California Coast University Reviews

  • 70 Reviews
  • Santa Ana (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
93% of 70 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 70 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Anh Pham
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2013
  • Degree: Marketing
"The MBA program is very good designed. It is not easy at all. You have to study seriously to complete the test and get good grade. This is very good course for mid career people. I'm in my mid career time and I also have a baby to take care of. This course give me chance to have a MBA degree. I do learn a lot from this course. I definitely recommend this school to my friend and I did that already."
Rhonda Schroeder
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2013
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I have two Master's degree from major universities in our area. While both prepared me for my career in public education, I can say that neither prepared me for the rigor of academc writing required in the doctoral program at CCU. Challenging isn't a strong enought word....which in the sense of doctoral programs should be music to your ears. One should expect a doctoral program to be challenging and result in superior academic and personal growth.My instructors were clear from the beginning (with my first failed graduate paper), that the entire doctorate program was designed to ensure that I could write a successful disseration comparable to any other doctoral disseration and second to none. I appreciated their candid feedback and committment to my success. I am in to the 5th course of my doctoral program and feel as thought I have made significant improvement, not only in my writing of critical issues, but also being able to reflectively analyze, evaluate and communicate an argument.Afterall, such academic performance is what we are all seeking at this level. The doctoral program does not allow challenge exams or credit by examination. One must have a 3.0 to graduate, Each course is divided into 4 units. Each unit is a total of 4 written essays with 750-1000 words eah question. The final exam is a 100 question multiple choice exam to be proctored . By the time you have finished just one unit of one class..a student has written approxamately 20 pages demonstrating their knowledge of the material. Each paper must be accurately cited with fidelity or your grade reflects neglegence in this area. By the time doctoral student completes the coursework, he or she will have written 800-1000 pages of quality academic writing.I'm looking forward to completing my degree at CCU. I highly recommend CCU to anyone needing a selfpaced yet rigorous curruiculum."
Jordin Jensen
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2013
  • Degree: Business
"I enrolled in the Bachelor' in Business Administration Program. I was able to transfer every credit that I had received during my two years at a brick and mortar university.I love the ability to test out of classes as well. It has been great to work at my own pace. I am always able to get an immediate answer when I call the university with any questions. While the school is not regionally accredited, it does hold national accredidiaton. In this day and age, just the fact that the school holds national accredidation seems to be enough for the employers I have spoken with. The best plus to the program is that the tuition was half tom a quarter that of comparable schools.The only thing to watch out for: If you take the universities plan of $100/month, remember you will not get your degree until you have paid the university in full! Overall, an awesome choice for working adults!"
Jonathan Nelson
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2012
  • Degree: MBA
"Excellent MBA Program! Finished the MBA program back in 2005 and I have to tell you that it was both challenging, delivered well and it taught me a tremendous amount.I had a very positive experience with both the faculty and overall curriculum. It's really how much time & effort you put into the program that truly determines your success & value of the program given the self-paced & self-learning approach. For those who can handle distance learning, their programs are well-designed and in the end will also equip you to advance in your career."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2012
"I really needed a place where I could get this done as fast as possible at a resoniable price. My job depended on it. I am also a single mother and I did not want to be affected by high cost. My admission rep was Damian. He helped me so much from day one he wanted to know my goals and what I wanted and did not force enrollment upon me. From day one I wasnt a number I was a student. Thanks D. and CCU!"
Ronald Amon
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2012
"I thoroughly enjoyed graduate coursework in psychology at California Coast University (CCU). It is topnotch and uses critical tests that provide a meaningful understanding of human behavior. This is why I like and recommend California Coast University’s DETC accredited distant learning program.Having done graduate work in psychology, attending classes at 3 different bricks & mortar universities, I will NEVER, EVER sit in another graduate psychology classroom and be forcefully indoctrinated into the latest pop fashion “theory du jour.” I do not need the classroom’s countless brainwashing of a theorem and methodology that I MUST follow.I can only speak for myself and that is California Coast works and deserves to be recognized for the important role that they fill and the service they provide to the academic and professional community. BUT, you MUST have self-initiative and discipline, be a self-starter, and take responsibility for your learning and education in any distant learning program. But this is true in any endeavor in life among those who are a cut above and strive to get ahead.CCU is ideal for a career person who is still growing, advancing, and always moving on to bigger and better career options. And, yes, the exams are open book and try as I might I never scored 100%--again to the credit of CCU for designing exams that are fully comprehensive and accomplish the goal of achieving results-oriented learning. I rate CCU’s required texts as extremely high quality.Not only do they accomplish their goal, but impart information generally not available elsewhere. I was able to get these on inter-library loan through my federal workplace Library and I also purchased some for my personal library. In at least one course, I contacted the textbook author and made suggestions for a later edition."
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2011
"I have been attending CCU for about 1 1/2, I take 2 classes a year. It is all I can fit into my schedule.So far, I have found that I have learned more than I ever did at either traditional or typical on-line classes.But it is not easy. The main difference seems to be that CCU requires proof that the material was learned. You cannot just cram, spit it back out and then forget it."
Connie Graham
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2011
"Staff is professional. Coursework has rigor. I never had a single problem with the school or curriculum."
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2011
"Courses were very interesting and the staff and faculty were very helpful."
Anis Khoury
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2011
"i am a financial with full time work, so i was searching online about online education to continue my education, then i found CCU.In the first stage i was afraid to join CCU because i thought its a cheap school, so maybe the education level is so bad, but i give it a try to see it from inside.Now i can tell that, CCU is one of the greatest universities ever, because of the cost and the education level, also CCU team is very friendly and helpful. they can stay with you to support you in any case.i really appreciate this university and i hope they keep up the level of education and the support they provide.Thank you CCU Anis"
Ghuklam Hassan E KHAN
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2011
"I started my BS/MS program with this university in 1985 when I was working in Kuwait. And due to lack of time but blessed by the own pace study policy of this university I managed to finish my BS in 1995 and believe it or not for my MBA it took me another 15 years and I never found this university backing off from their support. Although due to my job in UN for last 10 years , I almost decided to quit the studies and remained out of touch with this university but one day I thought let check if I can start again and continue for my MBA and I was so happy that I was told that you can pay only 200 USD for reinstatement.I did and today I am waiting for my MBA degree which is completed. Let me tell you another great aspect of this university , when I started BS/MS concurrent program , I was asked to pay 3000.00 USD in installments but over all these years the tuition is gone way high but I was never asked to pay more. I as resident of third world country must say that California Coast University is the best and suitable for all sort of students."
attila elekes
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2010
"I had a really nice experience at California coast university.Staff was nice tuition is fair and they don't charge interest, you study at your own pace all a plus to me.I got my BA in psychology and I was accepted to a regional accredited school at university of New England Great school to me and affordable."
Nicholas W. Chiarito
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2010
"I have been enrolled in CCU since April, 09 and have had a very positive experience.I contacted the state licensing board and was told that a DETC accreditation was perfectly acceptable to sit for the exam.The staff at CCU has been very helpful but self motivation is the key to this avenue. I own several retail stores and work part time at a rehab center so, an actual semester schedule was out of the question. CCU is the best choice I could have made for myself. Also, two LMHC's who work at the same treatment center obtained their degrees from CCU."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2010
"Although I've had a wonderful experience with California Coast University, I have since learned that the national accreditation is not accepted at ANY OREGON COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. I received a B.S. degree in psychology, which helped me get a job right away in the human services field. But, I'm doing continuing education and they are not accepting any of my credits. What a low blow..I worked hard!"
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2010
"I have completed an MS Clinical Psy and my MBA-HRM from CCU. Both degrees were challenging and rewarding. I am an active duty military member that is due to get out in a few years. These degrees with my background will put me in a favorable position with just about any company.I recieved my undergrad from a "regional university" so I have experienced both types of learning. Perhaps its because I am older and wiser, but I gained just as much from CCU doing the correspondence courses. As stated by other members, you will get out if it what you put in. I highly recommend this university to anyone looking to further their carrers."
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2010
"No school is perfect, the bottom line here is you get out of it what you put in. Work hard and put the time in and you'll feel like you've accomplished something, just like any other school. I'd recommend CCU to anyone working adult going back to get their degree.I just completed my BS in Business at CCU and it was a great experience. Working in a regional sales job, the independent self-study format was ideal. CCU is accredited, so the national company I work for reimbursed me for tuition.A lot of the negative comments on this board are from people who didn't do their research and assumed that the regionally accredited school that they are pursuing their Graduate degree would accept their CCU bachelors degree.More and more regionally accredited schools are accepting degrees from DETC accredited schools, and most private schools with online MBA programs like Colorado Tech, Western Governors, and Kaplan will also accept them. However, doing your research before pursuing an online bachelors is the key, so you know what to expect down the road."
Mike P.
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2010
"I have been attending CCU for about five months and have had nothing but positive experiences, thus far.They were very reasonable when during the application process when it came to accepting units from two other colleges and even granting a few "life experience" credits due to my age and, well, life experience.The coursework is just as challenging as the classes I took at two different colleges in my younger days.Frankly, for those who complained about not knowing CCU's lack of regional accreditation, the school can't fix stupidity. They are quite clear about their accrediation on their website. If you're an adult and can do a little research, you'll discover if CCU is a good fit for you or not.I highly recommend this school for working adults with families, for whom a traditional, on-campus environment would not be possible."
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2009
"I was required to have a Master in Psychology to retain my current job and as I looked around I found California Coast University a very good option. I checked with the Agency where I worked and found they would accept the Degree and infact help pay for some of the degree cost.The work was demanding and I gained a great deal of knowledge from the courses. The staff was considerate and helpful and the payment program affordable. People argue over the acceditation National vs. Regional but from my experience the regional accreditation is just a more expensive route and does not necessarily produce a superior student. When you realize that both Regional and National schools are ackowledged by the U.S. Office of Education it makes you wonder just what is the real great divide between the two?"
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2009
"To those who were surprised or disappointed about CCU based on what kind of accreditation it has. Anyone who does not check the "accreditation" of a school before signing on the dotted line, should probably not be going to college in the first place. Not everyone needs a degree (or all of their degrees) to be from an RA school. Perhaps it would be wise for a person to determine special needs or goals ahead of time? The fact is, I was able to obtain licensure in my field using a degree from this school.It is how you approach things in life that matters more than where or when; this is course number 101!"
Tony M.
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2009
"I "graduated" from this online school in 2007. They took most of my credits I had piled up from many other schools since 1991. Sure CCU is not a brick and mortar school BUT, this is the easiest and fastest way to get a paper stating you have a BS. This paper now hangs on my wall and thanks to this paper- I am in a MBA program under a regionally accredited program with WGU out of Utah.In my experience, I was making $70k a year without a degree and over ten years of experience. With a BS, I jumped to 100k. With an MBA, I'll jump to 125k per year for the rest of my life. I would recommend CCU as a stepping stone to get a MBA. Think of a BS as a stepping stone to double your income."