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Academic Experience


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2 College Junior

Academic Experience: I love the school, yet trying to get into required major classes can be diffucult becuase not enough of these classes are offered in a high impact situation.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Over the past few quarters I have had amazing professors,but then I have had professors that don't care about their students and act like they hate teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: workload is heavy but if students put in time, it's manageable.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: professors are great.

class registration process is a little challenging but not too bad.

there are online classes

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: It's easy for the most part.


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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 139 responses

  • 26% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 14% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 2% Waste of time



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