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Reviews 595 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: At the moment, the school is going through construction period. The Library is great. I had good, great and bad teachers. You have to find the right one for you. Permit parking is available for $20, but street parking is available if you come with enough time to look.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I was always able to get the classes I needed. Some classes are only available every other semester, but this never affected me.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The applied music program is a rare and dying opportunity for young students. LAVC has done an incredible job of holding onto its program and turning out phenomenal talent.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors are tremendously dedicated and nurturing. The environment is supportive and positive that it becomes very easy to thrive and find the calling/motivation necessary for success.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I had an incredible experience at LAVC and can definitely claim to have gotten more out of two years there than my four years at UC Berkeley.

5 College Senior

Student Body: Valley College is about as international and cosmopolitan as the San Fernando Valley can be.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Not able to get financial aid because of having a BA.

5 College Senior

Career Services: The faculty is extremely supportive and help a lot to ensure that doors continue opening.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: I never get tired of watching people's reactions when I mention I'm an opera singer.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: Excellent curricula and opportunities to perform.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: Faboulous school in terms of location, faculty, resources, and opportunities after graduation.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I think that I really have had an enjoyable experience at my school. The things that I liked most about my time are the professors, my counselor, and the resources available. I try to take advantage of as many opportunities that are offered to me and I have learned so much during my time. This school has helped me become even more motivated because of the various options that I can choose from. Regardless of how students may be, the teachers are what has made my journey so meaningful. Even after being finished with their courses, I still go visit just to talk and get advice about my goals or my current progress. I would recommend people to apply to this school, for those who really want to go somewhere in life. Great school!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The experiences that I had with the courses and professors overall have been fun and interesting. I really enjoyed engaging in classroom discussions, projects, etc. The professors that I have had were really cared about my well being as a student and are very approachable. The courses offered are all so unique, and the styles of teaching in general have been such a great learning experience. The classes are usually very full during the first two months of the longer semesters, but get smaller over time. Those who stay in the class, get more help from the professor and usually helps everyone become more relaxed with each other.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are many ways to obtain internships and jobs due to the cooperative education program they offer to students. This program allows students to intern at a place which focuses on their major, and can however many college credits earned depending on hours worked. There are also universities who come to the school to help recruit students (specifically Cal-States and UC's) that have people who explain thoroughly about the programs and clubs offered on their campuses. The alumni networking, is based on the connections made during your time at school, is it most valuable when a student has been active and involved. The career center services gives a lot of information on what a student can do to earn jobs. The value of a degree from my school is extremely helpful because it prepares students for the field.

3 College Junior

Student Body: As far as diversity, my campus is very diverse. There are plenty of students from all around the world as well as all walks of life. There are many people from different ethnic groups, religious beliefs, etc. However, there are a lot of students who separate themselves from mingling with others outside their group. Specifically certain ethnic groups only hang out with their own, rather than befriending outsiders. Despite these challenges, there can be great discussions in the classroom because each person is unique in their background regarding culture, political views, etc. Even with some of the division, students usually mind their business, there isn't much out of control bullying or any physical altercations. Everyone is pretty neutral and go about their day.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is very affordable at my school. Many students come from backgrounds of financial adversaries, so it gives disadvantaged people an opportunity to go towards higher education. The concept of the school's system is well thought out, the school gives a card containing the financial aid, and only so much of it is dispersed at time. This is a good idea in the sense of controlling student's expenses but can be a downside if students need to pay rent with it. Faculty constantly remind students to apply for financial aid which is I think is great. However, the financial aid office can be fairly busy so sometimes processes can be slowed down. I haven't personally had any problems, the staff usually explain everything straightforward.

3 College Junior

Career Services: There are events that are announced on the school website pertaining to alumni networking. Job prospects can always be available, but the key is to building and maintaining relationships. There are several professors who were former students at the school, who ended up coming back to teach at the school. I have went to the career center a few times, and there was a former student who was working there, who helped me obtain information about the school I'd like to transfer to. The center is small and usually very crowded and some students sometimes get frustrated because of the little time they can spend with their counselors. My experience at the career center was fair enough, as I had received assistance in what I wanted to know.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: The library on campus is a great resource for students. Not only do they have various book options offered, the library has many computers, desks, cubicles, and study rooms. On the second floor there is an additional computer lab, a writing center (which helps students to clean up errors on essays), math tutoring labs, etc. I have used all of these resources since my first semester, and it has really helped my grades and developing my study habits.

Additionally, I also appreciate the office hours that professors have on campus, because I can get one-on-one tutoring and mentoring that you may not have in the classroom. It is a great opportunity to take advantage of, and the professors really take the time to help.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses help me keep my hours at work while being able to study as well

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Some of the school is under construction, I feel like it is very old and out dated. Hoping the new remolded side of the school will be nicer.

4 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: Nursing program you have to study hard. It's only for the serious students.

2 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: To my knowledge they don't have help for future jobs. Just info for open houses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: A lot more work, but easy to access and for schedule.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Nursing program I have to stick to their schedule.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: Library, tutoring, athletic, therapy, medical.

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Overall, students are satisfied with the Valley College experience, recognizing that you get what you pay for and admitting that Valley College has great opportunities for those who are driven to seek them out. Students who are proactive in joining clubs and seeking transfer opportunities are usually more satisfied than the students who simply phone in their performances. Students complain about the lack of guidance that results in taking classes they don’t really need, but the guidance is there if students persistently seek it out. Attending Valley College can be a good way for students to transition into a four-year college, as the smaller community allows students to get to know their professors and get extra help from tutors if they need it.

With the instability of today’s economy and the insecurity of the post-graduate job market, community college is an excellent option for students who want to avoid taking on tremendous amounts of debt. It’s also a great way for students fresh out of high school to explore their interests before committing to a certain university or major program. Valley College also appeals to older students, whether they are considering a career change or are just interested in taking a class or two. However, this inexpensive alternative to a four-year university will only prepare students for the rigors of college life if the student is willing to take the initiative to challenge himself. Otherwise, students can get lost, floating around in a high school-like environment. Students who graduate from Valley go on to do great things, but the impetus is on the student to make the most of his time at Valley and to stay focused on his goals and plans for the future.

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