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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2008
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I set out looking for a doctorate level online school reviews of the potential school I've chosen and was offerred admissions. I wanted to get a leg up on the program I was thinking about and see what current and former students thought. While reading the reviews I became skeptical of allot of them. Who's reviews really were objective and which were written by jilted or scorned ex-students? Then I thought of looking up my Alma Mater, University of Phoenix. So, I hope this review of U of P is of some benefits to those considering attending the school. NOT CHEAP: I'll state that fact up front. Most brick and mortar schools are not cheap either. What you need to do is honestly rationalize to yourself if the time and effort to go to an affordable brick and mortar school is conducive to your social/family life or would the convenience of an online school better suit your needs albiet expensive method. Here's my rationale; I needed to finish my degree. I went the traditional route but didn't finish and had already started a career with a growing family. I had very little time to devote to a full-time college schedule. U of P came into the picture. It wasn't cheap, but I planned, borrowed, and signed on the dotted line. My reasoning was that I would rather finish what I had started than to see my dream of a college dregree fade into the sunset. However, be advised, I started with U of P as a transfer senior with 124 credits under my belt. I was three courses shy of getting my degree from the traditional route. I was a biology major with an emphasis on pre-med, but upon transferring to U o P (they don't have biology as a major) I switched to psychology. I did the required course work and finished in one year's time. Honestly weigh the two alternatives of affordable/rigid schedule or expensive/convenient schedule. COURSES: One of my best friends while growing up also finished his degree from U of P just last year. His wife will finish this year. They both could not have done it any other way. The courses are as hard or as easy as your attitude will allow. I've been at a brick and mortar school trying to round classmates up for a study session or project work and it didn't go very well. You will have the same experiences that you had at a brick and mortar school at U of P. Professors will have the same quirks, egotism, etc. All schools have one in every department. Don't be intimiated that the classes are/aren't as challenging or that the professors grade differently/unfarely. EVERY school does this whether it's online or brick and mortar. Your experiences will always be different. Do understand that it's college and professors will be more hands-off than your high school teachers. Don't go to U of P expecting the same level of attention you had back at high school. You will receive this sort of exchange whether you go to UC Berkley or U of P. It's the part of growing and finding the answers for yourself that creates that learning drive. U of P is great at doing that. I was forced to look for answers on my own and present them to the professors for review. That's what college courses should get you to do; find your own answers and discuss them with your professors. WORK: Even with a completed diploma from U of P it was hard to find work. You'll have the same problems when the job market starts to dry up with or without a diploma. A college degree is just a tool to separate you from those without a college degree. That is the sole purpose of your diploma. Where you got it and how long it took is only relevent when compared to other college graduates. Even then it's a pecking order. Know and understand that attending ANY college doesn't garaunteer a job after graduation. There are medical doctors still looking for work albiet not as long as other professions. Keep that in mind if you're thinking about attending U of P. That's all for now and I hope it helps those considering U of P. A positive attitude and the inner drive will dictate your future experiences whether it's at an online or brick & mortar school. Whichever you choose, good luck to you. If you find this helpful, drop me a line or if you have any related questions, I'd be more than happy to help. Vito Andolini gamesphofun@yahoo.com

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
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Withdrew from here after learning it was a joke and now they say I owe over $1000 to pay back pell. The only time you should pay back pell is if you got the money and tuition wasn't paid for. I never got a dime, the school got all of my money! I am currently disputing this charge that is now on my credit report because I have graduated from local colleges and never once had to pay a school back for pell. I could understand if I was given the money and blew it on other things besides tuition but I never got any money from this school, they got it all and wanted more.

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Exxpensive
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012
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I understand why Phoenix make it easy to enroll. The classes are extremely expensive. It proves the saying "to good to be true", Phoenix is to good to be true. They make enrolling easy enough to trap you then hit you with the high cost of tuition in the end

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Think twice before considering online classes
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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As a current online school, I must say that it is not fun, nor does learning online, stimulate any part of your learning. Teachers are severely out of touch with students. I feel that the teachers take their online teach jobs as if they were writing a blog. Send a quick message and move on. Give directions of what they want and move on. I have requested to switch my program and I was notified that finance did not approve it, and now they will not write me back with an answer as to why.

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University of Pheonix Online
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Degree: Behavioral Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am a current student at the University of Phoenix online. U of P is a fully accredited college. It is an ideal school for me because I can do my work when I have the time as long as I stay disciplined. I had pre-conceived notions about this being a very easy way to go to school, but it is actually very challenging. There is a lot of work involved and the subject matter can be very dense at times. I love being a student at U of P. The only drawback to their programming is that in every course you are assigned to a "learning team" for group projects and sometimes you get on a not-so-good team. You all get the same grade for each project, so the team is "only as good as its weakest member." This can be frustrating.

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UoP did good by me
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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I've seen a lot of bad press and bad talk about UoP, but honestly it was a good school. The personnel helped me, guided me, and directed me to get my MBA, and I had no issues with it. It is not a Easy school where you can just show up and get grades. You had to do the work! UoP grads can back me up on this. It was a pain in the ass sometimes!! I will say I like the classes on line more than I like the two in classes I took, but it's a good school that did right for me. A Masters is a Masters and I am proud to have learn along the people I went to class with. I say to all the haters or complainers..... This wasn't my experience and that's the great thing about America. You have the freedom to transfer and make choices on your degree. That's my two cents

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UOP is an over priced paper mill.
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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University of Phoenix is a paper mill. It all started in "orientation" when I had to pay normal tuition costs for a class that would give me no credit, which felt like a typical class in my Freshman year of High School! I went through an entire year with UOP, where I never was able to contact my Financial Adviser Maria Espinoza and my academic adviser was a joke, Kay Gordon. My junior year I received my "financial aid letter" of which they wanted north of $25000 to complete that year. Are you kidding me? A brick and mortar school is just as expensive. The classes are so easy my 10 year old could do them and pass. The make it that easy so people will be drawn in and pay high price for a piece of paper, yet know absolutely nothing upon graduation. Now that you have that expensive piece of paper from a curriculum that is a joke, you also need to start paying off you tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Horrible school, would never EVER recommend.

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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
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The classes are good, so was the instructors and other students. I wanted to take out extra money out for some expenses I had and even though I was eligible for the money the financial department kept giving reasons why could not get it. I pulled out.

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The school are not always the blame
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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My experience with UOP, was more positive than negative. The bad thing about UOP is the Team group. Not everyone is focus, and have his/her proprieties in place. I was lucky to have two team members who had strong leadership and pulled it together. We we're known as the Team Tiger's.. Everyone must take responsibility for not being able to be successful with his/her degree. I was working full-time when I was within my BA program, and going through a bad time in my marriage, which I was left as a single mom at the time. I don't feel confident in my skills not because of the school but because I didn't have the support system I needed at the time. They're bad teachers and good teachers at the end you're teaching yourself. The tools UOP provided are a great help. My financial aid adviser was my academic and financial aid adviser. She helped me stay focus, at all time, always remind me quitting was not an option. Today, I am thinking on going back for my Master's, but this time, I'm not working, and have the support system I need in order to learn the skills setting I need in order to enter my new career path

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Michelle - 11 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. I was skeptical at first but since I have a great advisor for enrollment and also a great one for financial I was hoping to see more positive reviews. They've helped me get my first year paid by grants and scholarships.

a poor experience, at best...
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Degree: Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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Standards are not observed in regard to English Competency.

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Millie - 8 days ago

Don't you mean "in REGARDS"? If you are going to leave a comment about english competency, then make sure you can actually speak the language.

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