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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?
While every schools has Great and Average Professors I found the teaching quite good! This is an accelerated program and requires tremendous commitment to learn on your own and be prepared for class. I learned from my fellow students as well as reading material and course work. I had two professors I felt had lost their passion for teaching and it showed in their delivery of material. I was able to reach all professors in my blended course work and felt supported by Administration office. I would recommend this school.
The program was written at the 3rd grade level at best. My peers were illiterate and could not comprehend the material. I was told by recruiters that they just need bodies in the classroom and that is why there were so many low level learners in the class. The amount of work for one session could be completed in 5 days. Books were not necessary. The most difficult task was trying to read the other student's posts and trying to respond. The degree doesn't lead to certification. Argosy is accredited by WASC which is the lowest level of accreditation. Most jobs will not take this accreditation. The Financial Aid Director at Argosy San Diego is perhaps the most incompetent person I have ever encountered. She preys on military students and constantly pulls the "I don't know card."
The admissions process was pretty easy. Most of my previous credits from another school transferred over well. During my first course it seemed that I was not a good fit for the university, but I had already started and wanted to finish. As time went by I started to realize that some of the instructors had their own policies and if you didn't figure them out soon you would notice a low grade. I have had some really attentive instructors that cared about my success at Argosy, however, I have had some that really didn't care at all and those instructors didn't like to answer emails. To be an inline student at Argosy means that you need to be an independent student that doesn't need any guidance from the instructor. I would like to point out that I did mention to my academic and financial advisors I wanted to leave during the last two years and I was told that if I did I would become a student that is a risk to FAFSA. Since I didn't want to be considered a risk I have stayed. Also, Argosy's curriculum is a joke. I never before thought that I would prefer a test over writing a big project, however in some classes I would have much preferred to take a tests. The LASA's, in my opinion, are a complete joke. Especially when one follows the rubric and answers all the questions and still you are told that it is not sufficient. My current instructor at Argosy does not answer questions and they do not provide any guidance. I will continue to pursue my Master after graduation, but absolutely will not continue at Argosy.
The Washington campus is still not APA accredited, the 2013/14 class was lied to by the director stating that their class would be APA accredited, but since the application was delivered in 2014, the APA requires up to 9 months to evaluate & the '14 class would be graduated by then. Very expensive. Major problems with having enough externships & internships & therefore they accept lower quality sites. They advise you to get a wide experience & not narrow your focus, but when it comes time for internship, your're restricted if you don't have specific experience (in school counseling or forensics).a fellow student had recurring breast cancer/death of parent & she was told not to return as she took longer in the program than allowed. Many of the senior faculty do not act with any empathy.