University of Phoenix Reviews
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I have been a student at the University of Phoenix since August of '09, and I am three classes away from my associates degree.
I had previously earned 15 credits at a traditional college, but I couldn't pay for gas to get there anymore. All of my credits transferred to the University of Phoenix with no problem.
There is a lot, I mean a lot, of work involved with the program I'm in. You with have to have the self-confidence to attand your classes and turn in your work, or you will fail.
If you can't work hard, or are not committed, do not join this school. But if you are serious about being a student, and you can make it to a traditional class, this is for you.
I am currently pursuing the DOML (Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership)which is a hybrid online and classroom based program. I have been nothing, but impressed by the curriculum, instructional design and interaction in the courses. I attended four doctoral level (700)courses at a well-known university and though it was a highly respected university, I did not get as much out of the educational process.
The University of Phoenix has met my expectations for academic rigor and learning that can be applied immediately. I have even compared my current syllabi from UoP courses with those from previous doctoral studies and see similar if not higher standards for research. I am currently serving as a consultant with the military in Japan and what I learn in the classroom is instantly applied to service men/women everyday.
I initially thought online learning was not for me, until I experienced the design of the UoP program. I also was initially confused by some of the negative comments online and wondered about their experience because my expereince has been well-worth it. What I now know is that UoP is for self-directed learners that are passionate about their education, but may be limited by the traditional confines of the brick & mortar (B&M) program. If someone is looking for an easy process or less rigor, please do yourself a favor and don't enroll with UoP. If some people expect an easier process from UoP and find that they are worn out by the extensive research, reading, papers and APA standards then I can see why some might complain.
Final-final note...there is a difference between getting a degree and being educated. Enter UoP with the mindset to be educated, not to simply have a degree. This paradigm shift may prove helpful to you in your studies.
Now...back to my future.
I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to find UOP for my doctorate program. The staff from the school were professional, my committee members were great and my mentor was outstanding. All students in the doctorate program must have a masters and be part of an organization that fits thier displine.
I completed my program in three years which is quite an accomplishiment considering how rigurous the program. All instructors have doctorate degrees and are working in the industry. It should be said that in order to be successful, a student needs to be self motivated and an overachiever.
I am a graduate of UoP online with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Organizational Innovation and an additional concentration in Management. I am scheduled to begin my master's online. My experience has been very positive.
The online class week begins on Tuesday and ends the following Monday at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time. The requirement is to log in four out of seven days a week and make 2 substantive posts each day. The policy manual states that if a student is absent two times in a five week class, the student is automatically dropped. For an online class this means if you do not log in for two weeks in a row without contacting your facilitator or your counselor, you are automatically dropped. It seems some people do not read the policies. The university will not randomly drop someone if they log into class and keep up with their postings.
I have always scheduled my classes to have a week off in between each class. I am on financial aid and have never been contacted by a collection agency demanding payment before the next class. This is because I use my financial aid to pay for my education, not to cover my utility or other bills. That is what financial aid is for, to pay for education.
If I have ever had to call tech support because of a problem with the web site, I have always found them to be very helpful. If the site is experiencing problems, they will give an alternate way of logging into the forums. They will also give a ticket number to list if you contact the facilitator. Problems with the site are usually very few and far between.
I have never had a problem with my academic counselor or financial counselor returning my calls. In fact, they call me at least once every two weeks to find out how I am doing.
For those who choose to complain that you did not learn anything, you get exactly what you put into the learning experience. If you choose to put nothing in, you will get nothing out. If you expect to get through without reading the books, you will learn nothing. Remember we are all adults taking these classes and we need to act like adults. That means taking responsibility for our actions.
I've attended UOP for three years and I must say this is the most unprofessional and MONEY HUNGRY School I've ever attended. Not only was I not able to continue my courses due to owing 700 dollars, but they already had my 2011 tuition. I asked for a payment plan and they refused to work with me. If anyone asks if you would like to attend UOP the response should be heck NO. They are not concerned about student getting their degree as they are with getting your tuition. Bad Customer Service, Bad, bad, bad student advisor. All do to them being student themselves!!!
I recently finished my first two classes at University of Phoenix two days ago. I took my final and did my capstone checkpoint the same day so i figured i was good for the rest of the week i can focus on my other classes final. I was also not worried because my grade was a 97% and i was confident with what i wrote for my final.
Well the day I started my new two courses i decided to go in an check my last classes grades to see if i received a good grade on my finals. To my surprise they dropped me. I thought it must be a mistake i am a A student so I called my Academic Ad visor and he said I had been dropped because i had three absences. I was so confused I said how everyday my teacher says I am doing great and I do all my work.
Unfortunately he says well you are suppose to go in two days out of the week to do the assignments I had no idea since i did not have discussion questions that needed participation. So i asked if there was anything i could do because I had a A in the class and i worked my but of for nine weeks to get dropped the last day was ridiculous he said no there was nothing he could do. I do not get how is this my fault they should give you a heads up im not asking to be babied but if im paying all that money i should at least be advised to fix something before they just drop me. And to top it all off I have to pay 1000$ for that one class and i have to take it again and the charge you another 1000$ and you cant start any other classes till your finished.
So any University of Phoenix students out their make sure your going into your class room even if its boring and you can finish all your work in a day because you will randomly be dropped without a heads up.
I am an Environmental Science major, and have had nothing but problems with my financial advisor and my academic advisor. My science classes are ok, and I have learned some things, but I am also required to take a minor which will not be recorded on my degree. I chose management, and these classes have been worthless. Every class I have had is simply me telling the professors about my experience and good or bad managers I have had. One of the books even relates managers to Harry Potter. Never in my life have I related anything in my job to make believe childs book and movie.
My academic advisor has cost me $4000 in military aid that I was not able to utilize because she refused to schedule my classes in advance and I could give them a schedule of my classes and days to pay for. She wont allow me to request my transcripts to send to another school. She scheduled my classes two months later than I wanted and ruined my finacial aid because I cant have more than a 29 day lapse in courses. UoP also will not accept a 300 level statistics class I got a B in to satisfy a 167 statistics course becuase they want to make more money. I have had to call her every week for two months to get stuff done and make sure my courses are on schedule. I have been to 3 other schools due to my moving around, and had over 10 academic advisors, and this one is the worst. She is worthless, and when I requested a new one, they told me no, I am almost done with my degree and should deal with it for a few more months.
I havent learned much at all at UoP, and have completed all my work without reading more than 2 pages from every book.
I have been going to U of P for atleast eight months now. I have had an ok time learning, and most teachers are ok.I have had problems with the website were I cannot log in when it is convienient like advertised. Do not try to get on on a Monday afternoon, all you will be is frusterated. For $1600 a class I should be able to get on at anytime and have no trouble. I am really aggrevated right not and about to switch schools. This is the third time this has happened. I cannot sit around and wait for the site to open up, this is my school time and I do not have a flexible schedule.
Also I have been trying for 10 weeks to have my councelor set me up to go to the U of P campus in my home town. I was told before my last class that after this class I will be set up to go to the campus.I noticed in the middle of the class that I had a new councellor (for the third time)and I called with one week left of class and there was no record of me discussing switching with the other coucelor and no progress had been made. Well I called again on Thusday of last week, I got a call back from my councellor saying basically that she forgot to look into it.
I currently attend the UofP online. I am a mother and I work full time, so I felt that online classes would be a better fit for me and my schedule. As far as the classes are concerned, if you post your work on time, then you will pass the course. I am currently in my 8th week of my accounting class. I don't know of any other school where an accounting class consists of strictly answering questions. If I were to try to get a job in the accounting field, then I would not have a clue as to what I would need to do. This is how all of the classes are set up. It's not worth it. Trying to get a quick degree isn't worth the paper that it's printed on.
At first the University of Phoenix seems nice. The staff is exetremly friendly and willing to help. They sold me on a coarse I wanted to take so I signed up for classes. I qualify for financial aid so I was expecting that to cover most of the tuition. To my surprise they did not process my paper work and at the end of the first 9 week coarse they wanted their money. The whole time through the coarse I was in contact with U of P and they said it was still processing. I did not take another class their because I was still waiting on financial aid to go through. Then about three months later I get a call from a debt collectorsaying I owe them $2,000.00. I contacted U of P and they were the complete opposite of when they were trying to get me enrolled. They were rude and said that I just needed to pay and their was nothing they could do.
They would not listen to the fact that they had not done their part on the financial aid side that I easily obtained from my current university. So now I am obligated to pay for two $1000.00 classes that I did not even need seeing how one was an introductory to online classes (which I had already had previous experience with online classes) and speech ( which I already had speech). They said at the beginning that they were mandatory through their university to begin the coarse. They only want your money. If you are smart you will go somewhere else. You are investing in your future and you want your money to actually get you somewhere other than broke. Good luck and avoid U or P.