University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (117)
I am not sure about UMUC being bad or good, but from my experiences, both undergraduates and graduates, I wish had not known about UMUC. It tremendously messed up my writing abilities; finding myself constantly scrutinizing my writings. As UMUC brings in all types of students as well as professors, it is difficult to know of their true agendas. My experiences at UMUC were not pleasant ones. As much as I would like to go and finish my graduate degree, I am possible planning to opt out.
This school is horrible. You call and get transferred several times with negative results, professors took days, 2-3, to reply to you in email because they are full time at university around the US. Its been over two weeks and still no transcript so my local school that i am currently enrolled is denying my fafsa and its half way through a semester and no way to pay for it let alone books. I dropped out from UMUC over a semester and a half ago and they are still screwing me over. What a waste of time and money. I will never recommend this school to anyone.
Love the class options and diverse staff. Only bad experience that is ongoing is their financial aid office which rates HORRIBLY. All of the professors I engaged with required class discussion to remove the stigma that online classes sometimes have.
PICK ANOTHER SCHOOL. UMUC WHO!! I would certainly pick another school if I had it to do over. The professors are either trying to prove something to other staff members or others just don't care. I would rather not give this school another dime of my money but I only have 12 credits left and transferring would mean taking more classes.
Oh my. What a ragged operation this is. Nothing but problems from day one. First, they use PeopleSoft to manage students and provide online access. PeopleSoft is NOT a user friendly application. It's a nightmare just getting around. Second, while my financial aid wasn't messed up it took them THREE MONTHS to properly acknowledge it. It never did get credited to my account. Third, took THREE MONTHS to clear ONE SCHOOL'S transcript. When I called them out on it, UMUC was sitting there arguing with me to tell the other school to send them a letter explaining some of the course codes and descriptions. Why can't YOU call them?? Fourth, when I did start class, initially I accidentally enrolled in a hybrid course. Instructor was nice and explained that I really should be in the "online" course. Well, PeopleSoft doesn't make this clear when registering courses. It should filter down the list if you're not in the same city! But that's fine. So I get on the online one, it's the same first assignment as the hybrid. Asking you to do a 250 word write up in a board about 100% subjective topics but you're forced to use APA references despite having self knowledge of the topic and despite them being totally opinion-based articles. For example, if you were asked to write on a topic called "Which is better, Mac or PC?" that's an opinion piece. That's fine, but it's subjective. Subjective material does not lend itself well to APA references because the reason you feel a certain way has nothing to do with whether it's "better" or not. If the topic were "Consumer preferences on Macs vs. PCs", that's fine. You can then reference case studies, surveys, etc. to support the topic. When I raised this concern to the online instructor with a simple question on how she suggested I approach it given the subjectivity of the topic, she rudely referred me back to a plagarism policy. This school is a joke. Do not.
My experience at UMUC was exceptional. I received a FAFSA loan and never experienced any confusion, issues, or delays while dealing with the school's finance or administrative personnel. Additionally, every time I required academic guidance counseling, my experiences were all quite satisfactory. Academically, the course was very challenging. I was a full-time student and spent approximately 12-15 hours per week, per class. I would also spend approximately 10-15 hours writing each research paper or completing required course project's . In doing so, I earned a 3.75 GPA. 10 out of 12 of my teachers were excellent in my opinion, native English speakers, and clearly experts in their field with impressive backgrounds. Two of the 12 were not native English speakers and it was reflected in their communications, but were still good instructors in most regards. The program and coursework I took (Information Technology Project Management) was well developed and thorough, although the IT portion was certainly the weaker of the two. The project management department was excellent in every regard. Most students in class were intelligent and hard working, and there were only a few "duds" that probably didn't really belong in grad school. Each of my classes had students that failed based on metrics provided by the online learning software. Attempting to compare UMUC to any of the "for profit" schools is a poor comparison as they are clearly not of the same caliber or class. I'm very happy I selected UMUC for my grad work.
DO NOT ATTEND!! Avoid at all costs!! Have never been so emotionally drained in my life!! I went back and forth with financial aid to have my documents submitted either online or in person. I drove all the way in person twice to make sure everything was in order and still continued to receive messages saying documents were missing. I was dropped from a class saying I needed to pay for it and then I was told I was not going to be placed back in until I paid out of pocket. I was placed back on it anyhow without anyone telling me and then my GPA suffered completely. Now that I transferred and had my financial aid properly filled, I received an email from UMUC claiming I will get a refund from financial aid. After receiving the refund only two days later I am told that they made a mistake and need the money back. Who does that??? AVOID AND DO NOT GO IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR GPA AND YOUR POCKET!!
Do not attend this school!! They make mistakes and your balances get sent to collections in a matter of 2-3 months. I have never had to pay for school because of my financial aid until I attended this place. I was always "missing documents" and I turned them in several times online and in person but continued to receive messages claiming I was still missing paperwork. My class was dropped because it had not been paid since I was going back and forth with financial aid. Then I was placed back into the class without my knowledge after I was told there was no way I was going to be put into the class unless I paid up front. My GPA dropped significantly and I had to pay for the class because they had "proof" I knew I was in the class even though I did not attend since I was sent emails. I then paid for everything out of pocket for the fall semester and transferred. I filed for financial aid at the new institution and everything went through. Then I receive an email from UMUC claiming I was going to receive some money back because the financial aid was also applied to them after it was SUCCESSFULLY filed at my new institution. Two days after I received the money back I was told they made an error and want the money back. I am still dealing with them about these problems right now. DO NOT ATTEND AND AVOID AT ALL COSTS!! I left with a 3.7 GPA with hard work and they claim I do no reach academic standards. They caused my GPA to drop by placing me in a class without telling me and then making me pay for it. Save yourself the trouble and look the other way!!
I am a transfer student to this school and a resident of Maryland where I was born and raised. I recently moved back to Maryland in 2014; however, because I do not have a voters card or failed to change my driver's license from Washington, DC to Maryland when I moved I am being classified as an out-of-state student subject to higher tuition. I have appealed the decision twice and whomever responds to my appeal always uses the ID as their case; however, my argument is that I do not drive and did not need to change my ID and I have paid Maryland state taxes for 2 years as well as worked here. This is just a bad way to begin my bachelor's degree as a transfer student and I will be attending another school next semester. My advice to anyone attending this school, do so only as a last resort.
Meh. This school has all the makings of a degree mill. I understand they are credentialed by some government agencies but the admin of the school feels like a retail business-Get the students in, sign them up. From what I saw, the curriculum is worthy. For the price I paid in tuition, I expected more from the instructors and the administration. I was attending the online program, and that's where the issues began. For example, when I had a question, I was not able to get in contact with the professor. After a few days and still no answer I attempted to try again. I don't expect the teachers to be at beck and call, but at least be available at some point within 72 hours to field a homework question. For the price of tuition (4300) I feel I am paying for access to the instructor and their guidance. The website and class pages were not intuitive. Now granted I'm not a teenager, but I shouldn't have to spend hours navigating through the site to figure out what is due, and where to find assignments. When I did call the admin about the issues, I felt like I was calling any retail customer care center, rather than an academic advisor. Clearly, their goal was to keep the student enrolled, not solve the initial problem the student inquires about. In summation, if you are a totally independent studier, requiring zero guidance from the faculty, and have big bucks to pay this is a good school for you.