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Reviews 356 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The resources here are great and readily available and easy to access.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is very cheap at our school and affordable. They are also giving free tuition to incoming freshman which is a great thing to motivate people to go to college who would not normally have gone to college.

4 College Senior

Career Services: There are many centers to help students post graduation to transfer to schools are move on to a career!

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: There are many academics offered at cuesta that are open to anyone.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: It is a very friendly environment and has lots of opportunities for intelligence expansion in your field.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: They have been very flexible with what I have needed to do, including an odd combo of majors and scheduling difficulties.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I have not received post-grad services here, but if they are anything like the other student services, I am sure they are excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Lovely campus and facilities. There is a fountain in the patio area near the cafeteria and student center. Cafeteria itself is more restaurant looking than a typical cafeteria.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm very impressed with Cuesta college, I am doing multiple majors and they could not be more helpful in every way.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Class registration is super simple, you can sort by waitlist + available, or available only, it lists how many are already registered so you can know how quickly you need to decide. All of the student resources online are easy to access and navigate.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Uses Moodle, and teachers are good at online instruction. Good use of the format. Also, hybrid courses are also offered, for mostly online, with classroom testing, workshop & review offered.

4 College Sophomore

Student Body: Students here are friendly, optimistic, intelligent and creative. They tend to have liberal values and are socially minded and helpful. Better than average teachers for a Jr. College, and great music department.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From my understanding, Cal Poly has no partnership with any college. This makes admittance extremely difficult. However, more than 30% of their transfer students come from Cuesta College. I believe all of Cuesta's departments are geared to help students make the transition to Cal Poly. The counselors have my entire academic future mapped out to a T.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid is very helpful, but tricky. I believe this schools financial aid department is severely understaffed. They do an amazing job, but they're extremely busy. Getting an email response could take weeks. Calling is impossible. And going in person could entail a 5-30 minute wait. The staff are very friendly and will answer and question. They lead me to the right directions to help me deal with out-of-state tuition. Overall: Very Pleased!

4 College Sophomore

Student Body: The student body at Cuesta is very diverse. For the first time in my life taking the bus is something I enjoy. Almost daily I will meet someone new from some far away land. Is everyone in California friendly?

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: As of right now I am a Liberal Sciences major. All of my classes are general education classes to help me transfer. I will be transferring to Cal Poly for Food Science. I'm disappointed there are no culinary arts classes at this school, but the other arts and sciences are fantastic. The astronomy building is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I have only experienced 1 professor that I disliked. She was an English teacher. I believe she bit off more than she could chew by taking on so many English classes at once. She would often forget what to teach and confuse us with her other classes. All of my other professors have been great. They are always available during the set times at their office. They remember your name. And they want to help you succeed.

The registration was a breeze for me. Once you do it once, it is super easy. I wouldn't recommend attempting this alone the first time unless you are computer savvy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I am taking mostly online classes at the moment, but I still go to campus. Cuesta has great up-to-date resources. The librarians are very helpful and will sit with you if you have a problem. There is a very large staff in the student success center who will also give assistance when needed. The outside appearance of the campus is beautiful. There are several shady and sunny spots in the lawns to study or relax. There are beautifully landscaped gardens with palms and lowers native to San Luis Obispo. And my personal favorite- the view of the hills on the horizon. I feel it's key to have a relaxing campus to help keep student stress at a minimum.

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: I have completed a 268 hour internship at a local winery. My position was "Wine Laboratory Technician". This was the experience of a lifetime. However, I made the mistake of not enrolling in the work study program at Cuesta. I understand this was my mistake, but they were not willing to work with me to grant me the 4 credits I worked for. I guess I will just have to try again.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I have had some hurdles. I independently moved 3,000 miles from home in rural Pennsylvania to attend this school. Paying out of state tuition AND transferring my classes, all while getting my life settled was a task. Cuesta offered me the resources and professionalism I needed to get all set up. I have even successfully become a California resident, which makes finances easier.

As expected, not many credits transferred. That is fine. Cuesta's counseling program is always there for me. Every time I make an appointment, they take the time to make sure I understand everything. I have gotten the max number of credits into this institution and couldn't be happier.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Online classes are my last hope. Going back to school at age 26, I have had many hurdles to jump through. Back in the early to mid 2000s leaving high school with a 2.5 - 3.0 GPA was not just common, but it was the golden ticket into higher education. Nowadays a 4.0 isn't only commonplace, but having extracurriculars and diversity has become a requirement for college consideration. Backed with fearful independence and this new set of standards in front of me, Cuesta's Distance Education courses have given me a chance.

When asking others if Cuesta's online courses were worth it, the answers were a resounding "No. This was hard to believe. Why would a concept that surrounds itself with such independence have such a bad reputation? After all, I am an adult now and I have just about mastered the art of independence. The answer because clear as I asked many of my fellow peers. The answer was age.

Cuesta's online platform is perfectly catered to the older (but not too old) student looking for a second chance at school. I can play catch up without the embarrassment of being lost in a sea of fresh-out-of-high-school students. For once, I have strong confidence in my future and am loving every minute of it.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I become very busy with work and school but other than that, it's managable.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: There isn't necessarily a program for my specific major but my goal is to finish all GEs.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: The academics are straight forward and it is up to the student to work hard to reach their full potential.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: All staff members are really friendly and you can tell that they're here to help.

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