University of Phoenix Reviews
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Never I mean NEVER ever attend an online College it is a Joke....... Back in 08 I made the mistake of attending University Of Phoenix for 1 semester and hated it.
Needless to say I have paid for that mistake for the last 4 years. They took out a loan with out my permission which took for ever to get took care of. Now I have to have a Official Transcript from them to attend the new local college that I want to attend and UP wants $140 for that since I did not complete more than one year. ITS A RIP OFF!
Transfered from a community college to this university, and to be honest the community college had more professionals and a challenging academic program than this place.
Just go ahead and do some research and you will find that employers are not hiring individuals with a degree from UOP because of how easy it is to earn a diploma from here. I know a few individuals who regret getting a diploma from here. Nobody wants to hire them.
Also recruiters are only but used car salesman. The teachers here are unprepared,this is just their part-time job, and usually they are graduates from this same institution and are also waiting for better and greater things. I'm about to withdraw, take my lost, and return to a real university even if I have to work twice as hard. Don't waste your money.
For the associated program poor information given based on goals, for the other program it is the lack of total information given when extending goals with tbis school.
For example on a five week program during the tail end of the third week I was informed that in order to continue it would cost in excessive of fifteen hundred dollars befor the next class and then again before the eighth class, with this kind of lack of communication I would have never committed, if I dropknow it will cost me over three thousand dollars and it is a shame of the total misleading information given by the so called transistion team.
My experience thus far at Axia Online has been wonderful. When I first requested information from University of Phoenix, I was contacted within two days after my online request. From that point on, my experience has been great.
My enrollment counselor was awesome. She had contacted me about once every few weeks to touch base with me to make sure I was doing good. I will be finishing my Associate of Arts degree in Human Services Management in May and my counselor has changed because I'm going into my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May, but my previous counselor still called me last week to just to see how I was doing with my classes and how I am handling things. We have actually bonded, and I love her to death! I have seen so many reviews of University of Phoenix where people have said that their counselors and advisors were awful and I just find that so difficult to believe. I have to admit that the cirriculum has been a lot sometimes, but what do people expect? It's school! It's supposed to be challenging!! That's how you learn!!!
I have learned more at University of Phoenix than I ever did in High School. Some of the teachers have in fact been like robots (as stated in a lot of the reviews I have read), but Axia has it's equal share of fantastic teachers that have stood out so distinctively in my mind because of their devotion and dedication to making sure we get the most out of our learning experience at University of Phoenix.
Some tips I would offer to those considering online education:
1. Make sure it's accredited. (UoP is.) 2. Make sure that the school you choose offers the right education for the career you plan to pursue. 3. NEVER be afraid to ask questions..it's the only way you'll get answers! 4. Don't let reviews alone make your decision for you. Reviews are often biased and sometimes even untruthful (so sad!). Do your own research to find out what school is best for you. Call the schools if you have to and just ask them questions!
Good luck in finding a school that fits you! University of Phoenix is not for everyone; it requires effort, time, and close attention. Some expect online classes to be easy-peasy and something you can just cheat your way through. Not University of Phoenix. It's a real school, and if you are looking to do real work and get a real learning experience, it's a great choice!!
This school does not care about their students only the money. Their staff is horrible and they cannot seem to keep them employed. Good luck trying to get someone to call you back when you have questions or concerns. In my three years of attending UOP I have had 10 academic counselors and ALL of them have been USELESS! I would have left a long time ago, but I was worried about trying to transfer my credits to another school. I sure wish I would have looked for reviews about UOP before I enrolled. I am taking my last class for my BS and I will move on to a new school for my Master's. UOP will never receive another DIME from me!
The classes are a joke. I cannot say I have learned a thing. Most of the time all you hear from your instructors is about how great they are.
I have attended UoP for a little over 3 years now. I first attended Axia to earn my AA in Information Technology and had a great experience. Now I am currently finishing up my BS in Information System Security at UoP which will be done September 2012. I must say these 3 years so far have been awesome to say the least. I have so much more knowledge in a wide range of subjects compared to when I first started because I have learned a lot at UoP. If you would have told me 3 years ago I would some day be able to write fully functional programs in Java I would have thought you were tripping.
But I really can now thanks to the resources the school offers, the informative discussions with other students and the very knowledgeable instructors. I think it's important to point out that the instructors have real world work experience in the subjects they teach. They are not strictly "teachers" that need tips and hints on how to teach the material from a teachers handbook. They know what they are talking about and do the work everyday. And also hold Master Degrees or better in the subject.
I find many of the negative reviews here very contradictory. Some complain this school is a degree mill while others complain about a graduation rate of 15%. So which is it? Can't have it both ways. It's a flat out lie to say that people don't need a high school diploma or GED to attend UoP. Yes you do! It's a petty argument to tell people not to attend this school based on another students spelling and grammar. Give me a break. Not everyone's a perfect writer and it does not mean they cannot grasp the subject they are learning and maybe pass something off helpful to you. It's also a flat out lie to say no ones scored a rewarding career after graduating from UoP. This school has existed since what 1979 and no ones ever got a job with their degree huh? My brother attended a college where half of his instructors had UoP degrees.
I have never ever had an issue with my financial or academic advisers. I've only had a problem with one instructor but out of 35 instructors so far, that's basically nothing and I hardly blame the school. The guy was knowledgeable in the subject just had a bad attitude.
The curriculum is not easy especially when deep into the program. It's easy to get overwhelmed if your not keeping pace and putting in the effort. UoP's online environment is designed for those that want to learn and have control of their education. Not for people looking for an easy degree trying to do the minimum and have their hand held like a kindergartner. Those are the people that I do not recommend attending this school. But everyone else I highly recommend it.
I also think it's pretty cool that an NFL franchise would be willing to name their brand new state of the art stadium after UoP. I find it hard to believe an NFL team would want the name of a bogus school on their stadium.
I do recognize that some people could have a bad experience at UoP. Some people thrive in the military while others experience a nightmare. Some people love their job while others hate everyday they work the same job. It all comes down to you and the type of person you are and whether it's right for you. What I highly recommend is to check it out for yourself and realize a lot of the negative reviews here are what are bogus. Not the school. I honestly wish everyone the best in their pursuit of higher education regardless of where they attend school. Good luck!!
After reading several pages of reviews It is about an equal amount of people who have complained and those who loved it.
I am currently enrolled and have not experienced any problems. My counselors have not changed and my experience has been nothing but pleasant. It took me going to several different schools before I could find one that seemed to have fit me. I also think that in each state that it is also adding to the experience of a person. The UOP may not be the same as the one in MY state. The people who you deal with is what puts a bad taste in peoples mouth. The school is not a scam, they may be pricey, BUT NOT A SCAM. They are accredited, and it is how much a person will take out of it.
My job has tuition reimbursement, and provides a discount for going to UOP. I work for a very well known company and if they believe in it that much to provide a discount then I do not think they are all that bad. Opinions are always great everyone but are not all the same. Since everyone is split on how they feel then I think it is up to whoever to see for themselves.
I have roughly a year to go to graduate with a bachelors degree in criminal justice. This whole time I have never had any oh the problems I have read. The instructors I've had have been good. It may be possible that it depends on the major people choose because it seems to me like the instructors i've had really care about teaching us everything possible. They share real life stories and get to the point. They have all been employees of what they teach. In my case law enforcement officers, district attorney, detectives, or attorneys in general. When I took psychology classes they were psychologist.
I've never had a problem with financial aid, or counselors. All of my peers have said bad things. As far as people laughing at me or saying that my degree will be worth nothing, it has never happened. Some people actually say it is a good school. I obviously want to get into law enforcement and have talked to several officers from various departments and ranks and have all said it will be extremely valuable on my application and further down my career.
One of my instructors is the ex chief of parris police department, he shared with the whole class that two of his best officers, one a Sargent, are UOP graduates. So as for me Phoenix is an excellent school and I can not wait to finish and take the next step forward.
I started attending UoP in November of 2011. I recently graduated from a university in the mid-west with my bachelors degree and wanted to go on for my teaching certification and eventual Ph.D. in Education. We have another university in the city I live in and just trying to get into their Master's program is a joke and a rip-off.
That is when I called and checked out UoP. I liked what I read about it and when I talked to an adviser, he answered all my questions and I didn't have to jump through all these stupid hoops. As I'm unable to work at this point in time, I'm busy full-time taking care of my wife who is disabled and unable to walk right now, attending classes online and only having to deal with only one class at a time for 6 weeks works great for me.
The advisers are also understanding and helpful with working with me as I recently found out that I'm losing my eyesight. So accommodations have been made for my classes. So would I recommend UoP? In a heart beat.
I would first like to say that UoP, in many aspects, is a school like any other. You get what you put into it.
I transferred from CSU Sacramento to UoP due to the inability to get classes around my full-time work schedule. This increased the cost of my education, but at least I could continue going forward. I then continued to get my MBA.
I did not see much value in the MBA and I believe that was due to my supervisors not having any degree (as a District Manager for a major bank), their stated view was "Everyone has one" however they did not have a degree, nor did most of their managers.
I am now at an ABA accredited law school, so clearly the degree counts for graduate schools. I would say that if you are looking to teach at a university, then it may not have the right accrediation for a specific field (such as business). Do your research and explore where you would like to teach.
I attended classes on a campus and I was not a fan of some classes or professors, but that is the case no matter where you attend school. I had a better experience in Northern California than Southern California.
If you have the ability to go to a traditional school (time/money/location) then it may be a better choice simply because of other people's ignorance and probably less expensive. If you do not for any reason - University of Phoenix does work.