Modesto Junior College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
I have attended Modesto Junior College since the fall of 2012. Modesto Junior College is a great starter college if you are not exactly sure of what career path you want to take which is exactly what happened to me. I took my general ed classes while taking a lot of Introductory classes and it wasn't until the fall of 2014 that I found my passion/career. The school is great as far as what it offers you just have to know how to utilize it correctly. A lot of students will start Modesto Junior College with no guidance and take a bunch of random classes and waste time and money. The counselors do not really know what they are talking about either. I went to a counselor for every semester I was at Modesto Junior College and each time I went I was told something different. I would suggest getting an academic book for your school year and start figuring it out by your major. Modesto Junior College has amazing teachers and not so amazing teachers although I am sure that's any school you go to. There is a very wide variety of people who attend this school from race to age. the campus is clean and they have security patrolling all day. Overall my experience at this school has been a good one and they are a great stepping stone if you are trying to transfer out to a University.
Keep in mind that I'm currently going to this school, if you dislike reading, please skip to the summary at the end. Firstly, if you're a connected student (meaning you have an internet device you use much of the time), bear in mind that you will have a difficult time while you're here. Wi-fi does not cover the whole quad, not to mention the whole campus. It is very common to be able to access wi-fi one second and the next suddenly be cut off because you walk across a room. However, the new Center for Advancing Tech building was built for people with laptops - USB and power outlets line the building and there is almost never any shortage of somewhere to sit and connect, you don't even have to be a computer student to use any of it, save for the computer lab. The down side is that it's across the quad from the main eatery and soda machines. The televisions in the lounge part of the Technology building never have anything worth watching, just flashing examples of students' art on them, if they're even on. In my opinion, these large LCD screens would be the perfect place to post videos about upcoming events, school clubs, or at least have an academic calendar on the screen. Next, are the professors. For the most part, the instructors have been friendly and helpful. It's been my experience that if you have any problems with anything, they will talk with you and they will work things out with you. This however has not been true of all professors, some professors are rude, others act as though they're going senile, such as rambling very far off topic when they're supposed to be lecturing on a specific subject. I have even been subject to a professor boasting about how he "told a student off" and then proceeded to call the student a punk - which, in my opinion, is unprofessional at best. These rude and rambling professors have been, for the most part, few and far between, if you want a better sample of the bad professors versus the good ones, I would recommend Googling and visiting Rate My Professor. Finally, but certainly not last is the student body and atmosphere as a whole. Unfortunately, this is really where the school ultimately falls flat. Most students are only interested in going to class, then leaving and going to work/home/etc... While I certainly understand that work and family take precedence over socializing for obvious reasons, one can't help but feel isolated and left behind by one's peers. The only things I've seen people do that resembles any semblance of socializing is outside smoking, playing card games such as Pokemon or Magic the Gathering, or in the student lounge sitting around on their laptops. When one walks into the student lounge, it's like a huge chatterbox full of people chatting - but not with each other, just within their respective cliques and groups. I haven't seen any sort of welcoming attitude from students - to - students and with less than 30 clubs, most of which are lackluster at best, the social aspect of this school is unfortunately where I would give the lowest points. In summary, the Modesto Junior College is *not* a horrible school - it's just *not* a good school. Wi-fi is something that any school should at least have a grasp of - enough to make it accessible everywhere across the campus, or at least most of the campus. The professors can be hit or miss, depending on your classes, they're not all good, they're not all bad. The student body reflects the attitudes and atmosphere of Modesto as a whole - excluding and self-interested. The school could be SO much more than it is - it could be welcoming, friendly, with things to do and people to talk to, unfortunately, no one cares enough to try, which is why I'm looking forward to transferring next year. On a final note, if you go to this school, take some tissues or gloves to handle door handles, or make use of the handicapped panels to open them for you. Students at the Modesto Junior College do NOT like to wash their hands once they've been to the urinal - I know because I've carefully watched, listened and noticed for over a year now every time I use the bathroom.
I began college after 36 years since high school. I began feeling very intimidated and unsure of what I was doing but by the end of the first day of my courses i was already feeling at ease. My Instructors were very inviting and helpful and my fellow students were very friendly which made me feel welcome. I was worried that I would stick out like a sore thumb because of my age but there were not just young people, there were people of all ages all there with the same purpose of developing and completing their careers. I am still there and very thankful i am attending Modesto Junior College.
Going back to school at nearly forty years old, and also a single mother, seemed daunting. My instructors have been extremely helpful for the most part and genuinely want to see you succeed.