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I was in the process of enrolling into Argosy's Master in Counseling Washington DC program and, after immediate acceptance, decided to do more research about this school with no apparent admission criteria. Got your BA/BS? Congratulations, you've been accepted. Another red flag was inability to review department's faculty and get an idea of who I would be learning from in the next 2 years. Also, the price of "education" was crazy steep. Basically, the only reason I was considering Argosy is because it well aligned with my vocational demands and Master in Counseling program on this particular campus is CACREP accredited, which is pretty much a must for those wanting to seek LPC licensure. So Argosy does have that going for itself, but so do a lot of other non-profit schools at a much cheaper price. Anyways, after thorough research about this school and for-profits in general, I withdrew my application and never looked back. Instead, I am attending a reputable, non-profit, accredited mortar & brick university this fall and don't have to worry if my future employees will question the validity of my degree. I would really encourage everyone to THOROUGHLY RESEARCH FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS before proceeding. Even with accreditation, I don't think it's worth it. Personally, I really don't want to financially support this awful business that's robbed so many people of their money with nothing to show for it. Either way, best of luck to all. And remember, just do your research and educate yourself.
Don't waste your time or money here . I just graduated in April, and this school is a joke. The staff is unreachable all the time. It is impossible to reach anyone or get any straight answers from anyone ever. My financial aid advisor never returned my calls and I ended up screwed bc my aid was revoked and I had to reapply half way through because I was never notified. Furthermore, as much as I want to be proud of my degree I feel like it was not challenging. Not even a little bit. And speaking of degrees, no one seems to be able to tell me where mine is and when it will be coming in and it has been 11 weeks since I "graduated". Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
I do agree with most that Argosy is very expensive. I wish I had researched other more economical options. This is where my unhappiness ends. I started Argosy in 2008. In late 2009 I married and my husband and I relocated. School was put aside for a while. When I decided to return to school I was able to resume my degree but because of a lack luster undergraduate GPA (I had a good GPA for the 1/2 of the degree I had already completed) I had to take an academic writing course. I was a bit put out by this lengthy course which doubled my work, but in the end found it to be very helpful. I had one of my favorite professors in this course. I got a call once a month from my AA and FA. This was a bit much and I assume a computer generated their call lists to check up on my status and see if I had any questions. So, those that have written about no contact I think Argosy heard you and are making changes. I admit that when I left Argosy the first time I did get a lot of calls, At one time I asked not to be contacted by phone at all because they were wanting me to restart my journey. But, they are required by law not to call if you ask them not to and when I did they honored that even noting that I now wanted calls when I contacted them to complete this degree. My academic advisor has been great. I think Jennifer is my third or fourth since beginning school but by far the best. She has been helpful, prompt, encouraging, and even soothing when the work load got to be too much with my own personal dynamics and life. My financial aid guy has called regularly. He is always nice, but other than telling me that he got my loan money and discussing my progress in the course I have had no need to reach out to him. I am still waiting for him to call and tell me I won a scholarship (HINT). For those of you who have problems with your professors I admit that I had one or two that were strange or even inappropriate in their comments at times. I shared this concern in the course survey and hopefully this was pointed out to them. Overall I have had GREAT teachers. They were usually prompt in responding and very helpful. They encouraged critical thinking and discussion. I admit that I was a bit leery of not being face to face with classmates and professor but found that I was able to censor myself and my writing before submitting. I have had some GREAT classmates. I am not good with names, but recognize a few of the same people in some of my classes. Online learning is not for everyone. I do not think it should be used as the primary school for undergraduate degrees. I think that you need some self discipline, motivation, and encouragement to stay on task with the demands of these courses. If you are the type that flies by the seat of your pants a 5 week program is not for you. As for those who are upset about losing money if you drop a course this happens in all upper level education situations. This is not unique to Argosy and should not be held against them. Again, Argosy has been a great option for me in pursing a master's degree. I would not recommend this type of learning to everyone.
Please, if you are considering this school, think twice, then three times, then choose another school! When I enrolled, my advisor was great. She since has moved on, leaving me with people who do not care. My academic advisor has changed 3 times since i enrolled under 2 years ago. My admissions advisor was amazing, including meeting with me one day to help tutor me in my math class. My financial advisor early on was alright, decent communication, but the one I have now is a joke. I had a default with the Department of Education back in 2009 so now any time they try to run my financial aid through the system, that comes up and they need a letter from DOE confirming I am no longer in default. This happened again in April and, no joke, my advisor just got in touch with me 2 days ago to let me know he needs the letter. He called me April 10th to let me know about the issue and I called to have the letter faxed from DOE that same day. I called and left a voicemail for my adviser asking he notify me if he never receives the letter and I never heard a word. I have been awarded scholarships for my academic achievements, of which I have only received $500 of the $2000 I was supposed to have received. I would love to say that the classes are challenging, but it's always concerned me that there are no tests or quizzes, and all classes consist of one discussion post and one full assignment, normally a 4-8 page paper. Reading other classmates posts, it is disheartening. The grammar is quite often horrific, the citations are incorrect, and you see so many students just copying and pasting text they've read in the classroom or text. I have compounded almost $30,000 in student loans for this degree that, quite obviously, will be a joke and will never get me anywhere. Please, don't make the same mistake I did!!!
POOR customer service, people never answer the phones unless your are a new enrolled student. After enrollment you must make multiple calls to get an answer in 72 hours or more. painful experience through the whole program. The instructors are excellent but the school itself is not worth it. I should have attended a better online program that actually helps students, I graduated with a Master degree but will never recommend family or friend to go through the painstaking experience. I don't know how any business operates without customers or referrals??? Signed a disappointed student.
My total experience with Argosy University was positive from start to finish. My Academic Advisor was always available. She always had answers for me. My Financial Advisor was outstanding to help me through the total process. Some of the Educators were better than others, but the majority were excellent! As a prior student at a "brick and mortar" college, the online experience was very different. However, overall the experience was exciting and rewarding.
I recently completed my doctorate degree through Argosy University's online program and it was a great experience. My academic adviser contacted me regularly and my interaction with my professors was better than expected. The Organizational Leadership curriculum at Argosy University was relevant and coincides with what I am being taught now in my professional military education. The resources provided by the school such as dissertation residency opportunities, webinars, digitized text books that save the student purchase costs, and the numerous online research programs afforded to students are invaluable. A testament to my review at Argosy University was my experience during the dissertation phase of my program, my chair provided me timely feedback and expertise that helped me overcome the challenge. What's more, Argosy University is also a Yellow Ribbon school which means that it covers any additional costs that exceed Post-9/11 G.I. Bill coverage. Overall, my experience was very enjoyable at Argosy University and I am a proud alumni.
This school is nothing more than a money grubbing farce. My education has been a joke. Even my admission process, which was minimal was in my eyes inadequate, took essentially two hours. I went in for information about their programs and left a student. It was easier than buying a car. The admissions staff wear headsets like they are telemarketers ready with rebuttals. Although I thought this odd, I admit it was nice to not have to jump through any hoops. I was suppose to write an essay so the admissions staff sat with me at a computer and told me what to write. I was suppose to have a formal interview but instead I just ended up on the phone talking with someone who was cooking at the same time. My professor who is also the head of the department has no experience or knowledge base of the program. It is a Forensics Program and he has a doctorate in business admin.Throughout my classes, of which he has essentially taught all, he has given little to no real feed back. The syllabus for the courses have almost always been cut and pasted with incorrect dates and information. Rarely has our assignment grades been posted in a timely manner if at all. Often, I have no idea how I've been doing in the class until I have my final grade posted. From the very beginning of the program, my degree process has been mixed. They have changed my courses required, the length of the courses, the degree paths that one can focus on, the requirements to graduate and eventually implemented a comprehensive exam to complete at the end which I feel minimally prepared for. I am currently in my seminar and will be graduated in April. I have wasted and exorbitant amount of money on a degree program that I was led to believe would lead to me being licensed. Which it will not.
Argosy started off promising. The academic counselor was awesome and made sure I was understanding everything. I did notice that the students in my class couldn't spell and most of what they were posting was nothing to do with what was asked. Then my counselor left and that's when the ball dropped. I paid for micro office and the process to get it was ridiculous and after four classes I still never received it. Trying to get someone from financial to call me has been a nightmare. I have never been to online school before and was told I would spend about 20 hours a week on homework and reading. The amount of reading was way more then twenty hours and the assignment that followed was a waste of time. The posts are very hard to reply to because the other students had no idea what they were talking about and most I couldn't even understand. After my fourth class I decided I had enough. This online school says it has all these resources like tutoring but they don't. Also when I asked any of my professors questions about assignments they never responded. If they did which was twice, it was like a robot message. The introductory classes are such a waste of money and time. Please don't be fooled by there motivational speeches. They are what they are, for profit.
This school is awesome , my advisor was such great help he lead me through the whole enrollment process. He is very motivational and has high hopes for his students , I have yet to start my online classes but by the looks of it I already love that the online classes provide tutoring and all other tools to help you become successful.