Upper Iowa University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (28)
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.
I attended UIU for 3 years in total, doing a mix of classes online and also in a distance learning center (Cedar Rapids, IA). This school has given me so much stress over the past 3 years. I should have graduated probably 6 months ago or so, but my advisor repeatedly gave me incorrect advice based on classes I needed, and was told multiple times I still did not meet certain requirements. For how much we pay in tuition, I would expect a better advising system and a more up to date online system. It is very outdated and has little features compared to other universities. I have a 3.5 gpa and have never read a textbook. Most classes are similar to a high school level, so I am graduating and still no basically nothing about finance. Professors range from terrible to okay.
I had applied to this school simply because it met the time requirements and I needed to fill some time with a few classes until the next term at my regular university started. Boy was that a mistake. Getting signed up wasn’t bad and they were pretty eager to help me. I attended a satellite campus out of FT. Riley, KS and the staff was polite when I interacted with them. Once I got started things changed. The in person class I took was a social studies class that dealt with current social problems in America. By the third week I withdrew from the class. Sitting in class was useless, gained little to nothing and we always finished early. Once I got past the first chapter of the book I realized there was a major issue. The text book was written in 1992!!!! What kind of university teaches a social studies class that’s supposed to deal with social problems as related to current issues in America and then uses a 12 year old text book. I first thought I got the wrong book but verified the ISBN they gave me was the correct book. The speech class was not any better. After the third week I got an assignment from the professor to write a quick speech to a group of Muslims explaining why American holidays where just as important as Muslim holidays. Since I had spent almost three years in Iraq working very closely with interpreters, church leaders, schools and many more Muslims I am very knowledgeable with the religion and culture. The instructor disagreed with what I wrought and told me I was wrong. I politely disagreed with her and explained to her my reference of knowledge and why I wrote what I did. She proceeded to tell me because Iraq is a third world country and only had mostly un-educated Muslims that they where nothing like the rest of the Muslim world population and that because she had spent time researching Muslim literature I was wrong and she was right. I knew I wasn’t going to benefit any further from disagreeing with her so I dropped it but apparently the damage was already done because after that she started giving me near failing grades on everything. I was left with no choice but to withdraw from the class before the drop deadline. Before I did I asked the site director if I would have to pay anything back and he assured me I wouldn’t as I had dropped before the deadline and would receive a full refund. Boy was he wrong!!!! The VA paid them in full for both classes and then went after me for the difference it took me calling the provost to even get a real number for a live person. After a lot of pushing and them not wanting to give me any money back they are finally sending me a check. I’m still waiting to hear back from there head of academic studies to see if they are going to refund me for all of what the VA took back. As they are claiming they shouldn’t have to. I would never consider attending this school and don’t recommend anyone else do so.
I really enjoyed the fact that I could transfer in my credits from my Associates Degree and in 2 full years of classes complete my Bachelor's degree. The majority of the instructors were very knowledgeable about the subjects they were teaching and were devoted to the success of the students they taught.
I love the degree program and set up. However, trying to get a hold of anyone from finance to the registrar is like pulling teeth. If you have any question and you are on weird hours forget contacting anyone. Email all you want, they MIGHT get back to you. I had a lot of great professors and some horrible ones, but that is to be expected. I just think I should be able to talk to someone if I am paying them to do there job.
I am learning what is wrong with the United States: the majority of college professors are lazy and not very knowledgeable. This school offers almost no help to online students. Want to pay lots of money to teach yourself and participate through a really bad website? UIU is your school.
Great School - Great Opportunites & Great Coach ( S) - Go Peacocks!
I have been a student with Upper Iowa University for just over 2 years and will graduate in March with my BS in Marketing.
UIU is a great institution with a great deal to offer. The staff, professors, and technical support all go above and beyond normal activities to ensure a very rewarding experience.
I will admit that the experience was outstanding enough for me to apply and be excepted into the UIU MBA program.
I completed my A.S. in Accounting at a community college near my home in Tennessee. I had trouble finding schools that would accept my accounting courses as anything other than just business electives, requiring me to take accounting classes over. I even had one admission counselor at a 4-year private school tell me that her university didn't want students completing courses outside their school because then the school missed out on the tuition.
UIU accepted my accounting classes and I had to take approximately 45 hours to graduate. I went through the online program and my instructors were very well versed in their fields. I graduated with a high 2 point grade average so they didn't "give away" grades as other posts suggested. The administrative offices have always been responsive and I still here from the alumni association regularly. The prices are a bit high but really not much more so than other private universities. A+ to UIU! Go Fighting Peacocks!