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Academic Experience


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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: My school does not have as many communications classes as I'd like but my interest in communications has sparked from the few speech classes I have taken there.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I haven't really taken many major specific for my major which is Business Administration and Management. I plan on taking more in the future, but so far the classes are ok. Just keep up on the work. It's not a whole lot of work, it's manageable.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Computer Science is fairly difficult and stressful. However, teachers here are incredibly talented.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Academic experience is great, but only if you get the right professors. Even though De Anza is an amazing school it still has those professors/ instructors that are just in for the pay check.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: De Anza College gave me the oppurtunity to be a production assistant on the Oscar-nominated film, Steve Jobs. I got to peresonally talk to Oscar award-winning director Danny Boyle. Part of me thought, what was a community college like De Anza doing having these oppurtunities in the middle of Northern California? But honestly, De Anza College just isn't any community college. It's given me oppurtunities I can put on my CV that will make me blow the competition in the film industry. The De Anza film community is also tight knit enough that word will always get around of who needs an extra PA or actor on their production. Film department faculty challenge you yet they also make themselves available for office hours and are really understanding if you're struggling with a certain concept. Even non-film majors that I've met taking film production classes have a great time. Also De Anza College's connections with Apple gives our film department state of the art equipment. We have even more funding from the Steve Jobs production since they filmed on our campus.


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Since De Anza College is a community college, it offers no advanced, graduate, or doctorate courses; therefore, it has little to make it stand out. A prominent weakness at De Anza is the lack of competition. Generally, professors have shifted focus from challenging students to simply passing them. As a result, if a student exerts even the slightest effort, turns in all assignments, and takes some time to study for exams, then that student is almost guaranteed an A in the course. Only as the classes advance (calculus or the final installment of English) do professors raise the bar and demand substantially more, perhaps even assign more than 20 minutes of homework per week (some 6 to 10 hours). Yet, even this workload can be tackled without much haste.

Professors visibly take joy in their occupation. They lecture with enthusiasm, subsequently making lectures engaging. Most often, the teachers are involved with their subject matter; therefore, it is quite difficult to find a professor who is unacquainted or inexperienced with a topic. Rarely are they introverts, too. They frequently engage in casual conversation while packing or commuting from one class to another. Most notably, they are not monochromatic, robotic bureaucrats, as demonstrated through their will to have their grading challenged, revised, or reworked in favor of the student body.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Biological and Physical Sciences: Unknown
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other: Unknown
  • Humanities: Unknown
  • Social Science Research Methods: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes typically consist of around 35 students.
Student/Professor Relationships
De Anza professors take great lengths to familiarize themselves with their classes. For example, many instructors make an effort to memorize all of their pupils' names. Plus, they frequently advertise their office hours in case a student needs help. Professors are also willing to spend extra time on concepts that are not readily picked up by their classes. Overall, they take great pride in their work.
Testing & Grading Procedures
There are no testing or grading procedures that are standardized across De Anza College. Due to large classes, the majority of professors prefer to hand out multiple-choice exams with typically one essay or short-answer section. Exams usually have the largest weight on the grade and are accompanied by one or two large projects. Homework is rarely accounted for and quizzes usually make up only a small portion of the grade. Some professors, though, either don't administer any exams or base the entire grade on three or four tests.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
The students enter. The professor collects any due assignments and commences the lecture. Occasional inquiries and jokes are thrown at the students as a mode of interaction. After the bell rings at the end of class, the sound of closing pencil pouches and backpacks slowly elevates until the professor either disrupts the noise to make a few important announcements or simply dismisses the class.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
As late students scramble for open seats, the professor hands out the syllabus and gives an introductory lecture to the course; there's often an easy homework assignment to jump-start the pupils. By the third week, the class experiences a visible number of vacant seats, while the professor attempts to create a more homey atmosphere. Following the first midterm, the class dwindles down to the few dedicated students, and the directions for the major final project are distributed and explained. Nothing changes until the tenth week, when the professor exudes fatigue and begins to occasionally fill up class time with relevant movie clips. In the eleventh week, the farewell speech is made along with final exam preparations. Students begin to cram for the final exam that ends the quarter.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
Don't be afraid to fill up your schedule, but be reasonable.
Tips to Succeed
  • A mere classroom education will not get anyone too far, so be sure to join clubs or work/intern, preferably in a field of interest.
  • Do not procrastinate; take as many required courses as early as possible. Four to five classes a quarter is demanding but reasonable.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 15%
Hispanic: 12%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 58%
Unknown: 8%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 174 responses

  • 26% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 14% Learned a few new things
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time



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