Brandman University Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,380
59% of 115 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 115 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/6/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Please use caution when dealing with Brandman University. The teaching instruction is wonderful, unfortunately the administration is less than desirable. I was informed of a financial aid issue and was under the belief it was corrected after I submitted a copy of my tax filing to my financial advisor. Sadly he did not complete the process thus leaving me with a financial aid rejection. This is where the nightmare begins. A new academic advisor built a projected academic program and learned I was unable to attend due to an administrative hold because of the last financial aid advisor. Now the school is charging me for the classes I DID NOT ATTEND due to the administrative hold. This is completely unethical of Brandman ! How do you charge a student that tries to attend classes yet is denied by Brandman? Furthermore, not only are they charging me for the classes they would not allow me to attend but they are adding interest plus penalty. BEWARE !!! When Chapman's distant learning turned into Brandman the quality, proficiency, and professionalism has fallen to less than desirable."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I absolutely loved Brandman University! As a veteran, full time student, and mother, this was the perfect school for me. I took blended and on-line courses. Most of my professors were extremely helpful. I never had any problems with my teachers, scheduling, or finance. If you are proactive and stay on top of your course work/finances, then you really shouldn't have a problem here. I have recommended several of my military buddies to this school. Very military friendly!"
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2015
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I didn't realize how valuable the Brandman curriculum focus on Common Core was until I started my teaching position. I am now seen as the leader for Common Core staff/professional development at my school site and I am the newest teacher here. Thank you Brandman!"
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2015
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"While I am still enrolled, what I have learned in this program has changed both my personal and professional life. I received a promotion and also have better communication with my family. Was hoping for the former, but the latter was a welcomed suprise. Thank you Brandman faculty and leadership!"
Sabrina Brown
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I chose Brandman University for my Bachelor program because, formerly named Chapman University College, Brandman (Chapman) University is a diverse, prestigious, private, non-profit, regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) institution, within the Chapman University System, that provides exceptional educational opportunities for working adults, military personnel, their spouses, and veterans. I chose Brandman University because it has some of top online bachelor's programs per U.S. News & World Report and it is a top designated Military Friendly School. Brandman University has developed partnerships with a great deal of community colleges and other college institutions in several states including California, Texas, and Washington to make course credits more easily transferable - no restrictions. Brandman University offers online students the flexibility of taking both online and on-campus options without requiring a petition process or extensive paperwork - you can earn your entire degree online. Brandman University has a pretty cool LinkedIn group for students and alumni."
Brandman Sucks
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"This is the worst college I have ever attended. They are the most disorganized organization I have seen that is supposed to provide people with an education. My first quarter was a joke. My first class was just 3 students and we spent the whole time watching movies, listening to the professor play music, or creating games. Throughout the whole program we never used our books to supplement information we were supposed to be learning in class, and we could actually go the whole quarter without needing them except for busy work assigned using them, i.e. writing down what we think are important sentences in a chapter. Nearly all of the classes were watching movies, playing games, listening to music, or people chit chatting about non-related topics; a huge waste of time. Anytime students tried to ask questions pertaining to course material they were told to read the book, look it up, or given a round about answer that did not answer the question. The professors were unwilling to perform their jobs and actually teach the students the material, let alone make sure they understood everything. When the director of the program was made aware of the issues she ignored it. Changes in program requirements were made on a regular basis and students were not updated. Regularly students would do something and be told that things had changed and/or there was a new form. Again. The director did not insure students were kept well informed and did nothing when complained to. Students are allowed to fall through the cracks at this university if they do not keep track of everything they need to do in order to complete their degree. They need to seriously interact with their advisor and the director on a daily basis to make sure all paperwork gets done and done correctly, that they used the current form, and there are no new policies, forms, laws, etc pertaining to them otherwise they will not find out until too much time has passed and nothing can be done. When students start giving up from frustration with the whole school, the school washes their hands of them and does not try to correct the situation and is more than willing to let them go with their degree unfinished, mostly because they've already gotten their money. They are supposed to be a non-profit university but that is a big lie based off of how much they're willing to take every penny, but not give what they say they will in return. You ask the professors, advisors, and director the same questions and get different answers. No one seems to be on the same page, nor know how things are supposed to be done. They also state they are geared towards working adults, but I had a professor tell me to quit my job because the school is more important. Again the director did nothing about that comment. The quality of their education is poor. I repeatedly told the professors I did not understand something and they reassured me I knew more than I thought as evidence by my near perfect grades. After advancement tests they came back to me and said they guess I was right. Well yes, I got good grades because I know how to find information in a book and repeat it, does not mean I understand it as I told them. This is a constant theme of the school. They messed up on paperwork giving me military pricing and I needed to call various people to get it resolved after they placed a hold on my account. Their final exam was also flawed in that people who answered a question the same way got different scores, one failed, one passed. They also stated one person did not attempt one field when they did. These are all reasons I'm choosing to have Chapman on my diploma versus Brandman, since I enrolled in a catalog year that gives me that choice."
Joe Cockrell
Responded: 2/17/2015

Hi there, I am the Vice Chancellor of Communications at Brandman and I am disappointed to read your review. I would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to learn more about your situation - at Brandman we really do care about students and their experience, and your feedback can help us improve if we didn't meet your expectations. You can email me at

  • Reviewed: 1/1/2015
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2004
"I first started attending when Brandman University was still satellite campuses of Chapman University. I did a combination credential Masters program. I got my credential and finished all my masters class with a 4.0 GPA. I still needed to complete my action research project. I went to work at a prison were it was nearly impossible to run the action research project and they would not work with me to accommodate my situation or work with me on it. Still when it was Chapman it was way better than Brandman. Then when the economy tanked I got laid off and then got a major life threatening illness. Once I got better and went back to work, I went back to Chapman, now Brandman, to try and finish my degree. They made me reapply although they obviously already had all my transcripts due to the fact that I had already went there before. Then they told me all the class I had already taken were not good any more although they are the exact same class listed for the same degree in the program catalog. They want me to take these classes over. Next to get any answer from my admissions person, a Mr. Brooks at the Visalia campus is impossible. When I email or call him he never responds until I keep emailing or calling him over and over again. It seems to me that this place has turned to a straight for profit school not caring about its students just wanting to make another buck. What a shame, at least when it was Chapman there help there students more. Forget this place and its high tuition and go to a state college"
Amanda Ball
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"An absolutely horrible college experience. This is the community college of graduate school. Teachers are past retirement age and show very little interest in actually educating students."
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2014
  • Degree: Gerontology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have completed my first year of the BSN-DNP program. I am very happy with this school. I have found most everyone to very helpful and committed to my success. As a general rule, the instruction quality is excellent. I have had one instructor who was difficult to reach, but she has since left. Most of my instructors respond to emails within a few minutes to a few hours and are very invested in your success. I love the 8 week class duration format. The immersion sessions on campus are fun and educational. OneStop services have been wonderful for me. They are quick to get back with you and are so helpful and kind. Here is the bottom line about questions of quality of instruction and or administrative services. Nothing will be spoon fed to you here. It is up to you to stay on top of your academic progress, financial aid, student accounts, etc. There are people here to kindly and efficiently assist you to make the best of your experience, but you must be in control of your education. The same is true with your learning experiences and the effective management of your time. Your instructors are responsible for helping you navigate learning experiences. Many of these experiences are reading textbooks and articles, watching or reading web resources, writing papers, creating and delivering presentations, attending online meetings and things of this nature. You will be expected to complete all assigned work on time and produce quality work. You are encouraged to seek out additional learning opportunities and share them with your peers. You are expected to have basic, maybe even some intermediate computer skills. So, in a nutshell, if you are willing to take charge and be vigorous in your pursuit of education, this is the school for you. If you do better sitting in class everyday listening to someone give you their perspective on what you should know, then this is not your school."
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2014
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Like many others I wanted to continue my education at a school that catered to my lifestyle as an employed mother. I found Brandman to be a perfect set up for me and my family. My degree program will be complete this summer 2014 and I couldn't be happier with the support I have received from this school. The OneStop administrations are great and do their very best to help students have a positive experience at Brandman. There's no "perfect" system no matter where one attends school. That's why, just like at work or in personal life, one needs to be proactive in their own affairs to prevent fewer mistakes. I will be continuing into the MBA for Accounting program shortly after graduating."