University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (137)
Great school. Do not believe the bad reviews. This school caters to the non-traditional student. The courses are taught that way intentionally. Throughout the week, you are basically on your own to read the assigned material. IF YOU CAN'T MANAGE YOUR TIME OR YOU NEED AN INSTRUCTOR TO HOLD YOUR HAND, DO NOT APPLY. This school isn't for you. It's not the school's fault that you cannot be an adult like the expect you to be. The instructors (many hold doctorate degrees) are not lenient. It's no different from a brick and mortar school (which I attended for almost two years). Just because it is online, doesn't mean it is easy. Sorry to burst you bubble. Back to the review. I have spent the last 2.5 years taking full semesters (4 classes in the fall, 4 in the spring, 2 in the summer). I took 7 CLEP/DSST tests (needed upper level credit). All this while stationed in overseas. I've been on mission to Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Africa, Poland, Belgium, Italy, etc. I have been on TDY a total of 1 year out of my 3 years in overseas. It is not difficult to coordinate with the instructor about scheduling difficulties if you do it in a timely manner. My GPA is 3.9. Do not think you can't do it. But do remember, this is an institution of higher learning. You are an adult. Act like one and do your work. Or drop out, like the rest of the weak minded. Your choice.
I am active duty Army and had about 60 credits from other schools when I started with UMUC. I was deployed to Iraq when I took my first class and had no issues with access to the course, instructors, or help desk. Some classes were more challenging than others, but overall I liked the school. I had no issues with financial aid or with any portion of the school for that matter. I will say that they changed their online format for my last two classes which I didn't like. Would definitely take Master level classes from here.
I'm about 20 credits away from my Bachelor's degree and have had no issues with taking classes online here. The user interface is not hard to navigate with minimal practice. The instructors can be a little hands off in most cases, which is a positive for me. If you can be self-driven and self-disciplined, this is a great school to pursue your degree.
The graduate school does not assign advisors, so you may find it difficult to ask questions and properly plan your course of action. This school will make it extremely difficult to succeed. I've always been a great student and an independent learner - thank goodness - all of the courses are essentially self-taught. If you miss a deadline, no one cares - you may have to re-take a course or push a course to the next semester. Very few graduate courses are offered during summer/winter, making it extremely challenging to move through the program quickly. To UMUC, you're a number, not a human being. Just keep that in mind when choosing a college. I would have graduated a year ago if it wasn't for the million hoops I've jumped through.
University of Maryland University College or UMUC is known for treating its students badly. Do not believe their advertisements. They are a for-profit school who take advantage of military students and veterans. They have the monopoly on military bases. They do not try to treat their students fairly. Their undergraduate Dean is the same person as their Provost and relies too heavily on his staff. UMUC's Dean just signs off on whatever his staff says and his only aim to protect them, which presents a conflict of interest when it comes to the rights of UMUC students. UMUC does this to lower overhead costs even though they make a ridiculous amount of money off the soldiers and vets. They only combined the position of Dean and Provost just so 1 person can justify getting paid more than he should even though he does a poor job. So if you ever have a disagreement with UMUC or are accused of cheating / have an issue with an instructor, UMUC will be against you first and foremost. They will not be fair and impartial.
This was a difficult and expensive experience when it came to my math and computer science courses. Basically, you are given assignments of quiz, test, projects with barely any direction or teaching for 8 weeks. You are completely self taught. I had to hire tutors to help me in some cases. For my other classes some were better, but you are basically doing it on your own and Math, Science and Computer classes are the worst to do self taught. I suggest take those classes somewhere else and transfer them in. The financial aid and Bursar's departments aren't very good at keeping track of your records and billing accurately. Benefits is, you basically know what you have to do for each 8 wk or 4 wk session, they accept CLEP, DSST and Transfer credits, and its conveniently online or in person.
Look else where. Withdrew within one week. The software program they use is terrible. You go here for one thing, go there for another. Not user friendly at all. I have taken online classes before at another university, and it was nothing like this. I had to call back into the school to make sure they entered my transcripts.
Save yourself time and money. This school is outrageous. I have gone to the Adelphi Academic center where the Financial Aid, Academic Advising, and Bursar are located. You're better off calling the 800 number than showing up in person. The tuition is also outrageous for the quality of education. The only positive that I got from the experience was from their Hybrid courses, in which you met a physical teacher once a week for the duration of the course. The online courses are garbage. Your grades are based off of discussion participation, which I'd often times highlight and paste someone else post and still get an A. If your want a school with no challenge whatsoever then go to UMUC. I had all my math done by professors at my old community college, scanned and sent PDF including the final math exam. I'll be traveling to India or Thailand for a BA or BS degree for FAR less and the education is good. India has some of the best medical doctors in the world.
Maybe good if you attend in person on site, but terrible with active duty military. I received orders during the semester which required me to be away from communication for two months. I let my professors know when I received the orders. They were unwilling to work with me or allow me to make up the work. I appealed to the administration and was told there was nothing they could do. It ended up costing about $4k out of pocket as military tuition reimbursement wouldn't pay for the tuition. Horrible experience. Do not attend if active duty military.
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.