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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Reviews

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  • 10/01/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While relatively safe, I won't lie that there have been a few incidents, even while I was there. Nothing serious, but some theft cases and fights. Not everyone is perfect, so these things will happen. It's also surrounded by the city, so... Still, I wouldn't worry about it. Aside from the occasional, minor issues, you should have a safe, fun and productive experience. I did, and everyone I knew did.

    Greek Life

    If you do well enough, you could be offered membership in a Greek honor society. I was offered membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Worth it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some clubs, but I never did take advantage of them myself unfortunately (working adult & student) There are Greek honor societies if your grades are good. Of course, there are athletics, if you want to join, or be a spectator. Take advantage of the athletic facilities, available to all students at the MAC (Multipurpose Activities Center) Suspended track, basketball court, weight room, locker rooms... Most programs offer their own, specific activities. For example, I was in the Architectural Technology program. My first year, we took a field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water & Kentuck Knob houses, and our second year, we went to the Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all... if you're looking to go into a trade, or technical career, then check them out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Take advantage of the homecoming weekend. Classic car show, pig roast, games, and of course, an awesome football game. I know that I missed some, but there was always something new to discover.

    Bang for the buck

    This is where Thaddeus Stevens really shines compared to other schools. Tuition is ridiculously affordable for the education and overall experience you get. The financial aid office is always willing to help, and give assistance when needed. Better yet, depending on your financial status, you may apply for the Stevens Legacy Grant. This is a grant specifically through the school to students in need. The great thing about this is that if you get it, it covers 100% of tuition, among some other benefits! (at least while I attended) The only thing that was required in return was to provide 10 hours of community service. Blood drives are held, which count toward 5 hours each when you give. This is a need-based grant, but from what I understand, many student are accepted, so it can't hurt to check.

    What to do for fun

    Athletics offered include; track & field, wrestling, basketball, cross country, and again...football. The football team is actually the best in their division. The school mascot is the Bulldog. There are movie nights, Halloween and Christmas parties... plenty to do. Just keep on top of current events & school news. Facebook, email.... Swing by the student center for a game of pool, TV and a bite to eat.

    Food and Dining

    I usually took advantage of the surrounding city to eat, or brought some food to eat in class, but the dining facilities aren't bad. Meals are good, but I wouldn't call them gourmet, and there isn't a whole lot of variety. The student center had a small dining area for quick bagged lunches. A so-so sandwich, fruit, chips & drink. Not fancy, but good in a hurry.

    Dorm Life

    Can't really say, since I commuted. For as small as the school is, it's impressive that they have multiple dorm halls. I've seen them, and they're nothing fancy, but most dorms aren't. Small, 2-person rooms with basic facilities, beds, desks... Just bring your own stuff to customize.

    Academic Rigor

    Programs are intensive enough without being too overwhelming. Classes for your major are typically split between morning and evening, depending on whether you're in your 1st or 2nd year, respectively. General education classes are then spread throughout the rest of your day. They do their best to cram essentially 4 years worth of work into 2 years. It can be difficult, and expect to put in some occasional long hours, especially during finals. Your might need to pull an all-nighter, or 2... or 3. But, if you're looking for that "college experience," then this is it. Just know that you will get through it, and will be prepared to go right into the work force with a ton of new skills. But, also know that it isn't all work and no play. You will have time to go to, and/or participate in athletics, go to school events, and just have free time to do whatever with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good idea of what you're interested in before applying, but don't worry, you can always switch programs. Better yet, schedule to speak or meet with an admissions adviser. They're really friendly, and will go over each program with you, while answering any questions you may have. Programs are fully accredited 2-year associate's degrees, but most programs have partnered with schools in order to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree. While most programs offered are related to specific trades (carpentry, masonry, HVAC, auto...) there are some technical degrees as well (architectural technology, graphic design, CNSA...) Most programs lead to well paying jobs immediately, with many companies actively looking for Stevens students. If your still looking for a "college experience," don't worry. While the school campus is relatively small in comparison to larger colleges and universities, it still has plenty to offer. Along with satellite campuses, the main campus offers a collection of historic buildings, including the main hall. A huge, modern library, fitness facility, dining hall and dorm halls. The grounds still provide a lot of open green space, and even a garden, perfect for relaxing and studying. The are always student events to attend and numerous intercollegiate athletic programs, including a top-ranked football team. It may be small, but there's a lot packed into this small package. Added bonus, TSCT also has plenty of history. The school itself is over 100 years old.

    In three sentences

    A hidden gem in Lancaster County, PA. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology offers many trade specific and technical 2-year degrees. Classes are challenging, but thorough, and job placement is very high.

  • 05/10/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus has multiple security guards on 24/7. the security guards are very outgoing and nice.

    Great for these types of students

    thaddeus stevens is great for any student who likes to do hands-on work.

    In three sentences

    i highly recommend this school to any student looking to join a trade school. the teachers are well trained and they will help you if you need it. i struggled through the high school because none of my classes involved what i wanted to do, but the general education classes are based on what trade/career you are taking as your major. i'm very satisfied by this school.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is great, the rooms are appropriately sized, the dorm directors are very outgoing, and the dorm buildings themselves are very well clean/maintained.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining isn't bad compared to other schools i have eaten at. if you don't have time to go to the main dining hall, there are two other places to get food at.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety lacks a little bit, but as long as you stay out of trouble you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for different majors. Computer Aided drafting has a club that went on tours of the Kinex factory along with the local Harley Davidson and company and are treated to free meals at the local Shady Maple buffet along with pizza and days of from class.

    Great for these types of students

    If you can handle a fast paced environment, and work hard you will do just fine.

    Bang for the buck

    Stevens is the #1 two year school along with one of the cheapest schools in Pennsylvania. Job recruiters love graduates of stevens so getting your career started is easy and you have the ability to make much more than a college graduate with a 4 year degree.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the athletic building for Raquet ball, basketball, weight room, inndoor track or go down town and see a concert.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent. I would recommend eating at the cafe

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great as long as you live on the branch campus, otherwise its not all that good.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is usually fast paced depending on major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't put off work or you WILL fall behind before you know it, and utilize the free tutors.

    In three sentences

    High job placement rates for all majors, with hands on professors. Free tutors for all majors that are in everyday for questrions and help. Student administration had personal relationships with students and helps with individual needs.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not found any unusual

    Bang for the buck

    The job placement is great in all majors at thaddeus stevens

    What to do for fun

    Workout in the amazing weight room, the racquet ball courts, and hanging out at the bulldog cafe'

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Order your books BEFORE the first day of class 2. Don't miss any days of your major, you WILL fall behind 3. Be there before class starts for all your classes

    In three sentences

    Thaddeus Stevens is a small and comfortable campus. Most of all your class are under 30 students, which allows for plenty of one on one time. Most of the teachers are fun and always come excited ready to teach.