Bryant & Stratton College Online Reviews

  • 86 Reviews
  • Orchard Park (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,618
43% of 86 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 86 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Kathi
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I would not recommend this program to anyone. Was told tuition would include taking the Cpc exam. But unfortunately it was not true. Now I have to come up with an additional 500 to be able to take the exam and start looking fir a coding job. Don't go here."
Danielle
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I absolutely would recommend this school to anyone that is looking for a school that supports you. It may be a little pricey but it is totally worth it. I have moved on to do my bachelors degree elsewhere but still keep in contact with my advisors there. Although I live in California and they are located in New York they still manage to reach out to me and see if they can help me with anything."
moRN
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Way too expensive for the quality of education.this college charges the same for medical assistant and the nursing program. I got a financial aid clear slip at the end. Then was hounded by the school for not paying the $100. Library at the Parma campus is extremely small. Grade schools have better resources."
former graduate
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. First off they are last minute on getting there students the information they need. They make mistakes but don't take accountability for that mistake. Secondly, there instructors (at least at the Wauwatosa campus in Wisconsin) don't know how to teach the information or even know the information for which they are teaching to there students. They don't care about the overall well-being of there students. They expect them to change there schedules last minute without enough time because they don't have there crap together. The clinical experience is not the greatest either. There instructors don't care about the students and giving them experiences that will help excel there nursing careers. At the Wauwatosa campus in Wisconsin the dean of nursing who is supposed to be this person who stands up for her students and should listen to the concerns of her students does not do either of that. She, as well as her faculty blames the students for there mistakes and just expects them to fix there lives. Nursing school itself is very stressful but when you add all the extra stress from the faculty it makes it 10 times worse. When I graduated the school was already having issues with there accreditation and every semester there is something else wrong. it is to expensive of a school to have to deal with all this crap. I would not waste my time, energy and money on this school."
Elizabeth
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2016
  • Degree: Human Resources
"It is true that everyone will have their own experience. For me, it was not an option to go to a campus because I would often get out of work late. Where everyone else was receiving promotions, I lacked the minimum college education, but exceeded the work experience. Online classes was stressful and demanding with posting replies to other students. However, so is life. If you want something, you need to work for it. I worked long nights and every weekend. I took my books on vacation and studied by the pool side. Yes, it cost money and I was fortunate to receive some financial aid and loans. I will worry about paying it when the time comes, but I have a job that will allow me to make those payments. A college degree provides knowledge that one will keep for a lifetime. In my opinion, it is worth a lot more than the money. I recommend taking advantage of the school faculty. There are people in the financial office to help you understand what you will be paying each month."
So Far, So Good
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I have been with B & S for a year now. As of now, I have not had any issues regarding my coursework. As a online student, you are expected to go above and beyond a little to get the information needed. For instance, if I have a question, and it is not answered quickly I will seek answers through other sources. This is my third medical coding program, I started with Fortis and attended Virginia College for a few months. I had to quit both programs due to personal issues. As of now,I will be checking in with my academic advisor soon to make sure I am still on track for graduation. My main concern is my internship, and as long as everything is okay with that I will be a happy camper!! **No matter what program or school you are in you need to be willing to do whatever is necessary to reach you desired goal."
Anonomous
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"DO NOT ATTEND THIS COLLEGE. I just graduated from this school and it is the worst run school or business i have ever come in contact with. The teachers do not care about you passing your classes and you pretty much teach yourself. At the same time they have unrealistic marketing efforts that claim that they help their student find jobs but they do not actually do that. They hinder your performance in your field and there are no faculty that actually care about yourself. Do yourself a favor and stay FAR from this college."
Chris
  • Reviewed: 11/11/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I have been going to Bryant and Stratton for three years and will graduate in 2017 with a degree in Criminal Justice. For me this college has been nothing but fun and exciting. The instructors have been extremely helpful and challenge the students to the fullest. Just like any college some classes are easier that others but you get out what you put in. Sure you are going to have student loans to pay back just as any college but this is something you have to deal with regardless where you decide to go. I can only speak for myself and I’m proud of Bryant & Stratton and thank them for a wonderful experience!"
Desirae S.
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2015
  • Degree: Business
"I am a current on-line student and I am having major second thoughts about my choice. I have completed 12 out of 40 units and I am already over $13,000 in student loan debt. The classes are challenging but I have gotten an A in every class I have taken pretty much because I show up and submit "something" - there were times when I was busy and did not submit what I would call my BEST work and I get an A. You are required to interact with other students and I find it VERY difficult to do this as the rubric states 3-4 students a week and that: "Your replies specifically address the topic and build upon thoughts shared by classmates. Post inspires new, relevant discussion opportunities." I would be so desperate to find someone who didn't just reply "Good job, you really thought about your answer" I would end up just picking someone and writing a paragraph to them with a question at the end. And the most disturbing part is reading the other students posts with incorrect grammar, miss-spellings, not being even close to understanding what the requested task is, AND THE PEOPLE THAT TYPE THEIR RESPONSES IN ALL CAPS" (rude?) Basically elementary school level responses. I think, "Boy, they will just take anyone won't they?" The part weighing heaviest on my mind is that I will be about 48 years old when I graduate, $40,000 in debt and I don't know if the amount of money I would *possibly* be making would balance out the loan repayment."
Angie Robertson
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2015
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I am a current student at Bryant & Stratton, I had previously tried community colleges and felt like a number, and like they could care less whether I passed or failed, not to mention the drive to the campus and them deciding my hours. I am so glad that I was accepted at Bryant & Stratton. This is college and it is for adults and you are expected to behave that way. Everyone from every department has been more than happy to assist me in anyway. I have received phone calls, emails, and text just checking to make sure I was adjusting well. Now that I have been there a while, I still get random emails checking in on me, if I ever have to email or call anyone they are respond promptly. Additionally, I have had a great experience with all of my instructors, they do expect you to do your work, but they are also willing to help you in anyway that they can, even giving personal phone numbers, Skype account, Google Hangout accounts, among other things. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and have had since I enrolled and it is because I have worked hard for it. I truly believe that you can succeed if you want to, but you do have to work for it. I would also like to add, with ever college there's always going to be some credits that do not transfer, that is normal. However, that won't affect me because I intend to stay with Bryant & Stratton until I get my Masters Degree. Anyone who wants to do this can, and here at B&S they develop individualized plans for the students and I love that, they know that most of have experience and I think that is one thing that I love the most. I also home school my three children, who are ages 11,12, & 13, and with the flexibility of B&S I am able to do all of that, my work, take care of house, and my other responsibilities, I also do hair part-time, and make and sell home decor. I agree with the other people you get what you put in. I have to say that online school is not the right choice for everyone, if you expect to be spoon fed, and babied, then it isn't, if you are not self-disciplined then it is not for you. You have to be willing to sign in everyday, and stay on top of your work, you have to make it a priority, and make a commitment. I love the classes lasting 7.5 weeks, I have ADD and I get bored easy, but with classes being mini terms, I don't have time to get bored, I always have something to do. B&S has been a perfect fit to me. I am hoping that they have a Dean's list and that I make it for my GPA, that is the only thing I keep forgetting to ask. This has been a great choice for me, that has worked perfectly with my schedule, my personality, my life, and everything else."
spaceheater96
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2015
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Terrible college to go to. They're good at roping you in but once you're there they do anything they can to make a couple extra dollars. They have gone as far as messing my schedule up so I had to stay for an extra semester. Since I had credits from high school and I would graduate early from college. Since they still get their money from the state if I graduate within two years so I still had to pay for my extra semester and it doesn't matter to them because they still get paid at the end of the year. They don't have anything together as far as student information. In one section of the school I'm in the computer as a graduate and in others I'm not. Terrible college experience I would not recommend it to anyone. Online classes just get worse and worse on top of that."
Accounting Certificate
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2015
  • Degree: Agriculture
"I had a great experience at this school. I did the online program, took 4 classes in 8 months and received my Accounting Certificate. Almost 20 years ago I attended college (on campus) and received a BA, so I am new to the online world. I thought it was great, but you need to be self motivated, organized, hardworking, and be able to budget your time. The classes are completed in 6 calendar weeks so it's a lot of information to learn in a short time. If you're a sponge it won't matter but if you need a lot of time to absorb material then this will be very difficult for you-BUT not impossible. The accounting classes are probably too much to learn in this format in such a short time frame. However, I did take a Business class and it was great online. Also, be prepared to read and write A LOT because that's the main focus, especially online. I don't know how other online programs work but as technology advances I'd like to other modalities used such as video conferencing with class/professor and more student accountability when it comes to test taking. Staff was great in responding to my emails and answering my questions. Yeah hiccups happened along the way but that's LIFE. Your job will not be perfect, so part of the whole process is LEARNING. As long as you are learning and moving forward that's what matters."
happy
  • Reviewed: 4/14/2015
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I am uncertain about where all the negativity is coming from about Bryant and Stratton. I am currently enrolled in the Medical Assisting program and due to finish in a 3 months. First I have to say that I haven't had a problem with anyone of the staff since I been there. They are overly happy each time I see them. Instructors were very caring and actually cared if you passed the program. I can honestly say that while attending this college I have noticed that the only ones that have anything negative to say are the ones that rarely come to class or don't turn in their assignments on time. When the teachers express the importance of the assignments due, they act like they have been offended. When they get a zero for not turning the assignment they instantly turn into the complaint department!!! All i can say is nobody told us to enroll in college.....we made that decision ourselves. So as grown people we are old enough to accept the challenges that college has to offer and do your best while there. Currently I have a 3.8 GPA and pushing to get a 4.0 before graduating.,,,and yes I work and take care of my children. If I can accept the challenge,,,,you can to! Enjoy all that Bryant and Stratton has to offer!"
stephens
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2015
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"I had previous experience with two other colleges, and I was less than impressed with them. I spoke, on several occasions, with financial aid, and student services, before enrolling with Bryant & Stratton. I am so glad that I chose this college. I have recently read some of the reviews about Bryant & Stratton. I am not sure which location the other people delt with, but I went through Orchard Park, NY. I have nothing but good things to say about all staff and experiences. I received encouragement every step of the way. The instructors were professional and took care of any student that needed help, even to the point of giving personal numbers so that students could contact them for extra help. I got great feedback on all assignments and the structure of online learning worked great with my schedule. I will be graduating in three weeks from this school Summa Cum Laude. I would not have been able to do that without the great staff at Bryant & Stratton."
Angie Robertson
Responded: 6/7/2015

I have also had a great experience, and I have read some of the other comments about credits not transferring but every college is like that, there will always be credits that will not transfer from one college to the next.

I have nothing but good things to say either, I have completed my work and received detailed feedback, and I do have a great GPA that I am proud of and I have worked my tail off. Those who have said that if you have good grades you are a brown-nosing is absolutely ridiculous. I know that I have studied and worked every day and earned each grade. I am proud there are those of us who have had or are having a good experience are standing up for this college.

Judi Rajewski
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Started out in the Medical Coding and Reimbursement program doing ICD-10 what I realized is that once I get out of college there my degree is useless as ICD-10 won't be implemtmented then. So after I complained they put us in ICD-9 (what gave us the book for free? Yeah right we had to return the ICD-10 book, which we paid for!). Great wellthe teaching was awful, the one teacher told me they hand us a box and we put the information up on the site to do! No help whatsoever from the instructors, questions took days to get a response. Then they never explained anything the response was your an adult figure it out. Why am I paying to do it on my own. Needless to say after wasting a ton of money on schooling there I switched due to the lack of communication of anyone and the advisor once they had your money could of cared less about you."
Christine M. Gaiser
Responded: 8/14/2014

Hi Judi,

We'd be happy to further discuss any of your concerns regarding your experiences at Bryant & Stratton College. The faculty, advisors and deans are willing to go the extra mile for our students, as they did for you and all of our students, by listing to your concerns, providing services such as tutoring, both online and on campus, and more. In regards to your comments involving your book, your account does appear to have a bookstore credit and we encourage you to contact us regarding the credit.

We would like to assure you that our Medical Reimbursement & Coding program fulfills the criteria for both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) national certifying bodies. Our dedicated faculty prepares our students to enter the career field armed with a degree and the knowledge of key skills and producers designed to help them achieve their career goals.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Christine M. G.

Bryant & Stratton College

Dean of Student Services Online Education

Lawanda Allen
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2014
  • Degree: Paralegal
"At first I was a very suspicious about enrolling, I read a lot of reviews, some were OK others enlighten future or current students about their horrible experiences with the college. I have had some wonderful instructors, all who were professionals in their field. Ranging from a Master Degree in Political Science to a Juris Degree. I will admit the timing for some of the projects were strict. I truly believe with any college if one applies themselves and set realistic goals you can not fail. It where times when I was ready to throw in the towel, I felt overburden and exhausted, frustrated, you name it, at that moment I was feeling it. I AM on a path of enlightenment, letting the brightest light lead the way to knowledge."
nnm
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2014
  • Degree: Paralegal
"I went back to school after becoming disabled from nursing. The classes are not easy but if you just accept the fact it is at least 40 hours if work a week. My GPA is very high and I had 3 proffesors email me letters if recommend action for jobs without asking. Bad part us expensive some liberal arts classes ate simply way to much work for the class and level.Just saying Macro was way way mote then I ever had in a law class"
J.M.
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I am a recent graduate of Bryant and Stratton Online. As many have said, this school does not spoon feed you information. Each week there is a discussion that is to be posted by a certain day. You are expected to discuss with at least 3 other students anywhere from 3-4 days each week. At the end of each week, opening on a Friday and must be completed by the end of Saturday, is a reflection of the weekly learning. There is a mid-term and a final in each course. The biggest thing to learn about this school is to pay attention and keep up with your work. If there is a problem contact your instructor because they are always willing to help. The academic advisors are great. If I had any questions they answered them for me or sent me to a person that could give me a better answer. The financial aid department was pretty good. I only had one mishap when I first began school and it was fixed immediately. As for the instructors, they were pretty great. I only had a problem with two instructors during my time. I tried to handle the issue at their level but had to ask for help through my advisor on one. The other instructor I had to contact the dean about and had many emails to document the issues at hand. The dean that I spoke with seemed truly interested in solving the problem. Overall, I feel my degree was a success and I worked very hard to accomplish it. You will get out, what you put in. I am currently deciding whether or not to return for a BA degree."
Cassie
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2014
  • Degree: Paralegal
"Please, Please, Please, consider the reviews here before enrolling. I am so unhappy with Bryant & Stratton. The teachers I have had have been so cruel. I have had teacher that talk down to me so bad that they made me cry. The work on the other hand was challenging but very constructive. They make you give weekly feedback which is a total trap because the teachers read what your suggestions are can grade you and treat you based on you opinion. I have had teachers who have more spelling errors in their assignments than I do in my rough drafts. I have completed three semesters at Bryant & Stratton so please carefully consider your options. I have never felt so trapped in my life. I have a bunch of loans now with this school and I am having a lot of trouble finding another school that will take all of my credits. Now my choices are to stay at Bryant & Stratton with, what I would call borderline mentally abusive teacher, or lose some of the credit I have busted my butt to earn and transfer. Not to mention, when I told my adviser I wanted to be withdrawn from classes (before the new semester started), she ignored my request and now I am worried I will get a bill for the "class" I did not attend, that I was under the assumption I withdrew from. The whole experience is a nightmare I want to forget."
KC
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Do not make the decision to go to this school, you will regret it. I still have not received my diploma and I graduated in 2009, also there was no employment opportunities offered or found for me which is one of their big selling points. The tuition is outrageous, your way better off going to a community college, at lease there you get what you pay for. I did find a job, eventually, and on my own however I did not make enough money in that field so now I am back in school again to pursue a new career. What a waste of time and money."