Argosy University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (21)
I started my Argosy University Academic journey in 2010. I began as a pre-med student and then switched my focus to psychology because of the lack of labs for the required pre-med course work...which was fine since I planned on a different route to obtain my education. I finished my BA in 2015 with Honors and immediately decided to stay with the University for my MPH. It is a well versed and dedicated program. Yes..every school has professors who are working for the wrong reason. But when you apply yourself and work hard to go above the standard academic engagements and assignments, you learn something more about yourself and present to your instructors that you deserve to earn the degree you are seeking. I must say my Admissions Advisor and Academic Adviser ) and also my Fin Aid Advisor have been amazing. They are dedicated to students, and champions for the school. This school is NOT a diploma mill as it has been called. You are the driver of your own journey and if you expect to just have this neat little package handed to you, then your in the wrong place. Life learning is the lesson you are taught. Responsibility for assignments, communicating with classmates and professors, focusing on learning and not just doing the minimum is the goal and objective for this school. I will complete my MPH in 3 months. I have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and continue to push myself and encourage my classmates to do the same. The name on the diploma says you completed the journey, what you do with it defines who you are. Argosy in a great school for those who are working adults who cant spend hours in a classroom of a brick and mortar institute of learning. Same objectives and assignments, just more focus on reading and developing advanced learning skills is needed. You wont get an A for attendance, but the effort will take you as far as you want to go.
PLEASE, do not waste your money going to this school. Especially if your are going for MFT. There is literally only 3 to 4 classes that are dedicated to the MFT population in the entire program. You are better off going to another school that will go in depth into service the marriage and family population. You will also save yourself the headache of having to harass people just so you can get the correct information that you need. This is in all honesty. I wish I went elsewhere.
Teachers are great; classes great, other students are incredibly smart and professional; the academic side is really, really good. However, the administrative side sucks badly. The disbursement of loan funds is terrible. Every stipend is delayed 3-4 weeks after start of the 8 week session. That means I have had to go HALF way through a session with no money for books, food, gas money. The company that handles the stipend keeps changing, and if you can get a human on the phone they speak Chinese, or Phillipino, or some Asian language that makes their English very hard to understand. I am ready to quit Argosy due to management of the funding. I wonder if they delay making stipend payments on purpose. Why can't the money be available on the first day, or even before a session starts? Or, at the worst, in the first 2 weeks of a session? I see complaints about stipend payments from others online. They need to make a change, get a new way to handle the money or bring in some professional analyst to fix the problem. Until then, STAY AWAY FROM ARGOSY. The classes are great, but the administration sucks.
Argosy is a money making, corporate, for profit, school. They are not invested in students or their careers. The portals, syllabus, assignments and instructions never match up. They do not accept late work. They are not helpful. This place is a joke. All locations are a joke. I have been to 3 locations. Professors (if that's what you call them) do not work with individuals. Do not go here. I wouldn't send my worst enemy to this school.
I pursued a doctoral degree in Education. I found my courses richly informative and the Professors knowledgeable as well as available. The scheduling of classes was flexible and easily accommodated my personal calendar. Not all campuses can be or are created equal. Many of the Professors with whom I studied are no longer with the University. There's been numerous changes in personnel over the years. It's important to research where within Argosy University you will attend.
Some individual professors and classes were great, and I gained a good foundation in business principles through this degree program. However, I do not feel that it prepared me the way a masters-level program should. I came away with an understanding that I would expect of an Associates' degree. I certainly have less knowledge of my master's program study area than I gained from my bachelor's degree at a higher-quality (publicly funded) university. Also, because of the private nature of this school, the administration focuses a large amount of funding to hiring recruiters and training them to fudge the numbers (graduation rates, etc.) They do not have any targeted academic advising or support for existing students, and the vast majority of students who enroll do not complete their degrees as a result. Please look at this data before enrolling.
Pros: I found the Master's in Community Counseling program to be rigorous, with solid content. The program is CACREP accredited which is extremely important in this industry. The professors were excellent. I found a great post grad job too! I am not sure why there are so many poor reviews. My degree was well worth the time and effort. Cons: This degree took forever to complete. Three semesters of unpaid internships was really tough! Also, you were responsible to find your own internship. No university support at all for this. I expected more support in finding internship opportunities.
Excellent MA program in Sarasota. I fully enjoyed my experience and it was NOT easy by any means. Any academic program should push you past your limits and most of the negative reviews are from people who couldn't pass classes. Obviously, there is something to be said for those individuals. Education is what you put into it, like everything else in life. For me, my coursework was intense and my internships were difficult. BUT, I pushed myself and completed it. Simple. If you are looking to skate through a Master's degree, this is NOT the school for you. If you want to learn, grow and use that knowledge to actually make a difference your slice of the world and have support doing it, then Argosy University Sarasota is for you.
The Counseling program at Argosy University Atlanta campus is completely top notch. I thoroughly enjoyed every professor I had, and the two department chairs sitting while I was there were stellar. Classes are taught by experienced professionals and the education was truly more than I expected. That said, the university Administration, especially the Financial Aid department, is an absolute joke. These so-called "professionals" do not respond to email or telephone calls, and never provided me with an iota of assistance unless I was kicking and screaming and sending emails to everyone's boss. I kid you not. Every single solitary semester was a hassle with financial aid. If I had it to do again, I would thank the Counseling Department from a distance and attend a different school. As far as the Administration is concerned, students are not even a number. Once the university gets its tuition covered, they are wholly unconcerned with anything or anyone else. If you're going to attend Argosy, you'd better get a degree in Financial Aid first, because you're on your own.
When I returned back home to the Tampa Bay area, I researched colleges and universities from all over Florida. I love my field of addictions and was looking to further my education primarily for increase in pay. The problem was, no one offered what I wanted. I have been in the field of addictions for many years and knew what I needed to further my career. I choose Argosy after meeting with Dr. McGrath (she is no longer there). Since I have been in my field for many years, I appreciated the educational and professional experiences of my professors. Everyone demonstrated respect for my experiences. I truly enjoyed and looked forward to my classes. I was happy to graduate and yet sad. Today, I find myself researching colleges and again, for the same reason as stated previously; increase in pay and to retain my employment. So many funders require counselors to have specific credentials. The funders do not take into consideration the cost of schooling and employers not reciprocate as evident by the paycheck. It is not the school's fault if a graduate does not receive pay compensated for education or experience. The only thing negative I can say about Argosy is . . .graduation. When I graduated with by hard earned BA, I was proud and excited. Those joyous feeling were quickly squashed at a pre-graduation ceremonial get together and at graduation. I was so shocked by the way Master Program Professors treated undergrads that I almost did not attend graduation. I have met snobbery in my life, this beat all. Graduation ceremony was a joke. The female announcer mangled, mispronounce and mumbled her way through name of undergrads. However her voice became clear and distinct when she announce grad degree names. It is because of the treatment I and other undergrads received at the pre-ceremonial get together and at graduation that I have hesitated to attend Argosy. I have expressed my disappointment to the proper Argosy personnel in the behavior of the few professors who snubbed the undergrads. The other reason I hesitate to go back to school is financially. I can't afford it and yet I need too to retain my job that I love. I will attend Argosy for my graduate degree due to my love of learning, the positive experiences and I want to secure my employment and see my pay check reflect my education- as minimal as my employ will see fit.