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I attended the university of Phoenix for my associates, bachelor's , masters' and now for my doctoral degree. I have seen and read many reviews and I don't understand why past or present students or faculty choice to blame a college or university for not getting a good grade or finding a job etc.... I have learned over the years we as people are responsible for the choices we make in life and if you fail at a task don't blame the next person blame yourself. The university of phoenix is no different than any other institution of higher learning. And it is not the only online university offering degrees either. So why are people focusing all the negative attention on them I don't know but research any institution before you enroll find out everything about the college because it is up to YOU!!! to ensure that the university or college will provide " the student" with the knowledge needed to succeed. And do not let negative reviews influence your decision call the department of education and higher learning commission if you have questions about any institution of higher learning. TAKE RESPONBILITY FOR YOUR OWN LEARNING !!!
I would not recommend this school to anyone who wants a real degree or reputable education. Start off with a community college or something reputable if you want a worthwhile degree that won't crush you with debt. I chose UofP out of convenience to take one class to transfer into into my current university. I'll be completing a degree in civil engineering from RIT this May and needed a class to fill a free elective requirement. At the time I was on a 1.5 year leave of absence from RIT and deployed overseas with the military. I had my doubts about a for profit school (which were proven right) and knew of their reputation ahead of time, but the credit would transfer and the course was convenient to take. To start off I was very disappointed with the responsiveness of the admissions and financial services staff. They would hardly ever respond to my emails or calls, but would send out automated emails regularly. The class itself was very easy and hard to take seriously. The majority of the class was based off of an online discussion forum and weekly assignments. The assignments, and postings that people made to the forum made the class hard to take seriously. There were never any tests or assessments to to measure if a student actually learned something - you just went through the motions for a few weeks then got credit. If you are in the military - be wary of schools like this. They are set up to harvest the GI Bill/TA etc. Be wary of this school, and do your research on accreditation! It worked for me to just get one class out of the way conveniently, but please don't consider a degree from here!
The worst school ever!! I would never recommend anyone to ever try this school. THEY RIP YOU OFF AND DON'T CARE!!! I went four weeks before withdrawing(after finding out none of my credits transfer to a real university) and now I owe 800.00!!! For four weeks???? After four years I could just have saved that money and probably retired!! Run if you are thinking about going!!
I attended UOP for five years to obtain my MBA online. Before that, I went to Seattle Pacific University, it was not easy for me to have a full time job and finish my MBA. After, transferring MBA credits from SPU to UOP, I was able to fit everything together and finish My MBA. Based on my experience, I can tell you getting an MBA from UOP is no joke, it is a hard program to obtain, you have to work really hard everyday to make it. It was actually harder for me than a traditional class at SPU. I am an Engineer and I know for sure what is hard school and what is not, and I can assure you that getting an MBA from UOP is a pain in the rear, you have to be ready for real school work to get it PERIOD.
I chose UOPX out of convenience. Plus, my employer paid for my classes. It's an okay school if you're just looking for a piece of paper. I really struggled with this place. I wasn't born rich and I wasn't quite poor enough to get money handed to me for my education. So, I worked with my employer..... If you value hard work that equals great rewards, stay away! I had really high expectations of my performance and had to fight my instructors to get grades that reflected my work ethic. It pisses me off and find it just "sad" that I had to go this route.
I would not recommend University of Phoenix to my worst enemy. I just completed my BSN through them, and it was an awful experience. My nursing classes were not too bad because the facilitators seemed to be more engaged, and concerned about the students and whether or not they learned anything. My non-nursing classes were awful. Particularly in regard to learning teams. I found that the students in these classes were there to just get by and earn a C grade, nothing more. Keep in mind that there are learning team assignments in every class, and if you get stuck with people who just don't care, you will end up doing their work as well as yours, or you will get a bad grade. This will bring your overall grade down, as well as your GPA! I am continuing on for a masters degree in nursing at a different online university that has no learning teams, thank God!! I am an independent learner, and I want my grades to reflect what I know, and my excellent work ethic. If you are looking for a degree program, go elsewhere!!
I am currently enrolled at UOP. I have been going there since August of 2013 and I must say now I actually do regret going here. Dont get me wrong they are somewhat helpful because they call you to check on you and your classes or whatever but wheb it comes to tuition and classes, NO! I recently didnt pass my class and because of that, I do not get any money back which is Uncalled for because they do not know what is going on in peoples lives. The classes are entirely too high for one thing and some of the advisors have a attitude and they do not tell you everything you need to know. Its just a breeze when you first begin but once you really get into it, that is when they squeeze you for every dime you have - whether or not you have financial aid.
I received my degree after being stuck in a mid-level accounting position earning about $35K, with no hope of advancement since all the positions above me required a Bachelor's in Accounting. Having already held multiple accounting positions, I wasn't sure what I could possibly gain from the degree that I hadn't already learned through real life experience. But realizing that I would never be able to advance my career without that "piece of paper", I decided to go for it. I chose University of Phoenix because it worked well with my life, having a full time job and somewhat of a social life. Also the five week courses meant I could "knock it out" a lot more quickly than some of the other traditional schools in my area could offer, plus I was able to transfer about 45 General Education credits that I had taken at a different college shortly after high school. In the end, I was pleased with the additional knowledge I had obtained through my studies at UOP. Most of my classes took place in a classroom setting. I only attended two or three classes online. The group projects are probably the most underrated feature of my entire UOP experience, as it is really no different than working on "real life" projects in business everyday. Many people complain about the slackers they were forced to deal with in their groups, but I have news for you, that is no different than you'll experience in real life, and I really feel, to this day, that having that experience at UOP has helped a lot. Plus much of the classwork I put toward other areas, such as business law, I find myself using to this day. My employer boosted my salary to about $45K immediately after I graduated and I was finally in a place I could be considered for advancement. The only problem is there were no positions opening up, so after about two years, I decided to move on. My on the job experience and my UOP degree helped me land a VP level position making about $70K, and now, 9 years after I earned my degree, I am in charge of an accounting department making about $98K. So I'd have to say being able to nearly triple my initial salary in 9 years has been well worth it. I really doubt I would have been able to do it without my degree. Thanks UOP!
As a current online school, I must say that it is not fun, nor does learning online, stimulate any part of your learning. Teachers are severely out of touch with students. I feel that the teachers take their online teach jobs as if they were writing a blog. Send a quick message and move on. Give directions of what they want and move on. I have requested to switch my program and I was notified that finance did not approve it, and now they will not write me back with an answer as to why.
I am a current student at the University of Phoenix online. U of P is a fully accredited college. It is an ideal school for me because I can do my work when I have the time as long as I stay disciplined. I had pre-conceived notions about this being a very easy way to go to school, but it is actually very challenging. There is a lot of work involved and the subject matter can be very dense at times. I love being a student at U of P. The only drawback to their programming is that in every course you are assigned to a "learning team" for group projects and sometimes you get on a not-so-good team. You all get the same grade for each project, so the team is "only as good as its weakest member." This can be frustrating.