University of Phoenix Reviews
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I graduated from UOP in 2008 after attending the school for two years. I received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice while working in the military, then working in the federal government full-time. My experience with UOP was exactly what a college experience should be for those who desire to learn from those who are professionals and experts in their fields.
Since I was a CJ major, all my instructors were either current or former law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, wardens and everything in between in the criminal justice field. These individuals had a plethora of accumulated knowledge and experience that made me feel privileged to be in their classes.
While going through my background investigation for my current job, one of my instructors ended up knowing the investigator and gave him a head's up on what kind of student I was. I am fully confident that this was the networking advantage I had on attaining my current GS-12 position.
I attended a local community college before planning on transferring to a state university and learned that it would have taken me almost twice the time to graduate at a "traditional" school. I took a chance on UOP and never looked twice. Most of the instructors at UOP also teach at traditional universities so I got the same education as bigger colleges.
The work at this school is no joke. Instructors expect comprehensive and eloquent essays that adhere to the course objectives. There are no shortcuts and the accelerated classes will take up much of your time. I'm not the smartest guy in the world but the level of reading and writing that UOP exposed me to helps me every day in my current position.
Make no mistake; this is an accredited institution of higher learning with experts in their field acting as instructors. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who has a family and works full-time.
UoP, the financial aide counselors out right lie to you. I was told that I qualified for financial aide and the balance was paid by a student loan. My financial aide counselor wrote everything out for me and told me that my entire education was paid for. To make a long story short, when the next calendar year came, I was told by another financial aide counselor that I would need to borrow $10,000.00 to pay the entire cost of the 2nd year's tuition. Funny how they change financial aide counselor's every three months. I did not wish to go into more debt and explained that I was lead to believe my original aide counselor told me my entire degree program was paid for. I even had the 3x5 card she wrote it on. They will tell you anything to get that $$, also being told that my credits were transferrable anywhere because they are an acredited school.
Well, now that I have done further research, they are not transferrable. I am a straight A student and I feel I wasted good $ and time time, what a waste of a year for nothing. Heed WARNING UoP will tell you anything to get your $$.
University of Phoenix is the best. I have had a very positive time with Phoenix. I am still going there and may even go for another degree after this one.
Those who put this school down, may not have been dealing with the real Phoenix. Even my brother, sister-in-law, and mom go to this school and none of us have anything bad to say about it.
If you want to go to an on-line school, this is one of the best there is and not one person will ever change my mind about it.
I went back to school because I was unable to progress in my accounting career. I had completed approx 1 year of college in my late teens/early 20's and absolutely hated the 'brick and mortar' environment, so I decided to attend school online. I started from the very beginning and completed all four years of my B.S. in Business/Accounting with UoP online. I had a wonderful experience with my A.A. and B.S. programs for the following reasons:
1. I am introverted and a very independent learner- I'm not the type of person who asks a lot of questions or requires much direction 2. I'm self-motivated 3. I love to write 4. The instructors were absolutely great- every instructor was currently employed (and had extensive experience)in the field that each was teaching. Most had Ph.D.'s, and all had a minimum of an M.A. or M.S.
The accounting program was very difficult at times and may be different from other majors (I'm not sure) because there is basically only one right answer in accounting, and very little room for error.
I don't think I would ever recommend taking certain classes, such as Finance or Financial Accounting, online because these can be extremely challenging and I could have used much more guidance than was possible over a computer. Still, I got through all of the classes, albeit with a TON of work and independent research at times.
If you have questions, the instructors WILL respond within 24 hours (either by e-mail or phone), but the online forum isn't always ideal for complex explanations- this is often the reason why people dislike this type of learning, or simply find that they can't absorb the material.
In this environment, you definitely get back what you put in. If you are very extroverted, lack discipline, prefer in-person interaction, require hand-holding, don't like to write, don't like to have to interpret complicated information largely on your own, this is probably not a good choice for you.
If you're like me and don't like to waste time listening to other students' (often) pointless questions or listening to a professor explain material that you already read in a course's textbook simply because you need to hear it out loud, then you will most likely love this school. Like any school, you will determine the quality of your learning by the quality of your effort. If you enjoy and CAN learn this way, then I highly recommend it and learned more in one class than in one year of traditional schooling or work experience. On the other hand, I completely understand why some people would hate this environment.
My earned my 2-year degree in a local college and my bachelors from UOP. My experience with UOP was very positive and helped move me up in my career.
For those who thought the classes were "easy" where not in the BSB/Acc program. In the accounting program in my "Capstone" class, the final exam was 200 questions with only 180 minutes to complete.
When I asked questions of my Instructors, I always received an answer within 48 hours.
After reading some of these reviews about how people rate the school negatively because they failed, that is on you not UoP. It takes a very motivated and goal-oriented person to do this online. To give low marks because of your own failures is wrong.
GREAT SCHOOL! and I will be done with my Bachelor's degree in November so I do know what I'm talking about!
Great school! I went for my Master's Degree at UoP. Very convenient for those who work full-time and are looking to advance their career in any major. The teachers are wonderful! I like how they offer a variety of academics.
I recently was reviewing some of the posts that people had commmented about the school. From the beginning, I was pretty much helped and have had no problems with my loans or any advisor. On the contrary, the schools is wonderful at communicating with me every few weeks. It seems like they are "holding my hand" as far as loans and anything related to my schedule goes.
The learning process: well that is another story. I am not sure what instructors some people have gotten, but I have had it rough. Each course is a challenge and each paper is another challenge. No one has helped my complete my assignments, but myself and it is A LOT of hard work. The instructors are very nice and willing to help us out whenever we need.
I have successfully completed my Bachelor's in Business with an emphasis in Management and I am a few courses from completing my Master's in Management. If anyone thinks that it is "too easy" then, you are quite intelligent and should try Harvard or MIT...let me know how that works out for you!
I've read several reviews and feel compelled to interject my two cents...I just completed my master's degree and feel such a sense of accomplishment. I did this for myself and possibly my career.
I want to comment on a few things I have read in the reviews...first, I had only the experience of incredible communication with my academic adviser, S., and had no difficulty ever understanding and obtaining help with any financial aid matters. The content of the courses was amazing and at times, I felt very challenged. My only beef is that aside from a checkbook, there exists little criteria for entry.
I say this as many, if not most, folks in my classes needed to go back and revisit English 101. I was amazed that some folks were able to proceed through a master's program and not even understand the basics centered on grammar, APA, and spell check!
Along the lines of career placement, I have had no introduction but I do suggest that each person steer the helm of their own future and not wait for promises of job placement. For those that write complaints of this offering, I suggest spending more time honing your grammar and seeking professional resume advice...
I agree with those who said UOP is a joke. All learning material was online, it looked like it was a bunch of blogs from India or someplace where the grammar is 10 times worst than mine! I was confused and unable to talk to the professor. I actually don't remember getting a response the very few times I would ask questions.
I do have to say that I did get calls from my adviser as my grades were dropping and he gave suggestions. However, at the time I tried some of them I didn't get any further assistance from the rest of the school.
I don't recommended this school at all as they don't have any real support available. Sure I had a half good adviser but they clearly aren't working together for the welfare of their students.. it seems like they are just clocking in hours.