Pierce College-Puyallup
Lakewood, WA, USA

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Pierce College-Puyallup
2.92 Average Rating

Mitchell from Puyallup, WA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Pierce College has been fortunate to have so many teachers who are experts in their fields and passionate about educating their students. If something taught during class does not make sense at first there is a tutoring center operated by students who can help with their own experiences. I have taken classes from eleven different professors and would not take another from only one of them.
Am enjoying being here
The resources available are priceless; from the library to the computer lab and even the workshops offered each quarter. The atmosphere is a bit laid back as are most of the professors.
Bang for the buck
To be eligible for financial aid you need at least a 3.0 GPA and taking at least 10 credits for the quarter. They do have a Tuition Installment Plan which divides the bill into thirds to pay over the course of the quarter, but to do that a $15 fee is required. It is not cheap for those with lower income, but it is affordable and manageable. Every dollar I've spent here has been worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Only go to the bookstore to find out what books you need, then buy them online or from the student book exchange. If life happens be sure to talk with the professor since the majority of them are understanding and will help you out so long as you speak to them. Do not be afraid to visit during office hours. If you have procrastination habits, better to get it out of your system and repeat classes here than at a four-year university especially if paying for your own tuition out of pocket.
Great for these types of students
Great for students who want to go to college, but may not be ready for a four-year university immediately after high school. Also great for students who are looking for nursing, education and business programs.
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Geoffrey from Puyallup, WA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Small Community college located in the heart of Puyallup, Washington. Teachers are wonderful and classes sizes are typically smaller than Universities. Definitely a great alternative to people looking to save financially your first two years.
Tips for prospective students
Definitely make an appointment with your advisor to help plan your route with classes.
Academic Rigor
Just stay on top of your assignments.
What to do for fun
Making new friends opens new doors. College is an opportunity to grow personally and academically.
Bang for the buck
Great school for you.
Great for these types of students
Not quite ready for four year but still want a college degree at a reasonable price.
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Adriana from Puyallup, WA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Pierce college is great college to attend because of the variety of classes available. The teachers at Pierce College are dedicated to help you learn as much information as possible and provided well structured classes. Also there are many valuable resources and staff willing to help.
Tips for prospective students
I would encourage students to obtain as much information about their desired career in order to know who to contact. Also taking the compass early and having sufficient time in advanced to register for classes is very beneficial. Last of all having an outline of the steps and classes one needs to take in order to reach one's goal is a good tool to have.
Academic Rigor
Classes at Pierce College are rigorous; however with dedication it is possible to receive a desired grade. Instructors teach at a fast pace and cover in depth material, but in return one is more prepared for test and future classes. In most classes reading is strongly emphasized and is a big part of the class
Dorm Life
Pierce College does not offer dorms.
Food and Dining
Food and Dining at Pierce College is excellent because of the variety of foods available. Food is fresh and warm at all times. Coffee and refreshment are also excellent especially in time of finals when stress is at its highest. Best of all buying food does not take a lot of one's time and bending machines are available throughout campus to grab a quick snack.
What to do for fun
For fun there are a variety of things to do. Pierce College is surrounded by trees and in the summer students gather to play frisbee in the green grass. A pool table is also available to share time with friends in the cafeteria. Last of all, there are many clubs and opportunities to have in impact of other students lives.
Great for these types of students
For students who are great in leadership and who are willing to help others Pierce College has a student program club to help create new clubs and activities. Also for students to love music there are students who gather in the cafeteria to play some music.
Clubs and Activities
Many clubs and activities are available at Pierce College. For example, there are clubs for non white students, music clubs, and sports. Also there are great opportunities to show your leadership skills and team work skills such as in the student programs.
Campus Safety
At Pierce College there is always a security working in the parking lots. The security covers all the parking of the campus and one feels safe going to class.
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Katherine from Spanaway, WA

a past student here
1 person found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
Most of my teachers were outstanding. They knew their course material well and most of them even loved their subject matter.
Did enjoy being here
The people are friendly and people often try in their classes to succeed.
Bang for the buck
It's not all that expensive, and you get a lot.
Tips for prospective students
Be open to really connecting to the other students there. Also take advantage of everything there from the tutoring center to the health education center.
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Jessica from Buckley, WA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have been a student here for almost four years now. The first two years, I attended as a running start student. Pierce was an excellent college for my high school peers and I to begin our college career. The teachers do not segregate between the high school students and regular college students. I was challenged just as much as any other student, if not more because of my youth; however, it was what I was seeking for attending Pierce. The teachers are well rounded in their studies, but very knowledgeable in their subject. Most of the past and present instructors I've had/have are very flexible and willing to assist students outside of the classroom. I loved the small classroom environment, challenges and knowledge Pierce college has offered me so much that after earning my AA degree I decided to stay here and earn my Associates in Pre-Nursing, which I will be done with this spring quarter.
Am enjoying being here
Everyone here wants to learn. That is the best classroom environment a student could have. The teachers are friendly, are eager to teach and understand that the students have lives outside of the classroom. Students are respectful towards each other. I love being in such an accepting, diverse group of students. Every staff member, including a custodian, grounds keeper, security guard, registration secretary and instructors, is very helpful and kind. The buildings are very clean and kept organized, even the bathrooms!
Bang for the buck
Like most community colleges, students save quite a bit of money attending them before going to Universities. However, at Pierce College, students do not only save money but they get more than what they paid for. Pierce is by far the best community college to attend for the community college price. Many of the teachers are doctors in their field of study, which usually only occurs in universities. There are also many options for students to choose from such as gym membership, music options like jazz band, wind ensemble and concert band, childcare and many technical training. Also, Pierce has a tremendous financial aid program that is easy to apply for. The financial aid office is eager to help students in anyway possible.
Tips for prospective students
Be ready for a life changing experience and do not be timid in asking questions.
Great for these types of students
Pierce college is great for any type of student. Anyone who values their time, money and wants to learn usable information that is necessary in today's society, this is the the college for them. There are many options available at pierce such as early morning through late night classes, online classes and daycare for young children. Pierce college is perfect for any student wanting to get an education that will last.
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