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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

First: Administration responded to all my queries within twenty-four business hours. Second: School staff and administration enthusiastically supported my program progress. Lastly, and though nationally accredited, the course work is exceptional. My undergrad and masters were at regionally, brick-and-mortar institutions. Structured learning at CCU was on par with my experience at those institutions. Six years of continuous classwork and a dissertation (defense before a board required) have ended, but what I learned at CCU will stay with me. If you are disciplined and desire a real degree, take a look at CCU. My government employer recognized CCU. I am confident that once you begin your higher learning at CCU you will understand why this institution of learning has such great reviews and successful graduates.

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Degree: Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014

I am very pleased, though it took me a long time to finish it, the degree is worth it. It has enhanced my professional standing as a therapist, college instructor, nurse and priest. This is an affordable and accessible program. This program took my work experience into account

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2017

CCU offers a great bargain in a high quality distance learning system. If you're looking for "life experience credits" it will not be at CCU. You earn your degree. However, some military schooling will provide some credits. I found the schools system of payments, electronic testing, library rental and student portal to be near flawless. The student success advisor I dealt with was phenomenal! (Ms B.). All the encouragement and advise anyone could ask for. I found it he course requirements very similar to regionally accredited schools in my area. But this school has set up their program for maximum flexibility for the student. The textbooks are all top tier publications from Prentice, McGraw, etc. I compared the degree program requirements to courses in the local public university in my area and found the most required courses were mirrored in CCU program. The difference is that I could take the ones I wanted in the order I wanted. However, one must use some common sense here. That is another place the student services can guide you. I would definitely recommend this school for a distance learning education! If you must seek regional accredited schools to transfer all credits elsewhere, that is understandable. But for self improvement, job advancement, finishing an old degree you started, CCU is A-1!

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017

Let's face it, in this day in age you need a degree to help get you by. What is a degree? It's an award granted to you once you complete a series of requirements ( classes ). What is the result? A piece of paper with your name on it; thats it. I work in a profession where having a degree is respected, especially when promoting. I completed the Bachelor of Science program in Criminal Justice at CCU and I can tell you firsthand this was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Between having a 60-hour work week, priorities with family at home, in a relationship and balancing a fitness life, CCU made it possible for me to obtain a degree I thought was not in reach. The books are awesome, the flexibility to start your studies or pause for a break; work as fast or slow as you want-theres no other school like it. I have gone to traditional college courses where they're offered two times a week at Santa Ana College, just for showing up you get points towards your grade. At CCU you really need to make the time and put in the effort to get it done; it's challenging because you set the tone. The staff members are amazing, any questions you have they'll answer and best of all it's affordable. To anyone thinking about going back to school but don't have the time, go to CCU you'll be glad you made a life changing decision.

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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

California Coast University is an excellent educational choice for mature, disciplined, responsible adults who bring years of life experiences to their quest for academic attainment. Like any online school whether it is nationally or regionally accredited the student who will benefit most from the online delivery system and independent teaching method is the established adult learner. I know firsthand; I have completed many different business courses and certificate programs over the last 20 years from three highly recognized and specialized regionally accredited universities (on campus and online). Each was far more expensive in comparison to CCU and yet the learning experience was nearly identical. As an adult learner who, with each passing day, is moving closer to her 60th birthday, I realized that in order for me to achieve my lifelong dream of earning a college degree I needed to select an affordable program with a flexible academic timetable (being self-employed and caring for an elderly parent does not accommodate an expensive tuition or a rigid class schedule). My personal experience with California Coast has been extremely positive. They treat me like the adult that I am. Through their streamlined and efficient student web portal, multiple choice exams are submitted and graded nearly immediately and written essays submitted, reviewed and graded within 24-48 hours. California Coast provides 3 very simple and reasonable tuition payment plans. I selected the payment plan that included an initial $500 deposit and monthly installments of $100 (final balance payable prior to graduation): simple, affordable, manageable higher educational costs. As a current student of CCU, I highly recommend California Coast University to the adult learner, the business professional, the mature and responsible adult learner who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree for personal or professional motives. Best wishes.

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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

If I hadn't found CCU, I don't know how long it would have taken me to finish even my Associates... Classes are hard to come by at Brick and Mortar schools (fill up quickly) especially when you work full time. The self-paced program was perfect for how I like to learn and gave me the time to absorb the material. The payment options being interest free was huge. Achieving my Associates allowed me to qualify (in addition to job experience) to sit for a professional certification I have been wanting to complete. After this is done, I plan to return to CCU to finish my BS. I can't say enough positive things about this university. It's met all my needs and exceeded my expectations. Staff is quick to reply to inquiries and papers are graded (for most classes) in a timely manner. It feels even better knowing I will be graduating debt free and have increased my earning potential in my current field exponentially. Highly recommended.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2009

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.

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2003

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.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

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...

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