City College ranks high on Yelp site

Ricky Soltero

San Diego City College recently ranked among the top three colleges and universities in the San Diego area on the user review website Yelp.

Yelp ranked City College third overall, and first among the community colleges with the University of San Diego taking top honors. Fellow community colleges Grossmont College and Southwestern College ranked eighth and ninth respectively.

Although Yelp has been involved in its share of controversy in the past regarding the fairness of its rating system, both negative and positive reviews are left uncensored for viewers to see.

The reviews for City College vary with some students praising the college for its diversity in both ethnicity and age difference, and others protesting the difficulty to find parking, among other things.

“This is probably the best community college in SD” said one user while another responded “Parking, ugh, no thanks!”

With over 4 million reviews and 15 million visitors, according to the New York Times, it must be recognized that Yelp is a great promotional tool that might entice future students thanks, in part, to the support of its current students.

“I am very pleased that our students hold our faculty in such high regard,” said City College President Terrence Burgess.

“Students are our business, and whenever you have a satisfied client, you are performing your job well,” added Burgess. “City College has long been regarded as having some of the finest faculty members in all of higher education.”

It is also worth mentioning that City College’s faculty ranked seventh overall on Rate My Professor’s Top List in 2008, which compiles a list of top schools and faculties from around the country based on student reviews.

“I wouldn’t use Yelp or Rate My Professor to help me decide what college to attend, but it’s nice to know that City College is among the top five (on Yelp),” said City College student Lizeth Avila.

Although not ranked in Rate My Professor’s Top List of 2009, Yelp’s ranking maintains City College’s reputation as the community college of choice in the San Diego area.