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I took classes at Argosy University for 10 months. The day before Thanksgiving, they called me and said that suddenly my financial aid was not enough and I had to agree to pay them X amount of dollars a month out of pocket otherwise I would be locked out of class. Sure enough, I was locked out. The bachelor's degree here costs almost $64K when the same degree at a top 10 online school costs less than half that.
It seemed like every time I logged on, I'd have a different counselor. The turnover rate there seems very high. Once someone called me and stated that the other person had gotten "promotion with the company" and moved on. This was a big red flag for me.
In my first class, there was another student who clearly had no business in college. She wrote on a second grade level and her contributions were far removed from what we were instructed to do. The instructor treated her well but this was another red flag. It seems like they accept students just to get the money. Some of the instructors don't seem really interested. Some do. The classes are 5 weeks each which is something I loved but not enough to keep me there. I transferred out last week.
This school sucks, plain and simple. They want to take your money, but not give you a break when it comes to my computer crashing. I got online tonight to do my homework and their site is totally down. Do you think they will give me an extension on my schoolwork now?? Doubt it. Argosy is a JOKE.
I have attended Argosy for nearly two years now. It has been an awesome experience.I would recommend this school in a heartbeat! I love Argosy because of the learnig environment and the individuals who are there to aid in successful outcomes. The course material is easily assessable and teaches relevant information pertaining to each class. I would suggest this school over any other online program available.
I was in the Doctorate program for several years. I took all the classes and did well and learned significantly. I also passed my comps.
A few years ago every few months you had to go to Sarasota and have all weekend classes, from 2 pm on Friday until 5 pm on Sunday. That was the best part of the program and they have cancelled that part. I guess to compete with other online programs that did not have that requirement. I learned a lot networking and learning from my co-students.
I thought the teachers were fairly good, some better than others and one really bad. But all that is to be expected. The online learning is a little different but it worked out well for me. Then the real bad news. I started out working on my dissertation and somehow I had a dissertation chair that did nothing. I received no guidance or anything.
Since I knew nothing about the dissertation process, or at least very little since this was my first time, I thought everything was going good and I kept writing. I wrote about a 150 page dissertation without doing things just the right way. Of course I had zero help or advice. When my dissertation chair changed they gave me someone that I could not understand. I mean really not understand. I would correspond by email and I would kind of understand what he was saying but when I spoke to him in person or on the phone I could not understand what he was saying at all. I could understand that he told me everything I did was wrong. So after paying a lot of money I was going nowhere. So I complained and they gave me another dissertation chair. I think this was really just to get another semester of payments out of me. This guy just told me I needed to totally start over on my dissertation. He would not approve anything I did or help with any ideas.
Even my adviser gave me some good ideas and when I would copy it almost word for word, just to see a response, my chair would not even give it any positive feedback. So at the end they would not even reply to my emails. My problem with my dissertation, I now know, is my research question wasn't satisfactory. I was doing more of pure research. I wish someone would have told me before I spent several years on this. With just a little help I could have done this. In addition my last chair told me my research has to be totally new and something no one has every done before. Well that is a pretty tall order and I have found out you can extend the learning and still have new things for the research. My topic was the move from US GAAP to IFRS and to find something that no one has ever written about is very difficult and probably if you you did find a topic no one would care anyway, it would be so obscure.
Just to check on this I came up with a very very narrow focused topic and something I am sure no one has ever researched before and sent it to my chair. Once again he did not respond. This degree was very important to me. I am sorry I went through three chairs and 3 advisers, which hurt my chances a lot. Later on in the process I found out they had a few very competent people in the school that could help me, people in the office for business dissertations, but you still have to get things past you chair.
I have other plans now to move forward and be successful but spending a lot of money on this degree and not achieving it has hurt me financially as well as for possible jobs. I am looking for other options for my future though.
This school has an issue with trying to admit and retain students. Speaking from personal experience, starting from my admissions advisor leading all the way to my financial aid advisor, I felt pressured and sometimes even guilty for not wanting to stay with them. For those of you who are raving fans, you either work for them or you dont have the brain capacity to realize you are sheep and need that type of "hard father please tell me what to do" syndrome. The time that I spent there I was an above average student but I never even had a word from any of my professors. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this school. More often than not you will end up losing in the end. Just research their history and you will see what I am talking about.
I recently completed my doctorate at Argosy and would highly recommended it to anyone who is looking for a challenging experience and, for me, one of the most challenging in my lifetime.
The cross section of students was most impressive and extremely diverse, with great interaction. Having attended other universities for my undergrad work, the faculty at Argosy were far more responsive to my needs, which made me feel as though they were actually concerned for my success.
In fact, I beleive Argosy has one of the highest success rates for doctoral completions than many other academic institutions I've experienced.
As far as tution, though it has risen since I first started my program, what university program hasn't? It continues, however, to be flooded with new students who feel its still one of the best deals around.
Psychology program- If you want financial aid services without a whole bunch of hassle, forget it. If you want instructors who actually know how to teach, forget it. If you want to learn something new, don't even count on it.
However, if you do want to be told that you are ready to graduate, when really you have 5 classes left to take, then you can count on Argosy to disappoint. If you want to be hassled for tuition payments for months on end after repeatedly going to talk to a financial adviser who tells you not to worry about anything, you're fine, they got that too. Not to mention they tell you that you are going to get X amount in student loans/grants and then a year later they surprise you and say that you are $3000 short, they do that too.
They charge way too much for what they offer. It is basically a web text book that they make you buy in addition to your tuition, and that is all you have to learn from. The instructors have no input and are too full of themselves and their degrees to actually teach anything. I went to community college before Argosy, and I learned more about my field at that school than at Argosy, and I had been at each school for the same amount of time.
I absolutely HATE this school and will never attend or recommend anyone to ever get an education at a school that is only focused on money and advertising. If you are looking for an education in psychology, go to a community college to get generals, then transfer to your state university. That is the cheapest, safest, and most educational way to go because a state university has a lot more experience and concern for students.
And controversial to rumor, online courses are not easier than regular courses. They require 500+ pages of textbook reading each week, notes on that, 3 thoroughly researched discussion questions with peer comments, 2 papers, and 1 addition to a final project and this is just one average week's worth of work for one course. Times that by 2 and factor in your work schedule, stress, family, personal life, social life, and you only have enough time to get 5 hours of sleep and maybe 1 hour of free time a week.
First off - Argosy University Sarasota is an awesome experience. The faculty and staff are great, it is collegial compared with two other campuses in the system, which tend to be hierarchical (we're the experts little children do as we tell you), while the Sarasota Campus is more collegial, and works well with older students who are motivated and disciplined. Online education is more challenging because the learning requires more of the student, a lot more. You must formulate graduate level answers that are well researched and well written. Then respond to other colleagues in the class in a thoughtful and professional manner. The is the Good.
The Bad and the Ugly have to do with the organization. They have a hard time keeping campus presidents and these turn over a lot. Tuition is high. Change happens with little or no notice. Tuition costs increase every September like clock work, without any noticeable improvement in their online platform, library databases (journal articles are sometimes difficult to obtain, unless you have a great librarian to access these - and Sarasota does). EDMC (the parent company) is a cash cow for Goldman Sachs - or perhaps paying down the debt incurred when they were taken private by Goldman Sachs. Argosy University, along with other for profit educational companies, are under fire from the Federal Goverment.
The faculty are your life line in any program and interview them as they interview you. Make sure you have the time and energy to take on the academic load if you are working or have other heavy obligations away from the classroom. If you want to do well in the program you will need to spend 8 hours a week per course you take - lots of reading and then lots of writing for the weekly or twice weekly assignments (some courses are 7.5 weeks so you cover the same material in half the time, while doing two weeks worth of work per week). Some courses involve residencies that last from one long weekend (Friday to Sunday) to two weekends in a row or a week long residency (Monday through Friday). Half of your course work must involve residency courses - this is an extra expense to travel to the campus and for lodging and meals for while you are there.
Other campuses (Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, etc.) are traditional class room based programs. These tend to like younger students that they can mold into their images of professionals (especially the PsyD programs - and really with the APA Accredited programs - Argosy University over all turns out about 150 to 200 PsyDs a year, which is impacting the job market for clinical psychologists, there is on going discussion about this in the APA - the Canadian Psychological Association does not recognize these for profit institutions and split with the APA over this issue).
I recently obtained my Bachelors in Psychology at this school. I had a wonderful experience. It taught in depth information in a way that made learning easy. I didn't have any problems during the curriculum because there was always someone there to assist me if needed. I am very happy with this school and would recommend it to anyone. I graduated with everything I needed in order to move foreward with my career and educational goals. This facility helped me to strive.
Look, instead of making yourself look like an idiot, giving a bad remark to a university that is awesome, maybe you should analyze yourself. Life is what you make of it...school is the same, you wanna do well and succeed, then you willdevote yourself to that success... blaming the school for your lack of interest and commitment is obvious and completely visible that you are not innocent yourself.
I have had a wonderful experience so far. I am b.s. criminal justice and will be going to law school. I felt no pressure to go to this school. I also felt that the people who advised me and have instructed me, have really been so helpful and intuitive. I appreciate the feeling like they are there to help me. I feel this is genuine. And its the beginning of success for me!!