University of Phoenix Reviews
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The bottom line is do your research! Most of these negative posts on University of Phoenix have false information from uneducated people.
I received my Ph.D before I was 30 and two of my degrees are from University of Phoenix. I now make over $100,000 and could not be happier!
This school has a solid curriculum that only the best students can handle. It is flexible because of the online schedule, but demanding and takes a lot of determination to finish.
A few things about prior posts… 1. FYI Regional Accreditation (which University of Phoenix is) is the best accreditation it is the same as Harvard and Yale. If you get a degree from a nationally accredited school it will be very hard to use that degree anywhere. It sounds better, but is not! Do your research!
2. Yes, it may not be the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. I received a high quality education on my time, which allowed me to advance my career while getting my degree.
3. Which is academically better
(A) Working with your classmates and instructors actively four days of the week discussing real world events, doing research, projects and papers or (B) Sitting in the back of class once a week, not participating and listening to a lecture? (A) Is what you do at University of Phoenix
4. Stop blaming others for you not reaching your goals. Nothing in life is perfect, so stop making excuses and do something with your life, get your degree, start a career and be passionate about life!
I am finishing my B.S. in psychology through the University of Phpenix in a couple of months. When I first enrolled, I had transfer credit from a community college. The recruiter told me that all of it would transfer as electives and that I should be able to graduate with a bachelor degree in about 2 years. After they evaluated my credit, there were so many courses that (by their rules) have to be taken through the University of Phoenix to count that I was left with only 3 transfer courses. Tough for me, because I had already signed the paperwork and had begun coursework. They are tricky little devils!
When I confronted them, they said that my credits would transfer as I moved from the A.A. program into the B.S. Program. Wrong again! Only 6 more credits transferred as electives, and I ended up taking all of my courses over again that I had been told would transfer in. (Keep in mind, I had a perfect GPA coming in, so grades were not the issue).
All in all, it has taken me 4 years, in addition to the 2 I already had coming in, to complete my B.S. degree. Had I gone elsewhere, I may have a M.S. by now.
The work is monotonous, and there are usually 2 short papers in the form of discussion questions, and two longer papers (one of which has to be completed in a team each week, and if you care about your grade, you will be doing most of the work)due every week. Some instructors are pretty easy going and grade fairly, while others have no idea about the material and take points off just to take points off and cannot explain why they have done so after. I have written professionally for ten years, and yet a couple of professors that cannot put together a coherent sentence to save their lives take off points for grammar errors that I have shown them are not grammar errors, according to the APA manual we are instructed to follow. Their response is that they have the ultimate authority to determine what is and what is not an error. This is total bull.
On the plus side, however, I have had some very good professors from schools like Arizona State, the University of Nebraska, and many other really great universities, all at one school. I have had a few bad mixed in with the good. It is kind of the luck of the draw.
Now that I am preparing to graduate, I am having difficulties finding graduate schools that will accept UOP credit. The only promising one so far seems to be the University of North Dakota, even though I scored really high on my GRE (in the 93rd percentile).
UoP allowed me to complete my degree without leaving my house, but ultimately I find myself wondering at what cost? I have worked really hard for a degree that may get me absolutely nowhere in the end, but at least I have a degree.
I have read all the negative comments about UOP. I am glad I did not read this prior to attending the University. However, I am two classes shy of earning my BA in psychology and will continue with UOP to earn my PhD in I/O psychology. The coursework is a little rough at first, but if you apply yourself it will get easier.
I have found this school is for the adults of the world you are ready for the course load and willing to work hard to obtain their goal. As an adult, I believe I did not need someone to tell me to check my course schedule or financial aid. I knew to check prior to starting classes and keeping in contact with my advisors helped me and them stay on track with my account.
I have had some great classmates and professors. Although there have been a few I do not wish to interact with, I have found even the negative interactions have allowed me to experience a diverse group of people that I may come accross within the workplace. Some people may disagree, but UOP is a great school to obtain your goals. You have to be willing to put in the effort. You get what you put into your education!! Keep in mind, when someone has a negative experience they will spread the word to anyone that will listen. However, positive experiences many times go unheard.
I have been going to this school for over 5 years. Like the other person, I attained my associates degree through Axia.
The associates program I also liked, my exerience at Axia and UofP initially was great. I was proud to "be a Phoenix."
I was blown away when I 24 credits shy to completing the bachelor program and learned that there were more 'gen ed' classes I had to take.
Since that time, the classes at University of Phoenix Online are okay, but what I have really learned is there is no recourse for students at University of Phoenix Online. I have come to realize that I have spent over $40k just to have a degree that only contains basic information.
I agree with what other have said. I used to be proud to be a Phoenix. Now, the school is just horrible if you are a student who is trying to finish.
Needless to say, upon stumbling on this site and reading all these reviews my opinion of this school has diminished.
I would still recommend the associates program as it is a good stepping stone to getting a credible degree. Check your transfer credits, know your options. University of Phoenix only wants your money. Find a school that wants more and cares about their students.
First of all read T. comments against UOP: One should never consider the UOP as a real program... School not recommended by T. on November 14, 2010 She goes on and on about how people from UOP cannot spell, and her comments contain misspellings. Isn't it sad that the people that put UOP down for something are guilty of the very quality. See if you can find Tracy's spelling error for "application".
I went back for an MSA, so I can sit for the CPA. I will be a UOP graduate. I can guarantee I can challenge anyone from any program in this country that holds the same position I do as a Financial Analyst. It really isn't where I got my degree from, because it more about the effort I have put in. I speak three languages, and I know more than most in my field about computer programming languages. That means who hires me over Tracy will get at leat 4 times the productivity. My references will attest that I never call in sick, and, in fact, am thee most productive employee they ever had. This has nothing to do with where I got my degree, or am getting it now.
It is obvious you can send T. to any school, and she will still have issues with spelling. I will not be passed over because I have a UOP degree with an MBA, CPA and CFA after my name. I work for one of the largest Universities in the country, and it is good enough for them. I like the flexibility I couldn't get in the old brick building. Like anything in life, you will get what you put in. In addition, so many employers reimburse for your program. Tracy's probably does, too. Unfortunately, someone probably got promoted over her with a UOP degree, and she is finally understanding that her attitude in life is more important than the school she went to.
I have read the listings below and I must comment. I can tell many of these postings are in spite of students making their own mistakes. First off, don't depend on Pell or other grants. Be thankful you have received what you have so far.
I am 3 weeks from completing a masters in psychology and had no problems with this school I paid the whole way through cash. I loaned from family members and my own personal loans.
My advisers have been great, yet that are human beings too. They get busy and are often over worked. Any problems I ever had were fixed. A simple pleasant conversation goes a very long way. If you are willing to work hard, and keep your personal finances to yourself, you will have no problems. I am proud to be a phoenix.
I have been going to this school for 3+ years, I attained my associates degree through Axia and am in the process of attaining my bachelors through their online curriculum. The associates program I liked, I actually felt that I was learning something and while I joined with no credits the fact that I had to take several gen ed classes was no suprise to me. After attaining my degree in IT I figured I would 'fine tune' my education in the field of web development as I really enjoyed the ONE class I took on the subject. After doing some research on the degree and career choice I was taking I figured that the school would teach me to be proficient in web development.
I was in for a shock when I started the bachelors program and learned that there were more 'gen ed' classes I had to take in order to qualify for several of the classes they had already signed me up for.
I went along with it as I had high hopes with the school after the associates program. After I started I noticed a few differences in the two programs, the associates program has the student attending two classes and each 'block' of classes lasted nine weeks.
The bachelors program has the student take one class per 'block' and each class lasts only five weeks. This was fine with me as I figured the classes would be more focused on web design and a little more involved. After getting through the 'required' gen ed classes I got to take my web design specified classes and I flew through the TWO classes with the highest of marks. Then after taking those TWO classes related to web design I was back to taking gen ed classes.
This perked my ears and after a bit of digging on what classes I would actually be taking I learned that those TWO classes I took were going to be the ONLY two classes directly related to web development. This means, I will be spending over $50k just to have a degree in web development and NO knowledge beyond basic CSS code.
This institute used to be a fantastic one but as of late, the school has gone down hill faster than a truck with no brakes.
I have watched and read in complete disbelief, as I went through classes in both degree programs, the quality of grammar and spelling of my fellow students.. Wouldn't one think that after taking all these 'gen ed' classes that grammar, proper sentence structure, spelling and overall intelligence would increase? It seems that the students in my current class (algebra 2 to be followed by calc.. both required for a web development degree) have never even been taught how to spell let alone structure their sentences to make sense. Needless to say, upon stumbling on this site and reading all these reviews my opinion of this school has diminished.
However, after reading a certain paragraph one reviewer whom attends the school as well wrote which states "I would like to say that all of the people who wrote a review on here and not recommended this school, first you should correct your grammer and spelling, (SPELL CHECK IS A AWESOME TOOL!!)" I can say for sure, this person definitely attends this school and I can whole heartedly agree, spell check IS AN awesome tool... If you're planning on attending this school, I would strongly recommend you do your research on the degree you plan to attain and be ready to pay a butt ton of money for it. I can still recommend the associates program as it is a good stepping stone to getting a credible degree, just do not waste your time getting any other degree through this school as it will surely be a waste of time.
I currently attend University of Phoenix and wish someone would have warned me previously about this college. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA and it is no thanks to them because they do not care about their students. They only care about their money. I have argued with 7 different supervisors regarding my pell grant that was suppose to be disbursed to me in August. Since October they keep giving me different dates as to when it will be disbursed. When those business days are up, the problem still is not resolved and I am told I have to wait even longer but they still cannot provide me information as to the problem. PLEASE AVOID THIS COLLEGE!! It has given me so much financial stress that it is unbelievable.
I completed my BSN by taking online courses at the University of Phoenix. A few years later I began my MSN/ED with UoP. I will graduate early next year. I have had none of the problems expressed by others who have written reviews in all the years of my affiliation with the University of Phoenix.
The work is intense and can be overwhelming for some, however, I have been able to maintain a high GPA because I want to put forth the effort to succeed. The instructors are fair and do not give grades that are not deserved. I feel well prepared by my chosen program and feel sorry for those who have had unpleasant experiences.
I know that I have had no problems with UoP and am very proud of the University and its very capable and caring instructors.
I have to say, I started with this University in 2007 and was very happy, then I went down on my GPA and was told I was suspended for six months, which was really my fault because I started a new job and was not able to keep on track. After the 6 months is what made me regret ever applying to a University like this.
It is the worst in customer service. They told me to reapply for federal grant and so I did. They said wait for your decision. I waited 3 months for them to say NO at the end even though I was eligible. They said do appeals and so I did 5 times, and every time they say we didnt receive it. Until finally I stayed with them on the phone to make sure they got it. Then they said wait for a decision, it took them another 3 months to reply back and this is with me contacting them every other day, and no response from my counselor.
Finally after 9 months of arguing I decided to pay for my own classes out of my own pocket and so right away they put my in my next class. After completing 5 class by Cash. I finish my last class with a B- and they tell me I needed a B to pass onto my last class. I said no one informed of this. They said this was your last class of probation and you needed a B. Now I cant complete my last class and have to wait another 6 months. This is seriously the worst university I have ever seen!!!!