University of Phoenix Reviews
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First of all it takes a very dedicated person to go to school online. You have to be very disciplined. Personally I think that the university is good for some programs but not all programs. For the one that I am doing it is good . It allows me to go to school and work full time. I could not go to school otherwise. As for some of you that don't like phoenix , that's fine. After reading some of the comments it is plain to see that this school is not for you. As i said you have to be dedicated to put in the right amount of time to gain anything from online education. My tuition has never changed from the first day when they quoted me on it, and i have never had any trouble with being able to contact some one if i needed help. As far as the "look" you get from other people when you tell them where your going to school, It does not bother me. At least I am trying to get a degree and a better job, what are they doing? Some programs or degrees are better earned in regular schools, but most are just as good online. Nothing in this life is easy, you have to work hard no matter what you do. If your not willing to do the work then guess what, you wont accomplish anything.
Firstly, The advisers could not follow instructions and would not answer all my questions properly. I had to write to them in this manner, for example: 1) Please do not schedule me classes for next week. I would like this week off. 2) Please inform me what options of classes will be beginning the week after next. Please do not enroll me, until I have seen what is available. Thank you. Even with those instructions, I would still be enrolled without reviewing my choices and/or will be enrolled the week I ask for off. Every 5 weeks, when it was time to re-enroll, I had to call and be on hold for 15 minutes to get someone that could follow directions. It was very frustrating! Secondly, Each course one was stuck in group and had to work with 4-6 others, which was a nightmare! In the 6 months I attended I was in four courses and from those four, I only was in one group, that everyone actually did their part and followed through. The other three either, didn't check in, didn't communicate, or didn't do anything at all and one was struck picking up the slack for everything else. Thirdly, They didn't have a Turnitin program as one submitted their weekly essay. One actually had to go to another link, submit it, while completing with one hundred other students (It was always busy!) several days before due date, other wise one couldn't get in. Then copy and paste report to the link one submitted their APA essay. Other universities, have TURNITIN (Plagiarism program checker) available as one turns it in, not having to coordinate several days prior. It was a hassle, not convenient for the working student. Fourthly, their tuition will go up each year, even if you sign a "Tuition Freeze" contact. Which was non-existent. Lastly, the students are rude! I wrote a discussion post as required, and on of the students was so sarcastic and putting me down. First of all, we don't know each other and she had no right to put me down in front of anyone. Secondly, we all have our own opinions and we aren't going to agree with everyone, but we should be polite towards each other. Thirdly, the instructor should have mentioned to all class and to the student about showing diplomacy and did not. I had to complain to instructor and adviser about it in private. The only good thing about this school, excellent teachers in IT, that I learned much from. Other than this, education, shouldn't be such a hassle!
The advisor was great. M. L. was great. He was very supportive, motivational, and guide student until the end of the school and after graduation. The instructors are good and most of them are willing to help the students to improve in class. I was able to learn and accomplish my educational goal in a time frame. I love the experience that I had in GCU since the beginning of my education until my graduation day. I am super happy!
I studied at the UoP Campus in Las Vegas and completed the BSIT program there. I agree with other IT reviews that a BSIT is not as carreer building as a certification in the area of expertise that you want to pursue, but there are a lot of jobs that I have applied for REQUIRED a bachelors degree. A bachelors in IT is much more general in nature than a certification, and I have found that aspect to be invaluable in my current job as the webmaster/developer for my company. I am the only one... so I have to administer and develop not only the website, but also the web servers and the database servers and databases. If I just received a certification in Web Design or a Coding Language, I would be behind the eight-ball with regards to all of the backend hardware and software I currently have to work with. I must say, it was not perfect... I had a couple of students, and professors that had no right to be in a classroom, but that is no different than my Engineering studies at Boston University. The majority of my professors at BU seemed to be much more concerned with their lab projects than teaching and mentoring their students. Also, I do have a significant problem with for profit acedemics, but when I began my program in 2003, UoP was the only all evening option for me to continue working and obtaining my degree.
Hello- So after reading some of the reviews regarding Phoenix; I decided to chime in and give my feedback. First, its sad to hear that others have had such a bad experience with Phoenix. I personally have enjoyed the program and have enjoyed the support from my Academic Counselor and my Financial Adviser. Whenever I have a question they are there to answer. They are very prompt with returning phone calls and emails. My financial adviser is always available to answer questions regarding my tuition. My academic counselor is FANTASTIC when it comes to checking in with me to ensure I'm not struggling or have any questions regarding my current or future classes. Based on the time frame some of these reviews have been written I would say Phoenix heard you loud and clear and have implemented changes within the organizations. I've been enrolled since Jan. 2013 As for the classroom, yes, you get some folks who should not be there. However, I personally don't let them affect my education. Taking classes online requires a lot of motivation and strength building from you. You can't let other peoples bad breaks affect you from reaching your goal. I enjoy the classroom setting and the material offered. The team assignments are excellent and I feel are great benefit for the real-life workplace. Speaking as a professional in the corporate world - some individuals come in with top rated schools listed on their resumes and have the HARDEST time working and collaborating with team/groups. I think Phoenix does an excellent job at giving the students the ability to learn to work together. The instructors never miss a beat and are available when you need them. There are also workshops and live tutors who are available to help when needed. I would recommend Phoenix as great online school. I'm still considering if I want to pursue an MBA from them or choose a university here in Texas. The reason being is since recently relocating to Texas, I'm finding the companies here is Texas seem to favor those who are alumni's of the state schools. However, since there seems to be a wave of companies coming in from California and others states across the country I may just stick with Phoenix - like I said I really enjoy the program.
Every question has always been answered in a timely manner by everyone! I was very analytical about every detail and I believe every student should be. It took me almost six months to decide if I wanted to move forward with UofP or to begin with the local college. Needless to say, after my struggle with the pros and cons of each school, I started with UofP. The only thing I have not enjoyed was the "Learning Teams". I understand if teammates do not help on an assignment, their grade is lower than mine, but it is not fair for the person doing all the work on the team. Even though I have had complaints about the "Learning Teams", my advisor's have listened, given me advice, and has even encouraged me! I have no complaints with someone getting back to me, either by email or phone. I would and do encourage anyone to apply and go to this school!
I am on my second year at the UOP and i am overall satisfied. The classes are flexible. I can work and go to school full time. Also, when i move out of the current stats i am in i can transfer to another UOP. Im not tied down or stressing over assignments or financial aid. The instructors are great! Overall a great school!
I attended the University of Phoenix for my Master's Degree in Secondary Education. I earned my bachelor from a traditional university. At the time, I was traveling quite a bit for work and working multiple jobs, so the online option was the best path for me to earn my master's degree in a timely manner. I found the coursework to be challenging with regularly having to post to the discussion forums, doing papers, group projects, research and supplemental reading. I also had to do my classroom observation hours on my own time as well as my student teaching. However, I was motivated to complete my degree and receive my teaching certificate. I was able to get the entire program completed in 20 months. Since I am in Illinois and the university is in Arizona, I needed to make sure that I did everything to meet the Illinois Teaching Certificate requirements. The local Regional Office of Education here was very helpful as was my advisor from University of Phoenix. The only problem I did run into was getting placed for student teaching. I did have to make some phone calls in order to get placed. In the end, I probably had to do a little more leg work on my own because they were in Arizona and I was in Illinois. When it came time to get my teaching certificate, I had no problems. In fact, I received my certificate as early as you could from the state of IL. I was able to find a full time teaching job for the next school year. I worked there for 3 years before moving on to another school. I will admit that I was worried that having a degree from an online program may be looked down upon and there were some fellow teachers who did make some comments. Since I have been teaching the last 5 years I now hear more and more teachers and administrators talking about online programs and how they are more the norm. Years ago most teacher’s did their master’s degrees at your traditional schools, then there were the cohort programs, now many of the classes are done online even by the traditional schools. I think as long as you are committed to finishing the program, focus on getting your certification requirements done for your state and are willing to do some of the administrative work on your own that the program is very beneficial. I am actually looking at some of their courses to pursue an additional certification.
You are better of getting certifications from CompTIA A+ or Microsoft Certified Engineer if you plan to go back to school in any IT related area. You will NOT find any IT related position with the BS in Information Technology. I wasted my time and money here. I went to ITT Technical Institute to study Drafting/CAD and my career took of compared to my IT degee. Stay way from this place like the plague.
UOP is a great school for anyone that is working full time, has a family, and is willing to sacrifice a small bit of time per week to do the required work. I see a lot of complaints about UOP and other online based schools. I assume that the complaints are coming from individuals that are not familiar with online learning, not comfortable with it, or are thinking they can "skate" through the program. I've attended brick and mortar institutions, and I've found that working online saved me money and time (buying books, standing in line or awaiting class for registration, parking, etc). All of the instructors are working professionals on your field of study that offer up to date help and instruction on today's issues and requirements for your career. As far as the perception of UOP (and online school degrees) being "not acceptable" or "subpar" in the job market, you have to sell yourself, not the degree. One could have 5 degrees, but not be able to present him/ her self accordingly.