Tuscaloosa, AL
Shelton State Community College


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Recent Reviews

Miranda
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Shelton State is a great school with small class sizes and teachers who will know you by name and help you out when you need ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Shelton State is a great school with small class sizes and teachers who will know you by name and help you out when you need it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's always nerve racking to think about going from high school to attending a college, especially when you were homeschooled through high school like I was. I would tell myself not to worry. The classes are interesting, and you're constantly learning new things so you'll never be bored. Study the work you have every night and start your papers early. You should always ask questions when you're unsure of something or can't figure a math problem out, because you'll probably need it for a test. Also, make sure to take psychology. The tests are hard, and you practically want to rip your hair out from frustration, but it's interesting and challenging. You learn so much, and that's why you like college. Love the challenge and love learning new things.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who wants small class sizes and wants to either get a technical degree or get core classes in before they transfer to a four year university. Also, people who want to get an associates degree should attend this school.

lakesha
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are great and excited about furthering their education.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are great and excited about furthering their education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could turn back the hands of time, I would tell myself to keep pushing and to get my education and a carreer. I dropped out high school after I had my son. I went a year later and got my G.E.D. After I received my G.E.D, I took some college courses but I was not mentally ready to go to college so I dropped out. In 2011, my son and I lost all of our belongings due to a tornado that destroyed parts of Alabama. This tragic event made me realize that now was the time to get serious about my college career. If I had been serious about my eucation and career back then, then things would have been so much better for my son and I. It is hard going to college at my age but I am determined to make my life easier. I am a single mother to a 21 year old son that has a mental and learning disorder. I . I would tell my younger self that life is too short and to accomplish your goals while you are young because it is much harder when you get older.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There isn't anything really frustrating about Shelto State Community College. I am frustrated that I don't have transportation and often have to depend on others to get to school.

Kaitlyn
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are a good representative crossection of what you would find in any school: some very dedicated, hard working ...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are a good representative crossection of what you would find in any school: some very dedicated, hard working and creative, others looking for a path that's right for them and not sure which road to take, and yet others who are marking time and attending school because it is expected of them.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice which I would give myself involves both the unplanned personal events and relationships you encounter in entering college life, and planning for the financial end of college, particularly as a student who will transfer from a community college environment to a four year institution. Both of these areas can caused bumps in what I anticipated to be a relatively smooth college road. I would tell myself, "Kaitlyn, college is more than just the education you get in the classroom. Be ready to cry, laugh and learn to live on your own with a lot of other students who are just as lost in the process as you feel. College is a crash course in life, you will be tried by fire to figure out what your priorites are and who you are. But you will!" I would also advise myself that 2 years of community college goes fast, so don't enjoy your scholarship too much because you will soon be faced with applications, auditions, and the same process you did in high school all over again. But the good news is that you will be so much more mature and ready this time!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The issue that causes me the most frustration is that not all students are serious about their educations. Particularly because I attend a community college, there is sometimes a lack of respect of other students towards their own educations, as well as the myth that it is just glorified high school. Of course there are those who work so hard and have invested time, money and effort into being here. Basically, you can expect others to discount your education at a community college, but it is an important stepping stone, and is what you make it.

Savannah
Describe the students at your school.

Very determined, and motivational!

Describe the students at your school.

Very determined, and motivational!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a transfer student from the University of Alabama, I would advise myself to figure out what I wanted to with my life pre-registration. I came to college not knowing what i wanted to do for the rest of my life, and this made it difficult to put the extra effort into studying and increasing my GPA. Once i found my niche in life, my attitude towards my grades and study habits did a 180 degree shift. I would advice myself to research and volunteer in different areas before going to college, this way i would know what classes i needed to take, and not waste my time with those I did not.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The Nursing Program, is a rigerous program. If you can not put 110% effort into studying, clinical paperwork, or theory lecture exams, then this program is not for you. The Nursing faculty plans in advance to eliminate those who cannot manage their course obligations with a 75% or above.

Mary
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Shelton State Community College has a higher pass rate for the NCLEX than the University of Alabama. It's nursing program is ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Shelton State Community College has a higher pass rate for the NCLEX than the University of Alabama. It's nursing program is exceptionally good.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior I would use the famous words of Maya Angelou, ?all great achievements require time.? I would reassure my senior-self that I will be a successful student. In addition, I would explain that the tough times will pass and smile. I would emphasize to my na?ve self to listen to my intuition in difficult situations. I would forewarn myself to slow down when driving. I would also explain the importance of attendance in my future classes because it correlates with grades. I would tell myself to start typing notes out and be organized from day one. Most importantly, I would tell myself to never take time for granted; spend every chance I get with my family because they will not be around forever. I would give her a big huge and a kiss on the cheek because that senior girl has the world in front of her and she does not even know it and there is no way I would be able to put into words how much fun she is going to have in the next chapter of her life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The computer labs and library do not have the funding that is needed to provide the students with adequate resources. The computers and software are out of date. There are not enough computers to meet the needs of the students and the layout is not functional. The staff in the library does not know how the software works.

Brittany
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are mature and it is easy to get along with them.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are mature and it is easy to get along with them.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time as a high school senior, I would advise myself to lear to balance between school and my social life. Also I would advise myself to have better study habits. Another thing I would advise myself about is that if I want something in life, I have to achieve for myself, not to satisfy other people. Futhermore, I would advise myself not to give up, I must reach for my goal. My goal will not be handed to me on a silver plate, I must work very hard to achieve my goal.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If a person is a slacker and will not put in the effort for quality study time.

Geneva
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is well known around the city of Tuscaloosa and surrounding cities. It welcomes people of all ages, background, soc...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is well known around the city of Tuscaloosa and surrounding cities. It welcomes people of all ages, background, social status and educational history. The students and faculty are very down-to-earth and helpful. It provides a very useful learning environment. My college provides a unique and comfortable place for everyone to come together to learn. People come from all over to attend my school. It provides a sense of comfort for everyone. It's a place that many people come to appreciate.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is very unique. Many schools have very large classes and the professor never comes close to forming relationship with their students. At Shelton State Community College people get the whole experience. Students come in contact with people of many different and backgrounds. In my current semester of college courses, I met a wonderful older woman who has the same major as I do. We help each other out with what ever is needed. My school is great for anyone.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many things that I wish I knew before. High school is very different from college. The students in college are very much more goal oriented and independent. Attending a college filled with people of various age groups, ethnicities, and educational preferences is a whole new learning experience for me. To have the abiltity to go back in time and tell myself a thing or two would be great. I would say, "College is going to be a great experience. It will sculpt you into the person you wish to become. You will transition into a more caring and responsible person. Transitioning from high school to college will not be the easiest thing you have done. Though the transtion from high school to college will be a bit bumpy, you can get through it. Success from now on is going to take pure dedication from you. You have to study double the time you studied in high school. And you're going to have to make a few sacrifices. Don't let anything or anyone stand in your path of success." These are the same words I would tell my children who may need a little encouragement and guidance.

Kayla
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a very welcoming community to come into if you really want to learn. The campus is absolutely stunning and maint...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a very welcoming community to come into if you really want to learn. The campus is absolutely stunning and maintained very well. All of the teachers are really there to help and they know a lot about what they are teaching. They help you have a better understanding then you ever thought you could have on a particular subject. Even the teachers who do not know you and you just see in the hall, they are willing to help out in any way they can as long as it helps you.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If only I could go back in time as a high school senior and talk to myself, I would have definately told myself the first day of school to start applying for scholarships. I would make sure that all information Shelton State needed was faxed over twice maybe even three times that way registration wouldn't have been so hectic! I would tell myself that there will be a life changing experience in April, where my dad will pass away, but to try my best not to distract that with my school. I would have never got matched with a random person at my apartment complex and i also would have chosen a different apartment. I would assure myself that not everything is what it seems, actually things are hardly ever what they seem. I would tell myself its going to be twice as hard as I think it's going to be. But knowing my stubborn self, it's not like i would listen either way.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who doen't want to jump right into the "Big University Scene" should start at a small college like mine. It is not hard work but takes participation and willingness to listen and learn. Anyone who wants a good education with teachers that try to connect with you should attend as well. I was very happy with my first year at Shelton State and I believe anyone could be.

Lacie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Alabama is best known for partying and football. Campus is very exciting for anyone who enjoys partying, bu...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Alabama is best known for partying and football. Campus is very exciting for anyone who enjoys partying, but can be less than inviting for those who do not enjoy that sort of thing. It takes time to figure out where you fit in but I think that is the same with any school. Shelton State is known for being a diverse campus. You can go to class with people from 18 to 50 years old. The campus is beautiful and enviting. The classes are small and there are multiple clubs and activities to participate in.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First, do not eat in the dining hall. The food is bad for you and even the "healthy" choices are full of fat. You will be less stressed if you keep your weight down and go to the gym. Second, get to know your teachers! They are your best friend when it comes to making the semester easier. Get into a study group of people with the same goals as you. If you study with people who do not have the same goals as you, they will lead you in the wrong direction. Third, you are no longer in highschool so stop talking about it. Its no longer cool to talk about how awesome you were in school. People don't care that you were homecoming queen or a cheer leader. Its college! Your highschool days are over, so make something of yourself in college. It is easy to spot a freshman by their highschool apparel. Finally, do any and all extra work that teachers give you. This goes back to getting to know your teachers but it is more than that. If you put forth the extra effort for them, they will put forth the extra effort for you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Get to know your teachers. They are human and they can be bias, even though they shouldn't be. When you get to know your teachers, they are more likely to help you outside of class and with extra assignments. You are your biggest advocate so make sure you promote yourself well. Teachers pay attention to those who look like they are trying their best.

John
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

my school is unique in that the classes are smaller, which creates a better learning environment I think.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

my school is unique in that the classes are smaller, which creates a better learning environment I think.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time, the first thing I would tell myself is to not procrastinate about getting the important stuff done. I would have applied for scholarships when I should have. I would have already chosen my major, that way I would be on track to tranfere like I had planned. I would also tell myself not to put off doing my school work and studying, that way I would have a better GPA now rather than having to make up for it in a later semester.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

there's no one who shouldn't attend Shelton. It is a good learning environment for anyone who is looking to get an education. the classes are small which makes it easier to learn, especially in math and science classes.

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