Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,591
54% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 23 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 8/20/2021
  • Degree: Aviation
"I have no idea where to start at on this school/racist institution. I just graduated this program a month ago and thank god that I’m out of that hell hole of a school. I was a A&P mechanic in the US Marines for 15yrs. With that being said I came into the school with a good amount aircraft understanding. Every instructor besides Larry, Bill and Bob that I had at the school was horrible and did not teach nor understand the topics”I was very disappointed in this school and it let me down as veteran” All this school cares about is money. Some of the students are racist towards other students. For example, I met a very nice Muslim guy there and I would often see him doing his prayers peacefully in the student area. I witnessed students say things about him such as, Oh how’s a black Muslim able to come to school here, or they would say he’s probably trying to mess up the planes to kill us. I spoke to him multiple times in my short time of meeting him, he’s one most respectful humans that I’ve met while at the school. I did not serve this country to watch racism be presented right in front of my face. My best advice to anyone who’s thinking of attending this school, do your research on other school who offer A&P. Psa, I am a white veteran saying this."
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2021
  • Degree: Aviation
"I've been in the aviation industry for almost ten years and decided its time to get my A&P certification so I decide to attend Spartan college of aeronautics and technology well this school is an absolute joke. The facility members are completely unprofessional there is no communication between any of them which leads to students being misinformed and or lied to. The curriculum is extremely out dated and isn't teaching students how to become mechanics or even to pass the FAA test. To add to all this students pay 45k-48k to go to this school and all the equipment is either broken or they just don't have the proper equipment to learn the basic skills but don't you worry they have money to throw BBQs and pizza parties.. again this school is joke and I wouldn't recommend this school to a single person..."
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2021
  • Degree: Aviation
"Spartan college is an absolute scam and there for collecting your money leaving you with a lot of debts and not really teaching you. Yes you can graduate, but not before you will be in a lot of debts. I knew about the bad reviews I read online 13 years ago and I thought I would finally give it a shot and try that myself and judge based on my own experience not someone else’s experience and I can tell you from two weeks at this school to stay away from this school and if you could come up with the money to go to this crappy school then you can go anywhere else. I was lied to that ground school will be all online and since I work a full time job though I work as a Senior IT engineer and my income way better than what I would be making at my first couple of years of being a pilot, but I went for the love of aviation not seeking high income job as of course will not quit my job for this crap. I told them that I can only comes to school during flight times since I live two hours away from school so I have to commute and drive two hours one way so four 4 of driving and they had me to go 5 days and on orientation day I was told ground school is online and what I was told is not true. Called the advisor who only respond during enrolment process just to get you in and he was helpful and was able to get ground school online, but then I was forced to attend ground school online via zoom for those two hours which no need to be online for just two hours and I don’t get to sleep enough and can’t keep up with work and studies that requires a lot of hours. So I was fighting this to continue and I did for two weeks then they first had me with flight instructor who his days off are same as mine which I told them my days off and my availability, but they don’t seem to care enough or pay attention to details. I complained and was put with instructor who was nice, but been there for only one month not known much how to teach and keep skipping many parts and thanks god I was ahead of the ground class due to I was studying that months before I go to spartan and I told him that he is not doing what course says and skipping many parts and the most ridiculous thing they for a week teaching me on a simulator I didn’t even get to do a discovery flight to get to feel how flying feels. So, their strategy is to make you fail to take more flight lessons which what they make their money off, so they are only there for money to suck your money into their pocket. Everything there is too old and with all the money they make and take from us they don’t even care having any repair or upgrading anything. I was shocked when I saw the simulator computer using windows XP. Save your money and find a better school that really wants to teach students not to take advantage of student loan and only suck your money in."
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2021
  • Degree: Aviation
"I want to first explain that I'm writing this review as neutral as I possibly can. I understand that there could be a bias if I were to be a disgruntled student but I can assure you I'm writing this essay with the best intentions possible. Pros: GI bill benefit is very stream line and pay is not sketchy. I've used my post 9/11 at an other college where pay was inaccurate and required a lot of visits to finance teams and back pay from myself and the school. Spartan doesn't have this issue at all and their finance team is very solid. You will learn some neat things given your instructor is motivated and knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching. Sheet metal, electrical systems, and run ups especially. I would also add that though I had already completed several college courses before the math and physics portion was very solid and refreshing even though I had done more advanced classes in the past. Some highly motivated instructors will go above and beyond for you. So far I can say that I've certainly learned some valuable skills to take with me into the industry had I not taken this course and tried to get an a&p license through an apprenticeship ship working for hours at a hangar with no real mechanical training prior. Cons: My biggest complaint is that some teachers certainly feel like they are merely filling in an unfilled gap for a class. Whether it's a lack of experience on the subject or very poor teaching skills you will absolutely notice and it will become very easy to lose faith in an instructor. I've had classes where 50% of the time spent was watching YouTube videos about airline ticket prices, or how airline companies are made in a carburetor class. Classes where the instructor did not have an answer to my question on my project and gave me the answer from their master copy instead when the value of the answer was irrelevant because it was based on an assigned engine and what you measured for the spec to see if it was within tolerance or not but required a mathematical formula that the teacher did not have or know (cylinder bore taper). I've also had classes where the teacher left us to our own devices for far too long while we did projects unsupervised. I've seen an instructors have a shouting match with a student, an instructor tell me he was putting in a resume for another job, and an instructor playing solitaire/blackjack on their computer/phone while students did projects. Extremely unprofessional but I will say that this is a small group of the instructors and a couple of them did really try their best with what they had to work with but really shouldn't have been teaching that class. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO HIGHER EDUCATION BEFORE, GET YOUR CREDITS ACCOUNTED BEFORE YOU START. When I started this program I had half of a 4 year degree completed. I successfully completed 2 English classes, a speech class and and environmental sociology class that included debates with great grades at WSCU. I was only credited with one English class and I feel that I was cheated out of my time and education. The history, speech, english, sociology and other general ed courses were mind numbingly easy and at best at a middle school level of difficulty, but time consuming. I cannot even consider them refresher courses. When trying to ask if it was possible to still use my credits from WSCU after I was enrolled and realized what other general ed courses I could have skipped I was told that it would be too long of a process and it would make things too difficult to amend my Gi bill too. Which felt like a scamy response. Student cohesion can be good but it certainly can be an annoyance too. I would suggest keeping your general fellow students at an arms reach and eye out key study partners. But at the same time absolutely give no attention or energy to students who have nothing to say but toxic comments about the school and rubbish political opinions. The classes I've been in can tend to get over burdened with complaint that don't reach the administration or if they do they are too aggressive and unprofessional as well. It can be easy to fall into the negative attitude party, but it accomplishes nothing but agitation to other students, instructors, and administrators. I get it, I've seen some rubbish instructors and comments from administrators that make me scratch my head. But professionalism is king to changing minds and getting your best educational value. Lastly preparations for your license exams and and practical tests has been a pretty foggy situation as I enter the later stages of the program. I don't feel like I've really been throughly explained the course of action I need to take to set up and pass these exams. I'm currently relying on a lot of self study and working with another student in and outside of class to study asa questions and prepware. I feel pretty lost otherwise. Which is fairly pathetic in my opinion being that I don't get a test and review class or guidance."
Omar Hierro
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2020
  • Degree: Aviation
"Appreciate teachers that spent their time to make sure I understand the subjects and gave me advice for working in the field of aviation. Really do wish they put more time in the project like welding but in the end I received my AP license with last minute help from Brock, Gunny, Mac, Jim, and Colin."
Daniel Murincsak
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2020
  • Degree: Aviation
"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"
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2020
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2020
  • Degree: Aviation
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2019
"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
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2019
  • Degree: Aviation
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2019
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/28/2019
  • Degree: Aviation
"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
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2019
"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
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"It is a big scam to scam the federal government out of money because they keep 100% of your loan the teachers are not teachers but factory workers ,, the dorm rooms are located in t A bad part of Tulsa,, I was entirely stressed out purposely by the staff the entire time I was there"
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"This school is horrible, $40,000 per student and they still give you bottom line material: tools and laptops. The laptops are all quite faulty and the tools are cheaper than a 5 piece pack of gum and you get charged $1500 for it. That's not all, the school looks like complete crap, nothing that is said when being admitted is true. Do not fall for the things they tell you, the program is no where near as exciting as they make it seem. Instructors are always quitting so they have to have some running from class to class. Also they fail to disclose detrimental information regarding your career and how certain factors in your life may affect them. Oh and not to mention they like to change their tuition policies out of nowhere. The instructors are always complaining about being underpaid and overworked and they are. Who know's were our money is going."
Michael tobin
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2017
  • Degree: Aviation
"It is pretty obvious that the four and five star reviews here are fake. This school is a straight up scam in so many ways. From being lied to by the recruiter to having financial aid waste my time, it was a headache from the start. While i attended, many of the faculty went in strike due to poor benefits. Some of the classrooms had cockroaches. The only amenities they have are a couple of rundown pool tables. At over 20K a year per pupil, the question is: Where is all that money going?"
This school is a scam
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2017
  • Degree: Aviation
"First, let me say these reviews seem suspect. If the person has a degree, why would they waste money at Spartan? Another review openly admits the college isn't accredited. I assume their (Spartan) recruiters are hard at work to make the 'school' look amazing. I attended from2003 to 2004. The only thing I learned here is how to scam nave, young adults out of money. Most of the instructors are extremely nice, but teach at easily a sixth grade level. None of my credits transferred to an actual institute of higher learning. The non-credit transfer is a silver lining in some ways. I took physics over at a real college and fell in love with it. Financial aid/ bursars office: I do not have any idea how that worked. They would issue a refund check under shady "you have checked these boxes to deserve YOUR money back circumstances. When asked how it works, the reply is ambiguous. I do know someone in the financial aid office signed a loan for me. Housing: If you are female , please stay away! I cannot stress this enough. The female population is almost nonexistent. The school also allows whatever low life that has the means to pay in. I was sexually assaulted by another student. He held a knife to my neck and tried to rape me. Luckily, a few other guys threw him off me and gave me a chance to run into a friend's apartment. The school did nothing more than victim blame for me not "being more vigilant". The apartments are cheap and disgusting on a terrible side of town. It was a common occurrence that someone's car was broken into. My boyfriend at the time had his car broken into on three different occasions. The equipment/ facilities: The pilot program is located at Jones Riverside. The building is a trailer. The planes are extremely old and constantly needing repair. There were several times we had to land early or cancel due to some sort of maintenance problem. I apologize for such a long post. If anyone has kept reading this to the end, I hope you will do some investigating before spending so much money to attend. Knock out your private with a part 61 school, it is so much more cost effective. If you do want the part 141 qualification, look at OSU, OU, TCC. These colleges have the right accreditation and are a better value with a degree you can use. I hope I can save someone from a life lesson that will haunt them for years to come; from when they try to transfer to another college, to paying back an extremely large loan."
Jesse Carter
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2015
  • Degree: Aviation
"When I completed my college degree I was stuck. I wasn't sure what my next step was going to be. I was always interested in aviation so I decided to enroll at Spartan. Spartan gave me a well rounded education. I was able to get a good job and move up quickly."