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Nicolet Area Technical College Reviews

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  • 05/14/2011

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

    1 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get a good degree in a short time for a low price. Students who won't get accepted directly into a University of Wisconsin. Students who are looking for a cheaper way to their major of choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are no dorms on campus so you will have to arrange your own housing. Nicolet has a transfer program that is 2 years long letting you get most of your general education credits done towards your major. From Nicolet then you can transfer to any University of Wisconsin and others that they have listed to finish your major. This transfer program is also a good idea to go for if you don't think you will be accepted directly at a University of Wisconsin (and also cheaper on the long run).

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on the major you are going for, it is practically half-price compared to other colleges. Nicolet does offer some scholarships but don't forget to apply for financial aid. Also, it is very easy to have a part-time or full time job either at the school or some where else to pay for your studies. Talking with one of the students, I found out that her parents did not have to pay a dime for her schooling but that she paid it all herself thanks to part-time and full time jobs.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is in a mostly rural area and is not very big but it is a very pleasant area. I cannot say about student life since I have not attended the college yet.

    Will learn a lot

    I cannot say for sure but having visited the campus and talked to students there Nicolet offers you a practical way of learning: from the classroom textbook to direct hands on application.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    New, and unsure of their future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get everything in writing. If they guarantee you something, have them sign a document stating that.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the cost is low and the education level and experiance is high, but the administration is slowly changing that.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved most of my instructors and fellow peers. We would all help each other out to make sure all material was understood, couldn't ask for better than that.

    Did learn a lot

    The school was great until Burmaster became president. Many programs were cut, and many instructors had to change their successfully teaching methods because she didn't approve. She is forcing the school down into a rut to the point students, like myself, are leaving and going else where. She wastes money on useless things, then claims the school needs to cut programs due to funding.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe and comfortable on this campus. there is adequate lighting for the parking lots.

    Great for these types of students

    if you live close enough to commute and plan on completing a 4 year degree, consider the uw transfer program.

    Bang for the buck

    very affordable. it is over half the price of the college i will be attending next year.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of student clubs and activities plus you are in a great area for those that love outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    they have a great cafeteria that gives you a variety of options to pick from.

    Dorm Life

    na - commuting from home

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are small enough to give you great access to your professor, yet challenging enough to push you to the next academic level

    Tips for prospective students

    it saves on dorm fees if you live close enough to commute and the cost for the classes makes it a great option before transferring to your college of choice

    In three sentences

    nicolet technical college offers the uw transfer program which allows a student to complete the required freshman/sophomore classes at an affordable rate with easy transfer to a uw college later.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    They have sports through the YMCA and two abroad studies to London and Guatamala.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students with little money or want to stay close to home.

    Bang for the buck

    Nicolet is very cheap and a great choice for people who do not have much money but want an education.

    What to do for fun

    Nicolet is located in Rhinelander Wisoconsin which is a very scenic town, lots of bike trails, walking trails, and areas to fish and swim.

    Food and Dining

    They have a small cafeteria that I did not eat at. It was too expensive for me, but I hear the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Nicolet but it is close to where I was living before.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were not very hard for me so it is easy for me to get all my general educations done with. I do not feel overwhelmed with my homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Going to a Technical College first then a 4 year college is a great idea and saves you tons of money.

    In three sentences

    This college is a great one to start at then transfer. It is cheap and the class sizes are small. It was also close to home.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are two campus safety vehicles that monitor the parking lots and circulate throughout all the buildings. Campus Safety officers are friendly and helpful for any student that is lost, (although a student can hardly get lost on the small campus). There is a tornado drill siren in the Tamarack Center parking lot that is in working condition and tests every Wednesday morning. There are fire safety equipment and smoke detectors in every room on campus.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are really not a lot of clubs or organizations on campus, but if a student is creative enough, he or she can find something to bide the rest of the time with.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to stay at home, like small cities or towns, and are motivated to do their best will enjoy Nicolet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The theater in the Learning Resource Center is small, but interesting and holds many plays and performances throughout the year.

    Bang for the buck

    Students who have attended Nicolet Area Technical College and graduated, have told me that Nicolet was the best school to start out with because it was so inexpensive and they really got the education they paid for.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the billboards around campus telling students and staff about new events, organizations, and things wanted or for sale. There is a Spring Formal dance, which I have heard of but never attended. I'd recommend studying hard, but enjoying the nature around campus including Lake Julia.

    Food and Dining

    I do not recommend eating food at the Lakeside cafeteria in the Learning Resource Center as it is over-priced and not very appetizing. Also, try not to buy junk food from the vending machines as the packages contain more empty space than is worth your money. Eat in town or bring your own lunch.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorm rooms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult or easy depending on how interested a person is in the class, how the person participates, and the person's drive to learn and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use those office hours- that's what they're for- if you have any questions or concerns. Try to smile and make a good impression on everyone you meet, because it's a small school, and that means a limited amount of people that you can be allies with. Buy your books online at Chegg.com, it's so much cheaper than the bookstore. Use Blackboard online as much as possible, every day! Do your taxes as early as possible and then apply for FAFSA at once.

    In three sentences

    Nicolet Area Technical College is a great hometown college to start out with for new students in the area or outside of the area. The tuition is way less expensive than most colleges, and the teachers are all very professional, yet fun to work with. Nicolet may be a small school, but it takes small steps to make giant leap!

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nicolet is a very safe area with very little actual violence.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being a small school, there are rather few clubs and most are relatively inactive in actually forming events. If you attend and have an idea for a club and interest is shown by other students and an instructor, than you can found a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with little money. Students in technical, trade, or skill-based professions (welding, culinary, cosmetology, etc). Students wishing to transfer to a 4-year school but can't afford it. Students unsure of being accepted into a 4-year school and wants to in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is low and can often be covered by financial aid and scholarships. The true bang for the buck does not come from passively listening in classes, however. One must be proactive to participate in clubs (or make your own) and other events offered. Getting to know the staff and having conversations with them is an excellent way to open up some of those opportunities and, in turn, expand your local network.

    What to do for fun

    Most activities will come from normal every day life. Being a small technical / transfer college limits the activities that can be done through the campus. Nicolet does have some days for activities, but overall they're rather sparse.

    Food and Dining

    This is mostly non-applicable to myself, as I bring my own lunch. It's both healthier and cheaper. There are more vending machines than there probably should both cafeterias (one is run by the culinary program) are generally overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    Must seek own living arrangements; dorms not offered.

    Academic Rigor

    This is rather hit or miss depending on the instructor, but overall it is not very high in rigor so long one keeps up with the work. The workload is generally low. Some instructors front-load the work to avoid excess stress during the end of the year and finals (of which many classes do not actually have). For transfer students, Nicolet is more of an intermediary step from high school to university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being proactive is the best way to maximize the bang for the buck. Most students, administration, and instructors are friendly and easy to get along with. Making connections is perhaps one of the most valuable things to do at Nicolet, especially if you plan to stay local.

    In three sentences

    A great starting point for transfer students. Being proactive is key to get the most bang for your buck; if you passively wait for things you won't get it. Most of the instructors, administration, and students are friendly and easy to get along with.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    They have a cafe near the library.

    Dorm Life

    They don't have dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but not very time consuming.

    In three sentences

    It has a very pretty campus. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The building are close together.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Same school students find it easier to start at Nicolet then move on to a bigger school.

    Bang for the buck

    There is also a program called Nicolet work study where you can get a job working at the college for $10.00 an hour. Your co-workers are fun to be around too!

    What to do for fun

    There is tons of fun things to do at Nicolet from groups you can join to plays and entertamen.

    Food and Dining

    The staff makes freash wounderful everyday!!

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life here.

    Academic Rigor

    The students and teachers here are amazing and help you as long as you ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded and ready to learn in many fun and intresting ways.

    In three sentences

    Nicolet Area Technical College is amazing. It is filled with careing professers and staff. I highly recomend it for students just coming out of high school.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is take very seriously at Nicolet. They have security staff walking around and driving through the parking lots all the time.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs avaiable to join if a student it looking for that.

    Great for these types of students

    any student. Highschoolers that are just getting started or adults going back to school will benefit from Nicolet. They school takes care to make college work for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is located on a beautiful lake. There is lake access all over the place. We've done classes outside on the lawn even. Nicolet embraces the beautiful Northwoods and the fact that not many schools have this type of campus environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially up in Northern Wisconsin there are not many choices. Nicolet offers a wide variety of programs at very reasonable prices. Also, they have many scholarship programs and other financial aid benefits.

    What to do for fun

    This year they started a dodgeball team. Who does that?? There are tons of groups to be involved in. Everything from face to face clubs to even some on facebook!

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is great! They have a catering service that has set up shop there. Food is great with a great price

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging but not in an over challenging way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to the sudent advisors right away, They are incredibly helpful. Also take addvantage of the free services like turtoring, future planning, and many others.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school who have paid a lot of attention to balancing student life with non-student life. As a working mother I am able to juggle work, school, and family while still getting my degree. Nicolet College is very flexible while at the same time they push you to be your best.