City College wins top honors on Rate My Professor

Andrew Hahn and Jennifer Manalili

Out of the 7,500 schools and 1.5 million professors listed on the website RateMyProfessor.com, San Diego City College was named the top community college in the nation with Kristen Cole, a professor of psychology at the school, also receiving accolade ranking fifteenth on a list of the nation’s Highest Rated Professors.

“This top ranking for our college and Professor Cole shows our students acknowledge the dedication and commitment we give every day to ensure the best college experience possible,” said City President Terrance Burgess in a press release.

Rate My Professor serves as an online database for professor ratings. Anyone can visit the website and search for their school or professor and read what past students have written about them.

Each year the site compiles a list of the top professors based on ratings from students.

Ratings on the site are anonymous and designed to offer students information about their instructors before they decide to enroll in a class.

City was rated a 3.91, the highest in the nation, for professor average out of 834 professors that are mentioned on the site.  The overall school average was rated at 3.6.

“Dr. Cole is the ‘best all around’ teacher…She has wonderful stories to share that bring the class to life! She gives great study guides before each test. She is the BEST teacher I’ve ever had,” wrote one enthusiastic student on the website.

“I love SD City College. There is no better location than Downtown San Diego. The professors are phenomenal and the student body is so diverse that it gives you the opportunity to meet all kinds of different people,” wrote another student.

Just recently, a new feature was added allowing students to rate the quality of the school overall. This is where City was ranked best in the nation.

The school was rated based on the following categories: location, reputation, opportunities, library, campus, Internet speed, clubs and events, food and social activities.

Site users often post about a professor’s style of teaching including how much homework they give, how well they prepare the class for exams, how well they cover the material and even more personal information, such as, how passionate they are about the content and even how physically attractive they are.

Aside from people posting their personal views and opinions on selected college instructors, they can also rate them on a scale of one to five in terms of overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness and hotness.

The site can be very useful for students who are looking for professors with agreeable teaching styles or are hoping to stay away from professors with teaching styles that may not suit the students needs.

The site also offers other student services like purchasing used textbooks and a way to browse to see which schools have the highest ranking teachers in a specific state or the entire country.

Over 7,500 schools have been ranked on Rate My Professor.

The site contains information on over 1.7 million professors across the U.S., Canada and England.

It averages over 4 million visits each month.