University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (153)
UMUC provided a convenient, high impact learning environment for me. The online courses combined with the compressed schedule aloud me to complete my degree on time. I love this college. I plan on completing my Masters there as well. This college is excellent for busy people. They care about your education.
UMUC advertise themselves as the educational institute that caters to the working adult. I found this advertisement to be the most honest depiction of the services rendered. I have bought and or done many things because that is what I saw on television, and unfortunately that is where I found my college education as well, a television infomercial. I am now an accountant for the state i reside in and without the knowledge and tutelage of the my professors i know i would not be prepared for my position. When I was seeking my degree i befriended what i thought was a student adviser because no matter when i called she always had an answer, fortunately for me she was the Director of Student Advisers and I did not know because she never portrayed herself as anyone other than a caring person trying to resolve everyday working adult issues. UMUC is a great school and I would recommnnd it to every working adult who want to further their education.
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.
UMUC is not a bad school, I started with them prior to going active duty. I like the online set up, allowing me to work on my own time. You have to have good time management skills to be successful. I would recommend taking a look at the professors prior to starting classes. Some are not as involved as they should be in the classroom
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.