University of Phoenix Reviews
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I really like taking classes online and I love taking courses at University of Phoenix. The professors are very helpful and they respond quickly to your inquiries. The classes are easy to access. There is always tips to help you navigate through the system. I am completely pleased with everything and I plan to take seven more classes I onlin .
With so much media hype I see why you’re visiting this site to check out the school. As an actual grad (Bachelor’s in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, 2012) who attended for about 2.5 years, I believe I am qualified to review the UOP School of Business. Starting with the facts, which are easily verified: Accreditation, Pricing, and Programs Offered: See (http://www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions.html) for links to this and more info. The UOP is actually multiple schools with a large variety of programs and concentrations Here it is, for the whole world to see, details about each program, individual courses, and outcomes, and a link to verify their accreditation. There is a convenient online tuition calculator and the school is qualified to accept just about every kind of financial aid you can imagine. My personal observations on the things most people care about: Although assignment deadlines are typically not negotiable, the course scheduling is flexible. You take only 1 course at a time and it feels great to make progress every 5 weeks instead of waiting an entire semester to earn any credits. Learning teams. Ugh! You must complete a lot of team assignments in addition to your individual work, and not all students can deal with it. I did not feel that many of these assignments offered a great value for the extra time required. But, if you stick it out to the end of your program, the bad students drop out and the team thing gets easier. It’s a good lesson in perseverance and learning to work with a diverse population. No joke, it’s hard. Do they steal your money? That would be some trick. They are heavily regulated and audited, more so than traditional schools. Once you’re in class you have access to view your account at all times to see exactly what you’re being charged and what payments and refunds have transacted. Plus, there is a multitude of advisors who can explain any details you require. If you bother to check, the money part should never be a mystery. If you feel you’ve been cheated, just complain and someone will publicize it for you. Reputation-wise, they’re big, for-profit, and have open enrollment. There are plenty of academic snobs who would tell you this means it’s a bad school, but their arguments are without foundation and lack academic integrity. The first argument was that online school could not possibly work. When that proved pointless, they jumped on board and moved on to “the school is a joke”. It is very clever of them to be so informed of something of which they are ignorant, having by their own admission never attended or graduated. Finally, some say for profit equals rip-off, but I am also for profit, so I would have to judge myself by the same standard. Publicly traded means that their financial data is available to the public and that the SEC will be keeping an eye on them. You may ask, “Will I get a job after graduation?” I don’t know. Are you choosing a program that is in demand and are you willing to relocate to where the jobs are offered? Do you have the required experience and is your resume tailored to the position? Do you have a good attitude and the soft skills employers want? I went from barely making ends meet in a job I did not like to a career change making a good salary, and had plenty of interview offers after graduation. They really can’t afford not to hire me because I am a top performer. All college choices involve an element of risk. Before you believe the current wave of one-sided, politically-motivated projections of this school, my advice to you is that you first know yourself and then do quality research accordingly.
I have read many reviews of UOP and, after earning my degree from UOP in 2005, I can't help but imagine so many students who didn't put in much, only to find they also didn't receive much in return. I spent 4 full years working on my degree with UOP and I was working full time, working overtime, had young children at home, and had big goals. I haven't faced a single employer looking down upon my degree, and I now attend Regis University where I'm working toward an MBA. Regis did not look down upon my UOP degree and I was open and spoke well of UOP when asked by potential employers. This was back in 2005, during the time period when online educations were still frowned upon. The school is what you make of it and what you put into it. If you got little out of it, you probably put in minimal effort and expected miracles. Learning is reading, thinking, applying and growing. Where you choose to do that is up to you, but UOP is as good as anywhere else if you do your part.
Good Day all! I just wanted to put in writing how worthless a degree from UOP really is. I received both a BS and MS in Business Management from UOP (on campuss classes, not on-line). I spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money to achieve these degrees. Little did I know that employers look upon these degrees as worthless and not worth thier time. Since my graduation in Nov 2013, I have been looking for employment with both these degrees prominenly listed on my resume, only to be told by potential employers that I would have been better off listing no education than listing UOP degrees. That, by-the-way, is if I was lucky enough to get an initial interview. As I read all the feel good stories on this page and the haters of negative reviews, I can't help but wonder how many people were fleeced by UOP's advertsing department. My suggestion is this...STOP WASTING your money at UOP! There are better alternatives out there! Trust me! I am not the only alum that feels this way!
As I was reading the negative comments about my school, I silently chuckled at some of the horrible grammar/spelling mistakes. Maybe you guys should stop worrying so much about people holding your hands and focus on your lack of third grade education. I previously read another comment stating that the staff doesn't check on them......Cry me a river....They call my cell phone so much throughout a semester, I usually just ignore the calls now. I love my school.
Whatever you do please don't attend this ripoff school whom they call a university because it's not a university it's a money pit scam. Wake up people UOP will not help your career or your future what so ever; maybe it could of years ago when employers actually might have once before would had approved this money scam company but however the Federal government is actually trying to get this company shut down. UOP has also lost so many students and for some weird reason their still around. Don't get fooled into joining this program; they will accuse you of things just to keep you from reaching your degree; and a lot of the UOP staff members are really rude and unprofessional towards their students. Don't let them brainwash you into making them more money; especially when their degrees are worthless.
Everyone's experience will vary, mine has been rewarding. You get out what you put in. In my experince, the same people that complain are the same group that lack comittment. The instructors have offered great insight and relevant experience. Cost is my only complaint.
For a full time employee this was a great program, it has better technology that most and worked well to meet my needs. I do not understand the negative comments, and a number contradict each other. For example some complain of being easy classes/exams and yet also complain of low pass rates and drop out rates. Its either easy or hard, make your mind up. As for the non profit vs. profit college question, the local colleges near where I live have more cash, buy more of the city than any business I know, odd for a supposed non profit, they make a hell of a lot of money.
I really enjoyed my school, they were always there for me. It was online but just as hard. I just wish I could land lucrative employment, but my education is helping achieve my dreams of success! So if you are thinking of going to school, please choose UOP, you won't be disappointed. They have financial aid and flexible time schedules.
I for one am really upset about all the bad press that UOP is getting. Maybe, as a for-profit organization, they have done some things wrong in the interest of making those profits. OK, I get that. But I can only speak about my won experience: I have worked in the IT field all my adult life, having earned an Associate's Degree WAY back in the early 1980s. But the IT field changes so quickly, I realized that if I wanted to keep myself relevant, I needed to upgrade my education. Because my job requires a lot of travel, only an online college would work. After lots of research in 2001, I settled on UOP. At that time, I found mostly positive review of it's IT program, so I made the decision to go with them. I knew what I was getting into, in terms of the effort required and the total cost of a full Bachelor's program. And I knew they were "for-profit" but I decided they would be worth it. I knew then that, when I was done, I would owe a lot of money, but I made an informed choice to do it. For those who say the quality of UOP's programs is low, and that the courses are "too easy", I can only reply "bull-$#@%"! I worked my butt off for five years to complete the courses (I had to take one year off after about half done). The work was tough, the teachers were always top-notch, and the program was challenging. Yes, I am now paying off about $40K in loans, but I knew every semester just how much I was taking on. Yes, I wish it had been cheaper but, as I said, it was an informed decision I made. And I believe the entire program, and the degree I proudly display, was worth every penny.