College Freshman 2013-11-06T03:36:12Z
The school I attend is said to be the most diverse school in Maine. Southern Maine Community College(SMCC) is a great school to start at. SMCC also helps and supports all types of religious and sexual backgrounds. SMCC gives students free tutoring; people are always willing to help people. Everybody here is friendly.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:50:01Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
I had a hard time this semester. They dispersed my refund check into 3 checks, making it a hardship on me. The day I went to get my check they were rude and couldn't accommodate me at all. It was very frustrating to pay so much money for school, than to be treated rudely is not a good way to keep up student relations.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:40:32Z
I feel the 95% of the time I received the grade I deserved. But I have had 2-3 teachers that I felt graded me on the fact we clashed.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:35:40Z
The transfer office isn't much help so it's best to know where and what you want to do. The woman tried to steer me away from Unity College because it was private and more money. With all my scholarships they have given me it's the same cost as SMCC.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:31:33Z
Liberal Arts was awesome! I loved taking the art classes, different sciences and even French. With the culinary arts program I went to Alaska to do my extership and had a life changing time! They were always offering after school activities; helping with a live cooking show, ice sculpturing or even helping for big events in Maine like harvest on the harbor.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:31:33Z
Physics department coolest department on campus!
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:26:31Z
We are accepting of ever ethnicity, age, religion and sexual preference. We are trying to help the homeless that attend school by having a food pantry with fruits and vegetables. we have clubs that express many different sexual orientations. I'm proud to be on the Senate and see all the things we can do to make our school better.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:20:28Z
For me I am a traditional student. I need to sit in class, have the hands on and be able to talk to teachers face to face. I have had easy course and hard, for me I like pressure and a workload because that means the teachers are trying to get us to learn as much as we can. Every teacher and class is different, I also believe some teacher are just more invested in us students than others. Students here are all pretty much open and willing to help. I don't believe in my whole time at SMCC, whenever I've asked another student to help me or study together they have declined. We are not a perfect school but we help each other where we can.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:13:48Z
You want find a more beautiful campus in southern Maine. Right on the water, paint the beautiful scenery, you could study on the beach, research this historical landmark (or take Tom Blake's HISTORY PF MAINE class! I highly recommend it!) and If your hungry go to the Culinary dining hall where the Culinary students get to show off the skills we have been taught.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:07:07Z
I was taught many valuable lessons in and outside of the classroom. I initially went for culinary art, but tried to refind my calling after getting Carpel tunnel. I tried to seek guidance in the transfer / career centers office, without much help I was lost in limbo not knowing what to do now that my hands were gone (strength wise). I took an astronomy and cosmology course that made me love science. Science gave me a renewed love for life and I've been doing experiments ever since.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:00:14Z
Student center is great for meeting to study on campus, the learning center made it possible I got a B+ in math, cafeteria food ain't too bad and there are a lot of clubs on campus.The only negative things I could say is some of the staff and employees are rude to students, they make you wait over a month knot school to get your refund checks and parking is AWFUL.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-02T05:00:14Z
I get frustrated with waiting for a computer (because I can't afford one), the internet is often slow and printing I think is expensive 10 cents per print.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:54:11Z
A+ for diversity on campus. My last class had ages 16 to 55, with members from various career backgrounds and born in various nations.
It's a school welcoming to new citizens, and I have met transgender people on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:50:00Z
For the organized, motivated person, the online math course was perfect. I was responsible for keeping a notebook and managing my time, and didn't have to waste time commuting to school to get what could be communicated through the online forum. All I had to do was come to school for exams. I also liked my online history course, which I took while working out of state one summer - I could submit all my essays online.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:46:36Z
The school's best kept secret is that you can take a class from other area colleges through GPACU. (Get a form from the registration office). This means you can take a more challenging course from a even a private school, but only pay the community college tuition price. If you want to transfer to one of these schools to get a 4 year degree, this could conceivably save you time and money. This was one of the highlights of my time here.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:37:18Z
The school is fairly draconian with a very short add drop period. In a way, I understand, as it's an administrative hassle for them, although it makes the first week extremely stressful for people finding out what they want to do. For my own purposes, it was easier to withdraw from classes that turned out to be inappropriate and foot the bill. All my credits I wanted to transfer in from a previous school went well. All my credits that I wanted to transfer out to my next school were accepted.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:33:04Z
My employer has tried using the school to attract applicants, and it is problematic because the school takes so long to approve anything; it takes a month for them to put an ad up. This is unfortunate because my employer has positions that are excellent for student schedules. I think looking on your own is preferable, though some career programs may have specific connections to local employers.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-14T23:29:31Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
A basic Pell Grant was all I needed to complete school here. They were helpful in answering any questions about any policies regarding how much aid one can use at the school. I would advise anyone to START EARLY and ask questions. The school is an overwhelming place the first week when everyone is trying to settle in. It would be more helpful to come a semester or two before, in mid semester, and get your bearings.
College Sophomore 2013-09-28T02:46:17Z
So far, I've found that the professors are very knowledgeable and show concern for our ability to understand the course material.
College Senior 2013-08-27T19:28:29Z
Some people have been known to "frown on" or "look down" on community colleges, dissing them & giving them a "bad reputation" but the reality of my community college is that it is a convenient, well rounded, top of the line, state of the art tech based, diverse, cost efficient awesome school that gives the local universities more than a run for their money!! I'm getting a top notch education at a fraction of the price, I know... my niece goes to USM here and pays 3 times more per semester than me, and those aren't even her core classes!!!
College Senior 2013-08-27T19:19:25Z
The student body @ SMCC is very diverse!! We range in all ages & races... Many different levels of knowledge & abilities!! the campus is fully handy capable & the students are always willing to lend an extra hand to help out a fellow student. Study groups sprout like wildfires & they can be quite entertaining!! I have been involved with several "business" study groups where we were the most unlikely bunch of misfits to be thrown together but we worked very well together & looked out for our class mates, we always welcomed anyone who wanted to join in whether it was for the semester or just cramming for a test... all are welcome to hang out... we are a very friendly bunch.
College Senior 2013-08-27T19:09:27Z
I've taken a math class that was completely on line & an algebra & statistics that met weekly in class but all of the work was done online, the programs are excellent & easy to use even for me & I'm 42 yrs. old. The work load is average comparable to a traditional class, the teacher student ratio is also average and the teachers are really great about answering emails, grading work and staying in constant communication with the students.
College Senior 2013-08-27T18:48:03Z
The Tech building has several top line computer labs that are open daily for student use with knowledgeable staff to help at all times, the network is always being updated and upgraded so it stays with the growing demands of technology. Students can print up to 150 pages for free from the library, leaning center and computer labs per semester, If they haven't used all of them, the remaining balance will "roll over" to the next semesters balance and increase by that unused amount. In all of my years on this campus I have never know the network to have any issues, it's always been reliable and easy to access and very user friendly!! I frequently use my netbook out side on campus and have never had a problem.
College Senior 2013-08-27T18:32:36Z
The cafeteria overlooks the beautiful Willard Beach area next to the athletic fields, the newly remodeled gymnasium features basketball courts & state of the art fitness equipment & host a variety of free fitness classes for students & faculty. The campus center has everything from quiet study lounges & tutoring / learning center, a beautiful library, a café coffee shop, campus book store & very helpful well organized offices to help in any enrolment case. The landscapes are modern, the buildings are state of the art and the Dorms are awesome! They will be hosting their annual welcome to the campus BBQ soon where all of the campus groups will come out to show their spirit & recruit new members for everything from Glee clubs to anime, gamers to sports, religious, yoga clubs and everything in between! There is plenty to choose from and never a dull moment!! The staff are friendly and the teaches are awesome, I give it many very enthusiastic thumbs up!! Come and see it for yourself!!
College Sophomore 2013-08-24T14:40:15Z
It is a community college so its a diverse age group. Many adults and younger kids.
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