California Coast University Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
This was a difficult but rewarding experience. The faculty was excellent, the Chair flexible, allowing me to do a field-oriented study of an antipsychotic drug that was new and untested in several areas. Faculty was supportive and helpful, I RECOMMEND THE university to anyone already established in a career, but needing additional learning and accreditation to advance.
My course work was challenging. The tuition was affordable and manageable given my demanding work schedule and family financial responsibilities. The staff is highly professional and most helpful. The academic standards of CCU are high. I have learned much more from these courses than I did an another state university. The program suited my personal and professional needs. I am quite proud to be a CCU student.