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I am surprised at all the negative reviews because I found my experience with Brandman to be great. I was able to fit it into my schedule nicely (working full time with a 5 year old at home) and finished my degree in 18 months. My questions and concerns were always addressed immediately by my advisor or professors (with the exception of 1 professor who was not very helpful). I found the coursework and what was expected of me in order to earn a good grade easy to understand. The financial aid office and system was also easy to understand. I am considering going back for my Masters.
Overall, I had an alright experience with Brandman. That being said, their financial aid office aka OneStop is in serious need of some help. Last year, they disbursed funds back to me after only paying part of my classes and I didn't realize it until I put that money back onto my loans. Later in the year, I asked when the next disbursement was scheduled. I was told it already happened. Guess what didn't happen for another week? I also noticed that my tuition increased roughly $300. I asked if/why it increased. They told me that it didn't, just an extra $15 for the technology fee. How does that explain the other $275? Most of my interactions with them have been problematic in a number of ways. I don't regret going there because of the convenience but if I want to get my BA, I'll go elsewhere.
First and foremost I must say this has been the worse college experience that I've ever had. The financial aid department did horrible service, the advisors don't do their best to be accurate with their information and in the long run you end up paying for everything. They will always put you at fault for the mistakes that they've made. I think all the people who have complaints about Brandman should get together and escalate our concerns to a higher level.
This place is terrible. DO NOT DO IT. It is shocking to me that reputable for profit colleges have had to close in California, but places like this get to continue because they are under the label of "non profit". This place is a racket. It is extremely expensive and you get very little in terms of service for how much you have to pay. The financial aid department is terrible, as are the academic advisors. They do not respond to inquiries in a timely manner, do not have relevant information and when they do finally get to you, you've missed valuable information and deadlines. This school seems the only real option for some programs but do yourself a favor and do more research. There are other schools out there that don't cost an arm and a leg and you will get similar level of service. BTW, the teachers are actually ok. It is the administration that is horrible.
I am currently in the Capstone course to finish my Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. I am active duty military stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. I am not sure why I jumped into the program when I did, but it has been a great experience. I have had zero issues with the staff and faculty in my location. I understand that many organizations with multiple locations can create a bad experience that spreads like wildfire; however, that is not the case with every location. The staff and faculty at JBLM have taught me a lot, and I actually enjoyed going to class. I figured I would dread it, but would knock it out anyways. It was quite the opposite; fun, engaging, challenging, and educational. It seems to me that a lot of the poor reviews that I have seen on this website are people who expect it to all be laid out for them. I used to be that way when I was an undergraduate and thought, "Poor me, somebody did X, which ruined my chance to Y, etc." Then I realized that nobody owes you anything. If you want it, go get it. If you don't know how, figure it out. This program has taught me that if I want something, I will get it. I encourage people to implore more deeply about the program that they may be interested in, you might be pleasantly surprised. Lastly, if you want to be treated like an adult and have a respected opinion, please act like one. Take responsibility, do what needs to be done, and quit complaining and expecting someone else to fix it. These ragtag reviews are what is wrong with our society right now anyway. Good day.
To admit you at the school is not just art but magical, they would do anything to provide you an admission. But as soon as you got admitted then it takes 2 to 5 days just to get a response for any concern or issue. Financial services are disastrous at this school, they find a reason to charge you left and write, for application, tests, materials, registration, dropping... basically anything you do wouldn't work without money. They find a reason to threat you and send your account to collections and put hold on your account which will not allow you to register and then penalize you for late registration. Remember, do not go to this school even if you get a free scholarship or if your employer is sponsoring your education. There is no name and recognition for this school, even local employers asks you if this is an out of state school. Their statistics and English classes are not even accepted at MPC (Community College). Don't make the mistake of appealing any decision, it's literally a cartel or monopolistic system, any appeal is going to be denied no matter what. They find an excuse to send your account to collections and just prevent you from getting your transcript, graduate or even use your transcript. The advisors are kind but their hands are tied they have to play the politics of organization. The biggest mistake I ever made in my life is going to this school. But I am glad I left it before I go to deep, on second year. Do yourself a favor, get a monthly subscription at Washington Post or NY Times you will learn more but don't go to this school. If you have any option in life do not trust the sweet orientation and talks of hot girls that are just setting up the trap!
Time is a precious commodity. I would like to suggest that you look elsewhere to invest your time and money in furthering your education. While I've learned a great deal in the short time that I have attended, their Financial Aid department is a complete disaster! It's a shame given that the Instructors are very good and attentive. For those who rely on financial aid to cover expenses this is not the place. You can start classes but don't expect the financial aid department to release any funding to you until week 4 if not later. I Had to wait approximately 2 months for mine! How can a student expect to complete their assignments if they can't cover living expenses? As a veteran they have managed to short me education funding that the VA allows to cover expenses. My experience thus far has been nothing but frustration with their financial aid department. They won't even let you contact them directly. I'm in the process of contacting the Department of Education and filing a complaint. Suggest you do the same if you've been mistreated.
I recently started my MA this year (2016). I have known two others that have went to this University in the past and had great experiences AND have used their graduate degrees so I decided to meet with the advisor at my campus (in WA) and she was so supportive and informative. She created a potential ed plan, gave me upfront costs and we talked about how classes are. I felt confident about it. I've completed two terms and I've truly enjoyed it meeting other students and the diversity of the instructors. If you are looking for a "perfect" college experience, good luck. I'm still looking for a "perfect" partner and that's probably why I'm single. We aren't perfect people. If you are looking for supportive, affordable graduate program with small classes, well Brandman is a great option. Grad school isn't cheap, let that digest, accept it and just make the jump. Invest in yourself!
Although I had a few "bumps" with financial aid and occasional issues with the advisor (people are human after all), I had a good experience. The majority of my courses were hard work and I learned a great deal from them. Some professors were phenomenal, others just "good." However, the same can be said of every university on the planet. I've read quite a few negative comments, but it seems like in many cases, some folks need to be spoon fed. As a few others have stated in their comments,be your own advocate. Ask questions and seek out answers if you don't know, etc. In school, just like in life, it is important to be resourceful. Don't sit back and wait for someone to tell you something. I never had an issue if I went in search of the answer -- Brandman staff were more than willing to help. I went to this school for the convenience of taking online courses and did not want to attend the diploma mills (National University or Univ of Phoenix). I believe I received a good education and am happy overall with my Brandman MBA experience.
I went to this school for DNP thinking that because its local it less expensive to attend immersion. First day of immersion: the number of nurses with no experience as NP entered the graduate program. I don't think they actually screen candidates for DNP. No wonder doctors don't respect NPs now. I am in the middle of finishing the course. I am sticking to it since I have a few more months to go. I am less than impressed with professors at the graduate level. Professors with no leadership experience teaching leadership classes. Or get this, no statistical experience in medical field or healthcare teaching biostatistics! I am not sure why I even went and pick this school over Vanderbilt when I got accepted. I should have stick with Vanderbilt and not Brandman.