Argosy University Reviews
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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.
Pros: I found the Master's in Community Counseling program to be rigorous, with solid content. The program is CACREP accredited which is extremely important in this industry. The professors were excellent. I found a great post grad job too! I am not sure why there are so many poor reviews. My degree was well worth the time and effort. Cons: This degree took forever to complete. Three semesters of unpaid internships was really tough! Also, you were responsible to find your own internship. No university support at all for this. I expected more support in finding internship opportunities.
Excellent MA program in Sarasota. I fully enjoyed my experience and it was NOT easy by any means. Any academic program should push you past your limits and most of the negative reviews are from people who couldn't pass classes. Obviously, there is something to be said for those individuals. Education is what you put into it, like everything else in life. For me, my coursework was intense and my internships were difficult. BUT, I pushed myself and completed it. Simple. If you are looking to skate through a Master's degree, this is NOT the school for you. If you want to learn, grow and use that knowledge to actually make a difference your slice of the world and have support doing it, then Argosy University Sarasota is for you.
The Counseling program at Argosy University Atlanta campus is completely top notch. I thoroughly enjoyed every professor I had, and the two department chairs sitting while I was there were stellar. Classes are taught by experienced professionals and the education was truly more than I expected. That said, the university Administration, especially the Financial Aid department, is an absolute joke. These so-called "professionals" do not respond to email or telephone calls, and never provided me with an iota of assistance unless I was kicking and screaming and sending emails to everyone's boss. I kid you not. Every single solitary semester was a hassle with financial aid. If I had it to do again, I would thank the Counseling Department from a distance and attend a different school. As far as the Administration is concerned, students are not even a number. Once the university gets its tuition covered, they are wholly unconcerned with anything or anyone else. If you're going to attend Argosy, you'd better get a degree in Financial Aid first, because you're on your own.
When I returned back home to the Tampa Bay area, I researched colleges and universities from all over Florida. I love my field of addictions and was looking to further my education primarily for increase in pay. The problem was, no one offered what I wanted. I have been in the field of addictions for many years and knew what I needed to further my career. I choose Argosy after meeting with Dr. McGrath (she is no longer there). Since I have been in my field for many years, I appreciated the educational and professional experiences of my professors. Everyone demonstrated respect for my experiences. I truly enjoyed and looked forward to my classes. I was happy to graduate and yet sad. Today, I find myself researching colleges and again, for the same reason as stated previously; increase in pay and to retain my employment. So many funders require counselors to have specific credentials. The funders do not take into consideration the cost of schooling and employers not reciprocate as evident by the paycheck. It is not the school's fault if a graduate does not receive pay compensated for education or experience. The only thing negative I can say about Argosy is . . .graduation. When I graduated with by hard earned BA, I was proud and excited. Those joyous feeling were quickly squashed at a pre-graduation ceremonial get together and at graduation. I was so shocked by the way Master Program Professors treated undergrads that I almost did not attend graduation. I have met snobbery in my life, this beat all. Graduation ceremony was a joke. The female announcer mangled, mispronounce and mumbled her way through name of undergrads. However her voice became clear and distinct when she announce grad degree names. It is because of the treatment I and other undergrads received at the pre-ceremonial get together and at graduation that I have hesitated to attend Argosy. I have expressed my disappointment to the proper Argosy personnel in the behavior of the few professors who snubbed the undergrads. The other reason I hesitate to go back to school is financially. I can't afford it and yet I need too to retain my job that I love. I will attend Argosy for my graduate degree due to my love of learning, the positive experiences and I want to secure my employment and see my pay check reflect my education- as minimal as my employ will see fit.
I attended 90% of my classes on campus and the remaining 10% were hybrid. I was also a part of a cohort. The professors for he most part were very good and committed to the program. The classes were small which was a plus. Most research resources I had to go off campus to secure. Quality of school library was below average.
Great school ! I had such a wonderful experience that I will be entering the Doctoral program. I have no problems to report. I received a harsh grade once for procrastination , and Immediately learned from having to repeat the class. I am proud of myself for working hard to earn my degree. Argosy provided with a great deal of support. I had some tough instructors but I learned a lot. This is not a diploma mill. You will have to earn your degree at this University.
The ability to complete my degree online was phenomenal. Also all of the services provide were extremely helpful in me completing my degree and having an extremely successful career after graduation. Going to Argosy was the best decision i have ever made. Dont believe the people who write bad reviews. If you apply yourself you can accomplish anything!
I like that fact that not only students learrned off the instructors but from each other was well. The curriculum was comprehensive and guidance from school could not have been any clearer. I have known students to have mixed feelings about the school because of the challenges they have with the instructors, the school and their own lifestyles...and its hard. But I will say that...opportunities come and go; you put in as much as you put out; always think outside the box; and never limit your resources. So be dynamic, learn what you don't know. There will always bee good and bad instructors. At the end of the day, what kind of student do you want to be?