I received my first degree from University of Phoenix back in 2007. Since then, I have also completed another bachelor's degree and a master's degree at other institutions. I've completed coursework at community colleges, state universities, online schools, and schools located abroad. Therefore, I feel that I have experienced enough different educational models to fairly assess what UofP has - and does not have - to offer. The education I received at UofP was on par with most anything else I have experienced out there. The majority of my instructors were excellent - all were working in a field that directly related to the subjects they were teaching, and all held high-level positions within the organizations where they worked. I learned finance from a CFO who worked for a NGO and was once a Wall Street stock broker; international business from an ex-merchant marine who went on to do consulting for big firms doing business overseas; business law from a seasoned and well-known lawyer; statistics from a retired state university professor who came to UofP to escape the bureaucracy of a big state school. Most of my instructors had PhD's, and all of them had real-life experience that the pulled into their lectures, which added a great deal of relevance to the material. Yes, there were a couple of dud instructors (I recall a marketing instructor that was about as inspiring as a dirt clod, and an accounting instructor who had zero social skills and was unable to connect with the class). However, you will find dud faculty everywhere - not even the most prestigious schools are without instructors who are either inept or unskilled teachers. Since my class sizes were small, my instructors got to know me, so when it came time to ask for letters of recommendation from them, they gladly obliged. I also found UofP to be more student-centered than traditional universities, which are mostly faculty-centered (there is a reason why those university classes are only offered in the middle of the day - and it sure isn't for the benefit of the students...). The quality of my classmates varied. Some were highly motivated to learn and do well, others clearly did not want to be there and did the bare minimum required for them to pass the class. UofP accepts anyone who can pay for the program - holding a high school diploma and having some work experience is all that is required for taking courses there. Overall, the students at UofP are a lot more mature and have a better sense of direction than traditional universities (they are on average older and have more professional experience). In terms of overall intelligence and motivation, I found the student body to be fairly similar to that at other schools I've attended - however, since the class sizes are smaller than other universities, and since UofP has a teamwork component built into all of its classes, those students who are complete duds really stand out. In terms of cost - yes, UofP is costly, but no more so than most state schools these days, and if you factor in room and board for those "traditional" universities, you'll be shelling out a heck of a lot more there than you will be at UofP. If I'd had to quit my job in order to take courses at a traditional university, it wouldn't have been possible for me to get a degree. The advantage with UofP is that I could keep my full-time job and continue raising my family while attending classes, which prevented me from going into an outrageous amount of debt. If your mom, dad, or wealthy auntie is paying for your education, this probably isn't an issue for you. I never had any issue with the financial aid aspect, nor with unexpected costs that some others have complained about. My financial responsibilities were clearly outlined to me prior to beginning the program at UofP, and I felt that the financial aid counselor did a fair job of walking me through the process of applying for grants and loans to cover the cost of my tuition. There were never any surprises. The university makes it very clear that if you need to drop a class after the drop deadline, you are fully financially responsible for the full tuition costs. This is not out of the ordinary - ANY university or college you attend has drop deadlines in place, and if you go beyond the deadline and wish to drop the class, the costs are non-refundable. Financial aid does not cover the cost of classes that YOU fail to complete - so if you do drop a class two weeks in (keeping in mind that UofP is accelerated, so two weeks in equates to about 1/3 of the class), you WILL still be expected to pay for the class in full. If you think you may have to drop a class, don't wait to do it. I have never had anyone question the credibility of my degree. I received a promotion and a pay increase shortly after receiving my degree in 2007. Since then I have gone on to get another bachelor's degree and a master's degree. All of my credits transferred (with the exception of some introductory course we were required to take prior to beginning the program). Contrary to what a few others have said, UofP is not a degree mill (these folks clearly do not understand what the definition of degree mill is) - You will have to work for your degree, and it will be challenging. I have never felt snubbed by instructors at other universities because my degree came from UofP. It is a degree from an accredited institution, and you will get out of it exactly what you put into it. There are some things that are lacking at UofP. Clearly, if you're interested in basic sciences, this is not the school for you. I also don't think the UofP model is a good fit for the 18-24 year old age group - there are no clubs, no sports, no extracurricular or social activities, and since most of the student body has commitments outside of school, you probably won't be forming close relationships with any of your classmates. UofP is not a liberal arts college - they do offer some liberal arts classes, but the selection is pretty limited. Most community colleges offer evening, online, and/or weekend classes, and I would recommend taking most, if not all, of your lower division coursework at a community college. My degree was in business, but I know others who received their nursing, counseling, and education degrees at UofP. All have had similar experiences to mine; I have yet to meet anyone who regretted pursuing their degree through UofP. It's an educational model that works especially well for working professionals. Overall, I can recommend UofP.