University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (142)
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.
This school is horrible. You call and get transferred several times with negative results, professors took days, 2-3, to reply to you in email because they are full time at university around the US. Its been over two weeks and still no transcript so my local school that i am currently enrolled is denying my fafsa and its half way through a semester and no way to pay for it let alone books. I dropped out from UMUC over a semester and a half ago and they are still screwing me over. What a waste of time and money. I will never recommend this school to anyone.
Love the class options and diverse staff. Only bad experience that is ongoing is their financial aid office which rates HORRIBLY. All of the professors I engaged with required class discussion to remove the stigma that online classes sometimes have.
PICK ANOTHER SCHOOL. UMUC WHO!! I would certainly pick another school if I had it to do over. The professors are either trying to prove something to other staff members or others just don't care. I would rather not give this school another dime of my money but I only have 12 credits left and transferring would mean taking more classes.
UMUC has been accused of being a degree mill which honestly could be said for several institutions I can think of right off the top of my head. I have friends who have attended UCI's MBA program and USC for undergrad that told me many professors will give you a B or a C in the class just for turning something in because you are paying for the degree. You will get back what you put into the program. I have learned a lot even and really appreciate the flexibility of being able to come home after work and do my classes online instead of having to drive to a crowded campus and fight for parking. The students are a mix of young professionals who are trying to complete their degree (myself included), people changing their careers, or military students. Another plus of the programs at UMUC is that they are usually centered around practical application for work. I have been able to take something I learned in almost every class so far and apply it next day to my code or to different project plans I have created. For the most part the faculty and students are about the same as a state school as far as quality. I also went to UCSD and can say most of my classes have rivaled the quality and difficulty level there. This might be due to the fact that I'm majoring in Computer Science so I can't speak to the other programs. You will need to be willing to participate actively in discussions or email the teacher if you get lost. This is no different than any other school where you will need to actively care about your grade and work to understand and get help if you need it. As far as financial aid, I have been using a combination of financial aid and my own money to cover costs. I would recommend going on the monthly payment plans through ESCI if you are having trouble with expenses. I don't get enough financial aid to cover all the classes I want to take so I usually end up paying for one and breaking the course fee up with a 6 month payment plan.