Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, NY, USA

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Onondaga Community College
3.48 Average Rating

David from Fulton, NY

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Studying engineering science has been challenging and rewarding. A great place to start prior to transfering to a 4 year college.
Am enjoying being here
Many activities to participate in: clubs, fraternities and sporting events. Access to Syracuse University and LeMoyne is easy and free by bus. Class size allows for much interaction between students and professors. Faculty knows you by name! I am a member of the lacrosse team and have had an exceptional experience. Coaches are great and extremely supportive of academic learning requirements.
Bang for the buck
Excellent professors who help you succeed while encouraging independent responsibility. My experience has been outstanding and I recommend all graduating seniors to consider attending OCC.
Tips for prospective students
Residing in a dorm for your first year is highly recommended; apply early for a single room which is more costly but well worth it. No need for a car. Campus is extremely secure.
Great for these types of students
Undecided on 4 year major.
Looking to save considerable amount of money.
A great beginning to college-life experience in every aspect.
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Rodney from Brooklyn, NY

accepted here and planning to attend soon
5 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I will learn a lot about the College as I attend and get to know other students and professors.
Will enjoy being here
I will enjoy being here by volunteering and making myself useful. I will join the basketball team as I attend the college.
Great for these types of students
What is great about the college is any nationality can attend the school and not feel out of place. I will make friends as I attend and learn everything about the college from other students.
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Casey from East Syracuse, NY

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
onondaga community college is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to junior colleges. it gives every applicant a fair chance by never denying an application and it provides a quality education for those who maybe cannot afford a four-year institution. i highly recommend occ!
Tips for prospective students
if you're thinking about attending a community college, onondaga community college is the way to go. don't be afraid to apply because occ accepts all applicants into the college.
Academic Rigor
occ provides a quality education to all students. it offers a variety of majors and the professors are there to truly help you succeed in whatever you are trying to pursue in life.
Dorm Life
the dorms at occ are exceptional! they are basically brand new and offer a wide-range of accommodations such as cable, wi-fi, a built-in kitchen, and personal bathrooms. every room in the occ dorms houses six students and contains two bathrooms, two closets, a living room, and a small kitchen with a fridge, a dishwasher, and an oven. also, there are constantly activities going on in the lounges of the dorms that students can participate in.
Food and Dining
occ comes with a main dining hall located in the gordon student center on campus. the dining hall offers a variety of food options such as burgers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and many, many more. food is also available at a couple of other smaller dining areas located in the different academic buildings on campus as well as vending machines placed all over campus.
What to do for fun
at occ, there is a wide variety of restaurants and shopping available within a 5-10 minute drive of campus. however, if you do not have transportation, many of the food services around campus offer delivery. also, there is almost always a sporting event, a concert, or some sort of activity taking place in the brand new src arena or at other locations on campus.
Bang for the buck
onondaga community college is a fantastic option for those students who are a little short on cash. even students who can't afford to go to $50,000 a year institutions will get the same level of education at occ for a much, much lower cost.
Campus Safety
campus safety is always patrolling campus and is available whenever you need them. there are a large variety of ways to contact them and they always react to your needs in a timely manner.
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Daniel from Marcellus, NY

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The teachers here are more concerned about your learning than many other places. All professors are also guidance counselors, so they can help a lot. Many professors are very flexible, as long as you try too.
Am enjoying being here
The environment on campus is nice, you can easily meet new friends from people in your major, to random people in your electives, everyone is pretty much friendly.
Bang for the buck
The tuition cost can not be beat currently around $2,500 a semester plus $300 in books possibly, and food, so $3000 semester, $6000 a year, great alternative to 2 years of a 4 year school.
Tips for prospective students
For your first semester don't take too many courses, try to full time if possible, because of the financial aid. Work with your designated counselor to see what options you have.
Great for these types of students
Students who want a laid back environment, but dont mind getting a little messy at times, and having a couple laughs. You'll learn a lot, and hopefully have fun learning!
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Jerell from Bronx, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
A small community with diversity. Everyone appears to be very friendly with one another. The small classroom setting allows for you to build a solid relationship with your professors, and that is a plus.
Tips for prospective students
If you are very intimate about your privacy get a single room in the dorms. Build good relationships with your professors it can be the difference between getting a B+ or an A. Try your best not to be shy, college is about getting an education but also building valuable connections.
Academic Rigor
Like anything it ultimately depends on the classes you take, some may be extremely difficult while others may be very easy. Choose wisely.
Dorm Life
is way better then living off campus. You are able to interact with people a lot more.
Food and Dining
Everyone has their own experience about the cafe but I like the food.
What to do for fun
Play manhunt on the quad sometimes. Workout, play basketball, and party occasionally.
Campus Safety
Be careful with the extra-curricular activities you get into Campus safety is always around.
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Courtney from Jamesville, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Onondaga Community College is a diverse community college to get a great education. OCC has great classes, teachers, and programs for determined students. Whether you go for a 2 year or 4 year degree, OCC will help you go for things you want
Tips for prospective students
1. Get to school early to park closer
2. Show that you care about your classes, otherwise your teachers wont take you seriously
3. Apply for PHi Theta Kappa and as many scholarships as possible
Dorm Life
I haven't stayed in the dorms, but I have heard they can be very drama filled
Food and Dining
The cafeteria has a lot of options. Sometimes its a little expensive and the food isnt always the best
What to do for fun
You can go to the gym, go downtown or to Syracuse University, go to Destiny USA nearby, or go to apartments nearby
Bang for the buck
You absolutely get your money's worth. OCC isnt a lot of money to go there, but it has a lot of professors that care
Clubs and Activities
There are a lot of clubs to participate in
Campus Safety
There are always OCC cars and vans patrolling the campus
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Alicia from Fayetteville, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The school is located on a beautiful campus. The professors are great. There are plenty of things to do.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to stay on top of all of your paperwork! There are a lot of students attending this school. Because of this, the offices can sometimes be unorganized. Make sure you stay on top of what paperwork is required. When you are first signing up for your classes and financial aid, it can be easy to lose paperwork. Don't expect the school to stay on top of everything.
Academic Rigor
So far I have taken mostly science courses. They have all been pretty challenging! Stay on top of your work, and STUDY STUDY STUDY! These classes go by like a breeze! It can be crucial if you miss a class or two!
Dorm Life
The doors are brand new. They are more like townhouses than dorm rooms. They are really nice and clean inside. There are plenty of people to meet. It is a great experience for someone who is looking for that great college experience.
Food and Dining
They have plenty of choices. There are vending machines everywhere, along with a cafeteria. They even have a Starbucks! If you don't care for school food and you have a car, it is a short drive to Genesee street where they have everything! Taco Bell, McDonalds, Panera Bread, KFC, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, Tullys, you name it!
What to do for fun
The always have different concerts and events on campus. Otherwise, Syracuse has a relatively large amount of options. They have a mall (which is currently expanding) and plenty of bowling alleys, laser tag, shopping, and fun.
Great for these types of students
The OCC campus is great for a wide variety of students. They have something for everyone, from adults looking to go back to school to kids straight out of high school. The school is affordable. Give it a shot!
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Esther from Syracuse, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
It is affordable and the professors are always ready to help you
Tips for prospective students
never give up on studies even when you try it seems useless just try harder trust me it works . i did it i never gave up that's when you realize when you put your effort into it it works out.
Academic Rigor
great if only you put your effort into it.
Dorm Life
great get to meet new people.
Food and Dining
food is OK
What to do for fun
well i like to write poem and story also like to hang out with friends.
Bang for the buck
i would like to transfer to a 4 years college
Great for these types of students
is very good
Campus Safety
they are very good keep notice of everything and make sure every student is safe.
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Carolyn from Wolcott, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Onondaga Community College is a great school. Educationally, Socially, and in many other areas it is a superb community college, the professors are amazing. It has great transfer opportunities.
Tips for prospective students
If you are dedicated to school and doing your work it is a great school and can offer you great opportunities.
Academic Rigor
It really depends on what you are looking for and what you hope to get out of your college experience. If you are looking for a very rigorous education you can get it and if you are looking for a somewhat less rigorous education you can also get that too it is all up to you and up to what you choose to study, and what classes you choose to take. For me I chose a rigorous course study and got a lot out of my classes.
Dorm Life
Dorm life was not for me, but for some students I could see it being fun and a great experience.
Food and Dining
The food options at OCC are actually really good its not the average college dining experience you have a lot of choices and are not forced into a meal plan.
What to do for fun
OCC has really started having some very interesting activities for students like a activities and things to go to and see for example there was recently a roller durby held at OCC, there are also comedians that come along with different bands. There is also a lot of club options for students.
Bang for the buck
For me OCC was an amazing opportunity, the classes and professors i've had have taught me a lot, I was able to get an amazing first two years of school for a good price, and it also helped me a lot in my transfer options.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The campus is beautiful and there are many locations for studying or spending off time. There is a brand new big work out studio, and arena.
Great for these types of students
I would say OCC is great for all types of students including traditional and nontraditional.
Clubs and Activities
There is probably a club for just about any subject for any student and if there isn't a specific club your interested in you can start up your own.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety is very, very serious, there is a large campus security building, there are strict rules to follow to keep students safe and I belive OCC is one of the safest college campuses out there.
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Kayla from Liverpool, NY

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
Will learn a lot
I plan on gaining a lot of knowledge here & earning degrees.
Will enjoy being here
A lot of my friends are going here, so the social environment should be fun & entertaining.
Bang for the buck
The cost isn't too expensive. Its worth the money to start out at a good school like this. :)
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