Location
Valley Glen, CA
Undergrads
4,529
Tuition (in-state)
$6,160 ($1,220)
Branch Campus Of
Los Angeles Community Colleges
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Reviews 564 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: They are currently working on a new parking lot and cafeteria. Parking passes are more affordable compared to other community colleges in LA District.

2 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: You have to be aware when the next semester's class schedule will be up on the website. Major classes fill up quickly.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: By far, my health class is my number one favorite college course. Both professors are approachable, understanding and knowledgable.

College Junior

Overall Experience: I have no information on this topic.

College Junior

Academic Experience: I have only taken one class so far, but I will inquire about the program after Summer semester.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Classes close early, so we have to consistently check for open enrollment dates.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I'm still confused as to why I cannot process my application through the school. The waiting game is not helpful.

College Junior

Career Services: I have not have time to visit those offices. I work full-time and go straight to class.

College Junior

Online Courses: I have not taken an online class.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: I am new to Los Angeles Valley College. I have only been to the Book Store. All the staff helped me with all my questions regarding the campus.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I took a course that was partially online, but class met twice/week in the mornings aside from the required online work. The workload was a bit much for one class. The in-class lectures included a hand-out, but it was kind of a "fill-in-the-blank" style so it was necessary to be writing what he was saying the whole time (which made it hard for me to make my own notes which would have helped me understand the material better); there were data sets to be downloaded and used for different weekly exercises; weekly online discussions which typically required a minimum of 3-4 posts per topic and they had to be spread out over the week; there was also homework to do online which was 20-50 questions, followed by a 5-20 question quiz which was timed; there was also extra credit (I think this is a good thing); and a required group project. Non-participation in any of these categories or poor attendance, per the professor, meant you would be dropped. I think there were about half of us left for the final.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience was okay. I got what I paid for and received the instruction and credits I needed. The financial aid was not helpful and the instructor could have broken down the information better.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I was really not at all involved in any of the extra-curricular events/activities. I am an adult returning to school and am really there for the education and not the social scene. That said, from what I glean watching other students they seem engaged and involved although I wouldn't exactly call it "school spirit" so much as ambition and a hunger to learn and be engaged in their academic experience.

College Junior

Career Services: I did not really utilize post-grad services such as career center/alumni/job services as they were unnecessary for me at the time.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: If there had been an "in-between" rating above, I would have selected that option. It's really a toss-up, I have had experiences where I am treated poorly and more like "a number" (if that!), but there are some employees who really go out of their way to get the help needed.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Students are engaged and it is easy to see that they want to be there. It is a choice and doesn't feel like "13th grade" as I experienced at a previous community college.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial aid takes forever - they don't want to give it to you.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: My instructor experience was that the professor(s) were unable to break the information down further when a concept was complicated or difficult to understand. The statistics professor specifically did care about his students and wanted them to do well, but spoke condescendingly and just assumed that students would "remember...from Math 125". As an adult returning to school of course, of which there were quite a few in our class, we did not remember. Other than that, the instructors are engaging and if a student makes the effort to contact the professor and discuss when they are having a problem, the professors are typically understanding and will work with you.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: I have not experience any problems at school.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I never get signal for wifi

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The resources are very limited

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The experience is okay the problem is that classes get full fast and parking is crazy. But overall, I am getting my classes to transfer and move on. I am not planning to be in college for ever.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial aid and the tuition has been waived since I am a US citizen that is great and beneficial since I do not make enough income at the moment since I am a full time student.

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: I have not meet with anyone at the career center.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The experience has been okay not the greatest since adding classes can be challenging and frustrating since classes tend to get full soon.

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Overall, students are satisfied with the Valley College experience, recognizing that you get what you pay for and admitting that Valley College has great opportunities for those who are driven to seek them out. Students who are proactive in joining clubs and seeking transfer opportunities are usually more satisfied than the students who simply phone in their performances. Students complain about the lack of guidance that results in taking classes they don’t really need, but the guidance is there if students persistently seek it out. Attending Valley College can be a good way for students to transition into a four-year college, as the smaller community allows students to get to know their professors and get extra help from tutors if they need it.

With the instability of today’s economy and the insecurity of the post-graduate job market, community college is an excellent option for students who want to avoid taking on tremendous amounts of debt. It’s also a great way for students fresh out of high school to explore their interests before committing to a certain university or major program. Valley College also appeals to older students, whether they are considering a career change or are just interested in taking a class or two. However, this inexpensive alternative to a four-year university will only prepare students for the rigors of college life if the student is willing to take the initiative to challenge himself. Otherwise, students can get lost, floating around in a high school-like environment. Students who graduate from Valley go on to do great things, but the impetus is on the student to make the most of his time at Valley and to stay focused on his goals and plans for the future.

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