23 Student Reviews of Conestoga College : Kitchener
I have graduated one 2 year program at Conestoga College, and am currently in my second year of a 3 year Accounting program at the same campus (Doon). Here is my hypercritical advice for new/incoming students:
Do not expect to be hand fed material. You may have teachers who read straight out of the book every class. You may have some that bring their own dated experience to the classroom, and in some cases, nothing else. You may have a very passionate teacher who makes every effort to help, and you may have a teacher who picks favourites. I have seen every type here, and the lesson to be learned is that you actually need to study. Although this may look and feel like second high school due to the small class sizes and immature peers, you will now be expected to have a large hand in your own education. It would seem some other reviewers have not yet picked up the self-study skill, but it is imperative to realize that leaving your own academic future in the hands of a terrible group project or an absent teacher is a waste of thousands of dollars.
As far as staff and administration go, everyone has their good and bad days. For example, do not expect that the loans office will be very friendly during the first week of school, after they’ve been yelled at all week by misunderstanding parents and disorganized students. Put things in perspective and realize you are entering an adult world full of people you will have to learn to work and study with. Not everyone will bow to your will just because you pay to be here – but they will do their best, and if not, there’s always a higher up who can set things straight.
Finally, this college (much like every business) wants your money. They want you to feel engaged, heard, respected, and enlightened, because it puts cash in their pockets. This means that there is someone to talk to when you have a problem – issues with a certain teaching style or an unfair grading are meant to be brought to the higher ups, and this is encouraged by all of the teachers I have studied under. If you just sit idly by and wait for someone to solve your problems, they will not get solved, and you will end up typing lengthy, aggressive, and terribly written reviews on this website while crying in front of your laptop – and with nothing to show for it.
Take control of your future. This college can be a very valuable source of knowledge and first-hand experience if you can handle it in an adult way, and let’s face it – it’s much better than FunShawe, and is a socially acceptable alternative when you bomb out of university.
Overall Score: (4/5.00)
This college has the worst staff ever.. From registrars office (rude and ignorant staff) to lab teachers to library staff (very passive, rude and unhelpful) … I used to like this college a couple of years ago.. Now they’ve become strict with everything.. Little things to help student get through the day.. They will reject unless u say the right things… That they want to hear.. Not impressed!
Overall Score: (2.27/5.00)
I would like to say thank you for this site. I wish I knew of it before I ever went to Conestoga. I will recommend it to my classmates and they will be overjoyed that there is a place to actually give honest feedback. I am in the nursing program and almost finished, thank GOD!I have to say that this is the worst college I have ever attended. I will never upgrade or further my career at this school. I would rather commute to another school then endure another moment at Conestoga College. The college administrators are out of touch with what is really going on in there classrooms. They have an overinflated, false idea of the education they are providing. They teachers are terrible in the nursing program. In our class we have all sorts of teachers. One classmate personally had a teacher call her up on the phone, drunk one night to cry about her husband leaving her. We have had to endure tyrannical, has been nurses, that prefer to eat there young then actually turn out professionals. What is the worst, is the program heads. Our particular program head dresses like she is going out to the bar with super tight low shirts, pencil skirts, hooker thigh high boots, and bleach blond hair. She looks like she is sleeping her way to the top instead of representing herself as a professional that students can look up to. Very sadly she approaches the job like she dresses. She is unprofessional in every aspect of the word. Nasty to the students, and continually threatening them with being thrown out of the program. This program is less about teaching and developing skilled, professionals and more about advertising the “new nursing wing” with tours of vulnerable high school students and corporate sponsors. Conestoga will see it’s day. I have a sneaking suspicion that employers are going to start picking students from other colleges when faced with a choice on new hires. I also suspect that although their international student numbers may grow due to sheer ignorance of the institution, their actual numbers will drop in respect to Ontario student applications. It is a shame because they have a beautiful facility, and a thriving community. Due to greed, and a poor, short sited, corporate model they are going to eventually loose the support of this wonderful community. Most of us in Cambridge, Kitchener Waterloo, choose Conestoga based on appearance and location but Conestoga forgets we are the community and we won’t forget how we have been treated. Conestoga is biting the hand that feeds them.
Overall Score: (1.33/5.00)
My experience in Conestoga was unbelievable. I was discontinued 10 days before graduation from nursing program. For what? When I ordered my documents from the college archives 6 months later, I found out that my clinical evaluation was altered/falsified: “satisfactory” was changed into “unsatisfactory” and all 90 fields left satisfactory, only my signature at the end was missing. I am publishing my true and entertaining story of Conestoga’s overgrown bullies on my website http://goo.gl/s8sBN0
Overall Score: (0/5.00)
Useless courses with useless teachers is a sure combination for disaster and frustration. Save for a few good teachers the rest are trash who seemed to have got in because of connections or because they are willing to take on the job for less pay which other self respecting qualified teachers would not do.
Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
I want to mention my problems here, and trying to bring everything under the Knowledge of Mr. Dean. I am an International student and basically from India. I have class for interpersonal communication skills in third semester of office work. The instructor kills us with a lot of work and the assignments which is individual one, is worth around 15% and she gave us time to finish within one week. What the heck is this, we have total 7 subjects, and have a lot of work and this is killing us day by day and we couldn’t find enough time to sleep well. When I look around, then I see Interpersonal communication skills about what your personality, and finding some traits, and when instructor letting us know on 2DL around 20’clock in the morning time just before starting the class which is after exactly 6 hours. What do you expect from us? Sitting on the computer every time and checking mails all the time, available for 24 hours a day until the course finishes. We have to work in the color-coded group, and have to submit 5 face to face meeting to the instructor. We have reflection plan in the daily week on the basis of chapters and we didn’t get any marks graded even in the class and on 2DL. College admin coming with the feedback forms in the class and please fill it under any influence. Those feedback forms are not worth and throw into the bin because we couldn’t see any improvement besides the one fact noticing that they are imposing more rules and regulations or policies for students without any reason. I am sick and tired of trying of my best. Sorry to say but Conestoga College’s admin staff specially office administration program’s instructors not all are not organized and want us to be super organized. Waoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is nothing for me… I am frustrated and now everything at extreme. If you Conestoga college’s members do nothing for us, then don’t come with the feedback sessions. Don’t expect anything from us, if you are not putting effort towards students.
Overall Score: (1.90/5.00)
Complete waste of time and money do not recommend! Avoid any IT program at this school the books are very expensive and useless, and the material is outdated. Do not expect to get any solid IT job with this education. Networking and programming courses are basically for someone that has no experience at all with computers.
Overall Score: (2/5.00)
I attended gas tech 2 program in 2009 at Waterloo campus. All can advise everyone to stay away from this college. It’s a college to bank your money
With false promises. During the course it was pretty disgust to see instructor taking sides of some students and completely isolating the others. Instructors
Didn’t take teaching as if its. Their job but as if they dictators. No job support here. I also saw the permosions are done according to who you know not what you know. So please save your money and find some place where they actually like to help you.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
Supply Chain and Operations Management
The “professors” openly admit that they need students to stay in the program for 2 years in order to qualify for government funding. Teachers have limited and narrow experiences and knowledge. I strongly recommend avoiding this course…go to university if you can.
Overall Score: (1.75/5.00)
A big no. Most teachers are part-time faculty with very little experience in the curriculum using teaching materials created by someone else. If you have other options please don’t come here, or at least don’t join the IT programs. They are waste of time and money. Some courses might be easy to pass but wont add any value.
Overall Score: (1.90/5.00)
I am currently enrolled in the Public Service Post Graduate Program (Its first year running). When first applying to the college I did plenty of research and asked several officials about the program, especially about coop. From the beginning I was told several times that they had connections and coop placements that would fit our interests in the public service. I now know that it was all a lie, they have NO connections and NO coop positions that are available to our class. They told us “wait until January, don’t worry yet” and now its almost February and still nothing. They are now telling us to look or workopolis and monster. I now know that it was all a scam! The coop department is completely useless, filled with inexperienced workers that are completely full of themselves. Not only is the coop dept useless, but all the classes I have taken so far have provided me with irrelevant information, and courses that are similar to high school classes I took in grade 10. Do not buy in to their coop placement numbers, most of the placements are not related to the programs that the students were enrolled in.
Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
Teachers who do not utilize angel and provide class notes for extra study are lazy. The worst part is they get away with it because of their so called experience. Experience does give ANY teacher the right to be subjective and choose who they want to not struggle or fail, and who they want to pass.
Overall Score: (2.45/5.00)
I went both to Doon and Waterloo campus. I withdrew from Doon cause i wanted to do Culinary. The program at the Doon was awesome, and all instructors seemed to care…however it was a different story at Waterloo campus. We had this Asian guy as our instructor, his name was Birdy. The guy slept with one of our students, but would never talk about it even though everyone knew. He would always hang out with her and never help anyone else if we needed help. I once yelled at him to come over and take a look at our work, and he ignored that. Then there was so much theory that eventually the whole course got boring. How are you supposed to learn Culinary by sitting on your arse?
All in all I think it’s a good college, but it depends on your luck and the program you’re going into. I suggest you avoid taking Culinary at Conestoga and go to St.Lous and get exactly the same certificate for only 800$. Cause in the end you will find exactly the same jobs. Also I have to agree that networking and job opportunities are something that they should work on for graduating students.
Overall Score: (2.44/5.00)
When I had first entered this school I thought it would be great. For the first two months I was doing very well in my studies, I had no outside distractions what-so-ever. I had to look for a new apartment becuase the one I had currently lived at was small and disfunctional(bad nieghbourhood)and look for work. I fell behind in all my work at school.
The teachers didnt help with giving examples to help me identify with the independent study I was taking. I had a couple of months to complete what I wanted to do in the first place.
Trust do not attend this school… you will be running around in circles for no reason… and its a complete waste of time!!
Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
Do not waste thousands of dollars coming here. The teachers play VERY heavy on favouritisms. They don’t help you unless you’re one of the ass kissers, otherwise you have to plead to them why you need help and even then there often hypocritical in situations regarding there help. They fucked me out of tons of money. Just to go into a program that you don’t need anyway.
They may talk of how credited there program is. But if you’re not one of the students who sucks up on a hourly basis. Then good luck. These people at the doon valley Conestoga campus are a bunch of two faced pricks. Fuck them, fuck the woodworking program and fuck the whole school.Biggest waste of time and money i have ever delt with.
Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
This has been by far the worst college I have ever attended. The instructors, if you would call them that, are unqualified and uneducated. They never have an itinerary and are extremely unorganized. The school has not helped me in any of my co-op opportunities to the point that I had to go out of my way to find a co-op. The school promised me a co-op when I went for orientation, but when I checked the website later in the year after frustration of looking for a co-op, they claimed in small print, they do not guarantee a co-op for every student. SO DON’T FALL INTO THIS TRAP!
All this school cares about is taking our money for their lack of education and care for students. Even after multiple phone calls to the school, I kept receiving different information from everyone. It seems like nobody knows what is going on in this school.
Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
i am in the hospitlaity and tourism program and have noticed many of the courses we have to take are not relevant to the field we are going into. most classes are too business oriented and not focused on the tourism industry. there have been very few courses that are useful for this career but at the same time many of the class should be combined into one. as for teachers there are many that don’t understand the concept of teaching. they don’t know how to teach or are to focused on their other job. i get that it is beneficial to have teachers from the industry however if they don’t know how to properly teach it has no benefit. i am very disappionted with this program and do not believe it has been worth my time and money. i will be finishing the program but will need to go to a different school to recieve a better education with courses relevant to the industry.
Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
An instructor named Roger E takes the strongest students under his wing and refuses to help others when they ask and goes so far as to discourage the students from continuing in the program who don’t fit under his wing.
Overall Score: (2.09/5.00)
The Conestoga College employs instructors who have not been out of the classroom in decades and their knowledge of industry in extremely outdated. Some instructors openly admit they don’t have any knowledge or experience with the course materials they are presenting and say “We will just have to struggle through this together”. I have also had instructors who are barely able to speak English and would not be able to pass Technical Communications which is compulsory for students. The computer labs are substandard and regularly crash so saving files every few minutes is very important. My overall opinion is that you should look elsewhere for a quality educational experience.
Overall Score: (2.72/5.00)
In the beginning of my program it was identified that there are instructors whom are absolutely unqualified by way of instruction skills and course knowledge. This knowledge is widely know on campus of these two particular instructors.
In my kindness I respectfully offered these instructors some sound advise in order to become better instructors to which offence was taken.
I am a disabled student whom was then assessed by an instructor to be faking it to gain favoured attention and from there began her payback.
The instructor labeled me to student services as a fake and the Collage condoned the issuance of a memo to all the instructors in the program not to assist, shall we loosely say somebody such as me.
Hence I went the legal route and provided documentation in support of the disability and, the two instructors giving me the hassle continued to do so in every way possible.
I brought forth complaints to the Collage who reacted by first assigning a security guard to my person saying I was at risk of going postal, and then proceeded to expel me because I maintained my stance to be disabled and was not prepared to be interrogated by their brotherhood with out due representation.
To be reinstated I was forced to be interrogated and hence pacified in exchange for finishing the program.
I also second what Pathetic saya about brown nosers and favorites!!!!
Overall Score: (1.54/5.00)
I was in a Media program and the teachers were highly stuck up and very obviously choose favorites. I was nearly pushed from the course because I was struggling after the death of my grandparents. They figured I could not handle the work load instead of trying to advise me to get extra help, even after I had told them I still wanted to finish the program. They were very rude and arrogant as well as extremely condescending.
Worst school experience I have ever had.
Overall Score: (2.81/5.00)
I chose Conestoga, without doing much research and regret everything. i was under the impression they had a good police foundations program, was I ever wrong from my graduating class only 10 % of the student got jobs in their field. sure the class rooms are nice with new computers and new books however the teachers and profs do little more than preach from the book and are often hypocritical. the school its self is excellent with good ratings its just their lazy law admin programs that make me regret not doing my research.
DO NOT GO HERE FOR ANYTHING TO DO WITH LAW ADMIN OR POLICING THEY HAVE BECOME LAZY LIVING IN A GOOD SCHOOL SHADOW
Overall Score: (2.72/5.00)
I attended the ACET (Architectural Construction Engineering Technologist) program and the professors there are very knowledgable and helpful. Expect a challenge if your taking this course but also expect a well rounded knowledge of design, documentation, building science & principles and building code upon completing.
I’m now working with technologist from all over Canada and I seem to have a lot more building background experience in all fields as apossed to them.
At the time of my attendance they were just switching over from Architectural Desktop to Revit. One thing they didn’t offer was training in Sketch-Up but instead offered training in VIZ Render which I still agree takes more time but has better visual appearance.
Overall Score: (4/5.00)
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