San Marcos, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$5,224 ($1,328)
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Reviews 642 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior


5 College Junior

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5 College Junior


5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: I received a full ride for my first year, I was not expecting this amount of help.

4 College Freshman

Career Services: The career center is immensely helpful in that they schedule career picking and planning seminars, taught by counselors who enjoy their job.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Most professors that I have encountered do not teach what is on the exams or on the final. One professor that I had never posted or acknowledged me of my final grade in her course.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Professors seem unhappy with their job and what they are teaching. Class registration is very confusing since most people do not know what dates they are able to register and most classes fill up within days.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses get filled up quickly since Palomar is such an impacted campus. But the actual course is pretty informative, depending on the material provided.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Very diverse in ethnicity, sex, religion, etc. Basically everyone can be accepted that applies.

2 College Junior

Campus Resources: The campus library is unorganized. The science/math study room is very helpful and everyone working there is helpful

There are very few campus activities and they are not advertised well.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: There are several places to print and access the internet. There is no way to access the internet on mobile phones.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The cafeteria is very small and limited. No very many lawn and "hang-out spots". Even though it's a tobacco-free campus, there is cigarette smoke everywhere so not many people want to just lounge around. The parking lots are big and there are no dorms or living areas.

2 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Not allowed to miss more than three class meetings or else I get dropped, even though I am paying for the course. One teacher from last semester never posted my grade or even if I passed her class.... Councilors do not help the way they should. Parking is very limited and frustrating.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I have not had any interaction with any of the post-grad services.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: The students so far are very into what they are studying, I have had little to no contact with any of them outside of projects or class. Mostly they seem to keep to themselves but they are definitely hard working. The school is very diverse, in an average class you can expect multiple ethnicitys, veterans and students of all ages.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: For the value, classes are doing really well. Financial aid is a really touchy topic. If you were recently laid off within the past 2 years it's almost impossible to go the FAFSA route since they don't go off of recent pay stubs, as I learned from experience. BOG waivers seem easier to come by which is nice however, they still aren't all that great for financial aid in my opinion. I definitely would have to tell future FinAid applicants to go for the BOG waiver FIRST because FAFSA just doesn't seem to be the way to go.

College Sophomore

Facilities: Palomar is simply put, like most other community colleges. I have yet to see many works of art, things to looks at, the students seem to really just keep to themselves and I haven't really noticed anything to set it apart from other schools.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I have yet to use many of the resources, the few that I have used have been above par with the rest of the campus. Having a cafeteria as well as a "snack shack" to grab things at between classes is very nice. The student center is quite small for the student body of the campus however the library is very nice. I have spent plenty of time at the library using the computers for the introduction meeting of online classes. The campus looks very nice, however there are some buildings that aren't too pleasing; There are some buildings that still have chalk boards and others that look like they have been around since the 50's however, there are some very nice looking buildings including the industrial arts centers as well as the public safety training center.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The school wireless connection is really hit and miss, some buildings get a signal while others don't and the network speed is okay. There are a lot of students using the network which cause a lot of the down time. A laptop is ideal for a lot of classes, it makes it much easier to tote books around by using an ebook and note taking is much much easier with one.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The Blackboard setup is a bit of a hassle at times. Every professor uses a different setup for where and how assignments are posted, the class schedule and announcements aren't always easy to find as well. The forums are a great way to communicate with other students and are sometimes a requirement which is a really nice way to enhance the experience since you aren't sitting and working without interaction. Tests online are sort of odd as well, the program gives students an hour to take the test no matter the length which makes it easier for students to use google or the textbook which erk'd me. Aside from the few flaws, the online courses are quite nice since you can do the course sort of at your pleasure, as one professor stated, "online courses are for you convenience, not your pleasure," which makes sense since the courses fill up fast and a lot of students just slack off with the online courses. All in all, I would recommend taking the online courses if you can since they are easier if you have a job as well as attend college.

3 College Senior

Student Body: There is great diversity among the students and I feel that this generation of students has become obsessed with technology. They always seem to have a phone in their hands or a tablet which they are viewing their Facebook page. I feel that the interaction could be a lot better.

3 College Senior

Facilities: There is not much of a social scene on campus. Many students seem to be so involved with their phones and don't even know what it is like to communicate with one another.There is construction on the campus, but they are building much better classrooms and also building a great science department.

3 College Senior

Career Services: This is not what this college is meant for. This is a community college based to transfer to higher education. They do offer certificates for certain programs so I am sure that it is great for those who wish to just have a certificate for say Alcohol and Drug studies.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: The communication courses are not too advanced and I feel they could add a few mass media courses that would really encourage people want to do communications. The workload is very easy for this major due in part that there are not many classes available.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Most of the professors I have gotten have been great. They are very informative and also I find them to be humorous at times. Class registration is pretty simple as long as you know what you are going to take and sign up exactly when you are suppose to. Also, going to the counseling department and having a plan is a must.


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