University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,042)
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.
I started this school and quickly transferred after the first two classes. If you are an adult life experienced learner, this place is not for you. I felt like I was in school with teenagers and wondered how these people even made it in to school. Makes you wonder if there are any guidelines for admissions.
After transferring, I am finishing up my BA right now with a minor, and am continuing to my Masters. In comparison, UOP does not come close to comparing to the education I am currently receiving online. I would search further if you want something out of your education.
I started at UOP in '05 and left in '08 after 90 credits. I transferred to a local University, luckily for me they took all my courses except 2.
UOP is a waste of time, and teaches you very little. The instructors who want to teach are discouraged because of the caliber of students they get. In fact, I was encouraged by a few of the instructors to leave and go to a better school. At UOP I was getting only A's; I am still getting A's, but I feel better about my grades because I know they reflect what I have learned and the hard work I put in.
I would not encourage my mother-in-law to attend UOP. The place is nothing but a cash cow for the Apollo Group, and as the title suggests, a good idea gone bad.
I attended UOP in 2005-2006, and took a 2 year hiatus, returning in Jan 2009. I love this school. Many adults who have not obtained a degree attend this program so as not to interrupt work/family schedules. This is the second chance option for those of us who did not go to college right after high school.
Contrary to popular belief, UOP has an actual brick-and-mortar campus as well. The class sessions are the appropriate length, and the programs are very structured. I think that many students want to get a "quick fix" and expect an easy program. UOP is not that type of institution. You do not need prior knowledge as the books we utilize are regular textbooks that would be used in the classroom.
I personally love this program as it allows me to work full time, and still be home at night with my family (even if I am doing homework all night!). I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that you get as much as you put into it. The more you put in to the program, the better you will succeed in the end.
Did not like this school at all, am surprised it is named a top school.
All classwork goes through microsoft outlook through discussion threads which can get complicating. Most of the work is team based and you pay $80 a class for e-books. You don't even get an actual book, so in order to do any work at all, you have to be in front of the computer unless you want to spend extra for ink to print it all out. If you don't pass a class, which I didn't then you have to pay for the class in cash before moving to the next class, even if you get financial aide. For one class they tell me I owe $3,ooo! that is way too expensive for me.
I have been a student at UoP for over a year, the classes at the ground campus are great, the online environment is much more difficult but still very good. The only down side to this school is the level of professionalism from the administrative staff, the financial aid offices are less than acceptable in answering questions and assisting students with information. The financial aid people I have dealt with were rude and uncaring. The online advisors were not very helpful or quick to add me to classes when asked, I routinely was out of attendance due to the time it took to get into classes. For the most part, the education I received was very good, but the administration needs a major overhaul.