University of the Rockies Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (38)
I am completing my course requirements in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of the Rockies and will be starting my dissertation in June. The program is rigorous for the serious mature student that is disciplined enough for on-line doctorial work. Like most serious graduate students we look for accreditation as a requirement for serious consideration in deciding what school to attend. The University of the Rockies is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). The university is also an associate member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and is an American Psychological Association (APA) approved graduate school for continuing education credits. If you are intently concerned about an APA accredited online PhD/Psy.D program I suggest you review the following web site for information on the difficulty APA has had within its own accreditation program in accrediting new legitimate on line psychology doctoral programs- http://www.geteducated.com/careers/534-apa-accredited-online-psychology-programs. APA leans heavily towards traditional doctoral psychology programs and is trying to incorporate that tradition into accrediting the new and high demand on-line doctoral programs. The University of the Rockies faculty is very good. And I have found them to be equally or better at challenging me than the faculty in my prior residency graduate degrees. Good luck in your decision.
I am about to finish my PsyD program at the University of Rockies, and I like to tell you that it is the best school. The employees, and instructors go out of their ways to help the students.
The in-residence week, or week-ends are also very informative, and fun. The financial aid department was always helpful, and I could get hold of anyone on the phone almost in the spare of a moment. I chose this school, and you should also.
I highly recommend this school.
When filling out applications and such, where all schools are listed by state, even online schools, UoR is never an option. The school is not recognized! If you are going for any type of graduate degree, you are wasting your time and money; you will learn a lot but your degree will not be recognized.
Also the financial aid department is unprofessional! They failed to tell me they didnt get me packaged for financial aid for my last class and after I completed the program they told me I had to pay them $2,600 before they will send me my degree. So now, on top of repaying my student loans I also have to pay them over $200 a month for a year to get my degree. DONT DO IT! Just suck it up and go to a campus and get a quality and professional education!
I will begin my seventh class at UoR next week and my experience, so far has been wonderful!
I work two jobs, have a family, as well as take classes and it is very convenient to obtain this type of superior education from home. I researched for just the right online school with the program I wanted for six months before I decided on UoR. The reason I picked UoR was because of some of the reviews, the awards bestowed, and intuition told me it was the right choice for me.
The instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful, student services is usually quick to answer any questions, there is positive interaction with fellow students, and the tuition is no more than any other graduate degree.
I highly recommend UoR to anyone who wants the freedom of learning from home, and who wants an excellent educational experience.
And so too my enthusiasm for schooling. My focus is criminology and criminal justice and only had 3 classes in 4 years dealing with my study focus. The school was originally the Colorado School of Professional Psychology and probably should have stayed as such.
All my classes have focused around organizational behavior and because I have first hand knowledge of this I chose a field of interest...to me. I changed over from internship to the new capstone program and I think it was hastily assembled as there are conflicting instructions for assignments and becomes very confusing and it is not me, but confirmed from fellow students in class. The school should rethink PsyD programs in criminology and focus on their strengths or focus on making new programs understandable.
I have attended several colleges and universities. The UofR is by far the worse ever! I always had problems getting in touch with student advisors and other facilty members. The straw that broke the camel's back is when I had instructor issues, during my 4th course. First of all, the instructor was extremely unfair with grading. I was left needing the support from my student advisor and other UofR team members. There is absolutely no support for the students.
It feels as though there is a pattern of design (because I have listened to other students from UofR) of problematic issues that occur during the 4th course. It is very obvious that a student support team fails to exist at this place. What they don't understand is in order for students to keep attending (and also refer other students to their university) they must make sure their students' needs are met. It shows that their only concern is getting paid for doing nothing. Shame on you!
The University needs to do something about the student services. It is difficult to get ahold of your student counselors, and then once you begin to get to know your academic counselor they change him or her on you. It isn't very helpful.
The coursework and quality of instructors is decent depending on which one you are assigned to. I did have one instructor (this was for statistics) who was not helpful at all and did not seem too eager to help me with what I was having a difficult time with. I ended up not finishing the class as I was struggling so much with it. I found the other students to be of more help than the instructors ever were.
Also beware of the admissions counselors as they will tell you anything you want to hear in an effort to get you to sign up. Once you are a student the advisors are of little help and I have had at least 3-4 of them over the course of about two months. I was on a break from classes for two weeks and then advised that my next class would not start for four weeks because that was the earliest that I could be enrolled in an upcoming class. About one week later I receive an email saying that I have not been attending my class (one that I was not to be enrolled in but they enrolled me in it anyway) and that I was being dropped from my program. Now they are telling me that I owe money for a class that I never completed. Per the policies at this school you will have to complete a class in order for student loans to cover it. In other words, if the instructor refuses to help you then you have to figure it out on your own and emailing your advisor will get you nowhere. The University of the Rockies will be more than happy to take you student loan money but don’t expect any additional help if you need it. They are very aggressive with regards to getting your money but will not help you. They will also not work out payment arrangements should you become unemployed and will start hounding you with emails as well as calls. I am willing to pay what I can but they refuse to work with me and if you can’t pay the amount they want they will not work with you. I found this to be the worst academic experience that I have ever had and think they way they do business needs to be reviewed. I would serious think about getting involved with this school as it is all about profit for them.
I am currently in the University of the Rockies Doctoral program for Health & Wellness. I am midway through my second year. I love this school. My enrollment counselor Adela Parra was a God send when my Graduate school for my MBA was taking their time with my conferment and had mis-classified me as part time, instead of full time. This threw me into default and UOR admitted me while this was resolved with no pressure. To this day I am good friends with Adela, we formed a bond after the gazillion phone calls a day for weeks.
My academic advisors have been helpful, never pushy and the financial department does everything to work through money issues.
Yes, it is super expensive almost $3,000 dollars a 6-week quarter. They give you the option of taking time in-between classes that you can do yourself, up to 4 weeks, I think before it has to be approved. I like to take a week to sleep and breathe in-between. The six week quarters are intense, the workload is tremendous and extremely hard. Should it be any other way when getting a Doctorate? The work is difficult, but they do their part in teaching the information, providing resources, tools and immediate feedback and I do my part, I give it my all, my mind, heart and soul. If getting a doctorate was easy what would be the point?
One of my favorite things about UOR is when you call them, they actually answer the phone, a live person on the other end and they treat your call as if is as important to them as it is to you. They do everything to resolve whatever it is and they handle it, so you can just be a student, that's our job and they do their job. WOW My last school never answered the phone, I had so many counselors changes, I gave up trying to remember, none of which did their job, but were promoted anyway?
If you have a passion you believe in, a dream you want to bring to reality ... UOR is the school for you. They will make it all real for you and handle all the pesky little details. I love it and thank all the wonderful professors that I still stay in contact with on a regular basis.
y. c. love the earth..plant a roof.
I thought the quality of the instructors were okay, but as in all online courses the students made the difference as value added. I am currently having a major problem with the schools finance office. I have not attended in two years, last week they sent me a mail from a guy who represented himself as two separate people. He told me I was past due on this bill, but would not/did not give me any kind of amount, or reason as to why I still owed money.
I was instructed to log onto the portal, but I cannot even with password resets, provided passwords, deleting changing cookies/browsers. I could provide a lot more damaging information, but i will not. I am planning to call the Dean of Financial services at UofR today and register a complaint against this individual.