Independence University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (57)
First time going back to school since I was in high school many years ago. Overall I am finding the school to be pretty good. I have only taken a few courses, some required me to ask a lot of questions to figure out what exactly what the course instructors wanted as far as assignments go. I have to admit the courses are requiring a lot more attention than I thought, but if you plan 2-3 hours a day for each course, and manage your time you should be good. I am also finding that a lot of the courses use e-textbooks these are nice, but I like being able to physically hold something.
I started March 2015. And graduate October 2016. First I have to say the instructors are amazing they help you every step of the way. Financial aid on the other hand can be better. Thankfully I've only had one issue and they weren't too helpful about it. I see many people believe that the laptop provided is free. WRONG. It clearly states in your enrollment paper work that it is only a gift when you graduate if you don't the laptop is to be returned in 30 days or you will be Charged. Other than that you have to be dedicated and determined it's a lot of work. I recommend this school to anyone with a full Schedule!
Independence University is better than any college I have seen for offering student support. If you want to go to a college that sends you on your merry way without giving you any guidance, choose another university. But if you are like me and you need help and like guidance throughout your whole degree, go here. I can tell they care and they want me to be successful. Plus I got a promotion once I started school here.
Please. I do not recommend this school to anyone. There are better options out there. The IT support for students is terrible. Took a week to respond back, meanwhile I'm missing assignments. Was "false started" and charged for the semester. I withdrew from this school because I was not treated like a human being. This school is currently being sued for unethical practices. Please read reviews An attorney needs to be present signing ANYTHING.
I'm am currently attending Independence University. I began my education in July 2015 and so far it has been going good. If you choose to attend this university beware you will need to focus and study for each and every class. Every month you have to take 2 courses and with each course comes weekly exams and assignments which you will need to turn in by the end of the week. I have already started my Clinical's and so far it has been good, I'm learning a ton and I can't wait to see what else I learn throughout this year. My expected graduation is May 2017 and I am looking forward to getting my degree and finally having a career.
For the sake of your own future do not go to this school. My close relative enrolled and told me that it would be a great option for me. I enlisted and was waiting for my laptop to be sent in. I had no other way of accessing the student site without the laptop, which they were aware of. So...within the first two weeks I was cancelled and was told I would need to reapply for another year. The loan is $75000. Not including any receivable grant or financial aid. The laptop is just a gimic. And the rush for enrollment is unnecessary. Their degree options are limited. Luckily, my loan was cancelled and I don't owe any money to the school and have pursued interest in an overall better deal else where. Meanwhile my relative, who was dropped because he couldn't get help from his instructors, now owes the $75000 in full plus the laptop charge, and will not be able to reapply or pursue education elsewhere, due to financial costs no longer covered. Luckily I owe nothing. I found a more affordable option elsewhere and I just wanted to let anyone interested in this school to go the opposite way. Lol as far away as you can because if you aren't disappointed one way you will be in another. It sucks to know that all of these other people had unfortunate expreriences. It's upsetting to know that they will owe a lifetime of money to a school that never intentionally supported them in the get go. Do yourself a favour. And don't. Just no...
Hello, I am currently attending Independence University. I am actually on my 3rd mod. After reading some reviews on this website, I got frightened. I thought maybe it is a mistake going to this school. So far it's going good. There was a little misunderstandings at first, but as long as i kept on calling and expressing my needs, I would usually get a response and respect. The teachers so far are great. There are live lectures, great reading material, exercises, reviews, assignments, and tests. I receive daily emails keeping me informed and in contact with my academic advisor and notifications. I have a great tablet and my laptop will be coming in soon. I have so far learned medical terminology, medical asepsis, and the anatomy and physiology of the human body. I really enjoy going to school here and I don't seem to understand why there are so many negative comments. I'm determined to receive and associates degree and choose which aspect of the medical field I would like to build a career in.
Do NOT enroll with this University! I understand flexibility the enrollment office sales you on plus the "free" computer. First I attended one full year Nov. 2014-2015 after taking personal leave I have not been able to re-enroll. I have been told I would have to repeat any courses below a B- and financial aid may have changed. This school bleeds over 20,000 in financial aid a year while you will have to do ALL leg work. My preceptor told me he is not a fan of the school and IU students are usually not hired. You will feel intimated during clinical because of how ill prepared you are! Not to mention when I asked if I needed to send laptop back and told no if I'm only out a few months ... Guess what charged 3 weeks later 850.! If you can go anywhere else DO! I am cutting my losses and starting at a ground school. One of the instructors at the ground school went through this same scenario! Run! Run! Run from this program!
I am still attending this school although I am starting to have second thoughts. I started in December 2014 and I had almost completed my first year and got locked out of school because of some mess up with my financial aid on their part. They notified me two days before the weekend that I had to get my tax transcripts and then even if I did it would take a week to process which would be a week after my lock out date. So I end up getting locked out of my last class I have to take for the first year which doesn't make sense since my financial aid from last year covers my first year. The financial aid people don't answer the phone no one really cares their except your academic advisor and if you ask your associate dean for help but they can't do much. I'm still waiting to be enrolled. They can't answer my phone calls or call me back to get my stuff straightened out so I can get back in school but they were sure quick to call me to let me know I hadn't made a payment for November yet. A month in which I didn't get to take my class and got the 8 day notification for not showing up to class and was in danger of being dropped from the class.
I must say, I have had experience with Independence University/Stevens-Henagar since it was called California College back in the 90's. I have had a variety of experiences both good and bad. I actually fired them MANY times, I went through 2 student advisors a month for a while. But, I persevered and they stuck by me the entire time. It was truly like a family for me, dysfunctional at times, but I was comfortable openly complaining about anything that bothered me, even at 3am. I recently completed my BAS degree and was on the Dean's List through the entire program, and I was pretty frantic some of the time. Not easy. I have to say, it is worth it in the end. I am typing this on the very laptop I received through the course. Very pleased.