St Petersburg College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (11)
I transferred from Keiser University to SPC and my experience so far has been much better, I feel like I am getting the help I need, the tutors at the writing center at the Clearwater Campus are so helpful and knowledgeable . I would highly recommend SPC
Horrible student service for online students. Most of the time you can't just call with a questions because the operators s don't know it. You have to set up an appointment usually days ahead to get a simple answer to a simple question. My financial aid was taking forever to post and when I called I kept getting "Oh, it's just takes a while to complete" After a ridiculous amount of time I finally got an answer, "oh, it was completed almost a month ago but they just didn't bother to update your account. I can't do anything about it except send them a message reminding them to update and that can take 7 business days. No there's nothing that can be done to speed this up and there is no one in financial aid that you can talk to directly" I decided to go ahead and register for classes because I was getting dangerous close to the six other mark because of how long this was taking. Nope, I need the exact class numbers, I cannot look them up by name and no no one on the phone can help me. I simply must set up an appointment and wait to get the numbers to star my classes. Why can they not have a system for operators to look up class numbers? I came from Liberty university and I could easily get whatever information that I needed in one simple phone call. No setting up phone appointments and waiting days just to get one simple question answered. This college has a horrible system that can make getting critical information difficult and make it very difficult for online students. If this is how they operate then they should not have online programs at all.
I had a horrible experience in Nursing School. I found this primarily to be the cause of the instructors who discriminated against students, bullied students, and with one teacher plain out right refused to teach the class at all repeatedly stating "it's in your reading" When I confronted her with the fact that the information I asked about was not in the reading and that the tuition I paid was paying her salary so she had a contractual duty to teach the curriculum she told me to "see me after class." I never got my question answered and the administration told the students wait and see how you do on your finals then complain and then told them it was too late to complain and if they did they'd be tossed out of the program. And that was the least of the problems with the teachers....
This college is sometimes a joke! Their website is constantly down for hours on end without warning. Today I have a very important assignment due, and I need to get on the website to look over the essay guidelines and submit it online, but I cant because the website is down yet again. This is the second time this has happened when I really needed to get on the website! To make things worse, the instructors do not care that the website was down and do not allow extended due dates because of it. I rarely have time to do most of my assignments before their due date, so I do the majority of my work the night it is due. I can't help this, but my instructors do not care and use it as an excuse to not extend the deadlines when the stupid website is down. This is the school's fault, yet I must accept a lower grade due to their incompetence when it comes to simply having a working website!
St.Petersburg College was my first college of choice because it was a great school with many different fields to study. I grew to love the campus and it's still my favourite even though I'm pursuing a graduate level degree. I didn't know what I wanted to do until 2 years later then choose to go for architecture. The Architecture program at SPC was two years and the classes for the program were tough but they more then prepared me for the graduate school that I'm currently in. Great Program and an Awesome School.
I started this journey late in my life, but found that the administration staff for the fire science was excellent as long as you visit in person. The options for a degree are so diverse that e-mails will not make your experience enjoyable. The Fire Science Department was very helpful and worked with me to achieve my degree in a short time frame. They work directly with the State Fire College, which makes things much easier.
St. Petersburg College, College of Education was a sought after educational program as it was one of the first junior colleges to become accredited for their Bachelors of Science in Education program in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The rigorous program was tough. There were 22 students that started off in my cohort and 12 stayed the course. Their academic program allowed for me to graduate and be fully competent in knowledge of content, discipline, ethics, assessment and pedagogy. It allowed me to flourish as an educator which ultimately led to being a leader. In addition, I wanted to give back to their program and took professional development in clinical education. This allowed for me to mentor teachers and have teachers engaged in their practicum with my class for three years. I wanted to give back to the college that taught me the disciplines of being an educator.
The online program for both the AS and BAS degree is structured but still provides a lot of flexibility. The Professors all work in the field in addition to teaching so they have relevant information that teaches you more than just "book knowledge". In my opinion this is vital when applying for a job after graduation. The Dean is very involved in the program and is available for questions. There are also really cool study abroad opportunities to help animals in other countries, like Sea Turtles in Costa Rica.
While I attended this college, I enjoyed my professors and classes, but I had issues with administration. The professors were amazing and always willing to help. The administration was difficult to deal with. There were long waits to meet with advisers and financial aid staff. Once in with an administrator, they had an attitude. Also, when I chose my degree path, I was on track to finish it until they switched the required courses & didn't inform the students. Once I found out, they made excuses & told me to change my degree. I was an online only student & they changed a required course to a coures that was at the school & at a campus far from where I lived.
I can sum up my entire College experience with one word, Unprepared! As a single parent, you must identify all barriers that may rise up and prohibit attendance. When I began my first Semester of college I started out strong and determined, at least that's how I felt. I established childcare and I also qualified to get financial assistance, Thank you FASFA! But unfortunately it was a short lived dream. After passing my first Semester, I found myself without childcare, which made it possible to attend college. I tried asking family members and friends but it seemed as though everyone else had to work. It made it worse that I had just gotten a student loan for 6,000. Always have a Plan B to ensure success!