University of Phoenix Reviews
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I attended UOP and received my Associates. After finding out that tuition would substantially increase for my Bachelor's Degree I decided to transfer. I found an in-state well established state university. They only accepted 30 of my 60 credits?! By going to UOP I lost time and money. I can not speak for their graduate programs, but I would not recommend their under graduate programs. The classes are very low level and not needed. I go to class online at my current school and the teachers are more interactive. 90% of my teachers do weekly video lectures with PowerPoints that have helped me learn the materials much better. The costs are also much cheaper, even for out-of-state residents. My advice for future students is to stay away from expensive distant learning schools. Major universities have started implementing online school work, with a little research you will save time and money, while getting a good education.
The instructors for the Criminal Justice classes at Phoenix are great. You get real professionals who have been successful in the field. My complaints have to do with the likely illegal way they handle Financial Aid, and the antiquated teaching materials used. First off, they charge $135 for a "resource fee" for each class, which is to cover online books, the school library (full of old articles), and electronic readings (mostly older). The online books are OLD. A criminal justice class I took this year was using the 2004 version of a book (which was available new at Amazon for $14.99) and there were 3 newer versions of the book already published. Secondly - they will strategically hold your financial aid back until you take more classes (which never end at the right time to just switch to a community college). They will promise you that you have a refund coming and then dangle it like a carrot (even though you are the one paying it back with interest to the government) to keep you enrolled. I recommend you record the calls with your financial advisor, because the emails won't be the same information. They add an unexplained fee to your loans, they have "holds" and "delays" that no one can explain. Your advisor claims she has no control over the timing, the holds, etc. No one ever takes responsibility and rest assured NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE STUDENT. They have been trained to tell you what you want to hear, but they will do that on the phone so it is their word against yours. The follow up emails will be vague so they can cover their own. I have all the information logged and will probably file a lawsuit. Go to community college or take online classes through a reputable university. Oh, and one class at Phoenix costs $1230, plus the $135 resource fee - it is not cheap to attend.
Unfortunately, this is not a challenging program, nor is it competitive. What I find most disturbing about the teaching style is that it is not really teaching. There are no actual video lectures of the professors teaching course material. They are primarily administering materials and regulating class participation. An asynchronous course can be successful if there is some lecturing involved, even if it is a video that involves questioning throughout, to ensure students are picking up on what the professors are saying. I'm now four courses into my MBA in Finance at this school and going to drop out in order to go to a school where I can actually learn something. Even with an A average, I don't feel I've learned anything at all, and that is not worth $2k per class.
Everyone has been very helpful and the classes are very writing and essay orientated to insure you are really grasping the assignments and information. There are still tests and quizzes and they are open book. You take one class at a time making it less confusing. Though there are options to take more classes at once to get your degree quicker.
Bachelor's of Science in Business Management BSM. 60 credit program takes a little over two years. Phoenix participates in Prior Life Achievement program that gave me a little college credit for 4,000 word essay about my time as a business manager. Also they gave me some credits for National licenses I earned. I took the balance of my credits online and had a 3.78 GPA. It was NOT EASY. Don't go to UOP if you think it will be simple. It's real college for real serious people who need to keep working or moms who need to stay at home with family or work at home. Consider also, has your future employer Heard of your Online college you are going to? No? Yes? But EVERYONE knows about University of Phoenix. Yes they advertise a lot, but everyone know someone who got their degree their. So I went with them because I didn't want an employer in the future to have to check them out to see if they were a real University. So be prepared to put in 15 to 20 hours a week. But, hey, I went to school in my pajamas! OH, cool online library they have but make sure your enrollment rep shows you how to work it. One more thing: They have the coolest software you can put your essay you wrote through it and it will show you suggested corrections for English, grammar and punctuation!
This school is perfect for a person that had a intense schedule. I work two jobs and travel a lot. On my busiest week I can still get my work done. While traveling I am able to read and take notes. I can write me essays out. Then place them in when I go on the computer. It can be done.
Upside: This institution delivered a well-rounded education delivered by practitioners in the field. Downsides: Extremely expensive, Senior Administration does not connect with the student body, there is a restrictive limitation on the number of references that one may request form the Dean's office (fellowships, scholarships, professional, etc.), The office of financial aid pushes student loans and offers minimal support for scholarship opportunities, no Latin Honors for some programs, minimal professional placement support.
Excellent programs and school. It doesn't get the credit it deserves! I personally look for University of Phoenix students, they have a sense of dedication and appreciation and have been my best hires yet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I really enjoyed my experience with UoP. I know there are a lot of jokes and bad things said about the school, but it changed my life forever. I was stuck in a dead end job and was miserable almost every day after work. Almost immediately after receiving my degree I was offered a job to teach middle school mathematics. Every day is awesome and my life is so great. You're experience with this school will be what you make it. If you are motivated and do well this will pay off. The school that hired me was actually impressed that I worked full time and earned my degree at the same time. I didn't here anything negative about getting a degree from UoP. The people who complain about having a worthless degree are making excuses and blaming the wrong people. Companies don't hire a piece of paper. They hire who they feel are good, hard working people. The thought that a degree is preventing jobs is just foolish. When I read those stories I want to put a mirror up for them so they really know who to blame. If you are willing to work hard and better yourself, dive in, you won't regret it.
I attended UOP for 4 years. My GPA was 3.58. I went through 3 separate financial advisers, 2 academic advisers within a year and a half. I was in my last year with 3 classes left when they pulled me from class stating that I was going to own them money because the had exhausted all my financial aid. I borrowed money from my 401k, I worked two jobs, and clepped out of 3 classes. Another adviser called me who was not from my area and asked me why I was sitting out of classes when I still had over 5555$ of financial aid left. I blew up I told her that I did not withdraw from classes that I was taken out. She called me a lair, she said there was nothing in my record showing that I was taken out of classes. All the prior notes stated that I withdrew because I did not want to finish. I asked her why in the world I would do that she said well your grades could have been slipping or maybe you just got tired of classes, she stated "how would I know what you would do?" I was appalled. I told her fine sign me back up for my last 3 classes she states,"well you cannot we had to send your financial aid back because you withdrew." I cried for days. I missed graduating with my class, I was heart broken. I refused to go back so I attempted to transfer mind you I only had 3 classes left every school I spoke to refused to take my credits. 3 of them wanted me to start over as a freshman or sophomore. I am utterly heart broken. The thought of going back to UOP is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining.