University of Maryland University College Reviews
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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
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).
Attended UMUC European Division. Great classroom experiences, professors were knowledgeable, expert in their subject areas, and provided invaluable mentorship. Comps and thesis were tough!
I enrolled here based on a recommendation from a friend and fellow UMUC MBA graduate. In hindsight, I wish I had taken my time to choose more carefully. This program pushes paper out the door efficiently as long as you pay, so if you're self motivated, you can learn and earn your degree, but so will a handful of other ignorant slackers that barely put forth any effort. This was quite frustrating and disappointing so you'll have try your best to stay focused and select to work with the right group of people. The networking opportunities are not great at all. You get your degree and that's it for the most part...$20K+ and nothing but echoes afterwards. Their career center is a complete joke, lacking any serious support or interest from any angle. I went to back school as a result of the financial crisis, while taking some time off, I decided to apply for a job while working on my MBA at UMUC and work somewhere within the academic environment to keep busy and be involved. I interviewed for a position I was well overqualified for, and the very young team of employees interviewing my actually asked me if I would "feel uncomfortable working with younger people and reporting to a younger manager considering my age" (I was just 39 at the time). I laughed at yet another UMUC debacle and left and decided to take the rest of the year off while I finished my MBA and wait for the economy to rebound. I should have scared the crap out of those young fools with a little EEOC lesson. In the end, I found a job through my own professional networking efforts, my MBA did little to support my professional career. Still, I'm glad I earned it. I successfully stayed true to my commitment to get the most out of the material and earn A's (B's are more readily available, A's require effort) and it feels good to have an MBA, although one from a more respected and prestigious school would have been much more. Thanks and good luck.
I started at UMUC in 2009 when the courses were the traditional 16 week semesters, however I had to take a year off from 2010-2011 (due to a move) during this time they converted over to 8-week courses. I much prefer the 8-week schedule as it allowed me to take more classes each semester without them overlapping unless I wanted it that way. I have been very happy with my experience at UMUC. I started out at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro many years ago and in comparing the two schools, they are not much different other than the fact that one is tailored to meet the needs of online students and the other is a traditional school. The curriculums were similar and most of my credits transferred in, just a few that didn't make the cut because of grades or the time gap. Both schools had professors I loved and hated and classes that were easy and hard. I worked my butt off for my degree and my grades reflected it as I graduated cum laude. Most of my professors were helpful but there were a few who were not. I liked the smaller classes compared to some of the bigger classes I attended at UNCG. My online classes were never more than 30 people, if that. When I went to UNCG, I had classes with 100+ people in them and professors who didn't care. I also had students who were idiots just like at UMUC. With any school and any degree, you get what you put into it. There may be professors and other students you don't like, but that is the same in life. If you feel there is a problem, there is always someone in the school to help. Any of my issues (which were minor) were resolved through my advisor. All in all, I am very happy with UMUC experience and I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who has a busy schedule but wants to complete their degree.
If you want to graduate with some knowledge, then this "school" is not for you. The only advantage this school can offer for you is the opportunity to get a graduate degree somewhere else because it is still considered to be accredited. The professors in this school do not care about you, you are left alone to read your books, the students complain that open book exams are hard. I can go on and on. The only reason why I went there because they accepted my credits from the military, and since I was active duty I could not go to a traditional school. Now, I am still on active duty, but I have time to go to a regular school. I am starting my MBA next year in a state university. You will never get a respected job with a degree from umuc, it is nothing, people will laugh at you. I guess the positive reviews for this school come as propaganda from its PR department or lazy students. Sorry guys no offense. This school only needs money from you, do not go there!
Some of the professors do not provide useful feedback and it appears that anyone can be a professor. Plenty of times I did question the grading of my submissions because there was no relevant feedback so one wonders about the quality of grading.
I enrolled in this school in July 2013. Since the very moment I enrolled I have been suffering because the school's administration is a mess. The classes and professors are very good but the management of the school really makes me regret enrolling in the school. The different departments work in a very disorganized way. Every time I call asking a question or asking for help they tell me something different and ask me to do things that were not really required later. The admissions department accepted my application and after a year with them did not let me enroll in further classes because they said there was a problem with my transcripts, the financial aid department took for ever to arrange my financial aid awards and let me use them, the department that did the evaluation of my courses refused to take most of my credits from my previous college and it took me two months to fight them and have them accept my credits, the advising department told me something different every time I called and I had to call constantly due to automatic e-mails they sent by accident asking me for something. I think if this is the best online school in MD I don't want to see the worst.
UMUC is a good school,and as others have stated which I will reverberate, you get what you put fourth. Yes you find that in some areas of your classes, the students are not up to par, likewise can be said about the professors. I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing wonderful and caring professors, and have a couple that did not have an once of worth or interest in who you are. But the realistic feature that must be noted here is that the school is a good school. A professor told me early on that if you only put the minimal amount of work into the course, do you really expect to receive more then a minimal grade?. It is extremely important to do not just only the bare standard of work, it is critical that you do the best in every one of your course and go beyond the what is only expected of you. This is your time to showcase your leadership skills in a classroom environment, your professors will notice this and depend on you as an individual to help lead the course lectures. It is unfortunate that there are some students that do not have the same enthusiasms to put the same amount into there weekly assignments as you and other tuned in students do, but that is just where they will be at the end of the semester,searching for reasons why they failed or received a poor grade. Regardless of who or what the circumstances are that prevent others from participating regularly, it is your job as a student to do your part. The workload can be intense. Sometimes you wonder if you will ever have the time to complete all the assignments. Time Management is the key. Learn to develop a rigorous regiment of working on your assignments as they become available to you, and not wait until the last day of the week to turn these assignments in. That is a no no. You have to be pro-active in your course work. Group assignments will take place, unfortunately that is part of the university work load. I personally detest having my grade ride on the backs of other classmates. Do all the work assigned to you, cite your references completely, be thorough, be objective, ask the questions, be clear in what you are stating. Most importantly, cite your references completely. Yes I wrote that twice, because you MUST. Financial Aid, Hardly ever had a problem. When I did it was resolved fairly quickly.
I'm already in the career field, and I began my Master's in order to expand job opportunities in the future. I started at UMUC due to their relations with military personnel. Even being in the career field already, it was a lot of work -- but not in a bad way. I found the degree program to be truly challenging. Much more challenging than my undergrad business degree at another brick and mortar school. Also, I have a coworker in a comparable program at another online university, and I've done way more challenging work for my program than he has. The vast majority of my professors were PhD's who were working in the career field. Overall I had pretty good student service's experience. It's very easy and fast to get a hold of someone for a quick answer. When there is an in depth issue, watch out. I had a simple overage balance on my account, and I had to move a mountain to get that credited back -- to include explaining dollar for dollar where the overage came from. It shouldn't be that tough. One true "complaint" I would have is the lack of career/job placement. I attended an online job fair with only several companies even relatively interested in people in my career field. Maybe the in-person career fair is better. I also applied to Syracuse and was accepted but did not go through with the program. Looking back, if you have the money to pay for it and can get in, that might be the way to go. It will take a little longer but there is more prestige and you'll do a comparable amount of work. If not, I would recommend UMUC as a solid option.