Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL, USA

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Moraine Valley Community College
2.86 Average Rating

angelika from Orland Park, IL

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes are small, 30 students max. This makes for great communication between you and the professor (no teacher assistants here!). All of my teachers are excited to teach each day, and make the material exciting (even math). I don't believe that a community college offers less quality education. I'm getting a lot out of the classes I've taken.
Am enjoying being here
It's a clean, safe environment, but because everyone commutes it's obviously missing that college experience of dorming and close knit feeling. Regardless, everyone's friendly and in the same situation as you, so you feel completely at ease. The class schedules are so flexible, I take all of my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-3pm. I love those 4 day weekends!
Bang for the buck
You really can't beat the prices. A full load for me is a little over $1000 per semester. Compare that to regular university prices, which go from $5000 to $10000 a semester, all for the exact same general education classes! It's pretty much a no-brainer. I don't regret my decision at all, because while everyone's in debt, I'll be enjoying that money saved.
Tips for prospective students
If you struggle financially even a little bit, I strongly suggest Moraine Valley. The education was was above satisfactory, most teachers I've had are relatively easy and flexible about grades (lots of extra credit opportunities), and there are brand new buildings literally built this year. It's a pretty campus and you get a great value. I can't talk it up more.
Great for these types of students
Undecided majors, smart budgeting students, wanting to get gen-eds out of the way.
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Kayla

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have only taken three courses at Moraine Valley so far, but each course and each incredible teacher has already taught me the fundamental knowledge I need to use my future. It is well worth my time and money to go to this school.
Am enjoying being here
I love the campus, the teachers, the students, and everything about the school. Being a part-time student and part-time worker would have been impossible at a University, but here I can go to school and still be able to keep my job and support myself.
Bang for the buck
Moraine Valley compares top universities tuition to theirs, and there is up to a $50,000 difference in tuition alone, so I am saving at least $30,000 a year just by taking my general courses at Moraine instead.
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Ricardo from Blue Island, IL

a past student here
2 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
Contrary to what many students believe the content taught at a community college is exactly the same as that taught at a four year university. I am an engineering major and I can honestly say I have learned volumes of stuff from my competent professors as they are all very dedicated and focused on teaching and helping the students in these 30 or less students per classroom.
Did enjoy being here
I certainly enjoyed my time at Moraine Valley as it has molded me into the student I am today. The environment is very clean, the buildings offer great heating and ac systems, it is very safe, and offers a nice variety of activities and clubs to keep students engaged and out of trouble. Although the college experience will not be attained because the lack of dorms I believe this experience also contributes to the high number of dropouts and students put on probation because they are simply too young to be responsible. Moraine Valley is a great place to learn and grow as a student and a person.
Bang for the buck
Economically it is the BEST choice a new college student can make. Expenses for about 16 credit hours including books is within the range of $2,000 USD. I simply have not found a reason why someone would like to pay three to five times as much money for the same education elsewhere.
Tips for prospective students
Moraine Valley accepts anyone so there is no application fees or anything like that. Based on ACT scores students might need to take a placement exam. Nonetheless, prospective students if they choose to attend MVCC should keep in mind this is not a high school with more classes. It is a very respected college with brilliant professors and it will be the most challenging thing they will experience coming out of high school. Be ready to give up a lot of your free time and focus on school.
Great for these types of students
Great for students who do not want to give up their souls to the bank. Most college students are undecided in their first two years whether they know it or not, and this is a great place to start. If you will be paying more else where than you would be at MVCC, then do not think about this twice.
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Anna from Oak Lawn, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I actually transferred here from Marquette University in Milwaukee and have more homework here on average than when I was away at school. Mind you, Marquette is a top ten school in the Midwest and have high academic standards, but Moraine seems to have not only met them, but surpassed them in some respects.
Am enjoying being here
I really do enjoy being here, the cool thing about the classes is that they are so small, but they literally include every demographic you could possibly think of. In my business stats class I had middle aged men and women pursuing their master's, yet I also had a high school senior earning AP credit. There's variation in every class, you really never know who you are going to meet.
Bang for the buck
I think that Moraine Valley offers a HUGE variety of classes, across every possible field. In state, if you plan on transferring it's an amazing deal. You can get two whole years, plus, out of the way for minimal cost. For me, the loan I took out for ONE SEMESTER at Marquette cost more than my year and half here at Moraine Valley. And I took a total of about 40 credits at Moraine over 3 semesters and only 15 at Marquette in one semester.
Great for these types of students
Moraine Valley is great for really any type of student. It's great for those who aren't sure what they want to do because they have endless classes here, so you can dabble into anything and get a feel for what you can see yourself doing. It's also great for people who are sure, but want to save some money - or even people who want to stay close to home. It transferable into certain graduate programs, so it's on option for people with a bachelors. It's also a good place for people who are returning to school after not attending for awhile - no matter how long it's been. During my orientation they asked why I was attending and there actually was a box that said My kids all went off to college, and now it's my turn! Clearly, they are equipped for anything that comes their way.
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