Everest University Reviews
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I am a current student at Everest Online University and I have had so many problems with this school its ridiculous.
They told me before I started that I could get online when ever I had the time as long as my work was completed before Saturday at midnight but if I am unable to get online one day I receive irritating e-mails and phone calls non stop until the next time I get online. I started in February this year and today is April 3rd and I have yet to receive an overage check for my student loans.
I do not go to college for the money but I plan on using that to pay my bills so I can continue to go to college. Every time I call the finical department they give me a different excuse every time. Today the excuse was "We are still waiting on finical aide to disburse us the money." What I don't understand is how I am receiving my book and attending school if they have not received my finical aide! It is near impossible to get a straight answer from anyone at that school. I wish I would have done my research a lot better than what I did.
Take it from me...NOT WORTH IT! Do your research very well before you get stuck in a situation like mine. Do not attend this school! They do not care about their students. They just use nice words to try to bribe you.
For example, I was told before I enrolled that they will GIVE you a laptop whether you graduate or not it's yours but once I received my laptop I also received a nice little letter with the laptop stating that if I drop out or not graduate for what ever the reason may be I will have to return the laptop or I will have to pay for it. The laptop also was full of viruses when I received it. Please take your time and do your research.
I just love the virtual world of higher learning via Everest University Online. I've developed distinct capabilities that I am now using to grow my own business. My interactions were all positive. I feel happy to have been afforded such an amazing opportunity.
The very many chalenges I faced throughout my studies of 2 and 1/2 years was conquered with hard work and diligence. I graduated with a 3.79 gpa, honors Magna Cumlaude. I am an Everest Ambassador As well I am a member and officer of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Everest Chapter. My time at Everest has been amazing.
I graduated the top of my class in 20** (Bachelor in Business Administration) with a 4.0 GPA. I even received the award for "Most Outstanding Graduate in BBA". When I tried to transfer my credits to "REGIONALLY ACCREDITED" institutions to further my education, they DO NOT ACCEPT EVEREST CREDITS.
I take full responsibility because I did not do my research into its credentials. Now I am stuck with having to pay back student loan for a degree that is only worth the paper it's on.
PLEASE BE AWARE!!! This is a "MONEY" school. Please, don't be a victim to this so-called "University".
It seems to me that everyone has had a different experience whether it was negative or positive,real or fake. Well I can assure you my post is real. I am currently attending EUO and have been for almost a year now nearing completion for my AS in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. The only thing that I don't really care for is that I still won't qualify to sit in front of the board and take the test to become registered, certified, or any others that normally come with it.
I'm kind of disappointed that I will only be walking away with my AS in this field as I was really looking forward to not only holding a degree but a certification to go along with it. I haven't had any problems with financial aide, student services, etc. as my experience in these areas has been good including the instructors.
After reading the many posts that I have, I am definetely keeping my eyes open as I would really hate to get to the graduation point and not be able to do so because they will claim I owe money or something as well as not be able to obtain my transcripts should I need them in the future or just for my records.
So anywho, like I said after reading the many posts, I will most definetely keep my eyes and ears open and cross that bridge when it comes.
I wish I had done research on this school before I enrolled almost two years ago. Beware for the following:
1) Not all undergraduate schools require 96 credits to get a degree. DO YOUR RESEARCH! It should take you anywhere from 60-68 credits to get your required degree.
2) They offer nonsense courses. I'm going for my associate degree. Aside from the normal classes -- Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Composition -- what other schools give you "Strategies for Success," "Career Skills & Portfolio Management," and "Basic Computer Applications?" Really?! Those classes won't even transfer to another school!
3) Student Services are not very knowledgeable. Any student who threatens to leave, the first thing they scream is, "You may jeopardize your financial aid." They're worried they won't get any more money.
Although I liked some of my instructors, do yourself a favor and try a school that's near your hometown. They're not worth it.
I was excited about completing my Associate degree in Business/Marketing and had attended Everest University Online for a year from 2011-2012.
During that year, the online class interaction was disappointing. In the beginning of each class, you give your bio and for the first 4 weeks, everyone seems to participate. All seems to go well. As the weeks go by, more and more students stop posting or become very lax in their responses. "Net and text speak" do not get challenged by the Instructors in your classroom forums and even though those students may get lower marks, they should have been asked to re-post in proper sentence formats. How can these students learn if they are not made to correct their mistakes?
I hardly ever got challenged in the classroom forum and this bothered me. Not even my instructors challenged me - except for the Accounting and Environment Science Professors I had. I gave them high marks. But since you are "required" to respond to 2 students and/or an instructor, this made my personal interaction more difficult. Everyone was always commenting on my great answers but never asking me to expand. That didn't help me as a student at all. And for me, responding to a student or students who write in "net speak" or incomplete sentences is frustrating - after all, we WERE in COLLEGE together!
Financial Aid is very non-responsive. Of course when you become a pest, they call you finally and claim to state they E-mailed you. It was always the same response when I needed assistance and after I contacted the head of the department, I'd get a call stating an E-mail was sent and to check my junk folder. Please! I know how to check that and know for a fact nothing was sent. I always take written notes when I am on the phone as well. They were so lax in financial aid that my Genesis loan expired because they took too long to respond to the 30 day deadline. This meant I had to get them to resubmit everything and push my loan back through and wait another 30 days. Of course by that time, a new term was in full swing.
My Advisor was the best person at this school. She was always there for me - except when she went missing for about two months. Seriously, I was told she was gone and they did not know where she was or when she'd be back. (I have the E-mail). Other than that, when she miraculously returned, no apologies, but our connection was still there. She helped as much as she could.
Now - I will say regarding "Quizzes". This was my biggest disappointment at EUO. I personally had to challenge 4 different quizzes (which were open book). The quizzes I challenged clearly had incorrect answers and I was able to back up the correct answers by referencing the textbooks. After my complaints, these quizzes were apparently "corrected for future students". I thought it important to make a fuss about these tests being incorrectly marked. I left there with a 4.0GPA and was asked why getting these tests corrected was a big deal. Like I mentioned above and wondered .... How long have these incorrect quizzes been out there? How many former students failed or had a lower grade because they were on the border of two grades?
Any company or school is only as good as the people they hire to work for them. Everest University Online is no exception. I had been told since the beginning of starting there that my "campus" was Orlando South. I even had to change my FAFSA because I originally put Tempe, AZ. Low and behold I found out two weeks ago when it came time to request my final transcript (another horror story), they stated I was registered in the Tempe, AZ campus. What!?!?
Now, this school seems to work for my friend who is in their nursing program. But it did NOT work well for me. Now I find not even half of my credits earned will transfer to my new college. Same program of studies too. So I just move forward and get it done elsewhere.
I am in the second week of my last semester at Everest University online for a degree in Medical Billing and Coding. My experience with this school has been a great one. I have had a great experience with everyone in student services, financial aid, and all of my professors. If a student makes an effort, asks questions, and participates to the fullest, they are guaranteed to graduate with good grades. I have been on the honor roll, deans list, and inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars through this school and have received certificates in certain classes for completing my assignments with high grades. The books are included in your tuition and they have great tutoring available with web cam live tutoring now.
This school is accredited and I am sure that I will not have a problem finding a position in my field of study, especially since they have a wonderful package and program to help me find one. I would recommend this school to anyone that has a busy schedule and can't attend on campus classes. The flexibility of the classes is amazing and financial aid was easy to obtain.
I have just finished my first term, a mini term, towards my Paralegal degree. I have seen several comments that were very negative. The underlying pattern I see, most of those students did not follow up or ask enough/correct questions. Students need to realize that this is an investment into their future.
It may be more expensive to attend Everest than your local community college, but you have the flexibility to attend online and at your pace and schedule. As long as you participate each week and submit adequate work, you will progress nicely.
The professors I have had were great. They gave great feedback and criticized when appropriate. All of my professors are professionals in their fields. I had an attorney, a PhD, and specialist with over 20 years of professional experience in his field.
I easily went through the financial aid process. Students have to take a proactive role in asking questions and following up on financial aid. Numerous websites explain everything about the process. There are also websites to check the status of the financial aid process. I did max out my loans to assist while I am in school and not working full time. I also did research to find out what the legal regulation and requirements are. The law and regulations for financial aid apply to Everest just like local schools. Would you buy a car without knowing the details and the “small print”? Why would you enroll in a school without knowing?
The people I have dealt with in Student Services have been very helpful. They have responded within hours most of the time. I have had adequate input into my scheduling. They have scheduling models that they use for the various programs. This is a guide but you still have a say in what or how many classes you take. Why not take advantage of their advice, which is based on the record of those who have attended before us?
There are always “bad apples” in every bushel. Call a supervisor or complain to someone of authority if you have an issue or believe you are not getting proper service.
I have read dozens of reviews about Everest on this website. I am completing my first term this week and I have had a mixed experience so far. If you are having trouble with financial aid it is generally because you are not making sure that all of the paperwork is done or have not made your situation clear to your advisor. Financial aid advisors don't just take care of one person's financial aid package, there are hundreds of people going through the financial aid process at this school, be a proactive student and everything will go smoothly. By law the school has to have a check in the mail to you within 14 days after the school has received the money from the lender for that term. There is no designation of when in the term this will happen as they have to wait for the lender to get them the money.
I have 2 great teachers right now and 1 teacher I never want to take a class from again. The problem with Everest teachers is that there are a few bad apples in the bunch and you can have a bad experience once in awhile. But this is the same with any college. I have all A's in my classes so far and I'm enjoying school at Everest. I just wish that the student services system were restructured to make it easier to contact my academic advisor and financial aid advisor.
I have completed the first two semesters of my Computer Programming course through Orlano South and have found the representatives friendly and helpful. The instructors are available through e-mail within 24 hours and been understanding. There were a couple of times that I was running late on my assignments, and although school policy doesn't require them to respond to late work, they still checked out my work and told me what was right or wrong; but I did not receive a grade because of policy. The only real probem i had was when they required me to take out a loan through Genesis Loan Corp,. to ensure my finaces were covered. When it was determined that I didn't need the loan I went through a lot of trouble to have the loan refunded back to the company.
So far, all of the education I have received is applicable toward my education. My only regrete is not having hands on training like I would have in an on-campus situation, and the availability to ask and answer questions ditectly. I have been through 3 previous colleges and this is my first on-line situation. It is required for the student to do a lot of the research work on his own rather than just ask the teacher or other students. What would really be helpful in any on-line class would be a chat room for students to talk about what's going on; like they would in the hallways of a campus situation.However, according to the cost of the top 29 online colleges, which Eversest is not one, it is still very educational and growing.
I also found that most of the students, in my opinion, are not theat well educated. I determone this by their use of grammer and sentence structure. There have been a lot of class discussions that I barely understood their comments and yet the instructor claimed it wa a good resposnse. No wonder I get "A"s. I only ended up on this page because I was required to compare Certificates to Advanced diplomas. But for my money, I will stick with this couse.