University of Phoenix (Campus) Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (21)
There are pro's and con's in mostly every decision we make and attending college is a good idea. Attending UOP has improved my life in many ways. I know I am a different person after graduating and walking across that stage! It is something that can never be taken away from me. It also allows me to perform my job better and deal with different personality types. Working on a team for close to 4 years provides experience that you need anywhere you are working. I initially did not have good experiences with it but eventually I became confident enough to work with anyone. I can point out a negative aspect which would be the high about of loans I now owe. It is more than other universities but I can't worry about it I just have to make sure I work hard to pay it back.
I have to see that I am very pleased with the courses at UOP. I am studying criminal justice and I love the classes that is being offered. I first had reservations when I started, but I'm now in my 4th year and I feel that I made a great choice.
Almost all the faculty are part-time so they do not have much time to spend with students after class to discuss issues with syllabus and assignments, etc. Also, only a handful of the faculty are really proficient at teaching, the rest just waste time bumbling through the syllabus. If you are lucky to be taught by those few great faculty, you will learn a lot; if not then you will be frustrated.
It's a great school but their rate is too high . If I did not view my financial reports I would pay more than what I borrowed
Worst school possible and worst experiences! The school is corrupt, cares only about money, and simply passes students along. The leaders of the school do not care and silence students by threatening their certification if they speak out. Honestly, this school needs to be criminally investigated.
I found it very stressful to juggle being a full-time worker, single mother of three, and finding the time to complete all of my course work. The 5 week courses sound good in theory, but personally, my reality was that it was very difficult. You have the reading and work of a full college courses crammed into 5 short weeks. This equals to no time for family or sleep.
At the university of Phoenix, the entire staff collaborate to ensure a successful degree completion for all students. Class sizes are small and intimate which allows great dialogue and hands on learning during class sessions. The learning team experience is unique in itself because it creates a bond with students that otherwise may not otherwise had communicated with one another. The learning teams, are an essential attribute in todays work field, and although periodically members may experience don't difficulties, benefits also learn problem solving skills. The experience that I've gained at university of Phoenix, stretches far beyond the excellent book knowledge. My practicum knowledge directly can be tied back to my college matriculation at Phoenix. Collaboratively, I feel confident in my career choice. I owe that to my school. I am a Phoenix.
I feel that it is a good college for the most part. I did receive excellent instruction from some of my professors, was able to do both online and ground campus to complete my degree. It is a little overpriced, but for the flexibility of the program I feel it was a good start for me.
I find the instructors were knowledgeable and provided practical insight into the field that I plan to enter. The team assignments were excessive considering that most of the students are adult learners with ample experience working in team settings in the real world. Overall, I'd recommend the school to the working adult. I recommend that any students considering graduate degrees ensure that the appropriate accreditation exists for their programs.
After attending 4 other colleges because of relocations over the years, I began to think getting a college degree wasn't in the cards for me. It seemed that every time I enrolled, I would get midway through the semester and my shift at work would change. I'd end up having to withdraw and not only lose the money, but earn no credit for the work I'd done. In 1998, after almost 20 years out of the classroom, I enrolled at a UofP campus to restart my academic career. Like the other 4 colleges, (2 state and 2 private) I found some of the credits earned would transfer and some wouldn't. This practice isn't unique to UofP. I found 9 of the credits I earned at a prestigious, well regarded Catholic university in the midwest were not acceptable to the University of Hawaii or San Francisco State... In any event, I found the coursework challenging, but doable. Every instructor I had at UofP actually worked in the field they taught, so that was a real advantage as I still keep in touch all these years later. When I was working on my Masters in 2001, one of my instructors was also adjunct faculty at the local CSU campus and asked me if I'd like to TA for him. What I was surprised by was the poor quality of the papers I was grading at CSU. No citations, spelling and grammar errors, no formatting, incomplete sentences, etc... The level of work we were required to turn in was far greater. I've seen a lot of the positive comments state that you get out of your college experience what you put into it, and that is true. As for the learning teams and "Coat Tail Riding;" guess what? This is exactly what you will face in the work world. There were 3 times over one cohort where we "fired " Learning Team members who weren't pulling their weight. I've had these conversations. "Neither I nor the rest of the group feel you've contributed your share during this course. When we start the next one, you will not be a part of our team. Either find another team, or start your own." Since we always gave "two weeks notice," I made sure I knew their piece of the presentation as well as my closing. This ensured that even in a group environment, if there was someone bent on sabotaging the rest of the group, (which happened twice) they would do minimal damage to our grades while totally hanging themselves. Sorry for the reality check here, but this is what happens sometimes in the workplace. I can honestly say that within 6 months of earning my MBA from UofP, I was promoted and realized a 20% increase in pay. A year after that, I left the company for a better job that paid 12k more than I was making. Nine months after that, I applied for a position at a Fortune 100 that paid 9k more than that. I was able to do that because of the critical thinking skills I developed in the UofP environment. I was able to do that because of the knowledge I gained not only from the instruction, but because of the incredible students I worked collaboratively with. Mid managers from Wells Fargo, Kaiser, BofA, 3M and entrepreneurs who had a great idea but needed a little fine tuning to develop their business acumen. To be sure, not every experience is like mine. I would definitely recommend "on-the-ground" instruction over on-line. No two UofP campuses are the same. I would be careful and get the lay of the land before enrollment. I chose to drive 10 miles to my campus in Walnut Creek because I knew the experience I would gain from instructors who were leaders in Big Companies and Government was priceless. You don't have that option at most State Universities...