Algonquin College : Ottawa

A.K.A.  Algonquin College : Main Campus
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Algonquin College : Ottawa is a Public, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute established in 1967. The campus is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and hosts 13,609 (2010) students with an endowment of $0 (2015).  
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Address:  1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2G 1V8, Canada
Phone:  +1 (613) 727-4723
Institution Type:  Public, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute
Established:  1967
Campus Enrollment:  13,609 (2010)
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Campus Endowment:  $0 (2015)
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Latitude:  45.348391
Longitude:  -75.757045
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13 Student Reviews of Algonquin College : Ottawa

  • I have been attending Algonquin College on and off for over 25 years. I am ashamed more than ever of this institution. The prof`s reek with arrogance and circle the wagons when you find a flaw with the program. Some of them have never worked a real job but love life in Organia (at our expense). I also agree with the other reviews of being over charged for services you don`t need. Complete scam indeed. This place needs a major audit and shake-up.

    Overall Score: (2.27/5.00)
  • The whole college is a scam. Trying to get any information from the register’s office is a total crap shoot, with half of the information not true and the other half they answer a question you never asked. The instructors are no better. They constantly show up late, mumble their PowerPoint slides (which they read like a 7th grade presentation) and really are generally unpleasant people. God forbid you ever have to question a test they marked incorrectly. They will make you think you asked for their only working kidney.
    Another issue is the tuition. If you look at the fees it is some of the most lame excuse to steal money from their students I have ever seen. $25 dollar student experience fee. I’m paying to have an experience? I don’t give two fucks about having an experience! I just need that shit-rag of a diploma you are offering me. Another good one is the $300 sports fee. What does this do? If I play no sports I still have to pay it, If I do play sports I also have to pay an additional fee. Why am I paying two fees! The list really goes on and on, like paying to bring your own laptop and things like that.

    To end this before I burst a testicle, do not go to this school!

    Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
  • Terrible school. I can’t believe I wasted 2 years and tons of money on this useless college. I was first in the animation program, then switched to graphic design, and I have to say, that both programs (except for the few I can count on one hand, with fingers to spare), have the absolute worst faculty of teachers that I have ever seen. They teach nothing, explain nothing; basically they are the ambassadors of their section that take your attendance and tell you about your assignment on Canvas or Blackboard, when its due, and what its worth. They don’t even teach you about the software that you are supposed to use. The typography teacher,who is also the program coordinator (graphic design), would very neurotically come into the class in the morning, give us a brief overview of the assignment, and if you didn’t ALREADY know how to use Adobe Indesign, then you’re screwed. Don’t even THINK about asking her for help; she will just give you attitude and frustrated that she would actually have to “explain” something. Heaven forbid!

    I found the Animation department being run by a faculty of incompetent instructors, who have absolutely no regard in assisting students with their projects, and take a very long time to provide feedback to students on their progress. The Animation coordinator doubled as the animation design teacher, and if you raised your hand and told him that you didn’t understand how to do the assignment, his arrogant reply was “Ask a student who does”. Really?! I thought the whole idea of going to school was to “learn”, but it seems that in this and most of the other classes I took, you better come equipped knowing how to do everything ALREADY! The animation drawing teacher was an animation graduate, who worked part time at Algonquin, and had NO teaching ability whatsoever. She had no knowledge of how to explain certain tasks related to animation, nor did she know how to answer questions from students. In animation, there were 90+ students in first year and only THREE computers to test out animation projects! Seriously!?? There was one tutor, who’d come in for 2 hours every Wednesday, and he would have to go by the waiting list of students written on the blackboard who needed help….very often he’d never get to your name. Really? 90+ students and ONE tutor? Something is seriously out of proportion here.

    The Web Development teacher (graphic design) confirmed my decision to just leave the entire program. He would come in, give us a preachy, militant speech about code for about 3 minutes, and tell us to find our assignments on Canvas (there seems to be a pattern with this method of teaching—or lack thereof!) Naturally he assumed everybody knew how to code already. The course description is very deceiving, because they claim that they teach you the basics/foundation/introduction to code, but in reality, unless you already have an intermediate knowledge of code, you will be seriously lost. All assignments go through a “code corrector” system, and must be handed in before the deadline. If you have basically 99.9% of everything right, but can’t seem to find the tiny error that is preventing your code from getting a perfect 100% and don’t submit it on time, then you get a ZERO.

    Overall, in both cases, there is a presumptuousness that you should already know all the fundamentals and software pertaining to the program, and if you don’t, that is entirely your problem.

    I would not recommend this college to anyone, there are better institutions with much better teachers. Even my teachers at community college in California were better than most of the Algonquin college teachers.

    Overall Score: (1.72/5.00)
  • Worst school Ever. I took two programs, the instructors in both of them sucked. They did not know what they were really doing or just wasted time. I had few instructors call me a liar when I was telling the truth. The technology they have for your program is out of date or not there.

    The college is over capacity and there is no real place to work on assignments other than going somewhere outside the college.

    For college services they are a waste of your time, they do not help your needs.

    I wasted four years of my life and what I learnt can’t get me a job/career. You’re better off going to another post-secondary institution.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • What a worthless waste of money. This “school” is an absolute joke. I had some of the worst most disrepectful teachers imaginable here. I had one tattooed skateboarder “teacher” tell me that his 4 year old neice could have done the assignment I handed in. Excuse me, did I just fork over my hard earned money for some tattooed skinny little condescending sack of vomit to berate me? No. Avoid this dump like the plague. Avoid the “professional illustration” program at all costs. It killed my passion for art due to extremely condescending feedback. “This isn’t college quality” I was told. Alright then give me a refund. What a waste of time and money.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Programs I took are out of date and realized it too late. The technology available to the programs also were out of date. Most of the professors/instructors did know how to teach it properly and I pretty much had to self learn.

    College services didn’t help at all.

    A big waste of time going here.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • Currently attending the electrical engineering tech program. I do not recommend this school to anyone. I’ve paid over 10,000.00$ they do not even have proper working equipment in the labs. Some teachers have no idea what they are doing in the labs and can not help you if you hit a wall. One of my teachers spends his class talking to the students and not teaching, giving you tests on lessons he supposedly taught. Another teacher would not show me where the overload or latches are in my labs and had to figure it out on my own. all in all Algonquin blows.

    Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
  • Brutal school. 75% of professors are part time and have little to no grasp of how to teach. A large subset of those professors have a poor grasp of the subject matter they’re supposed to teach. It’s the perfect storm. It’s best described at the Best Idiot Factory on Woodroffe Ave…

    Students also pay ~$250 a semester for the privilege of bringing their own laptop to the school. Yup you pay to bring your OWN laptop. You do get a few perks for that money. You can get a free copy of windows, that you probably won’t ever need. You can get a copy of Office at 3x the regular price. Or you can pay 6x the cost of regular books by enrolling in their ebook program. Let’s just say that I’ve had malware that was easier to use than their ebooks… Go for open waters Big Tuna. That school is useless.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Absolute worst experience I have ever had with a post-secondary institution. Useless technology that doesn’t work and don’t expect a refund because of it. Terrible “customer” service, rude administration staff and deceitful bookstore staff (don’t let them tell you that you can print any part of your etext!!). This college is all about the money, trust me you’re better off with a different college.

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • This college is terrible with planning and helping student success all together if there is option for 0 STAR I would give them 0….here are some problem I have with them:

    Frist issue I have with them is that they list a numbers of differences course that you can take for your selective course, but they never let you choose them, they will put you in a course that they want you to be in. once I see I cant pick the course that I want to learn, I go to see my coordinal of my program and he just said, well sorry folks those class are full, we cant extended them! those class are priority for those are specifically apply for that course, and they are all full now. Then why are you putting it as a option when you are advertising them? and tell us sorry you cant take them, because they are not for your program.

    second issue, is that they will include the e-textbook rental fees in your tuition fee without option for you to opt out…. well let say I want to keep that book for references later on, I have to go to the bookstore and pay for that book again? and they are not cheap!

    Third issue is that all the new Professor are part-time, most of them don’t even go through colleges of teaching or anything similar to that… they know how to work in their field but not teaching us what we need to understand, some of them can even speak English fluently… let say if we cant understand what they are saying, how can we understand what they are trying to teach us? do they really care about us? do they care about our future? my answer would be no in my case.

    Fourth Issue is that I went for a Computer program (2 year course plus co-op) after my 1st co-op term, I didn’t receive any email from school asking for the second term co-op letter of offer or anything like that. they took the money for the co-op term and in middle of Co-op term where I am about to submit my assignment, I couldn’t find the course to be available. Call them up, they said I was withdraw because I have no placement….. and took 150 out of 499 that I pay for the course, and yet they are not the one that find the job for me… I have to go and find it myself…. talking about find the job myself, they have something call Resume prof read, and that I am not sure what are they prof reading, I have to get other friend of my to look at it and help me time to time for my resume( after the colleges prof read and said yes it look perfect.)

    Fifth issue is that they want more and more money every year and as early as they can get… my course wont start until Sept. 7 and I have to pay my tuition fee by June 15 the latest or else there would be penalty on that…and the funny thing is the timetable wont be available until AUG. 5th and I need the time table to coordinate with my work to see if I can continues to work part-time for this company(THIS IS MY FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!) call them up and check for time table today and all I get is sorry cant help you…so much for “student success is our priority and our goal” ….Great here you go my money take it and go….

    My concludes is think twice and research more before you make your choice!!!!!
    and if you ask me do I recommend this college I would say NO!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Half of the teachers are good, the other half so so to bad. Many have God’s complex. Overall education

    Overall Score: (3.27/5.00)
  • I chose the course of construction projects manager , studied online, they call when you need to pay and very diligent , but when you have paid you are unlikely to get timely help to deal with both types of system functions online learning , it is difficult to understand ( which all of FIG after you pay tuition ) . We were told here will Maurice Jervie teacher – that’s who was horrified when these courses or did not respond to the letter, and when, because of my insistence , he replied with an ulcer and blatant insult , like ” you’re there do baby movements ….. ” ( as you know it but do not tell babies to adults , especially the man who teaches not only the specialty but also must have the professional ethics ) . At the end of the course I had to fill out a form type is what I think about the course of the professor and all that, I said that the courses weak meager little cognitive , professor very big slacker and vulgar ignoramus . For what I received the worst evaluation here’s honesty and fairness of this college gained such intruders and give these papers but there is no knowledge who does not, it’s sad that leave graduates with diplomas without having knowledge and very sad that you can learn a lot more than money and official legal speculators as Algonquin college . All praise this college because as long as you do everything on a miserable note you get too easily this paper called a diploma I shook the country in which the future professionals at this level.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Residence and meal plan is a rip off.

    Overall Score: (2.72/5.00)

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