University of Phoenix Reviews
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I received my Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Phoenix. I needed a career, not a job. I worked full time 12hr shifts. I have a wife and 4 children at home. My youngest angel has cerebral palsy and has therapies four times a week as well as a team of doctors (with associated appointments) to juggle. University of Phoenix gave me a quality education on my very tight schedule. I honestly did not know if I could do it, but I needed a change in my life, so I could provide better for my family. I did my research on online schools. I saw the negative press. Still, going to school in a traditional setting would have a been a failure for me. I had already tried it. So I took a chance on the University of Phoenix. This past February I received my Bachelor's Degree. I enjoyed my time there so much there, I have returned to get my Master's in Education. I will be forever grateful for the University of Phoenix for giving me the opportunity to earn a degree. I am very proud to be a Phoenix.
All the classes that I took at UOP were taught by professionals in the field of study and Instructors work in every area of law enforcement and provide practical and real-life examples of subject matter. Instructors will provide leads on possible career opportunities within their departments and agencies they work with. Course material is challenging and provides fundamental understanding of topics, anyone with a loaded work schedule can easily manage the once a week class. Courses run 5-6 weeks depending on the subject and require in class attendance once a week for four hours, classes are comprised of individual assignments and collaborative team assignments. Each week reading and assignments are assigned, as well as research for the final paper as the class progresses. Class size can vary from 6 - 25 students and the instructor have plenty of time and opportunity to answer all questions. Overall this is an excellent program for people working full-time and trying to go to school, administrators and instructors are both understanding and helpful every step of the way.
The University of Phoenix provided me with an option to complete my bachelor's degree while working full time and supporting myself. The pace and content of the courses allowed me to stay stimulated and competitive in my career field. I am currently enrolled to start my MBA at the University of Texas at Arlington and if it weren't for the University of Phoenix this would not have been possible and for that I am very grateful. I do think that the curriculum could have been more rigorous however for the modality of being online I think that it was appropriately paced for most people.
University of Phoenix is very strong for those of us that are working adults managing personal live, work, and education. The class structure works well, and quite honestly success at UofP shows that you are driven as you must be self driven to survive and prosper in an online environment. I am impressed with the support I receive and had actually had my adviser stay on the phone with me to help me complete some task or deliverable. They are motivating and understand the challenges to adult learners.
I was introduced to University of Phoenix at the hospital where I was working the process was extremely easy, the counselors were engaged and understood my needs and I was able to start my program right away. The curriculum prepared me for advancement and the ability to teach at a community college.
I am middle of the road with this school. It was recommended to me by an associate that had just received her master's degree. I did not have the problems with financial aid, but I did get a new academic adviser about every three or four months, and I am not sure why. Aside from those stipulations, the real thing that left me up in the air was the education. Sometimes the "facilitators" or engaging and teach, other times they might as well not even be there. It is a "learn on your own" kind of system, which is fine because I am a very self motivated learner who has some common sense. The most annoying thing is the other students. Some of these folks probably should take another run at high school before attempting any higher learning. I'm no Einstein, but the majority of UoP students put zero effort into their participatory posts and team projects (it worries me these people are entering the psychology field). I would spend hours backing my posts with research and it would often be discounted by a barrage of personal opinions or experiences that reek of Dunning Kruger effect. SO ANNOYING! It bums me out that I had to do online learning because I am stuck working and can not attend a brick and mortar school.
I love working with kids, and this degree will help me impact their future. Having this degre will also give me the ability to help children who are hurting, and are crying out for attention. I believe in changing the world, each child at a time! I expect greatness!
This school made it easy to work full time and go to school full time which is great. I have a few issue just like anyone would have about a school. I was about two classes away from getting my bachelor's when I got a call stating that can not continue until I pay out of pocket because my loan and grants have ran out, I was really disappointed. they didn't tell me earlier I wish they told me at least six month earlier so I can make payments for that class. every time I call or get a call it seems like I have a whole new team helping me which in reality they couldn't help. I want to go on to get my masters but phoenix is really hard to work with. they don't communicate with you well. if you want anything to get done you have to be on top of it and call them consent. that's not what they are for they are suppose to help and make it easier for you to work and go to school.
UoP gets a bad reputation. I had a great experience. The advisors cared. The teachers were there when needed. They have math and paper resources. There is an extensive library. I learned more than I expected. It is what you put into it. Just like with anything else. One example I can give is I received my Bachelor's within a few months of "Facebook memories" coming out. I immediately noticed that my posts from years ago had very bad grammar and spelling. I had improved without noticing. Another example, I had a family emergency. We didn't know how long this would take to resolve. The advisor made sure I had months off just in case. He periodically checked in and followed the situation. They are compassionate. Last example, I can be in a conversation and know with confidence that I know a fact. Something I learned from a book or teacher in school. If I don't know something I know where to look. This school is worth the time and effort. I'm looking forward to obtaining my Master's next.
University of Phoenix has done right by me. I have never run into any problems with my degree being accepted. I worked in an industry that required a degree for over 13 years and for 3 different companies. This was not a degree mill. My classes were challenging and time consuming. I researched a few options and this was the best for my needs. I choose it because it was accredited, the instructors had real life experience in what they were teaching and I could make it fit into my schedule. It's been over 20 years and it's one of the best decisions I ever made. I went back and got an MBA many years later. I haven't used that as much but it was a good education. I did it for my own growth and to open more opportunities. In that respect I got what I signed up for and paid for.