I've wasted two years of my life and money at the Berkeley College
Westchester Campus, and I regret it so very much.
At the time, the idea of attending a commuter college close to home
was convenient, but it didn't take long to realize that this "college"
is essentially nothing but a dolled up degree mill which churns out
degrees to any paying customer with a pulse.
Upon entering the campus, you'll quickly notice it's not bad looking,
and even looks quite luxurious (offices and restrooms, especially.) On
your first visit, you'll quickly be greeted by one of their many
near-super model level guides, who will give you the grand 10 minute
run-through of the tiny campus, being sure to usher you past the many
students spouting obscenities and blasting rap music in the halls,
computer labs, and recreational area.
On topic of the students, the culture is very limited. If you are
going to waste your time with this school, you had better make sure
you love BET, hip-hop, and, most importantly, hate learning. If you
don't fit that criteria, you will make very few friends in the school,
and have nothing to relate to in conversations. Many of the students I
did talk to were quite friendly, but that only goes so far when none
of them actually want to learn.
It's evident that most students in the school are only there because
they feel they need to be, and all jump for joy upon hearing of a
canceled class, and unanimously grumble when professors do walk in the
door, or assign homework. Most students just don't want to do
anything, and if you are someone who actually wants to get what you
pay for, you'll be paying dearly in time when you end up doing all of
the work for your group in any given collaborative assignment.
Luckily, for the slackers that account for the vast majority of
Berkeley College students, most every course is expertly crafted to
ensure that every student will pass with at least a C, so long as they
maintain a reasonable attendance, and turn in something even
semi-coherent for homework.
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study under
a few great professors, though their teaching styles were suppressed
by the college in ways that forced them to limit challenge, and cater
to slackers. In fact, in a Managerial Accounting course I took, a
student was caught cheating on the course's final exam by the
professor, and she told him he was to automatically fail the class for
doing so, and had him removed from the classroom by the dean in a
justifiable rage. Upon contacting that student, he still passed with a
What's more, is that the most intelligent and interest professors I've
had at Berkeley would often pull the brighter students aside near the
end of the trimester to recommend that we transfer to a different
school to give ourselves the proper level of education we deserve for
the large amount of money we're spending.
The funny part is, I've never been a straight A student growing up,
yet I was quite consistently at, or near the top of my class, even in
those that I barely lifted a finger in. It's definitely easy to become
the big fish in a small pond at Berkeley, that's for sure.
As for extracurricular activities, don't be fooled; Berkeley really
doesn't have much. At the start of a trimester, they'll present
students with a decent list of clubs to join, but when only two or
three students show up to the clubs at most, most are quickly
canceled, leaving nothing to do after classes but to go home or to
Most importantly, DO NOT come to this school in hopes of actually
graduating with a Bachelors in 3 years, it's a flat out lie. I've kept
in touch with the few great students I've met in Berkeley, who started
with me in Fall 2005 on a 3 year program, and those who remained there
all ended up graduating in 2010. Some program that turned out to be.
According to them, the two years longer than expected came partly from
stress in back to back trimesters year round for 3 years straight with
a total of 5-7 weeks off every year for three years straight. No
student I've heard of was able to get through that without running out
of willpower, and faltering from the strict program requirements
really screws you up, and increases the cost of classes. The other
problem was how key classes are conveniently and repeatedly
canceled/unavailable to the point where a student can be kept from
graduating because of it. Definitely a scam of a program that
shouldn't be trusted.
Thankfully, after two years of being told to transfer from my own
professors, I finally did, and I never looked back. Unfortunately,
most of my credits did not transfer, and those that did were cut in
half by 2/3 in the switch from Berkley's trimesters to a real
university on a semester program. That said, I'm graduating from a
reputable university in Southern California, and couldn't be happier.
I'm actually thankful for having to start from close to scratch in
transferring, as I've learned so much from my current university that
my classes in Berkeley failed to even touch upon.
In summary, I urge all prospective college students to stay way from
Berkeley College.It's nothing but a proprietary scam, and you will
regret any and all time you spend there as a student. Berkeley doesn't prepare their students for the business world, they just charge them tens of thousands of dollars for a piece of paper that makes themappear like they are.
As a transfer student, I had high expectations for Berkeley College, despite negative reviews and advice to not enroll here. Well, I should have listened. I was promised I would have the apartments for upper classmen and the next thing I know I have 3 ignorant, oblivious to the world freshman roomates in one dorm room sharing bathroom/kitchen which = no privacy. Not to mention our toilet, microwave and everything else was broken nearly every week. Also, you're more than likely going to have to travel to the midtown campus for some classes. Basically, this school fake,coursework certainly does not prepare you for the real world and they make up rules and clubs as they go along. I tried to make the best of worst situations, but I was just miserable. A majority of students are obnoxious,rude and disrespectful. I highly discourage enrolling in Berkeley College...