Bellevue University Reviews
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.
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.
Run. This school is the worst. Lack of communication. Professor who told me to figure it out on my own or watch YouTube when I asked for help. I was an A student so I know what is expected for an A. This professor would give me a 100% on a paper, even when it was crap. If I get an A, I want to have earned it. Financial aid is a joke. Theyll mess it up and then refuse to take responsibility. Do NOT attend this school.
J. S. informed me via telephone on August 7th at 12:33 pm PST that I had fulfilled all requirements for the degree program of Digital Marketing. This information was also followed up and confirmed by student coach, D. N. on August 7th, 2017. As of today, I have been informed that this information, in fact, incorrect. This is an official request for a detailed context summary of today's conversation in writing, including the acknowledgment by T. G. at 2:22 pm on August 11th, that she was directed to not answer or return my calls or voicemails regarding this matter. The following is a copy of my initial email sent out on July 27th, 2017: I am currently filling out the complaint form and I would like to request a call from the Dean of Students as soon as possible. In addition, I also request a different point of contact moving forward as I am no longer comfortable working with D. D. on these matters. I find it very alarming that during my phone conversation with D. D. yesterday, he not only abrasively dismissed my concerns and withheld contacts from speaking with me but also insultingly laughed at me and abruptly ended the conversation only to follow up with a professional and seemingly warm email. The paper trail cover-up is quite apparent and I do not appreciate it. My current student coach, D. N. is out on vacation and so I spoke with A. in her place and she informed me that Mr. D. deliberately instructed her to not forward my message to T. but only to him. This is quite concerning being that I, very clearly, asked to speak specifically with T. as she made her self very approachable and listened with intent. D.'s response to this was "T. answers to me". At this point, I've left voicemails and called T. numerous times with no answer or response. I also asked Mr. D. if I could speak with the Dean a number of times and he continued to repeat "I can't do that for you, just fill out the complaint form". My experience at Bellevue, thus far, has been less than ideal, in fact, I would go as far as to say it was an unfortunate and unprofessional calamity. In the beginning, I cringed at the amount of spelling and grammatical errors in almost all of my appointed assignments but chalked it up to careless student aids doing the work for busy professors. I quickly learned that was not the case after receiving various emails from different professors and realizing the errors extended throughout all communication outlets. Though these are small and insignificant grammatical errors (especially compared to the spelling mistakes in the actual program's assignments), you might understand how it could be discouraging coming from a professor. It just proves a lack of care and academic credibility. As time went on, I came across some classes where after weeks of completing the assignments, I was unable to move forward because none of the submitted assignments were graded and without grades, the assignments following were unable to be viewed. I reached out to my student coach whom, to my surprise, no longer worked for Bellevue. I explained my story to the newly appointed student coach and she transferred me to someone who could help me. I received a voicemail recording, left a message and never received a callback (This has become a very apparent pattern throughout my time at Bellevue, I have almost never received a callback from anyone I have ever left a message for and I have been appointed at least five different student coaches since I began!). So I waited a few days and called back only to find I have been appointed yet another student coach! I explained the story once again, got transferred and finally got the problem resolved. Apparently, there was no communication between the school and my professor to let him know that he actually had a class so he was unable to verify my attendance and it dropped me not only from his class but, also the program altogether. This put me way behind schedule and there was a possibility of actually having to pay for the class again! I demanded the class at no additional costs because I did nothing wrong and it was indeed granted. I have been dropped from the program on three different occasions now!!! This seems absolutely absurd for an establishment of higher education. The last time this happened, my professor personally called me and tried to get me to NOT contact the school and to "work something out between the two of us". I assured him that he did nothing wrong and that it was a lack of communication between the University and himself. After all, I had been through this twice now and was familiar with the mistake. He aggressively spoke over me as if I was accusing him of doing something wrong and once the call ended, he almost immediately followed up and yet again tried to persuade me to not contact the school. It was very unprofessional and made me feel like he was trying to get me to be secretive and somehow beat the system. The problem has never been resolved, he has never been able to view the first five assignments I submitted. After the Assistant Director instructed me, in writing, to do so, I emailed copies of my assignments to my professor from my personal email account without going through the actual program. As of right now, those assignments have not been graded. The time before that, my professor was on a cross country road trip and was absolutely startled by the fact that he was not told he had a class at that time. He assured me he would call me back as soon as they stopped driving and he could look into what was going on. I never heard from him again. I am about to complete my BA in Digital Marketing, a program that will be terminated after my completion unbeknownst to me before I began. In addition to the program being terminated, there are no other "peers" in it, I am the only student in this program which makes it impossible to fulfill the "peer to peer" portion of all of my classes and also makes it impossible for the school to satisfy their end of this educational contract. This not only affects a large portion of my grade but also greatly influences the overall results of my scholarly gains throughout this program. Had I known from the beginning that this program was to be terminated and that I was the only student involved, I would have never ever gone forward with it as those are just too many red flags for my comfort level. I truly feel I was bamboozled and fell through the cracks time and time again as the unrecognized single student in a program no one cares about any longer. I do not have a lot of money and this is a huge financial burden for me so had I known I was about to begin a failing program, I would have never ever done so. In addition to feeling duped by the actual contract I signed up for, I was assured I would have no payments due until six months after graduation but to my surprise, yet again, I was recently contacted by my student coach informing me that I was about to go to collections for past due bills! I didn't understand how this was possible as I received no notice and I was guaranteed no necessary payments for months to come. Well, it turns out that the three times I spoke with different IT members asking them to forward all of my BRUIN emails to my personal email fell on deaf ears. It still has never been linked and I did not receive the notice so I had to desperately scramble and come up with $700 to stop my account from being sent to collections. In addition, I have received notices that on the following dates "Interest has accrued on my account": 9/8/16 5/30/17 6/8/17 How is this possible if I am not to owe anything until six months after graduation? I spoke with a financial advisor at the school and she informed me there is no official graduation date listed in my file so it is possible that interest is accruing. Again, another misconception and breach of contract. I still have yet to understand how all of these Peer-to-Peer classes are able to be completed without any peers. I feel that Bellevue University did not follow through on many occasions but most significantly on the financial contract of exactly what I am paying for. I am including all of my various contacts from Bellevue on this email in the hopes that someone will comply with my initial requests to have this escalated to the Dean's office. This will be my final attempt to address this matter via this channel. If it does not happen, I will be exploring outside options including the Better Business Bureau and accreditation and oversight entities. In addition, I will be filing an official complaint with the Department of Education if there is not some form of financial restitution given the situation.
I completed my Bachelor's degree with Bellevue and felt that the in class version was beneficial to me. I attended the online course for my Master's and felt it was extremely lacking. There is absolutely no instruction, peers are allowed to steal others work with no consequences (no matter how frequently this is reported), and grading is not based on the actual work being done. I have documented "discussions" where the "professor" is indicating that she is confused by the assignment or the direction that she is supposed to be giving us. If the "professor" doesn't understand, how are we supposed to know? When concerns are taken to a higher level, there is no concern expressed and you are simply referred back to the "professor" causing the issue. I will never attend classes here in the future, and I will not recommend this "University" to anyone that I know. I do disagree with the reviews indicating that these degrees are viewed as high school diplomas, and that anyone can get them. I have seen several co-workers drop courses or fail courses due to the difficulty, however I will agree that the scenarios and teaching presented does NOT match what is happening in real life. Academic counseling, enrollment services, and financial aid services are equally bad. Phone calls and emails are not returned or questions do not seem to be understood. Perhaps the staff needs to attend some degree courses as well. Too bad I wasted another year and a half of my life and money on this.
This is not a good school at all. You will not get a job after you graduate except that you major in BS computer but their master degree in computer is not good. Do not waist your time taking classes at Bellevue , go to UNO or UNL if you are in Nebraska. Bellevue University won't offer you internship if you Black.
Online Degree Program (never took classes in person) Instructors have you teach yourself by reading your text book. You have "discussions" with your peers via forums each week. They are not helpful and force classmates to come up with "substantial " comments regarding your post. It's awkward because once a person addresses the topic, there's usually very little left to say. The online format is not user friendly. The interface is like using something from the 90's. You only "learn" what you retain from your text book and have no instruction for real life situations. The saddest part is that several employers don't recognize Bellevue as a "real" learning institution. I might as well have graduated from 7-11. Do yourself a favor and attend a reputable school that has quality instructors where you'll actually learn something.
I'm in the process of collecting complaints specific to Bellevue University located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Complaints specific to bait and switch and or predatory practices. I enrolled in a program that turned out to be nothing specific to what I was seeking. After being assigned to multiple 'Coaches' to address this problem, only to be referred to the other folks giving me lip service, I dropped from the program and I am pursuing litigation (Collective Class Action) at this time. If you have a similar circumstance and you are seeking a refund, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in contact with my attorney.
I enrolled to Bellevue University only because I wanted to get my Bachelor Degree as quick as possible. Before the enrollment my advisor sent me an unofficial evaluation which required me to complete 49 credits to get my degree. And she promised me that my official evaluation was not going to be any different than the one she sent me. After a month of my enrollment my advisor asked me to chek my official evaluation on the schools website. My 49 credits was now 78 credits plus i was required to take Kirk Patrick Series. I spoke to the president of the University, but she was not helpful at all. I dropped my enrollment after taking my first class and now i got excessive amount of charges on my Federal loans. My suggestion for the people who still wants to study at Bellevue University after reading my review. Make sure you get your official evaluation. Always try to contact them through email. So, you have a written proof of what they promised you just incase if you need to hire a lawyer.
Communication is almost non existent at this school. You are assigned an advisor who will likely not return your calls or emails. The "professors" have very little to no real life experience and therefore you spend your time reading text, participating in half hearted "discussions" which are actually responses to another student's post in a forum. Thankfully, I had over 10 years of real life experience in this field before I began taking classes at Bellevue as I literally learned nothing. My classmates were frustrated at the lack of quality instruction. The "professor" remained the same for all of the HR classes, which was both strange and of no benefit. She was extremely unorganized and unknowledgeable. Her grading system was all over the place and many of my classmates (and myself) sent her emails multiple times a week pointing out inconsistencies and issues. Had I not been so close to achieving my degree I would have left much earlier. My advice is to avoid Bellevue and find another quality institution.