University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (137)
UMUC is a wonderful school, and the top for Cyber Security. Yet, since 2016 the cyber security program has a new program called labsim by testout.com where you have to purchase the program for the class and do all the labs, and quizzes for the chapters on it. It is kind of like an online textbook. Yet the site has many glitches, and doesn't work with all web browsers. For example, a lab would tell you everything is correct in the results summary, then when you go back on and double check in a few minutes, or the next day it will give you a wrong result. Also, the final exam of the classes that use testout.com are timed. That is fine, yet the amount of time is a bit short. Hopefully they would extend it up to two hours.
I have 2 degrees here. The finance one was mostly a joke as far as receiving in the market skills. I went here because I was in the military, and it was the best available college for somebody who could not get college support. Their is a low graduation rate here 6% from what I understand, and the school seems to focus and put more resources into the intro classes. You will find the later classes, likely because there is less volume, are scarce, and you will get the feeling that your more and more on the outskirts as you move along. The school obviously does not understand that it is, in the end, represented by those who graduate, and those generally are just idiots who want to flaunt paper. You will have to schedule classes accordingly or have gaps in your education. Also if you are recently getting out of the military you will find that this is less vet friendly then advertised, and if you are not to far along, and have the time I would probably try a different institution, or put in the effort to find your own education while you go here, which you will be doing anyway, so as always it is what you put in. The low volume upper levels will cut into your GI bill as you will have gaps. They transitioned to 8 week classes some time ago, likely to get more volume and cheapen the standards for money. I have been going here for about 8 years because I've been busy with work ect. and now join the 6%, the odds are stacked against you. You will do more work then a normal brick and mortar school, because their are less and less face to face classes, and you will have to document all work done as opposed to a classroom and labs which often have a 'put in the time' grade. Also you will often have group projects and you are dealing with people who are in with no requirements. While I think requirements SATs ect. are over rated they do show that somebody can put in the effort. So, if you are here to get something beside a paper, you will find your peers are of low quality, and you will be carrying the weight and they will have little interest in improving themselves. Also the attitude of your peers will be similar to highschool where they are just putting in the time to get paper or because their parents are making them, and have no further interest of bettering themselves or working on a team. The pay for students that graduate here is generally higher then other colleges because most are already working in cush government jobs, and just need paper for promotion or whatever. Their is little support or teaching provided by the school, and often you are just given an assignment with no further assistance or tutoring help. There is some tutoring line you can schedule for 1 hour of assistance, but their is little in the way of tutoring labs or cohesive school type structure. While I graduated with 2 degrees and learned a lot sadly I cannot attribute it to anybody at the school, because they had a work for me attitude, not a I work for the student progression attitude, and what I learned was it is up to me to figure out what is marketable, and how to make money, and what the job market wants, which in the end is probably a good lesson, but when you pay money to an institution you expect them to provide the tools to succeed in some field, and this school sadly does not.
I found this school excellent. Being a Navy vet, this school was very easy to work with. The professors were great. If you are looking for an online college this is great. Very easy to get a degree, if you reach for help. Go Maryland! I consider it an honor to be a grad.
This school is very well organized, supportive of students and respectful of the many priorities involved in managing adult life. I never felt overwhelmed by coursework, yet I was challenged. The degrees are very relevant to today's economy. Highly recommend for those working full time and in need of a Master's degree.
Worst online school ever. LEO is unorganized and crashes frequently. The financial aid office has to be called numerous times for you to remind them to do their job. I've been waiting for financial aid to process for two months now. Thanks for nothing but stress and struggles UMUC. Stay away from this school!
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!! HORRIBLE SCHOOL. Advisers don't care about their student. they only want your money. They don't care about their students success.L.M. (who works in the DEAN office is useless and unorganized, when she called me and I was speaking to her she didn't even know who she was talking too. Save your money, time an headache, this school is truly garbage, they do not care about your success only their pockets.
Don't listen to the complainers. I am one week from completing my master's from UMUC and am proud of the hard work and time that I have put into this program. "It's a challenge, if you miss a deadline no one cares, I was on vacation and missed coursework" (some of the reviews I have been reading). Clearly, the individuals complaining that have decided to give UMUC a negative rating expected an A for not participating or making an effort to produce well written and thoughtful papers. I have a full-time job and a social life and have been forced to make sacrifices to complete this program over the past three years. Don't complain, work for it, earn it, nothing in life is going to be given to you. UMUC catches many people off guard and I believe that is a good thing. Clearly it has discouraged the lazy individuals from continuing the program, which is good, because I would more than likely be doing their group work (which I have been forced to do in the past) if they continued. UMUC helps you grow as an individual and challenges you to really fight for the grade. If you like a challenge, sign up. My only complaint is that the financial office is a mess. They do need to work on hiring better individuals to work for the school in that particular field. Other than that, I have nothing but great things to say about UMUC. Here, I created an equation for success that people can use. You+poor work ethic+no effort=bad results. You+strong work ethic+actual effort=success!
I am a non-traditional student as I am a Dual enrolled High School/College student. I enjoyed my experience with UMUC and had taken online college classes at other universities but really appreciated the clear and concise format of the UMUC online courses. All assignments and syllabus are loaded the weekend before class for the entire 8 week term for undergrad. They are broken up by weeks, usually you will have a weekly discussion and response post to make, you don't have to purchase books in most cases as you are expected to read and review the documenation for your class from the online access. For difficult classes like Computer Science or Economics, there aren't online tutors available. Most test are given through an online web-based exam portal. Projects and papers are also given for grades. Group projects for some classes are the same for most. There is NO LIVE INSTRUCTION or even video for many classes. You have to read a lot. Since the classes are 8 weeks long, expect to read anywhere between 50 to 100 pages a week of material to learn the topics expected. Taking a full course load of more than 2 classes every 8 weeks will be a killer on time. I have done 3 classes every 8 weeks and it is a lot of work. For the online free tutoring offered you get 2 sessions of 30 min each time. My tutors for Computer Science and Math were okay, I had to seek other tutors or really be verbal with the professor when I needed help. Most cases they helped. If you want to verify a teacher will be decent you should go to RateMyProfessor before signing up for a class. Overall, I like UMUC and if you are a self-starter student, that is already comfortable with the subjects you are studying you should do well. If not, get a tutor for the topic before you start class. As for billing and financial aide, they seem to have a computer system that calculates everything in an overlapping way. I only had problems when we applied for financial aid and I changed my courses during the pre-registration time.
This school wasn't created for online students and regular adult student. It's a challenge and up to hill school for the regular adult tha my has a family and work to do. As a full time worker and part time student, no matter what how much time I dedicate I never get an A grade...
I chose UMUC to pursue a bachelor's degree online. I've had online courses before, and I understood that the workload is often more for out of classroom learning. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand while you learn, I don't recommend taking an online course. The only reason to take an online course is for the flexibility. As for UMUC's flexibility, it was largely dependent on the teacher. Each class requires weekly discussions as part of a participation grade, but some assign group discussions that greatly limit the flexibility of taking a course. If your group decides to discuss/post on a certain day, and you have to work, good luck keeping your grade up. It defeats the whole point of taking an online course. As for my biggest complaint, UMUC seems to mess up my billing every semester. I have a completion scholarship, which was awarded to me for having graduated from an associates program from a MD school. The scholarship boasts roughly a 50% cut in tuition, and although it isn't paid upfront, it (in theory) greatly reduced the costs to attend this school. The truth as it turns out is that the automated billing system they use can and will miscalculate your scholarship. In my case, I would pay in full, and get reimbursed, only to be issued an additional bill before the end of the semester. The worst part is that when I would call and question where this charge was coming from, nobody seemed to have any idea why this was happening. They would simply say my scholarship was being adjusted (even though I was meeting GPA and minimum credit hour requirements). Adding up the totals on my own, it became clear that the scholarship I was awarded was no where near the amount promised, and to this day, nobody can explain why. I learned to not count on any of the financial aid awards, and budget an extra $600 into what I already paid for my additional mid semester bills. I guess you could say the most valuable lesson the school has taught me is how to budget for the unexpected costs life will throw at you.