Upper Iowa University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (26)
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!
Good school for people that work and want to go to school at the same time. If you motivated and your not expecting for some one to hold your hand through school you will do great. Like any other school there are some awesome teachers and then the others that are not awesome. I would recommend going rather then a big box school.
The online program experience was exceptional. Instructors were always well-prepared and challenging. I agree with another's comment that in regards to reading a text or outcomes and expectations, a student will likely get out of any online (or in-class) what he/she is willing to put into it. At the end of the day, students are still largely responsible for the outcome of their educational experiences and can choose to make it fulfilling or not in my opinion.The flexibility of an online situation is critical for many of those choosing that route and UIU offers a great opportunity in that regard. The degree opened doors that I'm certain would not have been available otherwise. I would most certainly recommend UIU as a worthy option to consider when evaluating an undergraduate or higher level degree program.
I completed an undergraduate degree in business administration from the online program. After attending traditional campuses off and on for many years, I identified the UIU online program as a fit for my degree completion. I looked into other online programs, but I was aggravated by their high pressure admissions tactics. I have nothing but positive things to say about my student advisor and the distance learning staff. I have had excellent instructors who were engaged and posted a great deal of supplemental material to instructors that did the bare minimum. I notice that many of the postings in this forum mention never reading a textbook and passing a class. You get out of a class what you put into it. Even when I had instructors who were not engaged, I made the most of the class and focused on the material. This is not the most academically challenging university that I have attended, but if you are looking for academic rigor, apply to Harvard and have fun! UIU offers an average education at an affordable price. It is by no means, a "bad" investment. It is simply an affordable option to earn an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited university.