Southwest Florida College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (32)
Talking about financial information was a JOKE. All I wanted and was a paper statement showing me the outline of the course and how much each class would be. The advisor Didn't know, he just kept showing me the over all price for an associate's degree in medical sonography. I wanted to know how much I would be paying for EACH class. So fast forwarding, I decided to take a loan out through this school and it was the worst idea. 5,000 dollars only got me through 6 months. Let me re-write that, SIX MONTHS. My husband went to community college and,only paid 1200 dollars a semester. PLEASE do not go here, the teachers were great but not great enough to be blowing all of your money! Before I left this school I was disbursed a second loan without my knowledge and actually had to pay back a total of 8,000 in student loans even though I only used 5,000! Reading the other reviews reassures me I am not the only one that was not ripped off. I feel bad for having to write this review, but I want it to be known,what happened.
This school is a scam. They tell you everything you want to hear just to get your money. I have $26,000 in student loans for a degree that gets me a job making $8-$10 an hour. I make double at my current job and was told that I would be making 40k - 50k a year with their degree. I only received help with writing a resume which I didn't need. I received minimal job offerings that seemed to be found off of other job websites. I then unfortunately chose to go back to this college to get a nursing degree. Other colleges wouldn't accept any credits from this school and it forced me to return so that I wouldn't have to take many classes over again. I also tested out of many classes but was only told later that I would have to pay full price for the classes I tested out of. When I went for my nursing degree, I felt that the school wasn't adequately prepared for anything. None of the online portions of the nursing classes worked and still didn't work when I left the college. The labs that were required for the classes were never prepared. The school was always missing something to perform an experiment. The students would then have to sit the entire class and work on other classes. I left the nursing program because I had no faith in the program and didn't feel like I would be prepared and able to function in a hospital setting. I went to one clinical that was in Naples. I have to work full time in Cape Coral and was having a hard time having to fit in 2 clinical days that were all the way in Naples. The only good thing I can say about the college is the teachers were great. I felt that they did know what they were talking about and learned many things from their real world experiences, not the actual course material. However, I did feel that the nursing students and nursing administrators were unprofessional for the most part and didn't give me a feeling of confidence in the school. I never felt like I was in a professional setting with any of the nursing classes.
I graduated from Southwest Florida College with a BS degree in Interior Design. I can’t say that I learned a great deal since I was already well self-educated. The majority of instructors are adjuncts who work full time at other jobs. I also took online courses each quarter along with courses on campus. There were exceedingly few instructors who actually tried to teach. Most simply presented material and graded assignments, and many of the courses were far too easy. It was bad enough in the first years, but after the school was bought by Southern Technical College the situation worsened. To test my theory that some of the teachers were not paying attention and simply doling out grades, I deliberately submitted severely flawed assignments in an online course where it appeared the instructor was completely uninvolved. Essays that should have earned me an ‘F’ grade and charges of plagiarism were returned very quickly with an ‘A’. Apparently all I needed to do was turn in pages with writing on them in the proper format. When I tried to contact the instructor about the lack of her participation, she said she was working full time and traveling and could not assist me. I filed several complaints with college administrators and got no response from them either. The few instructors who did teach were great, and I enjoyed the discussions I had with them. There simply weren’t enough of them. I can’t speak about trying to transfer credits since I have not tried, but expect it would get me no-where. I can say that the school promised that it would get CIDA accreditation and that this would be applied to my degree even if the program was accredited after my graduation. Now the school is closing the Interior Design program and will never achieve CIDA accreditation, so my degree just became even more worthless. And, I have over $60,000 in debt to pay off. As other students have indicated, the school does little to match graduates with jobs or even internships. This makes it very difficult to find a decent firm willing to provide the additional experience that is required by Florida law in order to achieve Interior Designer licensure. For those interested in attending this college, I would strongly suggest they steer clear and seek a higher education from a proper school.
Please do not waste your money!!!! I finished this program early, accrued 25,000 in loans. While the school promised job markets for all of their fields I have had to rely on my own experience to survive. The degrees offered here do little other than help find $8.00 to $10.00 per hour jobs which can be found without the degree. This institution shows up on my federal student loans as "Florida career college". The employees are nice the classes are simple but most of the credits did not transfer to community college so I had to start almost all over to get a real associates degree. After graduating I began contacting the school for job placement help and after several frustrating phone calls all I got was a a reworked resume that they put together using Microsoft word, and being told and I quote "We are not going to roll out the red carpet for you, if you want a job you need to go out and find one". I couldn't believe this is what I paid so much money for, after all the hype about 99% job placement and lifetime job placement assistance. I finally realized I had been scammed!!! Please please please go to one of the many local community colleges in the area I promise it will be worth it in the long run.
I am 36K in the hole for an associates that has gotten me NO WHERE. I struggle to pay my student loans and because of this I am scared to even go back to school because I do not want to rack up any more debt. I have been lucky with jobs but only for my experiance not for my degree. I was stuck doing customer service from 2004 (graduation) to 2014. 10 years and I was still stuck on the phones making $14 an hour. ======DO NOT DO IT======= Go to a community collage, yes it is a little harder to just walk in and start getting your degree but trust me, when you are trying to decide if you should pay your student loans or buy groceries it is not fun. Fed Student Loans do not care that you can barely afford your bills. They will try and work with you but what I have to pay is still more than what I can afford. It is a constant struggle for me. Just don't go to any of these schools. Financial services are great for this school because they want your money
At last the school goes under and sells the business to Southern Technical. The name change will not correct the issues of management. This is the worst possible school around. Credits are not accepted by anyone. Employers do not recognize the education from SWFC as valid. I was ashamed to watch the best instructors be dismissed from employment while they kept instructors that did not have credentials, yes, several were teaching classes without degrees or a lesser degree in another subject area. Program managers without a degree in the same field. The more I think about it, the department of education and the accreditation should look into this school. I believe the schools owes money back to the students for taking advantage of them. Another sad feature of this entire event is that the bottom feeders that were left after the change are still employed at Southern Technical. If Southern Technical's executives only knew the truth, it would be a different scenario.
I learned a hard lesson that cost me $20,000+ interest and 2 years of worthless classes. Yes, I might have learned a few things, however it didn't count for anything on my transcripts. Please don't do what I did, just suck it up and go to a public tech school or community college. Don't give these people your money for nothing.
I had attended from 2004 to 2005, even finishing a semester early with a 3.96 GPA, I had only one B so that ruined my perfect 4.0. The instructors that I had were nice. However, after graduating I was unable to find a job related to my degree of Criminal Justice. I even applied for Loss Prevention at Wal-Mart and their degree was not even recognized. In fact,on the list of schools, nope, even that was not recognized. Seeing just how worthless one of their degrees were, I had to start over at a Community College. Out of 96 credits earned there, only 2 or 3 classes had actually transferred. I hope that they face the same fate as the Corinthian Colleges.
Since my first visit to SWFC I was accepted as an older student. It took me 5 summers to finally decide that I was smart enough to take the assessment test, but that was only with encouragement of the student advisor. I have been encouraged on a consistent basis and accepted. I thought that being older I would have a harder time fitting in. The financial aide office has been very helpful. I won't say that everything as been easy but since I ask a lot of questions. I know I can be daunting. The registrars office is wonderful and helpful at every turn. Mr. G, my program manager is excellent. He listens to his students and his teaching style is great with any age student. He is very interactive and brings out discussions to help understand the topic. He a great professor and a great program manager
The instructors were so helpful in achieving my goal in becoming a register nurse.