University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,158)
First of all, their degrees mean diddly squat. Second of all, they charge TWICE as much annually for tuition versus a traditional university. Their curriculum is a total joke. They WILL screw you out of money, in some fashion or another. I took a leave of absence because of family matters. When I returned, I found out that I had apparently dropped out of school due to lack of attendence, even though my financial counselor and my academics advisor knew I was taking leave of absence and I had filled out all of their required forms. Because their error, I was told I had to pay $2300 for the classes.
After threatening to leave their "college" and not pay them a dime, they suddenly changed their tune. I was told I could start classes again and not have to pay anything. After I started classes, another "surprise" $2300 appeared. This charge was apparently different, as the last fee was for the classes I had DROPPED and TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE. This charge is fot the new classes I had to retake. Again, more threats to leave the university, they were suddenly content to take all I had, $170.
Supposedly that's my last out of pocket cost, but as soon as this academic year ends, I'm going to a traditional university (one that requires SATs or ACTs) and save myself $4000 a year, (that's a real figure) all the while obtaining A REAL, QUALITY education. This is not a real university, it's a scam for high-school dropouts or people who didn't take SATs. Think about their graduation rate. 15%. Let me type this slowly and say it again so everyone fully understands it. Fifteen percent of the students of University of Phoenix actually graduate. Wonder what their success rate is among its few graduates?
I graduated from UOP on Nov. 13, 2011 with my Associates in Criminal Justice with a GPA of 3.8. I cannot stress enough how important it is to understand that UOP is a self-taught degree mill. Respectfully, anyone can get a degree through UOP as long as they do their work and pass with a 60.
The instructors are from far and wide (I had the pleasure of having an instructor living abroad in Japan). There are many individuals who have wonderful experiences with instructors and advisors; however, be aware of the financial aid department. Each award from financial aid is sent via mail to you from the Department of Education. The award letter gives you approximate dates and exact amounts of your disbursement. Example: UOP took my final disbursement in August, disbursed a partial payment in October, held the majority in their bank, then released the excess funds in December (after I graduated). The reason they did this (so I was told) was to hold the excess funds to see if I passed all my classes, if I didn't the the funds could help cover the cost of retaking the course. However, there was not enough excess funds to even retake the class if I failed. UOP makes interest off your disbursement by letting it sit in their bank, its a practical buisness move.
UOP has if fair share of qualities: like doing your homework in your own home. I took classes while I raised my children, and to really just give me something else to do. However, keep researching other online schools. UOP is EXPENSIVE, compared other schools at www.collegeboard.com.
This school, as it may be a tad more expensive is really a fantastic school. Every instructor I have had as been very knowledgeable and very helpful. The student services have been great as well. The response time from my academic, financial, and education specialist have all been in a timely manner meaning I have received a call back, or an e-mail with the appropriate information. The curriculum is up to par, and challenging at times but that is what learning is about. There is a lot of reading since it is all online but it is a great environment!
It is so sad to see so many individuals give bad reviews on UoP! I am happy to say that I love this school. My Advisors ( Academic, and Financial) have always been there right by my side. The instructors are good in providing the course work, tutorials, and text needed. There are also labs to have a better understand in each course. I recieved a zero once for not turning my paper in the correct format, but I made the mistake. I started with a 3.84 G.P.A, and it is now at 3.40. My grades for each class has been all A's And B's. You will get what you out into it. There is a lot of reading to do, and classes are harder than traditional schools.
But I am happy with my school, you have to be strong to survive guys! Think about it before you do it. But if you do it, be prepared
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!!!