University of Phoenix Reviews
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When i first started at University of Phoenix i loved it. AS time went on i had more and more issues. We are told to follow APA format for all of our papers. The funny thing is that each instructor has their version of what they want (would be nice if they told you up front). So even though the APA book tells you to do it one way the instructor might decided they want it another one. Don't include this...include that...in the end you end up losing points. Also, i've never turned a paper in late and all my grades have been over a B. I had a 98.5 in one of my classes...well apparently they never received my final (i didn't find out until 5 days later) so i got a zero for the assignment bringing me down to a 74. When i tried to dispute it i was told only my instructor could make an exception, when i asked her about this she just kept repeating "university policy won't allow me to accept it after the last day of class". When i emailed me advisor her response to me started with "OUCH! What a blow!". That is the most unprofessional response i ahve ever received. She is supposed to be here to help me! It is a month later and i am stil disputing it with the school but i am getting no where. Everyone there loves to pass the buck...
I am a police officer for a large county in Atlanta, Ga. As a result of my busy schedeule, UOP was just the right fit for me. The flexible hours allowed me to complete my Masters degree and in two moths I start my doctorial program with great enthusiasm! If you are not self motivated then the school is definately not recommended and thats were the problem arises with many of the negative reviews. As many people are looking for an easy way out! However, if you are willing to put forth the hard work, UOP is a challenging and wonderful experience.
When I graduated with my Master's I instantly recieved a raise at work and I am going to be promoted to detective very soon. All because of UOP!
It is unbelievable to me that the last 17 months of my Masters at UOP has been a good experience - my very last class is a JOKE! This is the class where I hope to gain the most knowledge and combine everything I have learned to put into use within my current organization, and suddenly I have a professor who grades based on who he "likes", his "perspective of your intent", and his "mood" (these are actual quotes from his own self description). So because I question his knowledge, theory and business application he does not "like" me therefore grades me harshly compared to the other students. What happened to actually learning? I am paying ALOT of money to attend this class and yet I cannot get the teacher to actually answer a single question; as soon as I ask a question, his automatic response is "So what?" And I am PAYING for this!!! I want to learn and yet my last class at UOP for my MBA is a JOKE!!!! Administration is ignoring when pointing out the issue of a poor professor both at the San Diego Campus and main campus in Arizona! What a JOKE!
I have been a student of UOP since November 2003 after my last child was born. My husband and I were going through financial instability and in order for us to be better prepared for our future, I needed to go back to school. At first I was afraid I wouldn't make it because I had no time management skills. After about three classes I was able to juggle the parenting of three daughters, including a newborn. Luckily, I was able to stay at home while I worked on my BS in Accounting. I did not fly to AZ to walk when I graduated in December of 2007, but I did feel the satisfaction of completing my Bachelor's program!
I returned to UOP in April 2008 and I am currently working on my MBA with accounting emphasis.
Although I enjoy my time at UOP I am not saying it is not hard work - you do get out of it what you put in, and unfortunatley there are people that do not have good experiences here. I will agree with a prior post and mention the turnaround of the staff is a little crazy - over my five years (almost 6) in, I have had at least as many Academic Counselors, and about twice as many financial counselors. I am lucky, however, to not have had to rely on the staff. I am pretty self-sufficient and actually prefer going to school online.
I recommend UOP because of the freedom to do your homework whenever you can during the week it is due, you do not have to be in class at a certain time on certain days for XX amount of hours like traditional schools - there are ups and downs, but that is life. You have to take the good with the bad - and UOP gives you the freedom to do so.
I personally don’t have any negative comments about them. I believe that experience is what you make it. The school is expensive but it fit my busy schedule. The financial aid counselor walked me through with my student loan application. I was even able to attend the college before my student loan money came in. My enrollment counselor was wonderful – he answered all my questions and I was even able to transfer my other college credits over.
This school is definitely not design for traditional college students, lazy students, students that can’t manage their time/priorities, students that don’t have experience or knowledge in the area they are majoring in.
This school is design for professional working adults that already have experience in the work force and want to move ahead with their career. The schools has online and campus classes. I attended the campus in the evening because I was working full-time. 40% of your grade is teamwork. It’s hard to find the right people to work with but that is part of the learning experience. How do you handle slackers at work? It’s the same concept when you are with your team members. I did have my fair share of bad teams – what I did I use the same technique as I did with my co-workers who are slackers. You have to speak up otherwise they will drag you down. Eventually, I did find a great team and we worked great together – we knew each other strength and weakness.
If you cannot manage your personal schedule or need to be told to do your assignment or need to be told when it’s due then this isn’t the right college for you. After all we are supposed to be responsible adults not teenagers. It’s up to you to check you assignments online before your first day of class because some classes has assignment that is due the first day of class.
There was time that I wanted to quit because I feel so overwhelm with my job and school but my team members were my motivators. We motivated each other.
There is no easy way to get a college degree no matter where you go. It’s really up to you to make this a positive or negative experience. Mine was a positive experience. I meant some wonderful people that I still keep in touch with.
My degree did pay off because I was able to find a better job that doubled my salary.
I am a full time student with U of P. I have enjoyed attending this school for almost two years now. The staff has been wonderful and I feel that I have already greatly benefited from what I have learned within my place of work.
It is expensive and yes it is challenging. More so than other Universities I have attending in-person, but I still believe this school was the right choice for me. I have worked very hard to keep my GPA above 3.8 and I will be very proud to earn my Associates in Business Administration and then start the program for my BA.
I am a single Mom and work full time. This school has been a blessing for what it has allowed me to achieve and I know that my daughter and I will be able to greatly benefit from it.
I recommend this school for anyone who is serious about obtaining a college education from an accredited university.
I want to first comment on the ones that feel this is a good school. Most of them already have somekind of education and probably are financially stable. I have been going to classes here for about 2 months. The instructors are not prompt with their respnses to questions, and the staff never calls you back. I have received a bill from them, but they cna't tell me when I will receive my financial aid or loans. This school is all about money and getting more people enrolled. They are soo full of bull. I am a single mother of two trying to further my education. This school is definitely a waste of my time as well as my children's. I am in the process of getting a lawyer for these unprofessional scam artists.
I have been a student of UOP since 2006. I will say that it has been an excellent learning experience and as long as you follow the requirements by the university you will find it rewarding. The problem is that over the last few years I have had at least four different academic/financial counselors a year. Every single one tells you something different and most will tell you what you want to hear. They are very nice people but they are sales people. What I have learned that while this school does offer a decent education it is also a giant scam. They will lie to you and take as much money from you as they can. You will have to pay way more out of pocket then you anticipate. I suggest any interested parties look elswhere from what I see that are cheaper schools that offer the same quality education.
I really enjoyed my four years at UoP completing my doctoral degree in education. It was a very rewarding experience. I must say that it was a lot of intense work and one needs to be a serious and dedicated individual to succeed. And like with any institution, one finds students who are slackers and faculty whose style you don't like, and one may find a glitch here or there. This is normal. I found everyone I had interactions with at the University to be very caring and helpful. It was a great experience and I recommend it. My dissertation mentor was just the best!
I have attended on and off online and in a classroom setting. I have to say all the people that post negative comments about this institution seem to be the ones that do not like to do the work but would rather show up and have the A+ handed to them. I find that the University of Phoenix is very challenging and you get what you put into it. When someone says they are getting there degree from somewhere else and that it will be more respected,Does that mean that they put the same work and the name changed? I am finishing my degree at the end of 2009 and will continue my Masters at Northern Arizona University and when I brought up U of P they said that was great and it was a well respected degree and I would have no problems. Look do the work no matter what school you attend you will be accountable and the same holds true here, it is not a degree mill! U of P holds the same accreditation as all other major institutions.