University of Phoenix Reviews
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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.
I graduated with honors in 2005, earning my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Even though I'd been working in IT for 10 years at the time, the education I received gave me many more insights and filled the holes that my "self-education" and some training courses had left.
I also saw an immediate 45% increase in my salary and have reaped more financial rewards since. I was so satisfied that I returned to UoP to earn my MBA, which I will complete in a few months. I expect to reap additional rewards upon its completion.
The academic and financial aid advisors have always been terrific. Like with anything else, you'll get out of the experience what you put into it. If you don't put forth the effort and self-discipline to do the work, an online education may not serve you.
But for those of us who are determined to succeed, the online environment, complete with Learning Teams, will stretch your boundaries and force you to grow.
I would like to say that UoP is a great school my counselor always call and check up on me and my financial advisor keeps me in the loop with everything...
School is what you make it if you don't apply yourself and you are looking for a quick check and think you don't have to do anything then of course you would have a problem.
Classes were challenging and some more so then others and some people may not find college that difficult for them at all so it really depends on the person... stop bashing the school and grow up and pick another school or don't go I'm sure it won't stop all the millions of people from going to this school.
I did my research just like you're doing now. Honestly, this school is the most popular of the online institutions and I went for it. Quick and easy enrollment and I paid through loans. I worked insane hours while overseas in the Army while full-time student.Very time consuming and can be very hard trying to meet the deadlines.
This is college and for some of you, graduate school. Time to grow up and decide if school is right for you first before the college itself. This will require you to figure out a lot of material on your own, create a school/study schedule that works and be prepared not to have a life. It is up to you to make your life happen that includes school, career and everything in between. I have read so much wining and complaining on these schools and I laugh. I am gearing up for my PhD and I know that I have to make it all happen. This is not high school where people hold your hand and explain everything to you. That is what college is for. It teaches you to be a leader in the work environment, it shows employers that they can trust you can handle tight deadlines, there will be a standard quality of work that you will provide ect.
My ratings: Quality of Instruction... Some of great some are not. Classes are only for 6-8 weeks so suck it up, do your work, participate in the discussions and you will be fine.
Financial Aid....same as any other school I have attended (online & brick & mortar)
Job Placement......This is just silly.....I dont know of 1 university that claims to offer job placement. You are in a pool of a lot of people getting their degree...welcome to the shark pool. Fight for what you want.
Student Services....Offers aid for those that need studying tools and/or personal help. Also, I did have a problem with a couple of teachers but one in particular. I made a complaint because I felt they had no idea what they were doing and it got handled. Don't expect this to happen to you and I recommend if you run into a problem, wait until after the semester is over to avoid retaliation. This goes for every school.