Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Reviews
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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!
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
I enjoyed my time at Spartan. I was an Online student and would have completed my Bachelor with them if it had not been for the fact that my employer requires a certain accreditation that Spartan let expire in 1997. The online course was difficult at times when it came to the Math and Physics portions due to lack of video instructions but questions were very quickly answered.
I enjoyed my time at Spartan College. Their was a hands on approach that made it fun and educational at the same time. I really loved the fact that my peers came from all over the country and the world. I still have friends that live across the globe.
When I read that Spartan has been around for decades I knew that it was a legit school that I can attend to receive my NDT degree. Tulsa was as I suspected, a snoozer town, but I made the most of it. The instructors were overall helpful as long as you put the effort you succeeded. Best part about boring town was that it helped me study more and party less.