Strayer University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (133)
My inclination to write this review is based on the number of reviews I read. I am sorry for those students who had a negative experience, but if you read closely their reviews, something happened and personal problems seems to be the commonality with all these reviews. What I read from the negative and positive is the same reviews one would read from more popular state schools. The problem I believe is that Strayer's admission policy is more relaxed and allows anyone to attend their university. Yes, they do have standards, but in the long turn Strayer will accept you. For those who are looking to earn a degree don't kid yourself, it's not easy and you will have to work and work hard. Universities (unlike public high schools) are not mandated to serve you. It's their degree that they are awarding, so follow all the requirements and DO NOT ASSUME. It is up to YOU to ensure all fees are paid - yes including parking fees like the ones in big universities. There will be some good professors and some bad ones. Before taking their classes, check them out. Ask the professor his/her philosophy. In fact, in universities such as Harvard, the professors are not advocate, but hurdles and its up to you the student to pass them. Some universities have tutoring, but remember those tutors cost money. Most of these tutors could be volunteers who are earning their way by serving. The cliché is "they paying their dues". In addition, tutoring can be academically rewarding because the tutors are learning too. Like understanding why the student they are tutoring don't get it. If the tutor is successful, they learned how to reach a hard to reach mind. Yes, you need to read. Don't assume that by attending class you'll get it all. Read the materials and complete the assignments. Yes, I know it's hard, but suck it up. When you are looking for a degree, make sure you have a plan and allow some flexibility with your plan. As for payment, if you cannot afford to go to school - DON'T. It'll just get your in debt and the bottom line is you may not even get a job because so many other people are qualified and can beat you out of that job you applied for. Think football. How many players are in the NFL? Compare that to the number of players in the universities? Even compare that to the number of players in high schools? In Texas alone, football is a religion so more players in the NFL came from Texas as compared to other states. It is the law of attrition and only the strong survive. So I'll finish my review by saying, it's up to you. I received my graduate degree from Strayer earning a 4.0 GPA for the program. Yes, it was challenging to complete, but I persevered. I had a plan, executed that plan (how to pay for it) and by the time I got to the end, I did not even ask them to mail my diploma and transcript. I made sure I picked it up from the office and yes I walked among all the other graduates. To me was worth one last time feel the robe, the tassels, hug my professor and say thank you. Strayer is a for-profit oriented school so they have never asked me for a donation like George Mason University (GMU). The complaints I read here could also be the same complaints from GMU. I am proud to carry both universities degree because I know I EARNED IT.
BEWARE !!!!! NEVER JOIN STRAYER !!!! ................ This is the worst school in USA. I transferred from another University to Stayer's recently due to location change. During admission process the Dean reviewed and confirmed that 4 of my courses would be transferred once I transfer to Staryer, but once I transferred they considered only two courses. The Dean later said he thought 4 would be transferred but only 2 got transferred, sorry. What a shame. Not fit to be in such a position. They just lure you like anything to join them, once joined everything turns upside down. They suck your money at every possible way.The professors who come to teach are just a piece of junk. They don't know anything.They also sit in the class like any other student and just everyone to read textbooks. Why the hell should I go to college to read a text book. Cant I do it in my home? waste of gas and time. huh .... I am stuck with this useless school. It would be the biggest mistake in your life if you join this school..BELIEVE ME !!!!......
Strayer University was intended for people who understand that if you want something then you will be willing to put the effort into learning it. They don't except excuses for incomplete work or payments but they are willing to work with you within reason. The goal is or everyone to have the opportunity to succeed although not everyone will. What I learned was definitely worth the time and the effort and I have decided to continue my education at their school although multiple universities do accept these credits. It is expected that anyone attending college level courses will read and write at that level and also have a basic understanding of how to do research work. If you are unsure of your skills in these things then take some remedial classes prior to enrolling or you will not be able to complete the program. It can be hard and at times exhausting but it is worth it. Talking to other students and communicating is also an excellent way to learn more.
My degree program has been a delight to me and my continued efforts to self-improve as well as to gain a higher level of education. I have become more aware of procedures, policies, and practices that are aimed at improving management leadership directives and presentation.
Please learn from my mistake and my wasted time, money, and energy. At first the school seemed promising especially since the office was located close to my home. I already had my Associates and just wanted to finish my Bachelors degree with a possibility of obtaining my Masters. I attended Strayer for 2.5 years and during that time many counselors, admin and dean's changed positions, moved or went elsewhere causing the ability to contact someone almost impossible. At first the systems being used were okay than last Spring they "Updated and Upgraded" causing a lot of problem and also losing some studying and practicing assistance. When asked they would look into it but ultimately they put the blame on the system company. Due to this loss I needed some tutoring and per agreements I was allowed free tutoring. When I asked about it they didn't have tutoring for the classes I was taking and to contact elsewhere. Next when I asked the controller at my work (studying accounting) she could not understand the questions or on other questions why they were giving problems unrelated to the field and not used in the field of study. Finally after withdrawing my course in the fall due to not able to keep up without the assistance needed it took a year for them to suddenly charge me for withdrawing the courses without any explanation. When I withdrew I asked multiple questions and asked what to expect so I wasn't surprised later and even asked if I would owe Strayer, I was told no due to I withdrew after midterms. Please if you want to further your education look elsewhere Strayer is not the place to go.
Strayer University, at first, seemed like a dream come true. They seemed very helpful and very easy to reach. But then, I came to this website and read all of the reviews, most of them negative. So I decided to withdraw from my class for the Fall semester. Only, now, I couldn't get a hold of anyone! When I was registering and going through the admissions process, I could just call and get someone! Now, everyone is giving me the run-around and no one will help me withdraw from my classes. I thought it odd that the admissions counselor would call me at 8:30pm only to hurry along the admissions process. But I was excited because they had the degree program I had! THIS IS A FAIR WARNING!!! DO NOT APPLY OR ATTEND STRAYER UNIVERSITY. THEY ONLY WANT YOUR MONEY AND TO TRY AND GET OVER ON YOU!! They still have not sent me the instructions to withdraw! I'm convinced they are trying to wait until its too late! So I owe them money for not withdrawing on time. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!! THEY ARE A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!!!!
Strayer has made significant improvements in the curriculum over the past 3 years that I have been attending the school. The instructors are very engaged and the course work is challenging. I like the flexibility of both online and on ground instruction. The on ground options are very limited, however, with only 12-15 classes offered in a typical campus. The website is very good and allows students to enroll and change courses on their own, or they can email the campus and it will be done for them. Like any business, the quality of the institution is dependent on the quality of the people running it. I have had great experiences with deans, advisers, and teachers. The financial services departments, however, are seriously lacking. I have attended two campuses in different states and both had dismal financial services departments. The follow up is slow to none and I found myself speaking with the Strayer corporate student services frequently in order to fix issues. If you can work past that and are willing to make some calls on your financial aid then it is a fine school. You will read negative feedback from many former students. Take them all with a grain of salt. It has been my experience that about 25% of students are engaged in their education, work hard, and take the courses seriously. What I have observed is a sense of entitlement from students. Many of them do not put the work into the class, yet expect to be given a good grade anyway. It seems that some adult students are returning to school in order to receive grants and student loans to buy things and don't bother with the education. If you are self driven and can manage your time, you can take 3 classes at a time and get your bachelors in 3 years. Just remember that these are college level courses and require more self discipline due to the online structure. To sum up, Strayer is superior to other online schools like Univ. of Phoenix, Kaplan, and others, providing you put as much work in as you expect back.
I liked the overall structure of the coursework because I was given the syllabus for the entire program which was 11 week blocks. Each semester lasted only 11 weeks, which gave lots of homework but the homework that was given was useful and applicable to real world application. I learned things that I could take with me to the job and use right away. I feel that more schools should do this because employers are looking for people who have the academic tools but also someone who can put those tools to good use.
I am very grateful to Strayer University. However, I was very dissatisfied on how they managed and handled the financial aid side of things. I am very happy to hear that they have made drastic changes for the better in helping students with their financial aid, but unfortunately I am somewhat left out of the game, due to the fact, that I owe the college over $1500 because of financial mistakes that was made by the financial aid department in the Spring semester of 2012. For that reason, I cannot continue with my education. I only have 4 classes left to get my Bachelors Degree. I am searching for work, at the moment and hopefully soon I will be employed and that in turn will help me to complete Bachelors.
Great school to attend online, while work full time and being a single mother. I found the professors, with Public Administration Dept, to be helpful and very flexible. Dr Greenwood, Campus Dean within Greensboro, was very helpful and encouraging about achieving my goal, which inspired me to return to school to complete masters.