Argosy University Online Reviews
I have read many negative reviews, and I do not believe them. I have obtained my BA, and Masters from this school online, and I have had a GREAT experience. College is suppose to be challenging, and Argosy makes you earn your degree. The people that are complaining seems to me are the people just wants a hand out degree. Yes, I must admit that the classes are a bit pricey, but it's also your choice. I love the school so much that I am starting back for the Doctoral program, so stop hating on Argosy, and get a good EDUCATION.
I was in the process of enrolling into Argosy's Master in Counseling Washington DC program and, after immediate acceptance, decided to do more research about this school with no apparent admission criteria. Got your BA/BS? Congratulations, you've been accepted. Another red flag was inability to review department's faculty and get an idea of who I would be learning from in the next 2 years. Also, the price of "education" was crazy steep. Basically, the only reason I was considering Argosy is because it well aligned with my vocational demands and Master in Counseling program on this particular campus is CACREP accredited, which is pretty much a must for those wanting to seek LPC licensure. So Argosy does have that going for itself, but so do a lot of other non-profit schools at a much cheaper price. Anyways, after thorough research about this school and for-profits in general, I withdrew my application and never looked back. Instead, I am attending a reputable, non-profit, accredited mortar & brick university this fall and don't have to worry if my future employees will question the validity of my degree. I would really encourage everyone to THOROUGHLY RESEARCH FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS before proceeding. Even with accreditation, I don't think it's worth it. Personally, I really don't want to financially support this awful business that's robbed so many people of their money with nothing to show for it. Either way, best of luck to all. And remember, just do your research and educate yourself.
While every schools has Great and Average Professors I found the teaching quite good! This is an accelerated program and requires tremendous commitment to learn on your own and be prepared for class. I learned from my fellow students as well as reading material and course work. I had two professors I felt had lost their passion for teaching and it showed in their delivery of material. I was able to reach all professors in my blended course work and felt supported by Administration office. I would recommend this school.
Don't waste your time or money here . I just graduated in April, and this school is a joke. The staff is unreachable all the time. It is impossible to reach anyone or get any straight answers from anyone ever. My financial aid advisor never returned my calls and I ended up screwed bc my aid was revoked and I had to reapply half way through because I was never notified. Furthermore, as much as I want to be proud of my degree I feel like it was not challenging. Not even a little bit. And speaking of degrees, no one seems to be able to tell me where mine is and when it will be coming in and it has been 11 weeks since I "graduated". Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
I do agree with most that Argosy is very expensive. I wish I had researched other more economical options. This is where my unhappiness ends. I started Argosy in 2008. In late 2009 I married and my husband and I relocated. School was put aside for a while. When I decided to return to school I was able to resume my degree but because of a lack luster undergraduate GPA (I had a good GPA for the 1/2 of the degree I had already completed) I had to take an academic writing course. I was a bit put out by this lengthy course which doubled my work, but in the end found it to be very helpful. I had one of my favorite professors in this course. I got a call once a month from my AA and FA. This was a bit much and I assume a computer generated their call lists to check up on my status and see if I had any questions. So, those that have written about no contact I think Argosy heard you and are making changes. I admit that when I left Argosy the first time I did get a lot of calls, At one time I asked not to be contacted by phone at all because they were wanting me to restart my journey. But, they are required by law not to call if you ask them not to and when I did they honored that even noting that I now wanted calls when I contacted them to complete this degree. My academic advisor has been great. I think Jennifer is my third or fourth since beginning school but by far the best. She has been helpful, prompt, encouraging, and even soothing when the work load got to be too much with my own personal dynamics and life. My financial aid guy has called regularly. He is always nice, but other than telling me that he got my loan money and discussing my progress in the course I have had no need to reach out to him. I am still waiting for him to call and tell me I won a scholarship (HINT). For those of you who have problems with your professors I admit that I had one or two that were strange or even inappropriate in their comments at times. I shared this concern in the course survey and hopefully this was pointed out to them. Overall I have had GREAT teachers. They were usually prompt in responding and very helpful. They encouraged critical thinking and discussion. I admit that I was a bit leery of not being face to face with classmates and professor but found that I was able to censor myself and my writing before submitting. I have had some GREAT classmates. I am not good with names, but recognize a few of the same people in some of my classes. Online learning is not for everyone. I do not think it should be used as the primary school for undergraduate degrees. I think that you need some self discipline, motivation, and encouragement to stay on task with the demands of these courses. If you are the type that flies by the seat of your pants a 5 week program is not for you. As for those who are upset about losing money if you drop a course this happens in all upper level education situations. This is not unique to Argosy and should not be held against them. Again, Argosy has been a great option for me in pursing a master's degree. I would not recommend this type of learning to everyone.
Please, if you are considering this school, think twice, then three times, then choose another school! When I enrolled, my advisor was great. She since has moved on, leaving me with people who do not care. My academic advisor has changed 3 times since i enrolled under 2 years ago. My admissions advisor was amazing, including meeting with me one day to help tutor me in my math class. My financial advisor early on was alright, decent communication, but the one I have now is a joke. I had a default with the Department of Education back in 2009 so now any time they try to run my financial aid through the system, that comes up and they need a letter from DOE confirming I am no longer in default. This happened again in April and, no joke, my advisor just got in touch with me 2 days ago to let me know he needs the letter. He called me April 10th to let me know about the issue and I called to have the letter faxed from DOE that same day. I called and left a voicemail for my adviser asking he notify me if he never receives the letter and I never heard a word. I have been awarded scholarships for my academic achievements, of which I have only received $500 of the $2000 I was supposed to have received. I would love to say that the classes are challenging, but it's always concerned me that there are no tests or quizzes, and all classes consist of one discussion post and one full assignment, normally a 4-8 page paper. Reading other classmates posts, it is disheartening. The grammar is quite often horrific, the citations are incorrect, and you see so many students just copying and pasting text they've read in the classroom or text. I have compounded almost $30,000 in student loans for this degree that, quite obviously, will be a joke and will never get me anywhere. Please, don't make the same mistake I did!!!
POOR customer service, people never answer the phones unless your are a new enrolled student. After enrollment you must make multiple calls to get an answer in 72 hours or more. painful experience through the whole program. The instructors are excellent but the school itself is not worth it. I should have attended a better online program that actually helps students, I graduated with a Master degree but will never recommend family or friend to go through the painstaking experience. I don't know how any business operates without customers or referrals??? Signed a disappointed student.
The program was written at the 3rd grade level at best. My peers were illiterate and could not comprehend the material. I was told by recruiters that they just need bodies in the classroom and that is why there were so many low level learners in the class. The amount of work for one session could be completed in 5 days. Books were not necessary. The most difficult task was trying to read the other student's posts and trying to respond. The degree doesn't lead to certification. Argosy is accredited by WASC which is the lowest level of accreditation. Most jobs will not take this accreditation. The Financial Aid Director at Argosy San Diego is perhaps the most incompetent person I have ever encountered. She preys on military students and constantly pulls the "I don't know card."
My total experience with Argosy University was positive from start to finish. My Academic Advisor was always available. She always had answers for me. My Financial Advisor was outstanding to help me through the total process. Some of the Educators were better than others, but the majority were excellent! As a prior student at a "brick and mortar" college, the online experience was very different. However, overall the experience was exciting and rewarding.
I recently completed my doctorate degree through Argosy University's online program and it was a great experience. My academic adviser contacted me regularly and my interaction with my professors was better than expected. The Organizational Leadership curriculum at Argosy University was relevant and coincides with what I am being taught now in my professional military education. The resources provided by the school such as dissertation residency opportunities, webinars, digitized text books that save the student purchase costs, and the numerous online research programs afforded to students are invaluable. A testament to my review at Argosy University was my experience during the dissertation phase of my program, my chair provided me timely feedback and expertise that helped me overcome the challenge. What's more, Argosy University is also a Yellow Ribbon school which means that it covers any additional costs that exceed Post-9/11 G.I. Bill coverage. Overall, my experience was very enjoyable at Argosy University and I am a proud alumni.