University of Phoenix Reviews
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I was looking for a graduate degree program that was offered online but was not on the 4 week class schedule such as National University. National University I thought had a better, more accepted reputation as being a "real" school but the classes are done in a 4 week time frame which for me was just too rapid.
I work around 60 hours per week and have a family. U of Phoenix offers similar programs as National but they do it in a six week time frame. Those extra two weeks really help. I am almost done with their MS in Psych program.
One thing about graduate level classes is you get what you put into them. There are no tests like in undergrad. It is all papers and this degree program uses the APA style (yuk). If you really want to learn something with each class you will, if you want to just get by enough to pass and move onto the next class you can do that too.
The graduate level classes are not cheap, about $1500 per class. Their Online Learning System (OLS) overall is effective in getting the job done but when I was deployed to Iraq in 2006 I took my first grad level class with them and that older version I thought was more user friendly. The online class room thing (whatever the heck it is called) DOES go down from time to time but overall it is not very often.
I am in my 9th online graduate level class with them right now since mid 2006 and overall it has been a positive experience. I am sure their are many other accredited schools out there that offer a similar type of graduate level deal but my initial exposure to the U of P was when I got my AS with them in the mid 90's. I was already familiar with them so I decided to go back to them for the graduate stuff. It was just convenient to do so. They are not outstanding but they are accredited and most professionals know of the school.
It works for me. The six week long classes are just the right length. Also note one thing, if you end up having a professor who makes you turn in your assignments on friday you can always withdrawl from the class and class right back up in a week or two with a new instructor. I had to do that. Who in their right mind can expect working adults with families to have 1400 word APA style papers ready to be turned in on a friday? I thought that was what weekends were for, to get the work done and then submit the final product on sunday or monday. Most of the instructors were cool and did not request the papers until sunday or monday.
On a 0 to 10 scale with 10 being absolutely outstanding I would rate them a solid 8.
The MBA program was challenging and insightful. Most of the people who post distasteful reviews about UOP have never attended school online. I obtained my undergraduate degree at a state university in a "brick and mortar" setting. I have been on both sides of the fence. The traditional school setting of simply studying for closed book exams is 3 times easier than writing long papers every single week on various business topics. And by the way everything is not group work..
The truth is that UOP more than prepares you for a job in the business community. Anyone that turns their nose up at your degree will do so anyway unless you graduate from a top 50 program. I already make 80k+ straight out of school... in Florida.. How can you argue with that? And lastly, my decision to attend UOP was tough.
In the end I chose to attend UOP because I had no intention of standing behind my degree. If you want to attend a school, spend years and years obtaining a degree that you can hide behind then UOP isn't right for you.. Try the IVY league schools or another prominent top 50-100 school. If you want the tools to succeed in a convenient and challenging environment, and you aren't scared to stand in front of your degree, then UOP is right for you. It changed my life dramatically! I would recommend it to anyone! Good luck!
When I first started with UOP, I thought it was a great experience. There was rarely a night I didn't run into site problems, but this was easily forgiven as when there was a problem it usually didn't last long. The introductory classes were very thorough, the instructors paid attention to their classes, and my advisors were very supportive. Sadly, I have found that experience to be short lived.
The classes often contain assignments that require prior knowledge of the subject (the text either doesn't discuss the material required for the assignment, doesn't explain it thoroughly enough, or doesn't give a coherent explanation). I have been lucky in that I chose a degree where I was already familiar with the material being presented, but deeply sympathize with classmates that don't have any prior knowledge of the subject as I can only imagine how difficult the work must be for them. Despite having prior knowledge myself, I too have ran in to difficulties in areas where I had hoped to gain a more solid understanding but have been left bitterly disappointed by the lack of clarity in the text.
There have also been assignments that have nothing to do with the classes themselves. The instructors seem to only pay attention to their classes as much as they absolutely have to. Calls and emails to each of my advisors have gone unreplied so many times that I have given up trying to contact them at all. The only reason why I am staying in this program right now is because I can't afford to quit and go with a different school. Mind you, I'm not a disgruntled, failing student - my GPA is a 3.8 and staying there. I'm just frustrated that had I not had prior knowledge I would never had a chance at getting that high of a GPA no matter how much I studied. The chance to learn is simply not there.
While I'm sure this is a decent enough school for those who just need the paper to prove what they already know, I'm equally sure that this is a horrible school for anyone that is wanting to learn a new skill set. I'm very glad that I chose to go for an AS instead of a BA, and you can be assured that once I am done with my AS I will be looking to get my BA elsewhere.
Maybe it's different for other degrees. I don't know. I do know however that UOP is definitely not the place to go for anything IT (Information Technology) related.
I found the University online learning to be extremely helpful in that their facilitators were qualified and displayed awesome knowledge in the areas which they were teaching in. The program prepared me for my continued studies in my graduate work, which I am preparing to complete shortly. At times, the learning teams could be a bit demanding, in the sense that there was occasions where loaf students would require continuous prompting; however, I found that the time spent managing them actually improved my ability to manage my own scheduling and ultimately had a positive impact on the work I was completing. Overall, I would rate the quality of the degree that I received as being high. I am well versed in my undergraduate studies of the field of criminal justice.
I have been attending UOP online for over a year and think it is a great school for working adults. I will be graduating in a couple months as long as you do the work you will be fine and learn a lot.
I have one more class to graduate with my BS degree at UOP. I had 155 hours of college credit from traditional colleges prior to starting at UOP, an Associates in Accounting and Economics along with a technical degree in Machine Tool Technology.
With my work schedule and traveling, an online degree was the only way to finish my BS. I would have to say that attending UOP and maintaining a high GPA is more difficult and time consuming than an equivalent class taken at a traditional college. Because of the structure and to a degree one has to teach themselves, I feel the retention of material is much better. Writing a 1500 word paper on a subject is much more difficult and involved than remembering answers for a test.
There are students that skate through by dumping on team members and doing the minimum just like at any college. What do you call the person that graduates at the bottom of the class from Harvard Med...Doctor. UOP is a great option for working people like myself to get/finish a degree. I have a co-worker that got his Engineering degree from Purdue and MBA from UT, smart guy with pretty papers on his wall that open doors, but results are what count.
I think when you go to online studying, the most important part of your experience is yourself. What I am saying is that a great part of your success depends on you and your own motivation to effectively complete the program. I am just completing the management associates degree (Axia college of University of Phoenix) and enrolling into the psychology bachelor's degree program. It has been quite a challenge, specially because usually when you enroll at online programs like these is because you are occupied with other activities such as a regular job. So far, all my professors have had a great curriculum, very unbiased (important) and supportive. I recommend it.
I also attended UOP for three classes toward my MBA. I found the classes to be extremely informative and the instructors to be knowledgeable in their prospective fields. I didn't run into the grammar/spelling issues that were mentioned previously, but maybe that's because these are higher-level classes. I didn't finish through them, but that's only because I decided if I was going to spend money and time on a higher-level degree, I want it in something I love, which they can't offer me. I wouldn't think twice about going back there to finish the MBA, though, if that's the degree I wanted. I'd re-enroll for that in a heartbeat! I really thought it was a great program.
OK. Online schools get beaten up, but no school is easy. UOP might be a lot of things, but it requires busy working adults to dedicate to a program and successfully complete it. In my experience, that's all employers are really looking for. Who really cares where the degree's from as long as it is accredited. Without such schools, many adults would not have the opportunity to wrap up a degree they worked on earlier in life. I graduated from UOP by attending their brick-and-morter school (not online). I recommend others considering UOP to do the same. It's a better overall experience. And, for what it's worth to the snobs out there, more desirable to employers because of its more traditional format. Another recommendation: get your undergrad from UOP and get a master's at a traditional college. Nobody will care where you got you undergrad from.
I find that the distance learning program with University of Phoenix is a great program.
I am a single mother and I work full-time and find that this was the only option I had to get a higher education. The classes are not bad at all and I find that the students are helpful too. I have always wanted to go back to college and I think this was the best way. Even though they are a little pricey, you do get what you pay for. The ability to work at my own pace and understand the work, yet have the deadlines for homework works well for me.
I have checked out other online colleges but they were very pushy and a typical sales person. When I was put in contact with a representative he was amazing. He told me about the school and he explained everything thoroughly to me. I had not made a decision right then and there and I eventually contacted him a few days later to go ahead. He helped me a lot through the first 3-4 months of school and then I was put in contact with my own Academic Advisor who has since been great too. I'll be sad to lose him once I go to my Bachelor's Degree program. But I have done distance learning with high school before so this was easy for me.
You do have to have the motivation and have to self motivate yourself and the dedication to do something like this. It is not for everyone as I work with people who have tried this and it does not work for them. Everyone's learning curve and how they learn is different. I couldn't be happier with University of Phoenix and I can't wait to start my Bachelor's Degree!! =)