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.

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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...

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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...

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Faculty and staff here are really knowledgeable about whichever subject they are teaching. Though some classes are rather large, there are still ways to get help. A larger class size made me more independent and reliant on my note-taking abilities...

” – Randi from Ashland, 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...

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Northeastern does a great job at finding teachers who know and care about the subjects they are teaching. I am a double major in International Affairs and History and I couldn't be happier. It is my first semester here but I feel like I've already...

” – Ann from Atlanta, GA
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...

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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...

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Here at George Mason University a.k.a GMU or Mason, classes are small and the professors are shockingly always available to answer questions by email or in person. Lecture halls are usually semi-big but then they are divided into Labs where you are...

” – Tahina from Richmond, VA
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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you will always learn something being at Morgan. From the classrooms, to campus life to people that you'll meet on campus Morgan is definitely a learning experience that you would grow from. The teachers are great and some often help teach you life...

” – Ashlee from Annapolis, 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...

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The staff and employees of the campus are both kind and knowledgeable of their areas. The presentations I have seen from professors during orientation demonstrates how varied they are and creative in their ways of instruction.

” – Jared 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...

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Emerson College's Film Program is a great place for determined artists to find their voice and hone their filmmaking skills. The professor's are all very attentive and try their best to help each student get the education they need in any given class...

” – Emily from Campton, NH
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...

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I transfered here at the beginning of my junior year from their upstate campus in Utica NY, PRATTMWP. I am a currently a junior in the Communications Design department, Major : Graphic Design. I find that the teachers at the main institute in...

” – Jeremy from Rochester, 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...

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Eastern is a smaller school so you get to know a lot of people. The professors make themselves available whenever you need help. I feel like I'm understanding the material rather than just trying to get a good grade on a test.

” – Mr Spearman
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...

“…

the campus is so nice. the dorms are very clean and renovated, as are the classrooms. i love that the classes have a range of the number of students there are in a class.

” – rachael-ashlyn from issaquah, wa
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...

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The professors are all very down to earth. Professors here understand what information and knowledge is needed in the real world and wont try to fill your head up with unnecessary jargon.

” – Maribel from Los Angeles, CA
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...

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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...

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I learn from not only my professors but also the fellow students around me. The professors not only work for the school but also have careers in their fields within the city. They all encourage students to seek outside education and experience with...

” – Rey from Nashville, TN
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...

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The professors are approachable and friendly, and with small class sizes it isn't hard to get in touch with the teacher for help. Also, with campus wide WiFi internet and the library combined, there is easy access to whatever course data you will...

” – Nate from Payette, ID
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...

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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...

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This is a great school if you are looking for outcomes. They get you places in your life. However, initiative is key, they aren't going to babysit you.

” – Autumn from Coopersville, 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...

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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...

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The professors have so much background and really make it interesting so you want to learn.

” – Nicole from Somerset, NJ
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...

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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, one in Hong Kong, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD...

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SCAD is an amazing creative environment that pushes students to excel in their future career paths. With their endless resources and connections it is guaranteed you will land your dream job. If you want to be apart of an inspiring, supportive and...

” – Madison
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...

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I truly am learning a lot both academically and socially. I enrolled in some rather challenging courses for my first year to test myself and it proved successful. Yes, sometimes the workload may have gotten overwhelming, but I knew that if I stayed...

” – from Lake Worth, FL
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...

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It's a college where classes are not so big but is also so at the same time. Mesa has a fantastic tutor program, my studies are going to be in good lines. Everybody takes the opportunity to explore the monuments and The Grand Mesa for some relaxation...

” – Thomas from Grand Junction, CO
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College 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...

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Elmhurst has extremely intelligent and helpful professors. The atmosphere is welcoming and everyone is willing to make you feel at home. EC offers so many community and campus activities that it's very easy to make friends.

” – Sarah from Western Springs, 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...

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Wow. Bradley University is a wonderful college for those who want to receive a great education in any chosen field of study. Bradley offers the best of the best college professors who all share the same passion and enthusiasm in not only their...

” – BRITTANY from Matteson, IL
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...

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It's a small university and the professors I have met all seem very helpful.
There is a friendly environment.
Wonderfully small classes.

” – Spaztic
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...

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HCC is a Community College designed to help students in many ways, such as financially or in planning their college career. The professors are a diverse group, but if you find one that has been rated well, their classes are usually worth taking. They...

” – Anna from Sugar Land, TX
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...

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I am so very pleased with all of my instructors at Santa Monica College. While providing a wealth of information and support, I can see how greatly they are helping to shape my future in an incredibly positive way. The classmates that I am surrounded...

” – Jessica 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...

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I'm in the music program and all the teachers are wonderful here! They are really encouraging and want you to enjoy learning. I'm also in the Honors college and all of my general education courses that I have been taking have been honors. The classes...

” – Megan from Manchester, 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...

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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...

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Lesley is a small enough school to feel at home, but has a large enough reach to feel like apart of a larger world. This very environmentally conscious school helps each student grow exponentially as a student through a huge variety of opportunities...

” – Margaret from North Kingstown, RI
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...

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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...

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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...

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the university of the incarnate word is a catholic and private university. there are as well many students that go to the university with different religions. this university promotes students to study abroad so the students can expand their world...

” – Stephanie 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...

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webster exudes an open atmosphere filled with people that are easy to get along with. the staff is friendly, and personable, and the education quality is top-knotch.

” – Lowell from Saint 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...

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Teachers are really great and not only do they teach from the book but also include personal knowledge into textual learning. Most teachers are interesting and helpful with any extra assistance needed

” – Russell from Carson City, Nevada
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The instructers here are great! They want you to pass!

” – Fiel from Fontana, 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...

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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...

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I would give North Central College an overall 8. It has a lot of opportunities and offers plenty of scholarships. It is in a great location and you get your money's worth.

” – Samantha from Geneseo, IL
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...

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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...

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Grossmont is one of the best community Colleges out there. The teachers are always there for me and I am always able to get into the classes I want, even with these big budget cuts. I have learned so much and enjoy going to all my classes everyday.

” – Jeffrey from San Diego, CA
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tyler Junior College has three promises. #1, Quality Education. #2 Vibrant Student Life. #3 Community Service.

” – Monica from Lindale, TX

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...

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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...

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As a student enrolled in the Cinema & Digital Arts major I feel as though I have learned a tremendous amount about film making. The four year program is set up in a very structured manner that encompasses full learning potential. Point Park is also...

” – Joseph from Cochranton, 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...

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Sierra offers a wide variety to start off the undecided student. They will get you started and on the right path for you.

” – Robert from Roseville, 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...

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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...

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Awesome school. I am a commuter and I still feel so much at home in this school .Like anything else, you really have to go out there and get your name heard more then anything else. Stay in your dorm and you'll be bored

” – Thamires from Maynard, 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 &...

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LTU is a great school that gets the students involved in the designing process from freshman year. They take great pride in their classes and have very well trained professors. Also, It was a relief to find that my professors and classmates became...

” – Katherine from Oak Lawn, IL
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...

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I have met so many different people from many different cultures. Because of its' low cost for basic courses, many people from other countries come here! It is so cool!

” – Anayanci from North Las Vegas, NV
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...

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This is a highly demanding school, but I have learned a great deal, and all is important and relevant for my professional development as an artist.

” – Nery from Pembroke Pines, FL
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...

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The courses and subjects are tough but the key to understanding the lessons is to really pay attention and of course, take notes. The environment and social life is not that bad compare to what others say. Overall, I do recommend it for those who...

” – Vincess Jasmine from North Plainfield, NJ
Mount Ida College

This college is closed as of May 2018. 

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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...

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missouri western seems to be a great school that wants to help me with my career in life, they have and online goldlink that is really helpful it shows me my information and what needs to be completed.

” – Chelsea from Saint Louis, 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Middlesex County College is one of the top leading community colleges in New Jersey as it offers up to par faculty in financial aid services, instructing, subject departments and academic advising. Middlesex is a good place to start if you are...

” – Kimberly from North Brunswick, NJ
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...

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IRSC is a great school to attend, whether you are planning to transfer to university or complete a four-year degree on the local campus. The tuition is very reasonable and the course selection is fairly comprehensive. Everyone is very helpful --...

” – Rachel from Palm City, 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...

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they have a great photography program that can really excel you in that area.
the teachers are extremely helpful
the social life it offers isn't the best but you go to college for the education not the social entertainment it offers

” – Tom from Leawood, 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...

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The professors here at Mesa are amazing!!! The professors and students alike are very helpful here. Academics are a major aspect of this college. If you want to go to a college where the students are friendly, the professors strict but helpful, many...

” – Amy from San Diego, 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...

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I think it all depends on the class you are taking and what level of interest you have in the subject. Some classes like math 107 are very easy because it is mostly stuff the you have learned in high school. I am taking MGMT 231 right now and I am...

” – Robert from Westphalia, 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...

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A lot of people put down community colleges, but I have been able to learn a lot due to the small class sizes.

” – Kristina 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...

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The teacher's at Richland are usually great. I've had only 1 or 2 that weren't great. But almost all of them have been great.

” – Christopher from Garland, 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...

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The academic programs here are definitely impressive. I would say that the level of education being taught is as good, if better, than any local university.

” – Amy from Colorado Springs, 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I would rate Century a solid 9 out of ten. The staff and volunteers have been very helpful in my return to school after many years of being in the workplace. I love my professors and the flexibility of class options.

” – kristin from Forest Lake, 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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This is a GREAT place to get started if you are planning to go on to a four year college or university. It's a wonderful learning environment!
Also, JJC has well respected Associate of Applied Science programs that allow you to streamline into a...

” – Mary from Joliet, 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...

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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...

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Great teachers! Most of whom have been in the professional world. There are tons of interesting classes as well!

” – Zachary 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...

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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...

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I am learning a lot at baker

” – Elizabeth from Flint, 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...

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You get what you put in. Almost every teacher is willing to take you to the next level if you're ambitious enough.

” – Eric from Parlin, 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I believe that the outcome of a student has a lot to do with the quality of teaching from the professor. At ELAC, I have had great teachers with a lot of on hands work. Not only are the lectures very interesting, but they are also very relative to...

” – Student from Los Angeles, CA
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Antelope Valley College

Antelope Valley College is a public college in Lancaster, California. The school confers more than 100 associate degrees and certifications, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Airtime Manufacturing Technology. AVC offers a number of programs for its...

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The teachers at Antelope Valley College care about my education and are highly qualified to give it. I may be at a community college, but I still have to work just as hard to earn good grades as any other college student in a University.

” – Someone from Lancaster, CA
Rio Hondo College

Rio Hondo College is a public, 2-year institution located in Whittier, California. Along with the main campus, RHC also maintains satellite centers in El Monte, South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, and Pico Rivera. The college offers a wide variety of...

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The college is very student oriented and offers tons of classes not only on campus but online and at several other sites to expand to all students.

” – Martin from El Monte, CA