California Coast University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (57)
I am a real student, not a staff member. I can almost guarantee that the super favorable posts here were written by staff members. Don't expect to get an education at Cal Coast. This is a former diploma mill that has tried to become legitimate. There is no "faculty" to speak of, there is one guy who seems to be responsible for everything, I think he is a secretary. The customer service is awful. As long as you pay your tuition you will never hear from any "faculty" or staff member. There are a lot of better places to get a degree... and/or an education.
Before enrolling at CCU I verified that they were an accredited institution. However, after graduating and trying to apply to accelerated BSN programs, I learned that NO ONE accepts transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. I had to retake all of the courses needed for my program, that I paid a lot of money for at CCU, again through a regionally accredited institution. If CCU is your final degree then you might be fine, but if you plan on continuing your education ensure that the school that you are applying for accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.
I completed the doctoral program in management. At the time, the program was only accredited in California, which was fine. I took the program only for personal enrichment. The degree has helped me in my career in many ways. Not only has it given me greater respect in the business community (public health related), it gave me a broader understanding of so many areas in which I interact daily. After attending bricks-and-mortar schools for my bachelors and masters, the self-paced nature of CCU's program did require more discipline. But it met my needs well. At the time, there was little electronic communication. I'm sure that's changed now. The program took me about three and a half years to complete, much of that related to research for the dissertation.
I studied at a bricks and mortar university for two years prior to attending Cal Coast. First of all, correspondence school is just as hard, if not more so. You need to stay 100% motivated on your own to complete this. Pluses - work at your own pace, learn more then you would at a traditional university, enormous sense of pride in completion, great value for money. No negatives regarding the staff, the wonderful librarian or the quality of the education. If you are truly committed to being self taught through correspondence this will be a great experience. Part time - expect it to take twice as long if you have minimal time for one or two classes a quarter...
CCU has been a great college and the fact that it is self-paced cannot be beat for working individuals. The coursework including essays and tests are on par with RA colleges. Their payment plan is extremely convenient. Finished my BS in Criminal Justice and started my MA in Organizational Leadership. The main thing I am having anxiety about is the capstone class. Anyone else finish their masters with CCU who can give me an idea of the work involved in a capstone with them?
2014 graduate. I found the program to be much more demanding than anticipated. If you are searching for an informal program CCU is not the school for you. The key is time management. Plan ahead and allocate time to do your reading and writing assignments. The writing assignment were up to equivalence and at times more challenging then my Master Degree program from a traditional regionally accredited University. My online experience was enjoyable during the years it took me to finish my degree. Having a full time job and family responsibilities, CCU curriculum and cost was a perfect fit. CCU program made it possible for me to achieve my goal. Before starting I highly recommend reviewing literature on AP formatting. CCU instructors provided educational constructive criticism throughout my program, to include my final comprehensive exam. Note: CCU offers an outstanding online research engines to help with research and topic development. I suggest you do your research before making a financial commitment to any higher learning institution. No school is perfect, that being said I highly recommend CCU. Best wishes on your online education endeavors.
After having attended both traditional and Internet-based post-secondary institutions, my expectations about how schools relate with students were -- kindly put -- jaded. The public brick-and-mortar college I started out at was aloof from pupils' concerns and bogged down by bureaucracy; even the simplest of things could easily become a complicated matter. The private Internet university I transferred to was much more responsive, yet I was not left with the impression that an active interest was taken in how students were progressing (or quite possibly regressing). The pros and cons associated with each of these schools weighed heavily on my mind when applying to California Coast University. Enrolling at CCU turned out to be, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I ever made. Right off the bat, I was pleasantly surprised to find the administration and faculty proactive in student relations. Conversing with staff was never a hassle and an abiding spirit of fairness ruled the day. A sincere effort was made to reasonably assist me in meeting my goals for graduation, yet the coursework was real work -- expect to be challenged. CCU demands that you really know the subject matter at hand in order to pass any given class. Even though this made the road to earning my degree difficult, it was well worth while when all was said and done. I strongly recommend CCU to anyone who wants a serious education, an astoundingly flexible academic schedule, and first-rate student services. What about the tuition? Having such high-quality learning available at so low a price can, from my perspective, only be described as outstanding. CCU exceeded my expectations by far. I was most pleased to attend there and, most importantly, can say that it made a change in my life for the better.
I like this school very much. I have completed my Bachelors in Healthcare Administration. I also agree that with other things taking priority it was challenging for me to pay off my tuition. They have flexible payment options however with buying a new home I fell behind.The staff are very nice and encouraging. I never felt anything less than amazing when I speak to anyone here. I am now enrolled in the MBA program with a concentration in management. I plan to go the extra mile and get a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from CCU as well. It speaks volumes when you want to continue our educational journey with the same school. I am not sure what happened in the past but I enrolled in this school in 2011. This is is accredited. The place I work for will not accept degrees unless they are accredited by the US Department of Education. No one force me to go to this school and i have never had any problems. Thank you CCU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cal Coast is the former California Western. Cal Western was closed for being a diploma mill. CCU is still a diploma mill, they tried to clean up their act, but it's still a scam. CCU is not truthful with potential students in order to get them to sign up. Recruiters will tell you about how the CCU credits are widely accepted etc. This is not the case. Once enrolled, the school will fail students exams and then give the student the opportunity to re-take the exam for $90. The school has been trying to recruit former and active military personal to attend. CCU also tries to recruit mid level white collar and blue collar workers that need college credits to advance in their fields or promote. Don't believe the hype. If you want to buy a diploma, do it somewhere else. If you are serious about getting an education, definitely do it somewhere else!
I received my master of science in psychology from California Coast University in 2007 a partner that degree with a practicum from ncu. That practicum along with my Master's Degree along with specials of studies and CEUs in addiction studies allowed me to test for and Achieve certification as a master's-level substance abuse counselor in Missouri with reciprocity to all 50 states the degree has given me stability in my career for the rest of my life. I studied hard learned a tremendous amount and was able to take that knowledge in my experience and turn it into state certification to practice as a substance abuse counselor. I am also qualified to pursue a doctorate in Psychology and I'm making a decision on where to pursue that now. I highly recommend California Coast University and their Graduate Studies for your consideration as a professional in this fast-paced changing economy.