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| Personally I feel City Tech is a good place to get college started if your a non traditional student. To get in is not very hard. as long as you have a high school diploma and pass the CUNY Assessment test then your good. |
If you want the freedom to transfer to another CUNY, then I would stay away from the associate Technology degrees because a lot of credits may not be accepted to another College. I would recommend the 4 year programs. Applied mathematics, Nursing, Hospitality management and Radiology are the schools strong points regarding degrees. The Radiology Program is a very good program and better than most other colleges in the city.
In my opinion the Professors are OK. There not the best but also not the worst. They will diffidently teach you what you want and need to know. especially if they see you are really applying yourself. I see some comments about people being snooty and disrespectful. I mean this is my 3rd college and TRUST me faculty everywhere is like that. Especially is its busy. Anyway the admin office and financial aid office is who you need to watch out for.
|Jul 15 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
I was a former student of a 2-yr associates college and transferred to City Tech to gain a 4-yr degree in Computer Systems. Unfortunately, a lot of my credits were deemed unacceptable and I was forced to start all over again or pay my way into a very expensive 4-yr private college to slide in. I chose the economic path and stuck with it. I ultimately graduated with 4-yr degree in CS, but all the assurances and teachings of the school never bore fruit and I'm working at a low-wage job to make ends meet.
The only thing nice about the school is the social life. You'll make many friends and meet a lot of interesting people along the way, but most of them are like us, just working hard to find a new path in life. Weekly, you can get a free back massage, a free gym, public social functions. The only successful program they actually got is the culinary, ironic for self-titled technical school that's better in the arts than tech.
The summary is that the CS program is a failure. While their professors are talented, a lot of them can't teach. Approximately 5 professors are the best in the CS dept, the others are just terrible. Their program itself doesn't reflect what's happening in the real world; your training doesn't mean much to anyone, especially your hard-earned money. Equally, their internships are a joke. It doesn't reflect on your skills that they trained you for. They often find excuses and reasons to justify the poor internship experience, but really, they just failed to find the right companies to partner with and didn't even bother to make any sort of arrangements to ensure quality live training. Not one teacher bothered to tell me about the certification exams either. I only knew about it because my past school gave you automatic high scores if you passed the certificate related to the course. Sadly, there's no reward system either. Overall, just don't attend.
Advice:It's better for you to train at a trade school like NYBI. At least there, you can actually develop your abilities and career in a short span of a year vs 4-5 yrs. Naturally, a degree will get you places into the public sector, but private sector could care less; they only care about what you're good at and proof through your technical certificates (Comptia A+, MCITP, etc).
|Mar 08 2012|| 5th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| I am reviewing in the context of a non-degree student, as I came here to take one course required for official graduation. The basis of my perception of this school are based largely on the experience in that one course, the experience of actually signing up for the course and the surrounding environment of the school as a whole.|
And thank goodness I am. I completely dislike this school.
What I found somewhat ironic right from the start was that a school whose marketing was highly dependent on its "high-tech" experience had no online registration (that I could find easily; perhaps because I was a non-degree) and misleading information on their website. I had to make three trips to the school to prove my residency, one of those times resulting from bringing forms specified on teh website only to find out that the information was outdated.
One can easily feel some of the more glaring problems of the school right from walking in. Getting past security was as easy as showing a schedule (or saying they are a student). It also didn't help that the ID office was available for three hours a day, but that's understandable. Dining at the cafeteria is fine if you don't mind being reminded of high school; even its tables and takeout line looked the same! Lots of vending machines, though! Almost all of the staff I interacted with were rude, snippy and generally unapproachable, which didn't make it any more favorable.
If the cafeteria isn't enough of a throwback, the student body and campus should complete the experience. Lots of time will be spent listening to other people's loud music waiting for crowded elevators in dire need of repair. (The accessible elevator hardly works and its accessible exit has been closed my entire time here!) The rooms on the floors are no different from those in high schools, though their computer labs are pretty well maintained. (The completely open networking equipment on the floor, on the other hand...) I dislike saying this in a review, but being around here felt like an extension of the ghetto. It doesn't help that many of the people here think this school is trash and treat it as such. This wasn't much of a concern for me since I didn't plan on being here too long, but is definitely something to think about if coming here full-time.
A bright side to this is that it's situated right at the heart of downtown Brooklyn, which makes getting to all of the great areas of NYC very, very easy. It's also right next to NYU Poly, which makes taking more advanced coursework much easier to do.
Regardless of these faults, they are largely superficial provided the education is good. I can't speak generally of the programs here, but I got the impression from the class I took that there is plenty of internal miscommunication departmentally, many of which seem underfunded. (Not entirely this school's fault; public schools in the city are struggling overall.) I got what I needed to get out of it (and really liked the professor I had), but it didn't seem comprehensive enough to take advanced coursework. There was plenty of cheating, but this is college we're talking about.
Overall, college is what one makes of it, but unless the absolute basics are required (or if a cheap education is the goal), City Tech suffices well provided one ignores the environment and general difficulty of dealing with administration here. Otherwise, it's not worth the time it took to fill out the application.
|Dec 09 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2009 |