Everest University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (219)
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.
I started on Nov. 28th of 2011 and I was so excited to be able to get a degree and still be a stay at home mom. I completed all of the paperwork and it was easy I alos recieved all of my materials in a timely manner. I was informed that I would be able to finish in eight months if I maxed out my classes.
So for the first semester which was a mini semester I took three classes when I was informed that was the max. I only have one more week to go and my semester is over. At this point I have a 89, 98, and 99 in my classes. I recieved an email that states that my classes for the second semester had been scheduled so I contacted student services because I had been told that my advisor would contact me in order to schedule. This phone call was made yesterday and during this call I advised them that I wanted to max out my classes so I could graduate in eight months. The reply was "It is impossible to finish in eight months even if you max out your classes.
The earliest you would be able to graduate would be in 14-16 months." I was ok with it taking longer in order to get my degree the time is worth it even though it is not what I was expecting to hear. So, I started to ask questions about my financial aid and whether or not the amount would change. She told me no that it would not change it would stay at the same price $38,000.00. I immediately became upset asked for my enrollment agreement to be emailed to me and went into the student portal and took screen shots of my Award Letter which states $12,000.00 for books and tuition.
So I took time to think about it last night and this morning I disenrolled. I spoke with the "Director" and he informed me that I should not have recieved an exact amount because it depends on how long it takes me to finish. I refuse to deal with anyone who has bad business and the amount of money required is something that should be made very clear. If it wasn't because of the mishap with financial aid I would have continued my education at this institution. Overall everything else was great I enjoyed the classes but if you are going to lie about anything then it is a red flag. I also referred my cousin and his wife and they were going to start in January.
When I foud out I was not given the correct information I called them and asked them to call and get copies of thier information just to make sure everything was in order before the classes start. His wife called immediately and found out that financial aid had not gave them all of the information as well. They were never informed of the loans and were told that the grant would cover thier tuition. So they have also resigned. I did my research before enrolling and seen bad reviews but the majority of them seemed like student errors and the ones that seemed to have a legitimate reason to blame the school couldn't even spell so I disregaurded those as well.
,p> I am very disappointed in them at this point and they need to either re-train thier financial department or hire new employees who know what they are talking about.
Most instructors there are kind and helpful. Was enrolled there for 1 year was going to take a semester off but within a week of stopping course they were on the phone calling everyday wanting payment because they couldnt find paperwork I submitted for loan application.was approved for grant but they lost it and never told me they didnt recive it they person who should of gotten it no longer works there financial dept. went thrrough about 3 people in a year student services went throuhg alot of different people so I see how easy to lose paperwork they are moving you around to different people and no one knows what the other is doing.
I noticed that there are many negative reviews on here about Everest, yet the majority of these people complaining about the school have poor grammar, have several excuses and are mad because they didn't get a check. I have attended three other online schools and Everest has by far been the best one for me. Many people turn to online school because they think it is easier than attending a traditional school, but what they do not realize is that online school takes alot of dedication.
In my experiences with online schools, I've seen many people drop because they couldn't keep up or they drop because they are lazy then complain that the school is bad. You should ask questions, read the fine print and understand what you are committing to before you enroll. To those of you who complain about not getting a check, you must request to your financial aid advisor that you wish to max out your student loans and recieve what is left over each term. They will not automatically send you money because they do not encourage you to pile up debt. They also send you financial statements each term.
I have only had one problem so far and that was with financial aid, but it was quickly resolved with one phone call. My academic advisor calls and emails me every week and my instructors are awesome. I have been hospitalized twice so far this term and all of my instructors were willing to work with me. I love my courses too!!
I recommended Everest to two of my sisters and a friend. One of them said they did not like the school, but at the same time she failed to keep up with her work and decided to drop after it was too late. The other two love the school and are doing great. It is not the school's fault when you fail to attend or do not read all the schools policies and nor understand how your financial aid works.
I have been attending since May of 2011 and plan on graduating from this school.
I started my online classes in may 2011. I filled out the application because the representative told me it would be a 9 month course....lie. Turns out its 2 years. They didnt explain much on financial aide, I still dont know why I have to pay so much. Classes are ok, computer is ok, service not so good. Im doubling up on classes to finish quicker I just hope this school is for real and I get my degree. The work is not as easy as people say.