Brandman University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (72)
Since Brandman is part of the Chapman University system, the education and instructors are very good. The curriculum is challenging and overall has helped me with my career.
I was looking for a school where I could attend classes in person or online, while still working full time. Brandman University was great in addressing my needs and would recommend it.
I have a BA in Psychology, and I am going for my Master in Organizational Leadership. I only recommend this school if you are very independent! The instructors are really hit and miss, but most know their material well. I will say that I like the online better than then on campus, because the online courses are pretty straight forward and organized a little better. The advisors are not very good, and some of the instructors seem very busy, so just try to figure things out on your own. While this school is no Harvard, it is a part of the Chapman University system and many of my teachers were from UCLA, UC Irvine, Chapman, ect… So I feel like I am getting a decent deal for the money.
To be clear: this school is for the purpose of getting a job, not for people who want the college experience! Like me, this school is perfect to learn the basics to get into a new career field. This is a perfect alternative to Devry, Phoinex, ect.. This school has decent brand name recognition and the instructors are really much better than other online schools. Additionally, this school is non-profit and never had any problems with their accreditation (WASC) for the past 50 years, which many for-profit schools have such as Troy University, Grand Canyon, Agrosy, ect..
I did learn a lot through the Brandman MBA program. It was great for me being a working adult as the professors were fairly flexible with assignments. I started my MBA at Ashford and that was a joke. Brandman was definitively more difficult and was just as difficult as my B.S. from Arizona State. Its a great price for an MBA and I just got promoted at my job to over 100k.
The good part is that most of my classes have been excellent with top-notch teachers who are passionate and engaging. The material is often challenging so within the Liberal Arts degree, you can obtain a really stellar education that applies to the real world.
The bad part (and why I'm actually leaving before receiving my degree) is that the student support is horrible. You have to work exclusively with the One Stop team who are absolutely incompetent on every single level. They are non-responsive to a comical level (by phone, fax, and email) and incredibly defensive when asked to correct their mistakes. I have never received an accurate student statement and right now they are trying to shake me down for nearly $200 that I clearly don't owe. You have zero grievance options and are completely subject to their whims. I would not recommend this school based upon this single reason because it will interfere with your education and undermine your ability to graduate.
If your deciding to get your teaching credential through brandman university at folsom in californa be careful. The people that you hire to do all the background stuff like make your schedule and handle all your paper work are completely incompetent.
D the "senior academic advisor" is worthless and will only cause you more hardships in the long run. I would suggest taking all your classes through the roseville campuse and having them plan you academic schedule.. that is unless you want to find out that you have several more class to take during you last term, or you want all your important paper work lost if thats what you want then folsom campus is for you.
Brandman is great when you are apllying and dealing with recruiters. As soon as you start classes the problems begin. The online program is haphazard and frought with technical problems. Half of my professors do not even read their assignments or posted work. As soon as you have a problem, you will not here from student services again. I have spent more time dealing with technical and tuition problems than I have doing coursework. I will be taking my time and money elsewhere. If you want to spend a lot of money for nothing but a piece of paper, go for it.
If you value your time, money, and a quality education, stay far away from Brandman. The "blended" format is a joke because there is no accountability for quality from either the students or faculty. Plus, Brandman/Chapman did not ensure their instructors were well-trained or the the new format was seamless before it was rolled out.
The 8-week "semesters" are a joke. The time is much to fast to learn anything substantial. Plus, anyone whose credit card or check would clear was admitted, which means some of the students were lazy and poor contributors.
Brandman makes the claim that it is geared toward working adults. It definitely is not. Many of the courses geared toward teaching require the student to do MANY observations and to tutor students. How is this possible if you are working full time? Does one have to continually take days off of work to fulfill those requirements?
The new online component is a nightmare. Why is it necessary to meet face to face and online? It is not. The online component is often repetitive and with no value. Most students just get it done and the issues addressed are neither significant, controversial, or relevant; it is simply busy work.
Many students are extremely unhappy at Brandman. I would suggest another school which values student input and appreciates the fact that we are working adults.
I attended Brandman online to get my CLAD certificate. There were a lot of tech problems since the classes were the first online CLAD classes.The program worked well for me because it was accelerated and I could finish quickly over the summer. I did have good instructors in the ESOL department. I still keep in touch with Dr. Larson. She was an excellent teacher. The problems drove me crazy when I attended , but they will be worked out eventually. Anytime something is new it takes awhile to perfect it. I attended the Extended Learning program , so I do not know about the other departments.
When I decided to apply for Brandman's online program, I was persuaded by a college recruiter that raved about the school and its flexibility for working students. As an aspiring actress, I thought going to Brandman would be great in case I ever had to go out of town and not be able to attend class (extras cannot attend on campus school if they want to work). I was only here for two semesters, and enjoyed it up until my final term.
I'm not saying that this is a terrible school. For an online school, it's probably one of the best. I know people who've attended other online universities, such as Phoenix and Kaplan who constantly complain about the professors and class format. Brandman is entirely online, consists of some great professors with reasonable demands for assignments.
The problem is, at least for me, because it works on accelerated terms everything moves pretty quickly. For some classes, this is great. I honestly didn't have a problem until my Statistics course came along. I found myself working every day for HOURS, only to rush to get things turned in Sunday nights. As an actress who is required to be on set for 12 hours a day, I found that my WORK interfered with school that I was worried I couldn't work and study simultaneously without sacrificing one. I considered dropping out many times, but since it is a required course and I needed it to transfer I stuck it out. After only three weeks I stopped caring about maintaining my 4.0. I thought the requirements for discussion posts was ridiculous (4 required posts, relating statistics to your everyday life and asking/answering questions in a Q&A section). It would be better if the Q&A was optional, or offered extra credit rather than being required. Sometimes I didn't have questions, and I got docked for it. If you struggle in math, I don't recommend taking this until the very end, or by itself. I only took it early because I wanted to transfer to a CSU. However, that may just be that particular professor, who is nice and extremely helpful. It was just the format I hated.
As for the classes I did enjoy, the required English courses were great. I could get assignments done by Wednesday without worrying. I also took a Society/Culture and Literature course that required weekly film viewings and a lot of other fun assignments. My Personality Theories class was also very enjoyable, definitely my favorite.
For the most part, the professors are helpful and answer your questions via email timely. If you have problems, or do an assignment incorrectly, they'll actually help you out. I recommend this school for those who are at-home parents or don't have a hectic work schedule. Otherwise you'll find yourself swamped in the more challenging courses.