Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

Animation is creating the illusion of movement through a series of drawings or models photographed in succession, then projecting as a continuous sequence. The art of animation takes many forms, from hand drawings to 3D clay puppets to computer-generated motion designs. 

Additionally, thanks to the advancements of modern animation software, it has become both a 2D and 3D art form. It is most often used in the entertainment industry in the form of movies, TV, and commercials but can be found in the business and technology industries as well.

The Animation degree

Many colleges and universities offer an animation degree as part of their art and/or film departments. Responding to trends in the current media landscape, animation students spend most of their college careers studying and crafting computer animation. However, this is not merely a computer animation degree. Animation programs still include a foundation in sketching and drawing that requires putting pen and ink to paper and creating the illusion of motion using more traditional methods.

Would I Make a Good Animator?

At their core, an animation maker is an artist so the most important qualities to possess are interest and aptitude in the visual arts. Because animation revolves around creating stylized movement, it’s also important to understand what lifelike motion looks like and how to replicate it. 

With that in mind, animation students should possess keen observational skills in order to see details in body language and movement and replicate them in the studio. An understanding of acting or dance as an art form can also be useful. As mentioned above, many animation classes revolve around computer animation so it’s also important to be comfortable with technology and the most current animation programs, such as: 

  • Toon Boom Harmony

  • CelAction2D (popular in the professional world)

  • Moho

  • Stop Motion Studio

  • And many more.

While many animators find full-time work with a studio or company, there are also many animators who are self-employed. It’s often important to have good networking skills once you begin attempting to climb the professional ladder. You’ll also have to be comfortable devoting a lot of time to the profession as most animators work nights and occasional weekends in order to complete a project. 

Associate level

Most associate degrees in animation can be completed in two years and begin with classes in fundamentals like drawing, modeling, and composition. Following those courses in the basics, the associate degree curriculum includes more advanced computer and multimedia-related classes like video animation, multimedia composition, and graphic drawing concepts. Graduates who hold an associate degree can find employment at the entry level or have the option of continuing their education to earn a 4-year degree.

Examples of jobs you can get with an animation degree at the associate level include: Digital Animator, Animation Specialist, Freelance Animator, Graphic Illustrator, and Multimedia Artist. 

If you want to work as a freelance animator with an associate degree, you’ll be starting at entry level positions.

Entry-level freelancers usually earn around $30,000 per year at the very beginning of their careers. For the other positions, average salaries range from $15 per hour (Graphic Illustrator) to $27 per hour (Animation Specialist).

Baccalaureate level

A bachelor’s degree in animation is the next level in the field and is available as a 4-year bachelor of arts, fine arts, or science degree at various institutions. For many animation degree-granting programs, students are required to submit a portfolio for admission. 

As with the associate degree, the bachelor’s degree curriculum begins with classes in the basics and then continues with more specialized classes such as Animation Writing, Animation History, Figure Drawing, and Animation Techniques. Students can also choose to pursue a specific animation path like Hand-Drawn Design, Cutout Design, or Stop Motion. Throughout their undergraduate careers, students also assemble a portfolio of projects to aid them in entering the workplace or applying to grad school.

Animation careers at the bachelor’s degree level include: Freelance Animator, Illustrator, Character Animator, Production Designer, Game Artist, and Multimedia Artist.

The median salary for a freelance animator is $64,000. Professional experience will help you rise to that salary level and a bachelor’s degree will be of assistance in gaining that experience. Average salaries for these jobs start at $47,000 (Production Designer) and end at $74,000 (Character Animator).

Online animation degree

For students whose schedules aren’t flexible enough to support a traditional college experience, it’s also possible to earn their animation degree online. By studying for a degree via the internet, students have the ability to complete their studying, homework, and exams in their free time. Online institutions also offer more specialized concentrations such as a 3D animation degree or digital animation degree. 

Graduate level

For students who are looking to find a top-level job in the entertainment industry, it’s also possible to earn an animation master’s degree. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, requirements for a master’s degree program include a portfolio of previous work as well as professional experience and a list of credits.

The curriculum for a master’s degree program in animation includes comprehensive study of artistic and cinematic techniques such as special effects and computer animation. Master’s degree students also take classes in film subjects outside of their field of expertise including criticism and cinema history. Master’s-level students are expected to create numerous films and projects outside of the classroom, as well as assist in teaching undergraduate animation courses.

There aren’t many options for PhD programs in animation. Students looking to earn a doctorate with an interest in the animation field often choose to study for a PhD in Graphic Design instead.

Animation-related careers for graduate degree-holding students include: Freelance Animator, Director, Screenwriter, Producer, and Production Assistant.

Average salaries for these positions vary greatly based on experience, reputation, and credits. They range from $41,000 (production assistant) on the low end to $60,000 (screenwriter) to $71,000 (Director, Producer) in the upper echelon. Keep in mind that as with any entertainment industry job, these are incredibly competitive professions and well-paying jobs can be scarce.

Unconventional jobs for Animators

The entertainment business is not the only place to find employment with an animation degree. In fact, there are several industries that employ animators as an essential part of their operations. For example, the criminal justice world utilizes forensic animators to provide a visual depiction of a crime scene for the jury in a courtroom setting.

A good forensic animator can charge anywhere from $20 to $100 an hour for their services.

Somewhat similarly, the medical industry also utilizes animators to visually depict health science concepts through medical illustrator jobs. Professional medical illustrators typically hold master’s degrees and have a background in medical science education in addition to their animation major.

Their median salary is approximately $62,000 per year.

If you hold a dual degree in engineering or math, you can find a position as a mathematical modeler creating visual models for complex formulas.

Such a job usually earns around $80,000 annually. 

Part of being a freelance animator means utilizing the web to look for more work once your current job comes to an end. Some of the more popular freelance animator job sites include:

  • Animation World Network: awn.com

  • Animatedjobs.com

  • Jobs.motionographer.com

  • Dribbble.com

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts: AIGA.org

  • Other more general freelancer sites such as Toptal, Upwork, and Behance.

Create a free account to find, finance and attend the college that's right for you.

Colleges

New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

“…

The learning portion is inevitable, isn’t it? NYU has various schools underneath its purple umbrella – College of Arts and Science, Tisch School of the Arts, Stern School of Business, Steinhardt School of Culture/Education/Human Development, College...

” – Lana from Tenafly, NJ
Ohio State University-Main Campus

Originally founded as a land-grant university in 1870, Ohio State University is a public institution in Columbus and the third-largest campus in the nation. OSU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

“…

Ohio State was originally the last school I wanted to go to, just because I lived so close and the size was so intimidating. However, after my college tour I fell in love and now it is home. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and can't imagine going...

” – Cameron from Delaware, OH
Northeastern University

A private research institution located in Boston, Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Northeastern is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic majors. Additionally, the university operates a...

“…

I'm learning so much from Northeastern. I'm currently a psychology major and a music industry minor. I absolutely love it here because there is so many diverse majors and minors that I can do. One of the greatest things here is that I can always see...

” – Xiangling from Staten Island`, NY
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a 4-year public research university in western Virginia. Virginia Tech encompasses nine colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 110 academic majors. To promote...

“…

For prospective engineering students, look no further than Virginia Tech. The school has one of the finest engineering programs in the country and as such all graduates leave with a slight advantage in their job hunt. It is a very rigorous program...

” – Benjamin from Jeffersonton, VA
George Mason University

George Mason University is a public research university with three regional locations and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. It is considered to have the “Highest Research Activity” and ranks among the Best Southeastern Schools according to...

“…

George Mason has a great diversity of students and is rapidly expanding their campus to add many more programs to accommodate different majors. Mason has a great community feel with students who are excited to be patriots and go to class to learn...

” – Jennifer from Columbia, MD
DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…

I have just recently transferred to DePaul University in June of this year. I have taken 3 summer classes and found I am able to graduate almost 6 months early due to the University's flexible and accomodating class requirements. In three months I...

” – Ashley from Chicago, IL
Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites...

“…

All of the professors are experts in their fields, and are willing to go the extra mile to help make sure you learn what you want to.

” – Michelle from Provo, UT
Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston University is a public, 4-year institution located in Huntsville, Texas. Founded in 1879, SHSU is the third oldest public university in the state and a member of the Texas State University System. The university provides 170 fields of...

“…

College is a time to expand the knowledge you already have and pursue new knowledge for use through the rest of your life. Sam Houston has allowed me to do both. In just the two semesters I have been here, I have learned more than I ever did in High...

” – Jessica from Spring, TX
Morgan State University

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore and Maryland’s preeminent public urban research institution. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Morgan State offers degrees in more...

“…

This school has alot to offer. We are very diverse and very welcoming.

” – Chelsea from Germantown, MD
Ball State University

Originally founded as a teacher’s college, Ball State University is a public institution in eastern Indiana. Ball State is home to seven colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 120 academic majors. Throughout the year, Ball State...

“…

Ball State's academics can be either very rewarding or a huge disappointment--depending on what you study. In my first year, I majored in architecture, hoping to learn more about the profession and the craft involved. However, I was sorely...

” – Catherine from Muncie, IN
Emerson College

Emerson College is liberal arts college focusing on communication and the arts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 as a "school of oratory," Emerson still focuses largely on communication, just through 26 majors that culminate in a...

“…

Emerson is teaching me a great deal about the arts that I was never able to learn in my basic college-prep high school program. As a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major, I'm learning a lot about how real world events influence the creation of...

” – Erika from Trainer, PA
Pratt Institute-Main

The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

“…

I am a freshman foundation student; most students are required to take the same foundation classes except if you're an architecture, photo or fashion major. Although that might sound boring and unnecessary, it really is. I've learnt more about art...

” – Kanisorn from BROOKLYN, NY
Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

“…

Eastern Michigan offers opportunities that will definitely satisfy the majors offered. There are several clubs/sports that allows interaction with other students/peers. The academic curriculum is the most interesting I have ever seen.

” – Nigel from Flint, MI
University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa is a 4-year public university on the island of O’ahu and the flagship campus of the UH System. The largest and oldest of the Hawai’i campuses, UH Manoa confers bachelor’s degrees in 100 academic majors. Additionally...

“…

How much you learn depends on what classes you are taking, what professor is teaching and how much you are studying. In college the classes don't go into as much detail as they did in High School. To make sure you learn all you need to know make sure...

” – Jessica from Lakewood, CO
Loyola Marymount University

Formed by a merger between Marymount College and Loyola University, Loyola Marymount University is a private school affiliated with the Jesuit religion and one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the West Coast. Spread across 142 acres in...

“…

Loyola Marymount University boasts a beautiful campus, friendly students and amazing professors. The location provides a perfect combination of learning opportunities and places to have fun on the weekend. The school's deep Jesuit Catholic tradition...

” – cg12 from MN
Suffolk University

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private research institution in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. For students interested in...

“…

The professors are really great. They tell personal experiences that you can learn from and relate to and are always available for extra help or a question. They really help you learn and care about your success.

” – Ashley from Everett, MA
Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private non-profit college located in the heart of Chicago. The one and only campus has more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, in addition to programs available entirely online. Every...

“…

The phrase you get what you put in is thrown around, and for good reasons. This could be the greatest place in the world, putting you in connection with your industry's greatest innovators, or you could barely float along and graduate not having...

” – Selena from Orlando, FL
University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is a 4-year public school in northwest Idaho and the oldest public institution in the state. The U of I hosts 10 colleges granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 300 fields of study. In addition to...

“…

University of Idaho I think is a great school that should be considered seriously. I have personally met many professors and students that were both friendly and brilliant that attend this school. Even with the large class sizes, it has never stopped...

” – Matt from WA
Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is a public institution with eight campuses based around Miami featuring the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the United States. MDC confers bachelor’s degrees in 14 academic fields of study and is home to 79...

“…

At Miami Dade College you have the ability to learn from professors of all different backgrounds, whom all share a passion for learning and are interested in the well being of their students.

” – Daymaris from Miami, FL
Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

“…

I am currently enrolled at Kendall (Ferris affiliate) and I find that the art studio and elective classes are very thorough and challenging. The professors are enjoyable, the atmosphere is non-competitive and the student life enjoyable and fun...

” – Samantha from Grand Rapids, MI
Lynn University

Lynn University is a 4-year private institution in Boca Raton, Florida. Lynn is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn while immersed in another culture, Lynn features...

“…

Lynn University is by far the most diverse college campus I have ever been to. There are people ranging from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to Pakistan. I rate Lynn University a ten out of ten, here you are not a number you are a student that is...

” – Erik from Billerica, MA
Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public college of design, fashion, and art in New York City and part of the State University of New York system. FIT offers undergraduate programs in 29 fashion and artistic disciplines such as Menswear...

“…

The teachers are all well experienced and have been in the industry for a minimum of ten years before teaching. They all held high positions related to the fashion industry so they bring their knowledge into the classroom. They give hands-on...

” – Tina from Quincy, MA
Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year private university of technology, arts, and design in northwest New York State. RIT is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, RIT offers a co-op program that...

“…

Part of being a Software Engineering major means spending a year with Computer Science students learning the basics of computer programming. When I first came to RIT, I knew nothing about writing code but the classes challenged and taught me well and...

” – Geoff from Avon, NY
Savannah College of Art and Design

Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private arts university with two locations in Georgia, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD grants degrees in...

“…

I didn't imagine I would learn so much in one year but I have. It makes me excited to see what I will be learning the next 3 years.

” – Julia from Evans, GA
Southern Methodist University

The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on...

“…

Heck yes. SMU gives you MANY opportunities to perform extra research and try out other projects AS AN UNDERGRAD (if you so seek).

I'm always getting e-mails from my department about opportunities to get involved - and even get published. AS AN...

” – Theresa from Dallas, TX
Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University is located on 90 acres of land in Grand Junction, CO, and offers 104 majors for its students, Mavericks, to choose from. CMU features liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at both the undergraduate and graduate...

“…

In my opinion, the professors at Mesa do a good job of cutting straight to the core of a subject and really making sure that their students understand what is being taught. They talk to you, rather than at you when they lecture so everything is more...

” – Tara from Fruita, CO
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Built for a future that has yet to be defined, Jefferson is crossing disciplines to bring unrivaled innovation and discovery to higher education. Through boundary-breaking collaboration, research and hands-on, experiential learning, we equip...

“…

This school is very well developed. You learn alot of information needed for your major. Many opportunities are offered. Have excellent internship programs to help you have an idea of what to expect after graduation. Many clubs and organizations...

” – Adji from Philadelphia, PA
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst University is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

“…

I really am learning a lot in this school. I'm not just learning things for my major but also things that I can apply towards life in general. Going to a liberal arts school helps you learn many things that can used for many majors.

” – Liliana from Glendale Heights, IL
Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

“…

I absolutely love my classes and teachers at Bradley. I am learning a lot and the teachers make time for students to come in for additional help and questioning. Since Bradley is small, there are small class sizes which I find extremely helpful...

” – Kristin from Bettendorf, IA
University of Baltimore

Originally founded as a night school for law and business students, the University of Baltimore is a public institution and part of the University System of Maryland. UB confers degrees in over 70 undergrad and graduate academic programs. In addition...

“…

The University of Baltimore (UB) is very diverse, intellectual and rewarding. On a scale of one through ten, UB is a outstanding ten. UB is a wonderful bridge in transforming students into better citizens of the United States.

” – Jasmine from Baltimore, MD
Houston Community College

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

“…

If you take you education seriously I feel that it does not matter where you go to school, although a prestigious university doesn't hurt, it is what you make of it. Being that many of the professors teach at near by universities they know how to...

” – Isabella from Houston, TX
Full Sail University

Originally founded as an Ohio-based recording studio, Full Sail University is a for-profit private school of entertainment and media studies in the Orlando metro area. Full Sail confers degrees and certificates in 93 fields of study encompassing...

“…

I currently am enrolled online in the graphic design program and this school has definitely showed me the tools of the trade.

” – Christine from Klamath Falls, OR
Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

“…

Santa Monica College is a very good school where learning is easy and fun. The teachers are very good and they are willing to help you when you need it. There is plenty of help and one-on-one counseling. I really am learning a lot of what is expected...

” – Jesus from Los Angeles, CA
Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a 4-year public institution in central Tennessee founded in 1911. MTSU is home to eight colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic programs as well as the first Honors College in the state. To...

“…

The college courses that I am currently enrolled in make me try my best and learn all I can in them. The professors try to actually make the classes interesting so students will want to return.

” – Jessica from Lewisburg, TN
Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public 2-year community college situated in Montgomery County, Maryland. The school operates three campuses in Germantown, Takoma Park, and Rockville. MC has an open admissions policy and grants associate degrees as well as...

“…

When I transferred here from my old university, I noticed that the professors were dedicated in teaching their students I learned so much and even understood the subjects that I usually struggled in.

” – Andrea from Silver Spring, MD
Lesley University

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

“…

Within a semester, I was already prepared with a new arsenal of ideas and knowledge. Compared to what I've learned here, I learned nothing in high school. The staff, services, resources, and most of all other students are all there to help you...

” – Riva from New Gloucester, ME
College of DuPage

The College of DuPage is a two-year community college situated in the suburban town of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The school has an open admissions policy and nontraditional students can gain college credits based on life experience. Top fields of study...

“…

This college has surprisingly good academics. I wasn’t expecting much from a junior college, but COD really delivers. They offer a wide variety of courses and a high quality curriculum. The professors are competent and helpful. I have heard of some...

” – Benjamin from Carol Stream, IL
New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in south central New Mexico. A designated Hispanic-serving research institution, New Mexico State encompasses six academic colleges conferring undergraduate...

“…

Here at NMSU my classes are engaging and focus on all aspects. You don't just spend your time reading out of the book, but rather applying the practices to your life. You will always find meaning to take from your classes.

” – Katrina from Los Lunas, NM
University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic school in San Antonio and an Hispanic-serving institution. The largest Catholic university in the state of Texas, UIW is home to 11...

“…

The best part about this school is that you learn a lot here. The professors here are amazing in helping you with your work. They know your name and your not just a number. They know what your good at and exactly what you need help in. Not only...

” – Macy from San Antonio, TX
Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

“…

Teachers, staff, and students are extremely friendly and open-minded. Everyone can and will fit in here. Webster offers something for everyone.

” – Kevin from St Louis, MO
East Tennessee State University

Originally founded as a normal school, East Tennessee State University is a 4-year public university and part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. ETSU is home to 11 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees...

“…

I have learned a lot in the classes I have taken so far. I really learned a lot in my computer class and have enjoyed my teachers thus far. After taking sociology class, I decided to take more sociology in the future possibly making it a minor.

” – Morgan from Bluff City, TN
Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College is a 2-year community college based in Pasadena, California. It operates four satellite campuses, the Northwest campus, Rosemead campus, Foothill campus, and a Child Development Center. PCC has an open admissions policy and a...

“…

After I graduated from High School I knew that going to a community college was my only option. A lot of people told me that it would be High School all over again, and I believed them that were until I finished my first year of college and started...

” – Jeffrey from Arcadia, CA
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA
Regent University

Regent University is a private, non denominational evangelical institution based on the coast of Virginia Beach, VA. It is a military-friendly university with a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study communications, biblical...

“…

Regent University has a fantastic online degree program whereby non-traditional students can obtain a degree without ever having to set foot on campus. The online program is a US News and World Reports top 100 and provides challenging courses and...

” – Stephanie from Richmond, VA
Cerritos College

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the five largest community colleges in LA County. Cerritos is home to 87 associate degree and certificate-granting programs in over 180...

“…

Cerritos is a great place to start off if you dont really know where you want to go or what you want to do for your future. The professors are nice and help you as much as they can, they want you to learn and will not make you feel dumb. They treat...

” – Gloria from Maywood, CA

Orange Coast College is a two-year community college serving Orange County, California. OCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and offers an honors program, as well as a transfer center that hosts visits from 4-year colleges to...

“…

Depending what you want to Major in or what your course is there are some teachers that are great and some that arent as great. I suggest you use ratemyprofessor.com before actually signing up for a class. Other than that most of the teachers hear at...

” – Bill from Kenai, AK
Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chaffey College

Chaffey College is a public community college based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The school operates multiple campuses around the state in Rancho, Chino, and Fontana. Chaffey College has an open admissions policy and offers a federally funded...

“…

Chaffey has taught me so much, not only in classes, but about life as well. The classes vary in difficulty, but I always learn a lot.

” – Carly from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Palomar College

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training...

“…

Classes are good, just be sure to pay attention and not fall asleep during lectures!

” – Cate
North Central College

North Central College is a private comprehensive institution located just 30 miles west of Chicago in Naperville, Illinois. Founded in 1861, North Central offers nearly 100 different majors, minors and programs that serve the needs and interests of...

“…

The course selection is varied and seems to include opportunities to learn a lot about a multitude of subjects.

” – Sarah from Newburgh, IN
Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private research institution situated in New Castle, Delaware. It is a member school of both the Middle States Commision on Higher Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Wilmington...

“…

The teachers really know what they're doing and how to explain it in terms that every student can understand.

” – Megan from New Castle, DE
Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a public, 2-year institution located in El Cajon, California. The college features a number of student service facilities, such as the Assistive Technology Center, the Dream Center, the CalWORKs Student Services, and the Career...

“…

Many of the teachers at Grossmont also teach at local schools like San Diego State.

” – Grossmont Student
George Fox University

Founded in 1891, George Fox University is a private institution based in Newberg, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends and integrates the Christian faith into their curriculum. All students must sign an honor code that...

“…

I am finally being challenged in the classroom again. I almost floated through high school, but George Fox pushes me in the classroom. It expands my thinking, and the teachers are friendly. The ratio of teachers to students is low, so it's really...

” – Dana from Harrisburg, OR
Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College is a 2-year public institution offering associate degree programs and professional certifications. It has an open admissions policy and is the largest community college in the state of Utah. SLCC has several transfer...

“…

The class sizes are small (about 35 students per class) so its more personalized learning and you can access help from your professor easier. most of the classes I've taken are to fulfill my gen-ed requirements so nothing to in depth but there are...

” – Mikenzie from Taylorsville, UT
San Diego City College

San Diego City College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Among the school’s many degree and certificate program options are many unique areas of study, such as Chicano Studies, Futures Studies, and Dance...

“…

A school containing friendly people with a variety of cultures religions and styles. Nice but strict teachers of which explain their lectures more than well. Recycling and clean environment located close to a beautiful ocean view!

” – Christina from El Centro, CA
Tyler Junior College

Founded in 1926, Tyler Junior College is a 2-year community college in east Texas and one of the largest community colleges in the state. TJC grants associate degrees and certificates in over 130 academic fields of study. For sports fans, TJC fields...

“…

TJC offers flexible and diverse learning opportunities. Through the dual-credit program, I began taking college level courses during high school. These included English, Economics,World History, Art Appreciation, Pre-Calculus, College Algebra and...

” – determined to finish

Front Range Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Westminster, Colorado, with satellite locations in Brighton, Fort Collins, and Longmont. FRCC offers over 60 associate’s degree and certificate programs, many of which are...

“…

One can learn fast and a lot because of the small class sizes and great teachers.

” – Susan from Longmont, CO
Point Park University

Originally founded as a business training college, Point Park University is a 4-year liberal arts college and the only university in downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park is home to five colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic...

“…

i love this school. its a nice urban campus thats probably bigger than alot of people would think. this school also has a wide range of diverse people.

” – LaQueisha from Pittsburgh, PA
Sierra College

Sierra College is an open-admission, 2-year community college based in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Rocklin, California. Sierra is the only community college in the nation with an academic press, and it also boasts the Sierra Art and Natural...

“…

The teacher at Sierra College are HANDS DOWN the best teachers around. I have sat-in on multiple classes at some of the top universities in the nation and have found myself comparing their teaching abilities to the abilities of teachers at Sierra...

” – Brett from Granite Bay, CA
Davenport University

Davenport University is a private institution based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The school operates multiple satellite campuses throughout the state and online. Davenport offers small class sizes and some of the most affordable tuition in the state...

“…

The classes that I have taken at Davenport University have thus far been excellent. The focus that DU has on helping students to have a well-rounded education is obvious and beneficial. The professors are open to helping students; I enjoy the smaller...

” – Lauren from Hastings, MI
Becker College

Formed by the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions, Becker College is a 4-year college in central Massachusetts and one of the 25 oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Becker is home to five schools across two...

“…

I am learning many different ways to communicate with people. Before everyone started school we had many orientations to get to know more people so we weren't lost and didn't know anyone. Everyone is very friendly and helpful no matter what the...

” – Stacy from Marlborough, MA
Lawrence Technological University

With the guidance of Henry and Edsel Ford, Lawrence Technological University developed during an innovation explosion that would change the world. LTU is still changing the world by preparing students in colleges of Arts & Sciences, Architecture &...

“…

The smaller class size is helping me get the attention I need to learn.

” – Christopher from Taylor, MI
College of Southern Nevada

The College of Southern Nevada is a 2-year institution that was founded in 1971. CSN has three main campuses, in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, making it the state’s largest higher education institution. As a community college, CSN...

“…

Classes are small. Very interactive. Online classes are GREAT here. Not as hard as I thought they would be. To be honest, I'd rather do online classes than be at the campus because it gives you more free time and the distance learning is very easy

” – selaseelle
Ringling College of Art and Design

The Ringling College of Art and Design is a private college focused on the creative arts in western Florida. Ringling College confers bachelor’s degrees in 14 artistic subjects such as Entertainment Design, Visual Studies, and Illustration and the...

“…

Ringling is an incredible school, built on a solid foundation and teachers that do a phenomenal job at upholding such high standards. The program for Interior Design received outstanding ratings by CIDA, the accreditation committee who regulates the...

” – Karrie from Wapakoneta, OH
New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology is the state’s public polytechnic university and is located in the University Heights neighborhood of downtown Newark, NJ. NJIT offers 126 programs across its six specialized schools for a population of more than 11...

“…

NJIT is a fantastic university. It will take a year to get used to all of the things that happen on campus; however, once you're set, everything goes smoothly. Plus, they've got some great food that is served here!

” – Ayrton from Newark, NJ
Mount Ida College

This college is closed as of May 2018. 

“…

mount ida is a great school. i have made lots of friends and have learned many new things. i know have great leadership abilities that i did not have before.

” – Matthew from RUTLAND, MA
Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a public school based in Saint Joseph, MI. MWSU is one of the less than 500 colleges in the US with an ABET-accredited engineering programs. Upon admittance to Missouri Western students rub the head of the statue...

“…

When I started college in the fall of 2008 I was really unsure of what my major was going to be and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Taking the general studies classes at Missouri Western has really helps students figure out what they...

” – Bethany from Saint Joseph, MO
De Anza College

De Anza College is a public community college based in Cupertino, California, with an open admissions policy. The campus, considered the top Silicon Valley college for transferring students to 4-year universities, boasts the Euphrat Museum of Art...

“…

Although De Anza College is a community college, I feel that you can get so much more out of this school rather than going straight into a university. The classes & teachers are there to help you reach your goal as much as they can, whether it's in...

” – Diana from San Jose, CA
College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons is a public community college based in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California. The college has an open admissions policy. It is home to a 926-seat performing arts center as well as the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater which is...

“…

College of the Canyons has some great professors that truly care about your learning experience, and that aspect of this great community college has opened my ability to learn so much about some great new topics, for example I am currently taking a...

” – Karla Portillo from Canyon Country, CA
Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a community college that can grant associate degrees and professional certificates. SBCC is a two-year institution with a high transfer rate to 4-year institutions around California. It has an open admissions policy and...

“…

From On-Campus Tutoring in every subject you will be taught to Volunteer Tutors through the Phi Theta Honor Society, you will have no reason to ever get less than a B. The school's Gateway Program will ensure you a gateway to success with tutors also...

” – Courtney from Goleta, CA
Middlesex County College

Middlesex County College is a public community college based in Edison, New Jersey, with academic centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy. The school confers degrees and certifications and offers workforce training, transfer programs, and continuing...

“…

I definitely feel that I learned a lot at MCC. I enrolled right after high school and it allowed me to really find my learning style which I had not thoroughly established in high school. My GPA almost doubled from that with which I graduated high...

” – NK
Indian River State College

Indian River State College is an institution of higher learning based in Fort Pierce, Florida. IRSC has an open door admissions policy and offers a dual-enrollment program for high school students. The school also provides classes for adults who have...

“…

indian river state college is an incredible institution for students searching for a good local school. being the 3rd most affordable college in the nation, it is definitely the best choice for those looking to learn on a budget, while still...

” – Connor from Port Saint Lucie, FL
Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Overland Park, Kansas. Academics at Johnson County feature a wide variety of course delivery methods, including self-paced, face-to-face, online, hybrid, internships, and...

“…

The professors at JCCC are outstanding, especially in the Mathematics and Science departments. Each professor I've come into contact with has taken an interest in my personal journey as well as other students in the classroom, and has gone above and...

” – Kristian from Spring Hill, KS
San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a public community college based in San Diego, California. It is the largest community college in the city and part of the San Diego Community Colleges District. Noted programs include culinary arts and food service...

“…

Mesa College has great professors. They care about their students. The campus will look great when the construction is done.

” – Amber from Coronado, CA
Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Michigan. The campus features a number of state-of-the-art facilities, including two fitness centers, a library with rentable technology, and two gaming stations. Along...

“…

Teachers are very helpful and class sizes are just right

” – Harley from Charlotte, MI
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is a public institution and part of the Florida College system. FSCJ is a military-friendly school. FSCJ operates four campuses throughout Jacksonville and several academic centers, including the Cecil Center...

“…

The teachers here are all very student-oriented. They take the time to give you their office hours and various ways to contact them if you are having trouble and if you do ever happen to go by, they'll be there to happily assist you. There's also a...

” – Maureen from Jacksonville, FL
Richland College

Richland College is a public, 2-year institution established in Dallas, Texas. While Richland offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs, the school highlights its Media programs, such as the Journalism and Photography. The school...

“…

All the classes I have taken covered all the required material for each subject and the instructors made the course work fun and easy to absorb.

” – Cody from Dallas, TX

Pikes Peak Community College is a public 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. Pikes Peak operates multiple full-service and military satellite campuses throughout Colorado and partners with 4-year institutions across the nation for...

“…

The academic programs are great and the teachers really inspire student to absorb what they are teaching.

” – Whitney from Woodland Park, CO
Butte College

Butte College is a public, 2-year institution located in Oroville, California. Along with the main campus, which is a designated wildlife refuge, Butte also maintains three education centers in Chico and Orland. In 2011, Butte became the first...

“…

Butte College is extremely welcoming, The staff and professors are always willing to help you with making your community college experience the best.

” – Michelle from Chico, CA

Lane Community College is a 2-year institution offering degrees and certificates from eight academic departments. The Science department at LCC features several green career programs as well as degrees in Energy Management and Sustainability...

“…

I have been able to learn how to become a better parent at Lane by taking a few courses on early childhood education. I have also learned how to become a better writer and have been able to win one award for my high school because of the great...

” – Jessica from Eugene, OR
Art Center College of Design

ArtCenter College of Design is a conservatory of visual arts and design principles in the greater Los Angeles area. ArtCenter confers undergrad degrees in 11 artistic fields of study including Entertainment Design, Fine Art, and Film. To display...

“…

Art Center has provided me with not only the skills to excell in my profession, but more of a life lesson. Our school takes pride in simulating the real world. Currently working professionals to state of the art equipment, this is the place to not...

” – Daniel from La Crescenta, CA
Century College
White Bear Lake, MN

Century College is a public, two-year institution that focuses on both community and technical education. Century College’s 170-acre campus, which is located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, maintains a variety of facilities, including LGBTQ and...

“…

i really want to go to this school, but I'm still researching it. i think its a great school and i will learn a lot from it.

” – Patience from New Brighton, MN

Butler Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in El Dorado, Kentucky, with satellite campuses in Rose Hill, Andover, Wichita, Marion, and Council Grove. Butler offers Meta Majors as one of their many pathway options, which are...

“…

Yes! I am learning a ton. Especially with the Computer classes and the General Eds

” – Ethan from Bel Aire, KS
Bennington College

Bennington College is a private liberal arts institution located in the rural town of Bennington, Vermont. It is a nonsectarian institution with a “selective” admissions process. All students must complete an annual 7-week internship through the...

“…

I recently had a tour at Bennington College and I also attended an information session. The impression I got was that Bennington College offers students an amazing education for several reasons:
1. Students learn what they want to learn: Students...

” – A high school senior from northern VT
Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is a 2-year institution located in the state of California. The college maintains two campuses, with one in the city of Santa Rosa, and one in the city of Petaluma. Students of SRJC can take advantage of the college’s wide...

“…

As a college freshman I anticipated the work load to be different than that of high school. It was. But it also was doable. I liked the fact that the class I was in wasnt too big. I felt that whenever i raised my hand i would be heard. I learned a...

” – Cynthia from Sausalito, CA
Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College is a 2-year community college based in Joliet, Illinois. It is a public college that offers professional certifications and associate degrees in a wide range of subjects. The most popular majors are automotive mechanics. nursing...

“…

Great starter school for students that are undecided on a major or university. You can save thousands of dollars beginning your first two years at JJC because tuition is very affordable. Along with the several transferable credits, there is an...

” – Kristin from Plainfield, IL
Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College is a public, 2-year institution established in Huntington Beach, California. The campus features a variety of attractions for students and visitors, such as the GWC Art Gallery, the California Native Garden, and the GWC Theater...

“…

i would like to get any kind of financial scholarships possible.

” – Aubrey from Westminster, CA
Moorpark College

Moorpark College is a 2-year community college with open admissions based in Ventura County, California. The school operates an on-site zoo for the Exotic Animal Training and Management program, the only one in the nation, and is also home to the...

“…

A laid back campus with knowledgable staff that want to see you succeed. Moorpark College is the perfect campus to get started on your degree without the high-stress feelings of a four-year university. From the scenery to the classes offered, it's...

” – Sophie from Moorpark, CA

Highline College is a 2-year community college just south of Seattle and the first community college in King County, Washington. Highline offers over 100 degrees and certificates among six academic pathways. The Inter-Cultural Center features a...

“…

Highline is a good college, the curiculum is well prepard teachers and here to help you, and the advisors provide the advise to there students.

” – Hanna from Kent, WA
Baker College

Formed by the consolidation of Baker Business University and Muskegon College, Baker College is a career and vocational school with several campus locations throughout Michigan. Baker confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors and students...

“…

they have reasonable class sizes. they are flexible with class scheduling. they offer class advising, and career advising.

” – Jamie from Grand Blanc, MI

Brookdale Community College is a public institution located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Along with the main campus, the college also includes five additional campuses throughout Monmouth county. For students over the age of 18, a high school diploma is...

“…

I have learned so much here at Brookdale!For the first time in my life I have recieved all straight A's because the teachers teach very well and the classes are easy.Thats what I love about college!You can pick your own classes.Their are many majors...

” – Daniella from Tinton Falls, NJ
MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College is a public, 2-year institution established in Oceanside, California, with satellite facilities located in Cardiff and Carlsbad. MiraCosta offers over 60 fields of study within its six pathway programs, including a bachelor’s degree...

“…

Last week I was talking with the President of Miracosta, Mr. Rodriguez, he has a very interesting life story. Other then that he showed me that even though he was label in high school as mentally impaired, because of his lost of vision in one eye he...

” – Michael from Oceanside, CA
Canada College
Redwood City, CA
Canada College

Cañada College is a public institution located in San Mateo, California, that offers day, evening, and weekend classes. The college is home to an award-winning STEM Center, which serves as a valuable resource for students seeking additional...

“…

The professors on campus are some of the best you'll find at any community college and in many cases they're nationally rated. Well compensated for their time, professors here are there to stay, and they really care deeply for their students. It...

” – Drew from Redwood City, CA
Foothill College

Foothill College is a public, 2-year institution established in Los Altos Hills, California. Foothill’s 122-acre main campus is joined by a satellite learning center located in Sunnyvale, which features its own cafe, group study area, and a miniature...

“…

After going to De Anza College for a year and not enjoying myself at all, I decided to try Foothill College and it has been one of the greatest decisions I've made. Most of the teachers are professors and they are all very supportive, motivational...

” – Megan from Santa Clara, CA

Elgin Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Illinois, with satellite locations in Hanover Park, Burlington, and Streamwood. ECC offers 138 degree and certificate programs, including over 25 different fields of study for...

“…

ECC has such a great variety of classes, there's pretty much something for everyone. In my experience, the teachers are easily contacted, and very knowledgeable about their subjects.

” – Alaina from Elgin, IL
Union County College

Union County College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of New Jersey. The school consists of four separate campuses located in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains. All students enrolled at Union County College...

Jackson College is a public, 2-year institution established in Jackson County, Michigan. The campus features The George E. Potter Center, which houses entertainment events in its three theaters all throughout the year. While the college offers many...

“…

JCC is great for education. Many of the professors could easily be university professors, and it is because of that that JCC is so helpful. Because of the size of JCC, one can get help much easier which, in turn, will help the individual to learn...

” – Jacob from Albion, MI
East Los Angeles College

East Los Angeles College is a public, 2-year institution established in Monterey Park, California. The main campus, along with the satellite location in South Gate, serves 14 communities throughout its regional area. ELAC utilizes the Guided Pathways...

“…

East Los Angeles College has been a great school for me. I was going to Cerritos after high school but it was so packed, so I did not want to wait another semester, so I decided to register at Elac. Although there are no waiting lists at ELAC the...

” – Sheyla
Alfred State College of Technology SUNY

Located in the hills of western New York, Alfred State College is a 4-year SUNY College of Technology institution offering more than 70 degrees. Alfred State maintains three colleges as well as an honors program and fully online degrees in areas such...

“…

If you put yourself out there there is a limitless amount of knowledge to learn in Alfred. its a small town so its quite but there is so much to do and learn. professors are Very helpful if you put yourself in the position to bother them for...

” – Elvis from Alfred, NY
Gulf Coast State College

Gulf Coast State College is a public community college with an open admissions policy based in Panama City, Florida. The college operates multiple campuses around the state in Port St. Joe, Southport, and one at Tyndall Air Force Base. GCSC offers...

“…

The teachers here are really helpful, and if help is ever needed, their doors are always open. Mr. L. Harris is the best math teacher ever. There's no way you cannot earn an A in math if he's your instructor. Gulf Coast is known to have one of the...

” – Donalda from Panama City, FL

Berkeley City College is a public, 2-year institution in the Peralta Community College District. BCC offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, with day, evening, online, and weekend classes structured to guarantee that each program can be...

“…

i really like berkeley city college. although it can be crowded, its very organized and visually pleasing.

” – Ala'ah from Richmond, CA
Allan Hancock College

Allan Hancock College is a public institution operating four locations throughout Santa Barbara County, California, with the main campus in Santa Maria and a satellite at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. AHC offers several resources for degree...