University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,158)
I am grateful for the way that UoP is set up it has allowed me to finally get my degree even though I work full time and have several small children at home.
You pay for the convenience.
It is in no way easier than a brick and mortar school at all. I have studied and worked harder then I ever have in my life to get this degree. It is true though that your financial aid will run out before your degree is completed at the Bachelor's level. The classes are 1687.00 a piece and you will have to pay for at least 4 of them out of pocket even if you max out Pell and Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
While I do plan on completing my MBA I will do it somewhere other than here.
University of Phoenix put into simple terms is a joke! I took a few classes and then had a family emergency, I requested a LOA. I was told everything was fine and the next thing I knew, I was dropped from class. Apparently my LOA was never processed! They also claim that I owe them $2080 for classes that I never took! With that being said, I am not able to get my transcripts from them because of the hold they put on my account. I would NOT consider this school for your education, you will be highly disappointed. Not to mention that your due dates on assignments will be totally different for each class and/or assignment. This makes it very difficult for someone who works full time and has a family. They make the statement that this is a program for those adults when really its not!
I am surprised at all the negative reviews. I thought I was the only one to have a bad experience with this school. I am deeply upset at the people who think only slackers have a bad experience with this school. I am very hard worker who takes great pride in everything they do and currently hold a 3.89 GPA. I fully expected this college to be challenging and time consuming. All I seem to find is miscommunication and blatant lies. My counselor missed every appointment he ever made with me and forgot to tell me pertinent information regarding the degree program, including the how long to obtain my degree. There are no instructors, just facilitators. By university law, they are not required to take phone calls and have 3 days to respond to any questions in writing. That's ok unless you have a question about an assignment due in 2 days. When calling to complain about this, I was told, "you signed up for distance learning, what did you think it would be like?" My academic and financial counselors has been changed so many times, I am not certain of either of their names. For some reason, your call is only returned at a time you tell them you are unavailable. I will finish my degree and never look back or think of this school again!
I would like to address the comment by the person who says this college isn't for slackers, that you have to work at your grades. I have found the classes to be insulting to my intelligence. I have been retaught things that I learned in Jr. high school. The caliber of students is terrible- and like another commenter said, they won't have you take some kind of testing for placement, because it would curtail their enrollment numbers. The students they allow in are so stupid that most of the time and discussion is spent trying to teach them basic grammar skills. You don't have to work your butt off. If you have to work hard to get a degree from this place, it means you weren't that smart to begin with.
I am currently a student who just found out no other school recognizes this "college". I just spent all this money and time going to this school, to find out that I can't transfer anything to a better university. I have made straight A's in my classes- because they're so simple, it's really hard to fail. I mean, you have to work at failing!
The curriculum is elementary, for the most part. Going for an AA in Human Services, I get to spend two weeks discussing people's sexual orientation, and why they feel they are oriented that way. This serves WHAT purpose? I had Saul Alinsky quoted in my text, in a postive way, and the critical thinking class, I had to analyze essays written by 9/11 truther conspiracy folks. no joke. If I could upload the text here, I would.
If you're consiering going back to school, don't dismiss online classes- even Harvard has online classes. But get a decent education from somewhere that is acredited- as in other universities recognize them. Spend your money elsewhere.
I am not sure why there are so many negative reviews for UOP. It should be understood that with any education, one gets what one puts in. Having said that, I have nothing but positive things to say about the university. The fact that the instructors are employed in the field your studying for is great and beneficial. I have made important contacts and networked myself as well. Remember folks, if you want to succeed then you will!!
Like a lot of working professionals, I wanted to obtain a bachelor's degree and decided the most feasible option was to earn it online. I chose the UOP because it was well known. I was a UOP student for 3.5 years and earned my degree in early 2007.
It's been a while, but I wanted to warn potential students of the problems with the UOP.
1- it is overpriced. I was paying around $1,400 per class when I graduated, and I'm sure tuition has increased since then. That doesn't include text books which are expensive.
2- learning team assignments are a part of each class, and can be a major problem. For each class you'll be assigned to a learning team with 4-6 other students in the class. There are several team assignments due during each class, which must be completed by the team. In some cases, you'll get lucky and have a good team in which everyone carries their weight. But often you will be in a team in which there are slackers. As a result, the rest of the team has to pick up their slack and/or do their work. I was one team which was so bad only one other member contributed. All you can do is fill out the team evaluation at the end of the course noting the members who failed to contribute, and hope the teacher reduces their grade for the class. However, you'll never know.
3- You have to post two substantive messages about four days a week to meet participation requirements. This can be easy, or a pain in the neck depending on the teacher. It just seems unnecessary.
Bottom line is there are better online schools which cost less, and demand less. Most online schools do not have learning teams as a part of every class or participation requirements. In addition, some schools even send you the text books for free, as long as they are returned at the end of the course.
I have attended this school for 5 weeks. I cannot get in touch with my financial advisor regarding my financial aid. They do not tell you about these Learning Teams that you are required to be apart of that consist to up to 5 people. Who wants their grade to be determined upon other individuals who may be okay with just doing mediocre work. Also, this school charges way too much. I am currently withdrawing from this school because I have found another online school that is less than half the price, gives you actual books with the tuition, and do not have Learning Teams. (All of UoP books are online, so, why do we have a separate book fee?)
I went to U.O.P. because I was working full time and wanted to gain that degree so I could get a better paying job. So I took classes for the 20 month or so program and when I graduated I had a B.S. The issues are as follows: You can only take class that is in the program only. I took Business Management and wanted to take a couple of human resource classes but because they weren’t in the “program”, I couldn’t take them.
Second, IF and WHEN you want to further your schooling, most universities DO NOT recognize UOP as an accredited school and NONE of my credits transferred over! So I now need to retake my B.S. classes so I can regain those credits.
Third, my advisor was very hard to contact when I had questions. It usually took a couple of days via phone calls and emails to get a response back. If you are considering UOP, please keep in mind these issues that I had. The only good thing about the school is the professors are working individuals with real time experience. Good Luck!
I think more and more companies are realizing that on-line degrees are the same as a traditional degree. On my degree from Phoenix it doen't say whether I went in person or online, nor has anybody ever asked me that question. All of my instructors (all but one PhD's)have stated that the material is the same online as it is in person.
It only matters to the student on their prefered of method of learning. The University of Phoenix is a fully accredited institution of higher learning and has jumped started my professional career because of my degree. I went in person by the way, and I am finishing up my MBA at UOP.
This University has demonstrate to be a nightmare!
Enrollment counselors hide important information while they maneuver the application process really quick online -you might even think: "they are so helpful" while they are thinking: "what an easy prey"- and side track any legitimate questions you may have. They skillfully avoid your inquiries, keep you happy with meaningless answers, and they make sure you start your classes no matter what.
Now you are trapped! At this point you don't know how much financial aid you are getting; therefore not aware of how much debt you are in for. To top it off, they forgot to mention that UofP doesn't have a free withdrawal period, or a week trial, or whatever you want to call it. Now, after trying the online classes for the first week if this is not what you expected, TOO BAD!
The worst part or it is the letter sent a week later requesting full payment. They conveniently omit the breakdown of the amount due (how it came to this figure you may ask yourself?) and they try to convince you that their goal is to provide you with the best possible service (WHAT ABOUT A GRACE PERIOD, OR FREE TRIAL TIME!).
My recommendation to anyone seeking online education with this so called University is to CHECK ONLINE FOR ANY REVIEWS. You will be surprised to find out that the majority agree with me: WHAT A BUNCH OF SCHEMERS!