Argosy University Online Reviews
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This school has an issue with trying to admit and retain students. Speaking from personal experience, starting from my admissions advisor leading all the way to my financial aid advisor, I felt pressured and sometimes even guilty for not wanting to stay with them. For those of you who are raving fans, you either work for them or you dont have the brain capacity to realize you are sheep and need that type of "hard father please tell me what to do" syndrome. The time that I spent there I was an above average student but I never even had a word from any of my professors. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this school. More often than not you will end up losing in the end. Just research their history and you will see what I am talking about.
I recently completed my doctorate at Argosy and would highly recommended it to anyone who is looking for a challenging experience and, for me, one of the most challenging in my lifetime.
The cross section of students was most impressive and extremely diverse, with great interaction. Having attended other universities for my undergrad work, the faculty at Argosy were far more responsive to my needs, which made me feel as though they were actually concerned for my success.
In fact, I beleive Argosy has one of the highest success rates for doctoral completions than many other academic institutions I've experienced.
As far as tution, though it has risen since I first started my program, what university program hasn't? It continues, however, to be flooded with new students who feel its still one of the best deals around.
Psychology program- If you want financial aid services without a whole bunch of hassle, forget it. If you want instructors who actually know how to teach, forget it. If you want to learn something new, don't even count on it.
However, if you do want to be told that you are ready to graduate, when really you have 5 classes left to take, then you can count on Argosy to disappoint. If you want to be hassled for tuition payments for months on end after repeatedly going to talk to a financial adviser who tells you not to worry about anything, you're fine, they got that too. Not to mention they tell you that you are going to get X amount in student loans/grants and then a year later they surprise you and say that you are $3000 short, they do that too.
They charge way too much for what they offer. It is basically a web text book that they make you buy in addition to your tuition, and that is all you have to learn from. The instructors have no input and are too full of themselves and their degrees to actually teach anything. I went to community college before Argosy, and I learned more about my field at that school than at Argosy, and I had been at each school for the same amount of time.
I absolutely HATE this school and will never attend or recommend anyone to ever get an education at a school that is only focused on money and advertising. If you are looking for an education in psychology, go to a community college to get generals, then transfer to your state university. That is the cheapest, safest, and most educational way to go because a state university has a lot more experience and concern for students.
And controversial to rumor, online courses are not easier than regular courses. They require 500+ pages of textbook reading each week, notes on that, 3 thoroughly researched discussion questions with peer comments, 2 papers, and 1 addition to a final project and this is just one average week's worth of work for one course. Times that by 2 and factor in your work schedule, stress, family, personal life, social life, and you only have enough time to get 5 hours of sleep and maybe 1 hour of free time a week.
First off - Argosy University Sarasota is an awesome experience. The faculty and staff are great, it is collegial compared with two other campuses in the system, which tend to be hierarchical (we're the experts little children do as we tell you), while the Sarasota Campus is more collegial, and works well with older students who are motivated and disciplined. Online education is more challenging because the learning requires more of the student, a lot more. You must formulate graduate level answers that are well researched and well written. Then respond to other colleagues in the class in a thoughtful and professional manner. The is the Good.
The Bad and the Ugly have to do with the organization. They have a hard time keeping campus presidents and these turn over a lot. Tuition is high. Change happens with little or no notice. Tuition costs increase every September like clock work, without any noticeable improvement in their online platform, library databases (journal articles are sometimes difficult to obtain, unless you have a great librarian to access these - and Sarasota does). EDMC (the parent company) is a cash cow for Goldman Sachs - or perhaps paying down the debt incurred when they were taken private by Goldman Sachs. Argosy University, along with other for profit educational companies, are under fire from the Federal Goverment.
The faculty are your life line in any program and interview them as they interview you. Make sure you have the time and energy to take on the academic load if you are working or have other heavy obligations away from the classroom. If you want to do well in the program you will need to spend 8 hours a week per course you take - lots of reading and then lots of writing for the weekly or twice weekly assignments (some courses are 7.5 weeks so you cover the same material in half the time, while doing two weeks worth of work per week). Some courses involve residencies that last from one long weekend (Friday to Sunday) to two weekends in a row or a week long residency (Monday through Friday). Half of your course work must involve residency courses - this is an extra expense to travel to the campus and for lodging and meals for while you are there.
Other campuses (Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, etc.) are traditional class room based programs. These tend to like younger students that they can mold into their images of professionals (especially the PsyD programs - and really with the APA Accredited programs - Argosy University over all turns out about 150 to 200 PsyDs a year, which is impacting the job market for clinical psychologists, there is on going discussion about this in the APA - the Canadian Psychological Association does not recognize these for profit institutions and split with the APA over this issue).
I recently obtained my Bachelors in Psychology at this school. I had a wonderful experience. It taught in depth information in a way that made learning easy. I didn't have any problems during the curriculum because there was always someone there to assist me if needed. I am very happy with this school and would recommend it to anyone. I graduated with everything I needed in order to move foreward with my career and educational goals. This facility helped me to strive.
Look, instead of making yourself look like an idiot, giving a bad remark to a university that is awesome, maybe you should analyze yourself. Life is what you make of it...school is the same, you wanna do well and succeed, then you willdevote yourself to that success... blaming the school for your lack of interest and commitment is obvious and completely visible that you are not innocent yourself.
I have had a wonderful experience so far. I am b.s. criminal justice and will be going to law school. I felt no pressure to go to this school. I also felt that the people who advised me and have instructed me, have really been so helpful and intuitive. I appreciate the feeling like they are there to help me. I feel this is genuine. And its the beginning of success for me!!
The enrollment couselor is very skilled at getting you to attend the school. After that wonderful experience that is all you get the academic counselors are a joke. The financial aid person are not concerned about your needs. This school was a waste of time and efforts. I only stayed to complete my degree because the credits would not transfer. Please stay away. Not worth the aggrivation. Military students RUNNNNNNNN to Univeristy of Phoenix or elsewhere. They appreciate your contributions. Not Argosy University. Please don't fall prey to thier scam.
One of the most important attributes one can have is self-motivation. Argosy University requires one to be highly self-motivated. Another attribute is honesty. If a student does his or her own work, he or she will find that Argosy truly challenges the student. This is true for any University.Professors at brick and mortar schools are no better educated than professors at Argosy. Check your catalog and you shall see. Read and study all the materials you are required to do, and you will have a great experience. I have four degrees(A.A., B.A, M.A.,Ed.S.,) from brick and mortar schools and two from Argosy. The doctorate from Argosy required a tremendous amount of research,study, and self-sacrifice. I am proud of my accomplishments; do the right thing and you will be also.
I had a mixed experience with online learning. Some of the professors were serious about the assignments and made the assignments commensurate with a doctoral program experience. Some of the professors seemed to just go through the motions and just gave assignments that were just to get me through the class without proving that I knew the material. I guess that this is not different from class in a traditional brick and mortar environment, though. As for my own motivation, it was difficult at times to balance my time between work and home to make time for the online classes. I had gone the traditional route for my master's degree and I knew that I could not do this for my doctorate degree.
The online experience was harder for me to find time to do the classwork, but it was the only was to get my terminal degree - I am in my final term to get my doctoral degree from Argosy. My advisor does not know me. It seems as if the advisors only know the needy students who can't figure things out on their own. My advisor has changed 4 times since I have been enrolled, so I feel that I am on my own. This is not unique to online universities, but the face time is limited in online universities.
Very easy and straight forward. Course work was relative easy but time consuming. The chat option i used a lot to communicate with other students. The overall experience was great i would recommended it for those who cant go to class. Most definitely will prepare you for a career.