University of Phoenix Reviews
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I would like to first say that ones educational experience is based on what you put into it. What you put in is what you are going to get back as far as worth. Now I am a student who attended a state university ASU and completed a bachelor's degree there, I was like most people who turned their noses up at the idea of attending UOP,now after attending UOP and receiving an MBA there, I wish I would have went to UOP from the beginning.
The support system at UOP compared to ASU was better as far as counselors, the instructors at UOP want to see you succeed, versus instructors at state funded institustions who have a set pass and fail rate for their students prior to the semesters. In my experience I learned more at UOP, I took more away from my classes where as with ASU I felt as if I retained less, it felt I was just racing toward the finish line, studying, taking test, studying and taking more tests, but not really learning anything that I could contribute in a job.
UOP is the opposite, everything I learned I was then able to take back into my workplace and apply it in some form. So take it from me don't judge based off of what others say. You may save yourself a lot of stress and mental anguish by attending UOP..
This were the biggest mistake of my life. The advisors or terrible when there are problems they are no help. And I had a real bad financial aid advisor, she really gave me a real bad experience at this college.
Some of the instructors must were from a different planet they were no help. When I completed assignments they were never good enought to receive a passing grade. I started at this college with a 3.5 GPA but after attending this college by GPA dropped down alot.
This is a school I will not recommend because this is a bad school in my opinion.
I'm currently in my fourth class at UOP so far I have 2 A- and 1 B-. It wasn't easy earning those grades either. I had to pay a price, I don't have much of a personal life, I don't get to spend as much time with my bf and I live with him, and it sucks but its to be expected.
I have a more difficult time now because when I was getting my Bachelors, I was only working part-time and I was living at home. If I slack off, it shows, hence the B-. UOP is like any other school but its more difficult because its crunching an entire semester's work into 6 weeks. After 2 of my classes, I decided I need a break, so now I take a week off in between classes.
In general, I have to write a 3-5 page paper each week, either as an individual assignment or a team assignment. Teams can be good and bad, it really depends on the people in your team. In my first class, one of my team members dropped out of class, the other always seem to only reply to my messages when the assignment was due, and I had a language barrier with but he was the only one I could count on and he definitely helped me out!
In my last class, the team was great, everyone participated and our grade showed it. In my opinion, its best to get to know a member in the class, that you know you can count on and stick together. I haven't found that person as of yet since I take breaks in between classes, many classmates just keep going, kudos to them!
The tools offered by UOP are awesome, such as Write Point and the plagiarism checker. I wish we had these tools when I was in college for my Bachelors!
In sum, UOP is not for everyone, you have to work hard and read a lot to get a decent grade. In addition, if you have a full-time job, you have to learn to juggle things such as your job, personal life and school. Its not easy, and I still have not found a perfect medium for everything but I'm still working on it.
I just look forward to when I graduate, I can take the CPA exam and once I pass, I can make a better living and hopefully move into a house! I hope I was helpful in some way, I know I was all over the place.
After earning an associate's degree in psychology at UOP online, I can attest to the fact that credits ARE transferable and the college IS recognized by brick and mortar institutions.
My experience at this school was positive, and the instructors and various staff were extremely helpful, especially their military liaison, B.F.. My daughter is now enrolled at UOP, and loves it.
For those who feel a need to lie about ridiculous claims of non-accreditation, there are those of us who know better. I highly recommend UOP, especially if your schedule is tight.
I have attended another private university where I sat in a physical classroom; I have to say that I have learned more from UoP on the same course material than I did sitting at a desk listening to a lecture. I will be receiving my BS in psych in about a month. I have looked at other schools in persuit of my masters. I have found no problems with anyone not recognizing this fully accredited school or thier diplomas.
I recieved my BS from UOP in July 2007. I later decided to go to UH to get my Masters and found that I learned more at UOP than I did at UH. Not saying that one school is better than the other, I just realized that I preferred UOP learning model better.
At UH the professor just talk the whole time and expected each student to be ready for the midterm exam and the final exam. Well at UOP you can't help but be prepared with all the papers you have to write. You cannot help but learn because you have to write about it.
At other universities they are testing your knowledge base on what the professor has taught you. At UOP you are writing abput what you learned. In addition,giving example and backing up those examples with proven facts from your research.
After getting my degree from UOP my conversations change, my finances change and my job changed. Now, I am back at UOP getting my MBA because UH required me to take 2 course to satisfy financial aid and that was to stressful. As for employers, I guess you really need to ask them what they think of UOP.
Some employers just want to know do you have a degree and are you train-able. Many employers will tell you that it is very hard to find qualified employees to file some positions. I think UOP is a great school and will recommend everyone to give it a try. If over 270,000 students currently enrolled don't tell you something great is going on, then you don't deserve to be there. Another great then to point out, many school are trying to follow UOP education model.
When I first started taking classes, I was not working. I was a stay-at-home mom married to my husband who was in Iraq. It was easy if you read the material and I really enjoyed it. Attendance was easy to make and so was participation. They provide a reference generator and you can have any paper reviewed for APA standards.
Then they changed the criteria to check in for attendance more during the week and do more participation. If the participation comments are not to the teachers par, then it is not counted. A lot of times, I have a hard time trying to reply to other classmates posts because it is all the same information.
I also started a full time job and my work demands are very high and I am having a hard time keeping up with due dates and participation. For a college that is supposed to be for working Americans, I cannot keep up.
I am not looking for an online college that is not so stressed. I may even look into the local University here.
For those of you who don't understand handing in late assignments and how to learn to work with other people, you don't belong in any university. Professors are never standardized, geez! Who wants a degree from a school that gives college credit for life experiences?
I am very happy with Phoenix and in my second course. My emails and phone calls to advisors get immediate responses. I have learned an incredible amount of information and I have years of management experience. I would recommend Phoenix to anyone.
I am a current student there now and have been since January '09. I have not had problems with any of the teachers, counselors, or financial advisors. If I have had any questions the best way to get answers is by email and within a day I was usually able to get the answer from all of them.
I would recommend this school especially if you have kids and do not have time to go sit in a classroom.
I earned my MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. After starting in 2002, I transferred to a brick & mortar and then eventually transferred back to Phoenix, where they took most of brick & mortar credits. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and have made lifelong friends through it.
I was surprised initially at how much work was involved--not just in volume, but in how often you had to not only log-on, but log-on and contribute something substantial. There are no short-cuts. If you don't participate, you'll feel like you're falling behind right away--and that's because you will be.
Participation is crucial and if you fall behind with your individual work you won't have time to work on your team projects. I remember spending many weekends working on papers due Monday and many weeknights working late with my teammates to get papers in by Wednesday at 2am.
It was a rigorous program that I thorougly enjoyed. But I recommend it only for those who are mature enough to balance the workload with the rest of their routine (work, family, etc.). Sure you can work at "your convenience"--as long as "your convenience" manages to include logging on at least 5 days a week, plus email/chats/conference calls with your teammates.
If you go into it with the right attitude and you make the time and put in the effort, you will be rewarded. My classmate experiences were positive--even when we had a teammate that didn't pull his or her weight. I was fortunate enough to have classmates on my team who could handle such situations in a mature manner, eventually getting our entire team to put forth a strong effort.
Professors were generally very responsive and seemed to enjoy teaching the classes they taught. I have to be honest and say I can't think of any of them as "memorable" but I can't think of any complaints either. The professors seemed knowledgeable and I have no complaints.
I loved UOP and would recommend it to anyone who is hard-working, dedicated and willing to make the effort to achieve their goals.