University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,035)
I am a student at the school online. What is said about the school not being credible because it is online is BS. First I would like to say that on your degree it does not say Bachelor's of Science in __________ COMPLETED ONLINE. There are campus based schools. This means that there is no way to tell whether or not a student graduated online or on campus.
The school has taught me A LOT. I do papers, more than traditional school. The school I previously attended was one of the top 10 schools in the nation for education and difficulty. I believe that I am getting the same amount of knowledge.
The difference is that you do not have to listen to the teacher's BS off topic tangents and annoying questions by other students. You can read the lectures on line, read the book, take a timed test, write papers, participate in a large amount of discussions, etc. I know NOTHING about IT- software engineering and I am learning A LOT.
I am in the process of completing my sixth block of classes at Axia College, University of Phoenix. My admissions counselor was brilliant in sales and I fell hook, line, and sinker into this program. I wanted a degree so badly.
What I found at University of Phoenix is that if you are completely independent and require no guidance whatsoever, you will success. I am leaving U of P with a 4.0 GPA; all my own success.
I found the classes ok - the instructors were only "facilitators" not actual instructors. The financial and academic advisors were horrible. My only advise is to please rate the retention and graduation rate of this university before you enroll - you'll be surprised.
I attended UOP in April, 2007 to June,2009. I had some good experiences and some bad. The good was the teachers were very knowledgeable. The classes went fast and I liked the school as a whole. The bad was it was very hard to contact the financial aid and academic counselor. The counselors are always pressuring you to go back and do you know anyone else that would like to attend. But that is all behind me know I am done so just give me my degree and I am done with this chapter of my life.
UOP has been good to me. My counselor is always communicating with me and my financial counselor always calls me before my next 6 week class starts. I graduated from University of California, Davis in 2007 in Sociology. At UOP I am getting an MBA in accounting so I can take the CPA exam, which UOP is accredited school. Bottom line, school is school. Just like anything else, what you put into it, as far as effort, is what you get out. Since I have in experience at good University, UCD ranks 42 Nationally, and at UOP I would have to say that I learn more at UOP. The material stuck to me longer then at a 4 year college. At a four year college a student can pretty much bullshit its way through. You plagiarize papers, at UOP they have a software to detect plagiarism. I gain more confidence in the material I learned at UOP. Trust me, if want to work part-time, earn a better paying job, then UOP is one way to go.
One of the reasons I chose the University of Phoenix was because it represented a convenient way to a higher education. Years after completion, I realize there is no quick and easy way to knowledge.
I went to the UofP with all intentions of working hard and earning an advanced degree. I was young and wanted to make more money; I thought a college degree would open employment opportunities. While some on this forum have had positive experiences, some feel completely exploited and deceived in everything from financial aid to academic content. I fall somewhere in between. What I feel I've missed mostly, which doesn't seem to be addressed, is the traditional general education requirements of a four year school. When I'm at work in conversation, I am not familiar with english classics, philosophy, psychology, math concepts and all of the other basic knowledge that most college educated people possess. That's what I am resentful about. Sure, I've worked in a UofP group on restructuring a hypothetical oil company at the executive board level, but I don't know how to write a comparative paper at the collegiate level. In my experience, I've learned more in one community college semester than I have during the entire UofP experience. I remember taking Algebra at UofP and wizzing the class; it was easier than high school algebra! Of course, this is just my personal experience, but it didn't challenge me at the same level as my competition.
Whether I get a good paying job, or work hard in school is up to me, not my college, but now I have to go back and read up on things to get a general education! Now that I'm a decade older, I realize that a higher income and career results not solely from a degree, but from a body of experience and knowledge that the degree was a part of. To everyone considering UofP: Please think not so much about making more money, but think about acquiring knowledge and skill. Really evaluate whether you can work part-time, rent a room out, make the sacrifice for a traditional education. Money will follow!
I just graduated high school, and was on the look for a well-rounded college. I can to University of Phoenix, and being only 17 they took advantage of me. I took "4" classes there, and I thought everthing was going fine... But one day when I was sitting in class an advisor knocked on the door and took me to his office. My parents were middle-class and didn't earn much money to raise my brothers and I, but what I didn't know was that UOP was keeping as long as they could to get ALL of my financial aid. When they took me in the office they had papers laid out in front of me to withdraw. I was in complete shock and horror, because I thought everthing was going perfectly fine. Since I was being young and naieve, they (UOP) took me for all I was worth. That day after they said I was "out-of-money" and I had to withdraw. I got a bill in the mail for what I owed UOP. It was around $3,500! That was with my financial aid paying for some of it!! They held my transcript until I had it paid in full!! They even sent me to a creditors at 17 years old!
I've been attending UOP for almost two years now and let me tell you that at first it was a great experience but recently it has become a nightmare. It has become almost impossible to get a hold of my financial or academic counselor, I had left them VMs and sent them several e-mails for the past month and up to date I have not received a response from any of them.. GRRR, frustrating!! To be honest I was thinking about switching to Sac State but guess what? none of the units that I have completed - about 39 - are transferrable, so I'm stuck at UOP.I wished that I had looked into community college or other private schools before enrolling at UOP.
After reading all of the reviews on here (positive and negative), I am quite shocked. I have attained my BA in Health care Administration and my RN and now I am completing my double masters in Health care Admin/RN and I cannot tell you how much I love this school! I don't know if my school is a rare and unique situation, but I have not ONCE attended an ONLINE class. All of my classes so far have been in-classroom courses. And honestly, I don't think I would be able to attend an online class simply because I am more of a hands-on person when it comes to learning. In the past, I have attended a local community college and a UC level college and never did I receive the type of learning experience that I did at UofP. And through all of this I was still working full-time. I attend one class a week, my learning team meets once a week and I am still able to have work/life balance. When I attended the community college and the UC, along with learning my struggles included standing in long lines to sign up for my required classes before its full, pay for books, pay for parking, stand in long lines for hours to pay tuition, waiting for students to drop classes once they start so I don't have to sit on the floor of an overcrowded classroom, and trying to communicate with recent high school graduates who just entered college for the first time and trying to take them seriously is something I DO NOT want to do ever again. And with my degree, I could be paying a lot more at a community college or UC for all the lab tools and supplies I need for my degree curriculum. This learning environment is awesome for the working student and the real world learning experience they talk about is priceless. I have been working as an Executive Assistant for over 13 years, so I am quite familiar with working within a "team environment". But I did notice some classmates who have not had that type of working environment before, struggling with the "Learning Team" aspect. The "Learning Team" structure UofP uses is priceless. No other college would have ever given me that type of valuable experience that is REQUIRED for any professional in any work industry. Perhaps UofP is not everyone's cup of tea, but for me it worked perfectly. This school is a nationally accredited institution and not once have I had any employer balk or dismiss my BA.And my current employer is actually helping me pay for the Masters program I am currently finishing. I will agree with some who mentioned the recruiters being trained sales reps. I personally did not have this problem, but some of my classmates did. Many were not told that a computer/internet access is mandatory to attend this school and many students had to drop out. I was never left alone at this school, whether it was my instructors, my counselor or my peers, someone was always there to answer questions and give me the encouragement to keep going! I even had an issue with an instructor who kept losing all of my assignments and giving me a "0". Since the majority of UofP communication is mainly based within their online learning student portal, it was easy to trace how, when and where I turned in my assignments. And contacting my counselor to handle it was very easy. It was immediately dealt with and my grade was changed within a week. I would highly suggest this school to anyone who is a full time working professional who would like to further their education. I could see many reasons why a recent high school grad would not fair well at UofP.
I just completed 2 courses with UoP. I received an "A" in one class and an "A-" in the other. I currently have around 40 credits from another school, toward my assiociate degree. My experience with UoP was terrible. My first week, my advisor forgot to tell me there was a policies section in addition to the syllabus for the courses. It just so happens that the participation procedure is contained within that policy section in which I was not informed of. Participation grade for week 1, a big fat zero. Keep in mind, my final grade was a "A-". If point loss for the schools stupidity was not enough, try talking to an advisor or staff member. Every time I call, I leave a message and do not get a reply. Every time I send and email, I do not get a reply. Every time I tell the school my schedule ,I get a call later when I am sleeping, no matter how many times I explain my schedule. Finally, now the classes are over and PAID for, I still get a bill for a $130.00 for ebooks that were included in the first semester free, if I passed the classes. Because this bill hangs on my account, I cannot obtain my transcripts. I just wanna know when its over with UoP. My view with UoP is that they only care about money ($1000+ per class). Take your hard earned cash to a real college and pay less for a real teacher!!!!
I am currently finishing my AA in Healthcare Administration through Axia. I do get Fed Assist and I am using UOP online as a way for me, a working mother of two, to finally follow my dream of going to college and furthering my education. I did take several college courses many years ago at a traditional school on campus. I would compare my experience now to my experience then night and day with the accolades going to UOP!
I just finished my 2nd year with Axia and now going stepping it up to UOP for my BA. I have had nothing but a SUPER experience. From enrollment to professors to finance...I would recommend this school to anyone who shows the desire to get it done. It's not easy and the folks that I see sharing their poor experience don't seem to have it together but rather use it as an excuse as to why they dropped out. Everything is cookie-cutter dot-to-dot. There is no way not to get it done, including financial aid. What they share and what I've experienced are absolutely opposite. Financial Aid is initiated through federal sites like FASFA and grant websites then pushed to the school of your choosing. All UOP does is follow up with a loan institution if needed. Why would they mess this up?? It’s money for them, a business. I really don’t get the folks who chat poorly and give bad recommendations unless they couldn’t cut it.
I am now changing courses after 10+ years in high tech sales and marketing for fortune 100 and 500 companies (US) to the healthcare industry. I have talked with a recruiter for a software company who had a bias opinion toward UOP - His exact words where, "I once met a potential candidate who listed MBA completions on their resume and they did not know how to read". There is NO WAY this was true. The grilling and level of information and assignments you have to complete is pretty heavy...to get to an MBA without knowing how to read is impossible.
My professors critique my papers on everything. And there is so much work, to get someone to do it for you would be nothing short of paying a fortune! My experience has been great. UOP is a professional school with an excellent program.
Granted their current marketing "I am a Phoenix" is pretty embarrassing but it will soon go away, I hope...It is a solid education and later if you want to take the GMAT and go somewhere else for an MBA to diversify your learning experience, (I'll be going to ASU on line for my MHA), and then your bases are covered. A potential employer would have to think twice before putting down an online course at two institutions. I'm enjoying my experience but be ready to work hard for your education if you go to AXIA or UOP.