it being a community college and not a university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for any interest. A majority of these clubs are apparent on Club Day where booths are set up in order to publicize the groups and give word to students who may not know the club even exists. Activities such as sports and volunteer work are all also great if contacted.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who have their head in the game and know what they want both short-term and long-term.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There always seems to be great participation from the students or outside entertainment outside of the Campus Center. I have seen it range from students singing karaoke to small bands singing a few numbers. There never a dull moment when there is someone performing.

    Bang for the buck

    Since the transfer rate at the school to four-year universities is considerably high, one truly does get the bang for their buck. Also since there are no graduate students teaching classes, as some universities do, all the professors have already graduated college with their respective degrees giving only the best of education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of clubs that have focuses that span from Japanese culture to studying dentistry. For the more athletic students, De Anza offers a good number of sports with great records behind each sport.

    Food and Dining

    The food sold is exceptionally delicious. The only thing that I would change would be the prices. Some of the prices the food is sold for is not ideal for a college student struggling to pay for other college expenses.

    Dorm Life

    There are no available dorms for students who wish to live closer to the campus. Many students who are a long way from home typically rent an apartment within a bus drive's distance from the school.

    Academic Rigor

    If one has their Educational Plan set, the academic rigor is very strong. If one does not know what classes to take, they could indeed mark the rigor as being very poor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look ahead and have a plan for what you are going to do. No matter what your goal is, from transferring to getting an Associates Degree, there is a resource or person to help guide you to that goal.

    In three sentences

    De Anza College is extremely open and welcome to any student no matter what background. Despite the many goals and aspirations of the students who come to the school, it has just as many resources to meet those goals. The only catch is it is up to the students to find said resources to ultimately become successful and move forward in their academic careers.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do for fun, but I only go for school. i am not much of a social perosn.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is the top community college as there are many different levels and classes to choose from.

    In three sentences

    It is a very well organized school. They need to review their teachers and reconsider tenure on certain teachers. Overall, the education received at De Anza is remarkable.

  • 08/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In the past year, there were a few reports of sexual assault on campus. All the students in fall 2013 received emails about the first report, but I'm not sure if the suspects were caught. That obviously does not make me feel safe. However, if you are scared to walk to your class in the evening (or any time), you can call the police station on campus and they can drive you to your classroom via their police golf cart.

    What to do for fun

    There's a shopping center at the intersection of Mary Ave and Stevens Creek Blvd, where you can watch discounted movies at Bluelight Cinemas, eat at food franchises (Jamba Juice, ToGo's, Quickly, etc), buy/rent books at Premier Off Campus Textbooks, and see little girls practice ballet at the Dance Academy. There are a couple of churches nearby, too, but I don't know much about them. Speaking of churches, there are actually pairs of Mormon missionaries who come to De Anza often. They're pretty nice to talk to if they come up to you. There are always events at De Anza if you speak to several clubs and organizations on campus. You can always check the bulletin boards and posters around campus for upcoming events.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is actually pretty delicious, but at peak lunch hours (11:30 - 1:30pm), there'll be really long lines at the food court. Whether you are on a diet or not, the salads are to die for. There's an ¡UnaMas! and asian styled food stations if you're looking for some variety and it's located in between the food court and the dining hall. De Anza also has two coffee shops on campus, but I prefer the Le Cafe that's downstairs. It's quieter than the dining area and they supply multiple power strips. Off campus food can be easily be found across from De Anza. There's ToGo's, Quickly, Jamba Juice, Coffee Society, Panda Express, and Hawaiian BBQ. Again, at peak lunch hours, it can get really crowded. Be patient.

    Dorm Life

    Well, there are none available. But often times, the bulletin boards have apartment listings or 'roommates needed' listings. Since this is a community college, it'd be wise for local students to live with parents and for international students, ask friends, counselors, or teachers if there is housing available in the surrounding neighborhoods such as Sunnyvale, San Jose, or Saratoga.

    Academic Rigor

    General education classes can feel like a repeat of high school. Other classes have a great combination of rigor and fun. For example, many science courses offer field trips as a requirement or extra credit, but oftentimes, essays accompany those expeditions in order to connect real life observations with subjects taught in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Names can be deceiving. Since De Anza's a community college, the majority of first time college students will consider this school to be for lowlifes. That's totally not the case, especially with the clubs on campus. These clubs allow for better cultural, political and social interest and are filled with intelligent, kind people. They are open to building community, too, and in community college, it's hard to make new friends.

  • 08/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This school also has a small carnival, school dances, and club day

    Food and Dining

    Huge cafeteria, and other caf���©s

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in de anza, just a community college

    Academic Rigor

    It's a really good school. Helpful teachers. And has really good tutoring

  • 09/04/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    There is on-campus security, so I presume De Anza is a fairly safe area to walk around leisurely.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have no experience with De Anza's clubs and activities, but I do know that there are plenty of clubs, ranging from academics to cultures to sports. Students may create their own clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    De Anza is a great college for those who want to transfer, since it has transfer guarantees for certain universities.

    Bang for the buck

    I would like to say that you are getting the best out of your money if you choose the right classes. You would not want to pay for a class that's too difficult for you.

    What to do for fun

    From my limited experiences at De Anza, there is nothing to do for fun on campus itself, but there are places nearby where you can hang out with friends, such as the plaza across the street from the school.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten at De Anza's cafeteria before, but I have eaten at places nearby. Across the street from the school, there is a plaza where you can choose from an array of restaurants and cafes to fulfill your stomach's desires.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at De Anza. It is a community college, so you should probably find a place outside of campus to stay at. Traffic in the morning and evening can be really troublesome, so be sure to find a place nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students at De Anza are eager to learn. I have been to De Anza's on-campus tutoring during the summer quarter of 2014, and the students in my psychology class were very motivated to understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have only attended De Anza during three of its summer quarters, but from what I have experienced, it is always a good idea to spend at least one hour of concentrated studying for each class you take. A good place to study is the library, since there are quiet study zones which allow you to focus and concentrate on your studies. Also, try not to skip lectures, because some professors will tell you important things you need to know for your exams or important dates. If you have not registered for classes yet, be sure to leave spaces in between your classes; you might need a break after attending a class (i.e. a two-hour long class).

    In three sentences

    De Anza's campus has a friendly, diverse environment; the students who attend deviate in race, age, and many other factors. The campus is fairly small, which allows students to get to consecutive classes on time. My favorite part of De Anza is the library, since it is on campus and it is a great place to study at, since it has quiet study zones.