Coastline College Reviews

  • 3 Reviews
  • Fountain Valley (CA) (and 3 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $8,734
50% of 3 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 3 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/25/2022
  • Degree: Philosophy
"This school is a disorganized mess. I've taken several classes from other community colleges that aren't my home college, and I have never had anything near the experience as I have with coastline. Every other college has professionals who work at records offices and IT departments that are gracious and helpful. Coastline, while not only having totally broken infrastructure, data corruption, and insane policies where you can't view your grades for free if you're not a current student, will treat you like a criminal for trying to access your own account. I had a wonderful experience with a great english teacher here, but the struggle to view my grades to transfer over my records to another school has been horrible. I would recommend any california community college over this atrocious institution any day. Cuesta College will treat you like you deserve to be treated, as will Rancho Santiago. Please avoid this school at all costs, thank you!"
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2018
  • Degree: English
"This school has a very low graduation rate, a disorganized and inattentive faculty, and a poor-quality English program. Should you have no better option, keep in mind it is possible to graduate here but you will not be in for a good experience. I mean that in the most polite sense of the term. I have received higher standards of academic and personal growth instruction in high school than this college. My writing has not improved more than a small fraction of the amount an Associate's is supposed to bring. I have been at this school for five years. Despite their department they claim caters to disabled students, they do not provide you the opportunities they insinuate in the beginning of the enrollment period. Expect that you will be on your own and have a lot of financial aid offered to you or savings in the bank; you will be making up for your own repeated classes for missed time regardless of your health complications. This can be done, it will just require a lot more time than they advise it will. The math department is particularly weak. Every single time I have had a class, there have been constant problems. I have heard their department is now offering online tutoring. I have never been able to contact them for help in a timely manner, but perhaps this has changed. Also, the teachers are not helpful. When you have questions about the material, do not be surprised to find you are on your own, as they often disregard you. They do, however, send an incredulous amount of emails irrelevant to you and your program. You may send a dozen requests for information and they will find the time to send emails about an unrelated topic like politics in the interest of the school. When you have a science class, it is true that you don't have to go to the campus, and you have the lab kit mailed to you. What they don't tell you is that a box of rocks and a paperback workbook can cost you $150. I was forced to pay this because their classes don't have equivalency exams, and you do need to meet credit criteria for your degree's accreditation. Also, they claim their special AAT program is faster and better, but when it comes to graduation it is the same. The units and requirements are almost identical (you still must take classes that don't pertain to your major even if you don't plan to transfer and want a regular AA). While they are helpful getting you roped into this program, they are worse than useless thereafter. Technical problems run rampant, and teachers are more concerned with their egos than course material. Rather than focus on how this applies to your career, they focus on what interests them (which can and sometimes does include requiring you to take quizzes on their personal biographies). I have only had to do that twice, but have noticed their attitudes are quite similar if not the same. My disappointment lies mostly with the fact that my writing has not changed since high school. They focus more on the lives of writers and not how to write well. A class or two may find you learning more, but most do not. The benefit to this school is that it is mostly online, but they do force you to take some classes/tests in person. What you may think is a benefit for your work (saved time not spent in class) will actually be spent trying to get the websites to work, trying to get the obscene amount of homework done for the lack of learning benefit, and having the instructor ask you moronic questions like why you haven't done your homework when he has failed to register the class on his chosen web portal (which I should mention is sometimes after your refund deadline passes and the college leaves the professor in complete control of his delinquencies with course management). When you report issues like this, the college almost always takes the professor's word for it over your documented evidence. This incompetence extends all the way to the dean's office. I deeply regret going to this school, but I initially was consumed with their marketing mantra of being able to get a degree despite being raised in an area with no colleges. For all the negatives, I do hope you find a positive aspect if you have no alternative option to going here. Best of luck to you!"
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2017
  • Degree: Marketing
"The differentiator of this school is its tailored services to military personnel. This institution provides many relevant majors that directly parallel military occupations, allowing military personnel to enhance their knowledge while becoming more marketable in the civilian job sector. While I appreciated their support from a military perspective, this college is ideal for students who value quality, convenience, and immediate applicability to the current job market."