University of Phoenix Reviews
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University of Phoenix is a great school! I graduated in June of 2016 and let me just start off saying it was one of the proudest moments I have experienced in my life. During my time as a student I had all access to the resource center on campus which was located at a convenient location in downtown Philadelphia where I could come straight from work up until 10 pm on weekdays and evenings on Saturday. My instructors were helpful, personable and understanding at all times. If you are a person who constantly has excuses or doesn't show up for class, of course you will fail. Graduation was beautiful. We graduated at the Liacouras Center with a packed audience of friends, family and faculty as well as a full class of graduates.The speakers who attended were successful CEO's and Doctors who graduated from University of Phoenix. As far as people bashing the school for not receiving disbursements, it was probably for not passing a class and their disbursement covering the balance or not having enough financial aid to cover the total amount of classes. Whatever the case, they will never keep your disbursements if you have met all requirements. University of Phoenix offers a variety of volunteer opportunities while still in school and internships the closer you get to your capstone. Our instructors were current and active police lieutenants, family court judges, parole officers and prosecutors that you could walk into a courtroom and see live and in living color. Since graduating I have been putting my resume out there in my field and offered over 5 positions in the last 3 months. I am currently a supervisor and working in the exact position I dreamed of. I have started a Nonprofit where I have built strong relationships with CEO's and community leaders who offered all kinds of supportive services. Recently I enrolled in the MBA program to strengthen my skills in being a business owner and cut out the middle man. Not only will I be able to sit down at a round table and talk the talk but I can also make money providing services to start-up business owners young and old in a world where entrepreneurs start as young as 12 years old. People should stop focusing on becoming someone else's top employee and strive harder to be CEO's themselves! Either way I haven't come across an employer yet (even in the Criminal Justice field) who has turned down my resume because of UOP. They even come to the campus for job fairs. Don't believe the negativity.
The University of Phoenix online was a great school and great program for me. I can't understand why some people here say that the teachers were not helpful. I received both a MA degree and a credential and NEVER had a teacher not do their job. They were extremely attentive, did what they were supposed to do, etc. I did more work for this degree than I did for my Bachelor's degree. The work is REAL and you read a lot and must do a lot of reports, power points, and group work.
This school has been great and I've learned a lot. After reading some of these comments I was shocked to see all the negativity. Students/ex students need to take responsibility for their own actions. There is no college that guarantees you a job after you obtain a degree, the leg work is on you. The school has the resources needed for you to become a successful student and job placement services. As a military member juggling a busy schedule and multiple deployments I was able to complete my BA degree. Yes some teachers are picky and hard to work with, this is present at all colleges. Financial Aid department were easy to work with and any funds remaining were always released to my account. All you had to do was, fill out the funds request form and send it back to your finance counselor. The money would come as check or direct deposit to your bank account. Furthermore, all issues I had at the school were my fault and being lazy or waiting until the last minute to do any assignments will reflect upon your grades. People need to take responsibility for their actions and not blame the school because they're not given an "A" for effort.
I couldn't speak higher of this institution. I obtained my degree online and you seriously have to do your share of work when you're online. Classes were fast paced and challenging even for my level of experience. I was able to apply previous college credits from another university and my knowledge in a foreign language to pass a test for credit in language arts. My academic advisers were absolutely fantastic in meeting my personal needs and went beyond my expectations in helping me graduate quickly so I could advance in my career. Never did I feel like a number. The cost was extremely reasonable for the quality of education. I loved everything about my experience at Phoenix and when I'm ready to continue, I'll look nowhere else.
University of Phoenix helped me develop my intellectual ability. I was a stay at home mom the first two years while obtaining my associates online. The It was hard, lots of papers and discussions at 2 classes at a time. I did not do very well. I went back for my bachelors in business on campus and I excelled. I loved my professors as they were all working in the field they were teaching. One of my teachers worked for United Nations, others owned their own multi million dollar businesses and so on and so forth. I loved the opportunities that were given to me. I have also had no problems obtaining employment with my degrees. As I have been looking at getting my Masters I have seen that UOP is not much more expensive than my local state colleges.
I feel that to many people emphasize on the inability to attain a brick and mortar feel from the university of phoenix. In my opinion learning should be in the hands of the learner and not placed as a burden on the instructor. I had a great experience while attaining my bachelor degree from the University of Phoenix and would recommend attending this college to anyone. Secondly I would like to address the fact that people say this degree will not help you get a job and is worthless. To be honest, if you expect to work at a fast food restaurant or a field unrelated to your degree plan then yes it will be very hard for you to get a job fresh out of college with limited experience. In my opinion, regardless of what college you go to it is important to work in a related field while receiving an education. I am happy to say that while attending the University of Phoenix I grew my career in technical support to the maximum capacity landing me a position in my company's QA department helping with beta development (no degree). After graduation it took around six months to attain a position as a software engineer that I am happy to say boosted my income from 45,000/yr at my old job to 80,000/yr at my new job (degree). So my advice is to not put the burden of finding a new job on your degree regardless of what college you go to. Instead focus on growing yourself and having your degree as a ticket to more opportunity. Lastly, to everyone who's misguided information produces a hatred toward University of Phoenix my opinion is to obtain an education in your own way and stop bad mouthing others who are doing the same. And for everyone out there who is at UOP and wondering if they will be able to get a job with their degree, YES you can. The software company where I work has several engineers with a degree from UOP and are getting paid the same as others from top name universities.
I'm still actually going to this school, and it's a joke. I know myself and a few of my friends have been waiting months for or disbursements. They keep changing the reasoning to way we are still waiting. Honestly I rather know the truth then be given the run around. We have all talk to other collages and students and they all tell us that the University of Phoenix is bad news, That it's about numbers not the students well being.
The University of Phoenix is not a good college to attend. The instructors are not supportive of students. They intentionally fail student. Have you have any issue with your classes, they will not resolve it, but they just want you to repeat the classes and take you money. Please do not go to this university. It is a disaster.
I had an extremely positive experience with UoP. Provided me the basics I needed for a business degree, guided me in the development of a business plan that started a new business, and provided the analytical and executive decision making that I needed to propel my career. Ten years later, I am an executive in a Fortune 25 company running a $3 billion dollar business. Like any school, you get out of it what you put into it.
I can only give top marks to UoP. I could not finish my Bachelor's at the traditional University I was previously attended, due to job and family commitment, and this was a wonderful experience. If you are not a self-motivated, self-disciplined self-starter, keep on going because UoP is not for you. The program is very intense, more so than traditional university, and if you are not dedicated, you will not make it. I did, and was very proud to walk in 2013!