California Southern University Reviews
Browse Reviews by Popular Programs:
I have been enrolled at California Southern University working on a clinical psychology degree since spring 2018. I have maintained a 4.0 answering all of my questions with the answers I knew they wanted to hear. I requested to speak with the dean regarding the curriculum. In particular the social justice that was connected to every assignment. I told her that I grew up in a time when students were taught to pay attention to their prejudice. I learned that we should get to know someone before we judge them. What I am learning now categorizes people by their race, sex, and culture. I told her I found this inappropriate for a clinical psychology program and that I would like to start writing my papers in a manner that might be unpopular by challenging these ideas. I also told her that I have concerns with the way the text asserts that microaggressions can only be directed towards minorities, and since white males are not minorities they cannot experience microaggressions. I feel the new way of teaching tolerance is more harmful than the old way. Finally, I asked if her school would support a student that challenges these ideas in an academically cited dissertation. I didnt want to waste more time and money to be rejected later on. She told me that this school is not a good fit for me. She would rather remove a student with a different viewpoint than take my money and show that her school supports, or even tolerates, diversity of thought.
The school's culture is far from inclusive. Faculty are biased, unable to be objective and completely illogical when challenged. When obvious issues are addressed with the department heads they are inept and have no desire to engage or address the problem. Far better choices out there.
This was a fantastic choice for me. I already have a Masters degree and license and work experience. So, this was the perfect fit -- online, flexible, affordable compared to brick & mortars. I would only recommend it for those with real world experience or I think you will be lost. You must also be highly self-motivated! The mentors were usually great (except for 1 the whole time I was there). You will not get a ton of feedback on your work though and the doctoral project was hellish. However, I learned so much and they keep the classes cutting edge. I recently heard about some inappropriate behavior by the president/owner which is discouraging. There are a lot of changes going on due to this and I am glad I finished before it all started.
I just completed my first year in the PsyD program and am so glad I chose this school. I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University (wonderful and rigorous program for counseling/MFT work), and wanted to complete a PsyD for the doctoral level education, title, and option to become a clinical psychologist so that I may do psych testing in my private practice. I feel confident in my therapy techniques from my experience at Vanguard, and not sure I would feel as prepared for the clinical work with clients had I not already completed the grad psych program; I found the in-person feedback I received there to be invaluable in regards to practicing therapeutic techniques. However, if you are already a practicing therapist and would like to add a doctoral level of education to your resume, this is a challenging and informative program. I have had immediate responsiveness with any and all people in the registrar offices, my academic advisor, and all of my teachers, or "mentors." So far so good, and will update this after I complete my second year!
I enrolled at Cal Southern as a transfer student in 2016 to complete my degree. I chose Cal Southern because it was (a) fully online (b) regionally accredited and (c) very, very affordable. Since it had been years since I had dealt with college-level work and I was BURNING to complete my degree (with a high GPA), I was apprehensive about diving in to full-time study. Anyone who's taken on the big commitment that online degree-seeking can bring knows that being a student, professional, parent and/or partner is HARD WORK. The demands it makes on your time, mental and emotional resources can are kin to having a baby: It blows up your schedule, disrupts your life and taxes you mentally, emotionally and financially. But, unlike a real baby... your parents/partner/etc. can't babysit for you. This baby is ALL YOURS. Only YOU can do the work. Cal Southern staffers are all capable, degree-holding professionals who do an excellent and conscientious job of preparing and supporting your efforts, but if you're looking for big-campus style hand-holding, exceptions, do-overs, extensions and instant feedback, there are plenty of bigger, more expensive "brand name" schools to look at. Compared to most Universities, this is a small school. The admissions process is short, the tuition is low, the coursework is demanding and the pace of study is QUICK. The campus sits on a large, dedicated commercial park in Orange County where the University's counselors, admins and mentors (instructors) all work to support you in your studies and help you succeed. You can make an appointment, visit the campus, attend lectures and even meet with counselors and administrators should you choose to. I made a visit and bumped into the business school dean in the hallway. Sharp guy. Ultimately, though, there is no football program, lighted stadium, marching band or cheerleaders. Not yet, anyway. This is a school for highly-motivated, non-traditional, self-starter professionals -- people with a burning desire for self-improvement who can set goals, clear obstacles, be consistent and Get Things Done in a structured, academic way. The bottom line is this is a 40-year old, regionally accredited post-secondary institution that holds numerous institutional, departmental and programmatic accreditations, licenses and associations. If you're looking for an 'easy' path to a plaque-on-a-wall type job promotion, there are schools with less rigorous courses of study. Earning a degree here is the mark of real achievement, not the byproduct of transaction or a slew of slide shows, quizzes and multiple choice exams. You will read, digest and discuss, write/revise and rewrite a LOT at this school. A LOT. Perfecting research papers is what they do here. While the learning model is very different from the traditional on-campus environment, you will be challenged, you will be tested and, should you graduate, you will be a different and much more self-aware, confident and proud student, professional and person once you do. For my part, thanks to the year of challenge, growth and AACSB-accredited coursework I completed at Cal Southern, I was able to successfully qualify/transfer into a highly ranked entrepreneurial program at a major research university here in the West. So, while not widely known to the general public, the University's profile in academic circles is growing, makes it a smart choice for those who know where they're going and just need a workable path to get there.
Endless essays where you read by yourself and write papers. Poor school with professors they call 'mentors' that grade your papers from their homes. They don't read papers and fake grades, no feedback. 5 Presidents in 2 years and my academic advisor changed 3 times. Gives degrees a bad name.
This school is very unprofessional. They keep pushing you to apply to the school and once you do no one is contact with you. My "advisor" never answered back my emails. I submitted all the proper work I had to do, and all they would speak to me about is the monthly payments I had to make before I even got accepted into the school. I call one day to check up on the status of my application and they tell me that they aren't accepting anyone from New York. It would've been professional to get an email or something after I paid the fee and submitted all the proper paperwork. I wouldn't recommend this school at all!
Overall I would rate my experience with this school as okay. I did the online degree option and they were always swift in replying throughout the two years that I "attended". However, when it got closer to the end of my degree, that is when they started to delay in their timely response to any concerns that I would have. I needed my transcripts sent via e-mail and had a deadline I had to meet. No matter how many times I would e-mail them they would never get back to me, so I ended up missing the deadline. Also, I finished my degree this past March and have yet to receive my diploma (it is now going on mid August). I really wanted to continue to attend this school for my doctorate, but it seems they will cast you to the side once you have payed everything and are done with your degree. I was very disappointed.
Actually, I did not get a degree/certificate, I just took doctoral-level psychology courses to supplement my Ed.D. degree from Walden University. I really liked the "laid-back, yet professional" atmosphere of the classes and the instructors. The coursework was demanding but not overbearing and I learned a lot. The tuition is very cheap and classes start monthly. Each class is completed in 8 weeks. I really considered getting a second doctorate (Psy.D.) at the CalSouthern, but the program is set up for people who want to be licensed and go into practice. I just wanted a general Psy.D. that was non-licensure and allowed me the freedom to take more electives. Nonetheless, I recommend the university highly.
I'm an active student at California Southern University. The DBA is very challenging. I have found the staff and mentors(professors)to be very helpful. I'd recommend the school and the DBA program to anyone who is seeking to broaden their business education at a highly challenging intellectual level. I enjoy the flexibility of the online experience and plan to beat the schools record for getting a DBA in slightly less than 2.5 years. I recommend the school.