University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (152)
I started at UMUC in 2009 when the courses were the traditional 16 week semesters, however I had to take a year off from 2010-2011 (due to a move) during this time they converted over to 8-week courses. I much prefer the 8-week schedule as it allowed me to take more classes each semester without them overlapping unless I wanted it that way. I have been very happy with my experience at UMUC. I started out at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro many years ago and in comparing the two schools, they are not much different other than the fact that one is tailored to meet the needs of online students and the other is a traditional school. The curriculums were similar and most of my credits transferred in, just a few that didn't make the cut because of grades or the time gap. Both schools had professors I loved and hated and classes that were easy and hard. I worked my butt off for my degree and my grades reflected it as I graduated cum laude. Most of my professors were helpful but there were a few who were not. I liked the smaller classes compared to some of the bigger classes I attended at UNCG. My online classes were never more than 30 people, if that. When I went to UNCG, I had classes with 100+ people in them and professors who didn't care. I also had students who were idiots just like at UMUC. With any school and any degree, you get what you put into it. There may be professors and other students you don't like, but that is the same in life. If you feel there is a problem, there is always someone in the school to help. Any of my issues (which were minor) were resolved through my advisor. All in all, I am very happy with UMUC experience and I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who has a busy schedule but wants to complete their degree.
If you want to graduate with some knowledge, then this "school" is not for you. The only advantage this school can offer for you is the opportunity to get a graduate degree somewhere else because it is still considered to be accredited. The professors in this school do not care about you, you are left alone to read your books, the students complain that open book exams are hard. I can go on and on. The only reason why I went there because they accepted my credits from the military, and since I was active duty I could not go to a traditional school. Now, I am still on active duty, but I have time to go to a regular school. I am starting my MBA next year in a state university. You will never get a respected job with a degree from umuc, it is nothing, people will laugh at you. I guess the positive reviews for this school come as propaganda from its PR department or lazy students. Sorry guys no offense. This school only needs money from you, do not go there!
Some of the professors do not provide useful feedback and it appears that anyone can be a professor. Plenty of times I did question the grading of my submissions because there was no relevant feedback so one wonders about the quality of grading.
I enrolled in this school in July 2013. Since the very moment I enrolled I have been suffering because the school's administration is a mess. The classes and professors are very good but the management of the school really makes me regret enrolling in the school. The different departments work in a very disorganized way. Every time I call asking a question or asking for help they tell me something different and ask me to do things that were not really required later. The admissions department accepted my application and after a year with them did not let me enroll in further classes because they said there was a problem with my transcripts, the financial aid department took for ever to arrange my financial aid awards and let me use them, the department that did the evaluation of my courses refused to take most of my credits from my previous college and it took me two months to fight them and have them accept my credits, the advising department told me something different every time I called and I had to call constantly due to automatic e-mails they sent by accident asking me for something. I think if this is the best online school in MD I don't want to see the worst.
UMUC is a good school,and as others have stated which I will reverberate, you get what you put fourth. Yes you find that in some areas of your classes, the students are not up to par, likewise can be said about the professors. I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing wonderful and caring professors, and have a couple that did not have an once of worth or interest in who you are. But the realistic feature that must be noted here is that the school is a good school. A professor told me early on that if you only put the minimal amount of work into the course, do you really expect to receive more then a minimal grade?. It is extremely important to do not just only the bare standard of work, it is critical that you do the best in every one of your course and go beyond the what is only expected of you. This is your time to showcase your leadership skills in a classroom environment, your professors will notice this and depend on you as an individual to help lead the course lectures. It is unfortunate that there are some students that do not have the same enthusiasms to put the same amount into there weekly assignments as you and other tuned in students do, but that is just where they will be at the end of the semester,searching for reasons why they failed or received a poor grade. Regardless of who or what the circumstances are that prevent others from participating regularly, it is your job as a student to do your part. The workload can be intense. Sometimes you wonder if you will ever have the time to complete all the assignments. Time Management is the key. Learn to develop a rigorous regiment of working on your assignments as they become available to you, and not wait until the last day of the week to turn these assignments in. That is a no no. You have to be pro-active in your course work. Group assignments will take place, unfortunately that is part of the university work load. I personally detest having my grade ride on the backs of other classmates. Do all the work assigned to you, cite your references completely, be thorough, be objective, ask the questions, be clear in what you are stating. Most importantly, cite your references completely. Yes I wrote that twice, because you MUST. Financial Aid, Hardly ever had a problem. When I did it was resolved fairly quickly.
I'm already in the career field, and I began my Master's in order to expand job opportunities in the future. I started at UMUC due to their relations with military personnel. Even being in the career field already, it was a lot of work -- but not in a bad way. I found the degree program to be truly challenging. Much more challenging than my undergrad business degree at another brick and mortar school. Also, I have a coworker in a comparable program at another online university, and I've done way more challenging work for my program than he has. The vast majority of my professors were PhD's who were working in the career field. Overall I had pretty good student service's experience. It's very easy and fast to get a hold of someone for a quick answer. When there is an in depth issue, watch out. I had a simple overage balance on my account, and I had to move a mountain to get that credited back -- to include explaining dollar for dollar where the overage came from. It shouldn't be that tough. One true "complaint" I would have is the lack of career/job placement. I attended an online job fair with only several companies even relatively interested in people in my career field. Maybe the in-person career fair is better. I also applied to Syracuse and was accepted but did not go through with the program. Looking back, if you have the money to pay for it and can get in, that might be the way to go. It will take a little longer but there is more prestige and you'll do a comparable amount of work. If not, I would recommend UMUC as a solid option.
Like most educational experiences you get out of it what you put into it. UMUC offers online classes as well as in person and I've taken advantage of both. The in person classes require a little less work but that is because the lecture portion and classroom discussion add alot to those classes. The online portion requires a ton of work submitted. I think if they had a professor review grade for courses it would be helpful because some are beyond excellent some do the minimum. My statistics professor was had a PHD in Mathematics and was actually a good communicator she gave me constant feedback and actually made the subject interesting, my instructors in the finance section were hit and miss. Overall however, I would highly recommend either modality. Keep in mind if you are going to take an 8 week session online your going to spend a large number of hours working on the weekends/evenings to meet the basic requirements. Still a great overall experience.
I attended UMUC part time and completed all of my schooling there, with the exception of a three-credit class at a community college and two CLEP tests to graduate a little early. I was focused and motivated, with a clear goal of obtaining my bachelors degree in business administration. And I did...with a 3.8 GPA. Academic excellence was not a goal initially, but over time it became more important. I would recommend the school for anyone who is a self starter with a strong work ethic and good time management skills. Also, if you are taking classes online, it is important to have excellent written communication skills, as all of your work will be in the form of papers, presentations and discussion posts, the latter of which take the place of lectures. To those of you who say that the classes are subpar, I disagree. Sure, there are some courses that are "easier" than others, but that is typical. As you start taking the classes that apply to your degree, you will find that the material becomes more challenging. Yes, some of the instructors are less invested than others, but that is typical at any school. I dare to say that there are poor instructors at the Ivy Leagues, although many of them don't even teach the courses, leaving it all up to their TAs. To those of you who say that the financial aid is a disaster... I ran into an issue the last year I attended. Financial aid contacted me and we resolved it fairly quickly. However, I needed to follow up. That is the key and, quite frankly, applicable in the real world. You need to take responsibility and not take it for granted that someone else will handle it for you. It's part of being an adult. I am now enrolled in the MBA program, which is no walk in the park. The material is rigorous, and the program intense. So far I am doing well. However, I am a little burned out from working full time and attending school part time (after all, I have been doing this for nine years), so I am going to take a break after this semester. Oh, and my responsibilities and income have exponentially increased since I started taking classes. I have been able to apply much of the material I learned in the undergrad program on the job. I have not been in the MBA program long enough to make an evaluation there. So, that's it. Make of it what you will. Bottom line, bring your best attitude and know that it's not for sissies.
The instructors made it very easy to maintain an understanding of all work assignments. Versus with the current online course I am taking is very confusing and not user friendly. I did not have to deal with inconsistencies with getting financial aid started. It was just overall a great well organized school. Why I am not there any longer is due to with my not being affiliated with the Military any longer. My tuitions rates would be considered out of state and I would not be able to afford to attend.
The Master's program gives you a very good management and technical overview, and you will be brought up to speed on modern IT concepts. However, the program could use more hands on-labs to demonstrate the concepts in a more real world setting. The workload can be difficult to handle with a demanding job. Lot's of papers to submit! The program can be very challenging if you come from a field outside of IT, but if you put the extra effort to learn the foundational materials on your own you can easily do well. The instructors are qualified but some care more than others. Bottom Line: UMUC is good for working IT professional in analysts, business, consulting or management careers and paths. But, not so good for pure technologists.