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Reviews 458 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The requirements to enroll in this college are many such as doing an on-line orientation, taking assessment tests, meeting with a counselor and completing a career plan. However, it's all worth it because it helps prepare you to succeed. I felt it familiarized me with my courses, the campus, and resources at the college.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This college has a great campus with a ton of excellent teachers and a good transfer program.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a beautiful campus and the professors are all amazing

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I came to Cabrillo College with a set goal in mind. I wanted to transfer out in two years, and planned to go to a 4-year to pursue my passion in film production and screenwriting. So far, most of my professors have been very accommodating (regular classes too, not just honors). They are very excited to share their knowledge with their students and provide office hours and are usually easy to contact by e-mail. As long as you are motivated, professors will help you succeed. With that in mind, this school like any other is what you make of it. I personally was sad to not be able to afford a university, but by my second semester I had a community of friends to support me. The counselors update transfer information daily and highly encourage students to have an academic plan. There are also plenty of clubs to join, which is impressive considering the small size of the school. Parking is also very manageable. Overall, if you come with a purpose, whether that be to transfer or not, this school provides plenty of opportunity for those willing to work for it. This option also saves you thousands upon thousands of dollars-so if that is important to you please consider it.

Important details to consider: If you are a STEM major (math or science-based), then it is very likely you will be here three years until you receive your degree and/or transfer. Also, if you are looking for housing it can be scarce. I have heard from a few of my friends they had a very hard time finding housing. But, if you keep searching I am sure you will eventually find something. A lot of people share rooms and apartments together.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love that the school is so close to my house and the beach, but other than that my experience hasn't been the best. Advisors aren't really helpful when it comes to planning classes, I had to figure it out on my own which isn't too hard if you enjoy planning. Definitely use RateMyProfessor to avoid getting stuck with bad instructors. Although there are some great ones though that help you and want you to pass, there will be a lot that don't care and aren't much help. This is college and it's your responsibility to get your work done and not skip classes. It's not my first choice for a school but I've been told that it gets a lot better afterwards.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I can't describe how great this community college is.

I feel at times that I'm getting a better education than some of my friends who opted to start out at a 4 year.

The teachers here are so qualified, my last community college can't compare.

It's not easy to meet people really, you might be able to in classes.

You can tell that the student body is pretty well educated just by passing by conversations and overhearing people talking about their classes and how much they enjoy their classes instead of most schools...

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I decided to go to Cabrillo College because I planned to transfer to UCSC after finishing all my general education requirement. In the process, I hoped I would find a major that stood out to me that I could pursue. Cabrillo is an excellent community college if you are on the same page as I am.

It seemed like each semester I would have at least one class that was incredibly interesting AND was taught by a great teacher. I can't stress how awesome is for making sure you end up with teachers who love what they do! I've only had good experiences with the professors at Cabrillo. The class sizes are small and personal and professor and student will be on first name basis with each other almost always.

Don't go to Cabrillo if you are looking to party all the time and meet a bunch of new friends though! It is HARD to meet people at Cabrillo unless you really put yourself out there. Everyone is friendly and considerate, but people are on their own schedules. There is no on campus living so people are either heading to class or leaving. That is really my only beef with Cabrillo.

Santa Cruz is an expensive place to live and go to school. Finding a job here can be hard as well. I'm so grateful for FAFSA and the Pell Grant for helping me get through school. They are life savers.

I would absolutely go to Cabrillo again if I had to do it all over again.

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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I've been able to transfer credits from UCSC, another community college and every school I've spoken to about transferring is excited about a transfer from Cabrillo

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love this community college. It has really grown on me: yes it has taken so much longer but without the hefty fees of a 4 year, I'm taking classes from Ecology to Philosophy without money worries. My professors have all worked in their fields extensively and are true experts.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: People here are incredibly helpful in helping you sign up. I've has professors let me in to classes last minute. Most classes are about 30 students. The students at UCSC have ten times that in a freshman lecture so I feel very lucky.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I truly enjoy how respected the school is and how easily employers recognize my commitment to a quality education.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: I haven't personally taken the online courses but people I know say they're a lot easier. It doesn't seem fair to give people a free pass through a class that others have to work hard for.

4 College Senior

Student Body: Being a community college, there is high diversity. For the most part, students really speak their mind in class and are open about their ranges of experience.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I have gotten all my tuition paid by helpful financial aid people. They are true superheroes!

4 College Senior

Career Services: I haven't used the career services much but people are very receptive to me as a student of Cabrillo

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: It's a beautiful campus with highly qualified professionals. I just wish there were more internship opportunities.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I use to help me and I've had some fantastic professors. My teachers, especially in the Honor's program, have been inspiring.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Everything good here except for the crappy food choices and terrible cafeteria.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: If I could do it all over, I wouldn't go to Cabrillo. I may have saved some money, earned a few credits, but it wasn't worth it in the end. I would have been better off transferring straight out of high school to a four-year university. Cabrillo is a great school, it's just not the school for me. I feel like I learned a few things, but not nearly as many things as I should have. The fact that it's practically impossible to get into the classes you need makes school feel like a joke and is extremely frustrating.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: This one is somewhere between "it's great" and "it's okay". I have had some very interesting classes with incredible, even inspiring, teachers. I have also had my share of teachers who make me feel like I just wasted an hour or more of my life on something I could have better taught myself using Google search. The class sizes are frequently too large which is a shame. There are a lot of classes offered so there is luckily a lot of variety there. Each class style is unique and depends on the professor, I've had some I can't stand and some I wished all my teachers shared.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am not positive if we have a career center or anything along those lines. A degree from Cabrillo really doesn't mean much, everyone goes there, but few actually leave with a degree it seems. I don't see recruiters around at all, and I have never seen anything about internships or jobs. I could be missing them of course, but I haven't seen them before.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Cabrillo's student body is incredibly diverse. Students are of all ages, some are still in high school and some are retirees looking to learn a few things or complete an old degree. Everywhere you look you see students from different backgrounds, different economic standings, different genders, sexualities, political beliefs, religions. There are also students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and identities. Cabrillo is a melting pot, much like the city of Santa Cruz which is nearby. People are rather accepting of one another at Cabrillo, despite most students keeping to themselves.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I do not qualify for financial aid for Cabrillo so I cannot personally rate it's effectiveness or explain the process properly. I have many friends though who rely on it to fund their education and they are so grateful for it, it seems like it's very straightforward and not a difficult process. The fees for Cabrillo are cheap in comparison to many junior colleges and universities. I feel like I am getting my money's worth at Cabrillo College.

3 College Junior

Career Services: I have not really ventured into the career center, I'm actually not sure if we have one. There are student job prospects through Cabrillo for students to work on Campus though which is great! But I am not positive about post-Cabrillo job opportunities.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Cabrillo College has a lot to offer its students no matter what their interests may be. There are an endless number of clubs to join all year long, and if you can't find one you like it's easy to start one of your own. Our library is large and well stocked with books and computers as well as study rooms. The technology in their may be on the older side, but they are upgrading slowly. Two of the most impressive things Cabrillo has to offer is the Math Learning Center & the STEM center. These two centers are dedicated to helping students with math, science, and computers. The best part is the centers are FREE to students and the tutors are fellow Cabrillo students or professors, providing not only an encouraging environment but employment for students as well. There is also a Writing Center that is free, I have personally never been inside though I hear it is a life saver for those who struggle with writing. Cabrillo also has its own football field, track, baseball/softball field, pool, tennis courts, and a huge gymnasium. There is actually even a Gym on campus for those who want to work out. The view from the top of the campus on a clear day, it's on a hill, is gorgeous. You can see straight to the ocean and the mountains behind it. Some students hang around to watch the sun set at the end of the day. Over all, especially for a junior college, Cabrillo is great. The professors, the students, and the school itself are truly something special.


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