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University of Maryland University College
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Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2015
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I've been attending UMUC for several years now. The only reason being is that not many colleges around the DMV area provide Homeland Security classes. Everything about this school is horrible. The online LEO/WebTycho never worked well , the tech support was scrappy and god forbid you try to talk with an advisor. I never was assigned a counselor or advisor. I had to email them to even know I was accepted into the school. I also didn't know my graduation status until they sent me an invite to my own graduation! the professors are hit and miss. I had one great professor this semester and one that was terrible. He was very rude to the class and gave out ridiculously high demands. I have to take the class over (which will be difficult because I graduate in May) because I missed three discussions. The fact that my grades are so dependant on discussions is ridiculous. I got As and Bs on most projects only to fail or get a C because the discussion requirements weren't met. Save yourself the time, money and stress level; go to a different school. Another note, talking to anyone on the help lines is pointless. It's a constant circle and financial aid is like talking to a wall. I had a refund to my account and instead of informing me that I had to call another financial organization, they said it was refunded. no, no it was not. three months later!!!! It was refunded and only then did they tell me -I- had to call the other company to get the refund. infuriating.

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Poor Staff Communications
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
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The Staff need to take their own Effective Communication course! I am a new student and I have been trying to enroll since Dec but missed Spring enrollment because of poor communications. I kept sending my requirements but no one is updating my file. And yet, the staff kept on sending me standard generated emails instead, asking for documents that are not applicable...i.e. Tuition Assistance (I have an approved Post GI Bill?), Re-enlistment (I sent a DD 214 for my retirement already?), residency status (I am in the military?)...

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UMUC booooooooo! H.B.C. YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!
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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 2017
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This school is horror!!! Don't waste your money.. They get mad if you transfer and claim you owe all this money. The people that answer the phone are cross-trained in everything under the sun. If you ask for billing you get "Oh this is billing" while talking to the same person as for financial aid you get "Oh I'm financial aid". it's crazy.. The women that answer the phone are rude with attitudes nasty nasty nasty!!!!! Shame on UMUC their staff needs PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING BAD!!!!! I have talk to one woman there an older lady she was so pleasant and knowledgeable. UMUC you need more Mary's not these unprofessional people with hood rat mentalities and attitudes.. I now go to a H.B.C with history, clout and a reputation that stands on its own.

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Degree: Legal Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2009
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This school is a total scam! I was told all of my classes were covered by financial aid, now I am getting collection letters saying I owe them money. I called the school numerous times with no explanation as to why I was lied to. i wonder how many other people experienced this issue at this school?

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It is what you make it!
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Degree: Forensic Science and Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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I started the Bachelors program in Investigative Forensics at UMUC in the fall of 2014. I found that the classes were just as informative and difficult as the classes that i attended for my Associates Degree. I was concerned about the online learning experience but found that since I had to read the material myself and not rely on a teachers study guide, I feel that I actually learned more. The education here is great. I can understand some concerns that others have expressed about the administration. They can be difficult to get hold of,but no more so than any other college. The financial aid department could be more helpful. They present you with the information needed, but really do not assist at all. I have found that the best thing to do is align yourself with a great student advisor. Overall, I would recommend this school to anyone that cannot attend traditional classes.

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J. Haynes - 11 days ago

I earned a BS in Info Sys Mgt from UMUC, and I never had trouble contacting school officials.. In fact, I received so many eMails from my counselor (Jeff Corbett) I thought he didn't have anyone else to assist. All my questions were answered by UMUC officials, and there were many officials them from financial advisors to veteran's assistance to graduation requirement reviews to deal with when assistance was warrented. I am currently enrolled in UMUC'S Cybersecurity Master of Science degree program. I definitely recommended UMUC to prospective students. The work is definitely college level--I have attended five other schools.

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Degree: Educational/Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
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I graduated with an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology in December 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed my degree program and will recommend it to any educator. However, I am growing very concerned with UMUC's direction and its quest to attract qualified students at the graduate level. I believe that each graduate program should require that students submit standardized scores or a writing essay for admission into the program. Having graduated from an institution that is regarded in high esteem, it saddens me that UMUC's graduate admissions requirements are not more stringent. UMUC needs to focus on being a state school, appeal to overseas students and military/veterans. In a move to enroll just anybody will certainly be the death of its reputation.

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Don't waste your G.I.Bill at UMUC
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Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Graduation Year: 1
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Worst school for Veterans I went in 2009 for one semester and they keep sending me to collections for money that no one seems to now why I owe it. Got transfered 6 times and after an hour was told that a superviser would call me back... Still waiting

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Degree: Legal Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2005
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Attending UMUC really prepared me for the rigorous Master's Program in Law at Champlain College Online. I graduated in May, 2005, and I was highly engaged as a student and challenged by every professor that I encountered in course work. The professors were highly qualified & experienced judges, and lawyers who were very demanding with instructions and perfection. I did my best to give them exactly what was required. Learn the rules and follow your syllabus carefully by READING & PRINTING IT because this is your road map for SUCCESS. As with anything in life, it is your responsibility as an individual to do the best that you can by always preparing yourself to go beyond what is required, by only doing the minimum just to get by. Anyone can be an average student but a great student knows he or she will have to go well beyond exceptions to stand out and above your peers. Do not wait until an assignment is due at midnight to begin working on it at midnight or waiting until the night before the assignment is due to turn in a ten (10) page paper full of spelling errors, improper reference citations, and plagiarism. Trust me, most experienced professors can tell by the first sentence if it's your own words in writing. Always remember, on your first day of class online at UMUC when a professor ask you to submit an introduction of yourself is mainly to identify who you are but more importantly, establishing your writing style so they can recognize when you submit a paper that is not being written by YOU. From reading the reviews, it sounds like the financial aid department is much worse. I personally learned from the beginning to advocate for myself by reporting serious mishaps of students who failed to handle my paperwork correctly to the Vice President of Financial Aid and then the Director of Financial Aid always made sure my paperwork was handled correctly by doing itself. Just a suggestion that have always worked to my advantage. Get to learn some of the staff working in the financial aid office by becoming friendlier instead of becoming an enemy & you will begin to see a difference in how your paperwork is being processed. You can always catch many BEES with honey than with Vinegar. God Bless

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University of Maryland University College - BA ...
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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I received both a bachelor's degree and master's degree from University of Maryland University College. The education was wonderful. The undergraduate program took about 6 years going part time, but I got credit for 30 credits of prior learning through their EXCL program. Faculty had a lot of academic and real world experience. My major was communications. The graduate program was a Masters in Distance Education and e-Learning. This program, obviously, was entirely online, with instructors based all over the world. This program prepared me to teach online in my undergraduate major of communications (business writing).

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A good school that could be great with better o...
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014
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I loved the school and the teachers. The only thing lacking was organization in the administrative side. There were always issues with registering for classes or anything that involved paper (which I don't know why everything isn't automated in 2014). It's a manageable hurdle, but definitely requires a lot of active follow up on the part of the student.

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