University of Phoenix Reviews
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I finished my associates degree, and moved on into a bachelors specializing in Information Systems security. Something I noticed was when I was reading some of the materials for a networking class, I saw that it was dated to 2010. In the technology field, you need to be learning the CURRENT technology, not something from five years ago. I had to write a paper about how 4G was up and coming, when it's been out for years and is completely changed. I transferred to Concordia University right after that class, which is a non-profit that has current dated materials. You would think that with how much you are spending for each class, they would teach you current information. I'm getting a degree in technology, not history. The transfer procedures were a nightmare. I waited well over a month after finishing the class before transferring, but for some reason they NEVER posted my financial aid. The financial aid is supposed to be posted when you start the class (trust me.. they are quick to notice if you don't have the money and drop you before the class starts)...... So they were really quick to cut off my financial aid when I said I was leaving and state that I needed to pay over 1000 dollars or they were holding my transcripts. I printed my transcripts prior to transferring, so luckily I got into the school I wanted to.. I asked them if I could wait for the financial aid to kick in, and they flat out told me know. Thats how they keep you. They won't post financial aid for the previous class until you start the next one, which makes it impossible to get out without paying out of pocket.... but I shouldn't have to pay because their financial aid department was dragging their feet and don't know what they are doing.
I highly recommend this online college it is focused on the student's education. The fulltime working student will appreciate the flexibility UoP distance learning provides. The school work is challenging yet rewarding, weekly instructor feedback AIDS for the student to do his or her best.
I found the some of the comments related to the University of Phoenix online campus incomplete, inaccurate, and probably closely related to the individual dedication to the program. I entered the UOPX online Bachelor of Science Business Management program with an associate’s degree in business administration and 79 transfer credits from Pima College. Of the 79 credits, 66 transfer credits were accepted, yes, I had to appeal denials to get 66 credits. I had to take proficiency exams in English and Mathematics, which were one-week exam courses at no cost to prove that I had these skills. I used credit by exam, prior learning assessment, and memorandum of understanding with the UOPX to further reduce my time and cost of the program. Through these options, I saved 55-weeks of classroom time and $17,580. Naysayers will say that if it is that easy I didn’t learn anything. To that, I say if it is so easy, you do it, and then tell me how easy it was. Further, don’t try to impose your limitations on me, as I’d be willing to take a side-by-side exam on any subject with any naysayer and see which one of us has a higher exam score. The cost of tuition, at the UOPX, is less than compared to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona. I’m not certain which universities others are comparing cost too but these three are far more expensive than the UOPX. I know this to be factual information based on personal research. Therefore, in closing, don’t let the negative comments scare you away from the University of Phoenix. After all, the naysayers seem to be swaddled defeatists that couldn’t manage the dedication that it takes to achieve a bachelor’s degree program anywhere.
Despite all of the negative reviews and stigmas that you can find about the University of Phoenix, I believe that the school is on par with other colleges. What this school does is provide an opportunity for working adults to go back to school in efforts of advancing their careers. The teachers are real life professionals that work in the field that they teach, which allows them to relate real world examples to the materials in the curriculum. Like other schools, you always have students that just try to get by. The key is to find like minded students in your program and sync your schedules together so that you can work with the same team in each class. This allows you to always have a good learning team (which tends to be the biggest complaint I see). In short, you get what you put in. I typically spend 20-30 hours a week on class work and reading. You can do less, but your grades will reflect it. These classes are very demanding, and despite what others say, it is not a place where you just pay for a degree.
They do not like to answer your questions. If you email the advisors most of the time they would not answer me. I know it is online, but most of the teachers that I have had just have you write a paper and you are done. I felt like I was not learning anything at all. Plus they always want more money.
UOP does not truly give college credit for work experience. They school is greedy they'll do anything to take your miney. make money off our education. I will double up and go to a state school before I give these greedy people another dollar. You can literally buy your degree if you have the $
I decided to attend UoP for two reasons. One I am a military spouse and two the convenience of going to class when I felt like it. It takes a special person to attend an online university. I had no problems sitting down and meeting my requirements in either program. Expecting things to be perfect is setting yourself up for failure. Admittedly, I had problems with my financial advisor but my wonderfulacademic advisor was helpful in resolving any issue. The pressure is on you to fail or succeeed. Be honest with yourself when it comes to poor grades or missed due dates. It's your responsibility as an adult to know what you need to do.
The University of Phoenix is a good school. Like any other, you get out of it what you put into it. Tons of reading and writing, so if you are an auditory learner, this may not be for you. I have to say that I would not have been able to attend a traditional classroom university because I have to work, and my current job requires about 60 hours a week. I attend online, at night, after working a long day, as do many other UOP students. I won't have too large a problem with student loans when I am finished, despite the fact that I did not qualify for ANY grants because I have managed my loans well. I truly feel this degree will help me better my employment situation and ultimately my life.
I attended UoP Online from 1998-2000, graduating with a MSCIS degree in 2000. I was also working full time and had a wife and two young boys to raise. At the time there were very few on-line options for graduate school. Prior to enrolling at UoP, I did a significant amount of research regarding the school and its accreditation as this was a concern. At the same time I applied for and was accepted to a PhD program in Counseling at a local ground school. I opted to attend UoP because it provided me with the opportunity to continue working at my job, being available to my family, and not spending a significant amount of time sitting in lectures, waiting in bookstores, going to the bursars office or trying to find parking on campus. Additionally, my potential career opportunities in Information Technology were vastly greater than had I continued with the Counseling program. An on-line program is not for everybody. It requires a dedicated student who is willing to work independently and to put the necessary work into the material. I put in at least 30 hours a week into my school work to ensure that I researched the material, read the books, and contributed to all on-line discussions, essays, papers and projects. I managed to do this by doing most of my research early mornings (4am - 7am) and reading in the evenings. I keep this kind of schedule to this day. I did have classes where my co-students did not have comprehension of the material and did not do the work necessary to accomplish the group goals of the classes. I also had these kinds of experiences in ground schools. I had the opportunity to communicate directly with my instructors throughout the classes. I very much appreciated that my instructors were people who were actually working in the field they were teaching and were able to provide real-life examples of how the material covered applied to industry. I am presently the Director of Information Technology at my company. Attending UoP was a significant investment of time and money, however I was able to achieve enough of an increase in my wages to fully pay off any loans I had within 3 years of my graduation.
Horrible program horrible teachers, horrible prices, horrible schools. Run fast. they will say you owe money and you will owe nothing. This college has a program that in every class you team with others so you are all sure to pass they give a grade based on the team not the person. The program sucks. all of it the teachers were a holes. Did not care.