University of Maryland University College Reviews
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Do not attend this school. I was given a B in a class because of a group project that I had no control over. My part of the group project was not even looked at nor graded. My final grade was an 88.625 in a class that I could have taught. ITEC610, Introduction to IT is the class.
I have 15+ years of IT experience. The professor said that we did not site sources that we did site, that we said things that we did not (it's all in writing) and I had A's on almost everything else. My goal was to get a 4.0 in Grad school and that goal is shot because of the professors subjectivity. We weren't even given a chance to fix it, now the professor is ignoring us. Go to a real school like GMU. I will be transfering shortly.
This was my first online course with UMUC. The instructor seemed unprepared and disorganized. She also seemed unprepared to commit an appropriate amount of time to the class. She didn't answer student questions in a timely manner. I agree that many questions, students could answer for themselves by taking a critical look at the instructions already received. This professor also didn't answer the questions resulting from her own lack of attention to detail, wasting the students' time. She checked in only during the weekends, when the assignments were due and too late to help the students. She was also not properly trained on the use of the website, telling students the problem was theirs, not hers, that they couldn't access what she had posted.
Initial instructions told us that we needed three books for a total cost of $142 including the shipping. In the end, the instructor used only one of the books($60) and barely that. The syllabus was an unorganized mess. We were instructed to read the same thing over and over. Sometimes repeating the same information from different places within the book, sometimes the same pages more than once, sometimes having us read the same thing from an online source as what we had already read in our textbook.
I sent an e-mail to UMUC about my concerns halfway through my 8-week course, but never received a response. My impression is that they are not concerned with the problems students may be having at their school.
I'm also still waiting for the return of my tuition assistance for a class I cancelled. The first person I spoke to acknowledged that the school had received payment, but had reversed the payment. The second person claimed it had never been received because I hadn't been billed because I had cancelled the class. Luckily, it was only a one-credit class and only $250, so if I can't ever get them to return the payment, it won't be quite so much out of my pocket.
I had looked for a link on thier site to comment on problems with their faculty, but couldn't find anything. I assume they don't want to deal with student issues as long as they get paid.
I received an A in the class, so I'm not complaining out of disappoinment over my grade. I'm now looking for a new school that takes student concerns seriously.
This schools student services is horrible. Don't try calling, they are not helpful at all. If you email, it takes at least a week for a response. In my specific case, I have been active duty and taking classes for the past 10 years. I took MATH 105 through UMUC near the beginning of my college career. Now that I want to take a classes that has a pre-requisite of Math 103, 106, 107 or higher, they will not accept my class as a pre-requisite. In addition to having to take another MATH class, "Students may receive credit for only one of the following course: MATH 105 or MATH 106." In other words, the student advisor is telling me that I need to take a class that I will not receive credit for and that they will not accept my MATH 105 class to satisfy the pre-requsite requirement.
Future students...beware of which courses you take, they may or may not accept thier own courses to meet pre-requisite requirments. This school is looking out for its own financial interest and not for the invested interest of its students.
This classes are good and so are many of the teachers, but this school has the worst services and administration staff I have ever encountered. If you need help, you can never reach anyone. So you email and they never respond back. I would not recommend this school to anyone, they have made it as difficult as possible!
I think FA office just tried to give students some answers to get them off the phone. I enjoyed my professors at UMUC and I think that their teaching experiences really help my courses; however, FA office have some serious problems. They always tell you that your FA went through and ready to be disburse, but a month later you will get the same answers. Several times where I get my FA on my last week of 7 weeks- course when UMUC FA policies say that you will get it 2 weeks before school start.
The facts that I called them doesn't help because they just give you some answers that you have received before "you will get it in 24-48 hours". So many times like that but you don't get it until a month or two later. Highly not recommend it because of the stresses and pains you will have go through to get an answer with FA office. It is not worth it. Try Davenport University, it is 400 dollars cheaper and quick and ASAP answers.
I never write a review of anything before, but I figured that every students have the rights to know about the school and its services. I registered my first class on March 2, 2012 and all my financial aid went through; however, the school have computer system where it checks the credits of class and if it is not the right amount of credits it will lock you and won't give you your refund. Of course, the school policy allow student to take 1 course (3 credits) for their first semester and after that first semester, you will have to take 6 credits.
The financial aid said that they will have to manually remove the block and the block should be removed within 1 week. It turns out to be 5 weeks and I called every 7 days and they give the same answer "it will be removed within 1 week". I figured that after 3 weeks, I considered myself very to be patience; however, after the 5th weeks it is just ridiculous. On top of it, they give some answers (both by phone or chat) just to get you off their back. Here are the answers that I have received "it will be 3-5 days" and every weeks is the same. I like a school that give the students the right services to reduce the stresses that students to go through. As I am writing this, I am talking to an adivisor and asked to speak to the financial aid director. Guess what I got as an answer "Here is her name...., but I don't have her contact information".
Mostly important, an "honest" answer so the students can plan out what to do with their financial because as a student paying school tuition can be very stressful. I hope to write this so students have an understanding of the choice before they make their decisions and hopeful my opinion is not biased.
When I first enrolled in UMUC I was not familiar with online education. It is a great school for students who are willing to take their school work seriously. With the 8-week semester format, there is a lot of pressure and material that needs to be discussed.
Therefore, it is important for students to be disciplined. My experience with staff, faculty, and students has been great. WebTycho and the online classroom are very straightforward and user-friendly. I am graduating in May 2012 and I am very excited. I am also planning to pursue my MBA there as they have a great program.
I just completed my MBA while holding a full-time job. The various topics had real-world applications that I brought to the office every day. The program was demanding and the grading was fair...can't say I was ever surprised. It was great to be able to study around my work schedule, and deliver the various assignments...soemtimes at 2 am.
Good instructors with great backgrounds. Many tools and libraries that enabled virtual participation on lectures. If you missed the lecture, you could always catch the recorded version at your convenience. I worked with one team in 3 classes. We were a well-oiled machine. The group still keeps in touch. Everything is done remotely and help is usually a few clicks away.
You will need to be self-motivated and have strong personal sense of purpose. If you fall behind, it's hard to catch up...so you have to pace your work-load and manage your time appropriately. But we did it..you can too.
The education provided by UMUC was good for me. Of course, you get out of it what you put in, just like with most other educational programs. I liked their flexibility and commitment to military students. Cost was also quite reasonable. Some of the "good" posts here definitely exceed my experience and some of the "bad" seem to relate more to the student than to the institution. I completed my degree by transferring in more than two years from a state school, CLEP, etc though they required much of my core classes to be through them.
Having taken courses from several other state and private institutions I can say the expectations of UMUC were equivaltent to other schools. The instructors were all knowledgeable and trained on instructional techniques. Classmates were all adult learners, focused on getting a sound education rather than social or other aspects often associated with higher ed.
I have had friends and colleagues attend Masters programs in Bioinformatics at Georgetown, JHU, and UMB. UMUC is hands down the best deal out of any of these schools. The program has a course dedicated to each of the following topics: analysis tools, PERL, JAVA, relational databases, biostat, and microarray analysis. This is far more thorough than both UMB, which crams most of these topics into one course, and Georgetown, which teaches python and leaves out PERL (??). JHU most likely has a more thorough comp sci program but I was told that the classes are not geared towards biological applications./p>
I'm sure each program will change over time, but as of right now UMUC offers a lot for a low price. I received an industry job 6 classes before I obtained my masters.