University of Phoenix Reviews
Unlike the negative reviewers here, I had a great experience with UoP. No problems with financial aid, and all of my advisors were fabulous. Additionally, they accepted all of my transfer credits. I transferred out of UoP after taking only 4 courses because I refuse to do the group work. Those who complained about it are spot on. There was no way I will let my high GPA be brought down by classmates. I've heard nothing but horror stories about the team/group work, so I ran as fast as I could. I'm attending a different online univ, and while it is less expensive, the coursework is arduous and dull - I would return to UoP if they were to drop their team player mentality.
I have just completed my 2-year degree in the University of Phoenix (November 15th.) All the work has been through online due to factors in life that require me to take care of ailing family members. In total, I have spent $20,691.67 in tuition and "book material" (including $5,000 in federal loans.) Even if you are in the online segment of the campus, they make you pay for materials (being at least $100 dollars per course.) Each class was a little over $1,000 dollars to attend and you had to deal with two every nine weeks. The overall experience of the online school is slightly above average because of the support from the advisers and being able to work (majority by myself) was a bonus. Luckily, I did not have any team-based work involved in any of my classes; as I hear that people do not get along during those projects. I felt the courses that involved network configurations and security were engaging and allowed me to learn more from those fields; to the point that I am confident in understanding the overall concepts of both. The computer courses did lack a bit because all the topics reference to dated models of Windows computers, but it would give a general understanding of how computer and operating systems work for those who do not have a whole picture of it. There will be (at least) two web design courses that will help explain web development, but it will only make you use one program throughout the courses and they do make a good job talking about what makes a great website work and what doesn't. The worst class I had was called "IT/210 Fundamentals of Programming with Algorithms and Logic." The major component to this class was about learning pseudo code; which is a programming language to help get the broader idea of programming in general. It cannot be inputted into an actual computer because it was not a real programming language. To actually understand pseudo code, an individual would need to test their procedures and identify the faults based on the testing . The course's weakest aspect was that it did not teach me how to test pseudo code or format it properly. There is no textbook that shows you how to properly format the correct text or a third party to help you understand how to test it. The course only gave a textbook that detailed what the structures are and that is it. The course started as 16 students, but dropped down to 4 within the first week. This made it very hard to get your participation per week completed and little to no communication was given between the remaining four students. I did not mind this for awhile because I got used to writing topics that would barely be touched by other people within the week. The Instructor was very shady and wouldn't be a reliable person to reach for information. Even asking a question to the instructor, he would simply tell you to find out yourself. When I submitted by assessments, it would take weeks for the instructor to grade them (mind you he only has four students to grade assessments.) Whenever he did get the time to grade my assessment, he would give me a low grade and not provide me any feedback. There was no participation from the instructor because he would only have to copy and paste questions from the textbook and use support cases (little pages about the topics) from previous instructors. There is no excuse for this instructor to become incredibly lazy. I was angry and disappointed in this course because I really wanted to learn programming. Despite the drawbacks and horrendous course layout, I gave it my all and passed with a D (my only D that sits aside my remaining As and Bs.)The current status on this course is unacceptable and I would not suggest learning about programming from the online segment. If you are currently in that course, I feel for you deeply. If you are thinking about getting an Associate Degree of Arts in Information Technology, then you will receive some good courses and (hopefully not the pseudo code course.) some issues with others.
I read many reviews before making my contribution. I got both associates and bachelor's degrees from UOP and I must say that I found the school very good. I have attended another university in the past and it pale in comparison. I always got my academic advisor, my instructors were always helpful, and my grade always reflected the work I put in. There were some classes I found easy and there were some classes I had to put in double the time of a regular class. Overall, I was able to work, be with my family, and still get a university degree. I would recommend UOP to any student.
I love the fact that the UOP is geared toward the working adult. I don't like the way the online classes work, there is not enough class interaction like there is when you actually are sitting in a classroom. I decided to go to the campus one night a week and I am so glad that I did, I got to know the instructors and had some connection with them. We heard stories from their everyday life that had to do with what we were studying, so that you could actually see how it connected with life itself. I would do it all again if I needed to, but on campus the University of Phoenix is great!
I finished my associates degree, and moved on into a bachelors specializing in Information Systems security. Something I noticed was when I was reading some of the materials for a networking class, I saw that it was dated to 2010. In the technology field, you need to be learning the CURRENT technology, not something from five years ago. I had to write a paper about how 4G was up and coming, when it's been out for years and is completely changed. I transferred to Concordia University right after that class, which is a non-profit that has current dated materials. You would think that with how much you are spending for each class, they would teach you current information. I'm getting a degree in technology, not history. The transfer procedures were a nightmare. I waited well over a month after finishing the class before transferring, but for some reason they NEVER posted my financial aid. The financial aid is supposed to be posted when you start the class (trust me.. they are quick to notice if you don't have the money and drop you before the class starts)...... So they were really quick to cut off my financial aid when I said I was leaving and state that I needed to pay over 1000 dollars or they were holding my transcripts. I printed my transcripts prior to transferring, so luckily I got into the school I wanted to.. I asked them if I could wait for the financial aid to kick in, and they flat out told me know. Thats how they keep you. They won't post financial aid for the previous class until you start the next one, which makes it impossible to get out without paying out of pocket.... but I shouldn't have to pay because their financial aid department was dragging their feet and don't know what they are doing.
Despite all of the negative reviews and stigmas that you can find about the University of Phoenix, I believe that the school is on par with other colleges. What this school does is provide an opportunity for working adults to go back to school in efforts of advancing their careers. The teachers are real life professionals that work in the field that they teach, which allows them to relate real world examples to the materials in the curriculum. Like other schools, you always have students that just try to get by. The key is to find like minded students in your program and sync your schedules together so that you can work with the same team in each class. This allows you to always have a good learning team (which tends to be the biggest complaint I see). In short, you get what you put in. I typically spend 20-30 hours a week on class work and reading. You can do less, but your grades will reflect it. These classes are very demanding, and despite what others say, it is not a place where you just pay for a degree.
They do not like to answer your questions. If you email the advisors most of the time they would not answer me. I know it is online, but most of the teachers that I have had just have you write a paper and you are done. I felt like I was not learning anything at all. Plus they always want more money.
UOP does not truly give college credit for work experience. They school is greedy they'll do anything to take your miney. make money off our education. I will double up and go to a state school before I give these greedy people another dollar. You can literally buy your degree if you have the $
I decided to attend UoP for two reasons. One I am a military spouse and two the convenience of going to class when I felt like it. It takes a special person to attend an online university. I had no problems sitting down and meeting my requirements in either program. Expecting things to be perfect is setting yourself up for failure. Admittedly, I had problems with my financial advisor but my wonderfulacademic advisor was helpful in resolving any issue. The pressure is on you to fail or succeeed. Be honest with yourself when it comes to poor grades or missed due dates. It's your responsibility as an adult to know what you need to do.
The University of Phoenix is a good school. Like any other, you get out of it what you put into it. Tons of reading and writing, so if you are an auditory learner, this may not be for you. I have to say that I would not have been able to attend a traditional classroom university because I have to work, and my current job requires about 60 hours a week. I attend online, at night, after working a long day, as do many other UOP students. I won't have too large a problem with student loans when I am finished, despite the fact that I did not qualify for ANY grants because I have managed my loans well. I truly feel this degree will help me better my employment situation and ultimately my life.