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Reviews 1816 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: They have some night classes and some with weird schedules which can help some students. In terms of requirement flexibility, award of transfer credit, helping you adapt a program to meet career objectives.... even changing a requirement to be able to transfer it to a program in your future plans..... forget it. Not happening. Disappointing in a community college.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: With one shining example, it's been awful. Truly awful.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are medium or large. Professors are 80% bad, 20% good. Do a lot of research and hope you get lucky.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a community college. Most employers don't assess the quality of your education, they just want the box checked. If you get through it and can check the box, you have probably gotten out of here a lot more cheaply than most of your peers at other schools (depending on their financial aid package). If you are in certain career training programs, you are likely to get a very good "return on investment." If, on the other hand, you care at all about the quality of your education or are looking for a transformative experience, look elsewhere.

1 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Credit where it is due: tech support is really pretty good. That is the only good thing I can say about the one "full" online course I took. (I have also taken some mini-courses for @ 1 credit hour.) We all hate Blackboard. The online class I took was total disorganization. No syllabus. No schedule of assignments. "Participation" grade was based on sucking up everyone else's time with pseudo-intellectual diarrhea classmates wrote on the "discussion" page. Mind you, this was a science class, not ... Public Sentiment on Political Policy. We were supposed to comment/critique. No way I could say what I thought without getting dinged. I cannot sufficiently express how "intellectually challenged" I thought most of the participants in this class to be. If I thought they were trying but not getting it, I would have admired them for the effort but ..... it just seemed to be intellectual diarrhea for its own sake. Total waste. I would have been so much better off studying the class material.... but not permitted.... had to "engage." There was absolutely no instruction whatsoever. I thought there would be various components of INSTRUCTION offered as a substitute for in-class time. Video clips, learning exercises, recorded lectures. But no. They they just sucked up your time with a daily version of class facebook and told you to come in for lab and tests. Very, very disappointing.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: Pretty average. You have some smart, nice, hard-working classmates; you have some "bobble-heads," a fairly high percentage of geeks and lots of little cliques/interest groups. Plenty of average Joes, too. Very few that are truly obnoxious/offensive. Most people are there to fulfill some requirement and have other outside obligations so they go to class and get outta there. There is not a lot of esprit de corps.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: It's a community college. For what college cost anywhere now (outrageous) the tuition bill is (relatively) not bad. That said, I am feeling more and more like you get what you pay for. I really feel like if you want a meaningful education you are going to have to look elsewhere (with a very few exceptions). It is disappointing and frustrating that they constantly tout that they have many, many scholarships available. But if you ask for help in getting or looking for one, they tell you you are "on your own."

2 College Sophomore

Career Services: The mostly student employees read what they are told from a script. They offer a few "gatherings" you can attend on how to write a resume or dress for success but if you have experience beyond being a lifeguard or working at the mall, don't bother. With such a huge number of alumni warm bodies, they have virtually no alumni network. I think everyone just wants to get the heck out of there. The exceptions seem to be a few of the very specific career training/professional programs. Some of them have quiet but meaningful networks of alumni. It's a shame those are not more cohesive.

2 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: It's bad. I have attended a number of schools and this one is at the bottom of the barrel in my opinion. That said, it does depend on the individual instructor. I had one that was great - really excellent, top notch. One that had great merit as a "real world" practitioner but a painful array of shortcomings in terms of instruction and assessment. One class frequently required us to meet outside of scheduled hours - which was very frustrating vis-a-vis my work schedule. Two instructors were so poor as instructors and so disorganized, I spent much of the semester near tears trying to figure out what we were even doing - much less mastering the subject matter. They tended to stand at the front of the class, ramble incoherently for the entire class period and provide few or no study materials.... or they disregarded the few provided. One was a nice person, just totally lacking in structure. I think the other one seriously had a screw loose. I signed up for an online class once. We didn't even have a syllabus. Instead, there was a 67 page stream-of-consciousness rambling pontification we were supposed to figure out - no dates, no projected assignments, no schedule for the semester. And most of the "online discussions" were utterly pointless intellectual diarrhea. I dropped that one. Also frustrating is that student evaluations of faculty are not available to students. Unless you know you are getting a good instructor, avoid this place like the plague. If you just need to "check a box" be aware that unless you are extremely lucky, that is all you will be doing. Low expectations are in order. I am truly saddened to think that this is the standard for about half of a college education.

2 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I addressed the faculty ad nauseum in my last answer. For a college that theoretically facilitates transfers and encourages workplace skills, they offer very little flexibility regarding degree requirements so that one can meet one's own career objectives. Even with a perfectly legitimate rationale and proposal for reasonably equivalent coursework the name of the game here is rigidity. "My way or the highway." They are fairly inflexible about taking transfer credit and good luck if you have college credit from more than 5-10 years ago. They'll take some of it as electives but for requirements prepare to be told it's "too old" (read: YOU are too old.) Once you are admitted (be prepared for problems that but those can eventually be worked out - allow plenty of time), the online class registration process is easy ... as long as you don't want a popular class. If you do, be prepared to fight for bandwidth at midnight of registration day and be sure you have a "priority" for registration. They want you to pay tuition same day by credit card which is a little annoying. Call ahead if you need alternate accommodations or you will get dropped from your classes like a hot potato. The workload varies from manageable-to-quite-a-bit to do-nothing-but-study to rarely-sleep-and-hardly-bathe-or-eat. It can vary a lot by instructor.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: It's a commuter campus. Minimal accommodations for students. Many (though not all) of the buildings were built in the 70's and no aesthetic appeal. Few comfortable gather-sit-sip-and-study spots. Those there are tend to be far from academic buildings on the edge of campus. The majority of the classrooms are crammed full of tiny, uncomfortable desks. A few places I will give them credit: there are a pretty reasonable number of computers on the campuses and the tech support is generally helpful; they have put newer labs on at least some campuses; and the student organizations are very active for a non-residential campus. Being non-residential limits the esprit de corps.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed my experience at NOVA because it has really opened me up to the world.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are great, there are a lot of courses offered, the class styles are laid back.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They keep on top of things at NOVA, they make it very easy to register for classes and to join the campus.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I have really enjoyed my experience with online courses.

4 College Freshman

Student Body: I have made a lot of friends with the same interests.

3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: I just got a job, so money has been really tight and I have had to take loans out to pay for college.

3 College Freshman

Career Services: I have not really looked into it that much since I am only a freshman, but from what I have heard the career center is great.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: A lot of work (reading)

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: So many things are offered at NOVA, you really get a chance to experience different things

3 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The libraries are a great place to study. The student centers are a great place to meet people, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

3 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Being an out of state student of course the cost of tuition is larger and somewhat inconvenient because the cost of tuition is set up to the amount of credits I'm taking and not the amount of classes I'm taking. The value of education I'm receiving is not worth the tuition I'm paying. I feel it should be less because I still have to pay for my own books, additional parking fees, and for things that don't pertain to me or my program.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The Academic Flexibility at my school has been convenient for the most part. My schedule doesn't conflict with my responsibilities at home or at work. I have time to study as well as participate in activities at home with my family. The amount of transfer credits that my school accepted has pushed me forward and closer to my degree.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: So far my Overall Experience at this school has been okay. My favorite experiences have been when I've attending, a hockey game for the first time, a volleyball game, several plays, poetry jam "coffee session" in the library, movie events in the theater, and some of my classes. My school is unique because it has a lot of diversity and I'm learning more about the people who go here. I would choose this school again if I could do it all over again because they actually help me strive for my goals and towards the career of my choice.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Each professor is unique and very helpful to the students. The professors I'm taking are very passionate about their subjects respectively. They care about the progress their students make and are very hopeful that each student takes away something worth meaning from their courses. The class styles are different, but it doesn't take away from what we're learning and experiencing.

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