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Do not attend the nursing program at thisNot so bright
Do not attend the nursing program at this school! It will take 4 years to get an associates and that's if you pass in the first place! The department head (Mrs. Grutzner) uses computerized alga rhythms to make the tests, making a 4.0 student fail the program. I never met a student that had a good thing to say about the nursing program at this school! Do yourself a favor and attend another school that's reputable! When the head of the department is a former alumni and had to retake the courses you're taking because she failed, it makes it hard for the students to take her seriously. Plus the head is uncompassionate, unprofessional, disrespectful and arrogant. Go talk to her and find out for yourself! A little advice would be for you to find someone that attended this school like me and ask them how they liked it! They will all tell you the same thing I am saying here!!!
4th Year Male -- Class 2007
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DCC is good if you felt like youOther
DCC is good if you felt like you weren't ready to go away to college, like I did. I had good grades in high school and didn't need to go here, but chose to anyway, because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and because it's super cheap.

Socially: If you want to go somewhere where most people are involved socially or are interesting, don't come here. There are only a few clubs and the number has been declining over the past few years. But, some of them are really cool, thriving, and interesting, so don't hesitate to join one!

Most people are boring/lazy, though, so there's not much competition except from the few people who are also doing well and are competing with you for the few scholarships available. People also smoke too much, ignore designated smoking areas, and smoke while walking to class. Obnoxious sometimes.

Academics: DCC's academics are not very challenging. I was an honors/AP student with an overall grade of 90 in high school, and some of the classes are ridiculously easy. As a science major, I was really hoping to be more challenged.

But that's because of the caliber of most students here. I had a 99 average in psych 111 (intro psych) and the class average was in the 70's (this is WITH the curve)...and I studied all of like twice. On my first bio 105 (general bio 1) exam this semester, I got a 90 and the class average was a 65...and the class is for science majors only.

I originally was studying nursing, and even anatomy and physiology isn't challenging if you put in the effort to study. But Fraley, the main professor for that subject, sucks. Do not take her classes if you are in nursing. She tries to weed people out, so if you aren't super determined to become a nurse, don't take her classes, or switch to another major, like I did.

Basically: science & math classes are somewhat challenging, everything else is really easy and a great way to inflate your GPA. Good if you were bad in a subject and need catching up or a refresher, or if you need to develop time management skills (like me).

Professors: Most are nice and willing to help you. My experience with the teachers have been really positive (except for the one I mentioned before).

Price: definitely come here if you don't want to waste $25,000+ a year figuring out what you want to do. I spent a year here and discovered my major for a cheap, cheap $3500 for the year. I did well in my classes and got into the honors society/club, Phi Theta Kappa, and pretty much every school you can transfer to offers merit $$$ just for being in it and doing something (the president of the club this year was accepted to harvard with merit aid). Definitely a good choice just based on the price point. Will knock tens of thousands of dollars off the cost of college.Just make sure that you're motivated to study and you'll do fine. If you come here just because you think you need to go to college, but have no real desire to, you probably won't graduate and will have wasted your money. It can be easy to get lost by taking a bunch of classes and never figuring out what to do, if you aren't pretty motivated. Otherwise, it is definitely a good choice.

Male -- Class 2000
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The worst nursing school that a student canBright
The worst nursing school that a student can go to. Every semester there inconsistent staff. Head of the nursing department isolates her self from the students, refuses the answer emails or calls, and love to reply with petty remarks. Issues was brought up to the dean's office and the presidents office, but was told that the nursing department will handle it. There mission is not to help the students or have an open listening policy. Everyone points fingers and act like they are unaware of the issues. During this Covid the nursing students still have a ton of work to complete while trying to work and home school kids. There is no proper communication and when the students speak up about issues that shouldn't be happening, they are dismissed.
1st Year Male -- Class 1921
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