University of Phoenix Reviews
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Basically the way there online system is set up is by points. You get points by participating in discussions. You can earn up to 8 points by posting messages and participating in classroom discussions. The thing with the online system is it's basically like teaching yourself. They have all the tools and worksheets that you go through and all the instructor does is post questions in the discussion forum so you can earn participation points. It's really black and white and charging 10,000 plus dollars for a 5 week course is ridiculous. Like I said it's like teaching yourself. They do give you a 3 week trial but other then that I wouldn't recommend it if your more of a hands on type of person. The staff,advisers, and everything are helpful but once your in and settled you won't need them anymore. In conclusion I expected more out of this online college thing. I'm at the end of my second week and the work isn't particularly hard it's just boring. As far as refund checks I haven't gotten to that point yet but you won't get it until basically your classes are over after 5 weeks.
I just achieved my BS in Business and Marketing. UOP has an amazing learning curriculum and online classroom. I attended off and on for 7 years because I took a few personal breaks. These classes are intense. If you are not organized and self disciplined you will not make it in online class. The pace is very fast. One of my favorite things about UOP online classes is the learning teams. It wasn't fun but I did gain very valuable project management and team project facilitation. I will say that I ended up do most of the work in a lot of team projects because I'm a perfectionist and didn't want my grade relying on others. We just had our commencement ceremony and it was perfect in every way! I highly recommend!
Some people do not like the UOP for one reason: They let people like you in. Once upon a time, this was me. When I first started at this school, I was very unsure about it. There was no SAT or ACT and no proving how worthy I was to gain the honor of acceptance. How can any college that lets just about anybody in possibly be good? I had always excelled in school and was completely convinced of my academic superiority. At UOP I saw people who couldn’t spell and had all manner of personal drama going on continuously. I was forced to put up with “those people” in the same class as moi. But I also saw people in professional roles who had excellent critical thinking skills, some who like me had previously attended traditional schools, and those who looked like “my kind” of people. The UOP student body is such a diverse population that it can only be described as normal people, everyday people that you might meet anywhere. They are not brain damaged mutants who were tricked into attending an inferior school. In thinking about opening my own business someday, I realized these people would undoubtedly be my customers. Once I dropped the attitude, I learned how to see the value in people who are not like me. The coursework and library are actually very good. If not, I would have gone someplace else. I received what I paid for, sweat for, worked nights and weekends for, and nobody stole my money or ripped me off. After a few years of building up the right kind of experience, I also landed a good job in a new field. I expect to have a long-term relationship with UOP for certificates, continuing education programs, and access to the library. The old model of going to school once and being set for life is gone, so the UOP’s focus on lifetime learning is a big plus. It is not important that a person be considered smart. It is important that each person be full of passion, walking in the light that they have, doing what they can where they are. Do not let anyone convince you that you’re somehow worth less because you’re not like them or because you went to UOP instead of Ivy League. I looked for the perfect school and never found it. I chose UOP because it was designed for people like me, an ordinary everyday person with a vision to be extraordinary.
Dropped out of the program because it was intense trying to incorporate school into my day job, family, and personal life. Right away the school contacted me and influenced/motivated me to continue and stay in school. For UOP - Hawaii campus, the support/guidance was there. Continued on and completed my MBA. So Glad I did! Achieving my MBA opened the doors and advancement opportunities within my current company. Did a hybrid of both campus and online. Definitely two completed different approaches attending classes. Attending the campus allows the face to face interaction with peers and groups. Attending online allows the flexibility of logging on the required amount of times per week at ones convenience. The school may be pricey but again UOP is tailored and benefits the working adult. When I attended UOP I continue to work my day job earning a pay check and support my family. It would have been difficult for me to attend the local university at this time (2010-2012). The local universities mocked the online class system of UOP but look at the trend now, may Universities are offering online courses and degrees. I am proud that I have gone to UOP.
My counselor screwed up my paperwork for finances. When I finish all my classes then I found out my classes was not paid for. He told me the only way to get my degree is not only pay my students loans but had a huge bill to thousands of dollars to the school since he didn't turn my paperwork in on time. His response was "oh well you have to pay it if you want your degree and have 30 days to pay it or it will get turn over to a collection agency." When I told him I cannot pay he said go borrow it. This was a waste of time and money. This school is a job. Do not waste your time going here. You will be better off.
Completed my Master of Arts degree in 2006 at UOP online. Prior to enrolling, I did my homework. I have so sympathy for students who enroll in an online program in their desired field who then turn around later and blame the school for "tricking" them. I am talking about students who have student loan debt and complain that the degree is worthless because they cannot find a job. No University guarantees a job. You have to do your own footwork, your own networking. I am also talking about students who blame the college for not sending their stipend out on time to pay their electric bill. How were the utility bills being paid before they became a student? These programs are designed for working adults. I called the Dept of Education in my State prior to enrolling at UOP to find out if a degree from this school would allow me to become a certified teacher in my state. I was informed that as long as the University is regionally accredited....which UOP is. The courses were challenging, instructors worked in the field, and when I finished I felt that I had learned a lot. This was really evident to me when I did my Internship in a 3rd grade classroom and I hit the ground running. I did a great job, passed the state exams for certification and the whole experience was very rewarding. So my message to you is first do your research on the field you are interested, and find out what the job prospects look like. You can do your research by pulling up the Dept Of Labor Statistics Occupational a Handbook. If you are a person who is not willing to do your homework first, and not willing to do the footwork that it takes to get hired, then don't enroll in this college or any college for that matter. Why would you knowingly agree to accumulate debt and then choose to become a victim?
University of Phoenix has met my expectations when providing instructional materials and the support that I needed to get my degree.
University of Phoenix empowered me to complete my education while continuing to work full time and support my family. The coursework was challenging but the busy work typically associated with schoolwork was eliminated which meant I was able to focus more on course content and less on doing work simply to do work. I was also able to use my current and past work history to draw conclusions about questions and discussion in my courses which helped make my studies part of my everyday life.
I thought this school would be a great choice... It is a diploma mill. I have wasted my time taking two classes. I received an A in both but would never recommend this school. They do nothing, I have no idea how they are CCNE accredited. You will do way more busy work and team lead joke projects that teach nothing... Then if you just went to a classroom. There has got to be better online schools for an MSN then this one.
I enrolled in University of Phoenix to work on a doctorate in management. Entrance into the school was easy, it took me a couple of classes to learn how to complete courses on-line but my GPA is 3.97 out of 4.0 so I did well in all of the courses; most were challenging, required a huge time commitment, but were good courses. The issues were with the dissertation process. Committee selection is critical and I chose a chair who was knowledgeable about my research method and topic, unfortunately, he did not provide a lot of support. There was not a second committee member available for over 9 months because the school did not have enough qualified committee members who knew anything other than education so teachers were fine but I was not. Of course, when I finally found a committee member with very little support from the school that gladly took my money for each class, there were many new requirements that took me an additional six monts to complete. The external reviewer had different opinions about the level of detail, the amount of information, and what should be in the proposal. Again, this is the luck of the draw because other dissertations written with the level of detail I provided are published. There is no consistency in requirements and depending on who you speak with the requirements change. $40,000+ into this expensive program I decided not to quit but try a different reviewer. The new editor wanted yet different information did not understand my topic or research method and appeared to miss information included in my paper. The sad part of this is with the exception on one instructor, they were all outstanding and I enjoyed the classes. It is the support staff that make this school a disaster and a poor choice for education. There are much better programs available based on my comparison of my experiences with those of friends who worked on similar degrees at other institutions. I do not recommend this school as there are many horror stories, the cost of education is very expensive, the university is only interested in profit, and the school is not respected in technology industries.