California Coast University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (69)
Cal Coast is the former California Western. Cal Western was closed for being a diploma mill. CCU is still a diploma mill, they tried to clean up their act, but it's still a scam. CCU is not truthful with potential students in order to get them to sign up. Recruiters will tell you about how the CCU credits are widely accepted etc. This is not the case. Once enrolled, the school will fail students exams and then give the student the opportunity to re-take the exam for $90. The school has been trying to recruit former and active military personal to attend. CCU also tries to recruit mid level white collar and blue collar workers that need college credits to advance in their fields or promote. Don't believe the hype. If you want to buy a diploma, do it somewhere else. If you are serious about getting an education, definitely do it somewhere else!
I received my master of science in psychology from California Coast University in 2007 a partner that degree with a practicum from ncu. That practicum along with my Master's Degree along with specials of studies and CEUs in addiction studies allowed me to test for and Achieve certification as a master's-level substance abuse counselor in Missouri with reciprocity to all 50 states the degree has given me stability in my career for the rest of my life. I studied hard learned a tremendous amount and was able to take that knowledge in my experience and turn it into state certification to practice as a substance abuse counselor. I am also qualified to pursue a doctorate in Psychology and I'm making a decision on where to pursue that now. I highly recommend California Coast University and their Graduate Studies for your consideration as a professional in this fast-paced changing economy.
This University is excellent for hard working, self-motivated and dedicated students: 1. It has an excellent payment plan that meets every student’s requirements and budget. 2. It offers flexible learning programs (Study when you can and Graduate as soon as you can). 3. It offers many comprehensive programs and learning options that will meet your learning objectives. 4. It has an excellent website that provides you online feedback, workflow and tracking of all your requests and submittals. 5. The faculty responds promptly to all your requests. 6. It offers great flexibility to either complete a research thesis or instead complete additional courses which will enhance your overall learning capacity and learning objectives. 7. If you are dedicated, consistent, self-motivated and hardworking, then you will be given an opportunity learn many subjects and acquire a great education.
I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from CCU in 2013. This degree program was ideal and perfect for me as a working Dad with 3 children. I graduated from a regionally accredited community college and all my credits were transferable. I found the course work at CCU to be very challenging and applicable to my career. The final exams are open book but don't let that fool you. They are very tough and well structured. I work in corporate America as a Sales Professional in the Healthcare industry. My degree has been accepted with my employer and has allowed me to advance in my career. I've been asked many times from friends if graduating from a non regionally accredited school for a Bachelors was a good idea. My answer is this...value! If someone is willing to pay 50 to 100 grand for a regionally accredited school you better make sure you get solid value for that enourmous cost. For the reasonable cost and for what can be achieved with a DETC Accredited School, CCU makes for a very compelling alternative to expensive regionally accredited institutions.
The self paced aspect of CCU was priceless. The staff were very easy to get in touch with and were very respectful. The interest free financing they offered allowed me to get started immediately. The only catch with that was you do not get your degree until after you pay off your balance but it was still worth it.
With any education, you get out of it what you put into it. I have read many reviews both good and bad about CCU. I enjoyed my experience in their PhD program. Although I was unable to finish the program (I had to put a date in to get this review to publish, so I made it up), what I was able to learn and apply has been very helpful to my career. The course material was well thought out, the exams were a challenge. Yes, they were "open book" but don't let that fool you into thinking this is a diploma mill. Not a chance. Establish a relationship with the school, dig into the material, and perform your own self study. Personally, I found the program to be excellent - again, you are the one responsible for your own learning. Regarding accreditations, just do some research. Some organizations will not recognize your CCU degree but most will. Even so, just because they won't call you "doctor" doesn't remove the knowledge from your head.
I had a great experience with CCU. It took me longer to finish than I hoped but that was my own fault. It was afordable, challenging and well worth my time. I was promoted at my job after I finished my degree and left that job for a much better paying career shortly after that. I would not have been able to increase my earnings the way I did without attaining my degree. Might go back and get a masters!
I received 3 degrees at three different online schools. And CCU's program has been the most flexible and gave me the ability to complete my studies. CCU's financial payments, course/program offering and schedule was perfect for incorporation into my schedule. When I started at CCU I had evenings free to study, but a year into the program I changed jobs and my schedule. Without being able to complete courses when I had time, there was no way I would have been able to finish the degree. I couldn't attend traditional brick and mortar schools during their schedule. The idea of a "self-paced" program may initially make one think it's easier than traditional schools; but that thought will get you in trouble. People forget, when you are responsible for your education, that means "you are responsible". The school is there to help when you need it, but they treat you like an adult. You're responsible for completing your exams, essays and final tests, you are responsible for on-time payments, finding a proctor and completing your classes. If you are considering online education anywhere, you have probably heard, "You get what you put into it", and nothing more could be true of CCU and most other online schools. The tests and essays are challenging, as well as, being very well developed.
Decent Indeed. Great affordable school with solid education. Commitment makes you smarter. Helped me with my career. Needs improvements on there format, instructor-student interaction, media interaction and instruction, testing centers instead of proctors (at least for finals) and looking to further their accreditation. Not for everyone. Be aware that some schools don't accept their credit (especially GEs, Psychology and health courses) Be prepared to get doors shut since the degree is only nationally accredited and not regionally. I work for corporate so I did good. I would not go the Education, Psychology, or Health degree route. Business and Criminal Justice works. Ill ask employers first.
Due to my schedule, California Coast University was the only way I was able to complete my degree. I am currently working in the field of mental health and couldn't be happier with the education I received and being able to do it at my own pace was paramount to my being able to succeed. Thanks to all of the people at the institution I am now where I needed to be all along.