Bellevue University Reviews

  • 69 Reviews
  • Bellevue (NE)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,851
72% of 69 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 69 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 11/27/2022
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"As a lifelong learner and Cybersecurity professional, I found Bellevue Cybersecurity Graduate Degree has showed me a lot more that I have learned doing training, certifications and on the job training. It has provided me with confidence taking on intimidating responsibilities at work. They provide you with the skillset to actually put your school lessons in real life. Highly recommend"
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I went to school here because they are partnered with my organization (My company pays a portion and BU pays a portion) so I basically earned my degree for free. BU partners with many organizations, and if you work for an organization that is partnered with them, I highly recommend going here. Going to school online has a lot of advantages for me. If you are under-utilized at work and have access to a computer, self-motivated, and can learn things on your own, and have your organization pay for your school like I did, I highly recommend a school like this."
Gabrielle A.
  • Reviewed: 4/8/2022
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I have just recently completed my BA in Behavioral Science at Bellevue University. My experience in the program has been excellent. All of my professors were individuals that are actively working in the field and I learned a lot from them. Communication was excellent. If I ever had a question, they would respond quickly and efficiently. In my review, I would like to address some of the negative comments that I would like to address from my personal experience. The first is the course load and working. I am a mother of 2 children (2 and 6), work full-time, and take my children to their activities a few nights a week. The course load was manageable. My typical school workload consisted of 2 assignments (one 5 to 6 paragraphs and an APA paper 2-8 pages) and two discussions. There is a benefit to having all 6 weeks open in your courses. You can get ahead. My laptop became my handbag, I took it everywhere and took advantage of every opportunity to work ahead, which helped a lot. I would work on papers in the car during my daughter's cheerleading practice and read my textbook during my lunch at work. I learned a lot from my earlier college experience, procrastination will make things much harder. The second negative comment that I see is in the discussions. You do have to respond to at least 2 of your classmates in the discussions. Sometimes this can be difficult because some of your classmates do not follow the rules and give crappy responses to the discussions. I found this to be frustrating at times, however, you can usually find classmates that have decent responses to the topics. If you focus on the content of your response and what you learned from the topic, you will be fine. Third, I see that some people complain about the courses themselves and the lack of knowledge they gained. I can't speak for other majors, but your textbooks are incredibly valuable in the Behavioral Science program. As an individual who took my classes entirely online, I had to read the assigned reading to be successful in the program. Half of the things that you learn come from reading the textbook and the other from the course material on Blackboard, which by the way is really user-friendly. Fourth, The Kirkpatrick Series. I have to admit that I was not excited to take this class in the beginning, but I learned a lot from the class. The class requires you to volunteer 21 hours and complete a learning service project and PowerPoint presentation. They are pretty open to many different types of volunteer work. The key to success in this class is to read the directions and follow them precisely or you will get points off on your work. The biggest is the 3+1 rule, which is that you have to cite 3 pieces of work from the current weeks reading and 1 from the following week. Lastly, financial aid. I did have one issue that I was not happy with. This past September there was a glitch in their system and it sent refund checks to students that were not supposed to go out. I received one for 2700 dollars. They never contacted students until weeks later and then they wanted the money back. I was lucky enough that I had another refund check coming in November and was able to pay the money back, but for other students, that error ( which I heard happened more than once for some students) was devastating because they didn't have the money to pay it back. Other than that, my experience was great!"
MS Clinical Counseling Graduate
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Counseling
"I completed my MS in Clinical Counseling (recently changed to Clinical Mental Health Counseling to align with CACREP accreditation requirements) from Bellevue University. When I enrolled, Bellevue University's counseling program had recently received CACREP accreditation (a very important accreditation because more states are requiring CACREP accreditation program graduates for licensure). There are two residency requirements for this degree, and there are hotels nearby for those traveling by plane--residencies are a requirement, and if you cannot guarantee traveling to Bellevue two different times, you will not earn the degree. The overall majority of the faculty members are great and very helpful. The professors do want the students to succeed in the program; however, many of the assignments for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University can be very strenuous at times. My overall GPA was very high, but I studied every day and worked very hard on every assignment in every class. The program requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to continue in the program. With the program being CACREP accredited, there are "assessment probes" for each course, and that means a student must receive a minimum of an 80% on the assessment probes to pass the course. I know of some students who failed assessment probes and had to repeat the courses. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University is not an easy degree to earn. I have read reviews where some claim Bellevue University is a "diploma mill." While I cannot comment on their undergraduate programs or other graduate programs, I will say my MS in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University was not an easy degree to earn. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into my assignments, and there were times I wanted to give up, but I succeeded! If being a counselor is your dream, I would recommend Bellevue University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. If being a counselor is not your dream and you want an "easy graduate degree," the counseling profession and Bellevue University's MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is not for you. I also want to mention Bellevue University has its Writing Center for all students, and the Writing Center will help you with your essay assignments (e.g., proofreading, continuity, etc.) if you schedule an appointment. My student coach (Bellevue changed the title for their advisors) was top-notch and has been with the university for many years and knows the requirements for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling very well. My student coach literally coached me and supported me every step of the way. I highly recommend this program and I've received compliments from seasoned counselors for knowing as much as I do with being provisionally licensed (working under supervision to achieve the required hours for full licensure), and although I read books on counseling and attend educational workshops and seminars for certifications, I could not have done it without the education I received from Bellevue University."
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This is an excellent university, if you can study hard, and put discipline in your studies. This is for you! Just make a good research your own if the major you choose is really the one you want to study and it would open doors in the labor market, and also the necessary experience, or licenses you may need after for bringing your CAREER in full SUCCESS!. ALSO DO NOT BELIEVE, all comments made in this post because the advisors are amazing. There are some people making comments out of no sense and with bad faith, and obviously, these are all misleading comments."
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: Human Services
"Initially I liked the program offering, and it was easy to get in to this 'University'. I'm in one of their cohort programs and I will say it's ridiculous. You have to go in and make silly small talk on their blackboard, on each assignment, which equates to about 3 assignments per week. The funny thing is, as I read the comments from other students, it occurs to me some of my 'cohorts' have zero writing skills, which means anyone can attend this school, even if your writing level is that of a junior high school student. The masters that I earn will always be embarrassing to me personally because I will assume others will know the same thing regarding the caliber of students who attend. The financial aid department literally operates as though this is a new school and they have no idea what they are doing. When I complained, I was told that they have had high turnover and people don't understand what they are doing. Why do they have high turnover? Who is in charge of training these people? Bruin...that's another joke. The websites used aren't user friendly and neither are the people who work in that department. If you are lucky, you will get someone who is helpful. If you have options, do not attend this school. I will actively tell people this isn't the school for them. That's unfortunate."
Graphic Design Student
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2020
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Not only did this school juggle me throughout 3 different advisors, these student advisors let me take my capstone, told me I was gradating, then after I finished my capstone, told me I still had 2 semesters of classes to take. Sounds like a nightmare right? "Nightmare" could sum up my time at Bellevue well. The classes are mediocre at best. I learned everything I know about Graphic Design through YouTube videos. These teachers did not understand fundamentals of design nor did they know how to teach it. On top of that, I was insulted and harassed multiple times by one of my web design teachers. When reported, NOTHING was done. I absolutely suggest not going here and spending your money elsewhere. Horrible and useless experience. What a waste of my time. I wish I could get it back."
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2020
  • Degree: Communications
"This university has been nothing short of a disappointment in the 2 semesters that I have attended here. I resumed my college process through Bellevue University in order to maintain my day job, and attend classes online when it worked for me. My ID card was a literal piece of paper that has already begun to fade with limited, and I mean, limited usage. In addition, financial aid is less than adequate. I got my financial aid package before the summer semester started, and I had used this information to calculate my balance, what a fool I was. 3 weeks into this semester, I get an email that something has changed in my status. I emailed financial aid and I was told that my Pell Grant gets prorated when nearing completion of a degree (I have 67 credits, thought I would be sticking around for a while), and they said that the balance was not an error. I called financial aid, and they said the change occurred because they have to “guess” how many credits, and what types of classes students will take, so they get students’ hopes up, and rely on lofty reasoning to determine student financial aid eligibility, and expect you to pay any and all extras within a week of being notified. The financial aid advisor also told me that students are sent an automatically generated email when a change is made, and they expect students to call if they see something and have a question. Apparently, we aren’t entitled to an explanation as to why we owe money? I’m still not even sure if that is the correct explanation for my change in financial aid, since in two days I have received two conflicting stories about why my aid was changed. I will be withdrawing from this university immediately, and encourage others to do the same. Like all other universities, this institution is after your money, and will not cease until they have all of it. This really is a shame. I have maintained a 3.8 GPA during my time here, and still do, and I was really hoping to be able to finish my studies and graduate through BU with their online degree programs. I was truly blinded and sold by this university. I’m not saying this out of haste or spite. I am a genuine hard worker, and put a lot of effort, time, and care into my studies, but how can students focus on their studies, if financial aid keeps giving them the runaround? Students get a degree to move up the income ladder, but will they ever get out, if they have so much student debt?"
Continuing Ed
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2020
  • Degree: Business
"I'm currently taking an all online course load through a degree program/sponsorship between BU and my employer. I actually had completed about 80% of my coursework years ago in a traditional course setting but never finished. I could not pass up the opportunity to complete my degree at a great price. My experience with the school itself has been generally positive. There are some things I would definitely change if I were writing the content. Let me preface this with saying that I fully understand there is not a ton of options to instruction methods when all your coursework is online. However, I feel the amount of writing in these courses far surpasses anything you will EVER do in real life. I have written more six page papers in less than a year than I did in three years of traditional college plus my last two years of high school...COMBINED. Additionally the duplication in many of the assignments is crazy annoying. For example, class A will be "write a four to six page paper about your experience with a local business". Next in class B, "write a four to six page paper about your experience with (insert specific retailer here". Two courses, two identical assignments, but slightly different wording. It's a tad frustrating. However, with that being said, I feel the experience has been generally great for the method I'm choosing."
Rick D
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2020
  • Degree: Project Management
"The PM courses are actually fun and you will learn alot. The professors are great about balancing real life with the demands of college life. Even the general ed courses were fun. Don't expect much from advisors though if you go online, maybe a phone call a quarter but then again I wasn't in need of alot of help. They did reach out via email and phone about concerns anytime I had one. The only draw back to the school is the Kirkpatrick Series (9 credits) at the end of your program. The mandatory requirement of the courses doesn't bother me what does is the mandatory Service Learning Project. At 45 years old I am not a boyscout and I'm pretty sure my military career and public safety career shows some civil service/sacrifice for the greater good. Had I have known about this requirement when I enrolled I would have went to another college that also uses the PMI curriculum. Dictating that I must do more volunteer work on top of the 33.7 hours of estimated course time a week and a full time job is ridiculous"
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2019
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I was a former ITT Tech student. When the school closed I was sent scrambling to find another school and hoped that they would transfer my credits that I had earned already. I came across Bellevue and they were very optimistic about transferring my credits. I enrolled into their Cyber Security program and enjoyed most of the classes! Some of them I was already knowledgeable in because of self-learning. I really enjoyed working with the head of the Cyber Security department in the Penetration Testing class that I took. Overall, I would say the experience was great, even though books were pretty expensive ($100-$250) and most times didn't use them much. Those who have mentioned the Kirk-Patrick series in their reviews are mostly right. The class itself does nothing for your degree, but helps to train you on how to communicate with people of different opinions. There is one review stating that the assignment questions are very liberal leaning and if you are of a conservative background that you will fail. That was not my experience. I am a very outspoken conservative and that was reflective in my writing. The teacher always thanked me for my opinion on the matter and the way that I approached the question/subject for that week. That being said, you will not automatically fail if you have conservative ideas unless the teacher is being bias, which could happen I suppose. Course load wasn't horrible taking 2 classes a semester and working full-time. Just be sure to have decent time management and you will be just fine. I was working 50 hours a week and still carried a 4.0 GPA through my program. Good luck!"
Yaa O.
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I graduated from Bellevue University in 2017 with ny bachelor's in Psychology. I have no complaints about the courses I took. Teachers were very helpful and I got A,s and B,s except Kirk Patrick series that messed up my grades. My main complaints are , whenever I see a job post at Bellevue University and I apply for it I never get an interview. I have applied for about 15 jobs and so far all I get is disappointing emails. I am good enough to be hired by other companys but not Bellevue University. If the University does not trust me to work for them it mean you didn't teach me well. The Bellevue University hr team should be ashamed of themselves. They are biased and does not believe in their own graduates."
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I graduated with my bachelors in behavioral science through their online accelerated program. Overall, I had an excellent experience at Bellevue University. I very much enjoyed my professors and online classmates. The discussion boards allowed us to really get to know each other as we progressed through the cohort. I see some people dissatisfied with the required Kirkpatrick Series. I, too, was hesitant before I began the course. After completion though, I can honestly say I am very glad I took the course. It provided me with a great overview of the importance of being an engaged citizen; something we should all be striving towards. The work load was intense, but definitely manageable. For reference, I work, have a family, and 2 children. If you have good time management skills, course load will not be an issue."
Lakisha Jackson-Young
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2019
  • Degree: Retail Management
"This major heavily prepared me by offering a foundation of retail from the beginning stages of opening a retail establishment, to the benefits and services provided to customers, to the research and level of investment needed to set your business apart from competition or other challenges if left unaddressed could hinder the success of your business. The examples, videos and case studies were heavily encompassed with Verizon Wireless stories and examples, which greatly impacted my performance in my roles while also being employed with Verizon Wireless during the same time I attended school. I was able to utilize many of the skills, contribute impactful business management skills within my retail locations which helped to grow our marketshare and loyalty of our customers."
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2019
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Generally I had good professors one class on social engineering I felt was designed for on-ground undergraduate students. Course material was relevant and up to date. I was able to enroll in their accelerated program because of certifications and experience."
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2019
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Well this initially would have been a 5 star review. I did two years on Bellevue's Online program. The staff was fantastic throughout all my cyber security courses. I did receive tutoring one semester for C# programming. The tutoring was all done on skype at scheduled times! My tutor was a student several years ago and tutors many Bellevue students he did a fantastic job. He would require me to attempt the assignments and then use share screen to show me where I went wrong but having me help figure it out. Best tutoring I have ever received. However.... the Kirkland Patrick series is very inappropriate. It makes you speak of topics that are very liberal based. If you are a conservative student beware the teacher will come up with various means to fail you. Failed on a paper that I spent days trying to write for a class that is not even going to help me with my degree. I think the community service requirement is fantastic and that it never hurts anyone to help out their community. I just feel the topics and outlines of the course are a type of liberal brainwashing. In a way it seems like I am being discriminated against because I am a conservative. Anyway, made straight A's until this course and was given great feedback from professors on my writing ability but not from this instructor I guess she has a different view on me than everyone else. Would be a shame for a student to fail their last semester based on a liberal biased teacher and course. I am about to take this up the chain at Bellevue until I can find someone willing to resolve this issue. It is truly unfair."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2018
  • Degree: Software Engineering
"Good evening. This will be long but I am writing this to help save students from making the same mistakes I did. I signed up for the Software Development Online Accelerated Program (Cohort) and i am drastically disappointed. In my opinion these classes are set up to be filled with "busy work" only. You are looking at least 4 assignments a week per class and 3 of the 4 are forum postings where you have to reply to your fellow students forum posts about 4 times throughout the week. An alarming amount of the assignments have nothing to do with the reading for the week. You get absolutely 0 feedback or assistance from the instructors. No videos, audios or anything that might assist the student. If this is your first time programming like me you will be extremely lost because their instructions on how to start are very vague. I spent a great deal of time watching youtube videos just to figure out how to complete the programming assignments. It cost $415 per credit hour plus $350 per book to watch youtube videos. Perhaps you are thinking this is my own fault as a student? Well lets talk about some other issues i encountered. I didnt have access to my email for the first 11 weeks of school. I called the schools hotline a total of 9 times in the first 4 weeks of class to receive help. EACH time i never got an answer. Because i didnt know how to even begin one of my classes because of the vague instructions i called the instructor directly. His reply was "post any issue in the forums and see if the other students can assist." I struggled so much to teach myself java that i tried to get an online tutor from the school, but nobody answered. I attempted leaving notes in my programming saying that i couldn't quite figure out how to get some part of the program to work. The comments i received on my assignments was "multiple syntax errors." When i first started to learn C# i somehow accidentally saved my program incorrectly. When i discovered the mistake i emailed the instructor (got email on week 11) and told him of my mistake. I included in the email a copy of the programming so he knew i actually completed the assignment and asked if i could possibly resubmit. I never received a reply and got a 0 on the assignment. I called the school the next day to drop out of the cohort after this winter term. Now i cant blame all of this entirely on the instructors. Some of this is the colleges fault. The book content not matching the assignment, the multiple forum postings, and either a research paper or group project per class is all stuff i believe dictated by the school. This school seems to have forgotten the meaning of the word education. However, if you are already a programmer and just want to receive your degree as quickly as possible and you dont mind a bunch of busy work then this would be perfect for you because the way its set up feels as if they expect the students to already know what they are doing. If you are new to programming and actually want to learn something in college. Do not attend this school."
Anthony James
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2018
  • Degree: Teaching
"I had only attended the online course for 3 semesters but I would like to take the time out and submit a proper review hitting all points of this school. I am a veteran and like many others that were attending with me, this school is a joke. They, like companies, will start off as friendly, accommodating, and helpful but as soon as they have you in that is when it all goes down from there. I urge all veterans if you do decide to attend this school do not i repeat do not waste your gi bill on it if you choose to use financial aid. They will use your financial aid initially to pay for their own overly high tuition and then return your GI Bill payment back to you almost 6-8 weeks after the semester has already started. They also will not allow you to use your aid for books if you haven't already signed up and received approval 2-3 weeks before the semester begins. I literally had to wait until halfway through my first semester to get books and then work day and night to catch up with classmates that weren't all that intelligent. Also, if you have JST transcripts make sure that they are submitted officially and unofficially before you even start courses because they will either not look at them and start you in general classes you don't need or will and won't add them until after you've reminded them to multiple times so that you can skip the rest of general studies you already know. The veteran office has a few workers that are knowledgeable but some are immature if you tend to micromanage them with how soon they process your certifications. The classes are not difficult but the resources are over priced and you can find used books for far cheaper on amazon so do not use the book store. Upon them receiving knowledge that i was no longer returning, they made it a point to respond late and some times not at all and they have rules for your financial aid that coincide with your GPA that are not legal. I don't recommend any veteran to attend this school but if you do i would say proceed with caution because it is a joke.. Granted there are some good professors the majority are not the best and you can tell they are just doing it as a side gig."
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"My experience ranges about 9 years. I started at BU in 2009 with the Criminal Justice Administration BS degree. I completed the major in about a year and had to complete general education classes. I would say the major was rather easy, but being an active LEO helped with assignments. I had to drop out in 2011 after my first semester of general education classes. This was due to BU's finance department screwing up my VA payments. I received a letter in the mail from the VA stating they over paid me $7,000. I contacted my congressman, and after 18 months of fighting the VA, a settlement of $900 was agreed upon. I just returned to BU on June 4, 2018. I noticed the student coaching is much improved, the financial department is much improved, and as of 2012, it appears more safeguards are in place for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I began with the Kirkpatrick Signature Series. If anyone is sweating this, stop. It is not a big deal. I dedicated most of my personal time from June 4th -June 25th, and completed every single assignment. All that was left was the volunteering which was easy as well. This class is designed to pad your GPA and make you more aware of the political system. On August 27, 2018, I begin my final three month semester at BU. I will be completing three general education classes and have my degree conferred. If you were to ask me a year ago about BU, I would say that this is a terrible school. However, I can satisfactorily state that BU has come a long way, and should be respected."
Useless degree
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2018
  • Degree: Network Administration
"The degree courses give you zero benefit unless you already have the skills and need the diploma to advance. You get zero benefit using any of the student assistance offered because you are an online student and you jaycwas well be invisible to the staff."