University of Phoenix Reviews
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I completed my degree in April, 2009 and I am very satisfied with the result, I feel confident of what I learned and that the cost for my BS is worth it, of course is expensive but UoP is very convenient for working adults who want to acquire an education. The price could seem high but it saves time; do your math, add all extra fees that other institutions charge and you will see that there is not much of difference. Books are very expensive, with UoP you have access to all books for about US$75.00, you decide if you want to save your books in your computer, and print the material you need. Therefore UoP system saves you money.
My biggest complaint while attending UoP was the learning teams, given the case that this represents 30% of your grade; and that sometimes there are some people who just don’t want to participate. Well, I decided to take the best of this experience. I was clear with my teammates with the fact that whoever did not participate his or her name would not appear on the cover, therefore those students did not get credit for the project, as simple as that, you do it once, and the following week, everyone participated.
This school might have its problems just like any other traditional school and other online institutions, but is a very good school. I believe most of people who have complained about this university had a different idea of online education, and they never thought that online programs could be as demanding as UoP programs are. In regard to instructors, you will find good and bad even in the best universities of the country. All the instructors I had were excellent, except for a couple; I was always able to communicate with them over the phone, via email; and through my personal folder.
Same goes for counselors and/or administrative personnel with whom you need to work during your life as a student; you will find good and bad. I had my same academic advisor for all of my classes; she was always able for me and responded my phone or email messages as soon as she could, when I did not have an answer from her, I was able to speak with another person. My financial advisor only changed twice in a four year period. I always received accurate information in regard to my financial situation; my advisors always contacted me before a new class was about to start to make sure I was clear to start my classes.
Speaking on my behalf, UoP is a very good school, where I worked hard, I learned a lot of real world situations; and I was not a straight A student; meaning that classes were not as easy as others have commented.
UoP online line is demanding, but what college isn't. I've taken classes at traditionally campus based colleges and I prefer the online enviroment. For one I don't have to listen to a Professor rant about personal matters that have nothing to do with the course. UoP is not for LAZY people. Campus classes at a University are easier, but they don't challenge you. I've written 15 page papers the night before they're due and recieved A's and B's on them because all traditional univerities care about is format and not content. UoP drives me to learn the material. You cannot fake it and you have to put the work in. I've been attending Uop online campus for 8 months now. Yes you have to answer 2 DQ and participate 4 times a week with 2 postings to the DQ each of those days. And Individual/team Assignments are Usually due on Friday, Sunday and Monday. But the workload is managable. The team assignments are demanding because its hard to make adults do their part. But I've had sympathetic professors, that see and grade accordingly when that happens.
UoP is expensive, but when your going to a trraditional univerity you pay for other fees such as parking and library/printing fees. Also the books are rediculously priced. At on campus course class I paid $220 for an Anatomy Book that we opened literaly 5 times the whole course. At UoP you only pay $85 for the ebook. And they have the streetwise research engine to assist you with all of your research papers. So do the work! College is not meant to be easy! For the price it is about right at a Ivy League school you pay about 40 grand, Mediocre College 20 grand, community college 10 grand, and the UoP about 8-14 grand depending on how many credits you take per year. So far I've take 24 credit here and spent $8,600. 3/4 of the tuition is covered by financial aid and the rest is by federal student loans. So it works out for me and it well worth it. I'm at home with my one year old instead of in a classroom every other day after work. Everyone UoP enhances your time management skills and isn't meant to hold your hand!
I would not recommend this school to someo0ne like me, who is a mother. I feel the school was after the money more than trying to help me with my education. I always heard from my admissions counselor, but never my financial aid counselor who alwyas wanted to only talk to me about what I have to pay to them. July, 2009, the school raised their tuition for education to $9,400. I was told I would have to take out loans every 8 months for my classes.
I think that online schools are very tricky and only want your money and to keep you in more debt then you need to be in. People should check throughly because once you are trapped, it is hard to get away. And this school uses its first class as an introductory class where it is not a transfer credit. Be careful.
I've been attending UofP for just under a year to complete my Bach. in Psychology. I have few complaints other than instructors carelessly overlooking an assignment and giving me a zero. I'm not too concerned because it's easy to prove that I turned it in and by the deadline to get the points corrected. I'm not sure about the accredidation issues that some people have mentioned because I am still attending but I have a friend who is a recent grad with a M.A. who has no issues with her degree. I did check for accredidation before i began but I don't know all the details about it so I was satisfied to know that UofP is accredited. I do have a question for the recent grads with A.A. or bachelor's degrees who chose to pursue their graduate studies else where at a "traditional" college/university. Did you have any issues after completing your AA with UofP and then moving on to a traditional college to complete the Bach? For those of you who graduated with a Bach from UofP.. Did you have any issues with pursing grad work with a traditional college? I'm nearing the completion of my AA and considering moving on to a traditional campus to complete my degree (UofP is PRICEY) and i want to get the right experience. UofP also doesn't prep students for a field of Psychology outside of Business application. Any insight for my questions is greatly appreciated.
Okay, I first want to say that I love this school! For those of you b******* about assignment due every other day and reading 5 chapters a week, why dont you go to a real college, not just a tech school. And see what it is all about! 4-7 classes a week, assignments due in all of them, and 5-10 chapters A DAY! From what I am reading on here, alot of you are lazy. College is a lot of work. Not an assignment due once a week. I had more than one assignment due every week in high school! I dont know if some of you are looking for the quick way out or something, but college is not a quick way out. IT IS A LOT OF WORK!!! Get over it! I do recommend this school, especially to young single mothers like myself!
Phoenix has been a great learning experience. I have finished my first year of my Master's degree. The instructors for the most part are fantastic. I have found most of them helpful and professional. The administration staff in financial aid and for counselors are terrible. They offer no aid and career counseling is poor. my current counselor doesn't even know what my major is! The financial aid office is for the most part non-existent. My kids got aid for college yet Phoenix denied me again for the 3rd year! I have heard that the business Master's at Phoenix has many problems with facilitators-not so in the health side. All have been good to fantastic. I have also earned my certificate in marketing at UMUC and I think that Phoenix is a better learning environment.
When i first started at University of Phoenix i loved it. AS time went on i had more and more issues. We are told to follow APA format for all of our papers. The funny thing is that each instructor has their version of what they want (would be nice if they told you up front). So even though the APA book tells you to do it one way the instructor might decided they want it another one. Don't include this...include that...in the end you end up losing points. Also, i've never turned a paper in late and all my grades have been over a B. I had a 98.5 in one of my classes...well apparently they never received my final (i didn't find out until 5 days later) so i got a zero for the assignment bringing me down to a 74. When i tried to dispute it i was told only my instructor could make an exception, when i asked her about this she just kept repeating "university policy won't allow me to accept it after the last day of class". When i emailed me advisor her response to me started with "OUCH! What a blow!". That is the most unprofessional response i ahve ever received. She is supposed to be here to help me! It is a month later and i am stil disputing it with the school but i am getting no where. Everyone there loves to pass the buck...
I am a police officer for a large county in Atlanta, Ga. As a result of my busy schedeule, UOP was just the right fit for me. The flexible hours allowed me to complete my Masters degree and in two moths I start my doctorial program with great enthusiasm! If you are not self motivated then the school is definately not recommended and thats were the problem arises with many of the negative reviews. As many people are looking for an easy way out! However, if you are willing to put forth the hard work, UOP is a challenging and wonderful experience.
When I graduated with my Master's I instantly recieved a raise at work and I am going to be promoted to detective very soon. All because of UOP!
It is unbelievable to me that the last 17 months of my Masters at UOP has been a good experience - my very last class is a JOKE! This is the class where I hope to gain the most knowledge and combine everything I have learned to put into use within my current organization, and suddenly I have a professor who grades based on who he "likes", his "perspective of your intent", and his "mood" (these are actual quotes from his own self description). So because I question his knowledge, theory and business application he does not "like" me therefore grades me harshly compared to the other students. What happened to actually learning? I am paying ALOT of money to attend this class and yet I cannot get the teacher to actually answer a single question; as soon as I ask a question, his automatic response is "So what?" And I am PAYING for this!!! I want to learn and yet my last class at UOP for my MBA is a JOKE!!!! Administration is ignoring when pointing out the issue of a poor professor both at the San Diego Campus and main campus in Arizona! What a JOKE!
I have been a student of UOP since November 2003 after my last child was born. My husband and I were going through financial instability and in order for us to be better prepared for our future, I needed to go back to school. At first I was afraid I wouldn't make it because I had no time management skills. After about three classes I was able to juggle the parenting of three daughters, including a newborn. Luckily, I was able to stay at home while I worked on my BS in Accounting. I did not fly to AZ to walk when I graduated in December of 2007, but I did feel the satisfaction of completing my Bachelor's program!
I returned to UOP in April 2008 and I am currently working on my MBA with accounting emphasis.
Although I enjoy my time at UOP I am not saying it is not hard work - you do get out of it what you put in, and unfortunatley there are people that do not have good experiences here. I will agree with a prior post and mention the turnaround of the staff is a little crazy - over my five years (almost 6) in, I have had at least as many Academic Counselors, and about twice as many financial counselors. I am lucky, however, to not have had to rely on the staff. I am pretty self-sufficient and actually prefer going to school online.
I recommend UOP because of the freedom to do your homework whenever you can during the week it is due, you do not have to be in class at a certain time on certain days for XX amount of hours like traditional schools - there are ups and downs, but that is life. You have to take the good with the bad - and UOP gives you the freedom to do so.