Brandman University Reviews

2.96 out of 5 stars
(115 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $12,380
58% of 115 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 115 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/23/2013
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2013
"I am incredibly disappointed with the program. I have completed nine classes and find the work to be repetitive and mundane. The professors don't comment on the work. This includes both the online and the ground professors. The discussion boards are a waste of time. There are several people in each class who write submissions which are unintelligible while others write responses which are incomplete and brief. My exposure to new technologies has been limited and I have had to turn to colleagues who have shared their knowledge of technology with me. We spend more time spitting out rhetoric than learning about technology. If I hadn't spent so much on these classes, and if the classes would have been transferable to another program, I would have transferred a long time ago. I am ready to be done with this program."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/7/2013
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year:
"Ontario Campus is great! Every 8 weeks I am done with a class! I work full time and I couldnt be more pleased! Class is one night a week! Class size is smaller and free parking! Their is even a deli located in the college! Free wifi :-) Advisor D. is great! Professors so far have not been boring and I can get my degree so much faster!"
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/6/2013
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"As a working professional, I found Brandman to be a viable option when deciding to further my education. Initially, figuring out how to navigate presented with some difficulties, but I managed. The instructors at the masters level are incredible with applicable background experiences. The rigor of the work was manageable. I absolutely feel like earning a Masters in Special Education at Brandman has improved my marketability, improved my practice, and increased my earnings."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Todd - 2/22/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012
"I attended the Victor Valley campus and the online program. I also attended many other schools unfortunately that resulted in myself withdrawing in their program. Brandman is different. They have staff members who actually can get stuff done. K and E especially along with the rest of the staff over in Victorville are extremely good at their jobs. The professors are really well qualified. My favorite part about the professors is that many of them actually have real jobs in the industry unlike a lot of full time professors at other schools that have no industry experience. The eight week term is a lot better than the 16 week terms at other schools. Instead of trying to manager four classes you only have to manager two at a time (but you still take four classes each term). Also the chairs are comfortable which is nice since sitting in class for three hours can be rough after a long day of work."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 2/13/2013
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"I've had horrible experiences with Brandman University from the very start of the program. I had a lot of units under my belt from community colleges. So, when I was admitted into Brandman, they told me that I only needed a year's worth of full-time enrollment to complete my degree. I was ecstatic. However, along the way I had terrible conflicts that came about: 1) One Stop Center: This REALLY isn't a "one stop center." I've yet to figure out what this department is actually good for. The rep at the Monterey Campus was quite rude and delayed my paperwork. She stated that everyone was either out sick or on parent leave and that her workload was extremely heavy. For an institution, I would've expected that they would've had temps to deal with scenarios like this. Especially if the staff was apparently overwhelmed for a month and a half. 2) Financial Aid: I've had issues with them on a few occasions. They don't process financial aid when they stated they would and they failed to let me know that I was missing forms. In fact, a rep told me that all the forms were turned in and this was untrue! There were no areas online to access these forms or information as to what was to be included. Apparently, because I own two businesses, there are additional forms to be filled out, which I wasn't notified about until about a week before the term began! 3) Academic Advisors and other knowledgable advisors: I have a fishy sense that advisors have a high turnover in employment. While I was at Brandman, three out of three of my advisors quit, leaving me with limited contacts. 4) Instructional Dean: Due to my ongoing issues with Brandman, one of the deans volunteered to represent me to make sure that the last six months at Brandman went a little more smoothly. She was fantastic at first. However, three months into this promise, she failed to follow up with phone calls (after originally promised), was out of the office a lot, failed to follow up and thoroughly investigate issues. 5) Professors: This is a hit or miss. Unfortunately, I've experienced more misses than hits. The instruction generally was unsatisfactory. I've had issues with professor correcting work in a timely manner (Brandman gives professors a week. Some instructors take ten to fourteen days). Discussion boards play a crucial importance in online classes and some instructors fail to participate. The instructors who don't participate also fail to comment in grade book. This leads me to believe that I'm communicating with a computer and some machine is at the other end, grading my papers. This is probably great for students who appreciate the piece of paper that is respected as a degree rather than the value of the education that they're taking away. However, I'm not that kind of person. I believe that the education students are taking away is far more important than the piece of the paper. The paper is an added bonus because it allows a lot of leeway in the professional fields. Brandman spends money hiring instructors with PhDs, but if these instructors are not going to teach, it often left me the question of "Why is Brandman then hiring people with PhDs if they are unable to add any experience or value to the class?""
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 1/27/2013
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012
"I graduated from Brandman with a BA and I was extremely satisfied! Not only did I receive quality education, but it prepared me for my future endeavours. I am now at a very well known expensive grad school and I was more impressed with Brandman in many ways. I did experience a few sub-par instructors at Brandman, but because the students have a voice here, they quickly got replaced. Brandman deserves five stars because of the personal interactions with staff and faculty, Chapman bookstore and Library facilities and constant support from the school. They want you to succeed but they don't give out A's if you don't put in the effort. Submission is pretty lenient, but if you're not ready to work hard, you're not going to have a good experience. This is great education for much cheaper than it should be."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Wendy Dahl - 1/24/2013
Degree: Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year:
"Brandman "One Stop" is the lackluster version of financial aid/ online student support. They mismanage your money and don't communicate with you. (My experience was 8 business days to get an answer to one of their "urgent" messages.) Not only that, but they are condescending and rude should you ever manage to get a real person on the telephone. (Should you be trying to reach someone, give their corporate office a call and as for the Director of Financial Aid. Just be watching your e-mail for a response as they won't call you back. Easier to deal with a problem if you don't actually have to talk to someone.)Students:Don't think for a moment that they are there for your support. They are there to sink you. Be prepared for them to misapply your funds, or in my case not request the right amount or tell you what steps you need to do to access the money, wait 6 months, then contact you to suspend your account with additional penalties and fees. Great service right? (I think they have been learning customer service skills from the IRS!) Is it worth $500+/ unit? Would you invest $30k+ into a program that doesn't take care of your account and communicate with you AND you end up paying more for something that should have been taken care of?Brandman Admin: My recommendation to Brandman Administration is to run your school ethically and ditch the "One Stop" idea. I think you should be listed on MSN Money's "Customer Service Hall of Shame." This is definitely NOT the experience you sell and NOT anything like what I experienced at Chapman in my undergrad program."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 1/16/2013
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"This school has very poor communication and financial aid services. You wait weeks to get a response and there is always an excuse. If it wasn't for the speedy degree program I would have left. They are horrible but you do learn some interesting things and the teachers for the most part are great."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 1/5/2013
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year:
"Biggest mistake to switch from the online university I was attending to try Brandman."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa Downing - 1/2/2013
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"I really enjoyed my time at Chapman (before it became Brandman). The quality of my education was excellent, since we were only asked to write things that would be useful to us. This was a radical departure from my State University experience. My instructors were actually practicing in their fields, which again made a world of difference in the quality of my instruction. I hear negative things about Brandman/Chapman, but this is from co-workers who never attended. I wanted an education about my field of work, and my experience at Chapman/Brandman was positive enough that I have enrolled in the Education Administration program that starts this week (01/07/2013). In addition, while it appears much more expensive, when you consider the time invested in terms of being able to make a paycheck, it's not that much more expensive. Yes, my MA has opened multiple doors for me and I earned a promotion that I wouldn't have had without the MA."
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