Jones International University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
I began JIU with high hopes that this online experience would be both beneficial and rewarding towards furthering my education and career goals. However, after completing the entire four year program I am left feeling overwhelmed and jobless.
I would say that my overall experience with JIU has me dumbfounded. Student services are TERRIBLE!! Sure most are pleasant to speak with if you can get in contact with them, but most I came in contact with had no idea what was going on.
Student services aside, my biggest gripe is actually with the curriculum and the teaching staff. I feel as though my entire process at Jones was done on my own accord versus having any constructive criticism from professors. There was no growth!! I completely agree with some of the previous posts as almost every assignment was returned with some sort of good job comment but NO and I mean NO feedback about my papers. This includes punctuation, proper format, research topic, paper organization, wording, writing standards and technique. Nothing on how to improve, nothing on where I could do better, just good job. Coursework is redundant and boring. Like a previous post, I am ashamed that I wasted my time and more importantly my money. Just about $60,000 in debt for the program and I didn't really learn anything.
Its to bad because I was really excited to return to school and learn about something I was genuinely interested in. JIU is not a school that teaches, rather a school that promotes a gold standard but doesn't come close to hitting the bar. I had high hopes yet I ended with utter disappointment.
I just started here in August and so far I very happy with my experience so far. The admissions counselor was supportive and encouraging without being judgemental, the student support counselors were very helpful when I needed to change my program and drop a class, and the professors are excellent. Not only are the top in their fields, but they are very responsive and helpful.
I had been looking into going back to school for my Master's degree for about 20 years prior and had totally ruled out going on-line. Who was I kidding? Short of borrowing $ for child care and dropping down to a part- time job it is really the only way I could do it. Once I opened up to the possibility of doing my master's on-line I checked out several options and by far this was the best and most flexible. I would reccomend this program to anyone!
I had and have only great experience in JIU. My admission counselor as well as Student Service Counselor, even when they were changed 2 or 3 times, were/and are excellent. Very caring and supportive. My first course had already began but I still had troubles with the papers from my home country (they didn't want to send any to the US) and JIU staff, sorry I do not know exactly who, did their best to help me to get them giving me extension several times. Thank you a lot.
My current SSC, C D is so helpful. Her immediate response to my emails and messages is amazing. I didn't have any problems with my financial aid. I know that they will help me any time if I ask. And Technical Support team! have you ever called them? They are ready to help 24/7. I do not know how they do it but I am able to understand this 'technical' language and correct my on-line 'mistakes'.
I was a teacher-trainer in my country, worked a lot with American Educational organizations and with British Council, was an author of textbooks but JIU courses gave me a great theoretical foundation. Excellent curriculum and instructors for studying on-line. Writing assignments which form my portfolio is a perfect idea. Paraphrasing one of the former student's comment in this review: This is the University for those who what to learn new ideas, get theoretic knowledge, and move forward in their professional path. I highly recommend JIU for those who believe that studying opens career and life opportunities.
Being in the army means I need to travel a lot, which also means I have had my fair share of a variety of schools. Needless to say, the reason I chose JIU was for the convenience and online privileges. My experience with this school has been a roller-coaster. Student services are a fail at best.
I have been transferred several times to different SSC (student support counselor) and financial aid counselors all of which are very pleasant and nice but don't know what they are doing. The smart-thinking tool designed as a tutoring assistant is alright but I am paying an arm load of money to attend this school and expected teacher/professor feedback. The feedback that I did receive was more often than not associated with APA format and not punctuation/grammar errors or even the content of my research.
Sadly, based on previous reviews, I can relate to the 4.0 gpa. I currently, hold the same status and believe that I work hard but this must be a reoccurring status. I think the quality of curriculum is sub-standard and can be vastly improved. Writing research paper after paper is tedious and not teaching me much except how to research.
I agree with a previous mention that the set-up is easy to follow, I just wish there had been more substance with this school. Unfortunately, I wasted four years at this school and good money with little hope that this education will better my future aside from how good it looks on paper. This school in my opinion is a FOR PROFIT only institution.
I have been enrolled in JIU since April 2010 in their Accelerated Bachelors to Masters Degree program. I did experience a problem initially with student aide & consquently JIU's mistake costs me an out of pocket bill of $1,000, however, after that hiccup my transition through the enrollment courses has been very smooth, as well as, yearly financial aide submissions.
My first year I had an excellent academic counselor but the 2nd year they attempted to transfer me to someone that was totally incompentant. I immediately voiced my discontent & they transferred me back to the man I had originally & he was great. He was so good that they promoted him to be in charge of all academic counselors & he made sure that the next person I was assigned to is just wonderful and I still have her at this point.
Some of my professors have been very tough but I found that as an incentive to make me work harder!I enjoy the course material & one class just flows into the next in steps. Interaction with students overall has been good & the Fourm discussions are interesting. There have only been a few of my professors that have not actively participated in giving feedback in the classroom. One professor we all complained about and JIU took immediate action to get that professor back on track with us & ensured they performed their duties as a facilitator.
Some people here have complained that they have been unable to find a job since graduating but it is not the fault of the school. They're job is to prepare us for the careers we have chosen but they can't force a company or organization to hire you since that is strictly on us...maybe some people don't interview well. We are also in the middle of the worst economy we have had in years, but getting an education so when jobs do open up is the way to proceed.
I really enjoyed studying at JIU and I have to say that I recommend it if you are prepared to work hard and you have the passion and the willing to achieve more in your career and professional endeavors.
I started school at a community college but stopped and went back several times with out ever graduating then a few years later after having my baby girl I decided it was time to go back to school once and for all! I was very nervouse and had a lot of fears but after looking at schools I decided that JIU was the school for me! I am so glad I made that decision because now I am in a great career and don't live paycheck to paycheck!
I can now buy my daughter anything she wants and know I can provide for her and her future! This is all thanks to everything I learned at JIU! Jiu was different they really did care about me infact they went the extra mile and my admissions counselor Miss Herring was GREAT! She even came in on Saturdays to help me out- which school would ever do that? NONE except or JIU! If you want a quality education that will prepare you for your future then don't look anymore please call JIU today- they helped me and if I can do it I know you can too! Best of luck!
I started school online before but never got to graduation until I attended JIU. I loved every thing about it! My advisor, Brooke was great and so was the rest of the support I received.
I think people who attend a school and say they can't do anything with that degree is just sad. I have a wonderful career now and its all thanks to what I learned at JIU. I also have a pretty awesome portfolio which I hugely accredit for being where I am now! This school gave me everything they promised and some.
I have been with JIU for nearly four years now, I was told I would be able to graduate sooner by adding extra classes and that financial aid would not be a problem. This was not true! First, I was told by my financial aid adviser that I would in fact be able to attend this school and complete my BBA degree ahead of schedule (standard 4yrs done in 3yrs), this is why my choice was to go ahead with the school to begin with. That ended up being false and the financial aid adviser no longer works there nor did the school accept responsibility, so I had to pay out of pocket for the extra courses because financial aid didn't cover it, not to mention it was late and in the incorrect amount. Needless to say, I stuck with the school thinking that this was just a one time error... BIG MISTAKE!
Since then, I have maintained a 4.0 gpa which seems fairly common with this school and encountered several different academic service counselors along with financial aid advisers whom are always on vacation, just got back from vacation or are no longer working for the school, so employee turn around is HIGH! Positives are that the course navigation is an ease to work with, however course work is completely repetitive with little to no response or constructive feedback from professors. I am embarrassed to have gone the full length of time here, not to mention upon completion of my degree, you still have to pay $100 for your diploma. This school is for PROFIT ONLY!! If I had known this earlier, I would not have invested my time or money. :(
Yes, I did graduate from Jones International University, with a MEd in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. I am certified to teach both English and Social Studies, grades 7 through 12, in Wyoming and Colorado. But all of my time was wasted, as I have applied for over fifty teaching positions, and have not been called in for any interviews. I am now paying back on student loans to the total of $33,000.
I am lucky enough to have been hired on at the post office, earning the same amount I would have been paid to teach with my master's. But, if I had known when I began everything, what I know now, I never would have gone back to college. I would have applied at the post office sooner. Silly me: I wanted to teach.