Review Averages: 4.4 out of 10
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Westwood College Reviews:
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
surpised at some of these reviews.
Animation - January 18, 2014
I'm surprised at some of these reviews. Westwood online taught me the basics of oraphic design which was all I needed. I took it upon myself to learn the animation and web design myself as a bonus. With practicing every day I feel once I earn my degree (less than 2 months) I should have no issue getting a job. I've created such a strong portfolio and owe a lot of it to Westwood.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't Waste Your Time
medical assisting - January 15, 2014
While I attended Westwood, it was evident that the instructors were very underqualified. They would barely teach. I had background classes taken at Gwinnett Tech such as A&P, Medical Terminology and Patient Relations. Since these did not transfer, I had to retake them. I noticed whenever the students would present a project, a lot of them would make statements that were not accurate. For example, one group presented a project on bipolar disorder and had a completely distorted view of the disorder and their entire presentation was wrong. Not once did the instructor correct them. Another instructor would simply hand out a stack of busy work and go about her day online while we did book work for 5 hours. Quite frankly, I would terrified to let any Westwood student draw my blood. Gwinnett Tech had a much better medical assisting program. Save yourself from this huge waste of time and money and go to another technical school. GTC was actually less expensive too..
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Actual Unbaised Review: The Good and Bad
Animation - July 5, 2013
Before attending Westwood College Online a prospective student may assume that online school is an easier way to go, but it requires a self-teaching attitude because the teacher will never be right in front of you to show you what to do. Extra research to learn is necessary as well, for the same reason, and so expect to do a lot of self-motivated reading and searching. Any schooling requires discipline in order to graduate and I've found that without proper time management and self-discipline a person will struggle to stay bove water. All of Westwood's staff is willing to help a student; they are simply a phone call or email away. Only thing is that it takes the student to make the effort to ask for the help or they won't receive any. It's college and not elementary school so it's the student's responsibility as an adult to take charge. I've had good and bad teachers; nothing is ever black or white. The good teachers were friendly and provided me with useful information and skills, while the bad ones were sarcastic and somewhat insulting. I did have a lot more good teachers than bad teachers though. The school provides you with up-to-date software and likes to keep you updated. Like any college, if you're not enrolled in school full time then you don't get to avoid payments until graduation so that can't be held as the fault of Westwood College. As for the results: I graduated with a degree in animation and obtained a paid internship as a 3D modeler and animator for a video game company before I graduated. So in a nutshell it's all up to the student to take charge of their future; not to sit around and wait for the future to come to them. Getting through school wasn't a walk in the park; it took a lot of time and hard work. But I can honestly say that it was well worth it and that i will never have to make minimum wage ever again.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It is a total scam
Interior Design - June 28, 2013
Westwood's Online Interior Design Program is a scam. I have $32,000 in debt from this school. They lied to me about being accredited and lied to me about financial things along the way. I have recently went back to school to an actual college in the same state and they will not even recognize one of my credits from Westwood. I am literally 45 mins away from the school in which when I was enrolled in their program I lived in another state and I could not transfer even my english let alone any design classes. I have had to start from the beginning which has been good because the education I am receiving is far superior to that at Westwood. But my student loan debt is increasing and I am quite angry that the government recognizes them and allows for students to be preyed upon by trusting that if you can get FAFSA there they have to be ok....WRONG! Stay clear and do not be deceived.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Whole lotta BS degree
Criminal Justice - December 31, 2012
I now owe 70,000 dollars for something I could wipe my butt with. I finally thought that I was going to be someone, but now I am losing my house. I don't want to be living with low class people in some poor area of town. That's not what I went to college for. I wish I had just stuck with my trade which was painting houses. I made good money. It seems like anymore, if you don't have a degree you will be hung. That's how society raises it's kids. Like if I don't have a degree no one will marry me. Now, no one will marry me because of debt. Oh yes, they will go after my spouse too.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Curriculum needs work, as does everything else
Web Design and Multimedia - December 24, 2012
As a prelude, I'd like to say that I finished my associates degree through Westwood College in December of 2003. I was taken in by the orientation BS about how jobs would be a plenty by the time we graduated. I did not get my first graphic design job until 2006. Between those three years, Westwood helped me one time directly to find something in my area of expertise. Obviously, Westwood cannot control the ebb and flow of the economy, but they can be more practical and stop trying to sell their courses to naive students with a helping of bullshit. As of now, I am enrolled in a bachelor's degree for web design and multimedia. The online sessions are convenient, but because financial aid charges you more to participate in part time classes, I chose to go full time foolishly believing the curriculum would be formulated for people with full time jobs and families. This was not the case and is my first gripe with this program: 1. Online Degree: If you're going to market the convenience of an online degree, at least respect your clients to the point of making it so the classes can be completed during a 40 hour work week. Some of us do not have time to read through 300+ pages spread between three classes with homework and discussion posts, and still get a decent grade. These were also not for core classes, which are more important than general education, which brings me to my next point... 2. Lack of Choice: I could not choose which general education classes to take. This akin to buying an album off of Itunes and then Itunes telling you which songs they're deciding to give you with the album. Westwood gets plenty of money to be able to offer students more of a choice in which classes they want to take. 3. General Education: The Gen Ed classes available from this program are horrendous. If I'm taking a bachelor's degree program, I know what I want to focus on, but classes like "science fiction", "statistics" and "public speaking" do not help me in my development of my graphic and web design skill sets, and the fact that these classes include workloads that match or outdo the core classes lead sme to believe Westwood is stuffing their programs with unnecessary classes in order to charge students more money. 4. Curriculum: The curriculum recently changed, however, I have no idea if they've updated their outdated methods of teaching. For example, CMS platforms like drupal, wordpress and joomla are quickly becoming key elements for a lot of businesses, yet none of my core classes taught any aspect of these besides a discussion of what is the best CMS to use for a client. Even considering the fact that these are built upon languages such as PHP, these classes do not teach students how to use these languages. In conclusion, I went into the program thinking I would learn something. I learned most from my Digital Photography class and maybe a few others, yet everything else felt like a waste of time and money. So for the TL;DR version: Don't do the Web Design and Multimedia program, find a community college and take classes that don't waste your time and money like Westwood does.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
they say they offer industry standards.
Game Art - October 30, 2012
I will start off by saying if your serious about learning Westwood provides you with 1/3 of that. I am in my second to last term and have taken both on-line and on-campus courses both morning and late night. The difference is night and day on campus. AM students and instructors are a good deal more laid back and sometimes way too lenient. Night classes are comparable to a real college or university (people are there to learn) Game Art program at the Anaheim California campus is a bit of a joke (strictly in my opinion) i also think they are slowly phasing the program out completely. instructors: 4/10 when joining the school they make sure you know that all instructors have a masters degree and all have many years of experience in their respective fields. not true. when i started there were 10 instructors and now there are only 4 left due to unqualified instructors. doesn't mean they were all bad and doesn't mean they were not valuable to some degree. they just didn't meant standards to teach core classes at Westwood. students: 3/10 I guess you could say I am one of the older students in almost all of my classes, closer to 30 than to 18. this does cause a bit of alienation on my part because Im there to learn and to get the knowledge i need. don't get me wrong some of them are nice but if you know what a "troll" is than you will understand. it reminds me way too much of high school where it takes students 20 to 45 minutes just to get in to class for a 2-4 hour class, and constantly disrupting lectures and projects. hardware: 3/10 if a technical college, and yes Westwood is a technical college has 4 career programs that are dependent on computers and at least a semi decent connection to the network and they fail to provide even that then should they even keep the career programs running? computers are basic server grade computers. 10 minutes to boot up and log-in and a network connection barely able to load a 2 minute youtube video for a stoyboard breakdown assignment. (thank you criminal justice students on facebook) software: 6/10 this is the "meat and potatoes" of game art program, the programs you need to know so you can get a job in the industry. if the computers were actually able to run the programs we need and even somewhat effectively then there wouldnt be a problem. the programs we use crash the computers constantly and have errors at least a quarter of the time you use them. "remember to save every 3 minutes" quote from instructor. some classrooms have the programs needed some dont, some have up to date and others are so full of errors they wont even start up. materials: 8/10 they provide you with some great materials, books, lectures and resources but in school and class you might not even use them. the only reason the binding in the books on my shelf at home are even broken in is because i read them, i use the discs that come with them, and i review them. I have had numerous classes where the instructor recommends the students save the money and not buy the books or they dont even use them at all. this wouldnt upset me as much if the instructors knew the material front and back and could explain it better then the author of the text books but in an ever changing industry this is unacceptable. (teach yourself) facility: 7/10 on a good note the place is clean i give them that. bathrooms, classrooms commons and parking lot are relatively clean but they also share the area with the local "Honda Center" because they own the land. so i hope you have your parking permit because if there is an event at the Honda center you will have to prove your a student or pay $15 to park in the lot. about a year and a have ago they used to have a game room for the students to play video games but it was riped out because it was a waste of space.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An attempt at an unbiased review
Visual Communications - October 16, 2012
This site is supposed to contain unbiased reviews, so here's my best attempt at rating Westwood College in an unbiased manner. My experience was with the Upland, California campus(Bachelor of Science, Visual Communication). I found the teaching materials to be hit or miss with regards to quality. The books selected from reputable publishers were all high quality. But the school used some books that were printed specifically for Westwood College, and they were absolutely horrendous. Not only were there typos and grammar issues, but occasionally the books would "refer to page 53" and not have the referenced material on page 53! The staff was also hit or miss. I did encounter 2 excellent teachers while there. They were motivating and knowledgeable, and I learned much from them, including real life situational problems and solutions. The rest of the teaching staff were mediocre to poor. One teacher's teaching method was to tell us to "read the chapter and do the exercise". The other students in that class preferred to ask me for help rather than ask the instructor. I notice that students who found their Westwood College experience to be a positive one, will respond to criticism of the school by saying "you get out what you put into it". I'm not quite sure how to read this, because I never hear people say that about UCLA or MIT. So I can only assume it's a masked insult to the critical student, and an admission that the school is low quality and it's up to the student to make the best of it. These schools are nationally accredited, not regionally accredited. Most people (including myself when I enrolled) don't know what this means. I would encourage people to research this before enrolling in any for-profit school. This means that the credits you earn at this school have no value at any regionally accredited school (such as UCLA or Cal State Fullerton). Westwood said (when I enrolled) that credits were unlikely to transfer. They are right. They will not transfer. Overall, I feel that I did learn what I attended this school to learn. But it was only through my own tenacity and desire to learn, and a couple of quality teachers, not because the institution was of high quality. I do not feel that my degree has value to me as a tool to open doors -in fact I feel embarrassed to have "Westwood College" on my resume. The fact that the school is (has been) embroiled in legal battles involving bitter ex-students only diminishes the value of my degree even further. I regret my decision to attend this school. I do not recommend Westwood College.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Criminal Justice - October 9, 2012
I graduated from Westwood's Criminal Justice online program about two years ago. Upon graduating I found out I was having a baby. I was promised they would help me find a job upon graduating. They assigned me a career advisor who would email me job postings that I myself was finding online thru sites like monsterjob.com and careers.com. They did not do anything I wasn't doing myself. The job postings they sent me were also across the country which means I would have to move. I told them my brother was dieing and I was having a baby and buying a house so I could not move. I told them the area I needed to find work in and then never heard from them again. I tried to call and always got a voice mail and no return call. The emails stopped and I was no longer able to access my school email because the school updated their site and I lost access. I am now paying back about $85,000.00 and trying to raise my son on minimum wage not even working in my study field. This is not by my choice. I have been applying for jobs since the day I found out I was graduating and no one will accept my degree. I wish I could throw my degree in their face and demand they get rid of my loans and refund me for the money I have already payed. I strongly urge people to look into other schools for a degree.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No Help, Bunch of Thiefs
Game Software Development - October 8, 2012
I graduated from this school and not a day goes by where I regret going to this so called institution. You pay $60,000 plus just so you can get a low paying job because no one will hire you because you don't have enough experience. The Job placement is horrible they have no contacts in the industry and just get job postings off craigslist. Really. For $60k I can do that myself. The faculty mainly focused on the Criminal Justice Department because they know that's where they can get most of their money from unintelligent mexicans who receive money from the government just because they have 10 kids and no I'm not being racist because I'm from Guatemala. I had to pay or am still paying all my education out of pocket. If you have half a mind to go somewhere please for the love of god avoid this school, save your hard earned money and go someplace else. Stop putting money in the pockets of people who don't care about you or your education and only want your money.
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