University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,037)
UOP was the answer for me - I had wanted to go back to school, and had tried taking classes at a regular college. I was discouraged because I knew I would have to go at least 7 years to get my Bachelor's Degree since I work full time and wanted a way to be finished more quickly.
With UOP, my classes were difficult, but attainable. The subjects were relevant to my job. The teachers were experienced professionals and my chosen study group were all people in hot pursuit of an "A" so we worked hard together.
Classes went fast. I had to do a paper a week, read a few chapters, meet with my study group, do a study group project and take tests for each class. I learned a lot, just in a more accelerated manner.
My employer paid for and supported my education, and I was promoted after I graduated. My degree has been respected any place I have applied, I think UOP was a great place for me.
I attended UOP online for my MBA and it was very rewarding and much like the real world environments I have experienced. You really get what you put into it, and if you have a problem you will have to work it out with whatever resources work. It was great to have industry experts as facilitators and teammates from across the globe.The experience helps with the preparation of an emerging global economy.
I received my BS in Medical Technology way back in 1982. Work and family made it impossible to attend school for an advanced degree. Along came University of Phoenix. I completed my MBA in Technology Management between 2002 and 2008. During this time I changed jobs twice. While my employers paid for most of the tuition, I had to maintain grades and complete the work on my time.
The MBA coursework was challenging and applied to the real world experiences in my jobs. The facilitators are leaders in their fields of expertise. There were many times when the information was difficult to comprehend. The facilitators always had examples from their jobs to illustrate a concept. I had no experience in Management, Finance, or Economics. With the help of the facilitators I came through each class with new knowledge.
The U of Phx learning team concept is no different than other university settings. The online aspect enabled asynchronous learning. The group exchange of information evened out the learning curve. Students became teachers and teachers expanded their learning. There were a number of times when teams didn't work out when members didn't complete assignments. There is nothing different in work situations. Sometimes you have to complete your work and someone else's to meet deadlines. In the MBA program your grades are reflective of accomplishing these tasks. In the work environment your pay increases may be the same.
There was not much value in the Financial counselors or Academic advisors beyond the scheduling of classes. I found most problems were solved by communication and attentiveness to the situation. My overall experiences were positive. I put in the required time and effort to obtain my MBA TM with a 3.73 GPA. My company recognizes the accomplishment and personal growth as well as the knowledge I now possess.
I wish I would have taken the bad reviews i had read more seriously before i enrolled in this school. Above all, you will have no support from the staff.
Whenever I tried to get a hold of anyone, they never called me back. Even had a teacher deny me help, telling me that I had to go seek my own answers and that they were not going to spoon feed me what iIwas unwilling to seek out. Even though everyone else in the class was having the same problem as me!!!!
I even complained to my academic director and they did nothing. They straight out pushed me into admission and didn't listen to a word i said, placed me in a degree program, which was the total opposite of what I had wanted... DON'T EVEN BOTHER REQUESTING INFORMATION- THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE, AND ONLY CARES ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY...
Phoenix Online is awful. Why? Because their hiring agency hires ineffective instructors. I went to the university two times, both times I get one or two good instructors then along comes the ineffective instructor. I won't mention the gender or age here as not to discriminate you can use your imagination. The financial aid is also ineffective as well as the academic counselors. Financial aid takes more than their share of excess funds and the academic advisers are less-than-worthless. In my opinion don't go to this university. The ones that posted they succeeded from this university are a fairy tale. The grade grievance process is a joke and so is the agency looking over the process. Very disgusting and a waste of private and federal dollars.
I am getting irritated with reading reviews from "haters." University of Phoenix is a good school, and like any traditional school, you get what you put into it. I have one year left to get my Bachelor's degree, and I do not plan on changing schools just because some lazy and mediocre student wants to blame the school for his or her failures! Every bad comment I read here is opposite my experience. First, the work is challenging. I learned much more than I did in a traditional school (New York University). Second, stop complaining about the school being expensive - Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and other Ivy League schools are EXPENSIVE,but no one seems to complain about that. You got to represent you; your degree does not determine how good you work or how successful you will be. Employers who are snobbish about hiring me for my degree and not me are the ones I would not want to work for, and I will tell them that in a heartbeat! Haters, stop whining!
As a single mother of two who only held a GED, I was grateful for UOP's open admission policy. The classes are not too difficult and I have learned a great deal. My GPA is 3.9 so online learning is obviously a good fit for me, however there are hurdles. Academic and financial counselors pretty much desert you after the first few months. A few well placed complaints will put them back on track. My GPA at UOP has allowed me to be accepted into a higher ranked online university for my Bachelor's Degree. Some of the instructors are just checking the blocks, but there have been a few that have actually read what I wrote or provided the necessary encouragement for me to pass Algebra (yuck) with an honorable grade. UOP will not dazzle a potential employer, but it is a good stepping stone. If you are looking for a way to transition from "Can't remember high school" to "Earning my degree" UOP can help for a price.
Learning by consensus. Basically, the facilitators (not professors or teachers) told you what to do, and they graded your work. There was very little input by them. You discussed what you thought was wanted of you with your co-students and came up with answers. You never really were told if you were correct or not. When you asked for help, if you were lucky you got a very little bit of help. If you weren't lucky, you either made something up or failed.
Overall I would not recommend UoP for their online degree programs. While the actual classes are okay, the administrative support staff and financial aid officers were consistently poor. It was extremely difficult to get a hold of anyone in the financial aid dept, and the disbursement of your aid was based on when they felt like doing it.
University of Phoenix has been a great experience. I have been attending online classes for four years now and I love the convenience of it. I majored in human services Management and have a 3.9 GPA. All the instructors have been good so far but of course you can bump into those instructors that make class difficult.
It is easy and convenient, especially for me since I have three children and have a full time job. Over all, itâ€™s a good way to get your education, but if you can find a cheaper school then go for it!! If you ask; if I think UOP classes are overpriced? The answer is yes, but keep in mind that UOP is a nationally recognized university.