University of Phoenix Reviews
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This school does not care about their students only the money. Their staff is horrible and they cannot seem to keep them employed. Good luck trying to get someone to call you back when you have questions or concerns. In my three years of attending UOP I have had 10 academic counselors and ALL of them have been USELESS! I would have left a long time ago, but I was worried about trying to transfer my credits to another school. I sure wish I would have looked for reviews about UOP before I enrolled. I am taking my last class for my BS and I will move on to a new school for my Master's. UOP will never receive another DIME from me!
The classes are a joke. I cannot say I have learned a thing. Most of the time all you hear from your instructors is about how great they are.
I have attended UoP for a little over 3 years now. I first attended Axia to earn my AA in Information Technology and had a great experience. Now I am currently finishing up my BS in Information System Security at UoP which will be done September 2012. I must say these 3 years so far have been awesome to say the least. I have so much more knowledge in a wide range of subjects compared to when I first started because I have learned a lot at UoP. If you would have told me 3 years ago I would some day be able to write fully functional programs in Java I would have thought you were tripping.
But I really can now thanks to the resources the school offers, the informative discussions with other students and the very knowledgeable instructors. I think it's important to point out that the instructors have real world work experience in the subjects they teach. They are not strictly "teachers" that need tips and hints on how to teach the material from a teachers handbook. They know what they are talking about and do the work everyday. And also hold Master Degrees or better in the subject.
I find many of the negative reviews here very contradictory. Some complain this school is a degree mill while others complain about a graduation rate of 15%. So which is it? Can't have it both ways. It's a flat out lie to say that people don't need a high school diploma or GED to attend UoP. Yes you do! It's a petty argument to tell people not to attend this school based on another students spelling and grammar. Give me a break. Not everyone's a perfect writer and it does not mean they cannot grasp the subject they are learning and maybe pass something off helpful to you. It's also a flat out lie to say no ones scored a rewarding career after graduating from UoP. This school has existed since what 1979 and no ones ever got a job with their degree huh? My brother attended a college where half of his instructors had UoP degrees.
I have never ever had an issue with my financial or academic advisers. I've only had a problem with one instructor but out of 35 instructors so far, that's basically nothing and I hardly blame the school. The guy was knowledgeable in the subject just had a bad attitude.
The curriculum is not easy especially when deep into the program. It's easy to get overwhelmed if your not keeping pace and putting in the effort. UoP's online environment is designed for those that want to learn and have control of their education. Not for people looking for an easy degree trying to do the minimum and have their hand held like a kindergartner. Those are the people that I do not recommend attending this school. But everyone else I highly recommend it.
I also think it's pretty cool that an NFL franchise would be willing to name their brand new state of the art stadium after UoP. I find it hard to believe an NFL team would want the name of a bogus school on their stadium.
I do recognize that some people could have a bad experience at UoP. Some people thrive in the military while others experience a nightmare. Some people love their job while others hate everyday they work the same job. It all comes down to you and the type of person you are and whether it's right for you. What I highly recommend is to check it out for yourself and realize a lot of the negative reviews here are what are bogus. Not the school. I honestly wish everyone the best in their pursuit of higher education regardless of where they attend school. Good luck!!
After reading several pages of reviews It is about an equal amount of people who have complained and those who loved it.
I am currently enrolled and have not experienced any problems. My counselors have not changed and my experience has been nothing but pleasant. It took me going to several different schools before I could find one that seemed to have fit me. I also think that in each state that it is also adding to the experience of a person. The UOP may not be the same as the one in MY state. The people who you deal with is what puts a bad taste in peoples mouth. The school is not a scam, they may be pricey, BUT NOT A SCAM. They are accredited, and it is how much a person will take out of it.
My job has tuition reimbursement, and provides a discount for going to UOP. I work for a very well known company and if they believe in it that much to provide a discount then I do not think they are all that bad. Opinions are always great everyone but are not all the same. Since everyone is split on how they feel then I think it is up to whoever to see for themselves.
I have roughly a year to go to graduate with a bachelors degree in criminal justice. This whole time I have never had any oh the problems I have read. The instructors I've had have been good. It may be possible that it depends on the major people choose because it seems to me like the instructors i've had really care about teaching us everything possible. They share real life stories and get to the point. They have all been employees of what they teach. In my case law enforcement officers, district attorney, detectives, or attorneys in general. When I took psychology classes they were psychologist.
I've never had a problem with financial aid, or counselors. All of my peers have said bad things. As far as people laughing at me or saying that my degree will be worth nothing, it has never happened. Some people actually say it is a good school. I obviously want to get into law enforcement and have talked to several officers from various departments and ranks and have all said it will be extremely valuable on my application and further down my career.
One of my instructors is the ex chief of parris police department, he shared with the whole class that two of his best officers, one a Sargent, are UOP graduates. So as for me Phoenix is an excellent school and I can not wait to finish and take the next step forward.
I started attending UoP in November of 2011. I recently graduated from a university in the mid-west with my bachelors degree and wanted to go on for my teaching certification and eventual Ph.D. in Education. We have another university in the city I live in and just trying to get into their Master's program is a joke and a rip-off.
That is when I called and checked out UoP. I liked what I read about it and when I talked to an adviser, he answered all my questions and I didn't have to jump through all these stupid hoops. As I'm unable to work at this point in time, I'm busy full-time taking care of my wife who is disabled and unable to walk right now, attending classes online and only having to deal with only one class at a time for 6 weeks works great for me.
The advisers are also understanding and helpful with working with me as I recently found out that I'm losing my eyesight. So accommodations have been made for my classes. So would I recommend UoP? In a heart beat.
I would first like to say that UoP, in many aspects, is a school like any other. You get what you put into it.
I transferred from CSU Sacramento to UoP due to the inability to get classes around my full-time work schedule. This increased the cost of my education, but at least I could continue going forward. I then continued to get my MBA.
I did not see much value in the MBA and I believe that was due to my supervisors not having any degree (as a District Manager for a major bank), their stated view was "Everyone has one" however they did not have a degree, nor did most of their managers.
I am now at an ABA accredited law school, so clearly the degree counts for graduate schools. I would say that if you are looking to teach at a university, then it may not have the right accrediation for a specific field (such as business). Do your research and explore where you would like to teach.
I attended classes on a campus and I was not a fan of some classes or professors, but that is the case no matter where you attend school. I had a better experience in Northern California than Southern California.
If you have the ability to go to a traditional school (time/money/location) then it may be a better choice simply because of other people's ignorance and probably less expensive. If you do not for any reason - University of Phoenix does work.
I have been enrolled since 2010 and I graduate with an AA in fall of 2012. I have not had any problems at all with anything connected to my classes at the University. I have been hearing a lot of bad things lately and I must say I am a little alarmed by them. Both my financial advisors and acedemic advisors have been great. I have not yet run into a problem and until I do, I will continue further me education through this University
I am a University of Phoenix MBA grad from 2004. This was the fourth school I attended, including my Bachelors Degree, and I have to say, I was very impressed. The program was challenging, like other schools, but I spent more time in pure study, paper writing, preparing for tests, and class assignments than other schools, because I didn't have to go to the library, spend tons of time researching, register for classes, or sit on the phone waiting for administration. I attended most of my courses oncampus, and then finished up online.
It has been eight years since I graduated, and I have found my degree at the University of Phoenix invaluable to my career. It has opened doors that weren't opened before, qualified me for income levels that weren't within reach, and given me the know how to succeed in challenging work environments.
My teachers were impressive high quality professionals, who work in the field they teach (I learned accounting from a practicing CPA, for instance), and most of them cared about my learning. There were two teachers in my program that I didn't like, but that was the similar to my experiences with teachers elsewhere.
Administration was much more impressive than the other schools I went to. They were eager to meet with me, and I never had any problems or waiting time to get an appointment, or get them on the phone.
I took five courses from a Cal State MBA program, and only three of them transferred, but again, in my undergrad I experienced similar difficulty.
My learning teams were terrific. I still keep in touch with a few of them. We had challenging assignments, and my teams weren't always perfect in completing them, but it was a great learning experience for me, working in groups like that. In retrospect, it helped prepare me for working with people in my career.
Reading some of the other reviews, I was surprised to see some of the comments made about the University of Phoenix. Issues brought up seem to reflect problems with the students themselves. I did not have a perfect experience with the University of Phoenix, but, in comparison to the three other schools I went to, I had a very good experience. I recommend the University of Phoenix to all my friends without reservation.
I have been going to school at UOP for about 2 and half years because of the detail degree that I wanted as an environmentalist. Now I've read the entire review section and I certainly do not see nor hear what some of the people here are talking about. I think the school is great, my G.I Bill kicks in on time and I've never had any issues with the academic counselor or anything for that reason. I was never pushed around to join their school or anything for that matter.
I'm repeatedly getting phone calls form my academic counselors to see how am I doing, but I do not see anything wrong with that. I've already been promised a promotion at work once I graduate in April 2012 and I truly honored to say that I too am a Phoenix.
P.s, I'm retired military and UOP has treated me with upmost respect troughout my entire stay. Highly recommended
I happen to be lucky and have a parent who was willing to pay for my masters degree so I could move up the pay scale at my school. I look at UOP as buying a masters degree. The classes are not challenging. The only challenging part is having to work in teams. The first team I had was great. Each of my members seemed to be very educated and hard workers.
After that, it was a different story. There were always excuses and I always ended up doing the project. Many of them said they had work or challenges at home. Um, isn't that the whole point of taking online courses? Because you have a home life and work? I wanted to earn my A so it didn't bother me too much, because like I said, the assignments weren't challenging. If you are alrady a teacher, the courses are basically about the job you already do.
Being forced to work in a team did not make me happy. The whole point of taking online courses is to do work on your own time. Having to work with a team kind of threw that whole plan off. Then, I had to work with people who had no idea what was going on at all. There were several times I had to teach people who to do a PowerPoint, which made me wonder if UOP checks to see if students have a bachelors degree at all. At sometime you would have had to done a PowerPoint in a class.
My opinion, if you can get someone to pay for the classes, then it is a good deal and easy degree.