Sierra College - Comments and Student Experiences|
For me, I only go to Sierra because the CC I live right behind (Folsom Lake College) is impossible to get classes at. As a computer science major, major specific classes are hard to obtain at either college. My largest complaint with Sierra is the fact that almost everyone must take remedial math classes to start. I took pre-calculus in high school and a year later I was placed into algebra and trigonometry, which is lower than pre-calc. This means that instead of completing roughly 4-5 semesters of math, I am forced to take 7 semesters. The magnitude of this issue is not fully felt until one realizes that any in-state school does not accept anyone with less than 60 units. In addition, the in-state schools only accept students during the fall semester and all units must be completed by the end of the spring semester, not the fall. In many cases one must begin their college career taking non-transferable math and English even if they were college ready. This means that most people will take at least three years to get out of the hell-hole that is community college.
Most of the classes taken at Sierra will be inhibited by at least one or two idiots who somehow managed to get into a relatively hard class. In my algebra classes, there were always people who would seriously ask questions like, "why can't you square root a negative" or "how do you rationalize the denominator". How some of these people got into the same class with future engineers puzzles me.
The most irritating thing about Sierra is the fact that the faculty all think you are simply looking for a certificate. These college educated teachers are promoting them like they will get you somewhere when in reality, they are pretty useless. One time I went into the counseling department to ask about math classes, she asked for my MAJOR and they proceeded to explain to me how I had already surpassed the math requirement for my major. The only problem was that she assumed I wanted a computer science certificate, which is not the same as being a computer science major. In the end, I firmly believe that if one is not mostly college ready before they start at Sierra they will never graduate. This is the root of the problem when it comes to why those who are going to move on tend to strongly dislike it. Anytime I talk to someone who transferred away from Sierra, they tell me that it will end. Do not go there expecting anything more than hard fought grades in a boring suburb. If one has the option, just go to a real school- at least Sac state.
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