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This school was never honest. My money paid in from financial aid and they would hold it for long periods of time before I received my refunds. They were poor teachers and staff at the call center. My finance counselor never returned my calls for days if at all. Admission reps didn't want anything to do with me after I enrolled, if I called I was always passed to someone else
I attended Argosy University in Tampa, Fl. I was recruited over the phone by a very charismatic recruiter. I was excepted site on scene as I was finishing up my education in England. I thought this was so exciting and such a great opportunity at that time. Little did I know, they except just about anybody at this school. This became extremely apparent just my first few courses. As a counseling student, I had peers crying in classes and opening up in full disclosure during vignettes and practices. And quite a few occasions I caught myself looking around the room going, "is this really happening? "I couldn't believe the level of unprofessionalism that my clads mates in a master's program were exhibiting. Add to this the disappointment and frustration in learning that the promises for accreditation were never capped. I entered the school with the understanding that it was going to be credited. This is the reasoning and substantiation for paying such a high amount for tuition. I was told several times that they were in the process of obtaining this. Even until this day, some 11 years later They still have not been accredited for mental health counseling by CACREP; Very misleading. I now have roughly $60,000 in debt to Argosy University. This highly overrated degree all these years later, and I am earning roughly $42,000 a year. I would never do it again. Buyer beware. Do your research!!!
Hello, Please do not waist your money at the Schaumburg location.You will have R.E. and C.G. as first year instructors. Steer clear of them because they are poor instructors and lack skills in giving good, positive, constructive criticism. For example, they are both unapproachable, unsupportable, and feedback consists of vague, illegible writing such as "what?" "This doesn't make sense!" "There should be a semi-colon here!" (I'm serious-these are actual feedback comments on a paper that I wrote for Carolyn's class) and she said I was very undergrad. Also, they are not interested in helping develop students as clinicians. Papers are "graded" based on bias opinion and they will not give you feedback on how to improve or where you were lacking. So you will be set up for failure the next time you write a paper for them. Communication from staff is poor. You will never hear from your academic advisor the whole time you are there. Not even to reach out and ask to see how things are going. Nothing. I am all for constructive criticism, I mean that's what college is, right? Learning? Well, at Argosy Schaumburg you don't get constructive criticism, you receive poor remediation that consists of a very rigid, unapproachable, "instructor" that clearly get's aggravated if you don't agree or learn from her. How she has made it to be a counseling psychologist-I have no idea. I would never feel comfortable going to her as a client and therefore do not feel comfortable learning from her because she is exactly who I DON'T want to be as a clinician. On the other hand, there are some great professors there who are incredible and have amazing track records. It's those people who I loved learning from because they let you know being in grad school was not easy and that yes, you have learning to do but that you already came into the program with great qualities. I wish there were more of them on the Chair of the department. But sadly, there isn't. Which made me stop attending and seek other programs.
This school is limited with staff in this location therefore you will not have staff to choose from if you do not learn from particular instructors. You will be stuck with very rigid instructors who teach the same curriculum for different classes (i.e. you read a bunch of articles the instructor is dead set on and will not be open to other ideas and research. Or-you get an instructor who uses the same slides for two different classes and sits there explaining basic terms when you could get the same information off youtube for free or get one of those "theories of psychopathology for dummies books.) who are set in their ways and do not work with you to help you strengthen your weaknesses. Don't look forward to getting feedback from most of the first year instructors. You will never know how you are doing because some of the first year instructors don't "have the time to talk to each student about their work and progress." Feed back from instructors consists of making a bunch of scribble marks and question marks on your papers that resemble no feedback. I have heard numerous times from a few of the instructors that "If I didn't make comments on your papers-assume you did good." or they'll make very vague and general comments that give you no direction on how to improve. If you are looking to really learn and improve and DEVELOP in your skills, do not go here. If you are looking for instructors who are rigid, bias, and unapproachable-well... I don't know anyone who would be attracted to that. Like I said, there are a few amazing instructors-but the ones I have talked about previously, are the first ones you'll experience in the beginning of the program and they are usually Chair people who are the ones that make the decisions for you to move forward in the program that you pay big money for. Also- I had no contact with my academic advisor the whole time. There was zero support. OH! And also-if you have a masters degree already and want to continue on to the doctorate they will make you take the full four years. So, more money and more time to complete the doctorate.
I have limited critiques to publish. I would never in my life, recommend this college to anyone. Never....I have never in my life experienced a non-caring atmosphere. I know that we all have to be employed and earn a living. However, when you are in this profession, it doesn't help to care and provide positive feedback to the students. Also, I don't like the blended classes. Because of the heavy load and assignments assigned, the student will not know whether they are passing or failing due to the delayed response and feedback of the completed work. It is sad to find out that you have failed the class on the last day of class. The tuition is extremely high compared to other colleges/universities so therefore, there is not much left to buy supplies, books, etc. I will not recommend the college....
For those that wish to pursue a degree, I highly recommend Argosy University. The University offers both classroom and online classes. They have done a great job in helping their new and upcoming students to enroll and get them started on their FASA applications with filling them out. The most important thing is that Argosy keeps the campus extremely safe for all students.
Argosy University provided me with a great educational experience. The instruction was excellent and the teachers very easy to contact and communicate with both inside and outside of the classroom. Argosy's class schedule was flexible so that I was able my job during the day and pursue classes at night. Overall, I would rate my experience as very positive and as a great stepping stone towards my graduate degree that I am currently pursuing in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I started my Argosy University Academic journey in 2010. I began as a pre-med student and then switched my focus to psychology because of the lack of labs for the required pre-med course work...which was fine since I planned on a different route to obtain my education. I finished my BA in 2015 with Honors and immediately decided to stay with the University for my MPH. It is a well versed and dedicated program. Yes..every school has professors who are working for the wrong reason. But when you apply yourself and work hard to go above the standard academic engagements and assignments, you learn something more about yourself and present to your instructors that you deserve to earn the degree you are seeking. I must say my Admissions Advisor and Academic Adviser ) and also my Fin Aid Advisor have been amazing. They are dedicated to students, and champions for the school. This school is NOT a diploma mill as it has been called. You are the driver of your own journey and if you expect to just have this neat little package handed to you, then your in the wrong place. Life learning is the lesson you are taught. Responsibility for assignments, communicating with classmates and professors, focusing on learning and not just doing the minimum is the goal and objective for this school. I will complete my MPH in 3 months. I have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and continue to push myself and encourage my classmates to do the same. The name on the diploma says you completed the journey, what you do with it defines who you are. Argosy in a great school for those who are working adults who cant spend hours in a classroom of a brick and mortar institute of learning. Same objectives and assignments, just more focus on reading and developing advanced learning skills is needed. You wont get an A for attendance, but the effort will take you as far as you want to go.
PLEASE, do not waste your money going to this school. Especially if your are going for MFT. There is literally only 3 to 4 classes that are dedicated to the MFT population in the entire program. You are better off going to another school that will go in depth into service the marriage and family population. You will also save yourself the headache of having to harass people just so you can get the correct information that you need. This is in all honesty. I wish I went elsewhere.
Teachers are great; classes great, other students are incredibly smart and professional; the academic side is really, really good. However, the administrative side sucks badly. The disbursement of loan funds is terrible. Every stipend is delayed 3-4 weeks after start of the 8 week session. That means I have had to go HALF way through a session with no money for books, food, gas money. The company that handles the stipend keeps changing, and if you can get a human on the phone they speak Chinese, or Phillipino, or some Asian language that makes their English very hard to understand. I am ready to quit Argosy due to management of the funding. I wonder if they delay making stipend payments on purpose. Why can't the money be available on the first day, or even before a session starts? Or, at the worst, in the first 2 weeks of a session? I see complaints about stipend payments from others online. They need to make a change, get a new way to handle the money or bring in some professional analyst to fix the problem. Until then, STAY AWAY FROM ARGOSY. The classes are great, but the administration sucks.