University of Phoenix Reviews
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University of Phoenix is accredited and challenging as any other University. But if you attend, please pay close attention to your money. I have experienced on two occasions now, they took funds from my loans and grants and did not pay my refund as schools are supposed to.
Then when you go to ask questions some of their advisors (two out of 4 in my experience) are rude and do not want to give you information. If you get information, it is always a different answer from what it had been before. In the end, you do not receive your money and they get away with it. This has happend twice in the year and a half that I have been there.
I have read a ton of reviews over the past few years for UOP. I will admit that a year or so ago, I was about 3/4 way done with my BSPSY, and wanted nothing more than to drop our of UOP. However I couldn't because the units won't transer, and I would then be forced to begin repaying all the student loans. I was having rouble with all these "unexpected" out-of-pocket expenses and wasn't able to continue classes until it was paid.
They are definitely a money hungry institution, but the education I received was worth it in the end. MOST of my instructors were very knowledgeable and pushed us to achieve a good grade. In some ways you are teaching yourself because the assignments are due before you review the material in class, but it is what you make it. If you make it a point to really learn what your being taught, keep a positive outlook, it is a great experience.
I did graduate with a BSM in August 2011. I had mixed experiences with the school. Some of the instructors were very knowledgeable and offered a bit of a challenge to get an acceptable grade. I ended up with a 3.4 GPA. The biggest issue for me were the learning teams and the costs. On several occasions I ended up finishing the team project because other team members seemed less interested or had excuses. The team experience was less than acceptable.
The other thing about UOP is the cost. When I started in 2010 a class was around $1150. The rate went up several times over the 80 week period I was attending to around $1800 per class. Another problem I had was getting in contact with my financial adviser. I would leave messages and hear nothing back. I think if I had to do this over (and might for my masters) I would certainly look around at other schools. UOP certainly has issues.
I just graduated with a BSM in HRM on Nov 14th 2011. I had a very positive experience with UOP and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to pursue an higher education the classes are 5-6 weeks long.
My one compliant is the UOP compared to other schools is $200-$400 more. For example a class at UOP is 1840.00 where as NU is 1600.00-ish. Without online classes I wouldn't of been able to go to college, but with online schools I can come and go as I please, work full time and go on fire assignments. it's been a great ride and I am thankful for the opportunity.
At first it seems like a dream come true. Helpful people, encouraging teachers. Then you Switch from associates to your bachelors and it is a completely different game. Teachers are NON CONSISTENT. I Received straight A's the entire degree minus two teachers who gave me straight F's saying the work I submitted was not APA format when I had changed nothing from my other classes. I knew 6 others who were in my degree and classes who all at the last minute told they didn't have funding for their classes after being assured that they were fine. SOUNDS FISHY!
This school is costly and yet doesn't teach you a thing. It does however make up many excuses for why you can't graduate on time. You have no control over your classes or graduation date. My finance counselor has lost my financial aid paperwork twice and thus held up my classes twice! I was supposed to graduate 6 months ago but now I won't graduate(maybe) for another month. The teachers who actually are educated are few and far between.
You are forced to be in learning teams with incompetent people and usually end up doing the whole project yourself just to save your grade. I wish I had looked into other online schools before enrolling in UoP. But, since their classes don't transfer, I am stuck. Don't enroll at UoP!!!
I tried several traditional colleges and universities before attending UoP. I performed well at them all, but I could not tolerate the inefficiency. I tried the intro class at Phoenix and I was hooked. Since I graduated in 2006, I have excelled in my career. Two days after I graduated, I started a new job that I was offered because of my degree from UoP. I am now working for an international banking and financial firm where I am responsible for nearly 100 billion (yes that billion with a “B”) on a daily basis. I would not have a salary nearly 3x my salary prior to my graduation from Phoenix had I not attended UoP.
I am now pursuing my MBA with another university and I credit my entire career and success to the University of Phoenix. UoP was not easy and it is for those who are serious. Yes they will take anyone, but anyone can’t finish. They are for profit which is why they will take anyone, but you will have to work to stay. It’s not a diploma mill. It’s a fine university.
The University of Phoenix is a school which is designed for working adults. It is a fully accredited degree, and it holds the same value as any state college. If your GPA is high enough, many top private schools will accept you in earning higher degrees after attending UOP. Many of my classmates were accepted to USC, Pepperdine, and UCLA after graduation.
My experience at UOP was a good experience. The classes were educational and the teachers were helpful. I have several friends who took the more traditional Cal State approach and it has taken them 5 years to accomplish what I have done in less than two. As they still live with their parents, I am making 60,000 a year after receiving my degree. Thanks UOP!
Attending Universtiy of Phoenix is very costly. COnvenient, but costly. I completed my BA in 2 years with approximately a little over $30,000. I was young and in a hurry to get my degree..and didn't do my research for the best price. I passed each and every class, so the price is not an accumulaton of any irresponsible fees..purely tuition! My advice is do your research on pricing. The retention rate is low and graduation rate is low for University of Phoenix too. I regret it and wish I went to another college.
Here's a useful link..you'll notice University of Phoenix doesn't even make it on the list!!
If you are looking for convenience, this school might work for you and so might any other online school..just a thought :)
Thank goodness for UoP. As a full-time working mother I would not have been able to finish my degree any other way. I chose to attend class on ground instead of online. Yes, this route to finish your education is expensive, but since graduating from UoP not only did I greatly improve and build on my personal educational knowledge and experience, my income has increased nearly 3x.
It was not easy. It was very hard. I worked full-time during the day and commuted to the campus in the evening once a week for four hours, and met with my team once a week on the weekends. There is a significant amount of homework as well.
Working with a team was an incredibly enriching experience as well. I not only learned from my team members and bounced ideas off of them, but I built wonderful friendships that remain to this day (six years post grad). Yes, there was the occasional lazy, irresponsible student who submitted poor work and did not pull their weight. This can be dealt with through communication or, if need be, through the instructor or advisor. There is no reason to suffer a poor grade at the hands of a teammate who refuses to make a fair contribution. There was a lot of material to read, almost too much to cram into each six weeks, but the money and time invested was not wasted. UoP's resources are almost inexhaustible. I had a few different advisors over the three years I attended UoP all of which were hands on and knowledgeable.
UoP is not a cheap, "easy" college or a diploma mill. I don't recommend wasting time or money if you are not serious about graduating. If you mean business and have a strong desire for personal achievement and professional success, I would recommend University of Phoenix.