University of Phoenix Reviews
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I attend the University of Phoenix and have nothing but great things to say about their program. The program is 100% online, which is extremely convenient. Also, the counselors and instructors are always there when I need them. I highly recommend University of Phoenix!!
When I was looking to change my major, I decided to try UOP since I'd heard good things about it. The class I took was an intro to XXX that was all about how to be an online student. (I'd been an online student for 1.5 years already) The class discussions, homework, and book had nothing to do with the class topic but the class project did. My teacher also didn't act professionally in a lot of her posts and responses.
On the admin side it was even worse. My class advisor gave me the wrong paper work to transfer my GI Bill (which I found out from the VA half way through the class). My financial aid advisor returned 1 out of 3 of whatever messages I left her and answered her phone 1 out of 20 times (I called 4 times in one day to try and resolve an issue, she never answered).
My financial aid was screwed up because I was told false information by my enrollment advisor and my financial advisor was never able to answer any questios I had. I work in an office corresponding with numerous companies over emails and telephone. I have never encountered a business where I couldn't reach someone for days on end without someone from that company responding quickly.
The only people responding to me at any reasonable rate are the folks in the dispute department.
I am currently enrolled in UoP, in a bachelor's management/accounting program. Let me tell you what I like about the school.....They bugged the holy crap out of me my first few classes, that is a good thing. I really have learned quite a bit, and any poor grades I got was because I did not do the work on time. I took classes at a community college, some online, before coming here, and I was never allowed to turn anything in late EVER now I can if something happens and that is appreciated, I do like the discussions, I think people feel more comfortable sharing their opinions online as opposed to in person, I like the faculty,only problem I had was with one lady, she did not like to explain her assignments, got an a in that class anyway. Cons....too much money! Way too much! My local state university is about 5 grand a year cheaper, Nationally acreditied, and more suited to my personal tastes. Also, the degree from this university is looked upon with more respect than one from UoP. I also dislike the finacial aid process. My grants were processed differently than my loans, and it took almost six months to get the process completed. I did have an excellent finacial advisor, who was hard to get ahold of at times, but eventually got back with me. I like to know who, what, when and where when it comes to my money, and they failed to provide me with detailed information. So, I am switching to a better respected, and far cheaper school. Bottom Line...It is a decent school, but I find it not worth the money. I think it is a good program, but I prefer a more hands on approach, where I have access to internships and co-ops. At the time I enrolled in phoenix, I was employed. I think it is an excellent college, if you choose to do an online program. I think a lot of the negative comments are from people who are not prepared for the work an online course entails. But to teach myself for over $17000 a year, I would rather not!
Don't even know where to start. 1. If you are considering to go to UoP let me tell you NOT TO ATTEND. Find another school it is overpriced for the education you are getting. 2. Another negative is why do they call you so much. Since I attended they called over 20 times and this is my third class taking. 3. When I started I was thinking of taking education but was not to sure to even take it. They kept pushing me to take something that I was not even to sure to take and when I said I rather pursue technology my Admission Counselor did not even want to talk to me anymore. 4. The classes are lame. Honestly I am not learning anything. That is why I am going to transfer out after this last class. I also have tried to contact my counselor with issues but they don't return my calls. 5. Another thing is that when I just started the military pays for my school with a 1905. My VA counselor had faxed my 1905 like 6 times and they always said that they never received it. I had to call them and the lady that had answered was giving me an attitude like she did not want to even look for it. All what I have to say that it took them a month to even get my 1905. Whenever you need something from them they don't want to do their job. I do agree with what some people say that you need to put your effort to learn. Honestly, I do put the effort but I am not learning anything. I am a 3.8 student and I wished I would have stayed with the other online school where I received my Associate degree. I learned a lot from them, they also had a virtual classroom which helped out. The list keeps on going...... PLEASE PLEASE before considering to attend UoP read the REVIEWS. ATTEND ANOTHER UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!
I am grateful for the way that UoP is set up it has allowed me to finally get my degree even though I work full time and have several small children at home.
You pay for the convenience.
It is in no way easier than a brick and mortar school at all. I have studied and worked harder then I ever have in my life to get this degree. It is true though that your financial aid will run out before your degree is completed at the Bachelor's level. The classes are 1687.00 a piece and you will have to pay for at least 4 of them out of pocket even if you max out Pell and Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
While I do plan on completing my MBA I will do it somewhere other than here.
University of Phoenix put into simple terms is a joke! I took a few classes and then had a family emergency, I requested a LOA. I was told everything was fine and the next thing I knew, I was dropped from class. Apparently my LOA was never processed! They also claim that I owe them $2080 for classes that I never took! With that being said, I am not able to get my transcripts from them because of the hold they put on my account. I would NOT consider this school for your education, you will be highly disappointed. Not to mention that your due dates on assignments will be totally different for each class and/or assignment. This makes it very difficult for someone who works full time and has a family. They make the statement that this is a program for those adults when really its not!
I am surprised at all the negative reviews. I thought I was the only one to have a bad experience with this school. I am deeply upset at the people who think only slackers have a bad experience with this school. I am very hard worker who takes great pride in everything they do and currently hold a 3.89 GPA. I fully expected this college to be challenging and time consuming. All I seem to find is miscommunication and blatant lies. My counselor missed every appointment he ever made with me and forgot to tell me pertinent information regarding the degree program, including the how long to obtain my degree. There are no instructors, just facilitators. By university law, they are not required to take phone calls and have 3 days to respond to any questions in writing. That's ok unless you have a question about an assignment due in 2 days. When calling to complain about this, I was told, "you signed up for distance learning, what did you think it would be like?" My academic and financial counselors has been changed so many times, I am not certain of either of their names. For some reason, your call is only returned at a time you tell them you are unavailable. I will finish my degree and never look back or think of this school again!
I would like to address the comment by the person who says this college isn't for slackers, that you have to work at your grades. I have found the classes to be insulting to my intelligence. I have been retaught things that I learned in Jr. high school. The caliber of students is terrible- and like another commenter said, they won't have you take some kind of testing for placement, because it would curtail their enrollment numbers. The students they allow in are so stupid that most of the time and discussion is spent trying to teach them basic grammar skills. You don't have to work your butt off. If you have to work hard to get a degree from this place, it means you weren't that smart to begin with.
I am currently a student who just found out no other school recognizes this "college". I just spent all this money and time going to this school, to find out that I can't transfer anything to a better university. I have made straight A's in my classes- because they're so simple, it's really hard to fail. I mean, you have to work at failing!
The curriculum is elementary, for the most part. Going for an AA in Human Services, I get to spend two weeks discussing people's sexual orientation, and why they feel they are oriented that way. This serves WHAT purpose? I had Saul Alinsky quoted in my text, in a postive way, and the critical thinking class, I had to analyze essays written by 9/11 truther conspiracy folks. no joke. If I could upload the text here, I would.
If you're consiering going back to school, don't dismiss online classes- even Harvard has online classes. But get a decent education from somewhere that is acredited- as in other universities recognize them. Spend your money elsewhere.
I am not sure why there are so many negative reviews for UOP. It should be understood that with any education, one gets what one puts in. Having said that, I have nothing but positive things to say about the university. The fact that the instructors are employed in the field your studying for is great and beneficial. I have made important contacts and networked myself as well. Remember folks, if you want to succeed then you will!!
Like a lot of working professionals, I wanted to obtain a bachelor's degree and decided the most feasible option was to earn it online. I chose the UOP because it was well known. I was a UOP student for 3.5 years and earned my degree in early 2007.
It's been a while, but I wanted to warn potential students of the problems with the UOP.
1- it is overpriced. I was paying around $1,400 per class when I graduated, and I'm sure tuition has increased since then. That doesn't include text books which are expensive.
2- learning team assignments are a part of each class, and can be a major problem. For each class you'll be assigned to a learning team with 4-6 other students in the class. There are several team assignments due during each class, which must be completed by the team. In some cases, you'll get lucky and have a good team in which everyone carries their weight. But often you will be in a team in which there are slackers. As a result, the rest of the team has to pick up their slack and/or do their work. I was one team which was so bad only one other member contributed. All you can do is fill out the team evaluation at the end of the course noting the members who failed to contribute, and hope the teacher reduces their grade for the class. However, you'll never know.
3- You have to post two substantive messages about four days a week to meet participation requirements. This can be easy, or a pain in the neck depending on the teacher. It just seems unnecessary.
Bottom line is there are better online schools which cost less, and demand less. Most online schools do not have learning teams as a part of every class or participation requirements. In addition, some schools even send you the text books for free, as long as they are returned at the end of the course.