Student & Graduate Reviews (31)
I was able to finish the AOS in Medical Specialties in 15 months, and I currently have 4 certifications as a direct result. I currently work full time, and I was able to become employed less than 2 months after graduation. I loved my time at CA and I am actually thinking about an online bachelor's degree with them. The faculty, staff, all of the instructors, and the financial services team were all great. Of course, there were a few bumps in the road. You'll fins that anywhere. But overall, I really am glad I chose CA for my education.
Think long & hard before making the decision to go to College America. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. Too expensive for the degree. You're going to spend decades repaying everything. The admissions & financial adviser are quick to get you to sign up. They don't fully talk you through the actual cost of attending. Associate's degree costed me almost $40,000 & that was WITH financial aid & back in 2009. Not worth it! I'm sure the costs have gone up since then.
Without over dramatizing, and it may sound a bit cliche but you get out of it why you invest into it. I am speaking of time and effort not necessarily the money, though it is a pricey school to attend that's for sure.
If cost is not a deciding factor, which it probably is, then go for it. If you want a least expensive route then pick a public institution over a private one like this.
College America is not a good school. They just take your money and leave you with no real education. The school says they will help with job placing and they don't. They also won't give you your official transcripts after graduating until you have no account balance. I feel that the time and money spent there was a complete waste and if I could do it all over again I would go to a regular school and not take a short cut.
Enrolling in CollegeAmerica gave me the degree and confidence to move towards my dreams. I liked the way the instructors worked with the students and helped to fully succeed in the course. I also love the way that the dean and other higher up staff encouraged all the students to succeed. The tutoring is an important part of the program too. If you want to succeed at your dreams it is the best school.
I was a single mother with no job so I decided to get my medical specialties degree, I have successfully completed the program with honors and three quarters from obtaining my bachelors.
The school helped me with three certifications and just the joy of being an Alumni is the best feeling of accomplishing my education. I'm now also employed as a health care provider in my home town. I'm glad College America gave me the opportunity to get an education. Go to College America before you decide to go to a technical school..
It was fantastic how CA would accommodate me in my time by being able to go to school at night. I liked that I could go to school online. I appreciated the school was really trying hard to make it a great experience bringing up morale and expectations of students.
Financial aid took care of me every step of the way and I didn't have to worry about it. It is wonderful that CA has a student working program as well. I really felt like the teachers and deans cared. It is a good school and improving all the time. It is an excellent way to earn a degree while having a family and friends.
I had several issues with CollegeAmerica, and they are still haunting me today. My background: I graduated early (BS in Computer Science) with a 3.2 GPA and 4 Dean's list awards. Here's how I did it !
1) I had one instructor that for one 4 week course taught us one line of code. Yes- ONE LINE of CODE! The rest of the time we spent watching Mind of Mencia, Family Guy, and Aquateen Hunger Force. Here's the thing- he knew is stuff, but he was too busy complaining about the staff and talking about plasma TV's. He even brought his python to class. Did I mention this was his second stint as an instructor and was fired both times ! I wasted a total of 160 credit hours with this instructor, and received no knowledge. I made complaints to staff and finally to the Dean of Students- no action taken until the staff felt threatened by the instructor.
2) Most of the other instructors did have some value- too bad they were asked to leave. I have a quality learning experience with 3 instructors- the other 6 were jokes and should have never been allowed to teach. The were mostly bodies to fill time slots.
I was told when I started CollegeAmerica, that student loans wouldn't cover all my expenses. I would need to pony up another $7000, but they would give me an interest free loan to pay when I graduated. I never got a bill, and suddenly I was in collections. When I complained, they tried to blame me because I couldn't be contacted- even though I had the same phone number for 10 years, the same address for the last 2 years I went there, and the fact that collections knew where I lived. At least they took me out of collections and I was able to start paying.
Here's the deal about paying- They will not send me a statement. At least they sent a receipt- once in a while. Then this year they sent a letter stating that they would no longer send statements, and I would have to sign up with a 3rd party payment and pay interest or be sent to collections (I still have the letter and can prove this). I told them I would get a lawyer and they immediately backed off stating "This was just an option- we weren't making anyone go through a 3rd party. I was told that I had to "Just pay- and if I wanted to know the balance, then I would have to call and get it- but CA would no longer send me anything in writing that I had to pay or what my balance is.
I can prove everything I have stated here. I have a job I got on my own, and didn't need a diploma to get (I am the only College Graduate in my department other than my manager). The other 2 students in my class were hired by CA because they couldn't find meaningful work anywhere else. I am also pursuing the payment issue with the State of Colorado Attorney General as well as the State of Colorado Education.
This college was not for me. I did not realize until I got fully immersed in the school. I would suggest to any person thinking about going to this school to really do their homework. I did not, and I regret it very much. The reason I went to this school was to enroll in an accelerated program. I waited some years before going to college, and enrolled at another college in town. I saw some ads for College America and thought it would be awesome to graduate in two years rather than the four year plan i was currently on. Is the school accredited? Yes. You will get your degree. But now after graduating from a state college and looking back, I have found that employer's would not pick a graduate from this school over any other school. But you are paying over 60k for this program?
So you would think this school would be more prestigious? Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! The campus I went to is in a ratty old movie theater. There is one printer for the entire student body to use. The library barely has any books. The course books are more like pamphlets. My anatomy book was about 75 pages, and you could not find this book on any college bookstore site, which means it is pretty much a child's book. That is how all the books were. For 60k, I thought I would have to work my butt off, that the classes would be harder. Nope. Barely had to do work. Show up and you will pass. Don't show up and you will probably pass as well.
they were holding class in a shut down tattoo shop, complete with red and black tiles, and old paintings too inappropriate for class i guess so they covered them with cardboard. I was going to pay over $1200 for this class???? Yes, I was, because they will bill you more than you thought possible if you leave. You won't get out of their system. I had my recruiter trying to send me messages and friend me on facebook! Pretty obvious they must make some sort of commission they are so desperate.
I felt so insulted in spending so much money and taking classes inside a hot old tattoo shop that hadn't been remodeled with anything more than second hand desks, that I left class early, and went to talk to the dean, "T." I asked the front desk for her, they called her in her office, and the lady told me that she was busy and to come back later. I was already fuming, so I just walked back there. Busy? She was sitting at her desk talking with the other office lady and eating. Clearly too busy to talk to a student about leaving this joke of a school. Like i said. Not for me. If it is for you, have fun graduating in a gross old movie theater stage, and be proud of your second hand education that most employers laugh at.
Where should I start... I (unfortunantly) attended the old campus in Phoenix, Az. Well at my first meeting I met with an advisor who was a little TOO friendly. He made me feel uneasy. He suckered me into enrolling into the medical specialties course. I was very enthusiastic about school being that I was only 19 & already starting my college experience. Not far into the program I realized I made a big mistake.
All the teachers did were show me slides & read them... Oh & watch the clock to check if it was break time! They didn't really help me at all. I was brought into the deans office for my attendance which I was shocked about. Come to find out my teacher was assuming that I wasn't in class because she didn't personally know me since I was a very quite student.
I'm $9,000 in debt & with nothing to show for. This is a school where you teach yourself. It's easy to get a 4.0 because they give you all the answers but don't teach you jack! I see commercials for this school & laugh & feel anger towards them advertising a scam. OH! I can't even take my earned credits to another school because they won't even release my transcripts. COLLEGE AMERICA STINKS!