University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (168)
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.
Oh my. What a ragged operation this is. Nothing but problems from day one. First, they use PeopleSoft to manage students and provide online access. PeopleSoft is NOT a user friendly application. It's a nightmare just getting around. Second, while my financial aid wasn't messed up it took them THREE MONTHS to properly acknowledge it. It never did get credited to my account. Third, took THREE MONTHS to clear ONE SCHOOL'S transcript. When I called them out on it, UMUC was sitting there arguing with me to tell the other school to send them a letter explaining some of the course codes and descriptions. Why can't YOU call them?? Fourth, when I did start class, initially I accidentally enrolled in a hybrid course. Instructor was nice and explained that I really should be in the "online" course. Well, PeopleSoft doesn't make this clear when registering courses. It should filter down the list if you're not in the same city! But that's fine. So I get on the online one, it's the same first assignment as the hybrid. Asking you to do a 250 word write up in a board about 100% subjective topics but you're forced to use APA references despite having self knowledge of the topic and despite them being totally opinion-based articles. For example, if you were asked to write on a topic called "Which is better, Mac or PC?" that's an opinion piece. That's fine, but it's subjective. Subjective material does not lend itself well to APA references because the reason you feel a certain way has nothing to do with whether it's "better" or not. If the topic were "Consumer preferences on Macs vs. PCs", that's fine. You can then reference case studies, surveys, etc. to support the topic. When I raised this concern to the online instructor with a simple question on how she suggested I approach it given the subjectivity of the topic, she rudely referred me back to a plagarism policy. This school is a joke. Do not.
My experience at UMUC was exceptional. I received a FAFSA loan and never experienced any confusion, issues, or delays while dealing with the school's finance or administrative personnel. Additionally, every time I required academic guidance counseling, my experiences were all quite satisfactory. Academically, the course was very challenging. I was a full-time student and spent approximately 12-15 hours per week, per class. I would also spend approximately 10-15 hours writing each research paper or completing required course project's . In doing so, I earned a 3.75 GPA. 10 out of 12 of my teachers were excellent in my opinion, native English speakers, and clearly experts in their field with impressive backgrounds. Two of the 12 were not native English speakers and it was reflected in their communications, but were still good instructors in most regards. The program and coursework I took (Information Technology Project Management) was well developed and thorough, although the IT portion was certainly the weaker of the two. The project management department was excellent in every regard. Most students in class were intelligent and hard working, and there were only a few "duds" that probably didn't really belong in grad school. Each of my classes had students that failed based on metrics provided by the online learning software. Attempting to compare UMUC to any of the "for profit" schools is a poor comparison as they are clearly not of the same caliber or class. I'm very happy I selected UMUC for my grad work.
DO NOT ATTEND!! Avoid at all costs!! Have never been so emotionally drained in my life!! I went back and forth with financial aid to have my documents submitted either online or in person. I drove all the way in person twice to make sure everything was in order and still continued to receive messages saying documents were missing. I was dropped from a class saying I needed to pay for it and then I was told I was not going to be placed back in until I paid out of pocket. I was placed back on it anyhow without anyone telling me and then my GPA suffered completely. Now that I transferred and had my financial aid properly filled, I received an email from UMUC claiming I will get a refund from financial aid. After receiving the refund only two days later I am told that they made a mistake and need the money back. Who does that??? AVOID AND DO NOT GO IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR GPA AND YOUR POCKET!!
I am a transfer student to this school and a resident of Maryland where I was born and raised. I recently moved back to Maryland in 2014; however, because I do not have a voters card or failed to change my driver's license from Washington, DC to Maryland when I moved I am being classified as an out-of-state student subject to higher tuition. I have appealed the decision twice and whomever responds to my appeal always uses the ID as their case; however, my argument is that I do not drive and did not need to change my ID and I have paid Maryland state taxes for 2 years as well as worked here. This is just a bad way to begin my bachelor's degree as a transfer student and I will be attending another school next semester. My advice to anyone attending this school, do so only as a last resort.