Georgian College : Barrie

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Georgian College : Barrie is a Public, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute established in 1967. The campus is located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and hosts students with an endowment of $0 (2015).  
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Address:  1 Georgian Drive Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3X9, Canada
Phone:  +1 (705) 728-1968
Institution Type:  Public, Non-Sectarian, Career, Institute
Established:  1967
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Campus Endowment:  $0 (2015)
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Latitude:  44.412233
Longitude:  -79.669186
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33 Student Reviews of Georgian College : Barrie

  • Outdated Web Development Courses. You might as well teach yourself while in this program because you’ll learn the wrong path for your future.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • the ABSOLUTE WORST school especially for international students.
    They will most likely grant you admission to get your coins but you’re on your own thereafter. Quite racist too. Do yourself a favour and look elsewhere.

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • not a bad school at all

    Overall Score: (3.54/5.00)
  • Absolutely horrible school. They take your money and give you no help or advise what so ever because they can’t. They have no clue what’s going on. Ontario learn is a joke to them they say they sent you email information and they never do. They are rude and unknowledgable. Something has to be done about this school!!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Honestly this school is all about the money, my tuition is over $5500 per semester !! Btw there’s 6 semester. Plus you need to pay for your books and kit which you add an extra $1500-2500 per semester
    Parking pass $200 x6
    Plus all the schools unnecessary fees for everything!

    The staff is rude.
    The nurse office are so unprofessional and will tell you to walk across the street to the walk in because they don’t accept students at the school???! What?!??

    I regret sooooo much coming to this school….

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • Absolutely the worst college in Ontario. Unprofessional teachers and gruesome students. After all this college is located in Barrie, which is a village with lots of snow and basically no transit system, where you can’t even find a co-op, which this college makes mandatory. All I can suggest is choose another college, preferably in GTA.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • I took the automotive business course (diploma program) at Georgian, and I would never recommend it. Some of the teachers were fantastic, while others were completely useless, and some had some harassment issues. I started on my first co-op in the summer of 2016 which had a very bad start. We had been told before we started our co-ops that if we were having any issues, to contact them and they would try to help you find something else. I had contacted them numerous times and I could not get ahold of anyone. They had no interest in my situation and couldn’t care any less about education. This ended up with me not completing my co-op because the school neglected to do anything about it. They should be embarrassed of themselves. What a waste of money. I spent over $5000 for just the first year. It makes me feel sick. So many people i know have had very similar issues… they claim that they will come to your place of employment during your co-op to check on everything, and not once did this happen. Such an unorganized and unprofessional school. Thanks for wasting my money and forcing me out of the program by neglecting to solve any of my issues.

    Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
  • I went there for Graphic Design years ago. It was a waste of time as I learned most on my own, plus skills/ideas I would have never learned there. Teachers and coordinators are a joke! Web Design was 3 years behind when I graduated, solution was to take an in-class course 1 class per semester for 3 years afterward… I obviously did not bother wasting anymore of my time. I was sadly even the target of an abusive teacher there who taught design history named Judith; She would speak about me to the rest of the class while I was in hospital, jut one of those just hates my face I guess situations (just very low class all around…..) If you are ethnic you most likely wont fit in to this school.. Just have to put that out there… I was excepted to 4 other colleges, and decided to go to the furthest away from home. I made a giant mistake!! I am successful in what I do now with the skills that I taught myself; no thanks to Georgian!

    I would not recommend this school!!! Save yourself for wasting your money!!

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Be carful if you are going to dental hygiene or dental assisting

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • Very unprofessional, especially the dental programs.

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • I’m doing a one-year online post-grad certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development. I felt the need to review because while not all of my experiences were good, I don’t think most of these reviews are accurate for my program. Particularly using the large ratio of international students as the only basis for a comment – seriously? Don’t be racist and get used to multiculturalism, this is Canada.

    I don’t have any experience with other colleges, so I will admit that I’m holding Georgian College to a lower standard than I would a University. But I’m also in a one year online program. For me, the online program is split 60/40 on good vs bad. The teachers themselves, at least in my program, are certainly knowledgeable. They know the field, I don’t. The courses are practical and teach you how to do tasks you need for a career in fundraising, ie a class on grants and proposal writing. Teachers are available and respond quickly to questions, marks came back within a week or two of submitting the assignment. Getting straight 80s-100% on assignments is fairly easy which is exactly what I expected. and honestly counted on, when going to a college level cert program from a 4-year BA (Hons). This isn’t a complaint it’s a compliment. That is exactly what I wanted, just teach me stuff I’ll actually use and make the assignments straightforward enough that my GPA will pad my resume. Really, the program knows its audience. It gives you the skillsets you need and doesn’t over complicate it.

    The teachers all have full time jobs in the non-profit sector separate from teaching and it shows in lazily reused course outlines with wrong due dates from the previous semester or even year. Every one of my six courses had at least 3 different due dates in three different areas for at least one assignment. Some courses this issue came up with every assignment. For a program that’s run entirely online, I do expect the teachers to have a little more of an understanding of how to use Blackboard.Therey were issues with assignment dropboxes closing too early, and only about half of the assignments ever showed up on Blackboard’s calendar for due dates, or would show up a week late with the wrong due date. I’m a full time student and work full time. That sort of mistake is really unacceptable, especially coming from the people who would turn around and dock marks off my assignments if they had as many technical errors as these classes.

    I totally agree that it is a money grab. My tuition is admittedly less than my university tuition, but I live well over three hours away and maybe two people in my entire program live within an hour of Barrie. At least one is in British Columbia. Emphasis on the fact that this entire program is ONLINE. There is not a single reason for me to ever come to campus. But I still get hit with over $200 in campus based fees, including three separate charges for an activity fee, and athletic activity fee and a universal fitness fee. Don’t know what those are but they certainly sound redundant and alone cost me $25, $35 and $59. For a program that is intentionally set up so students don’t come to campus, I think there really ought to be an opt out option for these things. I never even got/needed a student card, but I paid for one..

    Overall Score: (2.81/5.00)
  • Please don’t choose this college. You may think I’m joking – but I’m not. Fees upon fees, profs don’t know what they are doing…

    The college makes an insane amount of money. Nothing going towards students.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Im currently in CSTN program. Most of my courses are geared towards my program and have practical applications in the workplace. I have a few great instructors, and a few shitty instructors. The courses are set up to allow you to succeed if you put enough time into them. I would prefer to see extended class hours in the form of tutorials or lab time. But for the most part I’ve found this to be a fairly positive experience. People saying that you are getting gouged here are out of their minds. My tuition is 60% cheaper compared to what my old university tuition was at a fairly cheap university in southern Ontario. My only real complaint is the with the co-op office. I don’t feel like the class time is nearly enough, and the online portion is a joke.

    Overall Score: (3.63/5.00)
  • Completely broken school who’s sole interest is getting as much money as they can. They withheld my diploma for over nine months because the apathetic and totally ineffectual vindictive Co-Op department lead Stan Ryba needed a form signed. I’ve been a post grad for almost a year and I still can’t find a job. Georgian is not well thought of in the professional world and businesses know to avoid the grads. The courses were by-the-numbers and at times faculty simply read power point slides word-for-word off the screen and didn’t’ know the subjects. My co-op placement involved standing knee deep in raw sewage measuring it with a yard stick, and when I tried to quit Stan tried to prevent me to leaving. It’s a hell hole.

    Absolutely the worst experience of my entire life.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • In hindsight the program I studied was a waste of time and money. As a graduate of the jewellery and metals program there is little opportunity for employment except for what you create for yourself as an entrepreneur. Some of the courses are interesting, but the culture in the studio unhealthy. There is obvious prejudice against men from some of the staff. Most of the students are gay women …

    Overall Score: (2.18/5.00)
  • Georgian College is largely an ESL college. International students get scammed into coming here and paying high fees for a poor ESL instruction, and then they go into the regular programs and make life hard for the domestic students that have to work with them.

    The services are incredibly minimal. There is barely any decent food to buy and the cafeteria is like a high school one. There is NOTHING around the campus, it is a suburban hell. Life will be hard if you don’t have a car.

    The instructors are largely worthless. There is a reason they are instructing at a shitty suburban college instead of an actual university.

    I attended and graduated from a bachelors program at university and then enrolled in a post-grad program at Georgian that had a very good reputation. It was all lies, and a huge joke. I had much higher expectations, I didn’t learn anything.

    The only thing Georgian offers is an internship (for some programs) as they have some industry connections and can provide a tax credit to companies. This is the only part that makes having a class full of international students good: They will have a hard time getting an internship (and you will have an easier one) because companies want Canadians who speak English. The internship still isn’t worth the pain or the cost of attending Georgian though.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • The biggest money grab I have ever seen in my life. The posts below about Georgian being more like a business than a school is entirely true. They nickel and dime you for absolutely everything, as if students all have tons of money to blow. At my last school, Niagara College, the gym membership was included in the tuition. At Georgian you have to pay for your gym membership which I think is absolutely absurd.
    The teachers at this school are useless. I often wonder what I’m even learning because the teachers are that bad and do not know how to teach or connect with students.
    I am also in the Practical Nursing program about to start placement and they put me an hour away. This makes me furious because I don’t have a car so how do you expect me to travel an hour away out into the middle of nowhere? and they do not compensate for anything like a free bus pass or parking pass at placement. I have to literally pay for everything out of my own pocket.
    I absolutely can’t wait to graduate and get the hell out of that place.

    Overall Score: (0/5.00)
  • Haters Gonna Hate… I’m an International Student, recent grad from Georgian College Barrie Campus and trust me this is one of the best colleges around area and specifically in Automotive Engineering. People complaining about job promises and all, show me one college who can guarantee you a job after graduation. Barrie is such a beautiful city that I miss living in Barrie after moving to Toronto. Well we were about 50 students in the class and atleast 40 of them got jobs (not all of them as engineers, yeah some started from machine operators and then became engineers). Companies do post for CO-OP its upto you if you make through the interview. Yes the fee is little too much for international students but it is what it is. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. My younger brother is starting MET-AM too – FALL 2015.

    Goodluck…!! if you choose other college.

    Overall Score: (4.54/5.00)
  • I am just finishing up the Practical Nursing program- 3 years when it should have been only 2.5, and this is why… The *wonderful* people in the Registrar’s office did not fully register me for all my courses then waited until there was 2 weeks left to inform me of this so I had to repeat the course, and pay hundreds of dollars for no reason- that’s strike one. The “respect lives here” motto is a whole other level of bull****, but there is not enough space to get into that! Strike two- I had to pay $100 for an exemption fee- excuse me, but I went to a better school to get a better education and somehow owed you money to process that?! Strike three- ahh Praxis, where they tell you to choose where you would like to go, say **** it and stick you somewhere totally different that is completely unrelated to what you want to end up to doing. Yeah, thanks for all the help. I’m also looking into working internationally and Georgian College has not been helpful in that process at all. As someone who has been a student at Fleming, Mohawk, and McMaster- this was beyond disappointing, and quite frankly, makes me mad enough to be sick! It would be more worth it to accumulate expansive amounts of debt and go to a good school, then save a couple thousand and go here. The new motto of Georgian should be “you get what you pay for”, which is complete utter and total ****.

    Overall Score: (1.25/5.00)
  • just a money making machine much more so than other institutions

    admin treats you like idiot.just went to the bank got a loan for 3 percent interest osap charging 5.5 the people at financial aid should got back and take grade 2 math and people skills 101

    Don’t be fooled by co op programs of working at hydro one and power stream you will be working at wonderland for 10 bucks an hour checking how much pee in the water slide

    Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
  • I enjoy this school. I don’t have much to compare it to, but my experience here has been fine. I would normally not write a review, but I seen the other reviews and had to defend the College.

    Teachers are good for the most part, there was a few at the start that I couldn’t stand. The only thing I have to complain about is their Co-op. I couldn’t find a co-op to save my life.

    I would recommend going to Georgian, but do not take a co-op program.

    Overall Score: (3.54/5.00)
  • Completed 3 year course in Environmental Technology. Some professors were excellent if over qualified, while other faculty seemed to lack specialization in a particular subject. Classes with full time faculty vs. classes with part time faculty was like night \ day. Part time faculty courses were poor quality and consisted mostly of the memorization of factoids and definitions. I passed a class taught by part time faculty while only ever attending class twice (once to write the midterm, once to write the final).

    Professors would list required books, and then never use them. In two cases class books were used in such a way as to destroy them (writing in the book instead of photocopying the page), I strongly suspect so they could not be resold after and more would be sold to the next batch of students.

    The CO-OP department is utterly useless and provided absolutely no guidance or assistance in placing me whatsoever. Oh, they did charge me an extra $60 for their trouble and hard work though. Thanks for nothing, Stan, have dinner on the town on me.

    The administration and registrar’s office is equally useless and belittling. They operate in a manner similar to the Motor Vehicle Office. In three years of crippling financial burden imposed by Georgian College I have yet to receive a response from the registrar’s office on even the simplest questions. Some of the policies of the administration border on extortion: removing a locker’s contents, then charging to have them returned to the owner.

    Georgian College is the corporate assembly line diploma mill of colleges, I wish that I’d of had other options. I feel like I’ve wasted the last three years of my life — I just need their rubber stamp on a piece of paper.

    Overall Score: (2.18/5.00)
  • The school is lacking a lot of things. I took Web Design & Animation and felt that the course was scattered. Teachers were either really good or lacked the basics; some were helpful, understanding and engaging, while others were not qualified and there to just hand out work and collect a pay cheque. The good teachers really made the course awesome, but the bad ones just made you feel like you were wasting time there.

    Classes were inconsistent and the course offered unnecessary filler classes. There is a lot of room for improvement.

    Hotness factor is very low; a lot of fat clicks.

    In 2009 when I was in the on Campus dorms, they where full of thieves, pricks and extremely uptight “hall monitors”. There were good parties, but there were always petty fights and stolen alcohol, drugs, laptops and anything of value. Hall monitors would be on your ass over stupid shit and would be more than happy to write you up.

    Their promises of jobs after school is weak; people struggle just to find co-ops.

    6/10 I guess

    Overall Score: (2.12/5.00)
  • If you like to party this is the perfect school for you! The guys are smoking hot and all like to have a good time ;) … This is my second year at this college and i have never had a moment of boredom.

    I do admit that the teachers may not be the best but depending on who you get but some of them are very helpful. My first year i stayed on campus and met many fantastic people and experienced college first hand, party after party but i also had time to focus on my schooling.

    A lot of the parties and bars/clubs i went to had a high guy to girl ratio about 3 guys for 1 girl…. which i didn’t mind :p

    We do need more girls at this school though i find that its mostly guys and i would love to have more girls to hang out with.

    My overall experience so far i would rate 7/10 just because some teachers don’t like to help and you usually have to wait around to get any kind of help from admin. other then that if you work hard you should have no problem and if you wanna meet some cute boys then this is your school!

    Overall Score: (1.7/5.00)
  • Georgian College has to be one of the worst places you can go for a college education. The teachers don’t care, don’t help, and could care less about you unless you’re good looking. Never have I felt so self concious in my whole life, than the time I’ve spent at this college. Prices are extortionate, and the area around the college really is not the greatest, and the people there are not as warm and fuzzy as they put across. It truly is a business in the most black and white sense. I’ve had assignments come back a couple of days before exams when submitted as a part of one of the first weeks. Some of my fellow classmates have been told they have to repeat a class when an assignment has come back after the exam has been written. I have met only one teacher in all of the 3 years I have attended this college that actually believed in me and did whatever possible to help. The programs are scattered, and the teachers tend to not care about their jobs or that you have a life outside of the college curriculum. I wish I had done more research on colleges before I chose this one based on primary location. If you have a choice, look elsewhere. Save yourself money, time, stress, and your sanity.

    Overall Score: (1.09/5.00)
  • The first thing one must understand about Georgian College; is that they are not a school, they are a business. Now, I know what you are thinking – “of course?”. Yeah, all postsecondary institutions are businesses. But at least some of those businesses are still involved in raising their students to success. Georgian, over the past few years has become an profit machine which just keeps getting run harder and harder.

    Ridiculous pricing for parking ensures low morale and high stress. Forget your pass card? Too bad; it costs five dollars for you to go home tonight. Need an Arduino kit for class? Buy the knockoff Uno in the bookshop for 80 dollars; your not allowed to bring your own(19$). Exorbant late fees are often abused (“Well we never got your report!”) and there is nothing that can be done about it because they cut off all (even essential) services from your account until you pay. The worst part is whenever you need to go take care of things at the registrars office, you have to deal with long, slow lineups, unfriendly staff and finger pointing all around.

    Once you finish your course; you are effectively disassociated from the institution until you start taking another program or part time courses. Those who are lucky enough to land a co-op where they are not abused then discarded may have a chance at getting a job through the college but even though they advertise that they help grads find work, the extent of that is quite literally handing you the URL’s to public job boards.

    I had kind of hoped that college was going to be at least a bit of a level about high school in terms of quality. But Georgian is as close to the rushed, student mill experience of highschool as you can get.

    Overall Score: (2/5.00)

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • Students consist of 80% international students who 1) do not speak even conversational English, and 2) have never bathed or used deodorant in their lives.

    Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
  • Georgian College is essentially run as a business rather than a learning institution. What free services they do provide to their students is done so as token favors to boost a lower-than-dirt moral had by nearly all students. Instructors come in two flavors: utterly incomprehensible attempting to teach university level material for the benefit of their own ego, and day-care\ kindergarten style ‘english-lit’ cliche’ “lets chat about x!” coloring-book style. Administration is useless in so far as providing meaningful help to the students, whom the administrative body treats like more of a commodity than people. That is to say, cows to be milked of every single penny. Program coordinators change every three months, obviously disillusioned by the monumental task of trying to repair a poorly maintained and disjointed faculty group. I would be mad but the absurdity of the place makes me laugh rather than cry at this point.

    Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
  • I failed a class and went to repeat it and find out they have removed the class from the college. They are now telling me I have to find another college to take the class at. I also no many other kids in my same situation in my program (electrical eng)

    Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
  • Most teachers seem to have no interest in teaching, no motivation, poor teaching ability, treat students very disrespectfully, some take far too long to hand assignments back (upto literally a couple months in some instances) which makes it difficult to tell how a student is doing throughout the semester and where they need improvement, many teachers are very boring/no enthusiasm (although not a big issue), some teachers appear biased and some are very unprofessional (the way they talk to students, repeated spelling and grammatical errors in handouts/powerpoints, making SIGNIFICANT and FREQUENT mistakes while marking tests/assignments). This is highly unacceptable considering I am spending a great deal of money and putting my education and future career (my life essentially) in the hands of these teachers. Also, if Georgian College wants to attract international students (I more than welcome to this), basic hygiene methods should be taught to these students. I find it highly offensive to have to smell extreme body odour throughout much of the school all day (particularly the library and some classes) and it is often unbearable and negatively affects my learning and college experience (I should not have to change location in the library, change seats in class, leave the library or class completely to escape the intense and almost nauseating odour). I was very disappointed with my recent, past experience at Georgian College. Although I did very well in my program, I had to teach myself and many of the teachers were of little to no help (not all teachers, some were excellent and very helpful, none of this applies to them). I worked very hard and sufferred a great to of stress at this college and was lucky to come out with good grades, but my overall experience was not often a pleasent one. The college itself is very nice, new and clean and in a great area but that is basically where the upsides end. It somewhat worries me to know that Georgian is one of the better colleges in Ontario. Fixing these issues would make Georgian a much better college.

    Overall Score: (1.81/5.00)
  • respect doesn’t live here

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)
  • All of my teacher this year are lacking motivation and dont put in the effort to help the students.

    Overall Score: (1/5.00)

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