Strayer University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (91)
I just graduated from the MBA with concentration in project management program at Strayer University. My undergraduate studies were completed at a brick and mortar private college in NYC. Adjusting to taking online courses was difficult initially at Strayer University, but I opted to start off doing hybrid format until becoming more familiar with the learning modules. This MBA degree was worthwhile. Despite the negative reviews, I completed the program and will move on to pursue a Doctorate. Strayer University is Middle States accredited. If the school offered doctoral programs, I would attend. I received a promotion position within the first three months of getting the degree. Even now, I still get calls for other job offers. I'm originally from New York and like the fact that although I attended Strayer Campuses in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the campuses in New Jersey are close to New York. So, employers are considering my application along the East Coast. The many campuses and accreditation allows for students to be recognized by employers in various states. I will definitely recommend this school to other working professionals. The career services and Workforce Recruitment Program was also beneficial to my job search process.
I recommend this degree program for people who have a mix of management and information technology domains. I found my military experiences in management, supervision and IT projects small and midsize projects technical and operational in nature help early in my classes. However, Stayer's program helped me focus more by conducting academic research and collaborating with professors and students who are in the field.
I attended Strayer for several classes, and even though they are more concerned about the money than the student, I remained with the school due to the online courses and location in Henrico, VA. However, the last time I registered for a class I had difficulties completing the assignment due to Blackboard changed and was never notified. Only having registered for one day and realized I wasn't going to catch up I withdrew from the class. The school charged me a withdrawal penalty for a reason I consider their fault due to lack of communication and REALLY only registered for 1 day and that was a Friday!
My program at Strayer was excellent. The professors were all great and tried to orient the students to help themselves and each other before coming to them. The communications between professors and students is very easy and uncomplicated. Graduating summa cum laude from Strayer was not difficult at all. So far the only negative feedback I have received about the value of my Strayer degree has been from other employees that have not been able to advance in their position without a degree. Strayer University definitely worked for me!!
This university served one purpose for me, to complete my bachelors degree in a technical field as quickly as possible. I transferred to Strayer after dropping out of college 6 years earlier. I finally decided I wanted to go back to school and eventually continue with graduate studies. I reviewed UMUC, UOP, Strayer, and AIC. The only reason why I chose Strayer over UMUC is they accepted more of my previously earned credits. I finished my degree there in 15 months (14 classes). I knew that the reputation of the school would not get me the salary or position I desired (Software Engineer) so I quickly applied to grad school (Johns Hopkins University MS Computer Science). I was quite happy they accepted me and complete my MS in 1.5 years and was hired as a Senior Software Engineer making over $100,000. Like I previously stated, Strayer suited my needs to quickly complete a Bachelors degree in a semi technical topic. It also afforded me the opportunity to go to grad school. For that reason alone I give Strayer 4 stars.
This school is horrible. The degree is a joke and is considered a joke to any other university and any job you seek. The professors want their paycheck and don't care whether or not you learn. I've had my computer crash in the beginning of a test, I called the student services and was basically told oh well you'll just have to work harder to pass the class. Students that attend are co sidered not bright or well trained. I've wasted $20k on a useless education. DO NOT FOR ANY REASON LET THEM LIE TO YOU! Plus for whatever additional charges they wanted to put on me I had to pay $1700 out of pocket. They wouldn't tell me for what.
I am an above average student, however the majority of Professors online are driven to fail students or at least give them lower undeserving grades without actually caring about assisting them or emailing them back. Recently a Professor was relieved before the holidays and instead of having him finish up the quarter with final grades left us stranded with unanswered emails failing grades and absolutely nowhere to turn. Since I am a Veteran and using my benefits, I would like to warn others in the same situation like I am to be aware of this shortcoming. This query and unresolved issue will determine if I continue at Strayer.
Strayer University offers an affordable, convenient, quality education. I have seen that people often erroneously state that Strayer University is not accredited. Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This is the same accrediting body that Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Temple use. *For more info, see the bottom of this post. I started at NVCC, transferred to Strayer, completed by Bachelors degree in Business, and then went on to an MBA. I am very satisfied with my education. I liked the fact that most of my professors actually worked in the filed they were teaching in, and most of the students were already well placed in their fields. This meant the opportunity to get a "real" education in addition to the academics, the chance to mingle with the right people, and the chance to make meaningful industry connections. (In the DC Metro area and in my field, who you know can make a difference.) Like anything else, you get out if it what you put into it. There were some students who skated by & did the minimum, and then there were the hard workers. I was in the second category. I earned my credentials. Financial Aid: I used the GI Bill for my Bachelors degree & student loans for part of my MBA. There may have been a few administrative hiccups, but nothing serious. The financial aid folks @ Strayer were helpful. My agency paid off my student loan. I'm now making six figures. I am currently supplementing my Strayer credentials with a certificate in Risk Management from Stanford University. __________________________________________________ More info about Strayer's accreditation: *Strayer University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Regional accreditation is granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies, and represents accreditation for the institutions and all of the programs it offers, across all of its locations. Other institutions accredited by Middle States include Columbia, Princeton, and Penn State. *AACSB and ABET are specialized or programmatic accreditations, often associated with a professional organization. They are optional, although certain institutions do select to pursue them. *AACSB is an optional specialized accreditation for business schools. The AACSB standards are designed to align with the mission of research institutions with an emphasis on faculty scholarship and research. As a University with a mission focused on access, teaching, and the ability to provide instruction from qualified practitioners of business, Strayer University's goals do not align with AACSB's priorities. Only a small proportion of business schools seek and/or are approved for AACSB accreditation. *ABET is an optional specialized accreditation for engineering, applied science, computing, and technology education. Strayer University does not have ABET accreditation, but our IS programs were designed to be consistent with ABET standards (where applicable). ABET is primarily viewed as an accreditation for engineering programs, and as such it does not necessarily fit the mission of Strayer University's programs. *Strayer is licensed through each of the states in which it operates. It is further licensed through the Commonwealth of Virginia to offers its classes and programs online.
In the beginning, I really enjoyed this school & the staff but during my last quarter, that all changed. Upon completing 5 quarters I had landed a great job as a software developer making good money. At that time there was a lot occurring with my job so I decided to stop attending for the time being. I informed the school is probably be back but my job wasn't affording me the time to attend for now. After a few weeks I began receiving emails from professors about assignments. This baffled me bc I wasn't enrolled in this quarter. After contacting the school found out they had in fact reenrolled me with the same classes as the previous quarter. I assumed this was an honest mistake and notified them immediately. After going back and forth with them on when I actually cancelled, they decided they could not remove the quarter and I would have to pay for it. $1200. I found this very insulting as I am a good student, honest and had a good relationship with the staff. After speaking with several higher up representatives they still insisted I owed the money and would only waive $150 of it. Unfortunately I didn't have $1200 to pay them out of pocket so despite any feelings I had of this charge being fair, I stated I would pay it but please roll it into my student loans. This also was not an option according to them. I feel like what appeared to be an honest mistake on their part turned ugly very fast. Strayer University only cares about money, they are criminals in every meaning of the word. Fast forward 2 years now I have a very good job and am building a home. I have $10k tied up with the builder and just discovered they turned this debt into collections. Collections called me up 4 months after they revived the account. Given I now has the money due to my hard work, I went ahead and paid it off entirely. However now, they will not remove it from my credit report. They have a 90 day policy giving the person to handle the debt. Problem is they didn't inform me of this debt until 120 days. So now, I may lose my house and also the $10 I put into it since my credit score has now dropped 50 points bc of this. All over a stupid mistake an admin made at Strayer. I'm looking into an attorney currently. Steer clear of these thieves.
It was a great fit for me. I had to work full time while going to school. Strayer offered on campus and online classes to fit my schedule. It is geared toward working adults.