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Reviews 287 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: It's the same as every other major for the most part because it's just gen ed classes. Most of the courses I currently take and have taken are not even related to my major. They are easy and teach you a lot though.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is good if you're only focused on getting an associates degree and nothing else. The majority of the people are much older than college age and the campus is tiny so there isn't a great social life. There is also barely anywhere to eat and no dorms. It's good if you don't want to feel a college experience but it's very boring if you do.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: All of the classes are pretty easy to handle. They say that you should be spending 2 hours of time at home for every hour of a class. Normally, there isn't much homework and the schedules are easy to handle together.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: The online courses are great, but the downfall is trying to teach yourself a subject that you do not know. I've taken about 6 online classes and all of my professors did a good job explaining everything.

2 College Freshman

Career Services: There are places for people looking for employment but it's nothing significant. You can also be trained for job interviews and things like that but for the most part, there isn't a big program for career finding.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of my professors were fun and easy to talk to. They were also somewhat lenient compared to other professors. They are always there to help and they do a good job teaching the material for the most part.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Southwestern Illinois College is just a small college almost in the middle of nowhere and there aren't many notable alumni or jobs that have connections with the school. The majority of students go off on there own after they graduate.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: At Southwestern Illinois College, I was taking classes that were need for my Associates in Science degree. I plan on majoring in Business and I dislike the fact that a lot of my gen ed classes had nothing to do with it. It's also a community college so they majority of classes will be like that.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Low cost for High level education

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: As I've said previously, I believe that all universities should model the community college...especially SWIC. They have it all dialed in as to what works and what doesn't. They are entirely about helping each student succeed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: I have had many online classes and the experience is almost like being in the physical classroom. You have to put the time in to complete each course. They are set up on weekly schedules with due dates each week (for the most part, depending on the specific course), and if you don't follow those guidelines then you hurt yourself. I have enjoyed each online class and feel as though the instructors were right there with any help or questions that I had/needed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: The faculty at SWIC is there to help. I have never had a negative experience with anyone that I've personally had contact with. If you open yourself up and speak openly and honestly, the faculty will reciprocate that to you.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: As I said previously the student to teacher ratios offer a more individualized experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Every career aspect is based on the individual. Having a Harvard education and severely lacking work ethic isn't going to get you anywhere. I believe that the individual dictates their future and their willingness to thrive. I do not believe that having SWIC on your degree hinders you in anyway if you prove yourself worthy of the position you hold.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The student to teacher ratio is wonderful. It allows for a more personable experience and one that is able to cater to individual student needs. There is also almost limitless assistance offered if the student is still struggling. The professors are always available and willing to help each person succeed to their highest potential...with the added benefit of making lasting impressions and actually getting to know your professor and they you -you don't feel like a number, but a person.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: If SWIC was a 4-year university I would continue there for my B.S. As a nontraditional student (working married, mother of two) I need flexibility in my schedule and SWIC offered that. I am finding that it is virtually impossible to find a university that offers the programs that I need at times that are convenient or even plausible for a working individual, let alone a mother. I believe that universities should take note of the efficient functionality of the community colleges and mirror them. Our society is constantly changing its' needs and I believe that the community college's have kept up with those needs while universities are stuck in an old mindset and need to come to terms.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Culinary arts is a great program at SWIC. It provides a lot of useful information for this degree.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is extremely helpful, they have resource centers if you're struggling with homework or tests and they'll you for free!

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The class schedules are real flexible. As of now, I've had no problems and the classes are catered to when I learn best.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a really laid back college, cheap, and the people there are easy to talk to. It's pretty small and the teachers are incredibly helpful. I'd choose it again, but I am leaving for more opportunities at a university.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I've had a few frustrations with my classes, but I was able to work them out with my professors or on my own.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experiences with the professors and courses offered have (thankfully) been nothing but positive! Professors are very open to answering questions and communicating with students outside of class.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career and job centers we have are great on campus, but via social media their communication with students and the general public fall by the way side.

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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The classes are challenging and require a lot of outside work, but sometimes the professors can be generally unclear and not communicate with the class well.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm in my first semester at Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville Campus), and I've had a great experience so far. Great professors, challenging classes, and an easy commute.

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