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University of Phoenix
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UOP IS A GREAT SCHOOL
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2016
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I see all the negative comments about this school, I will say first hand I was skeptical at first but once I started taking classes its not so bad. I will say it does take a lot of discipline to do online classes, and its not as easy as people think it is. Also the main thing you should focus on is accreditation. And truth be told not all your credits will transfer over to other school, because its at the schools discretion. Case and point I got a lady friend of mine who went to a local community college in Kansas but moved to Missouri. Well she tried to transfer her credits over to another community college in Kansas City, and the academic counselor told her that not all her credits would move over based on their schools requirements to obtain an associates degree. So as I said it depends on the school. Also yes its a for profit school, but hell all schools are you can't go for free. But the difference is that schools like duke, or Harvard and ran by the states, UOP is like a business that gives an education and is accredited so your degree is legit. Can you imagine if a school gave out fake degrees ? I am sure UOP would not last long. Its not a diploma mill. School has been around since the late 70's. Also the price aint that bad. Hell an associates degree from devry is about 50k, that's about how much it costs to obtain a bachelors from UOP, YOU DO THE MATH LOL . All I am saying is an education is what you make it. I am glad to be a part of this school and next fall I will be walking across the stage......DRUNK ...WITH MY DEGREE. LOL

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Defend the Phoenix
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
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This education program is the best bang for your buck, especially if your a vet. The instructors were professional from the fields: LA DA Offices, law enforcement executives, governments GS executives, and the list goes on. The support from the university was on the quality. Anytime I needed assistance, there was a program in place to address the issue. This program worked for me for two reasons: 1) I had the skill and ability to study at my level of degree and I did not feel that someone should give me something because I was a VET. 2) I was willing to put in the research and study time to achieve good grades. I proved my ability to apply concepts and theory learned during my course of study. I was able to secure employment within 90 days base on my ability to sell my education, training, and experience, not because of my degree from the University of Phoenix, but because of my ability to prove myself during the interview process. The degree was just a requirement.

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Very Pleased!
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Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2014
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This was the BEST decision I made for myself and my educational journey. I learned so much about time management, working with others and problem solving working with teams. Yes, there were a few classes that I felt I was carrying a teammate through to the end but the good always out weighed the bad. And I kept reminding myself to stick with it. There were times I was not impressed with the instructors, anyone can post DQ's and offer feedback but where they were lacking was offering assistance when it came to explaining one of the assignments. There were times I would ask a question then wait days to only receive a vague reply to go back and read the syllabus. I often wondered did the instructors care? My other concern, It was very hard to work as we do and have a instructor mark off for someone else's work. Instructors need to be monitored because they clearly are not reading our Team Evaluations by allowing other students to abuse the working students to carry them through classes. I feel UOPx poor ratings are due to instructors who are failing to grade correctly. If team assignments are being divided up to work (based on parts we agree to do) then base the grade on the work each student does. Yes, I understand the concept of team assignments but keep in mind not everyone has the same work ethic and students have clearly figured out they don't have to turn in quality work so they force the students doing the work to carry them and correct EVERYTHING. This becomes exhausting trying to do your work plus the work of 1-2 more who just don't care. Informing instructors of non working students did not help because they did nothing to assist you. For example: In some cases instructors would come back and mark off from the entire team but it was from the part of the student that failed to do their part correctly. This is unfair to penalize the entire team for the poor work others give. Especially when you ask your teammate to correct their work but they ignore you. So while I would recommend this school for the convenience it allows you to study while you work from home...I would also say many of the instructors would not get my recommendation because they fail to grade teams fairly. When you maintain a 3.7- 3.8 and you loose points based on someone else not doing the work, you loose confidence in the system in place. All my individual assignments earned "A's", it was only working in teams that my grade lowered. Imagine trying to babysit someone that would not check in and then they would throw a partial part of their work up last minute and force the team to do the work for them ...it was that type of scenario that played over and over. On a team of 4-5 we shouldn't be expected to carry others and our grade should be based on the work we do individually so as students we are not being taken advantage of. I hope they fix this part of their system. Overall the classes, processes, and material was above standard. That's where I'm pleased and feel I've been prepared to succeed in my career. However, every school has its challenges my hope is that this institution revisits how teams are being graded., As for my team of financial and academic staff that assisted me, they were incredible! If you ever have Michelle Ramirez as your financial counselor your lucky, as well as Eric Jacobson, he takes care of the military overseas division. These two caring professionals were why I stayed when I thought of transferring. They truly care for students and their success. It never mattered what my question was they both were always there to assist me. A very special thank you to Michelle & Eric, you were awesome and appreciated! Lastly, Ginger Froshe was recently part of my enrollment to my MHA/MBA project management program and really made that process so easy. She worked so hard with my financial counselor Michelle Ramirez to make the transition from my B.S. to my Dual MBA/MHA a smooth process! I can't say enough about how great my experience has been with the team I was assigned. Online learning is a commitment and hard work is needed to succeed, keep this in mind and you'll do great! When you feel like you need to hit the reset button, take a break but get back at it! I had several schools call me to transfer when I applied to their graduate programs but what kept me at UOPx was my overall experience. Best of luck! I'm proud to be a Phoenix!

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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Unbelievable amount of incompetence on the financial side. I truly believe that I am a very understanding guy in many aspects, but the way financial services through treated me and the way they acted is something that I can't believe. I am 5 classes away from getting my degree, but am looking elsewhere to finish up due to the fact i cant bare staying with a University that is so incompetent.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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Just a horrible experience all around. I was enrolled for a campus classroom setting & the campus was shut down about a year after classes started for me. They tried to make us go online, but since we'd signed contracts they were unable to force us to do so. We are now taking classes in a hotel & have had classes with no instructor assigned because we are just forgotten about. Overall I feel like my experience here was a joke.

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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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The tuition for UOP is extremely high while the course are poor. The classes are made up of mostly learning teams and some teams have only 2 people in. Your grades are given mostly from the learning teams an not your own personal work. So if your classmates are not doung their portion you get a poor grade. The instructors do not help the students any and sumply send your papers thru an online program (writing center) to grade them. Students have access to this also so all the work you do is a joke an waste of time.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 0
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I have wanted to go back to school since I graduated high school (2007). My sister started at University of Phoenix and she encouraged me to continue my education because it was so easy for her. So I finally decided to do it and she was right!!! My adviser was incredible, she helped through every challenge that came our way and was no stress at all. Now I'm starting my first year of college in April 2015 to pursue my associates degree in the medical field so I can help provide for my family and they can have a bright future ahead!

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High Cost Low Quality
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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Phoenix is a private school in the business to make money. They do not care if you graduate or are successful or not just as long as they have accomplished their mission of drafting students and getting that student loan from you. Someone wrote a comment that the school is accredited, they need to do their homework. I did my homework too late and found out that none of the general ed classes are recognized by majority of credited Universities. Phoenix will cost you 3 times more than traditional school and most quality employors find that the quality of the education is not comparable.

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KENNETH W - 9 days ago

is that all schools ? its all about the dollar no matter school you go to. Also just because you get a degree does not mean you get the job automatically. You still got to put in the leg work and sell yourself.

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your the one who needs to do research, it is accredited by the higher learning commision, which is a regional accreditation (the highest accreditation fyi).

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DK Jenkins - 4 days ago

Is there a reason why you did not attend another institution that is accredited such as DUKE, Ohio State, MIT, etc?

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MTN - 4 days ago

There are many private colleges whose credits do not transfer. This does not, by any means, indicate the courses are sub-par. Do your homework!! I must also reiterate that any college, university, or technical school is there to parent your learning. The graduating and success is all on YOU. The schools provide all the tools you need to accomplish your goals, it's up to YOU to make use of them. The cost is not 3 times more than other schools either. The tuition includes class materials such as books and if you are required to purchase a book or books, that cost is deducted from your tuition! UoP offers a highly structured online classroom and all of the staff is helpful and knowledgeable. If someone cannot answer your question, you will be directed to one that can. My experience is extremely positive in all aspects.

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Tom Farkas - 2 days ago

I'm a student a UOP and a computer engineer by trade. UOP is a easy way to get a degree, which the quality is just not there. They charge you 3-4 times what a regular school does because it's all online, but there over headed is a fraction of what a standard school costs. There support and updates are a nightmare, which getting help to get the darn online applications to work properly, well i'm a engineer and managed to figure it out myself which was not easy by any means. It was very stressful, and support always tells you it's your equipment, even if you've tried 4 different computers, 3 different browsers, and multiple networks. For the price you pay, you would expect support to be great and it's terrible.

Quickest route for a masters in teaching
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2005
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I'm actually writing this review for my ex-wife, for whom I paid her masters back in 2004-2005. She already had a bachelors in Geography from an accredited four year university, which of course was worthless in providing her with a career, but got her lots of part-time jobs just over minimum wage. She checked with all the state, private, and for profit schools in the area and found that the University of Phoenix was by far the quickest way for her to get a masters degree in teaching. Since I was footing the bill, we never dealt with financial aid and she had no student loans, although I paid close to $16k for two years of tuition and other assorted expenses. Her classes were all group-oriented, and they formed their groups the first day by geographical location. She could have waited for three months until the next group of classes began in our area, but she wanted to get started right away, which was unnecessary since she graduated long before schools began hiring new teachers in the summer of 2006. Since there were five students from our area (about 40 miles from the Salt Lake campus) my ex ended up with them by default. One was completely NUTS and expected them to drive 20 miles out of their way to give her a ride every week. I finally put my foot down and demanded that her husband deliver her to our house to carpool with my ex, and to pick her up afterwards. Since I have a minor in English, I helped edit several of her group's papers, which worked well until the lunatic realized I'd edited HER section of their current assignment, and threw a screaming fit. Appealing to their teacher to have the woman removed from their group did no good - this IS a FOR PROFIT school, so they were told they had to work it out, and if they couldn't it would affect their group's grade. Basically that meant caving to all her ridiculous demands (except where car pooling was concerned) and apologizing for touching her sacred writing. My ex had checked with the local schools to make sure they'd hire someone with a masters from UoP, so when she graduated after 18 months, she submitted her resume to the local charter schools, (the public schools had an exclusive deal with the huge local university who provided their student teachers) she was hired when the new school year began. Yes, it was worth it to put her through school so she could pay her own way, especially after she filed for divorce halfway through getting her degree. Having to deal with a nut case taught her some life lessons, although if the school actually CARED about their student's experience, they'd have told her to wait and attend their local branch. (It turns out that based on the hiring timeline of the school district, my ex could have waited for the next local term to begin instead of driving to Salt Lake once a week.) By all reports, she's an excellent teacher - she's gotten the bonus the principal awards to the best teacher in his school several times, and has been in demand to teach classes to teachers during the summer months to pick up extra cash. I wouldn't recommend UoP to get a bachelor's degree, but for some masters degrees, it's the quickest way to go.

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B - 6 days ago

This does not sound like a school problem this sounds like a student problem! the whole point of a group project is to learn group think skills etc. if the group cant do their job they deserve an F...

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Kelsey - 3 days ago

I'm unsure how a bad student is a bad reflection on the school. FYI, I'm not saying U of Phoenix is good... it's not. But just saying that a lot of this review is pointless.

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Brittany - 3 days ago

I currently attend the online university. When I first started they called all the time and where very helpful to me I feel that I have made the right chose to go to this school there are so many helpful resources that they have and I really love how interactive that the staff is. love it so far I still have a year to go!

UOP online- excellent opportunity for real worl...
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2004
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I have been reading the negative reviews of UOP online and felt compelled to share my positive experience. I was attracted to the marketing hype at the time relative to what my needs were. Always decide what is best for you based on your unique set of needs rather than popular opinion. I already had my Bachelors in Information Technology before enrolling and took and accelerated Masters Degree program at UOP online. My instructors were knowledgeable and the work was very challenging. The course content was relative as it mirrored exactly what the Fortune 500 Corporation I work for was implementing on a daily basis. As for my virtual classmates, they provided excellent experience for what you will actually encounter working with in the real world. Some were excellent, some not so, Some with very challenging personalities. As with most online courses, you must possess self-discipline and lack or procrastination. I highly recommend UOP online for those who are self-motivated and already possess team\people skills. Others may be better off in seeking a more nurturing environment. Online coursework may not be the best option for you. As in life, anytime you report a problem to the next in the chain of command, if your response is inadequate, keep escalating until your problem is resolved. In my opinion, we all need basic people skills of life and living as a basis in order to know how to thrive in whatever environment in life that we want to be successful in. The negative experiences are merely a test to see how we will respond.

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