Fresno City College '14
Majoring in Environmental Sciences
Member since 2/28/2013
I love how diverse it is. Fresno City brings many people of different cultures and backgrounds together. There are the recent high school graduates who are just starting off. Then there are the adults with kids who are going back to school. Then there are the college drop outs that decide to take another chance. As for economic, I think students from low-income families are the majority.
So financial aid is based off of what you and who you live with makes. With me being low-income, I receive the full benefits, and I appreciate every aspect of it. The state has the governors board fee waiver. So even though tuition has raised up to 46 bucks, all of it is paid off! This goes to anyone except those who are not qualified for financial aid anymore. I am happy. Then we get the extra money, usually at least a couple of hundred and thousands of dollars for gas, food, etc. (our choice). It's free money for us, but many people abuse it. If you don't get good grades, you will have to pay it back.
The first few weeks and the last few weeks of semester seemed the hardest to me. Many people use ratemyprofessors.com to choose what class they should take and with who. In general, I think it's a good source if you read the comments not just the rating. For the first few weeks, classes are jam packed, and it is so hard to get that one class that you really want so you'll need a lot of options. The workload will depend on your instructor and course. Some teachers give out more work than others, and some are more easygoing than others.
There's a competitive Honors program as well as many other programs. One famous program was the radiologic technician program. It is closed until 2016 because of the large amount of applicants. I was disappointed, because I was one who wanted to apply for that. I don't think there's any campus life. But people on campus sometimes just hang out, chill everywhere or play some fun sports.
There are clubs and sports, but in my opinion they were not advertised well. There was a club rush in the 2nd or 3rd week of school, and not a lot of clubs showed up. I was disappointed. Supposedly there was another club rush with food that was supposed to be a fundraiser thing near the middle of the semester. Why was it so late? The clubs don't get out a lot; I hardly see them. There are a lot of good resources such as employment help and counseling, but people don't know much about them. I give credit to the library. It's not the best, but a lot of people go there to study.
There is no WiFi as of what I know. I'm not upset, because I know too many people will use it and there might be some hackers. As for the two computer labs, I only like to go to one of them. The one I go to has newer computers, the lab is smaller therefore more quiet so I can do my work. It seats at least 30 people, and we only sign in on the computer using our scccd ID. I like this lab, because the computers are at a good distance from your face and it's very comfortable. As for the other computer lab, I pretty much hate it. We always need to show our picture ID. They hand us a computer number and we go there to do our work. The computer is so high up that it sometimes hurts my neck. Sometimes there are some classes in there. And people talk all the time so I can't do my work.
I'd say the online courses are just average similar to normal classes. It all depends on your instructor, the class you're taking, etc. The work load will vary, so I can't say much about that. The one complaint I have is that they only accept so many students into online courses. I think they should open it up to accepting more.
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