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  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 8

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a number of things close by to do in between classes. Like going to Carolina Premium Outlets to shop, WalMart, or going for a run on the Greenway trail. HealthQuest and SRAC are good places to work out at if you have a membership.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe grill is pretty good, the prices are reasonable, and there is a decent selection of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty true to the expected difficulty level of class that you are in. And the instructors are good at expecting you to know the level you are to be learning at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to take, and have a good idea of the classes that you need to take. Don't always listen to the suggestions the staff give you, because some of them contradict the other staff members.

    In three sentences

    Overall good college, but a lot of the employees have trouble knowing everything that their job entails.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Small and local, security enforcement is present and available, though in two years there has never been a need for them beyond fender benders in the parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    General clubs offered, many teachers are willing to supervise interest groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are undecided on a major, who do not qualify for pell grants or other extensive college funding. It is a great way to save and make money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are geese that will cuddle with you if you sit by the fountain, although Ive never allowed it.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of community college is generally its seller. A 12 hour course load, with books, costs somewhere around $2,000. Due to the ease and compatibility of my courses, as well as the various job opportunities (local mall and restaurant hub), I was able to work 3 jobs, maintain straight A's, and save a ton of money in my two years there (in income, not counting what I saved in tuition).

    What to do for fun

    It is a community college, so there isn't a scene. The campus is homey, so there are comfort and friends to be easily made. With the compatibility of courses and their levity, one can work much more than a university student. This resulted in a healthy savings account for me at age 20 that is financing much of my university transfer.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there is coffee lounge and cafeteria, as well as an extensive variety of vending machines. Located within a half mile are 15 or more restaurants of various export.

    Academic Rigor

    I took 12 hours a semester, while working three jobs. As it is a community college, the courses are General Education, and therefore much information is familiar. Class size is small however, so there is a positive pressure to produce.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a general rule, the earlier you register the better. You are here to transfer and take general ed courses, so the registration is quite formulaic. If transferring, this means that the majority of the school's population are in the same program as you, therefore vying for the same courses. I have never had a problem acquiring a class, but the compatibility of your schedule or intended course combination for a particular semester could be thwarted.

    In three sentences

    The school and program catalog have really matured and expanded with the growing number of high school graduates choosing community colleges in the area. Classes, resources, and information are wonderfully accessible and presented intuitively. All aspects of the college are easily maneuverable, making it a palatable and stress-free next step.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Johnston County Sheriff's office is just up the road, and city police are always patrolling the campus to ensure safety. The police are there for safety and have never given me a ticket.

    Greek Life

    No Greek presence.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Standard SGA and student ambassadorships are available.

    Great for these types of students

    Financial need and undecided students will find this a good stepping stone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ducks and Geese dominate the campus, get too close and they will chase you.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid will cover the majority of expenses.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends in the new library.

    Food and Dining

    A cafeteria on campus that has alright food. Various fast food and restaurants in town just a 5 minute drive away.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    Flexible and understanding teachers that will challenge you, but office hours are always available for personal one on one tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    The typical community college that offers undecided and financially disadvantaged students a great stepping stone to a 4-year university.

    In three sentences

    A rural community college for a rural community. Great technical and job training opportunities. A stepping stone to bigger and better schools, and staff that will help you get there.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 8

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a Fall fest and Spring Fling that is put on by the college which is payed for by part of our tuition. It is a festival with games and some rides.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety at the grill but it is only open for breakfast and lunch.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are serious in going to college, this is the best place to start. The teachers are willing to work with students who are there to succeed so ask for help.

    In three sentences

    This school is for students looking to further their education with teachers who care about their students succeeding. These business program is vigorous making sure that the students going into this field are the best for it. The class size is small leaving you with new friends by the end of the semester.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    5 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police officers on campus each day.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus has a lot of clubs for different interests and majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Excellent opportunity for recent high school graduates, older students who have lost jobs, or individuals looking for a transfer degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beautiful fountain on the main campus with a statue dedicated by a retired instructor.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an excellent value for the tuition and transfer credits.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of campus activities, and there is a spring fling and fall fest each year.

    Food and Dining

    There is a limited grill on campus, but there are a lot of restaurants near campus.

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the instructors are dedicated to providing a quality educational experience, and the courses are rigorous, but the instructors are helpful to assist the students with the coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early, and go to your advising appointment early so that you can get the best classes to complete your major.

    In three sentences

    Johnston Community College is welcoming to all its students. The faculty and staff genuinely care about the students and their goals. Johnston Community College served as an excellent beginning to my college education.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The education you receive is worth it. The support from the staff at JCC makes you truly feel like they care about your success.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs that really don't get the proper announcements. You can receive updates from JCC about club activities for the whole campus. They usually have a lawn movie at the first of the semester with free pop corn and a student activity day where you get a free bbq plate. There are usually raffles and music.

    Food and Dining

    The Jaguar Grill has a lot of food that everyone seems to love. Only bad part is it's a little on the pricy side. They have salads, chicken strips, sandwiches, breakfast items, bagels, and a lot more.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the courses you take, you will most definitely be challenged. If you have the time, take remedial courses. No shame in making sure you understand everything before jumping head first into a rigorous course!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get registered very quickly. You wont have priority being a new student but pick classes that work for you. You can always wait list a class because many people drop/add the first day or two. Don't let yourself become over whelmed with the admissions process.

    In three sentences

    Johnston Community College is a tight knit place. he instructors will bend over backwards to help you out and there are advisers that are always available to help you when you need it. Its a great experience.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security guards are always riding around.

    Greek Life

    I belong to the honor society. Phi Theta Kappa.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few. I don't remember them all.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for any type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    Community college is always the best way to go during your first two years. It will save you a lot of money in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    I like to chill with my grand children and cook Sunday dinner. My husband and I go on vacation to the beach, the mountains, and on cruises when we can.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is adequate, the food is good. There are also vending in various areas throughout the school.

    Dorm Life

    There is not any dorms on this campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the school has a great policy and adheres to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything this school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    This institution is more than adequate to prepare a student for transfer to a four year college. The online courses are plentiful for the working student. JCC offers many help plans for those students that need a little extra help.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 8

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty decent, but it is very easy for anyone and everyone to get on campus and into campus buildings.

    Greek Life

    There isn't any Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few clubs and activities on campus, such as student government, but there is not a lot.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are getting back into going to college after not having attended school for a while, those who are looking to transfer to a university, or those who are looking to attend a 2-year program (nursing, medical sonography, nuclear medicine, etc.).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are not very expensive, but the books are. But you definitely get your money's worth out of the classes- most of the time the professors are very good about getting back to you in a timely manner through email, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are some organizations that you can get involved in on campus, but overall there is not much to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Since Johnston Community College is in the heart of Smithfield there are several options for places to eat around the college.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy overall. Standard amount of reading outside of class, but not overly taxing or difficult work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for earlier classes because parking is hard to come by after around 9 o'clock. The earlier you register for classes the better also, because they fill up fast since class sizes are small.

    In three sentences

    Johnston Community College is good for your basic general education classes. They also have great medical programs, such as medical sonography and nursing. Great professors for the most part.