Location
Lakewood, WA
Undergrads
3,066
Tuition (in-state)
$8,967 ($3,777)
Branch Campus Of
Pierce College
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Reviews 233 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Access to a computer is easy. The ability to print any information needed for a class, or printing essays for class is easy. There never really is a problem accessing a computer to do so. The wireless connection is easily accessible. Would suggest having the ability to wirelessly connect to on campus printers so students don't have to go from one computer to another.

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4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: My experience with the financial aid department in regards to tuition has been great. Haven't had any problems with them, and they have been really helpful with any questions that arose.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience thus far has been wonderful. Aside from a heavy load of homework this quarter, I have managed to adapt pretty well with my classes and home life. I am hoping that my good experience continues further on as I get closer to earning my degree.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility where classes are concerned is somewhat difficult. Having to rearrange the original schedule as far as classes are concerned was rather difficult considering my home life schedule with my children. As a result, my homework load has been rather rough and exhausting.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is rather different as far as the setting is concerned. Class are easy to find, but the offices of instructors can sometimes be difficult to locate.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I have taken four online courses in the last two quarters and have had an excellent experience. The online forum used is very new to the staff and students but seems to have been easy to adapt to. The modules are easily accessible, instructors have timely responses when questions are asked, and peer-to-peer interaction is great. The workload seems fitting and isn't over the top.

College Junior

Student Body: I haven't had the privilege of interacting with the student body so I must reserve any opinions in that regard.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The classes are wonderful. The teachers are helpful and open-minded. I rather enjoy the classes offered in the program I am seeking a degree in. Looking forward to future classes within the program.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The academics offered at the school are wonderful. The class load isn't over the top, registration process is easy, advisors/instructors are helpful in getting you in the right classes needed for the degree enrolled in, and the curriculum seems to be fitting.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I just started the dental hygiene program, but so far it has been great. I also took my pre-reqs at Pierce, and it really depended on the professor you got.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I am taking classes for my professional degree so classes are already set, but they tell us way in advance before you even apply what the schedule will be.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is not bad compared to other schools, and financial aid is there for those who need it

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: One of the best dental hygiene schools in the state! A lot of hands-on experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: Some Online courses are pretty easy, but i wouldn't suggest taking math online. I think math should be taken in an actual classroom setting. Nevertheless, Online courses are very convenient. At one point, i had class in the morning, work during the day, and then class in the evening, and one online course just to be considered a full time student.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: At first, i didn't want to attend Pierce College mainly because i didn't expect myself to be going to a community college. I was a fresh out of high school kid, stubborn, thinking i was smarter than everyone, and just had a negative attitude towards everything. A few quarters in, going to Pierce changed my perspective on community colleges. The Instructors are very well dedicated and passionate about what they are teaching, and you're surrounded by a diverse group of students, of both culture and age. I matured a lot as a student, and a person too. Other than that, Pierce is cool!!

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I chose this school because of the proximity to my work and home, as well as the ease of scheduling and additional military portal campus sites. They are very considerate when personal problems arise and make every effort to help you achieve your maximum potential. Every now and then I have to take a class at a different campus because they either fill up very fast or don't offer what I need at that particular campus, but that is a small price to pay for the convenience this school provides.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: I appreciate that everyone is welcome at Pierce. The administrative departments sometimes make it difficult for students due to a lack of communication between departments that often sit right next to each other, literally. However, as far as ease of registration and the program options, I would recommend Pierce to all of my friends and family interested in furthering education

College Senior

Career Services: I haven't yet visited this portion of the campus and student services

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: Amazing! The school makes sure any student has access to necessary tools at any moment. The resources are never ending, however they need to make it a point to let students know what, when, and where without the student having to locate or inquire with classmates on the 3 W's.

2 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The only issues I have is how some programs are set up. SO you have two years to complete the degree and when meeting with an advisor you create and educational plan for the next 7-8 quarters. However, some of the classes are only offered once/year and it seems that running start students( who I have witness could care less about focusing on a free course) get first registration into courses. I have missed at least 4 required courses simply because my registration is always on the 2nd day and most of the classes and waitlists are full.
The other issue I have is that some instructors 'make up their own rules' for grading and even though you check with them throughout the quarter on your progress, the surprise you get on the day grades are posted is often unexpected and they leave no room for discussion. For example: Attendance should not be an issue for college courses. My grade should not be affected and reflect poorly in one class when it has nothing to do with another. I received a 0.0 for missing 5 days because I am a single parent and life happens ( even though I checked with the instructor for assignments as well as classmates); in missing those same 5 days because I am a single parent and life happens, I received a 4.0 and 3.4 in the other classes that quarter.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: The only online courses I have had are those 'taught' by the program administrator. This professor gives too much of a workload in the Summer ( 8 weeks) quarter and grades low. He is helpful and very efficient in responding to and correcting issues. His syllabus is 24-26 pages long and often repeats info but it often doesn't match. He does include a week-by-week assignment list so students are prepared. In short, too much information is not always good only because students can get overwhelmed and lost track of time having to re-read the syllabus twice a week.

3 College Senior

Student Body: Returning Students, Busy Lives – Many of the students I have encountered are returning to school after years of working full time and/or losing their jobs. Many are looking for a way to get a better paying job or to start fresh. There has only been 1 particular group I've seen that associates outside of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: the online courses really push you to be independent. If you procrastinate or put things aside then it's preferred that you switch into a classroom. the classes will continue with or without you, but few teachers will show concern if you fall behind.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: The student body tries to get people more involved within school events and activities, but being a community college where people are close to home, the students just prefer to do other things that they feel are much cooler.

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: I havent officially graduated yet, but i know people that have before me. Not much is really supported for a career, but they do encourage you while pursuing to continue your education.

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