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Reviews 20 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not really a dominant presence.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would recommend this school to people, including their on site counseling center.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: As it is a graduate school focused on working professionals or the application with focus in psychology and education, sports are not an issue.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing s quiet expensive the Vue apartments is where most students opt to live on 5th St and it is very nice and luxurious yet extremely expensive. You get what you pay for, yet the are accommodating with the comfort of 24/7 security with shorter leases.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There are no frats or Sororities on this campus. But there is the annual Halloween Dance and DJ Dance parties that are alot of fun to attend. Security is strictly enforced and you are unable to bring outside guests.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus dining is great, since we are in the heart of San Pedro you have the option to eat a local eatery or a chain restaurant to a mom n pop spot, or even walk down to the San Pedro port and enjoy a meal with a view. Student discounts are available at 6th ST and all of the restaurants there are a great. Check out on Fridays when they have a farmers market and get some yummy cuisine!

4 College Junior

Administration: Campus security is a great resource on campus as well as at the dormitories. They take their job of safety seriously yet, at the same time are very friendly and always converse with the students. Dormitory polices regarding guests and overnights are strict. As well as quiet hours and enforcing policy on partying and alcohol.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining halls is great we have chefs that know recipes and some even come from the Getty museum. With a few options such as comfort food, main event, vegetarian, and Expo, and our sandwich, endless salad and fruit bar. The food is delicious and always fresh, what makes this dining experience unique is that produce is always organic and bought locally within a 50 mile radius. Take your meals to go or take a second or third helping at the dine in hall with unlimited trips.The staff is so friendly and accommodating and will always make you smile. The meal plans are awesome you can pick from. Choose how many meals you would like and or if you would like flex cash which can be redeemed for starbucks or energy drinks/ waters and chips or ice cream. The best part about flex is that you are able to purchase additional meals if you ran out of meals for the day.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process went smoothly. The administrators are a lot of help and give your statements with your offer letter and any steps that you have concerns with they are more than happy to help walk you through. Since Marymount California University is a private school they do offer their own grants such as the Marymount grant where students have the opportunity to get some aid based off need and GPA. Other scholarships are available such as sports, art, and academic, and twice a year we have scholarships that students can apply for that are specific for Marymount students only. This process is simple and only requires a 1-2 page essay in most cases.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living at one of the two dormitories at Marymount California University, is an exciting experince from the moment you enter the gates you are welcomed by our security that make sure you are checked in as a resident or guest. At our PVN location our dormitories are fully furnished two story town houses. Students are able to enjoy the amenities such as our patios looking and the social environment at the center of our residence at the pavilion. students can cozy up next to the fire place or compete on the basketball or volleyball courts. Want to get involved leadership opportunities are available, get involved in Residence Hall Association (RHA) where you can be the voice to make change at the dorms, plan social events, and be apart of creating a community. Students also have the option to apply to be come a community assistant (CA) this paid leadership position allows you to interact one on one with the residents as well as being able to create the best school year creating events, attending leadership conferences, and being the voice of students while creating a memorable experience. Applying for housing is a simple process, all freshman are required to dorm their first year, and after that you have the option to stay dorming and even have the option to live at PVA where our upper class-man live in apartment style housing with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Once the application fee is turned in as well as a completed informational form you are all set!

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm not that impressed with Phillips. It's very disorganized, which makes it very difficult to plan your life while in school. Initial information sessions promise that you can maintain your full-time job while in school; then you hit your second semester, when they start scheduling classes at 3 in the afternoon on weekdays. One professor was so terrible that the entire class went to administration to complain; the professor was removed from the class only to be PROMOTED to the head of Academics! Another professor spent his entire course talking about his own journey as a therapist (rather than the material in the syllabus).

Coursework is ridiculously easy, prepare to be bored often. While this makes my GPA look wonderful, it also means that I am not being challenged. There is little attempt to assist in professional development, aside from a single job fair held on a single Thursday (again, not considering the full-time working students) or the handful of openings at their counseling center. Traineeships, which are required to graduate, are impossible to complete if you work. Prepare to work part-time or not at all for the two years you are here.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Some good and very expensive local housing but PGI doesn't get involved in housing and they don't offer any support.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There are no real scholarships at PGI. They offer a $1500 "President's Scholarship" and a couple of meaningless $500 essay prize scholarships, but these don't begin to make a dent in the $60,000 plus in tuition it will cost you to graduate from this place.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: They'll do whatever it takes to keep you in school as they need your money. This is an easy school to get into and to pass through but don't expect to be competitive once you've graduated.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Phillips is one of the worst run institutions I've ever come across. The instructors are well intended but the administration, from the top down, is inane, solipsistic and incompetent. Their only interest revolves around bilking students out of as much money as possible while providing costs and services at records lows. Is it any wonder they have been on probation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the past five years, are teetering on the edge of losing their accreditation and were recently purchased by foreign company in order to avoid bankruptcy. I strongly recommend against attending Phillips Graduate Institute. If you're interested in a graduate degree in Psychology or Counseling go to Pepperdine.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It serves my purpose for why I am attending, teachers are student-centered, easy to speak with. The library is open on Saturdays and during the week. The librarian will assist one with research articles and books to help students with their projects. There are quiet places to study on the campus. There are plenty of eating places within a five minute driving distance or 15 minute walking distance. There is plenty of parking space and security patrols and security inside also.

Phillips is also well known for its counseling center for family and individuals.

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5 College Sophomore

Parking: There is plenty of free safe parking. Security guards are always available.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Professional Only – This is a very small campus. Most of the students are already married or in long term relationships. The age range is 50% under 30 and 50% over 30.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Specialty School – Phillips Graduate Institute is for psychology majors only. It is a wonderful school for that purpose. The teachers are engaged and really help you learn. All our lessons are immediately applied to ourselves and our cohorts. We really get to know one another and are well prepared to be psychology professionals upon graduation. Major parks and recreation facilities are within reasonable distances. Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Getty Museum, Hollywood, to name a few.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Specialized Graduate School – This is a small graduate institute that specializes in Pschychology majors only. No distractions from other activities.

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