Aptos, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$5,662 ($1,350)
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Reviews 418 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: It's okay to be a Criminal Justice major at my school. The professors are passionate about this course of study. They are willing to help you succeed, and are very reasonable. The workload and curriculum is easy. Cabrillo College is a great place to be a Criminal justice major.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The academics are tougher compared to other community colleges in California. The professors will challenge you, and give you a lot of homework and tests to maintain your knowledge and make sure you are learning. The class registration process is fairly easy, and the class sizes are small so you will be able to interact and ask questions to the professor.

1 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: For a community college, Cabrillo has the toughest financial aid standards grade wise. It is a 2.5 required to keep your financial aid, where other community colleges in California only require a 2.0. That being said the education and price you pay for the classes is well worth it. MOST of the professors are very passionate, and knowledgeable. Occasionally you will get a professor that should not be a college professor, but this is rare.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The athletic facilities at this school are average at best. This school does not care much about athletics, although the sports teams do well. The student center, libraries, and educational buildings should be considered above average. They are the best it gets when it comes to Community colleges in California. With that being said Cabrillo has more campus activities than most other community colleges. The student life is great

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: iv stubbled with depression throughout my past 2 and a half years, but now that I see and think clearer and realize fully that I get what i want with the effort i put in, i feel i will be able to search for and access what resources they have to help me. I have learned a lot and they have an amazing psychology and art department, which are my fields, so i will be able to transfer with sufficient knowledge.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: its really what you make it. the professors are usually masters in their field (the good ones) and LOVE their jobs so they show up existed and contagious about their subject. also the class sizes are very small, the largest class i ever had was around 50, and for the price you pay, classes are incredible as long as you get the passionate teachers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I'm very unfamiliar with this aspect of the school. Again if you want any of these benefits you have o initiate and search high and low for them. They are not made apparent of accessible to students unless you dig around for them.

2 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: i have tried to take a few, but I'm a very social person and need face to face teaching and feedback otherwise I'm easily lost and confused. others might enjoy them but i can't take them, i just don't learn.

2 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: i know nothing about them and so far counsiling has not been very easy to work with

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: its difficult to get the class you want because the school is impacted but if you get a lenient teacher sometimes they will admit more students then they are supposed to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: i don't know much about it

if you want to know as a student you can get involved but other wise they are quietly there but never talked about

4 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: The price is very affordable and they deffinatly give finical aid to those who need it.

They help people to continue attending

3 Recent Alumnus


4 College Junior

Facilities: Great library and environment. The computer labs are amazing

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I'm kind of just starting work in my major, so it's hard to say. But the math and sciences here in general seem pretty good, but a pain to plan and schedule and register.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: There's not always the best options offered conveniently, but every teacher I've had, minus one, has been amazing. They are all very knowledgeable and interesting. Most have had Ph.D.s in their subjects. Class registration and planning is irritating, glitchy, and stupid. The WebAdvisor software is terrible. The workload is reasonable. There is lots of help available. I feel like I'm learning a lot.

4 College Freshman

Career Services: The online job board is pretty great. I haven't used any of the other career services here, but I know there are a lot and that they are supposed to be good.

2 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I've had a lot of trouble scheduling all of the math and science requirements for my major. They fill up very quickly, and often conflict with other classes. There's not enough options to make a perfect schedule, at least when it comes to math and science. Everything else is fine. It's nearly impossible to transfer within 2 years to a 4 year college with all of the recommended major preparation for a math/science heavy degree. Assist.org is essential for transfer planning, as the counselors often just direct you there, and it's easier to plan yourself to some extent, honestly. You have to really be on top of everything if you want to transfer in a reasonable amount of time.

5 College Freshman

Campus Resources: We have so many resources, no one could possible use all of them. There's the Math Learning Center for lower level math help, the writing lab for writing assignment help in any subject or general writing help, the library is great with helpful staff, the MESA center has help and resources for physics, higher math (calculus+), computer science, chemistry, etc., and many classes have dedicated tutors and stuff. I'm sure there are more resources as well, depending on what programs you're in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: There are many computers available, and wireless internet is available to all students. There's black and white printing only as far as I know. The library is great for computer needs, and many offices, like counseling and the career center, have their own student computers for completing related tasks. I prefer having my own laptop for note-taking during classes, but other than that, there are always enough computers for you to be able to do your work at school. The MESA center also has good computers, especially for Computer Information Science / Computer Science students.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm having a hard time getting into all the classes I need to transfer. Some of the Math and Science classes that I need fill up quickly every semester, often within an hour of early registration opening. Also, even when there are open classes, there aren't always enough options to schedule them so no classes overlap, and then you can't take them. Know that if you are planning to transfer for a math/science heavy degree, it might be impossible to do it in two years here; I'm struggling to do it in three. If it weren't for this, the school would be almost exactly what I want. That, and I'd love more online class options.

If you are motivated to finish quickly and want to go here, make sure you make an ed plan with a counselor as early as possible, and don't be afraid to mix up the order of classes to make them fit your schedule, as long as you're getting your prereqs done on time, which can be a problem. Use assist.org for help planning a transfer to any California state college. It will tell you all of the major preparation courses you need.

3 College Freshman

Student Body: There's certainly plenty of diversity. In general, I like that. People smoke weed on campus sometimes and don't do much to hide it. That's kind of weird for me. But people are pretty friendly. I've noticed a lot of people already have friends that go here with them, so it's not super easy to make friends if you don't have any going here, even if you're a freshman.

4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: I might say it's the best, except that I'm an out of state student. For any in state student, sure, it's $46/unit. But for me, for not, it's $246/unit, and I can barely afford it with my savings. I might not get in-state until next spring. But I'm still paying less than I would for a 4-year college in-state, so I'm satisfied.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I would like there to be a LOT more online classes. But the classes themselves are great. I took a few. They save time and driving, and I prefer them. There just aren't nearly enough classes offered in online format that totally could be.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Nothing really special about the facilities. Very high quality for a community college, I think, but standard for colleges overall. Things are constantly being updated, but not everything, at least not yet.


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