Location
Saratoga, CA
Undergrads
3,236
Tuition (in-state)
$6,074 ($1,178)
Branch Campus Of
West Valley-Mission Community Colleges
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Reviews 239 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Student Body: West Valley's student body is very diverse, being a college in the bay area, there are many different types of people that attend West Valley. There is every type of person at West Valley.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: West Valley's tuition has never been a problem for me, being a middle college student, but the one thing I was required to pay for each semester was textbooks for my classes. West Valley gave many opportunities to lower or null the cost of textbooks for doing things like bringing in canned food or filling out applications for less fortunate people.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: There are many benefits and drawbacks to online classes. In online classes, you can sit at home, or in any environment you chose and complete the work given to you, while the traditional class experience requires you to travel to a set location and concentrate with many other people in the classroom. Traditional classes give you a greater opportunity to talk to professors and create study groups with other students while online classes skip most of that. In my experience, traditional classes have been better for me for these reasons. I enjoy being in a class with other students on the same path as me. Having a professor to talk to about his or her course is usually more fulfilling than maybe looking something up on google.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My school is great because it has a beautiful campus. The staff are friendly. There are many options for classes. They have equivalent courses for many universities. They offer programs to ease transferring such as TAG and honors program.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Thanks to the PelGrant, Financial Aid, EOPS and West Valley; they provide excellent service. I did not have to pay anything since I started college. They provide me anything I need. Definitely keep your grades up if you want to get free money from FAFSA!

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The internet is a little too slow and there is printers at the library only. Since the library is very old, it is sometimes difficult to use the printers. The computers are also too old. We definitely need newer and faster technologies in the library.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: Everything is good except the campus center. I love the campus center but there are always some events that are not for the students, they are private events and we cannot use the campus center freely.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I like my online classes because the instructors provide us a first week with light work and guide us to get to know each other with other classmates. It makes the online courses more fun and interesting because I feel more connected to my peers. The workload is a little too much because sometimes the instructors forget that we have other classes and obligations besides their class. Therefore it gets too hectic at times.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Unfortunately, my school does not offer any programs related to nutrition or dietetics. Therefore I have no internship/job opportunities.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: West Valley has work and study option, early-registrations, EOPS, and helpful Tutorial services which all make it easier for students to be successful.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I go to a community college, but I am transferring this semester to a 4-year-university, therefore I do not think I had to deal with any of these at West Valley College.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The staff at my school is very friendly and helpful. I do not remember anytime where I have been furious with anybody at my school. I had to deal with very picky instructors for couple times but I am sure there are instructors like that everywhere I transfer. Some of the instructors were very nice and friendly and understanding. But some of them were just too strict.

3 College Senior

Student Body: Most students at my college seems like they do not know what they want in life or to study. Some of them are going back to college to get their grad degrees or changing careers. However since from the beginning, I knew what I wanted to study, I have been taking classes that were required for my major. My school is very diverse. There are students from everywhere but it is mostly white people.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: West Valley was never my first choice and still is not. However, I have had a few decent classes and some professors that were definitely worth the money.

1 College Senior

Campus Resources: The school does not provide enough internet connection for students to even log on to the WIFI while they are in class. If I have an off period, I typically am in the library (a supposed WIFI hot spot) and it is impossible to get any homework done because I cannot connect to the internet.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: Many of the resources on campus are fairly outdated. There is only one computer lab with new computers the rest are very old.

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The Financial Aid Office and the staff that work it are extremely unorganized and never provide a clear answer. They constantly send you to another person or office. It is like a never ending scavenger hunt.

3 College Senior

Student Body: There is a diverse group of students, however, many seem unmotivated and classroom environments are dull from lack of participation.

2 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The counselling department at WVC needs some serious help. Advice from counsellors is always contradicted by others.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The woodsy environment is really nice to experience and it makes it feel more like a separated college campus.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: I think that the quality of teachers could greatly be improved. There are specific teachers who recognize that their class is necessary for transfer and purposefully make it extremely difficult to pass.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: The academics at West Valley College I think are very basic. There are amazing classes and absolutely horrible classes.

3 College Senior

Career Services: There are lots of talks and events available for students to attend such as the ones for transfers which I have gone to. These helped me familiarize myself with the transferring process.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Even though you do not get the student-teacher relationship experience like in a typical classroom setting, taking online classes is an easy way to finish general educations requirements or easy classes to fill your schedule.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Solid but not outstanding education with friendly students and generally responsive teachers.

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