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McDowell Technical Community College Reviews

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  • 03/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security officers are usually walking around or in their office, police officers are sometimes on or near campus since the main campus is very close to a law enforcement training center (the school offers this as a program of study). I haven't felt unsafe in my time here.

    Greek Life

    Unsure. If there is any, I haven't heard of it in my 2.5 years here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a handful of clubs and student-government organizations, but they are certainly not advertised very well. I have seen inklings of mention of these clubs and other group activities, but overall the information isn't easily or readily available to everyone, so one has to dig a bit to figure out pertinent detail.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a heavy focus on the nursing program as well as the automotive classes, so anyone looking to get their foot in the door of these fields will find options here. General education and college transfer students would likely do well to get their first two years (four semesters) out of the way here as well, since it's much cheaper; thousands of dollars can be saved since the first two years at a four-year university would likely involve the same or very similar classes. And finally, if someone isn't entirely sure what they want to do career-wise (this was my case), it can't hurt to do a bit of self-exploration by taking a few classes to find out what's most interesting for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None to my knowledge.

    Bang for the buck

    A full-time student can expect to pay a minimum of $1,152 or so per semester. As of the 2014-15 school year, the most they can charge for tuition is $1,152. This number will likely rise slowly over time. If possible, I recommend avoiding buying books from the on-campus bookstore, as they are usually overpriced (almost every college bookstore is like this). Get in touch with your prospective teachers, and figure out which books you will need. There is also a search function on the school's website. Buy or rent books online for much cheaper (I have saved hundreds by avoiding the bookstore; I learned my lesson during my first semester when I paid roughly $600 or $700 for books).

    What to do for fun

    There is a small- to medium-sized basketball court in the middle of campus; basketballs, footballs,and frisbees can usually be found lying around nearby. There are a few places to sit in this area. The library is somewhat compact, but there are a few places to sit back and relax in there as well.

    Food and Dining

    Overall: not the best, but not bad. The food options aren't always the healthiest, but the food here is a somewhat better option than buying from nearby fast food restaurants, at least. Burgers, chicken wraps, and fruit cups are just a few things usually on the menu. Reasonably priced; the average meal usually runs around $4 or $5.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as one is willing to pay attention in class, do their work, and study, then there should be no problems. Some subjects and teachers are more difficult than others, but everyone should be able to find their own niche depending on what they enjoy. Most teachers expect the students to be responsible for getting their work finished on time and to contact them if there is any issue. Most teachers are very helpful, reasonable, and willing to understand if there is any reason you're having trouble in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, develop connections with your teachers and peers, and enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    If you're looking for teachers who care about you and your academic success, you'll definitely find them here. Close and personal relationships can easily be made with the teachers here as they are always willing to help you out in any way they can, so long as you're willing to work and you put forth your own effort. The surrounding mountains are a nice sight, too, if you ever take a moment to look at them in between your classes; it's especially beautiful in the Fall.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One security officer, closed circuit TV monitoring.

    Greek Life

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Clubs and Activities

    National Technical Honor Society

    Great for these types of students

    Students just out of highschool that are looking for an easy transition to college, or just to take some classes before moving on to a 4-year school.

    Bang for the buck

    As mentioned before, most teachers expect students to have a very low aptitude and teach with that in mind. You really have to work to get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There's a small basketball court in the outside commons area. There are no other sports or activity areas on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafe staff are all very kind and it seems like they all know your name. The food is pretty good, even though they have a limited menu.

    Dorm Life

    There is no student housing on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are generally very easy. Most assignments read more like a 10th grade highschool assignment, not something you would expect from a college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the teachers you'll have before committing to their classes. Some teachers have a reputation for being difficult to work with if you're a good student because they have such low expectations.

    In three sentences

    A small school where most students have little aptitude to do much beyond take up space in classrooms to get a pell grant. Most of the teachers are alright, and if they see that you are genuinely interested in learning they will work with you and help you succeed. There are some 'bad' teachers, but even then it's very easy if you're academically minded to do well in their classes.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    In three sentences

    Small, family oriented, southern.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to save money.

    What to do for fun

    It's a small town, so not much.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafe is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, it's not that difficult. But others tell me that what I consider to be easy, is difficult for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Don't fail your tests like everyone else. Rise above.

    In three sentences

    They have teachers that care. Small classes. Good people. Good food.