University of Phoenix Reviews
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University of Phoenix (UoP) maintains a questionable reputation due to the acceptance of most all students. Typically, it is referred to as an online university that offers a degree without an education. I have read countless "scholarly" reviews, peer reviews, and "higher" accredited students tear into UoP's academic standards. I felt obligated to provide my vantage point review from an individual who obtained their undergrad and graduate degree from the school in both online and brick and mortar respectively, in various regions of the world. UoP is not designed to be a college straight out of High School. If that’s your motive, you are in the wrong direction and should reassess attending college. UoP is actually designed for the working professional to enhance their skills within their field and improve upon their research, writing, and communicative abilities. It’s heavily geared toward team-oriented projects and simulated exercises, providing real-world examples, with mild-moderate academic rigor, depending on the course. Realistically, for individuals who work full-time and require flexible scheduling, UoP is a great option. The grey area and the questionable activity is that UoP is designed to pass its students as long as their work is handed in, regardless of academic quality. That does not mean that they will achieve an A, quite the contrary, it is extremely difficult to maintain a 3.5 or higher, in any program. I have seen high credentialed individuals attend UoP’s MBA program, predominately for the convenience of its locations, as well as the flexibility of scheduling, barely pass courses just based on the fact that if you are unable to communicate well, you will struggle immensely. Most courses require presentations and leadership roles as team facilitators and project coordinators; introverted personalities struggled at UoP while I was there. UoP is just like any other academic institution; “what you as a student put in to the course work, you as a professional will take away.” Every student in my MBA program worked full-time, most ex-military, and typically seeking to improve upon their current abilities and knowledge level. Most all the students were extremely hard working, brought dynamic ideas to the table, and provided a level of ingenuity to a lot of the simulation exercises and team projects. Granted, there were slackers along the way, but I am pretty sure there are C and D students in every academic institution, regardless of the name. Based on my experience, I believe that if you either work full-time, or are in between jobs with a solid resume, UoP will facilitate in sharpening proactive thinking mechanisms and enhance one’s ability to communicate and convey a message, written and oral. From an academic standpoint, the curriculum is actually tough; the amount of reading and writing conducted throughout my MBA program was, at times, overwhelming. At the end of the day, it’s not a prestigious institute, and may get overlooked by employers as a stand-alone bullet. The bottom line is the school will give you skills, aid in job placement, and at a minimum, get you an interview. It’s really on you to sell yourself.
I love University of Phoenix! The faculty is always there for me. My advisor calls me every week and my instructors are very involved with the student discussions. Feedback is very timly and Financial Aid was prompt.
I loved everything about my experience, including the dreaded team work, which prepared me to work with a diverse group of people. I love how attentive my advisors were and my only complaint would be the cost, but I was able to find a job in my field before graduating and the online program allowed me to continue as a full-time student while I worked.
I am happy with my degree choice and may consider another one in the far future.
My adult daughter goes to a state university and although it is cheaper she does not have the kind of support from the advisors, financial assistance or even instructors that I had attending University of Phoenix, it is very different. If you are a student who may desire a more supportive team during your education you should definitely consider UOP!
The teachers are not helpful. The academic and financial aid advisors as useless as you can never get hold of them. Go ahead and leave a message on the voicemail you will get every time you call, you'll need to leave several since they don't call you back until about a week later if you're lucky. They charge an early withdrawal fee. Doesn't matter if you have everything paid up and have completed the classes you were in without starting any new ones. They will still charge you about $500 for early withdrawal and will not release your transcripts until you pay it. As if the amount you pay for these classes anyway isn't high enough, and tuition costs go up every year. Your credits do not transfer directly to other schools. I transferred to a community college and only 4 of my 36 credits transferred. As an example, 2 English courses through UoP equal 1 English course in a real school. It has to be the right set of English classes though, so those were among the credits that did not transfer. This school is a joke and should be avoided at all costs. They are extremely expensive for classes that will get you nowhere.
As I read some of the negative reviews I must say I do not know where so much of it is coming from. Yes, learning teams can be problematic but it is no different than working with people as a manager. I earned my first degree from the University of West Virginia in the traditional fashion. I am now working on my second degree at U of P and have had more career movement with what I've earned at U of P than I ever did with my with my degree from WVU.
If you are really serious about school, I would not go to the UOP. I only go to this school because it is convenient. If I was not currently in a good job and had certifications for my career, I would definitely not be going to this school. I am currently enrolled and do not attend any classes and receive a high c or b each class only because I do not get points for attendance and participation. That by itself tells you what kind of school this is. They also have learning teams where you have to depend on teammates for about 1/3 of your grade and if you are squared away, smart, or intelligent you will always end up being the captain and picking up the slack. Only classes I attended that were worth my time in the classroom was the College Math and English courses.
I enrolled at the university in 2007 and earned my associates degree in 2009. I will finish with my bachelors degree in 2013 July. The school offers a great learning environment. The classes are designed to get you to thinking on your own. The classes are not easy and the core classes are even harder. The education I received is just as good as if I were going to school in a classroom. It is not where you go to school it is the dedication to learning that you put into it. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to become a more well rounded individual.
I'm currently enrolled with UOP I have read a lot of bad reviews, and a lot of good reviews. UOP isn't for everyone that's for sure. I have had no real complaints. I'm on my second academic counselor. My first one did call a little to much. But I do like the fact they are checking in to see how your doing. My financial aid counselor has always been helpful, and has always kept me up to date on all of my financial aid matters. I have had a couple of issues with instructors. But there is good, and bad in everything. I do wish they had a summer break at least. I'm a little burnt out right about now due to working two jobs and being a single parent. Overall, the counselors have been very helpful, and supportive. No real issues I am thinking about taking a break to regroup, and get my mindframe back on school since I have somewhat been distracted. I have a cousin, and a friend who graduted from UOP, and several others who all had good experiences as well.
This school is only interested in your money not you as a student. Student support is VERY poor. Once they have hounded you to sign up by telling you how great it is they leave you pretty much on your own. I was signed up for a second term and I contacted them to tell them I would not be attending I was still charged for 1 week of class, which I did not attend, and an E book that I never saw!
The educational experience was excellent. I had been out of school for 30 years, have a learning disability and UOP went far beyond what I expected in extra help. This is a school that cares about the student. All instructor surveys were private and if a student was dissatisfied with something, a confidential phone complaint was taken.
Additionally, I would like to comment on the nursing instructors dress code. They were always dressed professionally.
I highly recommend this school:)