Barry University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (7)
I did graduate from Barry U with a 3.75 GPA and completed the MSW program successfully in 4 semesters. I should have dropped out my first semester and transfered to ANY other school. I am not a big fan of writing reviews, but I cannot go without expressing myself. First, from the dean to the faculty in the Social Work Program, I cannot express how completely disrespectful and absolutely offensive these folks are. There are only two instructors that I actually enjoyed. One of the primary reasons is that my first semester, one of the instructors called me "gay", once I corrected her and informed her that is not a lable that I take on, it became a full argument in front of the entire class. My background and area of exptertiese is non-gay identified men who have sex with men and the HIV/sexual health programs tailored to them. So, it is not like I do not know what I am talking about, or have the reasearch, personal experience and insight to be able to educate and inform less knowledgabel parties on this topic. However, when she continued to lable me as "gay", stating "back in my day we only had two lables; gay and straight, you just need to accept that your gay" I lost it. I eamiled the dean and discussed this matter with other faculty, and the consensus seemed to be, "this is a short program, you need her to graduate. Don't upset the system" Being the good social worker, I quickly reminded them that a part of creating change is upsetting the system. But I was hopeful that things would get better. Each semester seemed to follow the same pattern. I disagreed with one professor in my 3rd semester and the disagreement turned into be being percieved as someone who was "threatening and I felt unsafe around". Now, let me also say that I was the Graduate Assistant for the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice for 3 out of the 4 semesters I was at Barry. I was heavily invovled with community work and HIV planning counsils from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and had been collaborating with the Health Department and other agencies while at Barry, on top of the manditory internship. I will say Barry U. did pay for me to go to Europe and present at the International Conference of Sexualty and Social work in 2016, and I am grateful for that. No only was I struggling with dealing with all that drama, but the classes were a HOT MESS. Like I said, there were only 2, maybe 4 professors who actually cared and came to class prepared. The other classes, it really was a powerpoint presentation and the instructors didnt seem to have read the books, or learned the information. If you ever put off studying for a big exam until 5 minutes before hand and then you realize "oh crap, how am i going to fake my way through this" that was how almost ever one of my classes were. Now about the over all university: When I moved onto the campus in 2015 for my first semester of graduate school, I was in Sage hall. Half of the semester they had shut off the water to the building for a week and a half, which meant that there was no shower or flushing the toilets. Sage was supposed to be Freshmen housing, but due to the number of graduate students, the overflow was put in sage. On top of the water being shut off, and the front of the building flooding, they refused to refund any portion of the housing and stated that if I wanted to stay on campus for the month of December, I needed to pay about 3 grand, and it did not include food. So at the end of October I had to quickly come up with 3 grand or move off campus. I went to the housing office and asked them for suggestions, and the response was "we can refer you to a homeless shelter for the month of December". I went to DePaul University in Chicago for my Undergrad and I am in a PhD program right now. I do not have family to fall back on, but my experience with every school I attened was that they worked with me. I informed DePaul I could not afford my last semester and I would have to drop out, and they worked with me to ensure that I graduated. My experience with Barry is that they care NOTHING about the students, most of the instructors are too consumed with their personal lives or publishing some BS research to make the school look good. I urge you all to go to a school that will actually work with you to succeed and achieve your goals in life. Do NOT put that much faith in Barry, because quite frankly, they do not care about you. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have attended DePaul's MSW program in a heartbeat.
Great program if your goal is to become a physical education teacher, or sports coach. If that is not your goal then it is a pretty pointless degree. The program itself is full of great instructors that prepare you very well for what to expect as a teacher or coach. The university is small, and intimate. Its easy to get to know a lot of people there. The student base is diverse, and the campus is located in beautiful Miami Shores.
Barry University is a fine institution. I studied Physical Education, and obtained my Bachelor's degree. The knowledge I gained from the program more than prepared me for the challenges I would face in the work-place. I do, however, believe that the degree I obtained was not the right choice for me. If you want to become a coach, P.E. teacher, or trainer, then it's a perfectly fine program.
I'm a non-traditional student who came back to the university to obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate for pre-health professionals. The program at Barry University prepared me for the professional schools I wish to continue my medical training, and I am happy to report that I have secured several interviews to some of the top universities in the field. The fantastic student-to-teacher ratio (usually 10-to-1, and never more than 20-1) allowed to me to have close and personal relationships with all my professors, all who were more than happy to assist and were accessible outside the classroom. I felt that many were genuinely concerned for the welfare and the success of their students. There were ample opportunities to receive academic help from teaching assistants and tutors. There were opportunities to gain experience in research within the biological and physical science department. Overall, I am very happy with my experience here and would wholeheartedly recommend Barry to anyone looking to further their education.
I was very pleased with my university and degree program. At my university the class sizes for the degree was very small so it let us interact with the professor more closely. The campus was very safe because of all the security. If you needed help with anything someone would help out.
Barry was an incredible school. There were plenty of opportunities for those willing to go after them. The negatives in my experience were the advising for students who hadn't declared a major, a willingness to admit students who would not succeed who were then financially invested without the chance to get a degree, and the cost. However, the positives of the school are many. From the incredible mentors and advisors within the social work program to the student affairs department and their ongoing efforts to engage the student population. It's not a party school, despite being in Miami. But, the education provided is absolutely worthwhile. I'm proud of my alma matter and would recommend it highly.
Lacked organization, and it wasn't the best learning experience