Student & Graduate Reviews
Daniel Murincsak - 11/16/2020
Graduation Year: 2018
"The campus I attended was still beginning and being built up so yes resources were limited and equipment was old/second hand. With that said this school still provided enough knowledge and hands on experience to easily pass my FAA testing, get my license and get the job I wanted less than a month after graduation. You get out of this school/corse what you are willing to put into it and you are welcomed back for any additional refreshing you need on a subject"
Dawn - 11/8/2020
Graduation Year: 2022
"I am a new student to Spartan, and also female, and will do my best to keep this updated. First of all, I have already received an Associate's degree so I do have plenty of experience with the processes of smaller schools like Spartan (community college feel). Their setup and efforts are nothing less than you'd expect in a normal community college. If you're expecting more than that then yes, you need to go somewhere else. I have two family members who are retired Spartan graduate aviation mechanics and they swear by Spartan. They also live very comfortable lives. So that assures me in my decision to pursue a career doing something I already enjoy, being a grease monkey! Graduation Rate: Their graduation rate on Fafsa's site is now reading 35% which is kind of terrifying, but I don't doubt that Covid has played some part in that percentile since it was higher. That rate usually gives you insight into how tough the curriculum is as well as their efforts to keep students in school. Needless to say that you'll need to be within the top 35% to complete it. That doesn't just include keeping passing grades, but also by showing up, completing the work, and studying so you can pass the practicals and orals exams. The Cost: Spartan is up front about the cost, they happily allow tours of campus, you can check out their dorms (if you can't live off campus), and you can ask all the questions you want before signing anything. So, you can't be surprised about those things. And yes, Spartan is expensive for what you're getting, but the school looks great on your resume which will improve your chances of getting a good job, and these are very high paying jobs for only 17 months of school. You should compare the cost of Spartan with 4 year colleges because those are the only jobs you can come out with for equivalent pay, except nursing school. And let's face it, we aren't all built to be nurses! But $43k for a 4 year degree is about average, and maybe cheaper on some levels when you consider 4 years of gas costs, books for every semester (8 of them at least), fast food (if you work, you'll be tired a lot), wear and tear on your vehicle, and other expenses that come up over 4 years. Not to mention if you pa for child care. So the cost really isn't bad like some people are saying. It's 17-24 months for their courses! You should be sure that whatever degree you get appeals to your interests, because if you're not really interested in what you're studying then you're probably not going to succeed. I love being a grease monkey, so that's why I enrolled. Diversity: I'm in my 30s, so not all students are young, irresponsible teens. When I did my school tour, there was a wide variety of students of all ages, races, and of both sexes. But of course, they are majority males and 18-25 as one would suspect. The Physical Campus: The Spartan Tulsa, OK campus is right next to the airport. They have hangers with numerous small planes that are there to help seasoned students learn and work on. The building with the classrooms is old and dusty but exactly what you should expect from a machine shop, because that's what it is! It's outdated but serves it's purpose. This is a school echoes the working environment that you should expect in this sort of occupation. The Staff: I have had a very good experience thus far with communication with my counselor, those assisting with financial aid, and the career counselor. The latter, I admit did take a couple weeks to get back with me (also normal for all colleges), but if you're persistent then you WILL reach them. I would advise to call them back if you don't get a call-back for 24-48 hours. They aren't responsible for guaranteeing you a job, nor can they apply for them for you, but they can aid in the search for jobs that fit their class schedules. My current job has me working 10 hr days, all but Fridays, 7am-6pm., so it isn't possible to work there and go to school. I have an interview next Friday at the school for an evening position on campus, which I'm very grateful for, but I'm still looking for other options just in case. I will update this after the interview. I do admit that as long as they've been operating, they should have better prepared resources for jobs since their class schedules are not at all flexible (no night classes or choices of which days), so they should have a better idea where to send you to apply. I think that if students would report back to them to let them know the job they have so that they could add that to their resources. That's on us and them. You can't expect them to call businesses for you or go to interviews on your behalf to see what hours and pay they are offering. That's ludicrous. My advise is to ask around to current students to find out what jobs they have, or if you've done it then hit the career counselor up to share so you can help other students out that desperately need a change so they have a fighting chance. The main problem with career counselor not having the best resources now, I do worry about their efforts and resources after graduation, but I've never been one to rely on other people, so I will likely try on my own first. As for complaints , about instructors being unprepared, I will see whether that is true soon or not; however, seeing the resources out there to self-learn or to gain other perspectives on methods, there's no good reason why you can't get around a hiccup here and there. As long as the instructors are there to help me when i get stuck on learning something, then I'm getting my money's worth. My only concern is getting certified and then a job, that's all. I hope that helps those deciding on whether or not to sign up. This is your future, and if your not willing to get your hands dirty, take it seriously, and give it your all then you have no reason to be there."
Amajor - 10/23/2020
Graduation Year: 2021
"Stay away from this school. Don't waste your time or money. They simply care about the bottom dollar not their students nor the education they receive. They allow students to sexually harrass other students and when reported they simply sweep it under the rug."
Chris - 9/20/2019
Graduation Year: 2017
"Definitely need to update their equipment. Teachers were assigned positions they weren't ready for and it showed. Nothing against them personally, that is directed towards their management alone. However, those teachers assigned their respective roles did the best they could. Moving onto financial services. I had absolutely zero issues and was thankful for the staff I had at the time. Not sure if Jason is still there, but he did a phenomenal job at setting me up and looking after me. It also helps to have a spine and stand up for yourself when you need something rectified or explained. So, that's that. Another topic would be the student body itself. It's compromised of really young kids, like between 18-21yrs old that have zero life experience. They assume Spartan is like a traditional college where they can come into class late and it be okay. Then get mad when they get counted as tardy or absent. Guess their parents failed them on proper time management skills. Also, the attitudes of the young people towards authority was outrageous. Cussing towards teachers, disrespect towards their peers and cocking attitudes when told to correct their dress attire."
David Villalvazo - 9/13/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"The school is great to attend, I particularly enjoy the environment and it really is great in terms of teaching the material mandated by the FAA. I am currently attending the program with plans to get my AOS in aeronautics and technology to be able to become an AMT and this school so far has not let me down. Staff are helpful and students are mature and friendly."
Aaron - 8/27/2019
Graduation Year: 2017
"I won't waste much of your time here. #1. All the negative reviews calling this "college" a scam are...100% accurate. Especially the NDT program. #2. They say they ha e job assistance? I've been trying for 6mths to get on their "email list", without any success. Also, they haven't posted any new NDT jobs in almost a year. #3. Most of the companies I have applied with that know of Spartan's NDT program say it's a joke and I believe that's part of the reason I'm having trouble finding work in that field. Please don't waste you time and/or go into debt with student loans at Spartan. Total ripoff."
Graduate - 7/28/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"This college does not care about the students quality of education. I can without a doubt swear that every student in my graduating class felt ripped off. The school is in horrible conditions and owned by a private equity firm in Chicago that cares only about money."
Mike Eckstein - 7/9/2019
Graduation Year: 1983
"Its a scam. I am not kidding. Read all the other negative reviews. There is a pattern here. These people, like myself, have been tricked in believing its this great place, but it is most definitely a scam just to get your $$$$. Its all a bunch of lies until its too late. By then they got you. Trust the negative reviews. Our experience there are all the same. They obviously pay people to give good reviews. Im not joking! This is exactly how they operate. !!!SCAM!!!"
Jonathan Transfalgas - 7/20/2018
Graduation Year: 2012
"I attended Spartan College of Aeronautics between August 4, 2008 and June 6, 2011. I will always be thankful to Spartan for its training, as I would say it is second to none in the world of aviation. I attended Spartan after living what some may call the "college dropout" life. I was originally enrolled in the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Temple, TX. I had a 3.75 average my first year with a promising outlook as a math and computer science double major. However, I still had some growing up to do. I moved off campus and watched my GPA fall to a 1.5 and I was put on academic suspension for my actions. After moving back home with my parents, and determining to live out my dream to be a pilot like my father (an F16 driver), I enrolled in Spartan College. I was drawn to it with the positive outlook to one day be doing what I do now, flight instructing. The road was not an easy one however. The program is very demanding, and I would say that only those who truly invested all their effort made it through the training. In fact, I find those who have negative comments on sites such as this one are those very students I remember not studying and cancelling their flight lessons constantly. Like any college, Spartan demands individuals to be prepared for their training, which will always mean cracking open a book. After two and a half years or so I graduated the program. I look back on my training and realize that Spartan gave me more than what I paid for. It gave me a true chance to grow up. You learn to always gain knowledge and strive to achieve success every day. There is nothing I can thank the college for more than that. Believe me; the flight training I received through the program is second to none. I would gladly go back and make that same life changing decision over and over again. So, if you plan on attending a flight college in order to one day live the dream of being a professional pilot, I would highly recommend my alma mater. But, I would caution you to know what you are signing up for. Do not attend this program, or any for that matter, thinking that it will be a breeze. You will be tested and you will be pushed to achieve greatness. You will have times or great triumph, like when you experience the joy of becoming a certified pilot, but you will also times of frustration, like after failing a stage check. However, it is those experiences that account for the skills and knowledge you will possess once you graduate and join the community of aviators. At the end of it all you will be able to look back on your training and hopefully feel the same thankfulness I feel now. Spartan is challenging and tough, but it makes you a better pilot and one determined individual once you complete the program! Best of luck in your selection of a professional program! Maybe one day we'll see each other at FL350!"
Joe - 6/10/2018
Graduation Year: 2017
"Who are all these cry babies badmouthing Spartan? I graduated recently and had job offers before graduating. I am working in the field I trained for and am completely satisfied. If you put in the hard work you will succeed. Sure the facilities were not perfect, but I went there to get my A&P certificates plus some degrees. And so far they have delivered. I recommend Spartan, they have a good name in the industry that just might give you the edge you need. Do not listen to disgruntled cry babies."