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Reviews 353 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Dona Ana Community College is a great school since all of the teachers are tremendous help and always passionate about what they teach. Many of the teachers are also very willing to help you with any questions you may have. Most importantly campus just looks awesome in the evenings.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I'd recommend to keep clear of the advisors as they are not very considerate or involved in student scheduling.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i have been enrolled in this school since my junior year doing dual credit program i earned 15 credits while i'm in high school it a good school

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is great because it offers a wide variety of programs to a wide variety of people. The teachers are unlike any other teachers I have ever met. They are so passionate about teaching and that makes learning from them fast, fun, and simple. The campus itself is beautiful and serene, it is an honor to study here.

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3 College Student

Academic Flexibility: Its been a good experience.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: My overall experience is good. Classes are good alot of info is given.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: The professors are really nice and help a lot. They are helpful with anything a student needs.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: The experience is great love the school. Its big but all the course classes are near. No need to walk from one side all the way to the other building all the major classes are close by.

4 College Student

Online Courses: They have computers to be used. Help is given if need to. There is different ways to get help for online classes.

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4 College Student

Student Body: Everyone talks with everyne there. They get together just to hangout and have lunch together. Studes are really friendly.

4 College Student

Career Services: You receive alot of information about the careerservices .

4 College Student

Academic Experience: The academics are really good.

3 College Student

Academic Experience: Classes are good. The material is understandable and it gives a lot of information about the major.

4 College Student

Campus Resources: Its a friendly zone. Teachers are really helpful and the classes are really good.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The academic experience I've encountered is wonderful. Except for one class, where the professor was too authoritarian and students did not want to speak up, hostile even. There are many opportunities here.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The programs offered are limited, and in limited field in which I do not have interest in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: New Mexico State University Dona Ana branch is nice and the staff are as well. I took astronomy as my first class, not only did I pass it with an A, but I really learned from the professors enthusiasm about space. When I had run into a conflict with my second semester's class, I was helped immediately. The financial aid and over all service is great here.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sick and tired of both the stupid impoverished town and state, as well as Doña Ana and NMSU was a whole, two years ago, I applied to two different schools back in New York State. The first one being SUNY Potsdam (a mostly liberal arts school), the second, another community college called TC3-short for Tompkins Cortland Community College. A State University of New York school. However, factoring in my limited income, after driving all the way across the country in hopes that financial aid was going to cover everything, as soon as I got to New York State and finally visited both schools in person, I was disappointed to learn that the financial aid wouldn't cover all expenses for an out of state student. And so, reluctantly, I came back to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Figuring that I may as well finish up the remaining credits toward my Associate of Arts degree here at New Mexico state University's Doña Ana Branch. With only ten credits to go, six of which I will get if I pass all my classes this semester (halftime student), believe me, I am looking forward to getting out of this town. For a moment, I considered transferring to New Mexico State University, to the main campus. Enrolling in either the English College, or possibly in the NMSU Arts and Social Sciences College. Majoring in either creative writing, or women's studies. However, the more I think about it, I feel I need to be in a school that's more geared toward the liberal arts/creative arts major.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: When I first came to Las Cruces, New Mexico and enrolled in NMSU's Doña Ana Branch, I felt like I was at a big University. This because I attended at the Central Campus, located on the actual campus of New Mexico State University. Doña Ana Community College students all have an NMSU ID; this allows one to use most, but not all, of the facilities and/or benefits and activities associated with the main NMSU campus. One must pay extra to use the gym/aquatic center and Doña Ana students cannot get what they call Pete's Pass. A second student ID entitling one to use the Crimson Cab safe ride service (to any alcohol serving establishment in Las Cruces and Mesilla, only), as well as Pete's Pickup. The latter being an off-campus ride service using golf carts (usually, if one just has their regular NMSU ID, the students working for Pete's Pickup will let you slide).

However, attending Aggie Solidarity meetings on the main, NMSU campus when I first got here, the group's then president use the term for what is happening with today's universities. His term? "Educational factories"! Meaning, that when one factors in how state funding for education has been getting cut in recent years (especially in New Mexico with our moron Republican Governor-Susana Martinez), major corporations recruited by many American public universities have been picking up the financial slack. That said, the point he was trying to get across is this. College students today are no longer taught how to think for themselves; how to formulate their own individual opinions as an individual. Rather, thanks to the heavy investments from private business interests, they are being taught how to "Robo think". In other words, students are being taught how to think, and act, for the benefit of the greater corporate good in America. Not for themselves. By the time I got to my second semester at NMSU's Doña Ana, I began to see where he was right about this. The majority of our instructors/professors at DACC heard us into little groups of 2 to 3 students each. Expecting us to learn the American Corporation sanctioned skill of groupthink. Speaking for myself, I am one of those students that cannot cooperate very well. Particularly those I have nothing in common with. I being the rebel and the outcast; that and the artist/writer who marches to the beat of her own drum despite the discordance it causes others. That said, groupthink does not work for me! Making things even harder is the fact that roughly 75 percent of the students at my school are conservative Mexican-American Catholics. I being both LGBT and a self-proclaimed agnostic-atheist and "Sensitive Satanist", you can see where this is going here. I must honestly say that New Mexico State University as a whole has far too many Christian groups on campus. And why not? The administration at Doña Ana Community College's aforementioned parent university seems to kiss the back sides of every stinking Baptist, and evangelical church in Greater Las Cruces! This to the detriment of us liberal students; I being one among the extreme leftists who refuses to play "God's chess game": love thy neighbor with those whom I despise-most Christians in general.

When I first got here, I lived off-campus. Thanks to President Obama's Rapid rehousing grant which paid most of my rent for the first thirteen months. At first, I found the idea exciting that Doña Ana was part of New Mexico State University. Immediately, I got involved with every club I was interested in; Aggie Solidarity, Stonewall Queer-Straight Alliance, and later, Aggies for Feminism. That and, about three semesters ago, with our "resurrected" Secular Student Alliance. The anti-thesis of the thirteen Christian groups on campus, such as CRU-formerly, Campus Crusade for Christ. I also went to several of the events. Getting sidetracked from studying because I tend to be what they call a "Chatty Cathy".

Factoring in that my only income is Social Security Disability/SSI, when that rapid rehousing grant ended and I could no longer afford to total living expenses amounting to nearly $580 a month, I took out a Stafford loan and moved into campus housing on the New Mexico State University campus itself. Notwithstanding the fact that South Campus Housing, especially, is very old and was built in the 1950s, I must admit that one of the best things about New Mexico state University (including Doña Ana Branch) is the diversity in campus housing. NMSU Housing and Residential Life offers everything from the traditional dorm room, to single student efficiencies with shared bathrooms called suites, duplex and quad apartments, and yes, for the adult student/couple who has children-single-family housing.

At Doña Ana Branch, the class sizes aren't that bad. Not the case at Main Campus NMSU were freshman classes have as many as 200 or more students per class; the school's upper-level classes generally having between 45-75 students each. For those not on the mainstream career path, I must say this. New Mexico State University as a whole, including the Doña Ana Branch where many freshman and sophomore students take all their core, and required elective classes before transferring to main NMSU, is, for the most part, what they call a STEM school. It is NOT really a school for liberal arts majors. I can think of only one Associate Degree major, at Doña Ana Branch, that is artistically oriented. That being commercial graphic arts. For those majoring in Doña Ana's Associate of Arts degree program who wish to transfer to the main campus of New Mexico State University and major in a liberal arts oriented degree, there aren't too many choices. The fine arts college is rather small; the English college in Clara Belle Williams Hall is even smaller. There is a theater arts program, as well as a film program at NMSU's main campus which Doña Ana students can transfer into somewhat easily. However, as a whole, the overall campus atmosphere at both New Mexico State University and NMSU-Doña Ana isn't really conductive to those of artistic pursuits. As I stated before, both schools are oriented towards STEM majors. That or education and social science majors. Also worthy of mention here: with thirteen Christian groups at Main campus NMSU, but only one each of the following-Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Pagan, and secular, both schools as a whole are majorly conservative. However, they are more progressive than the city of Las Cruces itself; a boring community dominated by conservative Christian rednecks, equally conservative Mexican-American Catholics, and yes, retired people. That and a lot of uneducated, blue-collar working people, who, while being rather friendly for the most part, are essentially "Dumb as a dead tree stump". No, I would probably not recommend New Mexico State University (parent University of Doña Ana Branch) for those interested in becoming political arts majors. That is, unless you are either a conservative Republican, or a Blue Dog Democrat (representative of the conservative Catholic Mexican-American population here in Las Cruces/Doña Ana County).

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being a chronically unemployed, and essentially "unemployable" nontraditional student, one who has worked a total of maybe four years in her entire life (chronologically, I am fifty-two, however, my emotional age is a lot younger) before getting on Social Security Disability and SSI, it's hard for me to say what career prospects are for the average student who attends either New Mexico State University; or the New Mexico State University Branch called Doña Ana Community College. Currently, I am an Associate of Arts major. Factoring in the above, plus setting and the fact that I spent 2 1/2 years homeless after mom got sick and her Connecticut condominium was sold, my plan is to major in creative writing. That, or maybe communications (my best friend back in Connecticut suggesting that I would be good at being the anti-Rush Limbaugh and having a left wing radio show), political science (the only thing I watch on television, for the most part, is MSNBC, or PBS), or maybe women's studies. Most of the students at the Doña Ana Branch ten to continue their studies at New Mexico State University, on the main campus. As Doña Ana students, we are already allowed to live in on-campus housing at NMSU.

I do have some qualms about the employers that recruit at the school; actually at Corbett Student Union on the main campus of New Mexico State University. Many are government employers. That and law enforcement agencies, as well as the military. Personally, as someone loosely organized with our floundering leftist/socialist group on the main campus of New Mexico State University, Aggie Solidarity, I remember when our former president was arrested at the biannual Aggie Career Fair. This, for peacefully protesting; all he did was to stand in front of the booths set up for the National Security Agency on the opposite side of the hall. Wearing a sign that read "Work for big brother. Apply here!" The cardboard sign hanging around his neck had an arrow pointing directly to the NSA's employment recruiting booth. There was nothing wrong with what he did; New Mexico State University (which includes Doña Ana Community College Branch) has a policy allowing freedom of speech on campus. However, there is an unwritten policy our conservative parent university-NMSU has. One that restricts freedom of speech and official school functions. NMSU being a school which, by the way, seems to cater to the fundamentalist Christian right idiots here in Las Cruces, New Mexico as a whole. Case in point: how NMSU's Pan Am Center venue hosts mostly country music concerts designed to lure all the local, Christian redneck cowboy hillbillies; this despite the fact that the majority of students at both NMSU, and Doña Ana Branch-the traditional age students, in particular, prefer listening to rap an alternative, skateboarder music. That having been said, I guess it shouldn't be of any big surprise to learn that the school caters toward conservative employers promoting 9/11 paranoia.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I haven't had any problems with it. The process at New Mexico State University's Doña Ana Community College is fairly easy, for the most part. The only drawback I had was this. When I first came here, they looked at my FAFSA record using my Social Security number. I being a transsexual woman who changed her legal name to one that was more fitting of my true, emotional gender-female, that search pulled up an old loan that I had signed for, years ago when I was still living under the birth sex name and got accepted to State University of New York at Purchase College. Long story short, but after being unable to secure campus housing, and, factoring in that I'm on a Social Security Disability income and could not afford the high rents of $700 a month for a room in nearby White Plains, New York, I dropped out after two days. The 110 mile round-trip commute from Southbury, Connecticut, where I was living with my senior citizen mother at the time in Heritage Village, was too much on the car. Not to mention the cost of gas, and, if the idiots at Allstate found out how far is traveling to get to school-how they would raise my insurance. It was embarrassing, to say the least, to have to dig up papers showing that old name that no longer fit who I was in life. However, at five dollars per copy, factoring in that I didn't have the name change papers anymore (or, after having been homeless for the last 2 1/2 years, could not find them), I had to do what I had to do in order to get financial aid. I being a nontraditional student, no school ever before had asked me to do this.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Uncomfortable;

Shuttle Service (Injuries)

No Dining Services

Pell Harassment (Scamming)

Early Outs/Force Outs

Housing Discrimination

'Quality of Care' Discrimination

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Let me Repeat Myself..

The Student Body is 20-30% Physical, Orthopaedic and Health Disabilities.

The 'Quality of Care' is Bad (DV)

The 'Higher Education' is Bad (DV)

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Specific to the Technial Training of the Degree

2 College Junior

Student Body: Unconscious of Force, Contraints and Domestics


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