University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,171)
UOP isn't easy, you must be able to work independently, meaning you attend school when it is convenient for you. There are "attendance" requirements and you must log in and participate in daily questions (DQ) four days out of a week. You must also answer the DQ yourself with references, and you will probably have some sort of paper, power point (I've gotten very good at these)or group exercise due each week. But you get to choose what those four days of attendance will be, it is totally up to you and can change from week to week. The on line classes I attended were generally five weeks long with some seven weeks. This allows allot of flexibility in managing other things in your life. For instance, I was able to schedule a week to 10 days off every winter for a vacation somewhere in the caribean.
I have never had any problem with instructors addressing a question or concern and they are required to get back to a question posted in an individual forum within 48 hours. The instructors in my case all had very advanced degrees and most posted provocative questions that made one think. There is allot of work to complete each week and there were times I would sit and cry and whine at my husband that I wouldn't be able to get it all done, but I did as well as managed to keep above a 3.5 GPA. Some instructors were more focused on the APA writing style rather then content of the paper but overall my courses have allowed me to expand my learning and understanding of many issues. My academic advisor was wonderful,returned calls the same day or at the latest in 24 hours. She really helped me identify my goals that in reality reinforced why I was in school. So, I will be graduating with my BSN in three weeks!
I recieved my bachelor's in nursing from UOP in 2010 and am nearing the end of the dual masters program in business administration and nursing with a focus on health care administration. First I'ld like to say that UOP is for the seriously motivated adult professional who is looking to expand their career. I am a 40 year old, mother of 3, full time employee who was able to complete classes on my schedule and yet maintain a 3.8 gpa. It is also true that you get out of school what you put into it. My classes were challenging, full of information, yet totally do-able.
I too have heard the critical reviews of UOP, but let me tell you- UOP is an accredited college, it has instructors with real life experiences like no other, it is accepted by many (and I mean many) top employers, and it has instructors/academic advisors who are committed to your success and are easily accessible. I truly believe I have gained more through my education at UOP then I have in any brick and mortar college because I have easy access to staff and have gained an abundance of computer knowledge along the way.
The student services department was great. Educational Content was superb. Real people teaching what they have done or experienced in the past. These are professionals from the field. The financial aid people were fantastic.
I am finishing up on my MBA. I have been attending since the beginning. This is the type of school that works for me. I don't like traditional sit down. I can log in whenever as long as I meet the requirements and get assignments done.
The support staff both technical and academic are there to help. There isnt a day that goes by that I am talking to someone about joining University of Phoenix. This has changed my life. I never thought I would hold a MBA, but I am a few classes
I started UOP back in 2005. Back then it was not that popular to take online courses. Now, a lot of schools have online classes. I decided to take online courses for the very reason that I have done traditional college and felt it is a waste of time. It just feels that it is a controlled cattle herd. I hated the large population of students, parking, professors that did not care, staff not being personal and just overall a waste of time.
I have been active duty with the United States Navy since 2003. Ever since I started UOP I have attained my AA in criminal Justice (2009) and my Bachelors in Organizational Security Management (2011). I was motivated and disciplined to get my degrees and that is what people need to have when attending online Universities. UOP is accredited hence what I have seen and learned is that a Bachelors degree is like a high school degree nowadays, experience plus a degree equals a good job. It does not matter where you get a degree what matter if it is accredited and you actually finish. Now, I'm about to start my Masters in Intel Counter-terrorism and Terrorism with a different University. With my military experience and my degrees I guarantee you that I will get a great job in the field I like. Remember in the real world its about competing and experience. University of Phoenix has been great and has opened a lot of doors for me.
This school is NOT designed for people trying to start a career. If you are already working in your field and you are seeking a higher degree, then you might be okay. But if you are seeking a degree for the first time and looking to get into the career of your dreams...stay far, far away from this school. They DO NOT offer job placement nor do they even give you a boost in finding employment. I graduated in June 2012 and I am still looking for work. I haven't even been offered an internship. I have not heard from any of my advisers or anyone from UOP since the day I completed my last course.
I withdrew from the school before continuing with my Bachelor's degree and I have now enrolled at Troy University. They are a real traditional school that will not hassle you to enroll. The tuition is only $6,240/yr and they are not after the money. As a matter of fact, I had to pay an application fee of $30 to Troy Univ., which means that they are operating as a traditional school without using the bait and switch to reel you in like good ole' UOP does. I advise all of those seeking a career and not just a degree to run fast from UOP.
I wish I had listened to those reviews from former students before continuing my education there. Now I have a degree with no career and money to pay back for a waste of time. Do me a favor, get out and go to Troy. They offer more meaningful degrees that are well suited for the average occupations in this country.
I recently finished my Associate's degree in Criminal Justice and I'm now enrolled at U of P for my bachelors degree in Human Service management. I have never had any issues with this school.. You have to be self motivated and willing to seek out the help if you need it. I have had a few instructors that were a little difficult but I feel that you are going to get this any were that you go to school.
My academic and my financial aid advisers are always there when I need them and they have helped me out a lot. I feel that there has been a lot of negative talk about the university but I really think that this is from people that really just want a degree handed to them, you have to put the hard work into the program in order to get out of it what you want.
This is a great school the only thing that I don't like is that my books are always online and I have to print them out, I wish I could get a real text books without having to foot an extra bill. I will continue to attend the University of Phoenix until I'm done with my academic goals.
This is my third school I have attended. Every class and every college is different. It all depends what works for you. My last college I attended was Citrus Community College in Glendora, CA. I can tell you I would rather go quarterly at University of Phoenix rather than Semester. I would rather attend a new class every five weeks to keep interest in learning than 4 and a half months of the same classes. Then again, its like I said, its up to the individual.
Overall as long as University of Phoenix is accredited regionally and is acceptable by employers and my degree is a degree and not a certificate, then I'm fine. I've done research and UoP is good to go with employers. Besides, most schools are like Disneyland on a Saturday now a days and you'd be lucky to get a class let alone the ones you want. I transferred my credits to Phoenix because i didn't want to end up getting my degree in like six to eight years because of constantly fighting to get my classes at a zoo of a school and not even getting them in the end. That has happened to me before a few times and it's frustrating as hell.
All in all, UOP is a good school but not for some. Just remember, no matter where you go, you will always encounter problems and bad professors and horrible experiences. So don't blame UOP for one mistake they made during your time there. It happens everywhere. If it's not your thing, then move on. Everybody's different.
I am so tired of reading negative comments about the University of Phoenix. Everyone that has commented negatively says the same thing. You all are mad because YOU wasn't driven enough to find the time to get YOUR work done. If you did not log on and do your work then you cannot blame the school for that. People also have something to say because the school is a for profit school.
Well tell me what school isn't? A regular university may not have their status as a for profit school BUT I bet you won't be able to go there unless they are getting some kind of payment. So quit the nonsense saying this school is a diploma mill. I guarantee you the diploma I received wasn't just handed to me. I had to work my butt off to receive my diploma. No, it wasn't easy but if you find a college that is then I'll show you a school that's a scam. I have never had a problem with any of my councelors or facilitators. I also saw a stupid comment saying something about the math being hard and being scheduled in the middle of your program to keep you from being able to quit? ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW??? Tell me what college will not make you take a math class? DON'T WORRY I'LL WAIT!!! You all are ridiculously stupid!! If you don't have the common sense to pick up on math then don't give the school a bad review. I also saw someone said something about not being able to remember anything they learned. Well who fault is that?
The school can't control what you can or cannot remember. I love the University of Phoenix!! I graduated in June with my associates in criminal justice and has just started on my bachelors. I am a very cautious person so before even enrolling I contacted the sheriffs office in my parish to see if they accepted degrees from the University of Phoenix. I was assured that they did accept degrees from this college because it is an accredited school. I will say that you have to be driven and self motivated to do well in this school. You also have to do well with writing essays. The purpose of having reading assignments is to teach you what you need to learn for the assignment. If you don't take the time to read it then it's your fault you are not learning anything.
I suggest people stop taking the word of babbling idiots that didn't do what they were supposed to do or felt they were not being spoon fed or treated special enough. Experience the school for yourself and make your own decision. I did and I couldn't be happier. My name is Erica and I Am A Phoenix!!
I had to take two courses and in my cost accounting course that I took one team member was would only do certain parts of assignments and would not want to do other parts. Then for one assignment she accidentall submitted her husbands assignment. Apparently he had taken the class before an she was just submitting his work. We informed the professor of her cheating and noting was done. Then on the day of the final she elected not to submit her portion of the work and one of the other team mate decided just to not respond all night. Two of our team members did not submit their part and at 10:30 that night the professor finally answered us and told us we had to do their part. We received a B on the final however we should have gotten an A as it was not in our control for the other two jerks not to submit their work.
In my business law class we were all assigned to groups, one group had an individual who had passed the bar was working at a law firm however had to take the business law class due to accreditation issues. He was pretty much a practicing attorney and he would do all the work in the class as you could read the posts and he would write "I will take care of it". Another group had a paralegal and he would often say " I will get someone in my office to help us with it." However my most favorite was the group where that had an individual who's father was a judge, and would often have one of his dad's friends do the assignments. Then there were the two groups that had to fend for themselves. I was in one of these groups and it was brutal as the other teams always had professional responses and would always be right. It was really frustrating, we forwarded information to the professor about all of the cheating and extra help the other teams got and she took it into consideration when it came to grades, yet it was still frustrating.
Team environments are horrible! This was the biggest waste of money and to add insult to injury after I finished my two courses I was told by my employer that they do not accept courses from Univ of Phoenix, due to their bad reputation! I had to go somewhere else and retake the courses!
MANY EMPLOYERS DO NOT RECOGNIZE A DEGREE FROM THIS SCHOOL
I did not care for the learning environment at all, very poor. Everything seemed quite elementary and unnecessary. The professors themselves are very unresponsive and don't treat their students as if they are individuals. Nor do they efficiently respond professionally to questions, concerns, etc.
I am currently transferring out of their Psychology program. I'm quite disappointed and saddened with this university.
I do not recommend it. If you're looking for a "easy" bull.. degree, sure. If you want an actual education; to learn, then this university is not for you.