Brandman University Reviews
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Biggest mistake to switch from the online university I was attending to try Brandman.
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.
Since Brandman is part of the Chapman University system, the education and instructors are very good. The curriculum is challenging and overall has helped me with my career.
I was looking for a school where I could attend classes in person or online, while still working full time. Brandman University was great in addressing my needs and would recommend it.
I have a BA in Psychology, and I am going for my Master in Organizational Leadership. I only recommend this school if you are very independent! The instructors are really hit and miss, but most know their material well. I will say that I like the online better than then on campus, because the online courses are pretty straight forward and organized a little better. The advisors are not very good, and some of the instructors seem very busy, so just try to figure things out on your own. While this school is no Harvard, it is a part of the Chapman University system and many of my teachers were from UCLA, UC Irvine, Chapman, ect… So I feel like I am getting a decent deal for the money.
To be clear: this school is for the purpose of getting a job, not for people who want the college experience! Like me, this school is perfect to learn the basics to get into a new career field. This is a perfect alternative to Devry, Phoinex, ect.. This school has decent brand name recognition and the instructors are really much better than other online schools. Additionally, this school is non-profit and never had any problems with their accreditation (WASC) for the past 50 years, which many for-profit schools have such as Troy University, Grand Canyon, Agrosy, ect..
I did learn a lot through the Brandman MBA program. It was great for me being a working adult as the professors were fairly flexible with assignments. I started my MBA at Ashford and that was a joke. Brandman was definitively more difficult and was just as difficult as my B.S. from Arizona State. Its a great price for an MBA and I just got promoted at my job to over 100k.
The good part is that most of my classes have been excellent with top-notch teachers who are passionate and engaging. The material is often challenging so within the Liberal Arts degree, you can obtain a really stellar education that applies to the real world.
The bad part (and why I'm actually leaving before receiving my degree) is that the student support is horrible. You have to work exclusively with the One Stop team who are absolutely incompetent on every single level. They are non-responsive to a comical level (by phone, fax, and email) and incredibly defensive when asked to correct their mistakes. I have never received an accurate student statement and right now they are trying to shake me down for nearly $200 that I clearly don't owe. You have zero grievance options and are completely subject to their whims. I would not recommend this school based upon this single reason because it will interfere with your education and undermine your ability to graduate.
If your deciding to get your teaching credential through brandman university at folsom in californa be careful. The people that you hire to do all the background stuff like make your schedule and handle all your paper work are completely incompetent.
D the "senior academic advisor" is worthless and will only cause you more hardships in the long run. I would suggest taking all your classes through the roseville campuse and having them plan you academic schedule.. that is unless you want to find out that you have several more class to take during you last term, or you want all your important paper work lost if thats what you want then folsom campus is for you.
Brandman is great when you are apllying and dealing with recruiters. As soon as you start classes the problems begin. The online program is haphazard and frought with technical problems. Half of my professors do not even read their assignments or posted work. As soon as you have a problem, you will not here from student services again. I have spent more time dealing with technical and tuition problems than I have doing coursework. I will be taking my time and money elsewhere. If you want to spend a lot of money for nothing but a piece of paper, go for it.
If you value your time, money, and a quality education, stay far away from Brandman. The "blended" format is a joke because there is no accountability for quality from either the students or faculty. Plus, Brandman/Chapman did not ensure their instructors were well-trained or the the new format was seamless before it was rolled out.
The 8-week "semesters" are a joke. The time is much to fast to learn anything substantial. Plus, anyone whose credit card or check would clear was admitted, which means some of the students were lazy and poor contributors.
Brandman makes the claim that it is geared toward working adults. It definitely is not. Many of the courses geared toward teaching require the student to do MANY observations and to tutor students. How is this possible if you are working full time? Does one have to continually take days off of work to fulfill those requirements?
The new online component is a nightmare. Why is it necessary to meet face to face and online? It is not. The online component is often repetitive and with no value. Most students just get it done and the issues addressed are neither significant, controversial, or relevant; it is simply busy work.
Many students are extremely unhappy at Brandman. I would suggest another school which values student input and appreciates the fact that we are working adults.