Upper Iowa University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
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.
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.