University of Phoenix Reviews
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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.
There is no consistency from class to class. Instructors have no guidelines or standards they follow, so they pretty much have free reign to do whatever they want. When a facilitator screws up the school always backs them, no matter what, without any justification. Any student complaint goes nowhere. There is no syllabus. There is an "electronic syllabus" which is pretty much just the webpage for your class. Not that it matters, if the instructors don't have to follow a syllabus or curriculum for that matter. There is a $140 per class for resource fees and you don't get a book. You get electronic excerpts from the book. Its ridiculous and way over priced. Most importantly, I haven't learned anything despite having an A average.
it is the best online and brick and mortar school i have ever seen. the curriculum is tough. It took me 1.5 years to finish my MBA. the school and staff and instructors all have a heart. this means they listen to you. don't get me wrong i have two other degrees and No they were not online. I actually wen to school for those other degrees but Phoenix was where I felt like a student and they helped me every step of the way. I was in my late 30s when i enrolled with phoenix and i tell you it is the best school for working adults. try going to school and pay mortgage and keep a full time job and see how difficult it will be but phoenix and the instructors made that all possible for me. I will forever be grateful to phoenix and I AM always a Phoenix and very proud of school because they made it possible for me to go back to school years after i graduated from a brick and mortar school that people didn't even know my name on graduation.
The University of Phoenix is substandard in terms of education. I did not realize how substandard until I left UOP. The content is 100% book reading, posting to discussion boards and essay writing. There is no lecture or testing involved which does not do any favors for the students. Often I would recieve graded materials back with an A and no feedback whatsoever. I have attended online classes with the University of Texas where i earned a Bachelor's and Masters degree and those online classes were very different from the online classes at UOP. Yes, there were discussion boards and reading but there were also videotaped lectures and exams and the professors were always willing to give feedback. Not so with UOP. The debt.I have is outrageous due to the extremely high cost of tuition and most people do not realize until it is too late that there is a limit to how much the government will allow you to borrow towards your undergrad and grad degrees. Due to UOP I went over that limit and had to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket just to finish my undergrad. They also lied to me about their accrediations being the standard for social work degrees. I was told i could be a licensed social worker with my degree and it wasnt until the middle of my last semester that i was informed of the truth my a very kind professor. If you are considering this school, consider the fact that community colleges and Universities everywhere have online degree programs at a fraction of the cost and if they dont have your program, they likely have many online classes that you can benefit from. Stay away from for-profit Universities.