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  • 07/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Los Angeles Pierce College does attract some lackluster students who seem to just laze around in life, but the majority of the student populace is filled with individuals who know what they want to do/where they want to be, and who know how to take advantage of the opportunities at Pierce to their fullest in order to achieve their goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    To the majority of freshmen who are either thinking about or deciding to attend, whether it be because of financial need or because college applications did not work out very well, I wholeheartedly believe that Los Angeles Pierce College will not disappoint you. Pierce continues to expand and grow to this day and will undoubtedly further its reputation as one of the best community colleges to transfer out of in California; make the resources provided here a stepping stone to greater opportunities in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    The hot word of the year appears to be recession, and the word is impacting Los Angeles Pierce College pretty significantly, as unit prices have tripled from $20 each to $60 each. Though this raising of prices is very drastic for some, the overall tuition is still negligible compared to most private, and even most public universities. If you play your cards right, then you will receive a university-level education at a community college price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy how the atmosphere at Pierce is very laid-back and placid; rushing, tension, and stress are practically nonexistent here. Though some view Pierce as a place of last resort, this sort of thinking only bolsters elitism and sets one up for an eventual fall. Attending Pierce allows those yearning for a second chance to become humble and even more diligent, and in doing so, steadily rise to the top.

    Am learning a lot

    It goes without saying that every learning institution has its share of poorly-coordinated, poorly-tempered, or just poor quality instructors. Even though Los Angeles Pierce College is no exception, the amount of knowledgeable, organized, well-mannered, and dedicated professors far outweighs the rare poorfessor; the marine biology program at Pierce College is particularly lauded, and, speaking from personal experience, it is my opinion that Dr. Wells is one of the best professors I have ever had.

  • 02/06/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Broke students, students looking for vocational programs, students that don't want to 'waste' money at another school just to take their GE or figure out their major, and anyone that wants a low-risk learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, don't think of Pierce as being a mark of failure. And remember, the two years it takes to transfer also turn into a degree. If you're your at Pierce as part of the vocational programs, don't let the academic kids stress you out; While Pierce might not be the best 'academic' school, it's really on it about its vocational programs and is one of the best schools in the state for Equestrian Medicine, as shown by their decently sized on-campus fields and stables. Basically, remember that this is another step in your life, not the end of the line.

    Bang for the buck

    This is the REASON I went to Pierce. With financial aid assistance, I was almost making money off of being there. I was able to save up some money to keep myself comfortable and plan out my UC expenses with the money I was able to save by going to Pierce. Definitely the cheapest education you can get, and with its tremendous transfer rate, you have to wonder why so many people AREN'T going to Pierce.

    Did enjoy being here

    There's definitely a climate of rejection and under achievement, people seem to accuse each other of being at the community college level because they 'couldn't go anywhere else.' Too many people think being at Pierce is already a mark of failure. I graduated from Pierce with a two year degree in exactly two years and I am beyond thrilled about my time there, but I know its not the case for everyone. I definitely had fun, and I definitely made life-long friendships. The trick is to not see it as a dead end, because it isn't one.

    Did learn a lot

    You'd be surprised how many quality professors have dedicated themselves to this community college. Theres a few gems in every department, most definitely. Class sizes are small, and now that I'm at a UC I actually think the large class sizes are are really detrimental to my learning process. Regardless of whether or not your professor has a Pulitzer or studied at Harvard, being able to have one-on-one conversations with your educator is crucial.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, there are officers on the campus and the professors are always there for help along with the counselors who are great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and organizations for every ethnic backgroud and group which is fantastic. The community is huge and fitting in isn't a problem at all. The school is very active and there are activities going on throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for anyone who wants to save money and enhance their skills before moving on to a University. The school helps everyone regardless of the background and doesn't deny anyone an education. The staff members are so helpful and it's perfect for all types of students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do on the campus, whether it's having an adventure on the campus or going to the gym and playing with your friends. There are many hot spots on the campus to simply sit down and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The Pierce Cafe is one of the most affordable Cafes i have seen. The food is always fresh, the drinks are always made in front of you and the service is fantastic. There are food trucks all over the campus that serve great affordable food as well. Depending on where your class is located, going to a food truck may be more convenient but the quality of the food is always a hundred percent.

    Dorm Life

    Pierce College does offer dorms for students who want to live on campus; however, the majority of students usually live with their parents or on their own because the campus isn't far. I personally live with my parents and the commute to Pierce isn't bad at all.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor definitely depends on the class he or she takes. No class is going to be easy but some classes may be easier than others. Major related classes are always rigorous as well as many GE classes. Professors don't look after the students like they do in high school and expect the students to show up and get their work done. Taking many units can also raise the stress level because in reality obtaining a higher education is always going to be rigorous. Many people believe that just because it's a college it isn't going to be hard but it is a completely different enviroment from highschool, and it will be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never assume that going to a college will be easier than a University because it isn't any different. You are on your own and are expected to give it your best all the time. There are many rigorous classes and during finals week you will definitely feel the stress. Always do your work ahead of time and never procrastinate because the results will be drastic.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College deserves a rating of eight out of ten because the college itself does a fantastic job preparing their students for success. It encourages students of all ethnic backgrounds, regardless of their financial status to have the opportunity to learn. The academic background at the college is fairly decent and has a wide range of professors that do their job well.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    if you are a person just concentrating on sports then this is where you should go, there are so many opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    at Pierce you have to purchase your food from a neighborhood store .

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    May sure you always Visit a College before accepting. Check to see if there is a way to get around.

    In three sentences

    I love the fact that they treat everyone equal. My experience with the teachers are great, they love the students. Pierce is one of the greatest school in the country.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's an on-campus sheriff's department and security officers are all over.

    Greek Life

    It's a community college. So no.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to get major prerequisites and general education requirements out of the way before advancing to a more expensive, four-year school. Also people returning to school after any sort of absence.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very cheap. It would be difficult not to get much bang compared to buck.

    What to do for fun

    The downstairs lobby area bit of the library often houses gamers if you want to try to find them. There's also a lot of clubs, some of which are fun, like the film or anime clubs. Also, there's tennis courts which are free to use.

    Food and Dining

    The food court is currently closed for remodeling as of spring 2012, but there is a well-stocked coffee shop, the bookstore has microwaveable goodies and other snacks, and there's very high quality food trucks strewn throughout the campus. (there are also copious vending machines)

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college. There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely not as hard as a four year college- sometimes it's easier than high school, due to a lack of busywork. The difficulty of any class IS dependent on the teacher (use Rate My Professor for this). Most teachers are also very helpful despite the huge class sizes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's the best LACCD school... so don't try to also go to Valley, despite the short bus ride, because it's definitely not worth it. Stick with the best, at pierce. Teachers don't often require you to buy the book for the course, or if they do, will usually let you use a previous (and thus stupidly cheap) edition. So don't waste your money on books. Since the papers at a community college rarely exceed six pages (double spaced), take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to write college papers without needing to worry about filling up ten or twenty pages. REGISTER EARLY. Classes fill up very, very fast.

    In three sentences

    As community colleges go, it's excellent. It's still just a stepping stone to a real university though. And remember, ALWAYS REGISTER EARLY.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I'm not sure what this means.

    Clubs and Activities

    I heard there are a lot of clubs, so I'm going to see if I can join the Martial Arts club, maybe.

    Great for these types of students

    Undecided majors, people that may need financial aid, or have trouble paying for University. There might be a unit limit now, though. So it's not a good idea to take random classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a really nice turtle pond near the Village and the Science and Technology building, I think. And an area near the art place has a lot of stairs--great for a workout. I heard there's an observatory, so I'm going to check that out sometime.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps raising, but it's a lot cheaper than C.S.U.N. or the U.C.s

    What to do for fun

    Since it's the Summer there isn't much to do, but I want to attend clubs and some of the events they might have at Pierce, such as Farm Walk. Hopefully the budget cuts don't affect the events too much.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat the food, but there are food trucks, and they sound good. The workers seem friendly, too. I don't buy food because it can be 5 dollars a meal, so I eat at home. If I got hungry, I would have to walk about a mile to Tampa and Victory. But if you're driving, just watch out for the traffic and you're fine.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm. I'm not sure if there are any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes right now aren't very difficult. I have remedial English though, and that's probably why. The professor asked why I was in that class. Personal Development 40 is basically ideas and concepts you know, but never bother to use. [Even though they're pretty important]. I really like my professors though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Unsure, I'm pretty new myself. If you take the bus, make sure you know when the bus comes and gets there. Or try to remember so you don't have to sit there for an hour waiting.

    In three sentences

    So far, I've been enjoying the campus and the staff/workers have been very friendly and helpful. My professors right now care about the students' education and are willing to aid the students with their needs.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities that happen on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    buy books on craigslist or online for cheaper prices from past students

    What to do for fun

    Swim or watch tennis

    Food and Dining

    The bookstore and cafe offer variety of goodies

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early. Show up on the first day of class or you will be dropped due to the budget cuts and so many students needing to crash classes.

    In three sentences

    I wish that the budget cuts did not affect the number of classes being offered each semester. I find the campus a great place to be. My past professors have been outstanding.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pierce College is a very safe campus! There is a sheriff station located right on campus with police and security constantly patrolling around on campus. There are those blue boxes located in the parking lot with a phone and a button that you can use for an emergency. Pierce is always crowded which can be a good thing when it comes to safety, because most likely you will never be walking alone.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pierce offers many different clubs including academics, culture, and hobbies. You will definitely find a club that is right for you. You can always start your own club as well if you don't find one that is right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Pierce College is great for students who are starting out. There is nothing wrong going to community college first! It's a great way to save money and still get a college experience. It's a very diverse school with every nationality you could imagine. It's close and convenient and is a safe campus. There is always tons of parking so finding a spot isn't an issue. If you like small, convenient, and local, then this school is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only tradition I can think of is what I mentioned before, which is the halloween festival they have every year. All ages are welcomed and the prices are pretty reasonable. They have a haunted house, corn maze, booths set up for food and games, farm animals, and bouncy houses for the kids.

    Bang for the buck

    I gave Pierce college 3 stars for best bang for your buck. It is located right in the middle of the valley (Woodland Hills), which is why it's so crowded there. It's very convenient for a lot of the locals to attend. There is also a metro station that picks up and drops off right in front of the school. Due to budget cuts they raise tuition every year, but it's still a lot cheaper than a CSU or UC.

    What to do for fun

    Pierce college has some pretty good sports teams. They always have football and basketball games to watch on campus. They also have a cheerleading squad which is fun to watch while the game is going. Pierce college also has an amazing halloween festival in October. They use the money for admission, games, and food to go back to the school. It's a great creative way for the community to come together and enjoy a fun family atmosphere that is safe for all ages.

    Food and Dining

    I gave Pierce Colleges food and dining 2 stars because there is a small cafeteria and 1 coffee shop on campus, but most likely you won't have time to stop and eat. The main thing at this school since it is community college, is to go to your classes and leave.

    Dorm Life

    I gave Pierce college's dorm life a 1 star rating because they do not offer dorms at this particular school.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at pierce are overall pretty good. I have taken many math classes at pierce and in that department I feel like they are lacking a little. The math classes seem to rushed and taught only one way which everyone is supposed to understand. Everyone is different and the teachers need to realize that and change there teaching techniques to suit everyone's needs. The science department at pierce is very good! Probably one of the best in it's area. The general ed classes are easy and fit everyone's learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips I would give for prospective students would be to not limit your options. Apply to as many community colleges as you can because most likely you will have a very hard time getting classes due to the recession and budget cuts. It is always best to have as many options available to you. Visit the campuses before enrolling and see which campus best suits your personality and needs. Apply for financial aid and scholarships because they raise tuition and fees every year. Meet with a counselor every 1 or 2 semesters, that way you are updated on what classes you need to take in order to transfer. Join a club at school and get involved, not only does it look great on your transcripts but you will get to meet new people and make friends. Talk to your teachers, they are there to help you! The more questions you ask and the more involved you are in class the better off you will be. Don't forget to take a minute for yourself relax and breathe, you will reach your goal even though it takes longer now.

    In three sentences

    Academics, I would give Los Angeles Pierce College a 7 on a scale from 1-10. Expenses, I would give Los Angeles Pierce College an 8 on a scale from 1-10. Over all rating for Los Angeles Pierce College I would give a 7.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sheriff is always available and they make the campus feel secure. If anything is needed all you need to do is dial their number.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's not that many clubs. Often there are activities and events that clubs participate in but not many students get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Great environment for transfer students that are driven and self-motivated. Also great for people who love the outdoors as you will often see squirrels roaming the area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is at the end of the valley and has many hills.

    What to do for fun

    Try joining clubs and you will meet people like yourself. Also try the local mall and shopping places for added fun. Must try hiking or running around campus- it will get your heart pumping. Must visit the music building to see breathtaking view of the valley.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food is not too amazing. Visit the local shops and dining places for extravagant food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends upon the classes and teachers that you are taking. Many professors know not to go too easy on students in order to prepare them for the universities which they will transfer to.

    Tips for prospective students

    due to budget cuts many students are not getting the classes they need or the counseling that is essential to graduate on time or transfer. My suggestion is to add classes the first day of the appointment. Also i suggest finding a mentor who can answer all those difficult questions related to transferring or to graduating.

    In three sentences

    A very welcoming community. The campus is beautiful with the hills on one side and a beautiful view of the valley on the other. Great professors who openly receive you and help out during office hours.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always feel safe at Pierce college, there has neer been a time when i didnt feel safe, security are everfywhere andthe place is well lit up at night.

    Academic Rigor

    I have maintained 4.0 average by given 100%. Once I realized I had it in me I didn't hold back. New students reading this, Please do your self a favor and dont hold back.Give it your all

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up, follow through, have faith that you can do it, I am 52 years old and I am a current student at Pierce, believe that??? 52 and am so grateful to have been given the opportinutnt to get my life back. I LOVE PIERCE

    In three sentences

    I am thrilled to be a student at Pierce, i am an honor student, the deans list, now the presidients list, I would not have been able to accomplish thus far without the outstanding faculty and guidance that Pierce has given me, I am forever grateful.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its like my home- extremely safe and secured. Pierce College is equipped with specific phones that connect directly to the on-campus Sheriff's station. If using a payphone, a student may dial *86 and be directly connected to the sheriff there. In case of emergency, there are specific procedures to follow for evacuation, general safety, communication etc... Anyway, there are emergency booklets found in each classroom explaining all these details.

    Bang for the buck

    You really get your money's worth! If you are purchasing books (new or used), you can always sell them back to the bookstore at Pierce College. If you do not plan to spend that much money, you can rent new or even used books for a fraction of the price! There are available scholarships one can apply to, and financial aid. If accepted, your tuition fees are waived, and you'll even receive extra money to pay for books and materials. With all this help, it's almost impossible not to afford college.

    What to do for fun

    For fun? The list is endless. You can join the choir; a sports team; go swimming or play tennis; join the Halloween Harvest Festival or the Winter Arts Festival; be part of a play cast, or the audience watching it! You can even watch movies at the Film Festival.. there are so many things to do, you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    My favorite part of this college- the food and dining. First of all, there are always food trucks parked on the streets in the campus. That makes it so convenient for students. There are also several cafes where one can just grab a coffee, a snack or even lunch. Finally, there are vending machines around every corner. Not only for drinks, but also snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Since Pierce College is a two year college, they do not have dorms. However, there are several apartment buildings and home stays in the vicinity of the area.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, i love all my professors. They are hard workers; they make sure everything is clear to us, all homework is assigned, all questions answered, and everything understood. They push us just to point of hard work, but not over. After all, they don't want us to get discouraged!

    Tips for prospective students

    College means being your own person- no more depending on the teacher to help you with grades, or homework. You have control over how you study, and how you organize your schedule. Make sure you simplify your college years by buying all necessary materials like binders, folders, highlighters etc... Plan your daily schedule- when to study, work, go to class, have free time and anything else. If you do have questions, don't hesitate to call the college's main office, or email your professor. If you follow these steps (among others), you will find yourself succeeding.

    In three sentences

    I love how organized the Pierce student online system is; it's user friendly, always updated, and provides students with whatever information is needed. Pierce College is extremely close to my house, and is in the middle of the valley- basically, anyone can go to it. The campus is beautiful, they have updated classrooms, maps of the campus are found everywhere... it's the place to be!

  • 06/08/2009

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

    12 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    This will be a nice experience, come an visit L.A. Pierce College so that way you can see with your own eyes that it is a beautiful College.

  • 04/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    My tip to you guys is to get your classes as SOON AS POSSIBLE! and get as many as you possibly can even if its a class you don't really want to take. :)

    Bang for the buck

    For $26 dollars a unit you get so much especially in the horse science department! I am taking a 16 week riding class and it only cost me $26. If I was taking lessons at a riding barn it would be over $500! That is serious bang for your buck!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a horse science major at pierce and I have learned so so much! I went into this school year not knowing alot about horses and now 2 semesters later I feel like I know it all! I am very comfortable around horses and feel good at the place I am in and that is all thanks to Pierce!

  • 07/09/2011

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

    14 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Pierce college is very affordable to the major I am pursuing. I am glad that I have chosen this college.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will enjoy going to Pierce college, even though none of my high school friends are going to come here, I will be glad to meet many new people. The weather is wonderful in Woodland Hills, so i won't have any problem enjoying the campus.

    Will learn a lot

    I am hoping that I will learn a lot in Pierce. I have heard a lot of great things and I can truley say that I will try my hardest to learn everything I can.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    15 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who want to get their GEs in two years in a small school before transferring to a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like any other colleges it helps to take notes and always pay attention in all your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth to go to school here since you can get the classes at a cheaper price compared to going to a University for your GEs for two years.

    Did enjoy being here

    I did not participate as much since I only go to class and go home.

    Did learn a lot

    I did learn a lot most of the faculty help students to understand the subject matter and are willing to answer any questions they may have.

  • 09/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are looking to transfer to 4 year colleges or universities because they offer several programs to keep you on track and on the right path for your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as early as possible because classes go FAST!

    Bang for the buck

    There is a significant amount of financial aid for students in California, but it is also not as expensive for out of state students, compared to other institutions.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people and professors are all friendly in general and are willing to help you succeed.

    Am learning a lot

    I am taking Psychology 1, Speech 121, English 101, Math 120, and History 11. I am learning lots of significant things in these classes, which I will take with me when I transfer.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to save big on college and who can learn just from the professors lectures without reading the required material.

    Tips for prospective students

    You really don't need to study. Try to convince your math professors to not require math HW as that will affect your grade if you don't do it and you don't need the practice.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat the LACCD when it comes to getting a cheap education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Teachers are flakes at time and the students think to much of themselves.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes I would say that at pierce one does learns more than in other colleges.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    18 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are working or are not yet ready for the experience or money involved in going to a university. It is a good transition from high school to college.

    Bang for the buck

    Pierce is definitely a school that is worth the money. Tuition is very cheap and often times you can qualify for a fee waiver. You get credit for the same classes that you can take at a university for significantly less money.

    What to do for fun

    The mall is just down the street along with the amc theater.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of restaurants nearby. Everything from sandwich shops to fast food to sit down restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms are available.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are generally similar to those in high school but with more of a college structure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Beware of budget cuts because classes are being cut all the time. You need to register early and reserve your spot in class.

    In three sentences

    The teachers in general are helpful and supportive. There are many student resources and services that help with transitioning students. The school educates students from all over the valley, so you are introduced to a diverse group of peers.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 78

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Enroll in non- academic classes to relieve stress.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good and available when needed.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Work for completion of classes is not stressful.Teachers are very helpful and encouraging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to register early and have a clear knowledge of the classes you want and need.

    In three sentences

    This college has a beautiful, clean and comfortable campus. Councillors are helpful and always ready to listen. Classes are easily accessible and well managed.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the whole campus has a warm feel to it. if there is one change to make it would be to light the main parking lots better at night. some people have night classes that get out around 10 and have to walk to their car in a not so well lit parking lot

    Great for these types of students

    if you are serious about getting a higher education and might not yet know what you want to do, then this school is perfect for you to weigh your options.

    Bang for the buck

    i went straight to a uc from high school and found myself moving back home to get credits from pierce college. the main difference i found and was pleasantly surprised about was that the faculty and staff and pierce are more personable and caring. during class, i felt like the professor was talking directly to me rather than just a mass of students. they know how to get on the same level as their students and that comfort and connection is something that could make or break a student's success.

    What to do for fun

    the school has an infinite list of clubs and organizations to join as well a athletic teams.

    Food and Dining

    the freudian sip coffee shop is very good and not to mention cost efficient, which is great for us college students. multiple vending machines, a cafeteria, and food trucks can be found all over the campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms on this campus

    Academic Rigor

    i've come to find that the classes i've taken here and right in the same educational credibility as those i've taken at a uc. you don't waste time learning about the unimportant things. you walk away from the class really grasping what the class what meant to teach you.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to stay on top of what's going on through your student portal. seeing a counselor is probably the most beneficial thing you could do here. if you have questions, be sure to talk to anyone in the offices as well are your professors; they really want to help make the college process easier for you!

    In three sentences

    friendly and encouraging environment with helpful educational and financial resources in every building. the newly renovated campus is beautiful and gives you a comforting feeling about being there. the classes and professors actually care and go the extra mile to help you succeed.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    sheriff department is on site.

    What to do for fun

    it is located on the heart of the san fernando valley in los angeles. they is a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    they are constructing a multi-million dollar food court. they will have restaurants and dinners. now they food is not great.

    Dorm Life

    pierce college doesn't have dorms. there is a lot of housing option outside of school. it depends on your budget.

    Academic Rigor

    it depends on what kind of classes you are taking. some one them are meant to be hard. always follow your academic plan.

    Tips for prospective students

    do all your paperwork early. do not wait until the last secondto get your classes. they fill out really quick.

    In three sentences

    pierce college is an amazing school. one of the best community colleges in southern california. they have a genuine interest in helping students achieve their goals.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i worked at the sheriff's station. they are on top of everything, generally. however, they can't be everywhere. there have been no major incidents thus far. there are blue emergency buttons everywhere!

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many! ags and the honor society will benefit you the most. if you are thinking about med school there is the pre-health club. there is a club for almost every major!

    Great for these types of students

    athletes who want to go to a good university but didn't have the grades in high school. students who want to try college out for a year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none.

    Bang for the buck

    $36 a unit! you can apply for the bog and financial aid. pierce has a great percentage of students on some sort of financial aid!

    What to do for fun

    we have an open gym and swimming pool. we have clubs you can join and learn more about your major and career field. we have a of land! you can ride your bike through our trails or run through the meadows!

    Food and Dining

    do not eat on campus. there is a cafe and multiple food trucks. the only good food truck serves pizza. there are restaurants and little shops everywhere!

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on your classes and what you make of it. besides the obvious: bio, chem, physics, calc, etc classes are just like a uc. not as harsh grade wise but the teachers are great! pierce makes it easy to get used to college professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have speak to a counselor. join the ags society if you are an academically driven student. make sure you select your classes on your registration date or you will regret it!

    In three sentences

    pierce college is a great place to go to if you are unsure about what you want to do. there are many options and organizations to help you when you transfer. however, pierce is usually a crowded campus, but manageable if you plan accordingly.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is a sheriff and deputies on campus, however the parking lots can be dark at night.

    Great for these types of students

    good for all types, if you are willing to study. i don't mean an extraordinary amount, but if you are willing to spend a couple of hours studying per class hour, you will do fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus started as an agricultural college. the classes are not too far apart yet the campus is on a beautiful hill with cows, hiking trails, a beautiful cactus garden and spectacular views of the san fernando valley.

    Food and Dining

    the treudian sip has a good variety of croissants, coffee etc. there are a couple of food trucks. otherwise it is off-campus as they closed the cafeteria last year.

    Tips for prospective students

    take pd40 (personal development) gives you tips on note taking, what order to take classes depending on if you want to transfer or not, services available such as the health center, and much more information every student should have when starting out.

    In three sentences

    the teachers are really dedicated, you can tell that they love what they do and it is infectious. the cosci department is wonderful. the only problem is that each time i take a new class, my teachers make it so interesting that i want to take more advanced classes on these subjects.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I haven't experienced any problems. I have taken numerous classes at night. Pierce also has a security system and police officers patrolling campus in case of problems.

    Greek Life

    Nothing at Pierce that I am aware of.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've joined several clubs - AGS Honor Society and triathlon club was founded by a few friends of mine.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to a four year university, two years at Pierce saves a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    Take classes that interest you. l took yoga and art classes to keep my body and mind working too.

    Food and Dining

    Limited food choices on campus. There is one food eatery and numerous food trucks to service the students and faculty while on campus. Nothing too exciting.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at Pierce

    Academic Rigor

    Your professors expect you to perform to high standards and you're treated like an adult and not a kid as we were in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students: know the major you want to pursue is good cause then you can get a jump start for your major.

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College is a good transition school from high school to a four year university. I am saving a lot of money for my first two years of college. It's best to get involved and make new friends while you are there.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Food is not that great at Los Angeles Pierce College. It has a mini Cafe where students can get the basic drinks, and a few actual foods such as pizza, bagels, sandwiches, and hot wings. If it had fast food restaurants, it would be awesome! There are couple restaurants not far from the school students go to because of the poor food and dining; if not that, students simple bring their own lunch

    Dorm Life

    There is no Dorms available at Pierce College; therefore living with the parents and or living with a friend(s) will be the choice to go with. I think that dorms at Pierce College would be a great thing to have; maybe students will study more and feel that they have a purpose since they will be close to school.

    Academic Rigor

    This issue is everywhere; some students do well in school while other tend not to. I believe it is the students responsibility to do well if they want to succeed. As of reviews, I have noticed Los Angeles Pierce College has pretty high rates on transferring rates; therefore, academic rigor should be a plus!

    Tips for prospective students

    As any student entering a college or university, they should be aware that it is up to the student to keep tract of their schedules at all times. Nobody will be pushing you to get good grades like counselors at high schools do. Self motivation will be the number one tip for a student entering college.

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College is an amazing school filled with friendly and dedicated professors who will go beyond to give their students the education they need. This School also has counselors, health offices, and what not for all students who need that extra boost. Although Pierce College can use some remodeling for bigger class rooms, this school is perfect for any student who wants to achieve in life.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Despite the recent tuition hikes, as compared with nearby colleges such as CSUN, Pierce is definitely affordable, especially if you have your financial aid done and regularly updated.

    What to do for fun

    There are a number of clubs and organizations of multiple interests available for your enjoyment at Pierce College. Other than that, there is a large shopping center complete with a few good restaurants just a bus ride down the street.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria leaves a bit more to be desired. The food isn't as dull as burger, fries, and pasta--they do have an interesting-enough selection to choose from, but the quality and taste of the food is just as comparable as to your high school cafeteria's. If there is anything from the Pierce cafeteria that I actually like, it's the chicken tortilla soup. Aside from the school cafeteria, they also have food trucks that stay around the campus ranging from Mexican street food to barbecued goods. If the cafeteria doesn't quite appeal to you, you can always turn to the food trucks, which usually doesn't fail to satisfy.

    Dorm Life

    Pierce College is a community college, so no dorm experiences can be shared.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes always depend on the person's capabilities, interests, and his or her major. In my case, I compared my experience in Pierce classes to those back in high school, and since I've taken multiple AP courses, I don't see as much challenge in Pierce classes as compared to the rigor I had to endure back in high school. However, a handful of professors do require a sufficient amount of work to be done in the student's part in order to pass a class. It's not recommended to go soft when taking a class with an easy professor because you'll never know when you'll get a much more demanding one--each professor has different teaching methods, after all. Overall, I'd say Pierce College has classes that are just as rigorous as regular or Honors high school courses--they demand just enough from the student in order to achieve in the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get all your financial aid materials together because with any sort of financial aid, an education at Pierce can be very affordable. It's also important to set a goal while attending Pierce, whether it's obtaining an Associate's or transferring to a four-year or a vocational school--keep track of your GE's and other courses required for your major in order to make your stay as short as possible, as it will certainly save you money and time. While keeping priorities in mind, also take an intersession or a semester to try out a class of your interest--community college is all about experimenting, and Pierce offers a wide arrange of classes that are worth trying and may pique your interest. And a final note, before registering for classes, always compare the prospective professors on ratemyprofessor.com first, as some professors at Pierce are definitely better than others.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a great starter for those straight out of high school who either need more time to make decisions on four-year colleges or majors, or are not ready to take on the financial stress of a four-year college education. Despite the recent tuition hikes, it's relatively affordable as compared to nearby four-years such as CSUN. The recent renovations have also made it a beautiful and very enjoyable campus to stroll around, making it much more enjoyable and motivating to go to class each day.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Pierce is a really good school to attend. It is a really big and clean campus. Everyone is very helping and friendly.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is located in a safe suburban neighborhood in which police and security is present. However, there should be more lighting during the evening.

    Clubs and Activities

    The is a student body called ASO and a honor society called Alpha Gamma Sigma Pi.

    Great for these types of students

    For those who did not accepted to the university of their choice after high school, L.A. Pierce allows many to have an increased chance on attending many of the universities in California.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot of construction occurring right now so many classrooms are not accessible right now.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has a excellent tuition so that students can save money before the transfer to a prestigious university such as UCLA. The books are quite expensive which is typical for most colleges. However, prices for tuition has been increasing steadily over the past couple years.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs one can join and meet other students. There is also many fun activities located in the Los Angeles area such as the beach or amusement parks.

    Food and Dining

    A new cafeteria is being constructed and will open for the Fall of 2012. Food is available at the student store, food trucks, and cafe. The cafe food is somewhat overpriced for the quality but it is a convenient option for many students.

    Dorm Life

    L.A. Pierce is a community college so almost all students commute from all over Los Angeles.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not as intense as a four-year university, but one may choose to be the Honors program which is more intense. However, balancing school with work or other activities may be a challenge in maintaining a high GPA at L.A. Pierce. It is honestly easier than high school for most because classes are based on a semester system so it is at a faster pace than high school for most, but at a slower pace than colleges on the quarter system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan early and be prepared to compete with numerous of other students trying to take the same classes you need to graduate or transfer.

    In three sentences

    As a community college in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, L.A. Pierce College is located in a central location to the many shops, malls, the beach, and downtown Los Angeles. L.A. Pierce provides numerous majors for those who want their associate degree and for those who want to transfer to a four-year university such as UCLA or CSUN. However, due to budget cuts, obtaining the classes needed to transfer is the greatest burden of attending this college.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good lighting at night, laid-back student population, sheriff on campus...I've never felt unsafe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join sociology club! It's headed by some brilliant professors.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are: self-motivated, goal-oriented, and genuinely interested in learning and self-improvement.

    Bang for the buck

    Best deal in California education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, but it's really an academically focused school since the ultimate goal is to help you transfer as quickly as possible.

    Food and Dining

    Freudian Sip has got some good coffee, and if you're into cheesy pop songs from the 90's (i.e. Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls) you'll enjoy the atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, some require a little more work. It's easy to find out what you're in for though through ratemyprofessor.com (almost all the professors have been rated multiple times). Most of them are academically enriching though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't believe the smack talk that snooty people say about this school. They have no idea what they're missing. And if your high school teacher says anything negative about it--I'd be willing to bet they're just jealous they couldn't get hired there. There are a few mediocre teachers at Pierce (like any school) but the majority are caring, passionate, and wise folks. Also, make sure you nag the counseling office until you get all the information you need for transferring (because they don't just hand it to you--you need to ask questions, ideally in your first semester).

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is full of amazing teachers. I feel like I got a four year school education here at a community college price. It's honestly the best community college in the area and if you're dedicated, you can get a truly enriching experience.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 78

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    not too much

    Tips for prospective students

    check each professor before taking, get to class early

    In three sentences

    very clean and big campus. Good teachers. Needs more classes open for adding students

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Along with the construction renovations that are going on in the school, camppus safety has greatly improved over the last few years, making Pierce a better, safer place than ever. There's a sheriff's station on the edge of campus, and the officers are constantly driving up and down the school's roads.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless clubs you can join, or you can create your own! The Welding Club is the latest addition to the list, joining the K Circle, Jewish Club, and dozens of others!

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for those who are on a tight budget, or are working part time or full time.

    Bang for the buck

    At $46/unit (as of Fall 2012), you are definitely getting your dollar's worth any way. If money is tight, there is still some financial aid, and you can always buy used textbooks or rent them--the school bookstore offers both.

    What to do for fun

    There aare several things you can do around campus, the least of which is to go to the Music Department's concerts and the Drama performances! The location of the college allows us to have our own little hiking trail and farm. So if you feel like taking a walk, you can do either one! (Just make sure you bring water, and you have some time to spare.) There are also plenty of events hosted by the student council, and endless of clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    There are several food carts parked around the campus, so students can have the choice between different kinds of foods that are actually not that expensive. The Freudian Sip Cafe is a small little joint that offers some food, like sandwiches, sushi, bagels,croissants, etc., along with your daily fix of caffeine, and is also very reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    There are some apartments up for rent on the outskirts of the campus, but they are not part of the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Any stereotype regarding junior colleges being less than average is not true. If anything, what makes community colleges so great is the fact that they allow people of lesser means to obtain the education they want without having to break the bank. There are amazing teachers there that are just as qualified to teach as the teachers at four-year school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too discouraged if it is hard to get classes. It is actually not as bad as people say it is--but you must be persistent if it comes down to crashing courses. Don't do the shopping for classes thing when you add a bunch of classes and then pick and choose which one you want and which you can drop, because you are still robbing someone else of the opportunity to be in the class. Pierce College is still college, so buy your books (used books are GREAT!) , do your homework, and aim for success!

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is just as good as any other college. There are great teachers there that provide you with the same education you can get elsewhere for much less! It is the smart choice for anyone who wishes to save money without forsaking education.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    32 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. Walking to the classes and the parking lots at night aren't scary. Campus security are always patrolling around, so you do feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs on campus that anyone can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone fits in at pierce. One thing i loved was that Pierce was Diverse, and making friends was easy. Everyone minds their own business.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is now $46/unit, ( starting summer 12') but it is still cheap compares to the CSU's and UC's. Many people get FAFSA as well.

    Food and Dining

    At pierce they had a great cafeteria, but broke it down and are building a brand new cafeteria. So there are a four food trucks on campus , the Freudian Sip and the Student Store where the students can get their snacks ,drinks, and food.

    Dorm Life

    It is a community college, and a commuter school so there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and professor you are taking. Most of the classes are challenging, but the professors do help and explain the material well enough. I used ratemyprofessors.com to determine which teachers I would take.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that one of the first classes to take at pierce is called: Personal Development 40. This class teaches you a lot about your goals, major, career opportunities, transfer requirements and all the opportunities/workshops and help on campus itself. Many of the hidden gems on campus are unknown to students because its a commuter school where students just know or care about the essential information for their classes and go back home. This also a class that counts toward the CSU Breadth. This class helped me a lot and i would definitely recommend it to anyone new coming to Pierce.

    In three sentences

    The professors are knowledgeable and know their material well. The campus has improved a lot, and they are currently building a brand new library, cafeteria and new buildings for the classrooms. The campus has the Orange Line bus station right near it, which drop you off about a 3 min walk to the campus. Many of these professors put in the extra time to grade our work, give helpful feedback but mostly be efficient in teaching the material and communicating the lecture aptly to to class.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Pierce College has many events going on all the time, best way to kep updated is to read The Roundup

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is currently closed so all students are left with very limited options. There is the Cafe and a few food trucks that park on the far side of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If only all classrooms were filled at all times then the campus would be a 100% in this category. 4 stars for now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk to one of their helpful counselors before the school schedule is open to all students and make sure you add classes on your assigned day and time.

    In three sentences

    The actual campus has come a long way from the time I first visited Pierce College. It is beautiful and the new additions made in the college make the students there feel like their education really is being valued. However, many classes have been getting cut so not as many students get a chance to appreciate the beauty found in the campus and most importantly, they do not get the opportunity to advance in their studies.

  • 06/28/2012

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

    34 of 78

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join sports, clubs, shopping at the Topanga Mall or Northridge Mall,etc.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, and has many places to go eat around the neighborhood.

    Academic Rigor

    You will definitely learn in this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as soon as possible to be able to get the classes needed. Research the school you would like to transfer to and take all classes needed for that.

    In three sentences

    Pierce has a beautiful campus. This school is considered a good school to study Biology. Counselors recommended this school because many have transferred to UCLA.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    what i do for fun is go to the library and research my career.

    Food and Dining

    Very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    no dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all the help you can get .

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College is a great opprotunity for one to start there dream job. I have been taking classes there and they really help alot. It is a very comfortable enviorment here at Pierce College.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pierce College has safety pro troll officers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities provide great free food and entertainment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Great Hall is usually were all the entertainment is.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. Go to all the free activities.

    Food and Dining

    Pierce has a store and a Freudian Sip.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are great professors that will open your mind to think outside the box.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every College is the same when it comes to studies. And if you got to Pierce College you will realize that there are great professors that will open your mind to think outside the box.

    In three sentences

    I would say Pierce College is a 9 out of 10. Even though it's a small college, I really like that the use of land is very well kept.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 78

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are malls, restaurants, movie theaters close by.

    Dorm Life

    we dont have any school dorms because its a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have a good general ed plan established before you get your classes. sign up for classes right away! stop by the counseling office and financial aid office before each semester. check the tag agreements that we offer and jump into those classes right away.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    library is a good resource

    What to do for fun

    clubs and activities

    Food and Dining

    they have one cafe i know of, but haven't tried it

    Dorm Life

    im not living in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Be persistent in getting classes, don;t give up!

    In three sentences

    prepares you for the real world. Makes you persistent on getting into classes you want. Tries to involve students with various on-campus activities.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of campus cops on location to provide safety for cars, students, and faculty especially during evening classes.

    Greek Life

    The only Greek organization is the honors society that you are automatically a part of if you reach a certain grade point average.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of a Filipino student organization that my friends and I started up, and it is very successful. The students are very enthusiastic and active in the club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking to enjoy the college lifestyle someday, Los Angeles Pierce College is the college for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students are so active in their Associated Student Organization because they are always campaigning, and it's really great to see that.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the price per unit is rising but I can't complain about $46/unit when i receive quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Los Angeles Pierce College always has events going on; like club meetings, open mics, seminars, and rallies.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is really great. During Thanksgiving they serve the traditional mashed potatoes, roast beef, and turkey. yum.

    Dorm Life

    Los Angeles Pierce College does not offer dormitories in the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Los Angeles Pierce College is up there with other Cal State Universities. Just because it is a community college, the hard work that is put in is or has to be equal to the work in any university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a counselors appointment constantly because you always want to on top of what classes you should be taking in order to transfer at a sooner time.

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College is trying to create the best learning environment for their students. They have a great faculty that make themselves available for help. They have tutoring services that are outstanding.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's the reason I am going to Pierce.

    What to do for fun

    At Pierce they have had Days of Politics. One such event gained national attention when Congressman Sherman attacked Congressman Berman.

    Food and Dining

    Freudian sip is alright but overall too expensive for the quality.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college, there are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are hard, but insightful. Some teachers are easy, but not enriching.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to never let anything stop you from accomplishing what you want to. You make your own destiny, so don't fail yourself

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a mixed bag of great teachers and not so great teachers. The only way to overcome this is to prosper regardless of the teacher. Ultimately, the student at Pierce decides how he/she does.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Fortunately I have been lucky enough to not have had any problems as far as safety on campus. However, if you are worried, they do have emergency call stations dispersed around the campus if something happens.

    Food and Dining

    Pierce has a great little cafe called the Freudian sip. It serves great food and drinks. They are currently re-building the cafeteria but it'll be finished soon!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms cause its a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely based on the student

    Tips for prospective students

    First time? Well it can be daunting. Especially if you have to add classes. But some of the teachers are really nice about trying to help you add. Plus, hard work can pay off. Some students attend the class for weeks just to add and they don't give up if they really want it. One kid in a class I had continued to show up for a month after classes started because he wanted to add...and he got in!

    In three sentences

    Pierce is a great school! There is a lot of construction, but its really improving the campus so there are more classrooms for us. Classes are hard to get, but I think that is the case for all schools. Just don't give up :)

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sheriff's Department is located right next to the gym and are always posting notices and making students aware. I'm not sure about the status of the blue columns that you use to contact them in emergency because I've never had to use it before.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs available, and it's pretty easy to start a club through the ASO office. Definitely something for every one.

    Great for these types of students

    Pierce college is known for it's agricultural department. They have a pretty good Theater department too.

    Bang for the buck

    When I first started in 2010 tuition was about $26 and two years later it's about $46...

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Join a sports team!

    Food and Dining

    There is no cafeteria. A couple food trucks have been placed, but there's not much variety in terms of food they offer. There is a small cafe, a student store with snacks, and a bunch of vending machines, but that's about it.

    Dorm Life

    Community college = no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers aren't afraid to fail you if you don't do anything, but if you show signs of wanting to make it work, they'll work with you to reach your goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    USE http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ Getting a teacher who's teaching style doesn't work with your learning style is the WORST

    In three sentences

    Even though the weather can get pretty hot or cold, the campus is nice. The food situation isn't the best, but the classes are small and it's pretty easy to get in touch with teachers.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Expensive these days.

    What to do for fun

    New Library?

    Food and Dining

    Good, well kept cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Don't think there is any dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up early for classes

    In three sentences

    Good school, nice faculties but be ready to crash a lot of classes.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    los angeles county sheriff department provides the campus police role

    Bang for the buck

    rent your textbooks, the bookstore offers rentals and check out other websites, tuition per unit is fair enough and parking is also decent

    What to do for fun

    lots of campus activities and the athletics department is great get involved! take simple sports conditioning classes. basic introductory classes to many sports are also offered and keep you active.

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is decent. they added food trucks a few semesters ago which are decently priced and provide food into the evening hours so if you are coming onto campus for the late night class you can still grab a bite to eat to stay focused!

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    depending on which class you take and how motivated you are, it can be the easiest class that seems impossible or the hardest class that comes out to be a piece of cake

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your professors! and go into the tutoring sessions. get involved in the on campus activities with the student organization.

    In three sentences

    It seemed a little slow to enroll in classes at first but as time went on classes were available. The professors are great and give students the right guidance. Nice friendly overall environment.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Speak with a counselor to ensure you stay on track with your educational goals.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy how much the professors care and make time for their students. Although the campus is under construction, the campus is overall great.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is great. With $46 per unit you can take at least 5 classes with no worry of spending too much for your education.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent there is always food trucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life. It is a community college.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy attending Los Angeles Pierce College. Even though I never wanted to attend this school because at times it seems like I am attending just another high school. Overall, the school is great in their academics, and transfer rate.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are always emails sent out about student safety about power outage and how the holiday season is approaching and to lock the cars. they are really caring and reach out alot.

    Bang for the buck

    Its not that expensive of a school and you get your monies worth there.

    What to do for fun

    Since there has been so much change to the school they have a area where its called freedom of speech box and people are able to express themselves which is not how it was when i first started going there. So its a positive change and there are always people there.

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty of food to go around from snacks at the book store to the Freudian Sip cafe they have on campus. only problem is that they close early.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life currently at pierce college

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenge to get in some classes but that just shows you how dedicated these professors are and how they know their stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come to this school just to mess around. Be aware of what you want in life and go for it and do not get stuck at a community college. It is just a step in your journey to your dreams and goals.

    In three sentences

    This school is very helpful in helping you organize your career goal. They keep advancing so you are up to date with technology. They have a great atmosphere to be around.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many social activities and clubs for new students.

    Food and Dining

    Small cafeteria but there is variety kinds of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Off campus is better choice who wish to attend to Pierce.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent campus which offers great programs for science majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting yourselves signed up for the EOPS as soon as possible. EOP is a great program supporting for students who look for more supportive from couselor and tutors.

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce college is a really great school science undergraduate major. In spite of small capacity of class room, the school offer such a great program for any major's demand. Pierce college should be more well known and the first choice for any science major student who wish to transfer to any UC or CSU schools.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always join a club. I personally like to go to a mall located a couple minutes drive from there. There are also near by parks.

    Food and Dining

    There is s cafe and a student store to supply your needs. There are also lunch trunks which serve pizza, tacos, and burgers.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at pierce.

    Academic Rigor

    At pierce, it all depends on the teachers you get, so make shure you review your perspective teachers online and choose the ones that fit to your personality and academic readiness. There is also a great honors program there for students who like challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never drift away from your goal. Always stay focused and remember the reason your going to school. Remember that a bright future awaits if your educated.

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College is great community college. It is perfect for students who want to transfer to 4 year universities. I definitely recommend it.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe in my opinion. I have had no weird experiences for me to think otherwise. I do wish that there were security guards or something walking around at night after the evening classes get out.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to chose from. Sadly, if you email anyone asking about them, it is very unlikely that you will get a response.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who really have no clue what they want to do as far as major. It is also a great school for the students who didn't do to great in high school and want to redeem themselves now with harder classes and work hard to earn the grades. It is also good for kids who are not ready to leave home.

    Bang for the buck

    Pierce is great if you are having financial troubles. $46 per unit is a great deal in my opinion. They also sell used books for much cheaper than the new ones. There school supplies at their book store is also very reasonably priced.

    What to do for fun

    There is a botanical garden in the middle of the campus. There are benches you can sit on, and a little pond to look at. Very nice if you want to relax between classes!

    Food and Dining

    There are a few different food trucks on campus. One is Mexican (yummy!!), another is Italian, and then there is one that is kind of like hamburgers, tacos, and burritos. There is also a place called the Fruedian Sip. They have coffee drinks, fresh juice, bagels, sandwiches, drinks, ice cream... tons of stuff! You can also get snack at the book store.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what classes you take. If you are an English major, then taking science might be very difficult for you, where as English might be a breeze. It also depends on the teacher you have. Some give lots of homework, others only give tests, and some make you write lots of essays.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend Pierce College, work hard. Some people thing that community college is easy and does not matter... but the thing is, it really does! You are getting a fresh start, so you can be the best student. If you work really hard, chances are you will get into most schools you apply to as a transfer student.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a fresh start for all students coming directly from their high school. If you work hard then you will be very successful. The teacher at Pierce really do care, so make sure you show up, do your work, ask questions, and give it your all.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police cars patrolling the area at most times, along with security throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, Greek life is not an option at Pierce College.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs offered, ranging from religious groups to political debates, and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Pierce college tends to attract laid-back individuals who prefer social life over academics. However, those motivated to achieve greatness can get a lot out of the school. Students are highly diverse and friendly. I have yet to see discrimination between students and I feel very safe attending Pierce College.

    Bang for the buck

    The school provides you with the education you desire for a minimal fee of $46 a unit. The way you apply yourself really makes the difference.

    What to do for fun

    There aren't much activities on campus, but the surrounding area has plenty of activities such as gyms, malls, restaurants, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food supplies are limited to snacks and coffee. There is one coffee shop and vending machines throughout the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at Pierce try to prepare students for University courses and expect students to really apply themselves. Students that put in the effort and do the required work will pass classes with ease.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once students decide on their major, they should apply themselves and transfer as quickly as possible.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a great school for students seeking guidance before attending a four year university. There is a lot of diversity on campus and plenty of academic programs for various majors. The professors are extremely passionate and caring.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Pierce college has a lot of activities. They have sports teams such as softball, cheer leading, football, and a lot of different types of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Pierce college has a mini cafe called the Freudien Sip. It has pretty good egg and cheese English muffins. They also serve pizza, waffles, coffee, frozen foods, and just easy fast food.

    Dorm Life

    Pierce college does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are pretty cool. Most are helpful and know what they are talking about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get all the classes you need during your registration date because crashing classes can get really difficult and you may not get the class you need. If you are trying to add a class on the first day make sure to have a list of the classes and know where the rooms are. Get to school early especially the first couple of weeks because finding parking is extremely hard.

    In three sentences

    It's a good college overall, but like most community colleges right now it's extremely packed with students which makes it harder to transfer on time. There's all types of professors easy, hard, nice, strict, etc. It's under construction so it's beginning to look a lot prettier.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a Sheriff's department right on campus, and chances are you'll see them patrolling every now and then. So long as you keep out of any funny business, you'll find their presence more comforting than threatening.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs at Pierce are great. Each one has its fair share of dedicated individuals who are serious about advancing the cause of their particular club. In an academic environment where advancement is challenging, you can be sure that those who make it their business to make that extra push for clubs are only the most serious and devoted people.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a casual student who can afford to complete their education at a leisurely pace, then Pierce is perfect for you. The limited choice in classes might not affect you so much if you don't absolutely need to confine yourself to a time frame. The classes here are also very diverse in age and demographic. You'll never feel as though you stand out in class. Unless you want to, that is.

    Bang for the buck

    You need only glance at a school newspaper or stand near the financial office to get a taste of how the students are dealing with the rising costs of education.

    What to do for fun

    If you're bored at Pierce Campus, one of the best things you can do for fun is join a club or people watch. Ingratiate yourself to one of the many well-established cliques. Just walking around you can see and meet some very interesting people. The clubs here are full of like-minded individuals who are not afraid to entertain discussions on anything you care to talk about.

    Food and Dining

    The vending machines are your best bet here. If it's hand packed and sitting on the shelves in the coffee shop for who knows how long, I wouldn't trust it. But the vending machines have a great selection and are placed all throughout the campus. As long as you aren't afraid of microwaveable burritos, you'll be just fine. But you might want to think about packing a lunch.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on-campus housing in Pierce, but there is housing nearby in apartment complexes, and often times there are listings for room rentals around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't say that the rigor of Pierce College Academia comes from the content of the courses or the Professors in particular, but the sheer variety between them is staggering enough for any student. You'll find some classes a breeze with certain Professors and a waking nightmare with others. You can never really anticipate the difficulty of a class until you're in it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you find yourself at Pierce, then the best thing I can tell you to do is to fight. Fight hard to get your classes, fight hard to stay in them, and fight hard to do well while you're there. If you make the decision to really commit yourself to doing well above all else, you will do well.

    In three sentences

    It's not the happy-go-lucky dream college that you see in the movies. It's no secret that things are tough and you'll find struggles to contend with everywhere you turn. But there's opportunity here, and those who want success and won't let anything stand in their way to get it can find it at Pierce.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always a cadet or the Sheriffs department officer around.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are very active! Some host events that everyone can attend to

    Great for these types of students

    Los Angeles Pierce College is for EVERYONE! it's for people who know whats important and that don't mind going to a community college because they understand its about knowledge not just prestige and price. For those whom like to just learn and transfer also. There's a certain joy I got out of transferring because honestly Pierce prepared me for College life.

    Bang for the buck

    When I first got their it was 37 dollars a unit and now it's 47 I believe and then added to that they are increasing the price it's a better option than a super pricey university so for me it was great.

    What to do for fun

    My friends and I go to the library and have a study room to ourselves which means we can study and talk , it's quite fun or I enjoy going up the enormous flight of stairs that leads to the highest point of Pierce which we lovingly called The stairs of death due to the countless students that take many stops to catch their breath but man the view is fantastic.

    Food and Dining

    They are renovating the area so it's still under construction. However, there are a lot of places to go eat wherever you look but it's mostly if you have a car because it gets tedious especially if your in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I lived 20 ,minutes away but it's not difficult to find an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Pierce has gotten better and the teachers have become more passionate about properly teaching since the budget cuts, they value their jobs more.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a good place to start your college education and you will learn a lot about life. I do suggest that you apply for classes as fast as you can and do not drop them! In regards to the counseling office, I do suggest if you know what major/school you'd like to go to that you contact them and their counseling offices and ask for transfer assistance and tips on what classes to take and so on,

    In three sentences

    Los Angeles Pierce College provides it's students with a nice new campus and the staff is awesome. It has decent class options since the budget cuts and they professors are relatively okay for the most part. However, getting help from the counselors is a pain not to mention they don't help at all.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a Sherrif's station, and many distress buttons located on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious people looking to transfer to a 4 year university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near the Business Building, there is a fountain that blows steam at some random points within the hour. It reminds you of the Universal Studios sign.

    Bang for the buck

    Spending under $2,000 dollars a year as a full time student is an amazing value for a college education that transfers to UC's and CSU's

    What to do for fun

    Students can go to football, soccer, tennis, baseball, and basketball games. If they don't like sports, there are a myriad of clubs with social events for specific interests.

    Food and Dining

    The new cafeteria is being built so as of right now, the food trucks on campus are the only option.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at community colleges are notoriously easy. The professors expect much less of you as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early! Classes fill up fast. Also, arrange to make a meeting with a counselor so they can outline which classes you need to take. Don't forget to arrive early to class to find parking!

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is undergoing many changes. From adding classes to new buildings being built, they are on the path to becoming a great school. It is a great community college and a good alternative to paying 2 years in a 4 year university.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safety is excellent. At anytime if you need an escort you can tell the staff and security will accompany you to your vehicle on those late nights in class.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is low and cost of books is high so it evens out.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things you can do for fun. You can participate in art projects on campus, attend sporting events, theater, musicals, and many different performances offered on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and is available for the late evenings on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Currently there is not an option to occupy a dorm the campus does not offer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is moderate

    Tips for prospective students

    Arrive early and locate you classes so you do not have trouble finding your class rooms. Utilize the online library access for papers and research as well as taking advantage of the tutors available on campus.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is an excellent school. It has great teachers and provides a great atmosphere for learning. As well as a clean safe campus.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is excellent in pricing.

    Food and Dining

    A new cafeteria was just built that has good food, and there are several different options available around campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This college is very similar to high school, but sometimes I feel it is much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the classes you need, not just random courses.

    In three sentences

    Pierce college is an inexpensive alternative for students willing to get through some of the general education classes. Pierce college is becoming more refined, but is still a work in progress. Overall, I think I'd rather have gone straight to a four year college.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is about to open, so I'm hoping it will be one of the best.

    Dorm Life

    I personally did not have to dorm since I live 10 minutes away from school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arrive early for better parking. Since the classes always get full easily, try coming in the first day of class and crash some of the classes you want to get in. DO NOT GIVE UP.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a wonderful school for anyone who has goals and very determined to achieve his/her dream career. Due to the high number of students, some of the classes are limited, but this should not stop you from attending school. Pierce offers night classes, and the counselors are very kind and always willing to help students to succeed. Pierce College is one of the most outstanding colleges in the valley, and it is a great place to complete your educational goals.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    join sports and get involved in there on campus programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of joiner colleges, such as Pierce College, because not only will you receive a cheaper education the first two years of college, but a higher chance of transferring and being accepted into a four year university. Pierce has many programs and course to academically prepare you for a four year university.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College has academically prepared me for my fall 2013 admission to Mount st. Mary's college and I'm forever grateful. This 2 year college saved me financially and got me all the classes needed to transfer. Now I'm ready to start my new journey at a University to receive my bachelors in Sociology

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Pierce has all the usual fun academic courses- choir, theatre, art, dance, sports, but it has so much more too! We just had a Farm Walk where students and members of the community could get up close and personal with the farm animals and buy fresh produce that our school cultivates! We also have a huge Halloween festival each year that runs for several weeks that has haunted houses, a maze filled with terrifying monsters through the corn field, and some tame activities for the little ones as well.

    Food and Dining

    We have a great coffee shop called the Freudian Sip that also sells pizza and pastries, it's basically my Starbucks on campus. We have a brand new cafeteria opening soon and the rumors are that it will have a Chipotle and a Subway inside (I can't wait)! The student store sells just about every packaged snack and drink you can think of, and there are plenty of snack and coffee machines around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus. There are plenty of inexpensive rooms to rent, and affordable apartment nearby, though. Living in Los Angeles, there is always something to do; you will be constantly entertained!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of the classes depends on the professor, a lot of classes are really laid back, and geared toward getting you to think about the problems with our society, rather than getting you to remember facts and equations. The honors program is more rigorous, but also allows you to get more personal attention, and it prepares you for transferring. Many of the professors here also teach at CSUN and UCLA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for your classes early! Due to the smaller sizes, classes fill up quick. Always visit your professors during office hours; building a relationship with them will help you to better understand the class curriculum.

    In three sentences

    The professors at Pierce really care about you, and will help with not only your class, but with wonderful advice in general. The honors program, and most of the classes overall, have a limited number of students so you can get lots of feedback on your work. The campus is beautiful and in the middle of a sprawling farm- it's easy to relax here!

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I play sports and I also hang out with my friends when I have no studying to do.

    Food and Dining

    Pierce has some good food. I like going to Panda express.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Its not the easiest college and its not to hardest college. All you need to do is study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your going to crash a class, get there early.

    In three sentences

    I started to attend Pierce college during my senior year of high school. The campus is large. the faculty members are welcome and they care for their students. You meet a lot of different people and some might have the same goal as you.

  • 07/15/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Decently close eateries surround the college.

    Academic Rigor

    Many hard teachers looking for dedicated students to pass onto their knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research to find out ho to perfectly fit your classes and also use rate my professor.com to know which professor will suit you best.

    In three sentences

    Pierce is a large community college with dedicated teachers. Many activities and clubs are offered to students ho chose to participate. I'm planning to learn and experience so much here at Pierce College.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great alternative to 4 year University.

    What to do for fun

    Various clubs and activities to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food was ok, not bad.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the teachers, but I had really good teachers throughout my time there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get classes as early as possible because classes fill up quickly.

    In three sentences

    Pierce is very crowded and the lack of funds for maintenance is very obvious. However, it is the nicest LACC in comparison to the others. It is also a fairly large campus.

  • 08/23/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    school is in a good area. There all cops all over the the campus I feel safe when I am on campus

    Greek Life

    didn't here anything about frats.

    Clubs and Activities

    had a chance to interact with the football coaches an they seem to have the students best interest not just the program but every individual student

    Great for these types of students

    this school is good for student that need a structured environment an like the challenge. the school is set up like a university it gives you the university feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    outside the basketball gym an weight room area.

    What to do for fun

    use there weight room or play basketball in the gym

    Food and Dining

    I eat from the food truck they had some good burgers an all the right drinks

    Dorm Life

    no dorms on campus

    Academic Rigor

    from reading about the school in the past few years I realize that the student athletes hade a record of good grade point average an

    Tips for prospective students

    if you a class for the fall try an get them in a soon as you are able to get apply for classes

    In three sentences

    La pierce college is a very clean and well organize school love the campus. The teachers where very helpful when I was there trying to get around the school they made sure that I was pushed in the right direction it was jus a warm friendly school.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities to do on campus,beside that there are electives where are are sure to make friends

    Food and Dining

    There is a resturant on campus but it has slow paced workers and its a small one two and new one is built but has not opened yet its big and i expect will be way better than the small resturantand there are two food trucks on campus in case you feel like eating something different

    Dorm Life

    NO dorms it is a community collge but there are apartments around for you to live around

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers arent strict they want you to learn and look for ways to make it easy for you really great teachers they will give you there email in case you have any questions and the teachers have office hours for you to stop by and ask questions

    Tips for prospective students

    If you drive to this school make sure you get here 30 min early to find parking

    In three sentences

    One Of the nicest campus ,that you will love has a variety of majors to choose from, many great programs to take advantage of. There are people there to help you the proffesors have office hours were you can go to get help and has an amazing libary were you can have a study room.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    They accept the BOG waiver and automatically apply it in some cases.

    What to do for fun

    Watch the sports teams practice or meet with study groups, join a team or two.

    Food and Dining

    There food is great and they have different varieties such as vending machines and food trucks.

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know a lot about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Their professors know their material and make learning exciting and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to utilize everything the school has to offer simply because they have so many resources that are available to help students become more than successful.

    In three sentences

    The school has an amazing campus. It is a great learning atmosphere. The teachers are wonderful.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just stay with your friends and contact with them. Make sure you don't give your information to strangers or anything personal you don't want them to know. And try to keep occupied at all times. And secrurity is all around so whenever your feeling unsafe or just not feeling well they will always be there to help you.

    Greek Life

    It wasn't that much of a geek life

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs think students would be interested in joining but i never grasped the opportunity to get into a club and join one to see how it was.

    Great for these types of students

    Anything that will get them interested to learn, have fun or find a hobby they like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Usually id spend my times in the library or outside my classroom waiting for class to start. Or even by the stair ways

    Bang for the buck

    I say in the begging it wasn't the best experience because of some personal issues i had but think after the three years of being there I got used to it and i felt more comfortable in the environment it wasn't as weird. I did pay alot for my books and I recommend the future students to buy thier books always at a cheaper price or online.

    What to do for fun

    I would socialize mostly with my friends on campus we would go out for lunch or just hang out around the school and talk alot. Or if i was bored and alone id go to the library and go on my phone and just chat and text people.

    Food and Dining

    The food was really good bit expensive but those that needed a fast lunch I can definatly say that the food trucks and the stores were always open so you can buy your breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't really dorms for Pierce College if there was I had no clue there was I live with my parents so I really didn't get a chance to dorm. It depends on each students and how they see it.

    Academic Rigor

    I would have to say it was alright not all the way to the highest of the success I wanted to go but I actually learned alot more. Rather than if I would have gone to a harder college and straight university I would have probably gone back to a Jc after one or two years at the university just to get organized of what I wanted to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to stay focused on your general classes first. Then worry about what you want to study for so then you get your classes out of the way and once your done you can start to decide what you want to do. Once thats done and your ready to transfer then you can continue on from there.

    In three sentences

    Pierce college is one of the highest that has transfered students to Uc's other universities. It has helped me figure out what I want to do in life and give me like a guide towards where I want to go. So i definatly recomend anyone who attends pierce to start here and then transfer.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe and lots of securtiy

    Clubs and Activities

    History, Spanish

    Great for these types of students

    sports,arts,animal lovers,

    What to do for fun

    sports and dancing classes are avaliables

    Dorm Life

    unknown

    Academic Rigor

    a lot of reading,studying and time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    be aware of all the help is there you just need to look for it.

    In three sentences

    The Los Angeles Pierce College is an excellent institution. The have several students offices, where they help us all students to reach our goals and success in our studies. I will be graduating in the spring of 2014.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sheriff everywhere. Which I am happy to see because so many campuses are dangerous these days, and it's nice to know the police are near in case an emergency comes up.

    Greek Life

    It's a CC, it's nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not involved with clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfers to UC colleges.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a working farm, so they have a farmers market and they have animals of all shapes and sizes. I haven't been to the farm side of the campus yet, but I would love to go visit the horses sometime.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely. Just under $50 a unit and with financial aid available, it's an absolutely affordable school.

    What to do for fun

    They have plays they put on over at the drama center which is close to the farm area (Mason), films in the student hall, and an open friendly social environment.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria remans closed, but alas' does look nice when you look through the windows at it. I am waiting to see when it will open (someone said Spring 2014). They have a lot of tables over at the library on the outside hugging the building that are nice to sit at and of course there are the tables over where the little coffee shop is (but it can be loud over there if you want to have a quiet lunch).

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. It's basically a farm attached to a school.

    Academic Rigor

    I am going for a new career so I am a non-traditional student who is working towards a UC transfer. I find that the school has this odd balance between dedicated students who want to be there and are serious about their grades and young teenagers who are there because their parents made them or they have nothing better to do. A lot of the students there are just out of high school and some of them seem to be the typical lay about burn outs. They pretty much could care less about their grades and mock the students who do. It's disappointing to see these kids wasting their lives, but hey there has to be someone who is qualified to work burger joint jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Register early and then check the classes about two weeks before school starts to see if there are any openings. The add culture at the school is like playing the lottery, a lot of professors are strict about keeping their classroom numbers under a certain amount. 2. Get a parking pass and be prepared to spend at least an hour trying to find parking in the first three weeks of a new semester. It usually starts to level out around the third week, with either people dropping classes or switching their schedules around. If you live in the valley, I recommend instead of driving just using the bus, the orange line stops just outside of the school. 3. If taking a music class, it should be noted that the music center is located on the top of a hill served by about 8-9 flights of stairs. When Woodland Hills hits 107 in the summer time those stairs become your worst enemy. I have seen healthy, 19 year old kids almost pass out on them. If you drive, you can just simply drive your car up there to the music center, but it you don't, well the only option are those stairs. 4. It's a non-smoking campus and they are very serious about it.

    In three sentences

    1. Affordable, and easy to get too. 2. The school has a wonderful new library. 3. All kinds of critters run loose on the property and they have a beautiful botanical garden.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. The sheriffs are always around making sure everyone is safe.

    What to do for fun

    There's the botanical garden where you can go and just sit and relax. I like walking around the campus since it's pretty big. There's the art gallery, you can go up to the art center and check out cool projects fellow college students have done.

    Food and Dining

    Apparently there's suppose to be restaurants but I haven't seen any type of food around other than that food trucks and the Freudian sip coffee place.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that it's pretty easy once you get used to it. The first semester is harsh because you get tons of work but it's worth it at the end and you've learned so much. Some professors are easy and some are hard but majority of them are really nice and understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If classes are full and you're planning to crash a course, be there on time and don't give up. Also try looking for the same course at a different college.

    In three sentences

    I would rate pierce college a 9 on a scale from 1-10 because it's a big and bright and welcoming campus. The professors are really nice and understanding. I would recommend this college to anyone who would actually want to go to a community college the first two years.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a Halloween Carnival in October. There are also sports events that students can go to. Students can also join clubs or be a part of the Round Up Newspaper published every week during the Fall and Spring.

    Food and Dining

    They do have a dining area in the new library. Unfortunately, it is not open yet. Students can get a snack from the cafe or the food trucks. The food is actually ok.

    Dorm Life

    This college does not have dorms but some of the students put up advertisements for apartments near the college.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here will get you through the general education requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming here next year, make sure to take AP math and english classes. By doing this, it will save you a lot of time.

    In three sentences

    If you are not sure what to do in your life, this college is for you. It is a great place to try out something new since the tuition is lower than a university. For example, you could get some college credits working as a volunteer in the early childhood center.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations you can join to participate in school events.

    Food and Dining

    There are minimal options for food on campus. Come to school well fed.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged in some classes more than other. Overall I have found the work to be moderately challenging at times and boring at others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Carefully review the professors on the various websites that rate professors. Otherwise, go to class and have fun.

    In three sentences

    I have had a very good experience overall. One of my professors was far more interested in selling her book and talking about her life experience than teaching the class. Otherwse, I have enjoyed my time at Pierce.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Every once and while you'll get outside sources such as Blood Donation, STD testing, jumpers, college fairs, and more. And did I mention, they are FREE.

    What to do for fun

    Skateboard, play Guitar, and read the Scriptures(yes the bible).

    Food and Dining

    Food truck is pretty popular, other than that you have one student store with a decent variety of snacks and one bookstore where you can find my favorite Arizona Tall cans.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the toughest I've encountered but equally not the easiest. I received a B average last semester and putting little extra effort doesn't hurt.

    Tips for prospective students

    The experience is worthwhile. And for a community college it really has a lot to offer. Be willing and open to receive what Pierce College has in store.

    In three sentences

    College experience at Pierce has been great for me. I was not expecting to receive so much from my professors and colleagues. Attending Pierce College has motivated me to strive for excellence and higher education at a new level.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station ON campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    I know there are many clubs, activities and events offered I just haven't had the time to take advantage of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a university styled; campus, availability and quality of classes with community college prices.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only thing that struck me as unusual when looking into this school in the beginning was that they do have a farm on campus. I think it's awesome especially for being a community college in Los Angeles. I believe during the summer, students organize some sort of fair near the farm for the public.

    Bang for the buck

    They are the only LACCD school that offers the PACE program, the only school that I've been able to register for classes (not sit in and add) and the campus and staff are excellent! Plus there is a police station on campus!

    What to do for fun

    Like I said before, I love this campus, it's BIG and doesn't look like your average community college. There is a garden in the middle of the school, a farm, and plenty of walking paths through and around the school. Night or day you'll see groups walking around. The cafe has food and plays music inside and on the patio too. There are sports and different types of clubs to join also.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe and bookstore has had everything I've need, there is also fast food nearby and a mall.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms since it's a community college, there are adds around school for room mates and they may have a department that can assist you in finding a room, but I'm not 100% sure.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are fair on work load. All of the professors I've taken have offered extra help with office hours, fast reply emails, and extra material for notes. Many also teach at local university's as well, but make a huge effort to divide their time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the awesome staff! Financial aid, and the counseling office have it down to a science so don't be worried about lines, and confused staff, you won't find that here.

    In three sentences

    I have attended almost every LACCD school there is and Pierce is by far the best. Clean, safe, and attractive campus. Friendly, knowledgeable staff AND I've always been able to register for at least two class, which is saying a lot for LACCD. They offer the PACE program which allows me to take 12 units and still be able to work and maintain my non school life, I've yet to have an unsatisfactory professor and would recommend this school to everyone.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I wish I had listened to my mother's advice instead of heading off to an expensive 4-year school at 18yrs old. Financially and academically, I would have been much better off starting at a community college, like Pierce and transferring. Now I'm back and getting an education at a much more reasonable price.

    Food and Dining

    There isn't much

    Academic Rigor

    Again, this depends on what you choose to pursue at Pierce; the veterinary technology program is somewhat rigorous, the sciences tend to be much more challenging. I find when I have to go to the other side of campus for things such as English or history, the level drops into more of a high school feel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait as long as I did to go back! Much less intimidating than jumping into a very expensive, 4-year program.

    In three sentences

    Totally depending upon what your future plans are, Pierce has a great pre-vet/veterinary technology program, which is incredible. Good hands-on learning that you cannot get from a strictly online program. Great teachers and students within the program that really care and will go out of the way to help anyone.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been one robbery on campus since I have been attending but personally I have met only nice and intelligent people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pre Veterinary Club! I have just recently joined and it is one of the largest and most fully-functioning club on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Library is a wonderful and resourceful place. Open most of the day, great for studying if you get too distracted trying to study at home like me.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around the agriculture part of the campus to see all the animals. Or if that is not of interest there is a movie theater and small mall a couple blocks from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is food available, some of it is well made and some is a rip off. I would like to see more healthy foods available on campus

    Dorm Life

    Unsure, I do not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors I have met and all that I have studied with are passionate about their subject and try to instill that passion into their students. All have been fair and understanding. I have learned much from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead of everyone else as far as applying for scholarships, running or registering for classes and attend the classes.

    In three sentences

    Pierce College is a school composed of credible and experienced professors that teach with a natural and educated vigor. The campus is well-sized, large enough for the opportunity to engage with new people daily yet small enough to easily maneuver the grounds. The only downside of Pierce Community College is the organization of how the school reacts to so many students trying to get into classes at their school.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get your schedule planned out ahead of time and when it is your time to register for classes, do it right away. Getting class is your first priority.

    In three sentences

    It's one of the best community colleges and despite the competition, you can make it through if you put the effort. There are tons of great professors willing to help you. The school gets overly crowded in the beginning of the semesters.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play sports on the many fields on Pierce's campus. You can also just hang out at the library or the park area by the Sciences Department. You can walk through the Botanical garden and relax your mind there. You can take part in the many events they host

    Food and Dining

    Lots of great food places! Cafeterias, coffee shops, and food trucks do the trick.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is neither overwhelming nor too simple. It is just the right amount to keep you interested and motivated to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as your registration date comes!! And keep applying until you find a spot for that specific class. Always show up on the first day of class or else you will be dropped. Try renting your books or buying them online. Use Rate Your Professor website to find out if the professor is right for you!

    In three sentences

    Wide selection of classes taught by experienced professors. Diverse study body with many interesting people to meet. Great campus life, lots of activities to do.