University of Phoenix Reviews
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I am middle of the road with this school. It was recommended to me by an associate that had just received her master's degree. I did not have the problems with financial aid, but I did get a new academic adviser about every three or four months, and I am not sure why. Aside from those stipulations, the real thing that left me up in the air was the education. Sometimes the "facilitators" or engaging and teach, other times they might as well not even be there. It is a "learn on your own" kind of system, which is fine because I am a very self motivated learner who has some common sense. The most annoying thing is the other students. Some of these folks probably should take another run at high school before attempting any higher learning. I'm no Einstein, but the majority of UoP students put zero effort into their participatory posts and team projects (it worries me these people are entering the psychology field). I would spend hours backing my posts with research and it would often be discounted by a barrage of personal opinions or experiences that reek of Dunning Kruger effect. SO ANNOYING! It bums me out that I had to do online learning because I am stuck working and can not attend a brick and mortar school.
UoP gets a bad reputation. I had a great experience. The advisors cared. The teachers were there when needed. They have math and paper resources. There is an extensive library. I learned more than I expected. It is what you put into it. Just like with anything else. One example I can give is I received my Bachelor's within a few months of "Facebook memories" coming out. I immediately noticed that my posts from years ago had very bad grammar and spelling. I had improved without noticing. Another example, I had a family emergency. We didn't know how long this would take to resolve. The advisor made sure I had months off just in case. He periodically checked in and followed the situation. They are compassionate. Last example, I can be in a conversation and know with confidence that I know a fact. Something I learned from a book or teacher in school. If I don't know something I know where to look. This school is worth the time and effort. I'm looking forward to obtaining my Master's next.
University of Phoenix has done right by me. I have never run into any problems with my degree being accepted. I worked in an industry that required a degree for over 13 years and for 3 different companies. This was not a degree mill. My classes were challenging and time consuming. I researched a few options and this was the best for my needs. I choose it because it was accredited, the instructors had real life experience in what they were teaching and I could make it fit into my schedule. It's been over 20 years and it's one of the best decisions I ever made. I went back and got an MBA many years later. I haven't used that as much but it was a good education. I did it for my own growth and to open more opportunities. In that respect I got what I signed up for and paid for.
I would not recommend this school to a dog. They will not listen to anything you have to say. I was done with my last class October of 2013 and a professor stated that I had cheated on a paper. I re ran the paper through the plagiarism checker once again to prove to the teacher that she was lying and she stated that she would not accept it as I could have written a new paper. I fought for 2 months to get them to remove that F off of my transcript. During 2014, I was constantly on the phone with financial aid and dispute management trying to get my problem resolved and they stated that I was technically academically suspended so they really could not talk to me for a year. I brought up the complaints that others stated and told them that I was obtaining a lawyer, going to the news stations for them to investigate, and calling the BBB. After about a year, I finally received my degree in 2015. Please and I repeat PLEASE do not attend this school. They do not care anything about you. I have never known a school where you could not talk to the president of the school if you had any complaints. This is the worst school in USA.
This school is a SCAM. I filled out my financial aid and for 3 months they been saying that they didn't receive my documents and I had to keep resending them. In On the student website it shows everything was submitted. I told them If they continue this game I will move schools and they said if I leave I will owe for the classes, that my financial aid should pay for but they are refusing it to me.
Avoid at all cost!!! Instructors are more concerned with formatting of papers than actual content. All classes are English 101 classes but tailored to your degree. Financial aid department will not give straight answers to any questions. It has taken over 4 months just to process my financial aid... still don't have my overage which I need for supplies. I have been to other schools and this is by far the worst experience I have ever had with a university. I cannot stress enough how bad this school is.
This university is horrible...There is a serious lack of ethics and unprofessional, and honesty seems to be an issue. They have no problem leaving a single mother, with two children with special needs hanging at one credit to graduate..University of Phoenix has ripped off tons and tons of students, in multiple ways, but they have a pattern of doing it at the very end...I suggest research, research, research all of the problems they have had in the last decade and longer. Research how much they have lost in law suits and the investigations that have taken place with different agencies.
I attended University of Phoenix over the span of 6 years to earn, yes earn, my Bachelor and Master degrees. Just as others have mentioned, the coursework is designed in such a way that you get what you put into it. As a husband, father, active duty member who worked more than 60 hours per week I required a flexible schedule and approach to achieving my dream: graduating college. This university provided me just that. If you decide to attend University of Phoenix be prepared to work as there are a lot of assignments and readings. However, the sweat equity is completely worth it. I credit UoP for providing the opportunity to garner the skills necessary to become a great leader in the field of business and IT. In fact, I was able to apply to become an officer and was accepted. I am now attending another online university for my PhD in Computer Science. Thanks UoP!!!
I signed up for the Bachelors of Science Information Technology with Advanced Multimedia. Up front I asked for a curriculum. I was sent a link to the degree courses. After I had signed up, I noticed that only 5 courses out of the 27 courses were set up for me that applied to what I wanted to learn. Then I get this email from my academic advisor that 5 of my courses have now been combined in to just 1 course. So the Flash, Dreamweaver, courses were taken away and combined into 1 class. So you know what that means? I have to take other bull crap classes to make up my credits for what was combined. All this was done after I had already signed up and started my first course.
I really enjoyed my time at University of Phoenix. The aftermath of my education was harder; I had a lot of negative comments in the workplace and it was extremely hard to find a teaching position. I did my homework and the Dept of Ed said it was accredited; however, principals did not like the accountability of your degree being online, especially out of state. It took me 4 years to find a teaching position. My advice - If you are looking into UoP as a bachelor's program for Elementary Education, call local schools as well as your state department of education or look into a local university with online classes. My student loans are about 70k so if I could go back, I would have chosen a different school.