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Pittsburgh, PA
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7,259
Tuition (in-state)
$9,198 ($6,332)
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Reviews 438 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I love learning and CCAC has exceeded my expectations with returning back to school at 31 years of age.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Both of my professors seem to be really knowledgable in their fields. The books chosen were good too, I've found myself able to do most of the assignments without looking up or learning information elsewhere.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I would like a better way to submit homework, a cleaner user interface, a way to track what is due and match with what has been submitted, I have a list of things and I'm a software development student, offer me a job and I'll fix these for you!! I have more secrets. :)

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have never felt so betrayed, ripped off, abused, and shi^% on like I have at CCAC / CCAC South Campus. I'm an aviation major. If I could do it all over again, go back to the beginning, or offer words of wisdom to perspective students - it would be:

STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!

Go anywhere else. They are so pathetic at CCAC I'm not able to write the words I would use to describe them in this type of atmosphere. I've never been so upset about anything in my life as I have been with my entire time at CCAC, and this encompasses every aspect. This place simply just needs to be closed down, or completely restructured from the ground up. Starting with the financial aid department, and the Academic Dean at the South Campus.

1 College Junior

Career Services: There are no career services at CCAC in regards to aviation. Their goal is to ensure you don't graduate, and to simply take as much money as they possibly can in the time you are there. There are NO career services setup at all for aviation students. They could care less. They have made that more than clear.

2 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Just as with everything else at CCAC and specifically the South Campus...its pathetic. There is nothing positive to note, or even worth mentioning. Just stay away from this place.

1 College Junior

Online Courses: There are no negative words in the English language to describe CCAC's online courses. It is as simple as that. A fake/scam online college, offering online courses, will give you more for your money than anything offered online at CCAC.

1 College Junior

Academic Experience: My academic experience at CCAC is just downright absurd. There has been no academic experience for me in the last five years. There is nothing to describe, because that is what the experience is, nothing. You will begin to question your sanity after just a few weeks into your first semester.

I really won't even commit a detailed response to this. I'm an aviation major, in a two year professional pilot program, and I have been a full-time student for about five years. That's right, full time student, two year program, five years. Figure that out? I've sacrificed everything to be the best that I can, and it seems like for every one step you take forward in the aviation program, the college and flight school will put you back fifty steps. It is their goal to ensure you don't graduate. While this may seem like someone is "stretching" the truth...I assure you...spend one semester at CCAC, specifically CCAC South, and you will feel so ripped off and upset, you'll run to the door and never look back.

1 College Junior

Academic Experience: The professors (except for a couple), curriculum, class registration process, workload, and special student options at CCAC South regarding the professional pilot program are a joke! They are, without a doubt, the worst in the entire nation. I don't think any other institution offering a degree as a professional pilot could beat the level of disgrace CCAC/CCAC South puts out...even if that institution tried to be the worst. I have never been so upset in my life. This place just needs to cancel its aviation degree offer(s), and to be honest, the entire college needs to just close up shop. They have no business calling themselves "a higher eduction" facility. The only thing that keeps going up at CCAC is the tuition.

2 College Junior

Student Body: The student body at CCAC is the same as the student body I had at my high school. That is exactly what it is there, just like high school. To be honest, I don't even know if I could put them at a high school level, more like junior high.

It is more than clear the vast majority don't care about anything.

There are those few isolated students that give it 150% all the time, but they are few are far between.

1 College Junior

Campus Resources: Resources?! They don't exist at CCAC. If you need help, have a question, or are just confused....you're on your own. Don't think your tuition covers any type of help in regards to anything.

1 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition and Financial aid at CCAC, specifically the South Campus is probably the worst in the entire country. The scamming type online degree companies are more courteous, kind, helpful, and caring than CCAC and the South Campus.

If you are looking at flight training at CCAC, or CCAC in general, be prepared for multiple tuition rises yearly, or yearly at the minimum (...and they aren't small increases. It is almost as much as a standard 4-year school at this point). This has been a fact of life at CCAC since 2009. Costs continue to go up, and services / education continues to go down.

I really can't even put into words just how disgustingly obnoxious and unprofessional the financial aid staff is at the CCAC South Campus. The attitude problems and atmosphere in the financial aid office at CCAC South is just downright despicable. I really have no words. Please stay away from this place!

1 College Junior

Facilities: CCAC and their aviation program (professional pilot & aviation business management) is probably the most pathetic in the nation. If you are looking to go to CCAC because you want to become a pilot, please run for the hills! Go anywhere else!

The staff, financial aid, and specifically the Academic Dean (Dean Trettle) at CCAC South are some of the most despicable people in this profession. There is one lady at the financial aid department that is kind, caring, and compassionate, but that is it. They don't mind taking your money (which at this point, with all the tuition rises, is roughly the same as a decent 4-year school), but if you need help or have a question, don't even waste your time. You are more of a bother than anything.

I have never felt so abused, ripped off, degraded, and sh^$ on by any other person or institution in my life, as I have at CCAC.

If you are looking at attending college here, or you are looking for one of your children, please do yourself a favor and go ANYWHERE else!!! This place shouldn't even be allowed to operate anymore.

The subcontracted flight school the college is aligned with, the Pittsburgh Flight Training Center, has to be one of the worst and most greedy in the nation. This is to be expected though if you consider who the owner is. That would be Mark Schriner / Corporate Air.

CCAC and the Pittsburgh Flight Training Center has a notorious reputation for taking advantage of veterans or anyone utilizing their GI Bill type money to fiance their flight training. Overall and in general, they don't care about anything but making sure you pay the bill.

I've been a full-time student for approximately five years now. I've never committed so much of my life to anything like I have my education at CCAC. With that being said, you have been forewarned. Don't even consider this college for anything, especially flight training. If you do, I promise, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Stay away!

College Sophomore

Career Services: I have no experience with the career services, so I can't tell you.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I take my courses all online, so those offer a decent amount of flexibility. You can log on whenever you want to do your work and you can submit assignments before they are due.

College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: I do not receive financial aid for my courses. There's not a lot for me to say regarding tuition because my parents deal with the financial side of my education.

The tuition is obviously a lot more affordable than it would be for a student to go straight off to a four year university after high school.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The convenience of online courses is great for me. I can sign in at any time of the day and do my work. The classes and set-up are not too difficult and I am able to get through the courses with no help for the most part. I usually have no problems with submitting my documents. There is a decent amount of online courses offered each Fall and Spring.

The downsides are that the quality of each class all depends on what kind of instructor you have. In some cases, you will get a great instructor who responds to your questions, who gives helpful feedback on grades, and who makes the class as interactive as an online course can be (with discussion boards, etc.) In other cases, you may get an instructor who you can tell is not very tech savvy or innovative with ideas on how to keep online courses interesting. Some of them are not the easiest to get in contact with, and sometimes certain instructors will just grade your work and not give you any helpful feedback on what they liked or disliked.

My biggest issue with the online courses are that the way they handle technical issues is frustrating as a student. You can tell some of the teachers are not interested in helping you solve the problem sometimes. Many of them will tell you on the syllabus that any technical errors are not of their concern and that you are to contact the tech people at CCAC regarding these issues. That sounds fine in theory but some of the problems do concern the teacher (like their own tests having errors and therefore affecting my grade for their class) and it's not a great solution when the tech support people aren't helping you out either. I've had to drop classes before because the teacher's test was giving me a problem and the teacher didn't want to have anything to do with it and apparently neither did the tech support center because they just have my problem a ticket and then never got back to with a solution.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: A lot of observation hours which helps critiques the styles of teaching that you would do. The program is included the ECD and EDU course but I feel like I want work in elementary school and observing infants will not encouraging the observations. Workload can be stressful but you have take one day at a time.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Professors, who are full time, at the top of the mountain and do not treat student well discourage them. Professors, who are full time, do not have survey done to help with their teaching. Some professors will have office hours and encourages student's question. Class registration has appointment options but if your class has low enrollment and makes you pull your hair because you not sure if it is on or cancel. I did not know my education class was cancel until three days before the class occurred.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's alright. i go to school, go to class, go to practice and play in my games.

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College Sophomore

Career Services: I am not a post grad student.

2 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Teachers are not understanding at all, and most are completely unorganized. I feel like if you can't speak fluent english you should not be allowed to teach a class in America.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Truthfully, i think its just the Nursing program and the EMT program that they offer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Student center, libraries and other resources are available but i don't take advantage of them.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: There's no internet connection. The school drains any technology you may have on you. There are computer labs, but the computers could use updated.

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Mirela Mohan
Hometown
Pittsburgh
Major
Early Childhood Education
Grad Year
2014
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Overall, taking classes at CCAC has been a positive experience. Students have the opportunity to choose the classes they need to take for their degree with great flexibility. Since CCAC offers both day and night classes, it's a very welcome approach to college life. The campus offers a pretty good education, with instructors teaching at other major universities in Pittsburgh, too. It is quite a convenient balance between tuition and the quality of education. Most programs offered by CCAC target sought-after careers through a large variety of majors or courses required for either transfers to four-year colleges or toward an associate degree. CCAC offers career orientation and advising through its Placement and Career Services, to make sure students are on the right career track. All in all, many would choose this school again if given the chance because it fits the needs of returning students and combines academic flexibility with a great variety of courses at an affordable rate. Class size favors interaction between teachers and students, so by the end of the semester, teachers get to know students’ names. Since a lot of students take night classes, student interaction is usually facilitated through clubs and student organizations that foster socialization, hobbies, and even volunteering for community causes. A lot of students declare themselves content to be Phi Theta Kappa members or even enjoy the activities CCAC organizes to bring students together, like picnics, nature outings, or discount tickets to shows, theater, or sports events.
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