University of Colorado Colorado Springs Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
It's a good college, the mechanical engineer is focused on aero, aero dynamics is strong at this college, materials is one of the areas that has a lack of knowledge.
UCCS is a really great school. It is in a truly beautiful place and has a TON of great opportunities. You may not get the quintessential "traditional" experience in terms of living on campus and having some huge national sports team to support and lots of raging parties, but if you want to meet some amazing people and learn in a fantastic setting. This is the place to go. Very cutting edge and growing fast.
I feel the schooling and classes were sufficient. Most of the professors were readily available and wanted their students to succeed.
I began my studies here as a transfer student with an Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College to Colorado State University - Pueblo from where I transferred again after a year to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, benefiting from the "60/60" credit transfer agreement between the three schools. Theoretically, you earn your 60 credits at PPCC and then transfer all the credits from PPCC to any 4 year school in state. Some of my 61 credits I had earned at PPCC were not upper division nor applicable to the English Literature Major, therefore I had more than 59 credits to take at CSU-P and UCCS combined. The transfer process was not as streamlined for me as I might assume it would be for someone who began their Freshman year at UCCS. The University of Colorado Springs Colorado provided me with pretty solid liberal arts education, with competent teachers whose varying styles of teaching and varying interests kept things more or less refreshing and unbiased. It is a public/state university, but fortunately that doesn't hinder a student from expressing dissident views from the professor. You can pass all your classes if you turn in all your work. I would know because the common denominator between all the classes that I didn't pass was that I didn't turn some work in. I was successful in going on a study abroad from UCCS to a school in France. The Study Abroad Process from UCCS to the host school was in its nascent stages of development. I was actually the first to go on a study abroad from UCCS to France in quite some time, and I was surprised to find, not beforehand, but throughout the entire process, that I had to be almost completely independent in initiating and continuing my study abroad applications for the both schools' International Studies Departments and myself (ie. Campus France, Visa/Consulate, finding room and board in France, flight plans, Financial Aid "front-loading", insurance). The Office of International Studies is very helpful in giving you options, outlets and resources to help address the general questions you will have, but I had to find out through my own mistakes what the exact requirements were for myself. Part of the need to be assertive/aggressive with my application/documentation process is that none of the offices and departments that I worked with actually knew what their responsibilities and abilities were in regards to helping me and each other. I really had to push them and myself to find out how and how much they could do this. I had to keep the process going until a semester after I got back from UCCS, which was hard. My dedication and time resources were waning by the end of the semester abroad and was almost nonexistent during the semester after my study abroad. I think UCCS study abroad system has improved since then, but you'll have to verify with the actual offices on the updates yourself. There is little to no hand-holding when endeavoring to study abroad.
UCCS is a fantastic school. With a still largely commuter population, it is a slightly older than average student population, creating a much higher level of quality in opportunities and networking. UCCS also spends a lot of effort on adapting to change and growth effectively. Just like any school, you can get as much out as you want to put in, but at UCCS, the limit of how much you can put in is massive, and therefore the limit of what you can get out is equally massive. Plus its in a beautiful city, so thats a nice bonus.
UCCS is a great school in a great town. As a Colorado Springs native, I thought of it more as a commuter school, but once I got there it was so much more than I expected. It's fairly big, but it still FEELS small. It's growing so much and future students will have an even more complete university experience than I did.
There is a great deal of diversity here at UCCS. We have a lot of international transfer students that walk our campus all the time. People from all different cultures, beliefs, colors, and sociecconomic backgrounds attend our school. Everyone is so friendly and adaptable to one another. I haven't heard of any "isms" or opressive acts being committed here.
Regarding the pre-requisites for Nursing school: the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department is fantastic. The professors for the Chemistry requirements are outstanding teachers and highly knowledgeable. There is also a science center located near the Chemistry department that offers walk-in tutoring and is very helpful. The biology department is not so great. The primary professor for Anatomy and Physiology is a terrible lecturer, has some ridiculous and impersonal policies, and also isn't very accommodating to students with disabilities. The Anatomy and Physiology labs are taught by students and some are great, others are a nightmare.