University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,158)
Yes, University of Phoenix is expensive. But first of all, it is NOT a diploma mill. Diploma mills allow you to have your degree in a matter of weeks. I will have my Associate's Degree as of August, at which point will have been a year and seven months to achieve which is not much shorter than a traditional school.
Secondly, I noticed a lot of people on here posting negative reviews can't even spell. Perhaps they are previous students who are disgruntled because the work was actually challenging and required effort? Just like with any other school.
I personally have never had a problem with any of my instructors or academic advisors. One of my previous financial advisors was a bit rude, but that occurs in any work place so I'm not going to bash the school because of that one person.
The pros are: I had some flexibility due to completing everything online, lots of helpful resources (Center for Math Excellence, Center for Writing Excellence, live tutoring, 24/7 tech support) and helpful staff overall.
The cons are: very expensive If you have enough self-discipline to stay focused and complete your degree online, then go for it!
I see a lot of negative reviews for U of P. This is one of those schools that you either work your butt off and succeed or you sit around complaining about how someone didn't help you 24/7, 365. Although the professors provide you with a lot of help and feedback, you have to be self sufficient, study hard,read the required text and turn in your homework on time. I previously attended Wayne State University for 3 years and transferred to finish my bachelors at U of P for work purposes, I don't regret my decision.
U of P has made me work harder in my LAST year of my degree than Wayne State ever did. The curriculum isn't easy and professors constantly challenge you to do better. If you aren't willing to put in the work then U of P isn't the school for you.
A lot of the negative reviews said the same thing and I think those people made some valid points, sometimes you don't get a prompt response, sometimes your financial aid and academic counselors change so much it makes your head spin and it is an expensive school but every school has its down falls,right? All in all I'm happy with my education and experience at U of P.
This college system is constructed pretty much for profit base so there is very little help for fellow students with their careers/majors especially after the Graduation. Everything is required money where most of any other college provides for at no cost for their students.
After graduation you are basically received debt that will take years of your good life to pay to back (perhaps in average 15 to 20 years). I am a victim of University of phoenix rip-off and I am a former Student of university of phoenix. Please do not apply to this college unless you have a load of money to waste.
The instructors play favorites and doesn't grade appropriate, the instructor takes a week to reply which by than she says its to late to help you or your out of luck. It is the worse customer service area and worse student service I would not recommend this school EVER
The classes are 9 weeks long.. in which you pay an $85 resource fee (comes out of financial aid) to pay for your PDF download of your book. The instructor asks 3 questions a week in an online-forum setting. You respond to them and others 8 times in the week and then are expected to write a 1200 word paper about the things no one is teaching you at the end of EACH week.
To top it off.. the last 4 years and counting.. there is an annual tuition increase... of $400.
The instructors do not help you and are never online to support you.. In fact, the only faculty who really deserves praise.. is the IT specialists when the site goes down!
Dont waste ur money here like I did. I am paying almost 1200 a class.. and I just failed my last 2 classes because my 'teachers' wont answer my questions. I am looking for a new online school to finish my business degree.
I have gone to school here for almost two years, and the second I quit they wanted money. I asked them if they could work with me on payments and they said no they could not. The teachers were very poor, and the curriculum was not very good. Avoid this school at all costs unless you want to pay for a poor education.
I graduated with my BSIT/POS w/honors back in 2003. Thing is my background is in healthcare. More specifically, I served as a Charge Registered Nurse (RN) in a level 2 trauma center for 5 years, and served the remaining 4 years in that Emergency Department as the Triage Team Lead. I graduat with mythe AA from Elthe Camino The courses in regards to ethics in IT (think intellecual property) and IT management (constructing mission objectives and/or statements) were demanding to say the least.
But the core classes in C++, Visual Basic 6.0, MS SQL (database structure and writing queries) were....only word that comes to mind is....brutal. If you do not have serious critical thinking skills, need not apply to this program. Instructors at UOP online for IT were forgiving for not answering 1 or 2 of the 4 or 5 discussion questions per week, but you better make sure your 1) code compiles w/o error and 2) it satisfies the requirements. I liked the instructors. For the past 7 years I've been the lead Clinical Systems Analyst managing the Epic software for the QMC ED in Honolulu. You get out of it = What you put into it
I received an Associate of Arts in Psychology from Axia in November 2011 and I just received my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix this month. I was able to complete the entire program in just over 3 years....which was great and saved time. They also gave me credit for my military service and helped me with my GI Bill. You have to write a LOT of papers and learning teams are a pain. However, if you work hard, read your books, participate in discussions, and turn-in your work on time, You will succeed. I did and my 3.89 GPA speaks for itself.
Academic and financial counselors change often but it doesn't really matter. They all have access to the same information. The only real negative I can add is that tuition and fees are high but no more than a state university. Between my GI Bill, Pell Grants, and MyCaa, I actually got paid to go to school. So how bad can it be?!
I learned a lot going to the University of Phoenix. I will be graduating this year with my Bachelors Degree in Accounting. The courses were not easy and I stayed up a lot of nights studying and doing my homework. I can not say that the University finance counselors are helpful at all.
I was told in the middle of one of my classes that I owed over $2,000.00 and they wanted to know if they should drop me in the current class that I was enrolled in or would I be paying the balance. I was never told about this balance until I was in the middle of taking a class. They would not allow payments so I had to postpone my graduation. They are not interested in higher education they are just interested in money. I think it is strange that this balance appeared when I was 4 classes away from graduating.
This was not easy, nor should it be. If you notice, the people that write bad reviews could not write a complete sentence to save themselves. This college will challenge you and it will test you. I am about to complete my associates and I am happy with the level of education that I have received. No one is here to hold your hand, no one is here to do your work for you, this is life, you get out of it what you put into it.
My councilors are always available and they call me right back if I have an issue. Financial aid has been more than fair and I have always received any information that I asked for. My academic councilor actually talked to me for 1 hour concerning moving on to the Bachelors part of the program, she layed it all out for me about what I could expect and what I should think about prior to starting the program. If it were all about the money, she would have signed me up right then and there. That did not happen; no one has ever twisted my arm at this school. If you are dedicated, you will succeed.