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MiraCosta College Reviews

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  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    Last week I was talking with the President of Miracosta, Mr. Rodriguez, he has a very interesting life story. Other then that he showed me that even though he was label in high school as mentally impaired, because of his lost of vision in one eye he still attended a community college, then transfer to a college, later he got his PH.D. Other then that, Miracosta has awesome teachers I believe that more then half of our teachers teach other universities at the same time or have PHD's and we as students are able to benefit from it and pay low cost tuition. Miracosta is a great school.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    MiraCosta has an amazing community! All the students seem to be really active in specific clubs and out door school activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. They have a large variety of meals. They have multicultural dishes and accommodate breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have everything a convenience store has and then some!

    Dorm Life

    This campus does not accommodate Dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very professional and all seem very well educated in their material. A lot of the professors I studied under were very friendly but professional at the same time. Going above and beyond to help you succeed was a common trait each professor possessed. Almost as if it were a signature by MiraCosta!

    Tips for prospective students

    I most definitely recommend speaking with one of the MiraCosta Councillor before jump starting into your first semester here. They have the ability to map out your entire educational career and determine what you need and how you're going to get it. They create and help you set goals and give you a clear understanding of what this school really has to offer.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta by far is one of the most organized and professional community schools I have ever attended. It's a clean and beautiful campus and very affordable. It's compiled with numerous amounts of opportunities not only in terms of education but on campus employment as well.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students how are planning to transfer to a 4-year university, students are planning to get an Associates Degree, and students who are trying to go to a school where they will get the same education and help as universities offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help do not be afraid to ask for it because the teachers will help you. If you have a goal in mind Mira Costa College will help you achieve that goal.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it is a community college they have great teachers and tools to help students. The teachers do a very good on preparing you for a university if you planning to transfer.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is great place because it does not have many students, and I just love it. They have so many clubs for so many type of students. You can even start your own club with your friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very helpful, and they are always there when you need them. They have so many programs that can help you with any assignment.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Although there is only one cafeteria the food is good. Also the Oceanside campus is centrally located to a lot of food places.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the class. I am a engineering major so my math and physics classes were hard. However, some of the filler classes are a walk in the park.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is a great community college.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are close by and I've never felt uncomfortable or not safe here

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities for everyone to enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to prepare themselves for a 4-year college.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money spent

    Food and Dining

    I've always been pleased with the food served at MiraCosta and the chefs are always polite and a pleasure to talk to.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged at this school, but nothing more than your average community college. We have excellent services if you ever need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should come here if you enjoy really learning, the professors here are top notch. There will always be plenty of parking for students. Get your classes when you get your sign up date and you should get into every class you want.

    In three sentences

    Classes are always available when you sign up on time. This school has always impressed me and made me feel important. Teachers are always very helpful, as well as the tutors in the tutoring center, and there are plenty of clubs to get involved in.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join groups

    Food and Dining

    It needs a starbucks..

    Dorm Life

    don't live there

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember this campus is a shape of a circle so I if you don't pay attention you can be walking the same path again and again.

    In three sentences

    Is a clean campus. I also like the staff, they are very friendly and helpful. I love that there is a lot of groups to join and make new friends

  • 12/30/2011

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

    7 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is cheap and I have heard excellent reviews about the college.

    Will enjoy being here

    I lived in the area for two years serving a mission for my church. Its an amazing school.

    Will learn a lot

    I know a few of the professors there. They are amazing individuals and talk highly of the school. I am excited to learn with them.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus and the police here are very friendly!

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs! You can find it here and if it isn't here, you can bring it here!

    What to do for fun

    There are many things inside and outside of school, volunteering opportunities, clubs (including events).

    Food and Dining

    Delicious but, would not eat there every day!

    Dorm Life

    It is a bit expensive like in every other school, but it is kind of worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    The learning system at this school I feel is unique!

    Tips for prospective students

    Not to believe always in ratemyprofessor for the summary about the teachers, to join clubs and to take advantage of the opportunities that community college offers.

    In three sentences

    It is a lovely campus full of energetic students. The teachers do their job to the fullest. The scenery from the cafeteria is great!

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is constantly a patrol of campus police on mcc's campus making everyone feel safe. i have yet to hear of a bad incident on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    almost anyone can fit in a mcc. they have a very wide variety of classes from dance to counseling. they also have a great array of degrees and certificates including a personal fitness training certificate and a yoga certificate.

    Bang for the buck

    obviously, this is a community college. the fees and tuition are incredibly low and because of that i am giving mcc 5 out of 5 stars. the amount of information i have been given from this school not only academically but also personally has been magnificent.

    What to do for fun

    the school has regular activities that the professors are very good at explaining and keeping the students up to date on. the activities vary from a movie, to a dodge-ball tournament.

    Food and Dining

    i have not eaten at their cafeteria since i live so close, i simply walk home for food. that being said, i am constantly hearing of events where free food is available and where students can enjoy a great dining experience.

    Academic Rigor

    some courses are tough, but they are fully explained in their course description. i truly enjoy the academic aspect of mcc.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure when you go to class that you appear as professional and as courteous as you would like to be treated by your professor. the classes are great, but figure out where your classes will be held ahead of time so you aren't running around the campus trying to find a bathroom on your 5 minute break.

    In three sentences

    mira costa is clean, neat and organized. every professor i have taken a course from has been incredibly helpful and nice. the campus is simple and easy to navigate.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    clubs, events weekly and many different creative outlets are hosted on campus,

    Tips for prospective students

    use the resources, library, and communicate with fellow students. the more involved you are the better you do.

    In three sentences

    it is a excellent school. with many resources to help their students achieve goals. the teachers i've had have taught me a lot!

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    do the homework right away!

    In three sentences

    its a great school that's open and nice to look at. all the facilities are new and kept up, and miracosta has college hour every thursday that gives out snacks for free to all the students.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    miracosta has over 40 different clubs. they also have an active sports and intramural program.

    Food and Dining

    the food is expensive on campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    this really depends on your intended major.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to transfer to ucla or ucb their honors program is the key.

    In three sentences

    miracosta is a wonderful community college. they have quality professors and many helpful services like tutoring. they have a highly diverse population.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Huge variety!

    Great for these types of students

    coastal, beach loving students. Students who do not mind friendly and outgoing people

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs you can join. They also serve free food and drinks on Thursdays. They play live music on campus on Thursdays as well!

    Food and Dining

    They have amazing food!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to counselors, or any other service they provide! Be sure you are on top of the classes you need and the classes you are currently taking! Be sure to make time to study because finals and midterms are very important!

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta gives motivation on succeeding and transfering to other universities. They support all students. The services and teachers are always willing to help students out.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 77

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I enjoy the social aspect of this school. It is easy to communicate and find informstion you need from staff members or teachers.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everyone is responsible for keeping a campus safe, but MiraCosta police have a pretty good handle on things.

    Clubs and Activities

    Good student activity on campus, university level student involvment at the community college level is hard to come by.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students, night students, adult learners and those looking to get degrees for a better price.

    Bang for the buck

    Great staff, nice campus, convenient locations for a community college price.

    What to do for fun

    You're in San Diego county, you can figure it out.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices on campus are very good, the cafe is open late and has good food for a school cafeteria and the packaged items range in price and nutritional value. Any student can find something they like here.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes are more challenging than the same class at other community colleges or even at the university level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your educational goals in mind, there are counselors available to help you reach them, but ultimately it's up to you to take the steps necessary to get there.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a lot like your average community college, just newer, cleaner and smarter. The professors here really care about students, and seem to love their job. The school also generally seems to have more funding available than many neighboring schools.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    16 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the money. The tutoring department and transfer center offer priceless support.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing at MiraCosta. Lot's of fun things to do in the towns surrounding either campus.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty convenient and well priced.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't dorms at MiraCosta.

    Academic Rigor

    Your schedule will be as challenging as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the San Elijo campus.

    In three sentences

    Very smart and successful professors. Small classes and lots of options. Not the most ambitious bunch of students in the world but if you want to get things done you can.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is pretty good. They make everything there and have different dishes all of the time.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs here are pretty great. The science department is especially geared toward nursing and medical careers. There is a big focus on turning out amazing nurses who actually know about the human body rather than just guessing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to a counselor to make an education plan so you're not taking classes you don't need. Check out the campus and try to find places you know you'll want to go. Make sure to apply early and do all the things they ask you so you can register early; there are a lot of students and not always enough space for everyone in every class.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is huge but has a lot to offer. There are a ton of classes and so many events always going on. In ever office on campus the office staff are some of the best and most helpful I have ever experienced.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many opprotunities for students to have fun out of the classroom here on campus. They offer many intramural sports that all students are invited to join. They even have video game competitions at times with prizes and snacks!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is a little pricey, but sometimes it is worth it because it is conveinant and delicious!

    Dorm Life

    No dorm living here at this community college. But if your looking for a room to rent just visit the studen center website for a listing of rooms for rent, usually put up by students who live very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the classes, of course, is based on the class that you choose. Some classes that I have taken have really tested the limits of my brain and thinking and others, have been more of a fun easy A. I believe that this is the perfect mix and has helped me maintain a great GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you make an appointment with a counselor first thing. The education plan that they will help you create will really help on your road to your degree! Also take full advantage of the free tutoring services they have here, for every subject!

    In three sentences

    The campus here is beautiful. Every teacher I have had has been amazing and really cares about student success. Also all the free resources here have made it possible for me to do the best that I can at low to no cost!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police are near by, not even a second away! really close, sometimes there walking around to make sure if everything is okay. You can also call a cop to walk you to your car at night.

    Greek Life

    I actually havent looked into that!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs!!!! Art club, chicano mural art, choir club, gay club, honors club, music club, horticulture club, math club, capoeira club, etc etc etc etc

    Great for these types of students

    If your academic dedicated, competative.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe its every two weeks there is campus hour where you get free food, free information, free music to enjoy!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition went up! :(

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of things to do, there are many clubs to join. The beach is near by!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has pretty cool chefs and the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, but there are near by apartments and cheap rooms to rent.

    Academic Rigor

    There are alot of tutor programs to help you with everything you need! I really recommend the F.Y.E program and its a program for first year experience, you get a personal counselor who helps you plan your academics, transfer, etc. You get to pick your classes earlier too!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go on ratemyprofessor.com to read about the instructor because some instructors are really difficult!

    In three sentences

    Miracosta has a beautiful campus with amazing staff and instructors!

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The fun is when you study. Either way it all depends on what you like.

    Food and Dining

    There's a big cafeteria so it's always nice because you can eat and at the same time you can be studying. There is always a place to relax.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home because it is so much more economical.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of intensity in courses depends on the professor. It can be an easy class but the tests are hard, or it can be a difficult classwork and easy tests. However, it's important to make sure and you seek help if you don't understand something because otherwise you'll get behind and it tends to be hard to catch up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want to do at MiraCosta. Whether to take some classes and then transfer to a 4 year college whether to get your general education out of the way, it's important so that you don't waste time.

    In three sentences

    The professors are all knowledgeable and very helpful. I started out in a 4 year college and I wasn't able to learn the things that I have been able to learn with the professors at MiraCosta College. I want to be able to stay here, and that is why I am researching for scholarships because I know that with everything I am doing I'll be able to succeed.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Due to a high volume of night classes, students' safety is a priority on this campus. The campus security guards are always patrolling and as a woman in a dark parking lot every night, I felt very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although this is a community college, MiraCosta does a great job of keeping students involved and gathering people based upon similar interest groups. There are events going on year-round through the school, which helps to enrich this college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students working and attending school, or paying for school on their own. Also great for those returning to college after a number of years.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely the way to go, especially for those earning credit toward their general education. So cheap that I can't understand why everyone doesn't do it this way!

    What to do for fun

    This campus is right by the beach and lagoon. There is a beautiful scenic trail to hike, bike, or run on. Just around the corner you can go for a surf session between classes, or hang out at one of the local beach-town Mexican food places (yum!).

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria which is great for its size, however it is small due to the small San Elijo campus.

    Dorm Life

    This could be rated with no stars, because it is a community college and there are no dorms. It can also be rated with five stars because living off campus is better than any dorm!

    Tips for prospective students

    The class schedules at this campus makes it more convenient to work and go to school at the same time. If attending night classes, students should take note of the hours of operation of the library, bookstore, student center and cafeteria. The parking passes can be purchased daily if desired, or at a discounted rate for longer time periods.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta's San Elijo Campus is a small, yet beautiful campus with a quaint feel and about a mile from the beach. The student demographic ranges widely in age and ethnicity, and would be a welcoming place for a new student in any phase of their life. I would recommend attendance at this college for the value of classroom time at an inexpensive price.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    units are inexpensive but the bookstore is overpriced. If you can find the book online buy it.

    What to do for fun

    lots of clubs. classes are fun. make friends in class.

    Food and Dining

    i do not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the teachers help students along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bruce Nicholson for English 201. Most fun I've ever had in an english class.

    In three sentences

    Very helpful teachers. Classes are meant to help students progress, and the teachers are there to make sure students learn enough to earn a transfer level grade! The Bookstore is a bit expensive though.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a pretty small campus, but completely stocked with MiraCosta Campus Police.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who don't like to be at too big of school/surrounded by too many students and faculty. Classes are smaller so the teacher has more of an opportunity to get to know all of their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs at this school and extracurricular classes. Sports, yoga, dance, etc. There's always something happening on campus!

    Food and Dining

    I very much enjoy the dining area. The food is GOOD! And it's got a very big and open dining area that is good to hold a meeting, study group, or to grab a bite and study!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the teachers are passionate about what they teach. They definitely keep you busy. If you're not ready to be busy a lot of the time then this school isn't for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have as much fun as you can while going to this school. Take advantage of all the different programs and aids this school offers you. Everyone here just wants to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Relatively small and personal school. Awesome faculty. Beautiful campus.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is the student activities. Where you can go participate in clubs or volunteer organizations with students like yourselves and meet different kinds of people.There is also plays where you can participate in the theater or you can also pariticipate in study groups or workshops at the library. It has also free event you can go to outside where students meet up have fun and learn to be friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat in Mira Costa College. there is the cafeteria where they serve but great gourmet specials like italian cuisine food or Mexican food. they also have nice food pantry where you can pick emergency canned or packeged food to go in case you are running out of groceries and that you don't have alot to eat. They also provide college hour where they provide live entertainment and free food like pizza or chinese food and drinks

    Dorm Life

    There is no housing in the college But the rooms for rent are awesome but kind of pricey. You have to be prepared and be clean and learn to take care of yourself even if its a challenge.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic excellence and teachers are highly professionals who have dedicated their lives in teaching. The quality in Mira Costa has the best than any four university It provides excitement, new experiences, new faces, new ideas and learning from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here are tips for upcoming freshman prospective students: 1. Always have a friend near by you because it tends to get lonely with out someone to talk to when your alone studying or reading. 2. Have a educational plan, meet with the counselor, have a part-time job if you want to survive community college life. its expensive. 3.have self responsibility and stay in touch with your teachers in office hours and also don't hesitate to ask for help when you really need it. 4. Be clean, be on time to every class and do your homework and study

    In three sentences

    I will rate Mira Costa College five stars for its fabulous student services including, counseling, health services,financial aid,classes,teachers, and the environment has outstanding scenery of the horizon and the whole city of Oceanside.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Trustworthy is the only word to describe our campus. If you need to use the restroom a fellow student will gladly watch your things. MiraCosta is one of the only places where you can be sure your missing item will turn up in the lost and found.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club to satisfy every interest. It is impossible to feel like you don't belong.

    Great for these types of students

    Our student body is made up of individuals from all over the world. It is not uncommon to see international students hanging in the quad daily. If you really want to learn something new take time to get to know someone from another country.

    Bang for the buck

    Nowhere else can you get a quality education for such a great price. The only hurt that your wallet will endure is in the bookstore. If you are crafty and know where to look you can get you can get your book for more than half the price online.

    What to do for fun

    College hour is the best activity on campus. Each week there is live music or other forms of live entertainment put on by campus club or up and coming bands. Don't forget the free food!

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus cafeteria offers an array of food. There is something to satisfy everyone's taste buds. If you don't want chips and a soda you can have fresh sandwiches made or even have a homemade meal such as meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. My favorite is the pizza.

    Dorm Life

    One of the only down falls of going to a community college is the lack of dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    When you walk into the door of your first class you will definitely be scared. Don't worry. Our instructors are skilled and will explain any and everything to you. By the time you leave class your first day you will be convinced that the only grade you will earn is an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I can give to a prospective student is to take advantage of all the resources MiraCosta has to offer. Any problem or concern you have there is a center of office willing to take time to help. Definitely don't be afraid to ask for help!!!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is just a shout away.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dramas the best . Film club Rocks too!

    Great for these types of students

    Academic students that are serious about school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have this tradition of having musical entertainment during lunch sometimes. It's called College Hour and it's free food and fun with friends and strangers.

    What to do for fun

    There's ALOT of clubs to join and the theatre program is awesome .

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food just a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms but a lot apartments near by so getting a place shouldn't be too hard.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not too hard depending on what your major is but if you goof off then you will get left behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the resources they offer up . Study and pay attention in class. DO NOT take on too much by yourself

    In three sentences

    It's a good school to go to if you have money to do it. The teachers are really great and professional, also they provide opportunities to meet outside classes in order to get help. The only thing is that the books are insanely priced and the financial aid sucks.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe there are plenty of officers everywhere so you feel very protected.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the beach, dancing, BBqing with my family and friends, shopping, working (yes working I do enjoy doing!), traveling and exploring new places whenever I get the chance and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe food was great!

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus in my own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The expectations that the teachers had for us were perfect and obtainable for the subjects I was learning. I feel that I was challenged and pushed to better my self and learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take English with Ms. Ericksen!

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a great college! The college worked with my schedule and made it easier for me to attend. The teachers there are all very smart and helpful regarding any questions that I had.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's always campus security around every corner! It makes me feel very safe. Most professors I've had here always recommend the buddy system for night classes! They even offer to walk you themselves if you don't have one. It's nice.

    Bang for the buck

    MiraCosta has smaller classrooms and I feel like I'm getting what I pay for! The Professors are very helpful!

    Food and Dining

    All college cafeteria's are over-priced! However, the cafeteria at MiraCosta does give you more food! So it kind of even's out.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This college fair! Every student is treated no different than the next.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up! College is stressful, but IT IS worth it!

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is a very organized, well-run school. The campus is clean and the students seem very happy. I love my school! Most professors are very helpful and keep you updated well in advance when it comes to school work to give you plenty of time to complete your assignment.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a parking lot patrol staffed by students after it starts to get dark outside. Seems silly to me, but it may be very comforting to others to know someone is walking around making sure you get to your car safe. San Diego City College, which actually has a history of being somewhat less safe, could benefit from a similar program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Veterans Information Center (known as The Lounge by some) has been the starting point of many college adventures. Very welcoming to veterans who have no clue what they're doing, or are just looking to touch base with others who have similar experiences. The staff is professional, but the room can get pretty crowded at times.

    Bang for the buck

    Im attending Mesa college and spent time at the City College campus, and you're getting a better deal at MiraCosta by far, which is why I drive the extra distance to have a dependable experience. MiraCosta is by no means perfect, but its consistently good. The campus is cleaner and safer, and the professors are on average very good, in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There are the usual facilities for sports (which are maintained well), however nothing is really centralized, so be prepared for a little walk if you like to play basketball and then want to run at the track, or like tennis and then want to toss the pig-skin around. Intramural sports are actually pretty good here, so if you have a sport in mind, keep an eye open for start dates. For shooting enthusiasts, Iron Sights isn't too terribly far, so you can get the lead out if you want. For those who like a cocktail after class, there are several bars in close proximity, but not walking distance, so designate a DD!

    Food and Dining

    The Oceanside campus has some above-average food, at none-to-surprisingly high prices. The food tastes pretty good, just expect to shell out a bit of cash. The San Elijo campus is rather hit-or-miss, actually. Some days are amazing and others are lackluster, so keep your options open if you're at that campus.

    Dorm Life

    Non-existant, its a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Mixed bag here. Some professors are from the local universities, and are others belong in universities. The school is surprisingly competitive for professors, and I've had professors from Georgetown, University of San Diego, etc. Some professors will grade stringently on difficult material, and others will be very forgiving, so RateMyProfessor still applies here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Registering and enrolling at the school is actually one of the strong points of this school, because it beats out the local community colleges in the region by a great deal. Their SURF enrollment program is much more thought out and centralized than the San Diego Community College Distrtict (SDCCD) system by a good deal. The school is also extremely veteran friendly, having a Veteran Information Center/Lounge that engages in both weekday and weekend activities. If you're not a veteran, don't worry, you're not over-saturated by the veteran community or the programs for vets, as most of us try to just blend into the student body.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a two campus (three if you count the adult education campus) community college that actually beats out the other community colleges in the San Diego county. Not only is the school competitive for professors from nearby universities, but it has beautiful scenery and a competent administration staff. The atmosphere is overall very relaxed and welcoming, which is a major plus for community colleges.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Have met the Campus Police as they introduced themselves.

    Greek Life

    Not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    Not yet involved.

    Great for these types of students

    This College is very Veteran friendly an go out of their way to assist you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not been involved in any clubs at this point.

    Bang for the buck

    I am using all my VA benefits along with any scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    I am a piano student.

    Food and Dining

    I am Diabetic and on a strict diet an do not eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    I am using off campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    I know I have a long road ahead in my academic goals but I will utilize all programs available to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the benefits if you are a Veteran.

    In three sentences

    I am a Veteran an I have been helped every step of the way in enrolling and creating my education plan along with other benefits discovered.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have campus police constantly around the campus, therefore you never need to worry about taking a night class or anything happening to your car!

    Clubs and Activities

    A very wide range of clubs you can participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all students!

    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat the price of this education.

    Food and Dining

    They do not have many food choices besides the cafeteria, which is great for the school. Great meals for reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in this school given that it is a community college, but there are however, lots of apartments close by the area.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is much more strict and competive than any other community college I have attended in the past, which is helpful for those looking to transfer to a four year college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a school that will offer great academics, great opportunity to be involued and for a school to help you advance your education, this school is great.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa is a great community college, that is affordable and well rounded. They provided excellent academics and lots of opportunity to be involued in the school.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Great degrees offered at minimal costs. Of course, books always burn a hole in your pocket, but that's with any school.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs available. The campus tracks and fields offer a good place to get some exercise in.

    Food and Dining

    There are sufficient places to get food on campus. There is a cafeteria and vending machines available.

    Dorm Life

    I do not believe this school offers dorm rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact the administrative staff and counselors to find out exactly what you need for your degree.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa College has a beautiful campus filled with green grass and new-looking buildings. Their classes are run by knowledgeable teachers who seem to want their students to succeed. The administrative seems very competent.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always a campus officer on dupty

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer many clubs on campus and it's always important to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who doesnt want to recieve their degree but needs more time to build money for universities. Students who want to transfer should consider starting at MiraCosta to save money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    checkout the cafeteria there is better food than you might think.

    Bang for the buck

    I always look forward to going to class because the teachers are so friendly and there is a really down to earth atmoshere.

    What to do for fun

    MiraCosta offers a really relaxed atmosphere it's a great campus to hangout with friends and relax between classes.

    Food and Dining

    Has a great cafeteria full of delicious foods that everyones enjoys! even healthy food which is a bonus.

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Friendly atmosphere and educated teachers that are willing to help you when you need it!

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a great starting point before students transfer to universities it gives families more time to prepare for the financial side of colleges. Go to MiraCosta to recieve your general education and then decide what you want to do from there.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a great starting point for students who want to go to college right after high school but cant neccessairly afford it. Not only is it a great place to recieve general eduaction they also offer a great transfer program. I enjoy attending MiraCosta and I suggest this college to anyone who wants to better their education.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The college is located on the top of a hill that offers unparalleled views. Walking the perimeter of the campus you can see a stunning panoramic view of the hills, mountains, and ocean. If attending evening classes, snacking or studying in the cafeteria's floor-to ceiling-windowed eating area provides truly unforgettable sunsets. Students are sure to receive a gorgeous and visually stimulating education at MiraCosta.

    What to do for fun

    Often times small events will be held in the courtyard where live bands will perform, free food will be given out, karaoke will be held, and many companies will come to participate offering fun raffles and games. If participating in social gathers isn't your thing, there are many expanses of green grass or tree-shaded areas where students can lounge and recuperate between. A cafeteria can satiate appetites or give shelter for friends to study together or watch the news on the large flat-screen TV's. The library offers tons of computers and books for personal or academic use.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers reasonable prices and many different types of delicious and satisfying foods. There are wonderful cheerful chefs that offer large hot meals with a fun, changing theme of cuisine from day to day (Mexican, Italian, etc.) There is a large variety of thirst-quenching beverages: freshly brewed coffees of all different roasts and flavors, cappuccinos, hot teas, refreshing juices, energy drinks, exotic fizzy fruit drinks, and more. Also, many healthy alternatives are available such as crisp salads and fresh fruit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely take advantage of the many services provided free of charge by MiraCosta such as the writing center, tutoring in most subjects, aid available in the library, creating educational plans with the counselors, and office hours with teachers. Using these assistances will help pave the way to a pleasant and successful scholastic life.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta has an extremely friendly, helpful, and passionate staff that seems to truly enjoy assisting the students in whatever they need. There are many opportunities for success with numerous free centers that specify in writing, tutoring, and much more. Lastly, the campus is beautifully landscaped with a gorgeous view of the ocean, making it a pleasurable experience to go to school and walk from class to class.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never felt unsafe in any of the campus, although some of the parking areas where very far from the classrooms. The campus offer a service where if you have very late classes, you could call someone from security to walk with you to your class. I thought this was great.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs you can get involve with from Hula dance to tennis. I would love to join some of them but I have a lot of work so I couldn't join any.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus have a lot of resources for students with disabilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like how they celebrate many cultural holidays of other cultures.

    Bang for the buck

    You are getting a great education and the cost is affordable but the library has some return policies that trick you in to expending more than you need to. I would recommend not to buy your books until the your first day of class to make you you don't buy books that you would not need.

    What to do for fun

    Mira Costa College have a lot of clubs to choose from and they have many sports that you can get involve in.

    Food and Dining

    They have a great variety of food for everybody and the cafeteria atmosphere is fun. often many dance classes will dance in the cafeteria to try to get students to interact with each other more.

    Dorm Life

    They do not offer Dorms but their locations might help you find the right one closer to you.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers give you their best effort and expect the same effort from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that the college that you are planning to attend offer all the classes you need for your major and do not hesitate to ask for help when needed.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa College is a great campus, they have three locations and they offer many classes. I found the teachers very helpful and passionate about their work. They offer small classes sizes to help every student, I am very happy in this school.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Great for these types of students

    College hour every Thursday at 12:15 free food!

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are going up.

    What to do for fun

    College hour every Thursday at 12:15 free food!

    Food and Dining

    Great food!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as soon as possible, make sure to arrive early to find a parking space the first week. If you dont show up to classes on the week you will be dropped.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosra is a great learning environment. The professors are extremely helpful. They have a huge variety on majors.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    MiraCosta is well known for the low crime involved on this campus. The only crime that occurs daily on this campus is parking tickets.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is about a club for any major at this campus.

    Great for these types of students

    For the serious to not so serious type of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a college hour here at MiraCosta. This even gives free food and music to the students.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as professors,free tutoring and nursing all provided with enrollment. This school definately has some boom for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    This Campus is located less than a couple of minutes from the beach. I like to surf.

    Food and Dining

    The chef can cook up a delicious meal. But if you are on a budget it is probably best to go to the Mcdonalds down the street.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at MiraCosta.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is just a stepping stone before any mind numbing university work. Most work here at MiraCosta is hardly stressful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to pick all your classes early. The enrollment is about first come first serve.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely a great institution, especially if you are on a budget. The professors I had at MiraCosta were very passionate and nice. And last the location and the atmosphere around MiraCosta is just great.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Good food. They have healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at MiraCosta College.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is an excellent community college. It is near the beautiful beaches of Oceanside. Simply beautiful environment.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened at this school because the campus security is always around. Every time I go to school I see campus police and they have phones in the parking lot if you ever need to call them if you need assistance with your car or feel threatened in any way.

    Bang for the buck

    Miracosta has a great view of the ocean next to the Admissions Office. It took me 2 years here to realize it. The weather is always nice and it has plenty of shade and place to sit and relax or do your homework in between classes. The parking isn't bad at all like it was when I attended a different community college, and the atmosphere is all around mellow and quiet.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is great. At first I was weary because when I think of cafeteria food, I think of unpleasant food, but they have cooks who will make anything from a burrito, to a burger and it is all very good. There is a lot of room to eat inside and outside.

    Dorm Life

    Miracosta does not have dorms but they have local apartments that are in a good area.

    Academic Rigor

    I am more determined than ever to keep a good GPA and keep my grades up to fix the damage I did on my transcript in my earlier years at this school. I now am more driven than ever to keep above a 3.0 and the teachers are always there to help you when you need it, so you can ensure good grades for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advice students who are thinking about attending this school to come in with a positive attitude and be serious about going to school. When I started school, I didn't want to be there and only went because my parents were making me, which reflected in my grades. I wasted a lot of time withdrawing and failing classes because I didn't know what to take. Although my plan was to be done in two years, it is now my 3rd year and I have gotten my head on straight, had a daughter and want to be successful. I know am in contact with my counselor at all times to make sure I am on the right track and my grades are wonderful. Had I done this when I first started attending the school, I would have been done by now, but it is a lesson learned that I can pass on to you. I can not stress enough that as soon as you enroll, go to your counselor with your educational plan and they will help you make your schedule so you aren't taking the wrong classes. Education is so important and this school is wonderful to go to if you want to further your education.

    In three sentences

    This is a prestigious community college who expects the highest quality from their students. The hardworking staff ensures that you will graduate/transfer from Miracosta with a better understanding of each subject and the counseling staff helps you plan when you don't know which direction to take. There is no other college I would have chosen to better educate myself for a better future for my me and my daughter.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria has awesome food!

    Dorm Life

    Community college, so no dorms available here.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor, some are challenging but it is doable if you put aside time to work on the course materials.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta has really helped me reach some of my academic goals. The professors are really helpful and understanding. I would recommend this community college for those who are still unsure of their major.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    nothing really.

    Tips for prospective students

    Nah.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my transition here. Administration is very helpful, and teachers are very available for help. Great for transferring.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't leave your bag outside alone? I've left my laptop and sometimes purse inside the classroom during breaks in the lecture and it's been totally fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    Really not advertised well.

    Great for these types of students

    People interested in exploring basics of lots of areas of study in a low-key environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Community College is cheap! And the professors really do know what they're talking about. If they don't-drop the class it's that easy.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want...most of the nightlife isn't in north county San Diego. During the day there's the beach and movies and parks. It's sunny so outside is good, there are many hiking trails and the mountains aren't too far away.

    Food and Dining

    ...The drinks here are all right. And I guess the candy machines are pretty good too. If you like quality food--eat off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor. If you apply yourself to your fullest potential there really shouldn't be a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show up to class and pay attention. Keep up otherwise you'll be done once finals come around. Be responsible.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is an important start to many people's education as well as for continuing education. My classes have been interesting even being general ed. Most of the professors are passionate about their subjects and willing to help the students.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is police station and they are in duty 24 hours. Especially in the dark time. We have Beltane and information is available for everybody. Almost no crime in our campus.

    What to do for fun

    Thursdays in school serve free lunch for everybody, and in that time students can watch and listen concerts from many groups and ensembles.

    Food and Dining

    there is nice cafeteria which is open all day. In many places college have refresh station with automates and benches where students can rest during the day.

    Dorm Life

    Lot of apartments in walk distance and close to college area. Lot of international students live there because do not have expense for transportation.

    Academic Rigor

    Lot of opportunity for Business, engineering, nursing, social studies, preparation for university, transferring, art, social study and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can recombined Miracosta college for everyone who what to have top quality of knowledge for future occupation.

    In three sentences

    Very good Community college. Nice and helpful with nice library. High educated professors teach students to be more successful in them career.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a pretty safe school. Has its own police to patrol the campus. I have not heard personally of any violent crimes.

    Greek Life

    Not so much.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety of clubs and they even suggest students make new clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Poor, out going, and those who need a change in their life should really check this school out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Meditating in back of the Horticulture Department at sunset

    Bang for the buck

    Able to get my Associates Degree for little money and little time!

    What to do for fun

    There are student appreciation days with free lunches and a band out in the courtyard every week put on by the awesome student body government.

    Food and Dining

    Good cafe for the students with many options from Premier Food Services.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorm living available.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent staff and students are easy to get along with in the California sun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for financial aid and the BOG Waiver so the course fees will be tremendously lower.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa is a good sized community college with all of the essentials. The courses are steady and the teachers are excellent.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    MiraCosta college is close to the 78 so its only a quick drive to the beach, as well as the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is clean and offers many options at a reasonable price. They have a daily featured item as well as a healthy choice.

    Academic Rigor

    Just because it is a community college don't believe the common misconceptions and expect the work to easy, the professors do challenge you to perform your very best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait too long to sign up for classes.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a wonderful school, not only is it a beautiful campus but you are definitely challenged in the academics. They offer many classes for almost all majors. The professors are helpful and truly do care for the success of their students.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The beach!!

    Food and Dining

    Small cafe only

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard, but definitely challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be patient on working way up priority ladder so that you get first pick of your classes.

    In three sentences

    Small campus, easy to get classes you desire, nice teachers.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. There is lots of security here.....

    Greek Life

    There are a couple of fraternities/sororities, but I can not elaborate on them....

    Great for these types of students

    Great for ALL types of students from young to old. All ages, nationalities, races, religions.....

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with student government. Join some of the clubs.....

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria chef's are very experienced and they prepare different types of food from meatless/vegetarian fare to gourmet dishes... A little pricey though but you can't go wrong here...

    Dorm Life

    There are no dormitories at this college.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged..... The instructors/educators/staff/faculty ALL want you to succeed.....

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on time for your classes. Do the work assigned. Be respectful of others AND yourself. Have fun

    In three sentences

    Instructors at Mira Costa are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach/do. The staff at this school are very helpful. Mira Costa Has a beautiful and accessible campus.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I dont have a whole lot of time for clubs unfortunately.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The unusual locations would be the water tower.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the plays or see the concerts!

    Food and Dining

    Not the healthiest options.

    Dorm Life

    I live in my own apartement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look your teachers up on ratemyprofessor!

    In three sentences

    A great school, with helpful teachers, and affordable prices.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. I have only known of two incidents occuring the the 3 semesters I attended. All students were notified right away through emails.

    Clubs and Activities

    I never joined any clubs while attending this school, but I do know they offer a wide variety. All of the clubs and activities are listed in their catelog.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have always done online classes, so I don't know a lot about the traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    This school offers great financial aid opportunities, fee waivers, and student worker experience. The classes are resonably priced and in such a gorgeous part of California, you really can't go wrong with this school!

    What to do for fun

    MiraCosta has two campus locations in Oceanside and San Ellijo. Not only is this conveinient, but it means you are close to a variety of different activites. You can go to the beach, play volleyball, make a bon fire, BBQ, go hiking, surf, paddleboard, boogieboard, shop, visit art galleries, fine dine, visit surf shacks, go to LegoLand, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, really the posibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    MiraCosta does not offer a food or dining plan, although there are lots of restaurants in the area to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    MiraCosta does not offer dorms, so I can't answer this.

    Academic Rigor

    I really feel like the classes kept me on my toes! They were tough, but not hard to the point that I ever felt lost or behind. The professors have all been wonderful and emailed me back ASAP! That is definitely something that is important with online classes. I really do feel ready to transfer to San Diego State. I feel MiraCosta's curriculum has made me a top competitor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take the time to meet with a counselor. They are extremely helpful and even give you hand outs of what you need to accomplish in your time there in order to transfer to either a UC or a State college. After meeting with counselors at the other schools I have attended I always felt lost and left with more questions than I had walked in with. I felt rushed and not cared about. This was not the case at MiraCosta! They were so helpful and really took the time to make sure I understood everything. All future students should take advantage of the MiraCosta counselors knowledge!

    In three sentences

    I have been attending this school online for 3 semesters now. It has been easy to follow, has great class selections, and offers all the classes I need to transfer right into the Recreation Administration program at San Diego State. I have attended 3 other community colleges in the past and this one is definitely the top on my list!

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    no problem

    Clubs and Activities

    intramural sports and honors club

    Great for these types of students

    those who want to live in a beach town and stay @ home

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best community colleges in California with the best acceptance of transfer students to UC colleges.

    What to do for fun

    intramural sports was fun

    Food and Dining

    ate at home or bag lunch

    Dorm Life

    lived at home

    Academic Rigor

    honors program is excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    Become clear in the 2nd year as to what major you want to do.

    In three sentences

    excellent well priced honors program preparing me for the last 2 yrs of college. I recieved alot of help deciding my major and also getting financial aid options. The campus is beautiful and not overcrowded

  • 05/08/2013

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

    51 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    use ratemyteacher

    In three sentences

    Its cheap :D

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe campus

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Somewhat active

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Great education!

    What to do for fun

    Hike, go to the beach, go to concerts on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing cafeteria where the food is actually very tasty!

    Dorm Life

    Non existent

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are difficult, depending on the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan out your schedule in advanced. Also, meet with the transfer counselors. They are EXTREMELY helpful!

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa is a fabulous college with a faculty that really cares about the students. Everyone wants everybody to succeed, and, the people are very nice. Big campus in Oceanside!

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    53 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We had campus pollice, but the Oceanside campus was very large and full of intimidating people at all times. It never felt safe to walk anywhere alone, especially not at night time.

    Greek Life

    I was unaware of any Greek Life present at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was not involved in any clubs or activities, but I know they had quite a few clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is really good for people who are going back to school after being away from it for a long time. It is also good for people who do not want to spend a ton of money on tuition. It is also good for people who do not like to challenge themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the horticulture center on the Oceanside campus which is absolutely amazing. It is engulfed in pretty trees and unusual plants. I always went over there to study or eat lunch.

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying for a cheap education. There are some really good teachers while other teachers are a joke. The education that I received while I was there was pretty good considering how little the tuition was.

    What to do for fun

    There are some clubs and sports groups that you can join while being a student there.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is good, but very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    This college does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not a hard school at all. The fact that it is a community college says a lot in it of itself. If you do your homework, study a little, and show up to class, you are pretty much guaranteed to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The classes are pretty easy and it is a good way to raise your GPA. The cost of the schooling is good. Bring pepper spray with you if you are a female.

    In three sentences

    The campus does not feel safe. There are some good teachers. Most of the students that go there do not put forth any effort in class.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I start school in two weeks, and Miracosta college has been very helpful during the whole process. Miracosta has a lot of information about student services.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, day and night.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lawns everywhere, use them!

    Bang for the buck

    Good value for resident students.

    What to do for fun

    Just hang out on the lawn, with the view of the ocean.

    Food and Dining

    Good food, not so good value.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available, sorry.

    Academic Rigor

    Great offerings in Honors-level coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to the many clubs available in school and take advantage of their immense resource bank that includes online and on-campus tutors, for free!

    In three sentences

    Great school to get an Associates or complete you lower division courses before transfer. MiraCosta has several awesome campuses and the student life is wonderful. Most faculty I've come in contact with is great and they care about the success of the students.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always police on duty! I always feel safe walking to my car.

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government. Study Broad?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a location in Oceanside which is way bigger. I go to the San Elijo Campus because it has smaller classes and way easier to get to class.

    Bang for the buck

    It's gone up a bit but I believe it's 26 dollars a unit. It's still cheaper than a university!

    What to do for fun

    The beach is right around the corner. Join some activities on campus. Every Thursday you get free food!!

    Food and Dining

    Great food. A lot of the food is pretty healthy for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. You want them to give you a great letter of recommendation.

    In three sentences

    It's a wonderful learning environment. I've met my closest friends here and will honestly miss it when I transfer to a university. Every professor I have had here was awesome.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 77

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is not far away:)

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and choose the right professor!;)

    In three sentences

    The campus in really nice and each classroom is convenient. The professors all care about your education and your learning processes. The only bad thing about this school is they like to cut classes that are not English or science.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    As I mentioned before, �College Hour� is a fun way to socialize with fellow students while enjoying great food and good music. Also, there is always a monthly calendar available online with a list of fun upcoming events to check out. Lastly, there are plenty of great opportunities, clubs, and services available to get involved in the student body and to network with fellow students, so take advantage of them!

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafeteria has a pretty great selection of food, which is of good quality. There are plenty of vegetarian options, although I don�t believe I can say the same for vegan and gluten intolerance. Everyday, there are cooks whipping up fresh food for the students and they�re always so friendly. Also, there is a weekly event called �College Hour,� where food is catered to the students for free! There are plenty of options of nice outside dining areas, as well as the spacious cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Of course, there is no option to live on campus, so it�s impossible to rate this section.

    Academic Rigor

    As with every school, some courses and some professors are tougher than others. Before enrolling, check out ratemyprofessors.com to get a feel for what other students thought about the class and know what you�re getting yourself into. Luckily, with the smaller class sizes, the professors are able to give each student a great amount of attention and it�s not so intimidating to ask for help or clarification. Again, take advantage of the office hours!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always show up to class with the necessary reading materials and supplies, especially on the first class session! Don�t wait until the first day to find out what you�re expected to have with you in class. Usually, the necessary reading materials are updated on each professor�s SURF page. If not, find their email address in the faculty directory on Blackboard and don�t be afraid to just ask them. Take the initiative to personally introduce yourself to each of your professors after the first class session. It will allow them to put a face to your name on their roster. It will also show them that you genuinely care about taking their class and motivate you to do well in their class. In the first week of classes, introduce yourself to a few of your fellow classmates and exchange contact information, so that throughout the semester, you have someone to go to if you have a question about an assignment or miss a class. Don�t tie yourself down to sitting in the same seat every single class session! College doesn�t have assigned seating, so sit in a different seat every class session. It will help to keep things more fresh and interesting, plus it�s a great way to have the opportunity to meet a lot of your fellow classmates. Take advantage of the professors� office hours. Their one-on-one help will allow them to get a feel for which teaching tactics work best for you and will help you to gain a better understanding and absorb the information. Depending on the professor, their office hours aren't limited to help with things directly relating to the class! Don�t be afraid to really open up to your professors, you could find a potential life-long mentor! Lastly, there are free health services that should definitely be taken advantage of and everything is completely confidential.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa Community College is similar to high school in terms of the small campus size, the many familiar faces of fellow students, the smaller class sizes and the close attention that the professors give to the students because of the smaller class sizes. Although, the idea of college may sound scary, the smaller campus size and many familiar faces allows for a very welcoming and comforting feeling. And everyone is very friendly!

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    MiraCosta College has its own police department and the officers are constantly patrolling the grounds night and day. I feel very safe on all three campuses.

    Greek Life

    There are a few academic societies to join, but there is no real Greek Life on this commuter campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The variety of clubs is quite good! I was with Phi Theta Kappa and the MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program (HSP). I loved every minute of it.

    Great for these types of students

    MiraCosta is great for any type of student of any type of background! There are many accommodations and programs to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The coolest places to go for off-campus hangouts is Teri Cafe and the Yellow Deli. The Yellow Deli is open 24/5 and has delicious, home-grown food, a coffee lounge, and plenty of places to sit and study.

    Bang for the buck

    By attending a community college, I project that I saved between $10,000 and $60,000 a year. Though the cost of units are starting to rise, it is still very reasonable at less than $50 per unit.

    What to do for fun

    Get free food and listen to local musicians on Thursdays at College Hour! MiraCosta has fantastic music concerts to attend in a beautiful concert hall and the theater department puts on a variety of musicals and plays. There is even a gallery near the bookstore to see student art or the works of local artists.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great selection of food options and most of the menu is made to order. The cost is fairly reasonable, and you get a good portion for your money.

    Dorm Life

    Since MiraCosta is a community college, there are no dorms. However, there are great events to attend from workshops to theater nights.

    Academic Rigor

    Thanks to MiraCosta College's Honors Scholar Program (HSP) I was academically challenged in all of my honors courses. I loved that there were smaller class sizes and more unique discussion settings to learn the material. I even had the chance to present my original research at UC Irvine in the spring of 2013.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to pay attention to your deadlines for registration and get the matriculation and placement testing done early so you can get the classes you need!

    In three sentences

    All three campuses showcase beautiful southern California scenery. MiraCosta has inspiring and dedicated professors with fantastic opportunities in all departments.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mira Costa campus police maintain a very noticeable presence, especially considering they have a station about three hundred feet from the front office.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek housing system at Mira Costa

    Clubs and Activities

    I have been to a community college campus where there were essentially no clubs or extra curricular activities, aside from sports. My first day here, that all changed. There are over thirty clubs and associations to meet ANY interest an active student might have.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for extra curricular activities to balance their academic work schedule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To be honest, most of my unusual traditions occur off-campus, however the library and computer lab have become my sanctuary from my boisterous apartment house.

    Bang for the buck

    This school comes equipped with UC and CSU level facilities and generally quite good professors for the price range of a CC. All in all, I would highly recommend this school being an option for a recent high school grad.

    What to do for fun

    When you have some down time, the campus has a state of the art concert hall and theater, both presenting some of the best local talent. In the surrounding areas, a there are two malls, countless shopping districts, and the beach is less than fifteen minutes away (in good traffic).

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers a wide selection of varying dishes that have consistently been remarkably delicious. On a more economic note, don't eat there if you are trying to cut down on the weekly food allowance, as the food can be very overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus, however there is apartment opportunities in literally every direction from the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a community college, so the academics are naturally going to require copious amounts of prep and study time for each individual class. English and mathematics courses especially are quite demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there was one thing I wish I had done my first semester, it was to get more involved with the extra curricula's on campus. The more of your life you put into your school, the more rewarding the results.

    In three sentences

    Mira costa did something I wasn't expecting a community college to do: shock me. Upon entrance to this school, I found that the grounds, facilities, and staff to be on par with the level of expectations I had for a four year university. For the most bang for your buck, this CC is the way to go, especially if you want to thoroughly enjoy the journey.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Doobie the dinosaur hides close to the ceramics classes. If you go up the small hill you will see him.

    Bang for the buck

    The art program at Miracosta is admirable. As an art major, my experience was beyond positive. I had one of the best times creating artwork at Miracosta. From the teachers to perks provided.

    Food and Dining

    The food is exceptional here. I actually enjoyed eating at the cafeteria because what they make is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at this college

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes will definitely challenge you in many aspects, but in the end it is all well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just go in there and grind it all the way out. Time will look tough but if you persevere the outcome will be the one you desired. Challenge yourself and don't take the easy way out. Learn to love new knowledge end enjoy the experience.

    In three sentences

    Miracosta is one of the most amazing community colleges you could ever go to. And I'm not hyperbolizing this statement. The teachers, atmosphere, students and locations is all excellent.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    62 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's an emergency panic button box every 500 feet. Campus police strolls around quite often, and patrols some areas. No shady business. Very safe.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't affiliate with much of the campus life, but there are plenty of activities and clubs going around.

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much anyone who is friendly, and looking for a peaceful place. Very relaxing school, zero stress.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only tradition that has caught my eye is college hour. Nothing like free good food and drinks!

    Bang for the buck

    I'd rather pay my tuition fees here than Palomar College. Palomar college treats students as if it's sophomore year of high school, strict and relentless. Never-ending assignments, must show physical effort during class time, and it's all just too much for a community college. Disliked Palomar, and came back to Mira Costa. My GPA is higher here.

    What to do for fun

    Relax with friends on the grass, attend college hour and get free food and drinks, walk around the campus, etc. It's a stress-free, relaxing campus.

    Food and Dining

    Great food; there are plenty of choices to pick from. They have Italian, Mexican, American, and Asian. Prices are steep though. $3 for a slice of combination pizza, it's not bad though. About $6 for a burrito, which isn't as great as your usual taco shop fix. Bottled waters and small bag of chips are at $2 a pop. If you don't mind paying some money for gas, I'd eat off campus if I had the time and money. Otherwise, the food isn't bad. Very friendly chefs. Everything is made fresh in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on classes taken. Some professors are laid back, and some teach as if it's high school. Overall, I think all professors need to be more laid back.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on point when registering for classes. They'll fill up quickly! Show up early for the first 2 weeks, parking will also fill up quickly. Look forward to having a great semester.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is an easygoing, relaxing college. The professors and students here are friendly, everyone is laid back. The environment overall is comfortable, I returned from another college for these reasons.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are always nearby.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Limited but accessible to the student body.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type, there is a wide diversity and variety among students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Clock Tower is a popular hangout

    Bang for the buck

    Great Education for less than University.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in clubs. Create study groups!

    Food and Dining

    Bit Pricey, but overall nutritional.

    Academic Rigor

    Honors courses are great for an extra challenge and helpful when wanting to transfer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take part in the school. (Get involved!) Stay on campus, always something going on. Make friends with your teachers.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is a wonderful, supportive and helpful environment. This college pretty much guarantees a step up when it comes to your educational goals. Great Teachers, Great Atmosphere, and a Great Education .

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Math clubs, Art clubs, great study groups

    Great for these types of students

    Mira Costa is great for those that cannot afford a large university, or just want to launch their degree and save money. It also is a great school for anyone wanting to go back after being away or to just take fun classes to enhance your brain.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Local coffee house Starbucks down the road to hang out

    What to do for fun

    Beach, Coffee, bowling, shop, tennis

    Food and Dining

    The campus cafe is awesome to kick back or study with friends

    Academic Rigor

    I have been going to Mira Costa since my senior year in high school. I am a sophomore now. This school boasts all walks of life from the high school student to the mom that is returning to school. The school makes it very easy to navigate the system Also, you are 5 minutes from the beach!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Mira Costa while you are still in high school to get a handle on College life and to get double credit for high school and college with better teachers than in high school.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa is a great transfer school to larger universities. It also has great opportunities for local students who want to further their minds. It has a top rated Physics program.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    people who don't like bi schools or have other things to do in life that don't have time for a full time education.

    Bang for the buck

    cheap schooling for transfers

    Food and Dining

    expensive!

    Dorm Life

    They don't have one.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Check out one of the plays, or concerts brought to you by MiraCosta students

    Food and Dining

    They should add some more nutritional food to their menu.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up early, and review your teachers on Ratemyprofessor

    In three sentences

    They have an amazing design program. The teachers are almost all very helpful. It is a beautiful campus right by the beach.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs on campus, as well as sports, which I would recommend to someone who is looking for ways to socialize and understand their campus better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help, whether it be from counselors or professors. They expect students to keep up with them and to follow their pace of work flow, they have higher standards than other community colleges I have been to, so this means hard work and dedication is mandatory here.

    In three sentences

    A small, yet conservative campus. MiraCosta college values education and assistance to current students, which is difficult to say based on previous schools that I have attended. Definitely a school I would recommend to future students, looking for a way to save on money before transferring to their four-year university.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club or program! I had so much fun in the Honors Scholar Program; I think my amazing experience here was due to HSP.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria was always good and a good place to study sometimes too.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other school, the difficulty of the class depends on the professor, and the amount of work you are willing to put into your education. The classes I took were challenging, but in a good way. I loved the learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to give community college a shot. Junior colleges get a bad reputation in movies and the media, but they are great starting places for an amazing college experience.

    In three sentences

    I wasn't expecting a great experience at a Community College, but choosing to go here for my first few years of college was the best decision I could have made. The professors are great, the class sizes are small and the people are friendly! I joined the Honors Scholar Program and could not be happier!

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    69 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No issues here.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types, young or old, serious or not. Even for someone who is just interested in learning a new skill, it is perfect. The price, the location, everything.

    Bang for the buck

    I have paid for everything out of my own pocket without any sort of reimbursement from work or the government. Currently the classes are offered at $42 per unit for California residents. It doesn't get much better than that.

    What to do for fun

    The library is nice and uncrowded. My favorite thing to do is to go to the concerts that they put on.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a few options, not many. It is not a large cafeteria. I would generally buy my food off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    No on-campus housing available.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very relaxed, maybe even too much so. I didn't meet with a counselor until I had already been there for over a year and a half, I wasn't ever contacted by the school to find out if I wanted some help planning. I think this is where they should invest some energy since not every student has someone to give them advice and guide them through the process. Most of the students were focused and grade-driven but it doesn't feel as serious as I imagine a University might.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take some music classes, especially Piano class with Ms. Lee or Guitar with Foster. Buy your Redbull off campus and use the money saved to buy a new car. Get your English and Math classes out of the way first or you might end up going here for four years (like me).

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is a place that puts you in control of your future. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the teachers have been wonderful, for the most part. There are an incredible range of topics covered which gives you the freedom to try new things and figure out what you want to study most.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are friendly and they also have their own news page in the college newspaper with updates.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs have field trips and activities that are fun and a great way to make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Beach is 5 minutes away by car, same for the mall. Food within walking range.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Smoke-free campus. Odd sculptures and artwork everywhere you look, all done by past or current students.

    Bang for the buck

    They recently implemented ride-share program. Your school ID card gives you savings in movie theaters, restaurants, and even some auto shops and insurance place (there's a card in the office with all the contracts the college made to give the student savings with their card). And the college performances and special events in the theater has $ off for students with ID.

    What to do for fun

    Join the clubs, the newspaper, College Hour, international film festival, art shows, concerts, musicals, and dramas. Also, workshops on how to do a resume, transfer universities (with representatives on campus, some have counselors come to campus), and many more!

    Food and Dining

    Good menu with chefs that you can ask to make you something special. Reasonably priced and fresh.

    Dorm Life

    No campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, but mostly excellent professors with a lot of knowledge ready to teach you all they know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Financial aid building is your best friend. The reference librarian is an essay lifesaver. The transfer center knows their stuff and love to answer all your questions. Thursday noon is a College Hour with entertainment and free food!

    In three sentences

    Helpful professors and staff, beautiful campus, and an amazing library! The professors are awesome and like to share their experiences with their lectures so it's not only book learning. And good chefs in the cafeteria!

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A good police force who cares. You can call them if you need help, and the professors won't leave you by yourself at night if you're nervous.

    Bang for the buck

    Great and affordable!

    What to do for fun

    I can't even start. There are games, exercise classes, hanging out with friends, concerts and movies, clubs and club meetings, and the boisterous cafeteria. There's tons of cool places nearby--shopping malls, Legoland, the beach, and the beautiful town of Carlsbad. Even just going on a walk is amazing--the view around the campus is spectacular.

    Food and Dining

    Good food, but can never locate the salads, not very healthy, and very overpriced. I always bring my own food. I always carry $7 in case I forget lunch and have to purchase something. Blech.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, LOLS!

    Academic Rigor

    This is a great springboard to greater things--but don't think I mean easy. There are lots of dropouts who can't stand homework, but the homework is manageable if you do it. Also, the locals are happy with their not-so-well-kept secret of this college, because it has some of the best professors in the county, who came here because they wanted to teach more instead of sitting in an office researching in some university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to print out your schedule before you come, and a map of the campus with your classrooms circled. Come to campus before College begins to familiarize yourself with different important locations--the library, the printer, the help desks, the transfer and counseling center, the cafeteria, and of course your classrooms. Ask questions the first day of class and make sure you know how to use Blackboard and Moodle, and make a mental note of where your professor's offices are. They don't bite--the professors here are really encouraging and challenging, and love it when you come to their office hours with questions and a notebook!

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta is the best community college in the San Diego area in a whole bunch of proffessional people's opinions. To me, it's home, the kind of home that welcomes and challenges you. MiraCosta College is the perfect springboard socially, academically, and financially to anywhere in life you want to go--online college, brick and mortar, or vocation.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the cafeteria, they have free food every other thursday for college week

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria with lots of food choices, looks out over the ocean

    Dorm Life

    Community college there are not dorms, and if there is I have never seen or heard of them

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers all understand that we have a life outside of school so they work load is never to hard and every teach is very flexible if you just go and talk to them

    Tips for prospective students

    show up to class!

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    73 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is there to ensure everyone is safe and if you take night classes you can be escorted to your car if you are scared to walk alone. I highly recommend it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs to get involved in and everyone welcomes you in with open arms. It is sometimes hard to make friends in college so clubs are a fun and easy way to get to know people.

    Bang for the buck

    At $46 a unit, mira costa is affordable and worthwhile. Financial aid is available to most students and with the BOGW you can have your classes paid for! What a great deal!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is excellent. From snacks on the go to full course meals for under $10 you will not be disappointed if you choose to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available but there is somewhat affordable housing nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Mira costa isn't an easy college. You must attend class, do your work, study, and strive for excellence always. If you do that you will succeed with ease.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need financial aid, there is plenty available so never hesitate to ask. There are so many classes available you can take a core class for you general Ed and a dance class for fun. Get involved in a club and go to events and you'll make connections that will last a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    Mira costa is a community college that prepares you for success at a four year university. There are so many resources there that can help you succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Mira costa is one big family that is ready to invite you in and help you makes your dreams come true.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'm not sure of the frequency with which the campus police publish a report but I've seen a few of them since enrolling here and the number of crimes here is ostensibly insignificant. Mostly skateboarding tickets and minor theft.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not so much unusual as under-appreciated, our horticulture building seems so deserted most of the time and its absolutely gorgeous over there. Great place to eat lunch and smell the roses when you have down time.

    Bang for the buck

    Got to love the ocean view from the cafeteria!

    What to do for fun

    Well as I said before, it's a small campus so there isn't a whole lot to be done. It is however located near some strip malls so if you catch a break between classes you are just walking distance from food or fun. I'll throw in the fact that MiraCosta is just a few miles short of the coast and people have been known to surf, swim, and tan between classes if they can drive there and back in time.

    Food and Dining

    Next to quality education, MiraCosta seems to specialize in great chow, once again at a great price. Food is made to order so its hot, fresh, and to your satisfaction. For those in a hurry, the guys in the back whip up a steady supply of grab-and-go breakfast burritos all morning and pizza in the afternoon.

    Dorm Life

    No housing available for this CC.

    Academic Rigor

    While I'm sure it depends on Professors and class types, I will say that mine has felt very fair. I have a steady supply of reading and coursework on top of exams and papers but it is a manageable amount for anybody demonstrating a reasonable work ethic.

    Tips for prospective students

    More than anything else I suggest you see a counselor about an ed-plan prior to enrollment. The more time spent dilly-dallying in random courses, the more years you will spend here. Not that you wont enjoy it here, it just occurs to me that the ultimate goal is eventually to get out!

    In three sentences

    Some of the best Professors I've ever had have been from MiraCosta and the class sizes give them the opportunity to share their wealth of knowledge in a flexible and personalized way. I feel that the value of my education here more than qualifies the price. That being said, it is quite a popular school and finding the right class each semester can be difficult.

  • 05/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several sport teams within the college and different student associations that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    Everything they serve at the cafeteria is fresh and delicious.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be dedicated and attend class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to register early so you have the chance to have priority enrollment dates.

    In three sentences

    Excellent professors and instructors Amazing college atmosphere Great transfer opportunities and assistance

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They were amazing when it came to campus safety. This year we had a lot of fires, and all the teachers and staff worked together to not only close the school, and make sure everyone was home safe, but rescheduled finals, and kept in close touch during this very uneasy time. Not only that, but when things happened, parents, and students were all notified through voicemail, email, and text, when crimes, or any situation happened on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you live in northern San Diego, want a very relaxed atmosphere, thats close to home. This is your place!

    Bang for the buck

    The food is good, and cheap, and all the theater performances are amazing!

    What to do for fun

    The school is located near the beach, and has a really nice campus, with lawns, and a lot of places to study outside. They also do 2 plays every year, with multiple dance shows, and a lot of on campus activities throughout the year!

    Food and Dining

    the food is really good, and fairly cheap! Their tortilla soup is the best!

    Academic Rigor

    speaking to counselors was really hard, because they dont speak to you until you have taken placement tests, and give you a bit of a run around sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're trying to figure out what to do without the stress of being told what to do, this is a good place. They go out of your way to help you succeed, and you don't get that at many community colleges.

    In three sentences

    Mira Costa is a convient school, with nice class sizes and passionate teachers. I enjoy Mira Costa mainly for that reason because every teacher I have had is really passionate about what they do. They arent just there for the money, they love what they do, and want to pass it on to other people.

  • 06/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, we have the police always there patrolling and there has hardly been any problems in the past years. If you take night classes you can call their number and an officer will safely escort you from your class to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    Gay Straight Alliance, French club, Japanese club,Honors lounge, Accounting &, Business Club, Allied Health Occupations, Chinese Club, Dance Club, First Year Experience, Martial Arts Club, MEChA, Veterans Club, Parents On Campus, Performance Writers Club, Latina Leadership Network, International Club, Horticulture Club, Code Tech Computer Club, Law Club, Medical Science Club, Soccer Club (and much more).

    Great for these types of students

    People who didn't finish high school, For those who want to get an AA degree, Nursing students, Anyone in the field of child development, Veterans, New freshmen just out high school,Those who want to transfer, and for all ages (you could be 15 years old all the way to 80 + years old).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MiraCosta has some fun events like welcome week, culture festival, and every Tuesday at 12 we have college hour where they have free food and music playing and students can enjoy a break.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Come to events on campus. Go to the school theatre and watch the actor students perform beautiful plays and musicals. We are also located near the beach so head on over for a swim!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food isn't too bad. Nothing really negative to say about it. They have a variety of options for food and drinks which is good. Vending machines offer healthy snacks and we even have a coffee vending machine.

    Dorm Life

    MiraCosta doesn't have dorms, but there are nice apartments and houses that students can rent. The best thing about it is that these places are either next to or near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers understand that many students have part time jobs, full time jobs or are parents with kids. All students push to do their best in class even with their busy lives. Paying attention to lectures, doing extra credit when given the opportunity, studying, going to tutoring, and doing study guides will help pass any class. And many of the teachers are fair, helpful and always want their students to pass. Classes can get a little harder during summer courses, but it's doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all their services. Don't be afraid to ask for help and visit your counselor as often as you can. They will help guide you to the path right for you. The best way to make friends is to join clubs and find those who share the same interest as you.

    In three sentences

    MiraCosta College is a wonderful community college for veterans, grown adults who want to go back to school, incoming freshman from high school, and pretty much anyone. They provide great services like, the transfer center, career center, tutoring center, counseling, library, and financial aid. It's a great environment with a wonderful staff and offers students many opportunities in life.