Fountain Valley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$5,168 ($1,136)
Branch Campus Of
Coast Community Colleges
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Reviews 112 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: This does not apply to me yet. I have not taken any online courses.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Every time I call the student services office I am being placed on hold for more than 5 minutes at a time. The receptionist who picks up sounds stressed and upset.

I have also met with a couple counselors and they have all been amazing and very helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The schools computer lab has been a great experience. I never have to wait for a computer and if I look lost for just a minute someone is always there to help.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm thankful to be a college student (it isn't possible for those who can't commute to a campus with work and the distance rural community residence without online learning). I've always lived in a "small town" and it didn't have much by way of job opportunities (certainly nothing that would even begin to cover life on one's own, let alone college). I moved with my folks closer to the city and now work full time. I take classes part time and don't have the money (or financial aid available) or gas (it's about $4/gallon now) to commute to a school often enough to finish a degree. Thanks to online learning, I've finally had the opportunity to complete 12 units (so far) and am steadily making my way towards an English AA degree. I wouldn't be able to do both (work and school) in balance if they couldn't mix effectively. The course load can be heavy at times, but it works around my office hours (which allow me to pay for school in the first place). If I could do it over again, I'd still go to Coastline. For all of it's pro's and con's, there's no better junior college I'm aware of in the entire nation (U.S.A, specifically). I do miss social environments and sports, but I can't afford them when I need to be working to pay for school. This is the best deal I could ask for.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: It would be better if I could have more interaction with a professor's feedback (usually only ever available in small side notes that aren't as helpful as if they email/speak with the student directly). But Coastline has caring teachers (maybe not all, but at least some of whom I've experienced) who do make the effort to provide essential feedback that teaches a student (so he/she doesn't learn the "wrong way" to do a task or misperceive information they should know accurately for their major. It is a lot easier to write in quiet (my major happens to be English) than it is in a classroom, though. I do appreciate the alone time to think and learn when it can be difficult or impossible to do so in a potentially distracting environment. There is a heavy load of homework, considering most students must (that's a "must" with strong emphasis) work in tandem with school loads. This can be exceptionally difficult, especially given the fact that English courses already are more difficult than many other options out there. Since I haven't been to the campus in person, I can't rightly say I would know the social implications of being in "your specific major at your school" as this Niche survey question prompts, but I might add that I earn some respect from peers I do have for taking on the challenge (it's well known college isn't easy, coupled with online (do it yourself, for the most part) learning and English's stringent curricula, it isn't an easy task). I'm satisfied with my major, but it isn't my dream one. I think I'd enjoy more variety in English course availability (not to be picky, but it's too broad of a major to have a small focus area that's generic). I'd like to learn more of every type of writing, not just essays or history of writing. I want to learn how to write business,creative literature, reports, journal articles, etc. Perhaps this will come later at the University level, so all in all I'm okay with generic English as a major for an Associate's degree.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: There are a variety of options ranging from Associates, transfers of any credits to a same-state CSU or junior college, certificates, and classes just for self-improvement. Registration is quite simple, online, and it is offered with over-the-phone assistance. Curriculum seems more arduous online than anywhere else, but it pays off in helping build one's self into a diligent and focused adult capable of taking the initiative in life. There are many Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees available to chose from, and it's even easy to track one's progress online through an online system with one's assigned curriculum. There's also a downloadable PDF file on the college's website to substitute for a paper in-person course catalog (digital means easy retrieval and access on one's own busy schedule).

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Course availability is difficult at any college nowadays, but for community colleges (usually crowded as it is) it can be hard or improbable to obtain the classes one desires in the order she/he planned them. For instance, I haven't completed my general ed yet because classes are filled up faster than I can afford them. However, I do credit their consideration of academic standing (when it comes to priority registration) and courses can usually be "caught" the following semester if one happened to miss their opening for current registration. In addition to this, it's easy enough to schedule a distance learning academic advisor/counseling appointment to arrange a student educational plan and select/change one's major. These are important to note because those are the most crucial aspects of student guidance (planning for the future).

College Junior

Campus Resources: I'm a distance learning student, so anything I can't access either via phone or computer I don't have personal experience with.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Its online system works well overall and usually posts the times it'll be under maintenance (and therefore inaccessible). The connection is pretty quick and accessible, organized, and convenient. However, the downside (if I had to mention one), is that the system can fail. And when it does, student access to the site is usually rendered useless along with it. That being said, it also gets rebooted fairly quickly. I think the longest it's ever been down (in my own personal experience) is two weeks. This is very rare (as the length of time it's down [when it does happen to fail] is only for a day or two), and our professors were aware of the problem to make accomidations.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The staff has not been flexible when I really needed them to be. Allow it has been hard...that does not mean there is not a possibility they could be flexible in the future so I do not want to say "bad."

2 College Junior

Career Services: They do not seem to offer the help I need in looking for a job in my career path.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I do not use the campus very often, but when I do there seems to pretty decent accommodations!

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The Financial Aid process can be difficult. Every single day I log into my account I find a new form that needs to be submitted! They will not even begin to process my financial aid until all forms are submitted.

College Freshman

Student Body: I am an online student. There is no interaction with other students.

4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I had had no issues with the flexibility of my classes.

College Freshman

Facilities: I am an online student from out of state. I have never seen nor visited the actual campus.

5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The standard tuition is a little high, but due to the fact that I am in the Military Program for spouses, my tuition fees dropped about 30%. Financial Aid is made available for those who qualify. The FAFSA, CAL Grant, Pell Grant, etc., are made easily accessible through the schools website. Also, the financial aid office can be easily reached and the staff are more than helpful.

College Freshman

Online Courses: I have not started this semester. I have no information of what the classes or professor/student relationship. Non peer-to-peer interaction has been made yet.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Like I mentioned before, the programs offered at this school are very intriguing. They have programs ranging anywhere from Accounting to Business to Real Estate or even Computer Networking. There is a wide variety of courses offered for your career objectives. The registration process is simple and quick.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: My career objective was very simply laid out for me. I am in a Military Program so my course load is a little different from the standard. I really like that about this school. It's flexible with my busy life as a Military spouse and mom of 3.

4 College Freshman

Career Services: The career center is currently being relocated. I have not been able to check it out yet.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school has made returning to college very easy! Their online programs, as well as their Military programs, sparked my interest immediately!

3 College Junior

Student Body: I don't have much interaction outside of mandated discussion forums (it's an online format). I don't know the student body well enough to answer that question with any definite level of validity. It appears to be average to me, but then I don't have much to compare it with, given the fact that it's my first college and we don't have interaction outside of teacher-induced discussion forums.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Coastline doesn't require me to put my world on hold to travel to the campus when I need to be at work at certain times and other places. Scheduling is flexible when coursework can be completed anywhere there's internet access and a quiet place to read.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses offer the affordability (not having to pay for commuting expenses) that in-person classes will never amount to. The drawback is that they can be isolating. However, there are discussion forums with both student and teacher communication to discuss a course. It's flexible, which is essential for balancing work and other obligations outside of school.


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