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  • 11/02/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to better their future, planning to broaden their horizon. Also IVC has an awesome accounting program and many other so check them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great community college for future transferring student looking to go into a 4 year university.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to IVC is really affordable attending the college is a benefit to your pockets.

    Did enjoy being here

    The IVC campus is great lots of exciting people there to meet many great teachers to teach and many books to be opened and read. Class rooms are enormous.

    Did learn a lot

    Starting my freshman year at IVC was nerve wreck never the less enjoyed my experience the school provided learned more in a few weeks and a pace that was comfortable but at the same time enlightened.

  • 02/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes as soon as you get your registration date. Classes fill up quickly. Get involved with clubs.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there is many good club. i love one of them asec .its an engineering club.if you are engineer go for it.

    Great for these types of students

    the students of ivc aren't all the same.i guess everyone can find the people in their style.

    What to do for fun

    you can join the club,take gym,dance,...classes.

    Dorm Life

    there isn't any dorm. but there is many apartment near college that you can rent.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont register late!

    In three sentences

    its excellent record in preparing students to transfer to a top university so they can reach their highest educational degrees.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel safe at the campus. i always see the campus police wondering throughout the school and at night the campus it well lit and you dont have to walk very far to get to your car because everything is pretty close to the parking areas.

    Greek Life

    not really sure about this section....

    Clubs and Activities

    i dont really have time for clubs and activities because usually after i finish my classes i have to go right to work. there are alot of fun clubs that get you involved and if i had more time i would joins a few clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to learn and get a good education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i havent seen anything unusal

    Bang for the buck

    everything is priced pretty accurately compared to other places

    What to do for fun

    i dont do alot on campus but irvine spectrum is close by and if i have time i go there to either shop or get somthing to eat.

    Food and Dining

    the food in schools cafeteria is awesome and its not that expensive. irvine spectrum is right around the corner from ivc and there are alot of good places to eat there.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm at ivc

    Academic Rigor

    i dont think that the classes are that hard if you just stay focused and dont wait until the last minute to get things done.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that all the classes that you are taking are transferable and make sure that you keep your grades up because they do matter if you want to transfer.

    In three sentences

    i am a student at ivc and i am majoring in business and i have an aa so far and i am working on an as and will be finished will all the required classes by the summer and then i plan to transfer to csulb to continue my education by next fall.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In terms of safety, Irvine is pretty hard to beat. The only danger is traffic, as some students seem to have obtained their drivers licenses from the top of a cereal box.

    Greek Life

    IVC does not have any official fraternities or sororities. However, there are some frats and sororities in nearby UCI that accept community college students as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    IVC has a good selection of clubs, and some of them may even offer scholarships as incentive to join. Club fairs are in presentation at the start of every semester.

    Great for these types of students

    As long as you can study, are willing to learn, check the ratemyprofessor reviews, and do not skip class (seriously, DO NOT skip class), IVC is a good place to start. Keep your GPA up, and you should be able to transfer to a UC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IVC seems to have an infestation of people who have poor taste in cars (I'm sure you've heard of the term ricer), and an even more laughable driving ability. Join their ranks, and you can kiss any chance of you losing your virginity goodbye.

    Bang for the buck

    Class sizes are quite small compared to most other colleges, and most teachers are decent. Take the reviews on ratemyprofessor.com VERY seriously, though.

    What to do for fun

    I am assuming that most of you who are reading this are from either Irvine and its neighboring cities, so all I can recommend is whatever you enjoy doing. There are numerous clubs affiliated with the school as well, so it is a good idea to look into those avenues as well.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food, and there are many good restaurants located in nearby shopping plazas.

    Dorm Life

    IVC is a commuter school. There are apartments right next to IVC, but they are in no way affiliated with the school. If you're looking for dorm life, you're barking up the wrong tree.

    Academic Rigor

    College (yes, even community college) is what you make of it. As long as you study and don't procrastinate, there should be no problems. Sign up for your classes as early as possible, because they fill up FAST.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study... obviously. Buy a parking permit if you plan on driving your own vehicle, as the surrounding area does not have parking for IVC students. Unless of course, you don't mind having to pick up your car at a police impound lot.

    In three sentences

    Great school if you're looking to transfer, get an associates degree, a certificate, or simply just to expand your knowledge. Unlike at research universities where some professors are only in it for research money, IVC has a higher proportion of teachers who genuinely enjoy teaching. As far as learning experience goes, IVC is hard to beat for the money you pay.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do Not Stress Out So Much. Remember theses counselors and teachers want to see you succeed and they want to see you transfer or for you to do whatever you want after two years.

    Am learning a lot

    Even when the classes seem hard, I learn a lot and sometimes those are the more fulfilling classes than the ones that are usually easier.

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Someone who is determined to transfer within two years. Most of the students here know what they want to do and where they want to transfer to. I've only met about 2-3 students who are completely undecided about their major and only one who has been here for more than 3 years because they don't know what they want to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will not get the classes you want at the beginning, particularly if you register late, are a high school student, or if you are lazy. Register the moment you are allowed to (and even that is no guarantee) and petition or take classes at Saddleback if you are really desperate.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Check the Game room

    Tips for prospective students

    dont register late!

    In three sentences

    One of the best community colleges in OC

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the ivc cafeteria has good food, for a decent price.

    Academic Rigor

    healthy competition at the school, due to the large amount of people at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    check ratemyprofessors.com, to find a teacher that fits your teaching style.

    In three sentences

    a great school, with a quality education at a largely discounted price compared to universities.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    IVC is generally a safe campus, as the Irvine Police is constantly patrolling around campus, along with the on-campus safety office.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs at IVC, starting with the AS Student Government. They plan and execute events, and from there come many other clubs, as the MSA or the Pre-Medical Club.

    What to do for fun

    Need a break? Come to the game room in the Student Center to play games and socialize. The gym is also available to play basketball or workout.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a nice place to go to grab food, as they range from burgers to burritos to pizza. There is also a place on campus to grab coffee or a quick breakfast or snack. Not feeling the cafeteria food? There are also many places near campus to go eat.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms, but there are apartments near by.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, IVC is excellent. Even though it is hard to attain classes like all colleges nowadays, IVC still hold the #1 transfers in the OC and #3 in the state. Teachers are generally kind and know how to teach, in order for you to learn the material well.

    Tips for prospective students

    One major tip would be to apply for financial aid opportunities. Secondly, as all community colleges are full, try joining the sports team or AS student body to be given priority registration. Lastly, study hard and visit a counselor to reach your goals quickly.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is one of the calmest and cleanest campuses I have seen, with great places to study, such as the beautiful library or the Business Tech building with iMacs. This college offers many different classes and extracurricular activities, like clubs. Students also often need a break from studying, so the cafeteria is a place to grab food, or the game room is the place to socialize.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Their are cops around always, so you feel protected and safe!

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is excellent for students who want to save money and transfer to a UC or CSU. Majority of the kids need to get a good gpa in order to be accepted to these colleges, so everybody is competitive and wants to truly do their best and excell.

    What to do for fun

    Down the street you can go relax at the outlets, have lunch, shop or watch a movie. Also, the school offers a lounge room, in which, any student could enjoy activities such as ping pong, video games and fooseball.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Relatively expensive but they cook the meals right in front of you and the service is great.

    Dorm Life

    This school is a community college; therefore, doesn't offer on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Everybody there is wanting to become an outstanding student. The teachers are always challenging the student with in class assignments, critical thinking and projects! If you feel like you're struggling, ask a teacher for help. They emphasize on the fact that they're there to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to a counselor about your academic plan, so you don't waste any time taking unnecessary classes. Apply for financial aid programs available, you could end up saving $800, like me! Become an honor student, you'll most likely be accepted to the school you want to transfer to.

    In three sentences

    It's only been about a month and a half and I love the school! Counselor's and teachers are truly there to give you advice and help you answer any questions. Majority of the people there want to transfer out, everybody seems to be focused in school and getting good grades.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    you can take dance classes for fun. it's a great way to be active and meet people.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria food is okay. there are many restaurants close by so you can always leave campus to eat. some local restaurants are: pho factory, chronic tacos, subway, carl's jr, starbucks, papa john pizza, and many more.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at ivc.

    Academic Rigor

    classes require you attend class and do the homework. if you do both, you'll succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    join the ivc dance program, you'll meet amazing instructors and wonderful dancers/friends.

    In three sentences

    i strongly encourage students to enroll at irvine valley college. it's a small campus that offers great opportunities. the college focuses on offering the best education to prepare students as they transfer to universities.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    irvine is one of the safest cities in the world. for students taking night classes, there is a security guard available to escort you to your car or bus stop. the most reported crime is theft.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are numerous clubs and activities for students to partake in, and there are club fairs in the beginning of the semester for students to check out what they may be interested in. sometimes students are too passionate and stand outside all day long with posters or flyer's promoting their club or group, urging everyone and anyone to join. i am frequently bombarded with people from green peace trying to get me to join them and donate money. i've learned to just walk briskly and say i am late for work.

    Great for these types of students

    community college is really for everyone. young ones just out of high school not sure of their next step, or just wanting to get some general ed classes knocked out before investing big bucks for college. there are older individuals who are just bored and want to attend classes for their own enrichment, or middle aged people who need credit for a job they hold.

    Bang for the buck

    i am planning on transferring to a 4-year university in the fall, and the past three years i have saved working and attending ivc has been most beneficial. not only will i have saved thousands of dollars, but i am confident i am ready to succeed in my future classes. community college is an excellent transition from high school to a university.

    What to do for fun

    i am an artsy girl; i work in a flower shop and absolutely love designing flowers. i am also into the music scene, and often check out local bands playing in coffee shops or music festivals. i enjoy getting inspired through viewing art, listing to live music, and conversing with other artists i meet. the oc is filled with diversity, and there are so many interesting people to meet and things to do depending on what you like. there are several beaches close by, and plenty of nature trails to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria prices are reasonable, and there is a popular coffee stand called the drip. orange county people like to eat healthy and there are always fresh fruits available, as well and a lengthy salad bar. everything from sandwiches, soup, pizza, raman noodles, french fries, to egg rolls are available.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms, and many students live at home. apartments are expensive, and many students rent rooms out of homes from family friends. a few students i have met live in an apartments with several people in tustin or santa ana, for a cheaper rent.

    Academic Rigor

    college is certainly different than high school, so expect to be studying 2 hours at home for every hour in class. some students are able to manage 21 units, but i have been able to manage only 12 at a time as i work part-time.

    Tips for prospective students

    meet with your counselor on a regular basis. have a plan, and check ratemyprofessors.com before enrolling in a class to make sure they are not too difficult or mean. when you walk into class the first day of school, scope out the classroom and sit next to smart looking people. always show up the first week of class or you will be dropped.

    In three sentences

    ivc is a wonderful community college proudly ranking #1 for transferring students to cal states and uc's. i have worked hard these past few years in my classes yet have gained valuable skills and knowledge that will be useful for me in the future. i would rate the quality of professors very high, many of them having previously taught at prestigious universities.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around if needed

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government

    Great for these types of students

    All Students

    What to do for fun

    I am an athlete so that takes up a lot of time but I also enjoying the outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    Has campus restaurant but also has variety of eating locations surounding campus

    Dorm Life

    Does not apply

    Academic Rigor

    Just do your work and put effort in to your studies. Nothing that you want is easy so if you want it, go for it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be prepared

    In three sentences

    Very helpful staff Has classes that students need and easy to apply Has a great english department that gets you ready for the next step

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    By Irvine Spectrum, yoga studios, freeways

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than universities if you don't know what you want to major in but want to start general education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Better parking and accessibility than Saddleback College!

    In three sentences

    Students seem focused and driven for a community college. Great academic but low key atmosphere. Awesome teachers and facilities.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Irvine Valley College in my experience has always been fair. They patrol the campus making sure the students stay safe as well as obey the campus rules. Campus officers are always friendly and understanding assuming students comply to pertaining circumstances and communicate respectfully as they would to any person of authority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Irvine Valley College has many clubs and after class activities that any student may participate in. The college on occasion will have events with local colleges and their representatives as well as some events involving free concerts in order to have the students get to know each other.

    Great for these types of students

    Irvine Valley College is a great school for students who really want to learn. The teachers are passionate for having their students be educated and truly understand the material. The academic character of most attending students is a genuine desire to learn and further their education.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition rate at Irvine Valley College is fair, but much like all other schools the prices are increasing constantly. The education in my opinion is the best a student will receive from a transfer school in the Orange County area. With rising prices at all college level educational facilities its hard not to wonder if education will be worth the financial cost in the near future.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from after school activities that occasionally happen, there isn't much on campus to do. The area Irvine Valley College is location in offers much to local students. Most of the things college students at IVC do for fun include going out to eat at the local restaurants, hanging out at local specialty drink stores such as Boba tea or coffee as well as go shop at local stores.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is very good. The quality and price of the food in the cafeteria is by far one of my favorite things at IVC. There is so much food to choose from with such diversity at this campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not applicable as it is a two year transfer school. Irvine Valley College students have the option to rent local apartments in the area if they need to, but there is no housing that is offered through the college directly.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers really spend their time with each student to ensure that they understand the materials being taught. Adequate time is given for all school assignments and class lectures, allowing the students to really understand all of the material prior to the teachers moving on to new subjects and concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend for prospective students planning to attend Irvine Valley College to meet with a counselor first and foremost. By doing so the student will be able to know what classes they will need to take for requirements in their education plan.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a school for those who want to focus in on studies. The campus is very clean and the teachers really enjoy what they do.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus where local authorities are very responsible.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    IVC offers a wide variety of clubs and activities that will help you succeed and network with people with similar goals.

    Great for these types of students

    Lots of dance classes if you want to meet new and fun people. Also it is a great and fun way to shed some extra pounds.

    Bang for the buck

    IVC offers 1 unit field trip classes that are very fun and I think it is the best bang for your buck. Some of the places you go are Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Big Sur, Grand Canyon etc.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is always fun as well as the student quad where many events take place.

    Food and Dining

    The school cafeteria is great! There are lots of varieties of choices for breakfast and lunch to make sure you have enough energy for the rest of your day. The food served is also better than average cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    None available.

    Academic Rigor

    This is probably one of the most intense community colleges that I have been to because there are many UCI professors teaching there. They expect a lot from you and there is no room for anyone to slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I would say about this school is to expect to learn a lot from all of your classes. Keep an open mind and always be prepared for class.

    In three sentences

    This school is efficient, organized, and very academically involved. Not only does it care for its students but they also make sure that you succeed. The professors there are all very dedicated and will help you whenever they can.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun I talk with friends and draw buildings around campus. There are great places for picnics too.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is very tasty, they make it right in front of you. The price is a little high but the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm so I am not aware of this feature.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes depend upon the teachers. Some teachers are fantastic and push a student to achieve the best grade. Others, are very horrible and are of not use to the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who procrastinate should not take online classes. Students who are dedicated and have mixed work schedules should take online classes.

    In three sentences

    Over all, Irvine Valley College is a great environment for dedicated students looking to transfer or complete their AA.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Officers are readily available and constantly moving about campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs aren't very present on campus and joining one isn't a particularly enriching experience. Very few are truly motivated towards their prescribed goal and many members are just there to put it on their transfer application.

    Great for these types of students

    Busy part-timers and motivated students. Students willing to work towards a higher college but cannot afford it.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the price per unit is rising, IVC is an amazing deal for UC-transferrable classes.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of dining options outside of school- from fun revolving sushi to nice sit-down restaurants. Nearby places to have fun also include Pirikuura, karaoke, hiking and the beach is about half an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of cheap options around the school. School cafeteria has hot, fresh food that really isn't too bad. Prices are medium.

    Dorm Life

    None here.

    Academic Rigor

    Really low. Some teachers in more major based classes expect hard work but most others have very low standards of work for students. It's very possible to still receive an A on a general ed paper without sticking to your thesis, using sentence fragments and poor grammar.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on track for all your transfer opportunities-- there are plenty but it's way easy to let them all fly past you and before you know it, you'll end up spending more time here for more than you need. Pay attention to what the school you want to transfer to wants from you and complete it in a timely manner. Counseling services are not helpful and lack communication between this school and its sister school Saddleback College can really mess you up. There are many sob stories of students being told to take classes they didn't need and not figuring out until it's too late.

    In three sentences

    This campus is safe and friendly. Teachers are helpful but don't expect high quality work. As a community college, many of the classes expectations of students in somewhat low and can be demotivating.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is very safe. The police are very friendly and have no problem escorting you to your car late at night or keeping you company as you walk to class. The campus is well-lighted at night as well and there is little to no crime or theft on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The club rush is lively, but there is little club activity otherwise.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who work and/or have little money can work towards an AA degree or transferable degrees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none to my knowledge.

    Bang for the buck

    Community College still saves you a ton of money even though the fees have been going up.

    What to do for fun

    The Laguna Beach is about half an hour away and Irvine Spectrum is a stones throw from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is very nice if a little expensive. There are also many food options very close by.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, the majority of the student body commutes from home or another college dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load depends on the type of classes you take, but most classes are not too difficult. I was able to take 6 UC-transferable classes this semester while holding a part time job and managed to get all As and one B.

    Tips for prospective students

    Counselors are okay to visit and check up with, but do your transfer/degree research largely by yourself. You can find up to date information online. Also, talk to your professors about your career choices as they are also usually very reliable sources about the field.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College has a friendly atmosphere and the staff for the most part are very nice. However, their transfer counseling center needs work because they tend to be unhelpful and just direct you to a computer. Also, the counselors need to have up-to-date information and should not guess when they are unable to answer a question because then they misinform and often cause trouble for a student's transfer status.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always alert, and close by. Its Irvine( very safe).

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs advertise monthly.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to transfer

    Bang for the buck

    Much cheaper than University for General Education.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do, including activity room. Transfer agreements with alot of Universities

    Food and Dining

    Never eaten there.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I know, there is more rigor, and skill needed. You go here if you really want to transfer, not party.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is more room for enrollment at IVC, than other colleges, got to take almost all courses I needed. Many other colleges have long wating lists in the OC

    In three sentences

    It is the best community College to go to in Orange County. Teachers are the best in all of OC.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Community college is great for students on a budget who can't or don't want to spend a lot of money on their first two years of college. Irvine Valley College is a small laid-back kind of college with students of all kinds.

    Bang for the buck

    IVC is definitely affordable. Its much less expensive than a university or a private school. Don't forget to apply for financial aid and academic scholarships, they can really help a student out!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great for a small portioned meal. They offer sandwiches, ice tea, and other snacks. There are also coffee carts located around campus, which come in handy for evening classes!

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms, it's a 2-year community college.

    Academic Rigor

    If you apply yourself, attend class regularly, and study the right way it's really easy to get good grades! All my teachers have been awesome and they make the subject matter easy to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise incoming students to take Career Exploration (Counseling 102) if they aren't sure of what they want to major in. It's a great course that teaches students how to research interesting careers and which jobs will suit them. Also, complete the required math courses as soon as possible to ensure a timely transfer.

    In three sentences

    A great school to get an associates degree or to transfer to a university for a bachelor's. IVC has a great open environment in a safe city. And there are many majors and interesting courses to choose from.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely cheaper than a 4-year university!

    What to do for fun

    Talk to fellow students!

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is pretty gross. I would not recommend it unless you've just gotten out of a 4 hour class and are short on time.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life. This is a community College.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are pretty challenging and the teachers are strict. Effort goes a long way!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check ratemyprofessor.com &ask other students for opinions before picking your classes! Always sign up for tutoring centers that apply to your classes.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley college professors are pretty passionate about their subject. Most are strict with what they want you to do, but they give you a great view on what you have to do to receive an A. Irvine Valley College's Campus is very clean!

  • 08/06/2012

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

    24 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus Safety is great. There are actual cops everywhere making sure everything is in order. The campus police building is a little far from the campus itself, however, but they were very nice and care about not just their jobs, but us.

    Great for these types of students

    Irvine Valley College is great for the types of students that want to excel in college and make a great future for themselves, and are ready to learn but are not able to afford a big-time, fancy university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not yet began classes yet, so I am not aware of any unusual traditions or locations on campus, except for the registration system on My Site, located at the school's website. I do not like the fact that students can add classes only by registration appointments. It decreases the chances of actually continuing our educational careers! It is not fair. If I were in charge of the registrars' office, or which ever department handled the ability of students to add classes, I would change that system immediately.

    Bang for the buck

    As a transfer student, IVC is NOT affordable. However, compared to other colleges, it is worth spending your money. Once a resident, it'll be a total breeze and it will definitely be an investment for your future.

    What to do for fun

    The Game Room is always the best part to relax and get away from the stress of class work. Also, the theater is a unique spot where one can separate from the college stress. The creativity found in the theater is unique and out of this world, hence the separation of the stress college brings.

    Food and Dining

    When I visited the campus, the food smelled delicious, so I am assuming it tastes great!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet began classes in IVC, but I have been told that it is a very helpful college when it comes to academics and help needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest applying early in order to avoid being scheduled a late registration date. If not, classes will be filled up, thus making the adding of classes process a total lottery.

    In three sentences

    This college is a good place to go studying. It is affordable (for residents of California at least) and will have professors that might go the extra mile to help students succeed. I can't wait to start classes.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    could be bigger

    Dorm Life

    there aren't any dorms that i am aware of

    Tips for prospective students

    they offer a lot of help for students and you should really take them up on their offer. it can really help.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley is absolutely amazing! The professors there really take an interest in all the students. The environment is so welcoming and vibrant and fun

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    yes it is

    Greek Life

    good

    Clubs and Activities

    just a lot

    Great for these types of students

    it great for all kind a students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the camp has a professional theater wich not all the college has

    Bang for the buck

    it's a college to improve your academic goals

    What to do for fun

    P.E gim

    Food and Dining

    it's good and healthy

    Dorm Life

    none but a lot apartments

    Academic Rigor

    the best

    Tips for prospective students

    take cont10 course, make you more confidence with your decisions

    In three sentences

    It's the best It's a good to system for students The best organization

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I often have late night classes and have never had a problem. There are always people around so you never feel scared.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide range of different clubs you can join. Everyone in the clubs are always very welcoming. I decided to join the popular and well-known club, Circle K.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who wish to transfer to a four year university or college. Any student who is undecided or wants to change majors can do so here. This is also a great place for older adults who want to change career paths as it offers a wide range of class schedules.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year when class starts again, during welcome week there are welcome back activities. There is also free food available for those who purchase the sticker.

    Bang for the buck

    IVC classes and tuition is a great deal cheaper than four year universities or colleges.

    What to do for fun

    If you join a club, there are always events or activities you can do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria and a little cafe, strategically placed on opposite sides of campus. There is also a little coffee bar cart in the middle of cafeteria and cafe, so if you ever want a quick snack or drink before class you can go there. For the most part, all the eateries are not too crowded and the line moves quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Since IVC is a community college there are no dorms, but there are many houses and apartments for rent around the area.

    Academic Rigor

    IVC has a range variety of classes. For the most part, the classes are not extremely difficult as long as you do your homework, study, and pay attention in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to utilize the library and computer labs as they are extremely helpful. You should purchase the ASIVC sticker as there are many event opportunities. Look around for different clubs or activities to join, as it will help you adjust to campus life.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a small community college and is a great school to attend if you want to transfer to a four year university. The campus is small and very cozy. Many of the teachers are very helpful and kind, should you ever need any help.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security Guards are constantly patrolling the campus, so it makes you feel secure and protected.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs and activities is relatively small at Irvine Valley College, but they are really fun to participate in and help you make lots of friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an amazing outdoor theater that is secluded and great to eat lunch at. It is located by the Performing Art's Center

    Bang for the buck

    Community college is generally much cheaper than a regular four-year University, but Irvine Valley College makes school cheaper by providing used books to help you save on textbook costs.

    What to do for fun

    There are many sports events to attend, along with musical performances and plays.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always fresh and prepared in front of you. Great service and even better food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no Dorms at Irvine Valley College.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take the courses range from easy to very difficult. Always check on ratemyprofessor.com before signing up for any classes, but take a chance on professors even if they have a bad rating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you speak with a counselor before signing up for classes so that you know which classes to focus on for your major. Once you sign up for your classes make sure to look on a campus map so that you do not get lost on your first day. Finally, make sure to take some fun classes so that you are not studying all the time.

    In three sentences

    This school is very user friendly and has a helpful staff that can answer all of your questions. Irvine Valley College has a wide variety of classes for most majors. Also, Irvine Valley College has many extracurricular classes, such as sports and music programs, that make college even more fun.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For the money, it's an amazing education that is well worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafe and located near a wonderful shopping plaza.

    Dorm Life

    It is a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes, but with teachers that are always ready to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate it. Be prepared to work hard. Fight for the classes you really want, because if you want it more than the others, the opportunities to get the classes are there.

    In three sentences

    A great learning environment. Fun, exciting teachers who want to do their jobs and a challenging environment which pushes students to do their best. A beautiful campus, too.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police here, in general, are very nice and accommodating. At night, you can schedule for one of them to escort you to your car. They also offer a vast amount of information about legal questions.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unfortunately, there is not a huge variety of clubs for students to join and it is hard to start a club. The clubs that are established though are very fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The class prices have gone up since last year but compared to four year universities they are still a great deal!

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do that would be considered fun. I mainly enjoy looking at the bulletin boards, joining clubs, and chatting with friends in between classes. There are also productions put on by the performing arts center that student can attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is a little expensive, but fairly reasonable. I have had a great experience with the food but some friends tell me they feel sick after eating here. I like that the campus offers a variety of different foods.

    Dorm Life

    There is no option to dorm at IVC because it is a small school. There are apartments right next to the campus that look very nice but tend to be a little expensive. Students at the school also list out rooms for you to rent.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes are pretty straightforward and do not require more than a high school level of education. Classes that are not under the general education (things that require prerequisites) are more difficult the more specific they are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your academic counselor at least once a semester, try for two times. Take a minimum of 15 units per semester, but if you plan on taking units in the summer then you can reduce your fall and spring schedule to 12 units. Do not skip classes, this will hurt your grade.

    In three sentences

    A great place to go if you need inexpensive classes and teachers who care. In general, the campus is small and clean, with friendly staff. The only downside is that quite a bit of people smoke here.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's always a police presence on campus, makes you feel safe as a student.

    Greek Life

    None!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to join, many are geared towards specific majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to study and want to gear up for their major should come here.

    Bang for the buck

    Pay money, take classes, get credits towards a transfer or degree. What more could you ask for in a a community college?

    What to do for fun

    There is a primary Asian community in Irvine, so there are plenty of interesting restaurants such as Japanese revolving sushi bars and Korean tofu houses. Other than eating, there's not much in the way of fun around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Just a standard cafeteria on campus, even has stuff like a make your own omelette menu.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms to speak of.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, it's a mixed bag when it comes to difficulty. A professor can either make your student life enjoyable and rewarding, or full of projects and work. Choose carefully.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check out which professors are teaching what classes before going through with registration. Some of them, such as the English professors, can be ridiculously tough on students. Also, IVC will not take an AP score of less than 4 for credit, so be careful.

    In three sentences

    IVC has the biggest campus I've seen at a community college yet, giving it a very spacious feel. It has up-to-date facilities that feel like they were made just for the students. Professors can be a mixed bag when it comes to difficulty, so it doesn't hurt to research professors before choosing classes.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have a volleyball team and lots of other extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeteria!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a community college so the course materials are not necessarily at a university level but can still be challenging if you do not put in the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to register whenever you can to guarantee you can get the classes you need.

    In three sentences

    The teachers honestly care about your success. The classes are challenging yet easy to succeed. The campus is very easy to navigate.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    33 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Irvine is one of the safest cities in the U.S.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious, determined, motivated, looking for a good school with good professors.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sushilicious in the plaza across the street.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy parking permits ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    IVC is a wonder school. Their campus isn't too big or too small. Their books are a bit pricey because they use IVC edition books making it hard to find online for a cheaper price. The staff and professors are always really helpful. The school is in Irvine, ca what more can you ask for? Nice campus, nice staff, and even nicer weather.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt safer

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, look at IVC's website for more info

    Great for these types of students

    Put in the work, get the reward

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing i can think of stands out

    Bang for the buck

    in comparison to paying $15,000 in tuition per year to attend a university i would suggest attending community college for the first two years then trying to transfer to a 4-year university. It will save lots of money and you will get basically the same education.

    What to do for fun

    People watching is interesting. There are many clubs you can join and participate in

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is okay for a quick meal but nothing to brag about

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    English, Math, Accounting, Bio, and some other classes are difficult at IVC

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessor however dont get caught up too much on the easiness grade unless in english or math because most non-core teacheres are fairly easy

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a good place if you want to transfer to a four year university or obtain an AA degree. It is not the friendliest campus since most people are looking to go to class and get out of there. The teachers are usually helpful and understanding but you must put in the work to succeed.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    EVERYTHING is over priced, food, books, etc. It's ridiculous, tried to charge me for a plastic fork...are you kidding me?

    What to do for fun

    What ever you want.

    Food and Dining

    Sucks. Bring your own food. Unless you enjoy junk food then go for it.

    Dorm Life

    There are none available.

    Academic Rigor

    It's okay, just like any other school you'll get professors who should not be working there, and some that will change your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you are on time and do your work it should be fine. Just bring your own lunch.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley is an alright school. Their campus is beautiful, they have a killer garden and I love their theater. They are kinda strict so watch out.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safest city in the US

    Clubs and Activities

    All kind of athletics, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, badminton,

    In three sentences

    Very organized and safe. Excellent transfer rates Small Campus so you get to become close with many other students

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is only a call away, us feeling safe at our campus is their first priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many amazing clubs and activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Like i said its a diverse campus any one is welcomed and im sure they will all feel at comfort.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is great walking distance not too big but not too small.

    What to do for fun

    Their are many sports to join and clubs as well.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a variety of diverse meals that anyone can feel comfortable eating at a great price.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is outstanding with a great professional staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not only are they joining an amazing school, but they are making a great first step in their futures.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College has a great diverse campus. Amazing organizations/clubs and a great staff. School isn't too impacted its just right.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have a great campus police department.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a bunch of great clubs a fun activities going on all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Returning students, first time students.

    Bang for the buck

    Most affordable in the area.

    What to do for fun

    Join a Club! Clubs are a great way to meet people and do something good for the community.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria isn't very ascetically pleasing and doesn't have a good selection of healthy food items.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy your parking pass on line as soon as possible and make an appointment with a consoler.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a great college because of the smaller campus and classroom sizes and it is conveniently located in the heart of Irvine. The consolers are great at helping you decide on which scholastic path best suits you. It is also one of the most affordable colleges in the area and has plenty of parking.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As long as you know how to kick a guy between his legs when in danger, you are fine. In other words, you are fine.

    Greek Life

    Same as above. Finding genuine people takes time but it's possible here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since anyone who carries out club activities are driven by their interest and passion (no one does it for it's good on my graduate school resume/work resume/etc.), it's fun to hang with any clubs even though you are not even interested in that area. Someone's passion can definitely influence you to the point where you can experience what it likes to be passionate about certain subject.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like to save money, keep up a good GPA, and really enjoy first two years of college without being too stressed out about studying. Mainly, students who would like to know what is college: you experience for yourself and you also have two years to observe(?) and learn from your friends getting butchered at their colleges/universities as they over-party and fail exams. Know that if you transfer to UCs, your GPA automatically resets to 4.0, where as your friends get what they get.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Geese seldom walks around the grass area during the day and bunnies hop around at night as students just pass them by.

    What to do for fun

    Nail shop is right across from campus and Irvine is full of restaurant choices. Irvine Spectrum is located within 10 minutes. Many beaches are within the 30 minutes of driving.

    Food and Dining

    Though there are holes here and there in cafeteria in terms of service and quality of food, student government gave much effort by holding meetings with cafeteria owners. Currently, more students visit cafeteria and I seldom go, too, for their chicken vegetable wrap with pasta salad as a side, available for less than $5.00.

    Dorm Life

    No dormitory whatsoever, so no ratings. However, many apartment complexes surrounds the school campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Given that it is a community college, not all students are passionate about where they are, the school they are attending, and the classes they are having. However, some professors will push you through to make sure you learn the material necessary for any future preparation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join student government; many opportunities and benefits such as early registration before other students are given. Join Honors Program; this program aids you through if you are considering transfer. Tutor on campus at either Math Center or Learning Center; great benefits also awaits you while it gives you a chance to be more involved at school.

    In three sentences

    Place where you can find your favorite professor for life is this place. Despite of being community college, Irvine Valley College offers numerous hidden benefits to those who look for it. Perhaps, this is the best way to start college life by saving money and have rather relaxed beginning as a freshman.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those with families and regular jobs (there are many evening classes offered), people looking to transfer to a UC but save money on their lower division classes.

    Food and Dining

    Has plenty of snack and soda machines peppered throughout campus, and the Laser Cafe in the student center serves great food.

    Academic Rigor

    The materials are generally not more strenuous than high school courses, but those looking to challenge themselves can pick more demanding professors and courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start the online registration process months in advance. Orientation and matriculation always take longer than you would expect, and classes for each semester rapidly fill once registration is open.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers in a great environment make IVC an excellent choice for anyone looking to attend community college. IVC has a decent course selection and is run very efficiently. Perfect for casual as well as serious students looking to transfer to a 2-year university.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Don't just go to your classes and go home. Spend time on campus and meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty basic here. Your basic sandwiches, burritos, and rice dishes.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms on campus. However, the campus life itself is pretty enjoyable. I especially enjoy spending my time studying in the Student Success Center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start your college writing and mathematics classes early. They are both basic requirements for most college transfers. The sooner you finish them, the sooner you can focus on your major requirements.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a competitive two-year college. Most students here are highly motivated and want to transfer to a big-name university.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At Irvine Valley College you can expect the utmost security while being on campus. There are multiple campus police vehicles making rounds around the entire campus as well as those who walk on campus to ensure the same.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various activities held at Irvine Valley College, like some that serve the community, such as blood and food drives. There are various clubs and there are days designated where all of the clubs camp out and prospective club members meet and greet the club members.

    Great for these types of students

    Irvine Valley College is great for students who want to experience a great community college, obtain a great education by great educators, and want to get seriously focused on their careers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are 2 computer labs with great Apple computers. There is a strawberry field on campus of which produces and sells strawberries.

    Bang for the buck

    Anyone who attends Irvine Valley College can attest that the school and its surrounding area is peaceful, clean, and beautiful. IVC is located in a great area of California that offer not only great professor who care about you but you get to enjoy all of the surrounding amenities that make your college experience at IVC that much better than any other community college.

    What to do for fun

    Irvine Valley College is located in Southern California, so there are many things to do for fun. There are beaches to visit, like Laguna Beach, Balboa Beach, and Newport Beach, to name a few. In those same beach areas are eateries and restaurants, bars, art galleries, movies, and more. Also, there are numerous malls, the nearest being the Tustin District, the Irvine Spectrum, and the Costa Mesa Mall. There is bowling, shopping, and, having a few drinks at bars or restaurants to enjoy at these malls. Finally, and this is cutting the list short, Anaheim is a neighboring city, which is where Disneyland is located, so there is the option to park hop, or visit Downtown Disney to enjoy food, drinks, sweets and more!

    Food and Dining

    With the variety of shops and mini malls, Irvine is filled with diverse food ranging from club sandwiches to pitas, kabobs and sushi. Anyone who visits Irvine will satisfy their palate.

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college, there are not any dorms on campus. There are apartment homes nearby which most often house students who rent out rooms within the homes. Irvine is a beautiful, clean, and, peaceful city, with various lakes and parks around to enjoy.

    Academic Rigor

    Irvine Valley College has an honors program, but even the regular courses are rigorous. The professors ensure to get students involved with active class participation, study groups, tutoring, one-on-one meetings outside of class hours and assistance online via Blackboard. There are numerous associate and certificate programs to choose from in various fields that are in much demand in the employment field.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are new, apply early! Due to the increasing tuition costs at Cal States or other Universities in the area, more students enroll at IVC each semester, causing an impact on class enrollment.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College (IVC) prepares you the best in their certificate and associate programs. You will definitely have a great chance of getting into the 4-year university you wish to as IVC has the #1 transfer rate in Orange County, and #2 in the entire state of California. The professors are dedicated to the subject they instruct and ensure all students comprehend the material so that they may pass with course with satisfactory grades.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join a few clubs or join ASIVC (student government).

    Food and Dining

    There's a nice coffee stand in front of the Student Center. It's not too expensive and students enjoy grabbing a coffee before they go to class.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at Irvine Valley College.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what classes you take and how much work your willing to put in the class. Students will need to study independently and are expected to come to lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students who have the intent of transferring to a 4 year school should consider taking some summer classes. The more units a student has, the more priority he or she will have when it comes to registration. Classes fill up fast so an earlier registration time is key.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College has one of the most successful transfer rates in California. Many students have transferred to Stanford, Cornell, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC and more. It is a place for academically driven students with the hopes of saving money for their lower division classes and pursuing their upper division classes at a 4 year university.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    44 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    On campus cafeteria's food is pretty good, my only complaint about it is the high prices. Don't forget to show your ASIVC sticker to cashier because it gets you 10 or 15% off your purchase. Coffee cart on campus is also good (their Java Chip blended drink is the best!!), but they are way to expensive. Go to Paradise Perks across the street instead. Better coffee plus they also offer a discount for IVC students plus a rewards card.

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are super easy, but in most classes you have to put in a bit of effort to do well in them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your graduation/transfer requirements and track all paperwork/transcripts. Admissions is useless for assisting students and the counselors are decent (Mr. Melendez is the most useful one of them all, but he primarily works with students from the Honors Program), so it is up to you to figure out your schedule. Also, don't be afraid to bother Admissions and don't let them push you around (bring your parents with if you have to). I have had mostly amazing teachers and 1 or 2 some not so amazing teachers. Rate My Professor is probably your best bet for determining which teachers you want to take. Do extra curricular activities. IVC is full of them!! Many of the clubs will take you places out of state (Model UN) or out of the country (Debate) at almost no cost and you! Traveling with these groups is not only fun, it also looks great on your resume and transfer applications. The Honors Program also offers tons of undergraduate research opportunities and great resources to help you in completing research, so don't be afraid to pursue them.

    In three sentences

    Great teachers and tons of extra curricular activities. Nice campus with good student resources (library, labs, various research tools). Commuter school.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    None

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    None

    What to do for fun

    Work out and study

    Food and Dining

    Adequate

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    Very engaging and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and get to your classes early.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College has great small classes so the professors are more hands on. It is also a small campus so all classes are within short distance of each other.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SECURITY IS NICE TALK TO THEM THEY ARE FRIENDLY IF YOU ARE

    Greek Life

    NONE

    What to do for fun

    JOIN CLUBS MAKE FRIENDS WITH SMART STUDENTS

    Food and Dining

    HORRIBLE! MOSTLY GMO NO ORGANIC FOOD NOTHING HEALTHY FRUIT SALAD IS A JOKE!

    Dorm Life

    NO DORMS ITS A BLOODY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

    Academic Rigor

    YOU STUDY YOU SEE RESULTS YOUR EFFORT IS NOTICED!

    Tips for prospective students

    GET YOUR GOLDEN FOUR DONE AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN! DONT TAKE CLASSES YOU DO NOT NEED SINCE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE A TRANSFER STUDENT. AND WHATEVER YOU DO, IF YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO SKIP ANY INTRODUCTORY WRITING OR MATH COURSES, FIGHT FOR IT!! MY FRIEND SKIPPED MATH COURSES AND YOU HAVE TO REALLY FIGHT FOR IT, OR JUST TAKE THE TEST AND PASS EITHER WAY IS FINE

    In three sentences

    IVC IS A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND YOUR COLLEGE STUDIES DUE TO ITS GREAT STAFF AND RESOURCES. ITS ALSO SAFE AND FRIENDLY. MANY CLUBS AND EVENTS ON CAMPUS

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I dont know what that is.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing.

    Food and Dining

    It kinda gross.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Eh its okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. Some teachers do put in a lot of effort into helping students. I do not have anything else to say.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very cheap tuition compared to state universities!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and make friends! Go to dance and theatre productions! IVC has a great program!

    Food and Dining

    The school cafe has pretty good food. Wide variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    IVC does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    All the teachers I have had are very understanding to my schedule, and they make class material easy to comprehend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always register as soon as possible! Visit the Counseling and Transfer Center whenever you have questions, they are extremely helpful! Take a counseling course your first year.

    In three sentences

    IVC has great teachers who really care. The school is really nice for a community college. Great transfer school!

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, fundraisers, holiday activities and extracurricular activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your focus is no partying and you want to transfer, come here!

    In three sentences

    High transfer rates. The teachers go out of their way for you to succeed. The classes are all designed for more one-on-one time with students.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police driving around school campus to give students a ride to their classes if it's far away. They will also walk you to your car if it's late at night and you're afraid something will happen. There are call boxes located at every parking lot that you can call for help. There hasn't been a crime reported there which means it's super safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs people sign up for and there's sports and an asb like government. A lot of people join the honors society because it will give colleges another look at you and give you an advantage when you register for classes.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are fresh out of high school and don't know what they will major in. Adults that want to get back to school to learn more about their subject. Adults that want to get back to try to get a higher edge in their jobs. High school students that want to have some college courses out of the way when they go into a university. (Classes are free if you're a high school student) Community college isn't limited on anyone it's what your willing to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ivc doesn't really have any traditions since it's a community college. But every year there are transfer and job fairs that come out and recruit college students. Also there is a Halloween maze where all the students and some teachers dress up for some free candy.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying your first two years at ivc won't break the bank. Each unit is 46 dollars compared to universities that cost around 100-200 a unit. Ivc is a great way to start of your college years because no one is gonna ask which school you first started out from.

    What to do for fun

    There's really nothing to do since you're in irvine but there are other places to go eat that center around ivc. Also there is the spectrum that is about 10 mins from there.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is really good. Everything is hand made and there's a menu you can choose from that they will make really quick. There's everything from soup to chicken tenders to Chinese food. They have everything you can possibly want.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms so I can't really answer that.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are wonderful but not all teachers are great. There are some that won't even curve your tests based on class average and some will. It is always best to keep researching the teachers you have and if they don't meet up to your standards you have to try twice as hard to get the grade you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not all teachers are good some are bad you just want to do some research on the teacher you get. You don't have to come in with a major because when your in a community college, you can change majors as much as you want and discover the new possibilities that there are out there. This school is well accredited not only in California but also in out of state schools too.

    In three sentences

    It's a wonderful school to go to if you don't know what your major is. All the teachers are very caring and will help you succeed in your life. Many will go out of their ways to help you pass the class and will be understanding of your problems.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our police station is close on campus and if someone turns your stuff in they call you! If you want you have the chance to get an escort to evening classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices rise every year...

    What to do for fun

    Club it! If you get into the Honors Program, Just do it. -Nike, you can hang out in the Honors Lounge like a boss.

    Food and Dining

    Our people are top notch, I'm not wild about prices, I watch my dollars more than Scrooge McDuck, but the food is worth is.

    Dorm Life

    We don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    My teachers are pretty alright, but I'm lazy so...

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared, for now we are a smoking campus, so embrace your inner casino.

    In three sentences

    It's got good size on it for a community college. The buildings are nice and the people in the various offices are alright. The community is fairly diverse.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    BASEBALL

    Tips for prospective students

    register early

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley is a nice campus that offers a lot of degrees. The staff is very help in making your transfer very easy.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even you lost your stuff, someone will turn it in if they found them. I myself turned in 3 iPhone I found in the library.

    What to do for fun

    So many dancing, drawing and sporting classes...

    Food and Dining

    I love the Asian food here. Yes, I say I LOVE the food in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    You can live at home or rent with classmates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard and the professors are very strict, however, you learn much more than at the four year university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and play hard.

    In three sentences

    IVC has the approachable professors, supportive staffs, and competitive classmates. It will help you build up a solid foundation, leading you to a four years university. It is the best choice for me, and it will be the same for you.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great classes that are WAY cheaper than at a university. A lot of UCO students take gen ed classes at IVC

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria looks alright but I've never eaten there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are more difficult than the university I went to last semester. The teachers really want to prepare their students so they are ready to enter into a university when they transfer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club. It may just be community college but if you want to transfer clubs will help.

    In three sentences

    Irvine Valley College is a really great Community College. The teachers are really dedicated and the classes aren't too impacted. Also, our Speech and Debate team seems to be a pretty big deal.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is well lit with plenty of security in a city that's rated as extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Minimal, but there are a few out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who prefer a more intimate learning environment. Students looking to save some money during the first two years.

    Bang for the buck

    Incredibly cheap and there is a lot of financial aid available as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few clubs, but the main goal of this school is to get in, get out, and transfer to a 4-year school.

    Food and Dining

    One cafeteria which is alright and a coffee stand outside. Lots of food options in the neighboring areas.

    Dorm Life

    None as this is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, but for the most part it feels like a continuation of high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    In many ways classes can be even easier than they are in high school. As a result it's very easy to slack off and not treat it seriously. Remember that you're here to work and learn and you'll do quite well.

    In three sentences

    A small, intimate community college that results in a bit of a smaller high school feeling. The class sizes are small and the teachers are helpful.

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Campus Police are available at all times.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that students can be a part of. The school hosts a Club Rush usually at the beginning of the school year where all the clubs come out and teach students about their club, requirements, and how to sign up. It is the best way to get involved for Community Services.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great out of high school students who are looking to transfer to a university after they complete the requirements. Also, great for students who are wanting to pursue a career in Chemistry, Healthcare, Sciences, Engineering, and Math.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is located in a very very safe City, Irvine, CA.

    Bang for the buck

    Community college is more affordable than a Univeristy. Irvine Valley College was a good school and my money was well spent here. They provide many free services as well such as EOPS which helps give you free text books, free tutoring, and the health care office provides you with any immediate health issues.

    What to do for fun

    To have fun at IVC you should play sports or attending their sporting events. You can be involved with ASIVC and be a part of all the fun events including homecoming, senior day, halloween spooktacular, college fairs, transfer fairs, etc. Also, make new friends in your classrooms.

    Food and Dining

    They have a cafeteria that has delicious food. They cook it right in front of you if you make an order. There is also food for on-the-go. I like their breakfast sandwiches and lunch menu.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and math courses here are very rigorous. You will need to put in lots of study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes on-time. Attend every lecture. Go to office-hours. Sign up for clubs. Be a part of ASIVC. Go to free tutoring services.

    In three sentences

    I loved the professors at this school. Classes were fun and I learned so much. The student services building is very helpful.