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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.
Argosy is a money making, corporate, for profit, school. They are not invested in students or their careers. The portals, syllabus, assignments and instructions never match up. They do not accept late work. They are not helpful. This place is a joke. All locations are a joke. I have been to 3 locations. Professors (if that's what you call them) do not work with individuals. Do not go here. I wouldn't send my worst enemy to this school.
I had a good experience at Argosy and learned important skills for therapy and assessment. I got a very good education, but wish it had not cost so much as I now have outrageous student loans.
Argosy University is a fast track school which means that you can receive your degree in less time than if you go to a traditional school. They offer night classes which works best for working adults, and as a single mother that works full time, I cannot afford to go to traditional schools and expect to complete my course study in the time that I did at Argosy, much less provide for my family while doing it. It conveniently offers both online and on campus, or blended classes to fit student's work schedules and learning preferences. And the course works are rigorous and they even have professors with outstanding Curriculum Vitae so you know you're not in a "diploma mill" which is the typical view of most for profit Universities.
Argosy University was a wonderful place to study Psychology. Unfortunately, it was not broadcasted that in order to find a promising career a higher education degree needed to be obtained. The courses that they offered taught me everything I needed to know about theory and practice. They encouraged students to think outside of the box and discuss ideas with others. What was lacking was the amount of professional development and career oriented goals and learning. I feel that I was not given the proper tools to network myself properly. They did not offer very much assistance in career placement. While the instructors were very knowledgable, I believe that I did not utilize them to the full potential. I would suggest having a concrete idea of a field that you want to go into and network like crazy. Make sure to become part of different organizations to make yourself more marketable after graduation. It is a great idea to seek out help when you are looking for a promising career.
The bachelors degree completion program in Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities was an excellent program. As a woman who was working full time, this program offered night and online classes that helped me to balance my work/school life. The small class sizes offered opportunity for more hands on, practical learning.
I pursued a doctoral degree in Education. I found my courses richly informative and the Professors knowledgeable as well as available. The scheduling of classes was flexible and easily accommodated my personal calendar. Not all campuses can be or are created equal. Many of the Professors with whom I studied are no longer with the University. There's been numerous changes in personnel over the years. It's important to research where within Argosy University you will attend.
Some individual professors and classes were great, and I gained a good foundation in business principles through this degree program. However, I do not feel that it prepared me the way a masters-level program should. I came away with an understanding that I would expect of an Associates' degree. I certainly have less knowledge of my master's program study area than I gained from my bachelor's degree at a higher-quality (publicly funded) university. Also, because of the private nature of this school, the administration focuses a large amount of funding to hiring recruiters and training them to fudge the numbers (graduation rates, etc.) They do not have any targeted academic advising or support for existing students, and the vast majority of students who enroll do not complete their degrees as a result. Please look at this data before enrolling.