University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,133)
I find that online is hard to get too especially when you get to the higher classes, and you have a lot of work. But online it's worse. You have online posts practically everyday (mini papers if you will) and 4 large papers individually, and 2 or 3 large LT papers. Too much work for the working adult, especially if you have a family. I would suggest going to a regular college if you want this much work. Or, just plan on not seeing your family for 2-4yrs, depending on where you already are in your college career when you sign up.
I am about 5 classes away from my Bachelor's in Business Administration from UOP. I feel as if the facilitators are paid to push students through, and I do not feel like I'm learning enough. I feel it's a big ripoff. I don't have a problem with taking the initiative and learning in this manner, but the classes are so short, the material is just crammed most of the time, sometimes the assignments do not relate to the reading assignments or they are a week behind or ahead. I learn well alone, but I do not think that cramming material is learning. I really do regret having chosen this school. Moreover, do employers think an online degree is credible? I'm very frustrated. In the last week of ACCT II., and by the time I start to understand the material and how to apply it, the week changes or the whole course is DONE.
I graduated in September 2008 with my Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix's Junior College called Axia. I am now beginning my fourth or senior year of my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. First, my Associates Degree says University of Phoenix on it and so do all my offical transcripts. This is a great thing because most people don't know of their Axia School.
After a 20 year career in the Army and seven attempts at different ground campus colleges to complete my Associates from 1989 up to 2008, Phoenix was the only one to deliver. They accepted almost every college credit I earned at all of my other community colleges, a total of 36 sem. credits and also gave me credit for some military training as well. They filled out all of my financial aid paper work for me and helped me with everything else as well.
Your first two years or during your associates program you will have two nine week courses back to back until you graduate. This was one of the most challenging schools I have ever attended. I taught the military police school for 16 years in the Army, I know what good instructor are. Every instructor has been very qaulified and all have Master Degrees, most from traditional colleges. All of my Criminal Justice Instructors work in Law Enforcement as Police Chiefs, SWAT team commanders, detectives, District Attorneys, Lawyers and many other directly degree related fields. Out of eight colleges I have attended, the University of Phoenix by far has exceeded my expectations and educational needs.
Their courses are packed full with all of the lastest career field material and professional instruction, the text books online and hard copy are brand new, high quality and awesome. When you graduate you have a chance to go to graduation at one of many ground campuses. I had mine at the Memphis Convention Center in Memphis, Tn. Cap and Gown, walk across the stage, Alumni Speakers etc. This was great, a dream come true. Like I said I am now in my Bachelors program. Now I just have one class every five weeks with a learning team of 4-6 other students. It has been awesome. You tackle team problems and assignments and net-work with other professionals in the same career field. A great place to net work with people that are doing what you want to do. You can even use them as working references after the first few classes! You can't do this at a ground campus school elsewhere.
Oh, this is the first time I qualified for full finacial aid! I have not paid a dime out of pocket over the last three years. I have read so many terrible ratings about this school and I read them in shock...its almost like they went to another school. I have not had any problems with my professors, financial aid, acedemic counselors not calling back or anything. I liked this school so much that after I graduated I went on to interview for an enrollment counselor job. I din't get it, but it was a great interview and I now know that they care about their students. Their not just account numbers! There are so many other benefits, to many to list.
Thanks for listening. Please don't let this college pass you by. You won't be disaapointed. It is and has been the greatest college experience for me and my wife, a fellow student.
UOP is a wonderful school. I am very disturbed by some of the comments that I have read, as they are very untrue. I have to wonder if the individuals writing these reviews work for some of the competition. In my experience, UOP has been a life saver. They gave me the opprotunity to return to school. I currently have an ADN in Nursing and wanted to change my profession to psychology. Being the mother of four small children, this would have been impossible if it were'nt for UOP. The price is a little high, but you get what you pay for.
Ole Miss and MSU are just as pricy and do not afford me the luxary of studying at home anytime of the day or night.Online Universities are the future. With the pressures of career and family pending in many people's lives, no one really has the time to sit in a classroom for eight hours a day anymore. I have certainly did my time in the classroom. My recommendation is for UOP. I would tell anyone that they are the way to go.
The name of the school does not matter. The students willingness to learn is what really counts. I did not attend the on-line sessions, I attended the Dallas, Texas campus. I found the course work at the University of Phoenix to be challenging and comprehensive. The thing about UoP is that it is intentionally designed for the working adult. There is an expectation that the student apply him or herself. There is no spoon feeding at the UoP. You receive your assignment and course material and make it happen.
One could easily put forth minimal effort and like at any other university if he or she is of average intelligence receive a passing grade. Some choose to get everything possible from the experience. I have enjoyed my time at UoP, learned more than I thought I would and made friends among the students and faculty as well.
Bottom line, if you donâ€™t like UoP, go somewhere else. If you choose to go give it your allâ€¦ Amazing but true, an education is the one thing many are willing to pay for and not receive.
I am currently an online UOP student, this school is the worse school ever; you will not learn ANYTHING with this school. You are given text books and that is it, the rest lies upon you. The instructors do not know anything, the other academic counselors are of no help - they don't even know who the president of the school is. So take it from someone that has witnessed it first hand; do some research on some good schools out there, but stay as far away from this one as you can. You've been warned!
I have attended the University of Phoenix since late January of this year, and for the most part, it's been great! I have encountered only one problem. In my first block of classes I became very confused about an assignment and asked for help. The instructor basically told me that I needed to do the work myself. I read all of the material again, and figured everything out.
Although the instructor was a little rude, I now realize that college is mostly reading, which we do ourselves. I currently have a 4.0 GPA. It's been a lot of hard work, but it's not impossible if you put effort in it. These people complain about not getting credit when they missed posts. Hello! If you can't make 6 posts a week, what in the world are you doing in college? Do you think it'll be any easier in a traditional university?
I recommend the University of Phoenix for anyone that is willing to work hard!
I have read some reviews and it sounds like each individual talks about their own experience in a different manner (depending on how they particularly experienced going to UOP).
I'm currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and I have definitely learned a lot. It's true that UOP has the flexibility that a working parent, a working student, or a single parent needs to fulfill their economic and their educational needs at the same time. I acknowledge that UOP is one of the most expensive online universities, but that does not blind me from looking at the benefits of a 5-star university. You definitely have to learn on your own, because that's the way it should be (aren't we supposed to be responsible adults?).
With UOP, you need to read so you can learn, isn't that how everything else works? I like the fact that I have to turn in a "big" assignment each week, and it's usually a paper with a minimun of 1050 words or a Powerpoint with about 12 slides.
I have also enjoyed assembling team assignments, and interacting with other students to submit assignments as a group. Participating throughout the week is a great experience because I get to express my own ideas, and I also get to share personal experiences based on specific topics related to what we're learning about. Believe it or not, UOP online is designed to trigger different educational needs. As a result, the students will gain writting, and verbal communication skills as well as other skills related to social interaction with all types of individuals of different backgrounds, cultures, customs, gender and race. I strongly believe that going to UOP has been the greatest opportunity of my life.
Yes, I've had good and bad instructors throughout my educational experience, but that does not stop me from focusing on what my responsibilities are as a student; all I have to do is follow the syllabus and post my assignments on time. I also have a personal life, and a job to take care of but that has never intervened with my responsibilities as a student.
UOP online is not for everyone...Slackers and procrastinators will always have a hard time and an infitity of excuses that will push back their opportunity to succeed...and (unfortunately) this applies to everything else they do. So, if you're serious about going back to school and pursuing a college degree, UOP is definitely for you. I highly recommend it!
Granted, the business-like demeanor of some of the admissions counselors can be off-putting and a little irritating, and it sometimes can be a little hard to find the right person to talk to; however, the academic advisors are wonderful, and my experiences with most of the financial aid counselors have been wonderful. If you don't like your advisors or counselors, you can change them. You are not stuck with them forever.
I am in my third year with University of Phoenix. I have earned my Associate of Arts in Psychology and am now working on my Bachelor of Science in the same discipline. I have had to work very hard for every credit that I have earned. Everyone is right; you are expected to learn on your own. There is a ton of writing involved with University of Phoenix, so if you cannot communicate effectively, I do not recommend UOP for you. You are provided with the text, the syllabus, and a wonderful library. You are expected to take these tools and build something useful. If you look at the tools and scoff, or do not take the time to do the work properly, then you will not succeed here. If you are looking for an easy degree, this is not the place.
I currently have a 3.9 GPA, and I have earned every tenth of a point of it. My instructors answer when I ask them questions. They do not take the time to walk you through the material because you are expected to have the maturity and willpower that it takes to walk yourself through it. If you can't do this, then face it, you won't succeed in any college that is worth its salt.
I have noticed that most, if not all, of the bad reviews were written by students who did not follow the rules that are written out in the student handbook, or who have bad grades, or who just got fed up with trying to contact someone at the University. Yes, learning teams can be challenging, just like a real work environment. Yes, instructors can be difficult, just like any other academic environment. Yes, you can be put on hold and forgotten or a message might be lost. It is your responsibility to keep trying. An education at University of Phoenix, just like any other school, is what you make of it. Take the tools, and do something useful, and you will take from this experience a new future.
University of Phoenix online is a great school. I am not the only person who thinks that. I have several friends that have children and busy lives who participates in online education. We all find that the University of Phoenix is a great way to expand our education. If you want to complain about prices for college go to a university and pay forty to sixty thousand dollars just for your associates degree. It does not cost one hundred thousand dollars for a bachelors or even a masters at the University of Phoenix.
Regarding the support system, so far it has been great and I have not heard any other complaints from my peers at the University of Phoenix online. Most people should already realize that their will be a lot of independent study and a ton of more work done by students because it is an ONLINE UNIVERSITY. You can't always use your professor as a crutch or blame the school systems for problems that you need to solve yourself. You will not get this much help at work, why give it to you at school, online colleges are not for everyone, but for people who work hard and can learn independently it is a great school. In four year colleges you actually get less support than you do at the University of Phoenix.
From experience, at a four year school you are lucky if you even see your professor, you have Teacher Assistants who assigns your work that are students taking the same courses as you are. Your professor lectures you in class and you take notes, usually from hearing him talk, if you can hear him talk because you got to class late and had to sit in the back of the classroom. You are assigned maybe three papers and one test that make up your entire grade, if you fail one of those you might as well leave the class and just wasted 2500 dollars on one class because you missed one assignment. So if you are going to complain about Online Universities, you are going to complain about On Campus Universities.
University of Phoenix is what you make of it. It is a great school and has a lot more support than most colleges my peers have attended. I am not bashing the on Campus Universities, they too are wonderful, like i said it is what you make of it.