University of Phoenix Reviews
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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.
None of the staff or admin are there to help you. Seemed like they were there just to collect a paycheck. Overall climate of staff and admin was very negative and unwelcoming. Advisors do not know how to deal with people. Every single advisor that I've spoken to was very condescending and rude. Felt lied to from the very beginning just so that they could get me enrolled.
Invest in your education elsewhere..where you're treated with respect and where they are there to help you succeed. Didn't have any problems at the local public university while working on my undergraduate degree.
Their only good quality is helping you when your confused..... that is, the academic people. The financial people are politely douche bags. Once you get "roped in" and make the commitment to getting loans, thats it. You wont here from them until its time to pay. Oh, and if they set up your classes without verifying your student loans, as says their policy apparently, and you decide to stop attending after your done with your current class, you will have two weeks to start paying off your last class to UoP. They will ask for the full price up front, then offer you 3 months to pay it.... if not, it goes to collections.
The classes are a joke. From level 100 - 400 courses, they are a joke. I legit did not read one chapter of any books given to me. Took about 6 classes. No exaggeration, not one chapter read. You can google your papers and any discussion questions. You can blatantly plagiarize. You can bull crap the first 3-4 weeks of the 5 weeks of class on "not knowing how to use the format", and still get 95% of credit.
You basically pay for the credits you buy.... granted you sign in a few times a week and bull shit on the questions. This whole experience was a joke. Im sorry i wasted alot money on this horrible "school", and probably wont have any credits transfer.
I am attending this school as I write, but I am very unhappy with thier whole scheme of business. I have finished my AA, and have moved on to my BA, which I am only half way through. Now all of the sudden I am getting a bill for $2700, which must be paid in full or I can not continue. I have been trying to get my financial aid councilor on the phone, but it is like pulling teeth. No awnsered, and when I leave a message or email him, he never gets back to me. Finally he gets back to me today, two months by the way, and he tells me the reason I have a balance is because my financial aid does not fully cover each class by about $50 or so. So that is why I have a balance. Why did they not inform me of this right away I would of paid it then, $50 every so often is doable, but $2700 now is a bit harder. So if I don't pay they are going to turn me into collection which will hurt my credit. What a bunch of bullshit! I would transfer but many schools will not take credits from UOP, so I would have to start over which is something I do not want to do. As far as the classes go, many of the reviews are correct, some of the teacher do not do what is necessary to fulfill acquired criteria. I have had teacher that cared nothing but about your grammar. I wrote a paper in one class that was nothing but garbage, but I payed close attention to grammar and citations, and low and behold, all my points, and just the opposite in others. Don't get me wrong I have had some great teachers and learned a lot, but over all it seems like its just a way for investors or the university to make money, not to see people exceed. I will finish, but disgruntled as I go. I will be glad and proud of my degrees, but I will not ever indorse this school. Way to much drama and organized business that are wacky. By the way, some one with a review above said they had many different councilors assigned to them, it is true, I have a different financial and Acedemic councilor ever class, sometimes two per class that are changed out. This is most likely a large portion of thier issue. Uninformed and unexperienced individuals in these positions, creating confusion among students. This is why ther are so many bad reviews.
Everyone on here that put a bad review am almost sure are mad at the fact that they couldn't cut it and fail now they want to said the UoP sucks they need to look in the mirror and look at the real problem with there lives
I am only in my first two classes in this school and I would never recommend it to anyone. The classes are a joke.
They charge you $10,000 to basically teach yourself. I have people in my classes who can not spell on a 4th grade level. I dont think any employer would respect my degreee if they had any idea of what was being taught.
First of all, people that bad mouth this school probably went to this school expecting it to be easy because I thought online schooling would be easier than attending a campus. My sister is going to a college located in my town and she is also an online student and I compared my their online learning system to UoP; OLS with UoP is way more active than the one the local college have. Also, for you people that did not know, UoP helped other schools set up ther Online Learning System.
Anyway, back to the topic. Just like a brick and mortar school, there will be instructors you aren't going to get along with, maybe because the way they teach doesn't click with you or your way of learning. Does it matter where you get your degree? I could have went to the local college in my town and earn a degree but what good is it if I do not know anything after earning that degree? I attend this school and read ALL the reading materials! and I do independent study myself with my own books or internet source. People that wrote negative comments about the school probably just did the weekly assignment and participated then waited till next week again to do any reading. I spend about 4 hours a DAY! studying and just like any other school, UoP will teach you the basic and work their way up. I had some classes that were easy that I did not have to do much but when it comes to my IT classes, they are very challenging.
Personally, I can say that going to this school is a waste of time and money, not to mention the Financial Aid rep was a joke and a liar. After explaining to us all the cost of tuition and what our grants and student loans would be able to cover, I felt comfortable with the school. They give you this free trial "Class" to see whether you like it or not. Sure, they make it fun and interactive, but this is what draws you in. Once you're in your first paid class (GEN/195), all of that goes downhill fast. The amounts the adviser had given us were complete BS. It wasn't until I had finished the first class and started my second when I was told the amount due on my balance thus far.
$1702 for one class who's credits don't even transfer. I learned nothing in that "Class" and I was forced to pay out the ass for it. I understand that they're a private college and are in the business to make money, but this is the biggest scam I've ever seen. If you have the means and are looking for a BS "degree" that will get you nowhere, be my guest and go there. Otherwise, I wouldn't join this school again if someone held a gun to my head.