Finger Lakes Community College is a two-year college that is mainly located in Canandaigua, New York (with other branch campuses located in Geneva, Victor and Wanye County).
Finger Lakes Community College (also known as FLCC) first opened its doors in 1967 and since then has seen thousands of students walk through the doors. Now more then ever FLCC is becoming a fast-growing school. With the current problems in the economy, more and more people want to go back to school.
FLCC has lower tuition than most SUNY schools and has begun to attract a great number of people. This is a handy guide to FLCC, written by a current student. FLCC, like any school, has both good and bad things about it.
One of the best things about FLCC is the lower tuition. According to their website tuition for a full-time student at FLCC costs approximately $1,648 for certified New York State residents and $3,296 for non-New York State residents.
There are other fees associated with attending FLCC but no matter how you look at it FLCC is much more economical then attending a 4 year school or a private school. By attending FLCC students can save a lot of money.
Another good thing about FLCC is their online classes. There are a lot of classes available online and some degrees can be earned from taking only online classes. FLCC uses the ANGEL network. ANGEL is an online learning network that is used by the SUNY schools.
FLCC Online classes are great for people who are unable to commute to campus. Online classes are clearly organized so it is easy to learn and participate in classes.
One of the downside of FLCC is the outdated main campus. The current spike in enrollment has made the main campus over crowded. The main problem is lack of space to sit. The cafeteria is small, crowded, and very noisy. There is an additional student lounge area but this too has become incredibly crowded and noisy. These are places to avoid during the lunch rush (from about 11 am to 2 pm).
Another problem related to the crowding is that the library has become a place for students to hang out, rather than a place to study quietly. If you are looking for a quiet place the best spot is the 3rd floor of the library. The school is currently in the process of making renovations and adding an additional area in order to accommodate more students. However, this will take some time.
A heated debate that is related to this is the parking situation. Many students claim that the quarter of a mile walk from the rear parking lot is too far for them. Many people have pointed out that parking is free and does not require a permit, so many do not complain about the short walk. Many large campus colleges have large parking fees and an even longer walk.
FLCC’s cafeteria has a limited selection and is very pricy. For example, an ice cream bar can cost up to 2.99 and a turkey wrap can cost up to 3.99. Your best bet is to pack your own lunch and heat it up in the provided microwave.
Another tip regarding food is that drinks are cheaper at the book store. Bottled water at the cafeteria costs around 2.00 but at the bookstore, they have polar spring water for only .99 cents. A soda at the cafeteria costs around 1.75 but at the book store, it’s only about 1.30.
Overall, FLCC has some good points, as well as some bad. It’s worth checking out if you live in the area. For more information visit the school website.