I transferred into UOP Online with over 100 credits (not all transferred to my new program) and a 4.0 and ended up completing a business degree there. Although skeptical at first, I found that the online platform was a very good fit for my learning style. The UOP style is different from the traditional academic approach in that it focuses less on academic theory and more on application in the work environment. For example, many assignments encourage students to use examples from their current or previous job, and participation requirements in the 300+-level courses often turn into discussions of what students are experiencing at work and how it compares to the theories they are encountering in class. The facilitator (UOP instructors are not called teachers) does not choose sides, so everyone can argue their case, but the good ones throw in their own professional experience, which is often substantial. I enjoyed having a facilitator with years of work experience to relate to the topics. It is also a self-taught model rather than the old-school approach of sitting in the audience listening to a professor. I enjoy reading and writing, so I was very happy with the experience, that is, after I got over the frustrations with the learning team requirements. However, even though it is a challenge to work with others who procrastinate and turn in sub-par work, I found it to be a perfect example of how it works in the real world. I told myself, "Thou shalt suck it up and move forward." As far as the campus staff, there are the very dedicated and the very unconcerned finance and academic advisors, and not much in between. The University has a number of scholarships, grants, credits, discounts, and other options to offer financial assistance and mitigate the impact of needing to drop a class for personal reasons. However, not all advisors pass this information along to students, so it is one area that needs improvement. The business programs are challenging if you put in the effort. You will find a lot of low-quality students in the 100 and 200-level courses because these are the easy ones, no matter where you go to school. By the time you reach your core classes, the flock of uncommitted students will have dropped out. Most students can trot right along through a management, business systems, or ethics course, but struggle with math, statistics, finance, and accounting. It may be because these particular subjects generally have right and wrong answers where most other subjects are a matter of finding a reputable source to support an opinion. What to expect: I can only vouch for the school of business. I found the course material sufficient, the library excellent, and the assignments relevant to the real world. That is more than I can say for the traditional formula used by most other schools. If you are diligent and make learning your priority, you can thrive in this environment. They will not teach you at this school. The UOP provides a structured environment, framework for your chosen program area, and materials, but the bulk of the learning is on the learner. This is not a negative; it is just college. In my opinion, it's a very modern approach and the one that most closely matches the business environment. The workload: First, there is a traditional syllabus and the requirement to use APA formatting on all papers and include proper citations. Plagiarism violations are strictly monitored and punished by academic withdrawn from the class and an F grade. Most standard 5-week courses in the bachelor's program have 3-4 individual papers, 3-4 team assignments, and 1 cumulative test. Some have quizzes or other small assignments as well. The participation requirements vary, but 6-8 posts around 200 words each per week is normal, and the length and level of difficulty varies with each course and by facilitator. The workload is sufficient to gain exposure to the most critical topics, but, as with any other school, the learner can choose to do bare minimum reading and research, or put in maximum effort. For the record, "trying it" must include more than the first 2 classes. The first course is almost worthless, so be prepared for that. It's there because a lot of people realize in that class that online learning just isn't for them, or they're not really committed to college, and they shouldn't waste their money. A word of caution before you choose to go to any school online: If you do not like to write, you will have trouble. If you cannot spell or use correct grammar and punctuation, the whole class will see it. Additionally, reading an electronic textbook may be more trying on your eyes and mind than reading paper text. Lastly, based on my experience and that of others I know, it is more difficult to go to school online than it is to complete the same course in a traditional classroom. Online is simply a convenient location. Overall Opinion: The UOP produces the same average quality of graduates as other schools. Some are superstars, some mediocre, and others just barely made it through. Some employers do care about the brand of a school, but I personally did not have trouble finding a job in the area I wanted. I received more interviews after getting my degree than prior to receiving it, and from better companies. My current and former employer were both happy with my education (my last boss was also a UOP grad). I also noticed that hundreds of employers, the military, and the VA are perfectly willing to pay for their employees to attend the UOP, so I cannot believe that "everyone knows the degree is worthless." I believe that attitude is tradition butting heads with something new that threatens the status quo. On another note, the UOP has brought in new deans to help strengthen the curriculum in each school, so I believe the experience will keep getting better and better. If anything will sink the boat it will be a failure to address the concerns so many have had with their advisors, and where I am seeing most of the negative reviews. This has to do with the administration rather than the quality of the education.