University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,035)
As someone who actually graduated from the University of Phoenix, I had a positive experience during my time there. I have my Master of Arts in Education.
Due to the nature of online education, classes are fast-paced and very demanding. There are a lot of assignments that are due each week. Online education is not for the lazy student. It is a lot of work, reading, and writing. This is not something that should come as a surprise in higher education.
The best thing about UOP are the professors. My professors were great. All of my professors were currently in the education field and were very supportive and knowledgeable. I had more consistent contact with my online professors than I ever did with my professors during my undergraduate program at a state college. The increase in correspondence with my professors was a major contributor to my learning. That kind of support and knowledge base is irreplaceable.
The required daily participation was another important part of my positive experience with the UOP. I had great classmates (most of the time) who were from all over the world. Having classmates from all over the globe and learning from their experiences in the classroom was a positive experience.
During my student teaching practicum, my University Supervisor was incredible. As a matter of fact, I cannot say enough good things about her role during my practicum. She was so involved, encouraging, and professional. She kept in contact with me all the time. She emailed and called me almost daily. Her support and instruction during my practicum was above and beyond what I ever expected. I feel privileged to have had her input and advice concerning instruction, classroom management, and lesson-planning. She kept me going, and I will never forget her role in my education and career.
There are things the UOP needs to fix, no one can deny that. Their enrollment practices are infamous for being too focused on sales. I wish they would do away with open enrollment. Also, they need to minimize changes to advisors. My academic and financial aid advisors changed too often. Those are things I wish they would fix; however, I am only here to comment on the actual education from the UOP. Their education, professors, curriculum, and classroom dynamics are all positive.
Ok, so I'm not going to get into any financial issue with the University. I am going to talk about something just as serious. I already have a B.S. from a traditional university and am currently a teacher. Now, I have had to take additional courses throughout the years at various universities, most of these were online because of my job. Here is the difference between a REAL university and Phoenix. Phoenix's online programs are all about discussions with your classmates. You have to post an answer to usually two questions that the instructor post online, then respond to what everyone else said. The problem here is that anybody can see how the other students are answering the questions and just follow suit. So most people would have the same answer to the questions just re-worded.
Imagine trying to post a response to an already correct answer that 5 others have responded to. It really was a joke. I would struggle with trying to find something different to add, but most people would just respond with "yes, I agree with you about managing your time with work, a family, and school. A great way of doing this would be to have a calendar and daily agenda to keep track of everything." This is the crap that we all had to write. You don't learn anything from this.
One other thing was that no matter what the assignment was I scored a 100. I scored a hundred on every single assignment for the 2 classes. I never did this well in any class. Now, being a teacher I know for a fact that they didn't really review the work that students did, otherwise there is no way that would have happened.
At a traditional school, even their online courses, they are concerned with the actually academic content of the course and every now and again will have you post a response.
The last major difference is, if you are a resident you can take courses at a community college for half of what phoenix charges, you will be entitled to the same financial aid as phoenix, you will have real professors and most of the courses are offered online. I am taking two right now for $650 and am struggling, but learning a lot more, whereas I paid over $2000 for two courses at Phoenix and have nothing to show.
Hope this helps.
It is sad to hear of these people who had pushy and dishonest enrollment/financial advisors. Mine was awesome. The entire 2 years I have been attending the college everything has been just as they said it would. In addition to online, I am close to a physical campus which I have the option of attending for whatever my needs are. The instructors are so qualified they are almost intimidating and my fellow classmates come from all walks with interesting credentials themselves. I take UOP seriously, just as much as if I went to a physical univeristy. I think a student will get out what they put in and UOP gives you all the opportunities to learn book knowledge and real world experiences.
I am glad I have chosen this route. I am proud of the sacrifices and efforts I have made to do this. I graduate in 6 months and will be thrilled and confident about the decision I have chosen.
Anyone who does not hire me because of the college selection I have chosen does not know what they are missing, but some other lucky individual will! So for anyone who has chosen this route and is a worried, be confident in who you are and the decisions you have made. You made an intelligent decision now back it up!! Not everyone looks at an online environment as weak.
I received my associate degree from the UOP in Healthcare Administration and I thought it was a good decision. My job outcome did not change because of this, I found myself defending where I received my associate. UOP has been called a diploma mill, so I encourage you to have some experience and knowledge of the field you decided to get you degree in because you will not get it at UOP. Luckily for me I’ve been in the Health Insurance Industry for years and I have a wide knowledge of the field. I have since then transferred to the University of Maryland, not just because of what some job recruiters may think about UOP, but because of how things are done and handle at UOP.
If you are looking for a quick degree with no real known ledge, than UOP is your school to attend but if you really want to learn something that’s going to be of value than please and I say please do your research and don’t go to UOP!!!!!!!
I do not know if this only occurs in Hawaii, because of the small community. The University has offered no support to me. Going to this university has been one of the most awful experiences.
The professors are not truthful, and want to make themselves look good. It makes me sick to think that I chose this university over UH.
The school says they promote diversity, but the professors cater to thier own personal advantages. I am sick that my children have to grow up knowing I graduated from this pathetic university. In no way would I recommend this university no matter the situation.
The students in my group feel the same way!!
I have been a student at UOP for 4 years. I have worked hard to earn my degree. NOT once was I mislead or pressured into ANYTHING. My financial aid has come in like clock work and my counselors have been very supportive. I have had more issue going to traditional colleges when it came to lack of support and them screwing up my financial aid. This has been an all around positive experience for me. And I highly recommend it!
I have been in UOP for 25 weeks. In this time I have had three financial advisors. I was told by the first advisor G.S. that my first year would be covered by $5500 in student aid, pell grants and a small loan. I am finishing my third block now and called my financial advisor today. I was told that I cannot start my next block of classes that start in three weeks unless I pay $1950. I was lied to by the advisor to get my initial enrollment.
I received a letter a month ago saying I was going to get a check cut to me for a certain amount. Not only did I not receive that amount I now owe nearly $2000 before I can start my classes in three weeks. I hope this school gets in trouble for things they have done to families trying to get ahead.
I am currently a student at UOP and I feel there are some pros and cons to the program. I am ok with the program I am in "software engineering", but there are things I would change, and I'm sure any student at any university would want to change something, so singling out this school for that would be wrong.
Since I have not graduated yet I do not want to give a full review though. But I would like to request something from those who have graduated instead of spilling out a review of paragraphs of information that barely have any relevance to the actual courses they studied.
1. Provide your program of study 2. Did you graduate 3. Did the program help you get a raise or a job. What extra efforts were needed to get the job?
I am a graduate of UOP and my experience was nothing but positive. Compared to my experience in a traditional college, the experiences were equal. At no time was I taken advantage of, misled or lied to. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose UOP. I am proud of accomplishment and to top things off; I have not had any issues gaining employment with UOP on my resume.
I AM CURRENTLY A STUDENT AT UOP, AND IT SEEMED TO BE A GOOD SCHOOL IN THE BEGINNING, IT IS UNPROFESSIONAL, THE ADVISORS NEVER KNOW ANYTHING, THE SCHOOLS MAIN FOCUS IS MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. I CANT SAY THAT ALL OF MY INSTRUCTORS WERE BAD BECAUSE SOME WERE GOOD, BUT HERE WERE OTHERS THAT WERE JUST RIDICULOUS. YOU WORK HARD ON A PAPER AND EVEN SUBMIT IT TO THE CWE AND MAKE CHANGES THEY STILL GIVE YOU A BAD GRADE FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
FOR THE MATH CLASSES THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE RESOURCES TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND. THEY WILL MESS YOU OVER WITH YOUR FINANCIAL AID, THE WORK LOAD IS CRAZY, THE COST OF CLASSES ARE REALLY TO EXSPENSIVE, DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL OR EITHER TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL, IT IS NOT WORTH IT AT ALL, THIS IS THE ONLY SCHOOL THAT HAS BEEN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU.