University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (136)
I give UMUC 5 Stars! I came in as a junior, having had previously received my Associates at another school. I have attended 5 schools in my academic career due to moving with the military for a family member. UMUC not only moves with me :) but is the most difficult curriculum that I have encountered of all five schools. Great job UMUC- I will be proud to be an Alumni someday.
If you are considering UMUC you need to take into account what online programs have traditionally been very successful, and which ones have not. You must also be aware of your schedule, study habits, and needs. This school works well if you are independent. They have been extremely responsive and helpful when addressing financial needs, graduate advising, and registration recommendations. They answer the phone well after normal business hours.
I am in an IT program and can say that it is the toughest thing I've done, but if you apply yourself you can. For those who claim this is a diploma mill-it's not (ex. I had 2 days to learn binary). For those who point to other's misspellings or English problems- if those people are withdrawing that should be an indication that UMUC is difficult.
Graduation percentages vary for multiple reasons- amongst them the fact that a lot of people are testing out online learning, in the military, overseas, and the majority of students also have families and/or jobs.
If you are looking for a computer science/ IT class this is a good choice. I cannot vouch for other areas since, as stated earlier, there are some types of education that do not work well online.
I dont think it is fair to say it isnt Boston University or Stanford University. It is what it is, if goal is to obtain credentials, then go for it. If it is to earn a prestigious name for the credentials, then chose an Ivy League school. If you need to get education that you are given materials to study, to understand the coursework without hand handholding you through the entire process of getting that degree; then choose UMUC. It isnt junior college, it it's not high school.
As a grad student, I chose my program and read the sylabus, systematicaly wrote down my coursework ending in a 3-year course I intend to follow-through. On-line studies are hard if you are technically challenged; obtain the resources before you get into the program, read ahead before the classes, challenge yourself to be two-classes ahead of each class per week and you will get that 4.0 that you hope to get without breaking a sweat! this is an adult school with expectations you are an adult if you get into the on-line courses.
Overall look at the school for what it is. It is not a deploma mill as others would describe it. They can't even if they wanted too as it is a public university and not a private institution. Thus stringent government standards have to be met to keep their accredation. If 650,000 soldiers are taking their courses in this university, then they must be doing something right teaching on-line courses. If its good enough for the Armed Forces, its good enough for me!!! just think about it!, this is UMUC, it is what it is; you can not compare this to Princeton, or Harvard...its apples and oranges...
I am a techie so UMUC was perfect for me. If you are new to internet, do not like to do all assigned reading and not too crazy about computers, I would not recommend online classes to you. If you like doing banking, emailing, social networks, or almost everything else online, then online classes are worth your time and money.
Before my venture into online classes, my biggest issue was trying to make it to on-site classes and listen to the professor drone on about the reading. Online classes at UMUC allow you the flexibility to read at your own pace and submit your assignments online. There is a lot more reading and assignments which includes conference participation (discussion boards) than in regular face to face course.
This is mainly due to the fact that you don't have the professor reading it back to you in class or other students answering questions in the class for you. I am not sure why some complained about the level of other students background.
I am here to get my degree, not worried about the english level of other students. Halfway through the course, they do doc for spelling and grammar issues in the conferences. I am a working mom and if my kids decide that they would rather take online classes when they go to college in 15 years, I will totally support their decision. UMUC is definitely worth my time and money.
I came onto this review site hoping to find useful reviews about the MBA program, but what I have found is a lot of people who do not know how to write or presumably speak English. I guess if they "WITHDRAWLED" I shouldn't even consider this school.
The overseas graduate program was a considerable disappointment for me as the students in the program were asking basic questions and barely making the grade while I didn't crack my book and had a 4.0 Guess Ill just drop UMUC all together.
First, UMUC should not be compared to John Hopkins. However, the biotechnology studies program was rigorous. Secondly, the school has an open admissions policy so you won't find an overabundance of high achievers but I think a master's degree from UMUC is valuable and worth while pursuing. Third, the instructors were very accessible and knowledgeable. All of the professor were experts in their respective fields.
I worked full time at a major fortune 500 firm during the day, and also had family obligations. I also spent a lot of evenings and weekends completing 6 credit hours per semester. Eventually I reduced my work load from 6 to 3 credit hours per semester.
Overall, I really enjoyed writing research papers, reading various assignments, and completing homework assignments. Participating in on-line discussions was also an integral part of course requirements.
Do not waste your money here especially for grad school. I was in the Executive MBA program and it was a joke. Unqualified students, cheating, violent behavior from one student, poor communication from professors and Directors. Pay your fee and get a B should be the school motto. Grading is arbitrary and capricous. The Exec prgram that was sold to me during the interview is not the program that was given. Faculty condones poor behavior among students and is only interested in getting money in the door. They could care less whether you have a good learning experience or learn anything at all. Most of the classes and programs are "Do it yourself". Horrible, Horrible place. It would be better to spend double the money elsewhere and get a real degree. They are only interested in ex-military students and getting cash in the door to pay for their new fancy building.
I would never recommend this online college to anyone. EVER! In my opinion UMUC is an abominable, pitiful, scandalous, as well as a corrupt online college. They neglected to inform me of any of my financial aid information via U.S. mail. The advisors are horrible. They are only there to collect money. I received a call one time from an advisor which asked me if I had any questions. I simply said not at the moment sir. Before I could ask for his contact information, he hung up on me. What kind of advisor is that. I couldn't withdrawal from my classes a week after they started due to an outstanding balance that I was not informed about at all. I emailed my professor and I did not hear from her until 12 days later. She had me waiting every email. And her responses were at least some what informing but failed to answer all of my questions in my email. The important ones. Also, who's paying for your college? You or is your financial aid at UMUC paying for it. I ask this in a sarcastic manner due to the irritating response that was in an unacceptable tone saying "well it's our money." EXCUSE ME. I'm borrowing this money and what if I didn't want to accept all of the aid the second semester. Maybe I wanted to pay out of pocket. Also, if it wasn't for me being a panicking student trying to get a hold of someone to help me register for the semester being that this was only my first experience with online classes, I would not have been enrolled for a second semester and then what would they have gotten, NOTHING! They are simply there for money and that's it. Their graduation percentage is 7%. I wonder why... They are arrogant for God only know what reason. This university is a lousy, careless, unorganized, and despicable excuse for an online college. I would never recommend UMUC to anyone. Save yourself the money because they'll take it from you any way they can and you won't know until they decide to inform you they need more money. And their prices for classes are so absurd. This is all an opinion. I have a right to my opinion and the right to inform others of my mistreatment to prevent it from happening to them.
UMUC has been a positive experience. I am not saying it is perfect, but my overall experience has been very positive. The staff really bends over backwards to help students when life and duties get in the way, and the education earned is top-notch, in my opinion. Because of the online classes, I will be able to achieve my lifelong goal of earning a BS this summer.
I've taken a number of online courses over the years and decided to pursue a MSM from Univ of Maryland UC. I withdrew after three weeks because I found out that there is an academic philosphy that group/team projects should be an important part of their educational experience. While this may be a valid educational componet, I believe that it defeats the purpose of taking online courses, which is to make the education flexible enough to fit the student's life.
Suddenly I was confronted with having to schedule chatroom meetings with classmates across different time zones and rely on their abilities without the more frequent interaction that one would get in a classroom experience. I found out, through my advisors, that this would be part of every class. If team projects are an important learning goal, teach a class on it, don't assume that the adults in your distance program still need to acquire this skill, my guess is they do it everyday in their jobs. I found a different online school with a true independent learning bent.
I thought the classes, professors, and all other aspects worked fine, I just needed greater flexibility.