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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014
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College is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to help you progress in the working world.

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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In a Master's Program. I was here on VA benefits. My benefits ran out in the middle of the program, although they said I was cleared. When I contacted them, THEY SAID IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE, but I am still responsible for the rest of tuition. Horrible institution. I was holding a 3.75 in a Master's Program, unable to finish.

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Degree: Engineering Science
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am currently enrolled in Phoenix and may end up dropping it altogether. I would like to clarify at the beginning of this post that I am a diligent, hard-working student but my lifestyle is also busy with religion and work. I currently hold a GPA of 3.84 and I have about 10 classes left to finish my schooling. However, because of my major I am REQUIRED to take certain online courses, which are more expensive and MUST be taken online due to not having them at any campuses near where I live or even remotely close. Phoenix is not only expensive for the convenience of the schedule on-campus, but their online courses completely contradict everything about being convenient for the working-class individual. It is impossible for me to comment every day or every couple days online about a topic and elaborate on it and possibly not even get the substantial comment to count towards my participation! I requested the class I am in now to be on-campus instead of online and they said it was not available. This was never made clear to me when I first signed on with UoP that there could be online classes filling in for the on-campus classes which are not available. I was under the impression from the enrollment counselor that if I wanted on-campus classes then that is what I will get 100%, since online classes are about 500$-700$ more per class. On top of all of this my major will be incomplete in a sense when I finish because they are not providing me with everything that I need to work in this field. I will need to take supplemental classes to get by afterwards to make up for these massive gaps of training. These lacks of classes being provided to me were not clear until I knew more about my major from taking the classes. After I knew a little more about my major I started asking questions like "will this be provided to me in a class?" And they kept saying "no". What a joke. Would I recommend University of Phoenix? No. My thought is that they need to 1. Change their curriculum to a real-world setup with new information and 2. Actually cater to individuals who want campus classes and those who don't reasonably. Or at least make them aware that online classes may happen and that they cost much more than a regular class on-campus. J.D.

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Hey Jared, I think that university of Phoenix is pretty easy to do around my busy schedule. I currently work at a data center in a 24/7 work environment so my life is pretty hectic. I have a pretty easy time maintaining my 3.84 gpa, and I have taken all of my course online. I find that reading the material and cross referencing the all mighty Google has helped me grasp many of the concepts of my bachelors of science, specializing in Cisco networking degree. I think people need to understand that following a schedule is the best way to manage academic life. For instance I spend 4 nights a week knocking off assignments on my syllabus. There were a lot of holes in the material tho, I found a lot of my coursework needed supplementing from outside sources. If you need any tips on managing the schedule reach out I'll give you a hand.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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Hi this information is for the adult wanting to go back to school but thinks it costs too much, This is what is on my mind but with the question of profit schools and business owners may not want you at their establishment. Take this thought out of your head it doesn't matter one way or the other some non profit want money up front and if you are in school with an unpaid balance you cannot log on. The UoPx's financial aid department works with you the adviser is there too. The team papers I have to admit can become frustrating especially in the associates program but after a while it is worth seeing other viewpoints and when members don't do their part they lose points. I was frustrated with some of the instructors but that comes with the territory not everyone is alike. The classes are tough but you can do it if you cut -out the social life, or pick and chose the activities, don't over do it and get a resentment your grades will suffer. Time management is all you need and remember you don't always have to get and 'A' you are unique get your degree in little pieces don't look at the whole course work and determine whether you can do it or not, take it one day at a time. I didn't think it would be possible to earn a degree when your over forty-years while working full-time and raising grandchildren but if I would have thought about it in that way I would have never known how it feels to be proud to say I have a degree and yes it feels awesome. When it comes to how I'm going to pay for it, or which school ask yourself how much am I worth? Go for it you will be as elated as I'am

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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I am a Phoenix. I earned my AA in Elementary Education and my BA in English. Here are a few things you may want to know. First, I did not work full time during these 4.5 years. Second, your AA is the harder of the 2 degrees because you are not taking a lot of classes that you are interested in. This is also true at your local community college. Third, it is very expensive but you can choose to have a 6 month deferment and your lender will work with you. Remember, college is expensive no matter where you go. Fourth, the team environment is for your own good. I hated it so much at first. You have your individual assignments but you also have a team each class. By the last six months I realized the value of team. You will have to work with many different people at your job with many different opinions and other characteristics. Just remember that the instructor can see everything that is posted and has the ability to give separate grades to each person if they feel it is warranted. Fifth, the financial aid department is a mess and you need to keep up with all of your loans and ask about everything. I found out half way through my BA that my English degree required 6 months more of classes and that I had reached my maximum loan amount (there is a maximum for every degree) and had no money to cover it. I of course pitched a fit. They accommodated me by paying for all but $300 of it because they failed to tell me. Other than the financial aid it went well. Sixth, it is accredited and my State and local School Board have had no problem recognizing my degree. I am a teacher (high school) because of University of Phoenix and my hard work. I would do it all over again. It will be the hardest thing you ever do but well worth it. Good Luck to you all and by the way, my daughter just graduated with the same 2 degrees that I did and is going for her masters. Do your homework about the college you select. It took me 3 months to choose one.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
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DO not waste your time with the school. They tell you it is easy for the working class, and the first three mandatory classes are easy, but once you get into the real classes, the technology takes a dive. For instance, I was able to read the text on my phone and tablet. This was great for work and times I was commuting or had free time, I could do some reading. After I started the core classes, this option was usually not available, and you could only read on a laptop or computer that allowed you to unlock the PDF textbook each time you opened it. They had it so protected, you couldn’t download and then transfer it to another device. Another issue is the group work. People taking online courses don’t have time to meet with five other people, who are all over the country, and work together for 5 weeks to make a final project. If it was one week, it wouldn’t be so bad. You usually have someone that doesn’t do their part and you have to scramble at the last minute to make it up so you can get a decent grade. I have had better luck and greater technology at the local community college so STAY AWAY!!!

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Amy - 16 days ago

My experience is certainly different. Yes, the ability to view the text on periferal devices can be limited but you know that before you sign up. You are told that you must have a laptop/desktop and certain software to be able complete your classes. And I've found that you can save portions of the ebooks to pdf to put on a tablet or phone if you're in a pinch. The learning teams are tricky, I grant you, but so is working in teams in the real world. You have to find a way to make it work. And if you're worried about someone else not doing their part, you have to tell them so. If you apply to UoP and expect that you can just skate through, showing up every so often and doing the minimum, you're wrong. It's a lot of work. And sometimes in class, just like in life, you've got to do more than your share of it. I've been going full time for almost a year now and I'm extremely pleased with my classes, the technology, and for the most part, my experiences in the classroom. It isn't for everyone, but it's working out really well for me.

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David - 14 days ago

You are entitled to your opinion however you are downplaying the campus experience on account of a minor inconvenience with technology and data security. That's your weak complaint? It's people like you that trash talk this school without any really legitimate reason. Your banter and ranting is pointless. Grow up and earn your degree.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have taken classes at UoP on and off over the years (due to personal circumstances) and at first when I started in the Associates Program they called it Axia College. Apparently that is all apart of University of Phoenix now. I must say there are great improvements over the years at University of Phoenix with regards to the quality of materials provided and so far the quality of instructors (knock on wood). I hear this "for profit school's are bad" garbage all the time. Tell me what school is not for profit? Go to the local community college or state university. Ask for a free college course. Let me know how that works out! Private schools don't get state funding (which helps reduce tuition). Private schools rely on Title IV (federal funding), cash, and tuition reimbursement. Nothing is free folks. And no... I don't work for Apollo Group or University of Phoenix nor do I have any stock invested in Apollo Group or University of Phoenix. No degree, no certification, no brand of school is going to guarantee a job. Each of those items I just listed are tools to better YOU. It's YOU who makes it or breaks it.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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UOP is basically one of those schools that tell you one thing but you will eventually end up doing another. I am currently earning my degree in psychology (Associates) and I wished I did more research on the school. Their tuition is beyond high and some of the classes are ridiculous because of the teachers hard grading. When it comes to academic and financial advisors, they basically talk you out of more money instead of doing things that fit you and your degree you are trying to earn. Also, you do not get much money from them. If you do not pass a class, you do not receive your pell grant and they keep it. It is honestly a waste of time and most importantly money

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David - 14 days ago

Sorry to break the news to you but Phoenix was originally designed for those business professionals continuing with their education to boost their portfolio- not for mental health. You should have done your research before you started. You bought a hot dog from a hamburger stand. Not our fault nor the schools fault. .what about the guy complaining about life...you.

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Steve - 2 days ago

I cannot fathom how an adult attending an institution of higher learning would be surprised by the “beyond high” cost of its tuition, technology fees, and other expenses prior to enrolling. The university offers tools, such as tuition and fee calculators on the website to help you understand the financial commitment you are signing up for. Relying solely on the words of an enrollment councilor or financial advisor employed by an institution is not making an informed choice. Take the driver seat to remain in charge of your education. Question any advice your academic or financial advisors offer if it does seem right or appears to be contrary to your program of study or desired career.

As far as some teachers grading hard, you will find this at every institution of learning. Some teachers are more demanding than others. Their grading criteria may seem ridiculous but it can make you a better learner, which can translate into long-term professional and personal growth.

Last, I don’t understand the complaint about failing a class and losing your Pell grant money. Is it your contingent that if the university applies your grant money toward the cost of a class, but you failed the class, the school should return the money and give you another chance at passing? Sorry, but that’s not how the world works. The government did their part by granting you the money to attend the class, the university did their part by offering the class, but you didn’t deliver on your part because you failed the class.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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The classes and instructors were very similar to the experiences my friends who went to traditional colleges experienced. The majority of instructors were very helpful, but some were only in it for the paycheck. As long as you focus on your assignments the work load is not very difficult, but it is not an automatic degree just for signing up.

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2003
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University of Phoenix would rather sign up students for a lifetime of student loan debt than provide a quality education. The method does not counsel the individual, but acts as a mill. The content was survey level at best and did not prepare me for a workplace job in the field.

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Rob - 5 days ago

I agree with this. I was here on VA benefits. My benefits ran out in the middle of the program, although they said I was cleared. When I contacted them, THEY SAID IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE, but I am still responsible for the rest of tuition. Horrible institution. I was holding a 3.75 in a Master's Program, unable to finish.

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Steven - 2 days ago

It’s about the choices we make. Did you inquire about a program offered by the university and seek information about enrolling? Was the choice to enroll or go into debt to finance an education yours alone to make? If the answers are yes, take some accountability for your choices. I believe you and many others may be saddled with debt because you chose UoP for your education, but no one forced you to attend; again, that choice was yours to make.

As for the quality of education, why didn’t you transfer if the curriculum was below your expected standards? Why continue to attend a university if its curriculum is not meeting your educational goals. As a 2014 UoP graduate, I found the curriculum aligned perfectly with my observations in the industry I work. Mind you, my degree is in health administration and augments my two decades of experience in the industry. You don’t mention if this is the case for you.

I’ll give you this. The thought of enrolling in an online accelerated degree program without prior experience in an industry I wanted a degree in would make me think twice. If I didn’t have the experience to back my education, I may believe I was not prepared to enter the workforce in my field. I have heard the same from graduates of traditional programs, though. Five-week courses in the bachelor’s program at UoP leave little room for in-depth probing of subject matters. My curriculum did provide foundational knowledge of the healthcare industry necessary to gain an advantage leading to a position in the industry. The degree looks good on paper; however, my experience sets me apart from others. Here, I believe lies the value in a UoP degree. The school was built on helping the non-traditional student (working adults) obtain the credentials, higher education, or additional skills to achieve career advancement in their current fields.

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