Review of Southwestern Michigan College

Rating: StarStar_grayStar_grayStar_grayStar_gray By: Melissa F., Student Posted: July 24, 2011

My review

The Good:

A few of the teachers that were helpful.

The Bad:

I have been taking courses at this college for 5 years due to the unorganization, lack of communication, and carelessness of teachers and faculty. Many times I have taken courses and have been given a non-passing grade only to re-take the course 2 more times before finally passing (and no it was not because I slacked off or didn't do the work, it was because teachers lost assignments, didn't clearly explain what they were looking for, or just decided that your paper was just not worthy of being looked at). I have also taken many courses that the first day of class the teacher told us they didn't know the first thing about the subject they were teaching and that this would be just as much of a learning experience for them as it was for us.

The course work did not prepare me for an actual job at all. When I got a full-time job as a Graphic Designer, I had to go through a lot of training just to understand what to do. Over the course of my time there, I only had 3 teachers that were extremely helpful, knew what they were teaching and were passionate about it. My degree is in Graphic Design and yet most of my course work was centered around business, math that I had taken in high school, elementary english classes, and other courses that did not teach me the first thing about design.

Not only were the courses not helpful, but the faculty at the college did not know the first thing about their jobs. Many times when signing up for classes, they would tell me that I had not taken a course, when in fact I had and had passed. There were many times that I had to take my grades and syllabi to the academic office just so they would believe that I had taken and passed the course. Many times, even after proving it to them, they would not unblock the courses so that I could sign up and it would be too late to get into the classes I needed. They were so unorganized in that office that I have wasted a lot of time and money taking courses that I didn't need or had already taken.

After wasting so much time and money on this "college," I would not recommend that anyone attend. I have brought my concerns to the dean of students, and even he did nothing to help me. This school is not worth the hassle, time, or money.

Would I do it again?

No, Not worth the hassle

About this school

Biggest influence when choosing this school Chance of getting in

The financial aid process is still ongoing and I am currently dealing with it.

Professors are generally Intimidating

The night life is Nonexistent

Every student at this school needs Patience, Records of classes taken and grades, money

About the reviewer

Went to Edwardsburg High School

Currently a Senior

You might also consider WMU

Favorite class is Prepress

Favorite professor is Bill Rothwell, Terry Pfliger, and Joe Castenando

Favorite activity is N/A

Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? Not apply

I wish I knew That it would be a huge waste of time and money, the curriculum would not prepare me for college, and the faculty wouldn't care about you or be willing to help you.

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