Upper Iowa University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (29)
Like the other reviews you will see about UIU I have had many issues with the school. When I transferred from DMACC classes that should have applied to my bachelors degree like Business Law 1 and Business Law 2, and multiple others they were refusing to accept because they were not 300-level courses. DMACC classes are level-200, and I was told by UIU that the classes had to be 300-level to be applied and that is why certain classes are sup post to be taken at UIU. It does not state anywhere on the 2+2 agreement between Dmacc and UIU that certain classes were different levels, must be taken at UIU and would not be accepted. UIU tried to get me to retake classes I had already passed, and pay for them. It was only after some intense arguments with the acting UIU president at the time that they applied the classes.Constant issues with financial aid, academic advisors have no clue what they are doing, my academic advisor quit after having a baby, and I was left wondering why my classes had not been approved. No one at the school can take responsibility for their actions, no one has the right answer, and you just constantly get shifted from person to person with no one knowing the answer. It leaves you exhausted and frustrated. Most recently I became unemployed and I have ten years management experience, and I have been applying for HR jobs for two years with no luck and only one phone call back. Started the MBA program and was not even getting calls back with working on MBA. I went to the academic advisor and said I want to change careers, and switch over to graphic design. The academic advisor's were not very happy, and I had to write out a three paragraph statement for their boss on why I wanted to change careers and this move was looked at as being stupid by the university. I told them a degree is sup post to help you get a job and I even went to the extent of paying 300.00 to have a professional resume done to get a job. When I tried to give them feedback about what the students need in terms of being employable, I was told that were not here to train you for a job, were here to teach you theory and practice of the field. I told them they needed to teach a HRIS systems classes so students could learn the HR systems being used. Many employers are not willing to train on this. I have taken three MBA classes that have been the exact same material in the books and class. I do not fill the school is up to date with what current employers are seeking. I should not have to explain why I want to change careers, or majors. I have never went unemployed for over six months before and I finally just got a full-time job. Lastly, I told the counselor what benefit is there is having a discussion question, if all your doing is taking the answer right from the book and quoting it and citing it. What is this teaching us, nothing. Like so many other frustrated students I would have transferred out to take my graphic design degree elsewhere, but only need the ten classes of design courses to get my degree. I have decided to quit the MBA as I do not see it as being helpful in my long term career goals. I am sorry that I want to do retail for the rest of my life and work 50-70hrs a week for low pay. My suggestion spend a little more money and go to another college. UIU is all about the money! money! money! money!, not about you the student. Finally be very careful of UIU sup posed start back up deals where they offer 600.00 off if you start back up in a particular term. I did this and they only applied 200.00 to both classes when it should have been 600.00 on each class and then told me that I was past a certain credit threshold to receive the full discount. Good Luck, I would run from this school as fast as possible.
My academic advisor enrolled me in classes that I had already taken at Iowa State University. Upper Iowa University did nothing to correct the issue, but rather suggested I change my major and then they could apply the transfer credits. Sadly, I only transferred to UIU because they told me they would take my transfer credits. I had an idiot academic advisor who never looked at my transfer courses when he enrolled me in the classes. Since I looked to him as an "advisor" and acting in my best interest, I went ahead and took the classes that I had already completed at ISU. Waste of time and waste of money.
Professors are great. My only complaint is with the financial aid office. You take 8 week courses and they wait to release your student loan money until the 5th week of the program so don't expect it if you need it to live on. They also use a bank that has a card ( no actual bank). but there are numerous fees attached with taking out your money better to transfer to your own bank which will take even more days because it has to go through the one to the other. Also the ATMs they claim are free from charges have always charged so BEWARE.
I Attended This a university at its Fort Polk Location On the military installation. I graduated in 2014 after being advised after every term I completed. Two years later I continue to receive emails about incorrect grades and them wanting to change my grades that I earned to lower grades. Now with it being two years later I have no emails left of my college days with them and it beginning to become very frustrating for me. When I try to call and leave messages to find out more information I am not called back. I would not recommend this college.
Great school. Makes a transition from a community college to university a breeze, though communication and outreach for transfers sometimes is lacking once you decide to attend. I also wish there were more resources for older students who are undergrads. My advisor is wonderful, and the professors in my major knew who I was before I even accepted admission. I feel like it is definitely an academic school, classes push you to learn and the upper level classes are upper level. You have to work for your grade. Really enjoying my time.
I love this school! All of these other reviews are complaining about lack of structure or teacher involvement which I do not get! A syllabus is provided the first day of class that clear lays out all of the expectations for the next 8 weeks. And, you cannot expect every teacher to be the same or have the same requirements. All I know is if you read the syllabus and do what you are supposed to when you are supposed to you shouldn't have any problems! I did have one negative experience with an instructor who was not active in our learning, graded everything weeks after it was turned in, etc... but I notified the school and it was taken care of. That is another great thing about this school, the ladies working in the office and the advisors are so extremery helpful! I have called with too many questions yo count and not once have I felt like a problem or left with an unsweetened question or the help I needed. I highly recommend this school!
I loved my college, it was flexible, had great professors, and was helpful with financial aid.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! The instructors at this school are irresponsible and mostly unavailable. No two teachers have the same writing or classroom expectations so for the first two weeks of each eight week semester your grade suffers while you learn the requirements of each new instructor. $50,000 later and I am still doing the same thing I was when I started. I'm now just $50,000 poorer. This is a joke of a university. Again, don't waste your time or money!!
I am glad that I was able to pay $1250 every eight weeks just so that I could teach myself. If I had not been so deep in to change schools by the time that I figured out what this school was about I would defiantly have left and went somewhere else. I have had two classes where the instructor quit in the first week and I was 7 weeks in before anyone even told me. I was just left wondering why none of my homework was being graded. Trying to get ahold of anyone from the school was insane. I would say that when i finally do finish my degree from here that it will be worth less then the paper it is printed on. I learned a lot but only what I taught myself. I could have just gotten a list of books from the school that had to do with my career field and it would have been the same as the years I have now wasted.
UIU has it's pros and cons, but unfortunately the cons reflect stronger than the pros. My academic advisor was incompetent and completely unprofessional. She advised me to apply for graduation, which comes with a fee, and I was denied because my advisor missed that fact I was 16 credits shy of actually completing my degree. Then when it came to graduating in May, I walked at the UIU ceremony only to receive a letter 2 months later saying I was 1 credit shy of graduating. My advisor had me take a 1 credit course at the local technical college, rather than taking an expensive 3 credit course at UIU. The advisor failed to inform me I needed to send my 1 credit course from the tech to UIU before the May graduation, therefore Registrar never showed I actually had the 120 credits to graduated, it only showed 119. I ended up sending my transcript and everything was accepted, yet my advisor still claimed I needed to reapply for graduation. After much stress, and jumping through hoops I found out I did graduate, and my advisor was giving me false information. Talk about a stressful situation. She potentially has ruined career opportunities for me since I have put on my resume that I graduated in May 2015, but because of her error my actual graduation is 08/2015 because she did not communicate fast enough or effectively enough to have my 1 credit transferred to UIU. Besides my advisor's sloppy work, the school is incredibly expensive compared to alternatives. On the bright side, I had some amazing professors who really listened, provided feedback, and helped me succeed with a 3.7 GPA and graduate with Magna Cum Laude and Honors. If you attend UIU, I suggest you always TRIPLE check your advisor's work. I attended UIU in my hometown, so the school's population was incredibly small. Small enough that my advisor could have paid better attention to her students' degree plans. Good luck!