Student & Graduate Reviews
mj - 12/22/2013
Degree: Automotive Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
"I can't help but laugh at reading some of these reviews. Yes TCI may not be a perfect school but like anything in life you get out what you put in. I went to this school to meet a personal goal in my life, I did not need a job or a degree. I wanted to see if I applied myself academically what I can achieve, my GPA was a 3.85 and I found that if I put in the work, I got the result I wanted. As a self-employed business owner I have to say when I hire my employees it is not all based on academics. 80% has to do with the person sitting in front of me and how I feel about them representing me and my business. Attitudes, foul language, and improper dress are key factors in my determination when I hire someone and I must say I see a lot of that at this school. However it is not the schools fault it is the person who chooses these actions and behaviors. Consider this school the beginning stepping stone, it is not terrible it is what you make it."
Jamal - 1/16/2013
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2013
"I currently attend TCI i'm in my 3rd semester. I just think it's bullshit reading these reviews and hearing ppl blame a school for what ever happened to them. That's bullshit to blame a school, yes it's not a top academic school but if you go and do what your supposed to you will do just find and do an internship. My gpa is 3.35 so i'm doing fairly decent. I'm pretty sure a doctor for example could of started in a community college like kingsborough for example so to blame a school is pretty lame. as far as money goes its not worth the money.. 6000 $ a semester .. It should be alot lower maybe like 2000 or 3000 based on the school size and no athletics or even a gym. For someone working part time n tryna earn a degree its a good school cause you'll be able to earn a degree also.. I have overall nothing bad to say about TCI i even had classmates email me the work or give me the notes while absent so students are pretty friendly also.. All i hope is when i pursue my bachelor's degree that most credits get transfered over."
michelle owens - 9/13/2012
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2009
"I attended tci for my associates in human services and graduated with a 3.5 gpa... thanks to tci articulation agreement with another school, i was able to go on to get my bachelors without having to do anything over ! i am grateful to tci bc i got the foundation that i needed in order to go for my bachelors. The professors although at the time it didnt seem challenging, i gained a lot of knowledge in the field. the thought in a way where you didnt feel stressed and overwhelmed with the information so thats why i didnt see the challenge. yet and still i remember everything that was thought and fully understand it. Here i am getting my bachelors in a more challenging school... and half of the students dont know one thing from another !! where there professors that i wasnt too fond of? absolutely and that goes for any school you attend ! students that behaved like less then adults... absolutely... but thats my concern ! i got what i needed out of the school and i am thankful for the knowledge and stress free semesters !!!"
alan martell - 8/28/2012
Graduation Year: 1985
"Reading these reviews makes me laugh. had many of the same types in my class.You are not going to graduate and be offered a top ranking position (even harvard can't do that) what you do, or i did, get was a firm foundation on which to carry on your field education without looking like a total fool.I graduated an overly educated but severely inexperienced helper, but i knew things that the twenty year tech did not and now i am the twenty seven year tech and the go to man.You only get out of it what you put into it. and what I got out of it was a basic foundation of knowledge which allowed me to climb out of the peon class to management and good $$$$.Close your mouth and open your mind and don't expect to reach the stars right off the bat."
Elizabeth Morales - 4/23/2012
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2012
"When i first got wind of this school, a friend of mine told me that it was a good school. Well I'm here to tell you that it is a complete waste of financial aid and student loans. They are a complete rip off and contrary to this students belief, i am a great student who is always prepared And my gpa is 3.51, so it is not only people who are not prepared who have complaints. I am going on my fourth semester here and while the professors are cool and i emphasized "cool", they pass people with an easy grade and they are basically not making people work for the grade that they get. I am upset with myself that i wasted all of my grants and loans on this school. It is too expensive and you are better off going to a cuny school. Please if anyone gets a chance to read this take the time and think about what i am writing to you. Financial aid only allotts 4 semesters of grants for you to complete an associate degree, then 2 more for your bachelor's at another school, tci will make it so you will take more than that to graduate and by the time you do want to transfer, you would have used all of your allotted grant money unless you are doing the master's program in which it will grant you an extra 2 semesters to complete. All in all 8 semesters of financial aid which i believe is so necessary if you are serious about your education. Also. Word of advice, every semester i have taken nearly $4000.00 in student loans. Not worth it. They also make you buy books that pretty much the whole time i have been going here none of the professors that i have had used and when it's time to buy back, they tell you that they are not buying the book back even if the are going to give the same class the next semester. Your best bet is to just go to the library for it and not pay almost $200 per book.The other thing that i absolutely despise about this school is the fact that people hang out in the front of the main building like it is a social club and it looks like a high school. Their security guards try to be the students friend and try to get your number ( i speak of the males from experience) and the students in class don't take the learning seriously because there is no challenge to them. It is an easy degree for them. They don't have to work for it. My best advice to all is to run for the hills. I wish i would have spoken to the rep at Lehman college before i made this mistake. However i didn't know then what i know now. They prey on people who have dreams to become more so they can get money. It's sad but true. I hope this reaches everyone well and God Bless."
Antonia Furlow - 1/19/2012
Graduation Year: 2014
"This is my first semester and while it is a little disorganized at times, for the most part the staff is very helpful and they show that they care about you getting an education and succeeding.(The bookstore staff is very rude, and I have heard profanity coming from the cashiers mouths in Spanish and English) I feel that those that are complaining are the ones that are coming to school unprepared and unfocused. This is the 2nd week of school I have 5 classes and in each class a different student asked me for a pen, paper or both. Now, I'm sure when they got up in the morning, they knew they were coming to school. TCI is not a prestigious name like Yale or Harvard, so people feel they can come there to play or some say came to school because someone "made them" this is what I call the "victim mentality". Then you have the ones that are applying for public assistance so they dont want to work so they come to school and bullcrap around so they can get the public assistance money. This is unfair to people who want to learn and to the people who actually NEED the public assistance and WANT to work or go to school. So far, I'm enjoying my time at TCI and I hope nothing changes. I've heard some horror stories but that is their experience not mine, so I can't judge TCI based on someone elses experience. I'll just keep doing what I have to do and see how it plays out."
Christopher Parra - 1/2/2012
Graduation Year: 2009
"It isn't a terrible school. I graduated in 2009 in the field of Computer Networking.St John's University accepted me for my bachelors, I think about 50 credits transferred. NYIT also accepted me with about 40 credits transferring.I am 23 yrs old and am currently employed as a Network Tech/System Engineer..I think it did me prety good, I dropped out of HS, got my GED and AAS and am employed within my field. You have to WANT to be successful. Which means applying for internships..I internned at Columbia University during my last year at TCI. TCI has some great teachers, and some terrible ones, and for the most part the people are idiots. The name of the school isn't prestigious, but I got into/accepted to some great schools for my Bachelors.."
Skater-Sandi - 10/3/2011
Graduation Year: 4
"I graduated T.C.I. 2011 with a 3.0 G.P.A. and the major is D.M.A., that is internet stuff like webdesign for webmaster skills. Anyway, so far I have not received my diploma yet. Furthermore, I am waiting for T.C.I. career services to help me get employment and that will take place this month, the month of October 20, 2011. I hope things work out for me. So far, I am just living the dream; I think I'm living the dream. Anyway, I stumbled on this site because I wanted to know how long it takes to get a diploma; my earned diploma. It has been 4 months; yes four months. I was told i would get a letter in two-three months."
Tanika Williams - 8/12/2011
"I went to TCI for two years and I regret it. Although I'm grateful for my degree, I cannot seem to find a job any where. Now I'm consideriing going to a CUNY school for social work. The only problem is that they are not going to take my TCI credits so I'm basically starting alllllllllll over agian....I should have just went to a CUNY school in the first place."
B.ridriguez - 6/7/2011
"You say that the program is so easy a 5th grader can pass... then why did it take you 2 years and still you got nothing... I went to TCI didnt get the best grades but had a 3.0 avg... I quickly graduated with my GED and degree in just 20 months.... since then i have recieved my masters in internet security and am making serious $$.. more than I thought i would.. I have always run into student who blame there problems on the world.. they fail a test cause the "prof. cant teach" blah, school cares about $$ blah blah... It is a private school so they do need more that a cuny or state wich gets half its funding automatic from the govt. and besides all that.. If you are there to learn, and move on its a great place to get the skill you need with excellent resources... if you just want to pretend like your doing something with yourself... a cuny is def for you cause its cheaper.. and they will let you stay in forever.. as long as your paying tuition...When you start taking responsability for things in your life it will change for the better..."