University of Phoenix Reviews
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I named this clarification because that is what many people seem to be looking for. I have attended Axia and UoP for a couple of years now and am working on obtaining my Bachelor's degree and then moving on to pursue a Master's degree. I plan to finish these degrees with the UoP because I am getting a better education than I received when I attended the brick and mortar school.
I have found that each student's experience will depend on the individual's attitude. If you are willing to put forth the effort, you will learn a lot more here than in some other universities. However, if you sit back and want the degree to fall in your lap, don't waste your money.
Some classes are very difficult (this is college). Some classes are very easy (we all excel in some area). I believe this is true no matter which school you choose to attend. The financial advisors do tend to ignore you. The trick, contact the UoP and ask for any financial advisor and let them know that your assigned advisor does not respond. The advisor that answers the phone will do what ever you need done.
Like everything else in life, some instructors are great, some are not. Learning is always up to you. I have found that the labs offered to all students are very helpful when the instructor is not. If you want a degree and are willing to work for it, UoP is a great school.
The program was fine but the financial aid department is terrible. You can call them twenty five times and send emails before they will respond to you. I had to fill an official complaint to get my pell grant processed. It has been a terrible experience dealing with the multiple always changing financial advisors!
I just completed my MBA program from the UOP in Nov 2010. I started the degree program in March 2008, and due to some commitments, I had to take a couple of months off. I liked the flexibility of the program, and most of the lecturers. They are very professional and yes, it is a lot of work to earn those grades! Although it is required that we have to participate 4 out of 7 days, I found myself working on each subject 5-6 days a week. This included projects, research, class discussion. I learned a lot from the school and program.
I must say I had a terrible academic advisor, but the person who had signed me up for the course was a different person who was a good guide and helped me make my decision.
All in all, I would recommend this school to others, especially those who have work, family and travel commitments and cannot afford the time to go to a physcial classroom. This school allowed me to travel and do my course from wherever in the world I was, at the same time as taking care of my newborn! I am now ready to go back into the workforce with my newfound knowledge!
I am a current student of U of P, I recieved a degree from another school and wanted to further my education. Like a lot of others, I am STILL getting the run around on my funds. My financial aide and my grant money has not yet been disbursed to me. I am in the process of switching to a more legitimate school that is not for-profit.
I would advise EVERYONE to complete their degree at an actual university that you have to attend, or at a Community college in your area as opposed to U of P. In the long run you are getting a higher quality education, for a cheaper price. It will take me over 45k to pay for my schooling here, as most of my credits conveniently didn't transfer. At the community college down the road, I am able to get my RN for only 4-5k more than I have already accumulated in school loans. Which seems like the better idea to you?
Also, U of P has moved me to another degree program that I did not sign up for, and I have a hard time getting ahold of everyone except for my financial counselor. Online schools are out there to gain profit, not provide higher education. Be cautious when you are signing up for classes, as a wife and mother of two I regret that I ever signed up for this school and am in the process of exiting!
I completed my Masters in Management on April 12, 2010. I must say this was the best experience that I had while attending college. I learned more from my instructors and peers online better than when I attended campus at a private school. UoP fitted very well in my schedule as well as my private life.
There is a lot of research and papers that we had to do but it was all worth it considering the type of program that was being pursued.
As with any college, it is ALL ABOUT YOU! Read and research before making any decisions. I really enjoyed learning from most of my instructors and peers.
However, like any other college or university, some you will enjoy and some you may not enjoy as much as others. There will be difficult people and difficult rules everywhere you go but again, it just depends on the individual person.
As far as UoP students not being able to spell, that complete BULL! That's what they make spell check and grammar check tools for. If people choose not to use it, that's their business but that does not have anything to do with UoP. You should have learned how to spell before you left grammar school! This is college!
I am currently half way through my Masters degree with UOP. I find that it is very fast paced compared to classroom instruction so it take a lot of commitment. I also find that as with any classes online or in classroom you will have instructors that grade you differently. Some want you to express your original thoughts while others don't want your thoughts but to cite previous works only with little original thougt. I can say that I do feel that I am learning a lot and that it is a matter of each student to keep up because it is very demanding.
After attending online classes for almost 2 months, I was having way too many problems one girl should have to deal with, and the faculty failed to provide any help. Everyone working with me took days or weeks to reply to my questions, but once I dropped the classes I had people calling me 2-3 times a day. Now they say I owe ~2,000 dollars. Well, sorry, I don't have a job and I have 2 kids to babysit all day. You aren't getting money out of me. PS: I was getting all of my assignments in on time and even early. I was getting A's and B's. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
I wanted to respond to some negative comments that some people posted on here. Those people tend to think that everyone who posts something negative about the University of Phoenix is bitter and uneducated...I am not bitter or uneducated and I don't have anything positive to say about the university other than the fact that the young woman who was assigned to work with me did a wonderful job and got me everything that I needed.
The financial aid department was slow in getting any of paperwork in. Some of the instructors tell you to speak your mind or your opinion when it is time to have a discussion, but the truth of the matter is, they really don't want it. I am not bashing the university but this is what I went through, your experience might be different.
Yours Truly, "the educated one"
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.