For $26 a unit you can't go wrong. The professors here are excellent, especially in the science, music and english dept. The small class sizes mean you get lot's of personal attention and get to know the profs well. The professors here are exceptionally helpful and friendly, and are dedicated teachers, as there's no research being done here. There are free one on one tutoring sessions offered below the library, which I found very helpful. Parking is not too bad, and this is a nice small peaceful campus with lots of fountains, trees and wide open 70's style architecture. The library is especially nice with large floor to ceiling windows. This is a very good junior college campus, conviniently located just off of Hwy 92. In addition to offering solid academics they also have some fun eclectic classes like the Combat Robot Building Class, where you get the full use of the machine shop, a blacksmithing class, an art welding class, and the campus has its own astronomical observatory. Pretty cool.
PROS: excellent teachers
Small class size
Combat Robot Building Class
CONS: not much class selection
No 24 hour study center on campus! And the new noisy library closes at 10PM. Obviously STUDYING is not important here. The caliber of the professors and classes here is high, at least in the chemistry dept. SJSU also has a pretty good reputation for technical and science deptments, among the California State Schools. It also has research connections to nearby NASA-AMES at Moffet field, and is in a prime place for biotech and computer science. Too bad that due to budget cuts, classes are being cut way back, so badly that only two 3 unit grad classes are being offered in the chem dept. each semester, with none of them in the instrumental, analytical chem field that used to be SJSU's chem dept. strength. Full time professors are being severly cut back too. All the streets around the university are residential permit parking only and the student parking garages fill up and close after about 8:30 AM, so unless you can get there by then or are an evening student forget about parking. The Administrators here, bursa
PROS: high caliber classes and professors
CONS: no 24 hour study center
parking and paperwork hell.
lack of classes
San Francisco State University is the ideal commuter campus offering convinient 3 hour once a week evening classes for graduate students which make it fairly easy to earn an MS degree for the part-time student, full-time working commuter. There is basically no on campus college culture during the day when the campus resembles a huge mall filled with loud high-school mentalitiy students yaking on cell phones. If you are searching for intellectuallism this is not the place. Also don't try to be a full time graduate student here as not enough classes in each major are offered each semester to make up 12 units. The graduate classes, while offered at convenient times, are large and not exactly at the highest intellectual level, if you can regurgitate the lecture, you'll do fine. The best thing about this campus is the 24 hour study center located in the library, which is pure gold for working students who need a quite place to study.
PROS: 24 hour study center, easy parking on nearby streets, huge $2.50 cafeteria fruit salad, easy classes, convenient class hours, pretty campus
CONS: low intellectual level, paperwork hell, not much class selection, nice but frustrated professors.
OK, the proximity of this place to it's next door neighbor, long time locally run Mom-and-Pop coffee and doughnut place, Kerry's coffee, is just creepy. It actually shares a wall with Kerry's, which is still bravely struggling along in the face of corperate evil, supported by loyal long time locals, better, less pricey coffee and real doughnuts. The ambiance and coziness of this Starbucks is not impoved by the fact that the local policepeople like to hang out here and talk loudly on their police radios. In addition, the loud canned music, early evening closing hours and superabundance of lounging yuppies add up to make this place less than first choice. Still I give it two stars because the counterstaff is friendly and helpful and they have a house set of chess pieces. But hey, if you've been given a Starbucks gift card, ya gotta use it somewhere, and this place is as good as any.
If you ever wanted to choose between 5 different types of politically correct, animal rights concious, kinds of eggs, this is the place for you. This store is a worker owned and operated cooperative that is chock full of organic politically correct products that are natural, enviromentally concious, and often vegetarian. They have bulk food, shampoo, and teas in bins, which I really like. They also have an extensive selection of bulk olives. In addition they offer a wide range of natural health and wellness products, like licorice toothpaste and essential oils. If you ask the staff why they don't carry your favorite such and such product, they'll give you the whole entertaining, informative spiel on the particular enviromental-animal-and workers-rights issues your particular product has failed to meet satisfactorally. All in all, it's a great place to experience the granola side of San Francisco presented in a clean,high priced, Yuppie way.
This is a really cool Irish pub/resturant like you might actually find in Ireland. Offering pizza and homade fries(chips), and milk and tea as well as beer, it has a very family atmosphere. The clientel are very friendly as are the staff, and on most nights, its a great place to hang out, grab a pizza, watch sports on the TV(without the sound) and have a chat. Monday nights are special. At 20+ years this pub hosts one of the longest continuous running Ceilis in the area. On Mondays starting at 7pm they offer great Irish set dancing lessons which are elementary enough for a raw beginner. At a sliding scale of $5 for an hour and a half lesson, it's a great deal. At 9pm to midnight the dance begins, with a live irish band. Though there are a lot of regulars that come every week and are pretty expert dancers, they make sure to throw in a lot of beginner dances throughout the night. All in all it's a great , energetic way to spend the evening, and a great bunch of people in which to find new friends.
Ok, so this is just Jamba Juice the same as everywhere, right? Yeah but the location is pretty cool. It's right near the bay which has a great rollarblading, jogging, walking path with great sceanic views of the bay, and which goes right through a bird sanctury. On the other side there is the Foster City lagoon and lake int the city park for a less wild walk. You can drink a Jamba Juice smoothie and then take a walk along the water and feel all healthy. Another cool thing about this Jamba Juice is that it is situated right between a Bosten Market and a Starbucks, so that adds a bit more to your menu. With sunny outdoor seating on the sidewalk under umbrellas, it's a great place to unwind after a frenzied day of shopping at the nearby Costco.
Tucked away in Sharp Park, is this great little Thai resturaunt. This place just has really good food. The soups are especially good and they will make anything on the menu vegetarian if you ask. The prices are very reasonable and the waitstaff is very nice. No matter what time I go, the place is usually full, which I take as an indicator of a good resturaunt. Because of this, the wait for your food can be a bit long, but nothing too terrible. The resturaunt is also decorated very nicely with interesting Thai artifacts and this gives the place a very nice ambiance.
This is a kind of cool place tucked away behind the Pacific Monar Shopping Center. It's a good place to go while waiting for the bus, which has a big hub stop at the shopping center. In the good old days, before they remodeled it into an internet cafe, it was funky-cozy with dark wood panelling, a constantly changing local art display, sometimes live jazz, and russian chess players quietly playing in the corner. Now that it has been revamped it is OK but not quite as cool. The internet has arrived, and the place has been repanelled in a light wood which is a bit too wide awake for me. The late night hours and live jazz are also gone. The counterstaff which is a little ineffectual, are now made up of very young, very loud students who seem to always have hacking coughs. Service is OK as long as you stick to coffee, once I ordered a root beer float to go from the menu and after 45 min I ended up being handed a can of soda and a glass with a lump of ice cream in it . Still, the shop is an OK sunny place to re
This is a cool coffee shop on the land end of the Pacifica Pier. This place is pretty small, and offers the usual range of coffee drinks and ice cream. The view is really great! You can sit on the bar stools that face the counter lining the windows and look right out on the waves. The location is the best thing about it. It opens at 7am but is closed on certain days, and is sometimes noisy with kids playing on the bar stools, but the location can't be beat. After or before coffee you can take a walk up the long fishing pier and look straight down on the breakers. Alternatively, you can stroll down the promenade along the beach, or hike in the little known Pacifica Sharp Park hills that hang out over the Ocean with some great views.