Chicago School of Professional Psychology Reviews
How tremendously disappointing! I had been thrilled at the time of my acceptance but have become increasingly broken-hearted at the lack of support, the disengagement and lack of interest on the part of instructors and the "disconnected-ness"of the entire educational experience. This is not a school that cares about the success (or satisfaction) of its students.
From the start, the school's Department has been very welcoming and supportive of my dream for a doctorate in Business Psychology. The Department and school are constantly seeking ways to improve the delivery of their academic programs of study. The President has also been receptive to each student's comments, questions, and concerns. Every institution, I am certain has some flaws or areas for improvement, and from what I see the school seeks to constantly make improvements. I have witnessed first hand wonderful improvements and I with the support I received I joined student government.
I have attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, since 2015. I am in the Business Psychology Organizational Leadership Program, and it the best experience that I have ever had. The professors are excellent, very professional and responsive to your needs. You get plenty of support here. I plan on using my Ph.D to teach as an adjunct professor in the college or university setting! The program is no cake walk and they do expect you to take responsibility for your coursework and assignments. I have read other reviews on this site, which I thought was unfair,there is always 2 sides to a story. Most people don't post if they are happy, I am thrilled that i chose the Chicago School of Profesional Psychology. The LA Campus just received APA accredation for 10 years. So excited.
Do not attend this school. It is overpriced, and the faculty are unresponsive. They harrass and retaliate against you for complaining and your complaints fall on deaf ears. Everyone from the president to faculty is terrible and unresponsive. If youre a white male you might get treated a tad better. Stay away from this school. They are HORRIBLE.
Do not attend this school. It is overpriced, and the faculty are unresponsive. The program I am in is a "hybrid" program, mostly online and classes 2x a month for 4 hours. Well, it is supposed to be for 4 hours, but certain teachers dismiss after 2, wasting the money paid for specific credit hours. Out of all the professors I had since 2014, I would only say 3 (out of 7), are worth their salt in terms of knowledge, rigor, responsiveness, professionalism and teaching ability. The thesis, and arguably most important, is basically completed independently, because the Department Chair (Mary Anderson) is so unresponsive. Not entirely her fault because the department clearly needs more PERMANENT (it's all adjunct) faculty, but still this is wasting students' time and money, and not helping them become competent researchers.
This school is terrible and the degrees are worthless. The university sucks and they trick students into applying and the we go into debt and cannot find employment. They keep opening campuses, but the quality of education is poor. The faculty and staff at my school were terrible and the administration is awful. Stay away. Go to a real university.
Ok. So this school is a decent choice at first when looking around, if you want to stay in the area of Illinois. It is accredited and all so that helps assure you wasting your time. The course work is easy, it is as easy as undergrad. I am unimpressed with the material so far. The biggest complaint by far is the finances. I know people who have made payments, had payments confirmed later to have meetings with other people in finance say payments previously payed, were not. How does that slip? How does a school mess that up? This school is sooo ridiculously expensive. For what you are getting, it is thoroughly disappointing. This place seems more concerned with the facade the show than the care of there students. They want to put you in there Chicago public schools so it looks good on them, even if it kills you as a student and you have a better school way closer. They say they support the dreamers of DACA, but I know someone under DACA and this school has given 0 finincial help, or any support of any kind. Even though this student is not eligible for international or federal scholarships. It takes this student a long hard time to get any information even from the school. Constantly emailing or talking to someone to get no where and get differed to another person in the department, then a month later they ask again what's going on. Then they here from someone. It's just not right to have some one say they will get things figured out, and then never do. To me it really really does seem like it's all about the money for this school. Money and appearance, but of, it's a grad school. For being so into "helping DACA students" I have seen none of it. All in all. This might be a good school if your parents can drop 100 thousand for you to get a degree in an oversaturated field that doesn't pay that much. Or if you want to live in a crazy expensive city and accumulate massive amounts of debt, this might be good for you. Overall, I am unimpressed.
This school is a joke. I saw the reviews for this school and thought that maybe it wouldn't be so bad. For a school teaching students on how to be better counselors they sure don't care much about their students. I learned absolutely nothing in this program that I didn't already learn in my undergraduate program, which was one the reasons I didn't stay in the program when I got sick. I withdrew from the university because I was sick and they decided to refund my loans without telling me. They didn't mention any of this when I was speaking to them about withdrawing and I made constant attempts to meet with someone from financial aid to make sure everything would be alright once I withdrew. My counselor mentioned nothing. The chair of the department mentioned nothing. Then they sent a letter to an old address that I owed them money and if it wasn't paid it would be sent to a collections office within 30 days. I didn't receive any of these letters until after 30 days, because it was an old address and when I called they said they had forward earlier in the month to the collections office. It had been almost a week from the day the letter was sent and they decided to forward the debt.
I found this program to be overpriced. Grading rubrics enforced differently than the written policy. Student concerns were not addressed adequately. Too many students in the program seemed virtually illiterate (e.g., at lease not having a command of English commensurate with what one would expect at an advanced graduate level). Many courses are taught by professors who hold MA from this school (i.e., no doctoral level) and many faculty are from this and other for-profit institutions. Admissions "counselors" are more like salesmen (wouldn't be surprised if they got commissions per head). They call some of their degrees PhD but an examination of programs at bona fide colleges and universities (vs "niche" schools) show a certain rigor not in evidence here.
This school offers outstanding faculty, flexible learning, small class sizes, commitment to diversity, and excellence in the field. I could not recommend the school more.