Every year, many college students begin asking friends and family about their experiences with professors at specific schools. This helps them determine which professors are good and which they may want to avoid. Rate My Professor has taken this age old practice and made it accessible online. Users can check out ratings for potential professors or supply information on one they have already had. By creating a website, Rate My Professor can collect a large amount of data on professors from numerous schools. The site currently includes information on professors teaching at more than 6,000 schools.
The creators of Rate My Professor came up with the concept after considering how many times college students ask about their future professors. For years people have been turning to their friends, siblings and other family members for insight into which professors are a good bet and which are not so great. Although this has worked to a point, it was very limited. Rate My Professor gives college students access to an enormous database of information, all provided by other students who have actually had the professors they rate.
Rate My Professor focuses on educators rather than schools or services. It is a single go to resource for college students to learn about their future professors. Through Rate My Professor, a student can look for positive or negative trends. Much like reviewing a product or service, Rate My Professor helps students get a better hold on their education by providing insight into their future professors. Students can even avoid a bad experience by learning about a professor ahead of time. On the other hand, they can have a very good experience by finding a highly rated professor on the site.
The Rate My Professor website is professional, with a hint of fun. The green, white and black logo set the tone for the color scheme throughout the rest of the site. Users can easily begin searching for their professor using the search bar provided. Additional tabs allow students to also search by school. A third tab even provides information on renting textbooks to save money while in college.
A new visitor can become a Rate My Professor user by clicking on the blue “create account” link along the right hand side of the homepage. The registration form asks for basic information, including a username, email address, password, first name, last name, date of birth and country location. After clicking on the terms of service agreement check box, the user can also opt in to receive updates or share information with promotional partners.
Rate My Professor benefits by having a large collection of students providing and searching for information on professors. That being said, the site offers anyone an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other costs associated with using the website. In fact, it can help users get more out of every dollar paid for college by providing insight into their professors so they make a good decision that works well during their time at school. A text book rental feature included on the site can also help students save money.
Any college student can really appreciate Rate My Professor. Those who are choosing their next classes can use Rate My Professor to make a good choice. Even those who are recently graduated can share their experiences through Rate My Professor to possibly help future students make a good decision.