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| I am a student who came from out of state. i was accepted to 12 other schools, but chose Berkeley because I liked the location, and because I could earn my bachelor's degree in three years. However after being here for a quarter, i have been EXTREMELY disappointed, and am transferring to an out- of- state university. |
First off, the admissions process. The school lost a form that they requested I send to them, it had my credit card number and personal information on it. Then, they tried to enroll me for a campus that did not have dorms, and i come from a different state that is six hours away.
I got an admissions counselor, that worked for a different campus than the one that I had applied for. She rarely returned my calls. Then, one week before I was supposed to move to the school, she decided to call me to let me know that I was missing about 3 different forms!
IHowever, I set these few mistakes aside, thinking that my experience would get better, it did not. When I moved into my dorm, i was told that I would have two roommates, I had three, in a rom that was fit for two people. The room is not equipped with an oven, however there is no cafeteria.
Then, one of my roommates sold marijuana to many other students in the school. Also, they drank alcohol in the room repeatedly. When i requested to move rooms, I was told that I could not change rooms unless I told the Resident Assistance why i was requesting to move. i did so, and wrote a statement. By this point, the RA, the Residents Hall Director, and the Assistant Dean of students and campus life were aware of the situation, they did nothing. They didn't even allow me to change rooms. this was because the school had over packed the dorms, because according to the Assistant Dean, they plan on students leaving after the first quarter. Basically, this meant that they would not change my room because they put too many people in each room to make more money. Finally, about a month later, i was cornered in my room by two other students, and the school moved me to a room that had an available bed for three weeks by that time.
There were countless other issues that I, as well as other students, experienced. From the toilet system clogging weekly, to fire drills and floor meetings at 10:00 PM.
Also, the admissions counselors brag to incoming freshmen that Berkeley College does not increase tuition because it freezes, however what they conveniently forget to mention is that the cost of housing and "administrative fees" goes up every year, without proper notice. This meant that I, a student paying for college on my own, had to shell out an extra $200+ per quarter thereafter.
So far, i have just discussed briefly a few common issues with this campus, that does not even include the academic side of the school.
The professors at this school are definitely the strong point, I have had some amazing professors who are very knowledgable about the subject. However, they are constantly forced to "dumb down" their courses because students do not attend classes, or put any type of effort into their education.
I actually had a midterm and a final for a class in which the professor gave us the questions, word for word, before we had to take the exam, and then the tests were both open note. How does this teach students?
Another final consisted of doing a five minute power point, half which was supposed to be about the student. A third final I had consisted of a two slide Power Point which the students were given the directions on how to complete (such as writing out name on the slide, and adding a picture.)As previously stated, I am transferring out of this school, as are many other students. Please, do yourself a favor, if you are even considering Berkeley College, run in the opposite direction, and DO NOT go!
|Dec 15 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| This so called "college" is a complete joke. I transferred to Berkeley after I left the University of Massachusetts after my mother passed away. Berkeley is quite convenient to my house so I just figured it would be a reasonable commute with a solid education. When I met with administration upon being accepted all my opinions of the college were positive. Everyone was friendly and really enthused about working and or attending Berkeley. It wasn't until I started attending Berkeley that I realized just the opposite. Those people whom introduced me to the college slowly disappeared and I was left with a college full of inadequate and unprofessional administrators, professors and deans. Although I lived only a few minutes away, I chose to dorm to get the full on college experience. That was by far the worst mistake. All appliances in the room were broken every other day so it seemed and the people I was assigned to live with were all lazy, mean and disrespectful people. Overall, this is a "fake" college where nothing good comes from attending. |
|Jul 18 2010|| Male --
Class 2000 |
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.
|May 17 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |