Faulkner University Reviews
First, I love Faulkner. It gave me a chance after I total wrecked my freshman year at another school. However, the program I graduated from did not prepare me well enough for my graduate degree. I must add though, I was unsure I would even make it to grad school and I did not prepare for my next major as well. With that said, the programs are great and the culture (once you get use to the Southern perspective) is welcoming enough.
For those reading the negative comments here should not listen to them. I am a 2018 graduate of the criminal justice online degree. I started out at Faulkner University in 1999 and have also went to 3 other schools since then. But during all this time I have always found myself going back to Faulkner because of the faculty and instructors being so thoughtful and helpful. During my 2 semester, and during the week of my finals, I had to schedule a knee surgery. I was taking 3 classes at the time, which was online, and all 3 of my instructors let me take my final exam early. One of those instructors was going to give me 2 extra weeks after the finals deadline to take the exam, because of the nature of the surgery. The people here are very caring. I am actually beginning my masters program in justice administration here all because of the staff being so helpful. To bad they don't offer the doctorate program I am looking for though. This is a Christian University, and for those who want to incorporate the bible into your studies, which is only about 2%, should sign up. I would do it all over again if I had to. The pricing is very affordable and they will help you with anything. I had an issue trying to find a book I needed within 4 days because my classes were beginning, so I called the school and the issue wasn't the school, it was the company they used which had my information wrong in their computer. The financial advisor actually sat on the phone with me for 47 minutes until we both figured out the problem and the books were actually ordered. Never once did she huff or puff because of irritation. I have been to The University of Alabama, Calhoun, and Colorado Tech Online and none of these schools have helped me like Faulkner has. I like this school so much that I would even pay for my worst enemy to attend this college. Great people, great courses, great atmosphere and all around wonderful experience. Some of the most talented lawyers in our area, who are affiliated with Bill Clinton, have graduated from this college. Go Eagles! Best University I have found so far.
Online learning requires dedication and time management. I found many of the courses challenging. Some of the courses helped to ease the burden of those more challenging classes. The instructors evolved with the difficulty level of the class type. From my perspective as a former campus based student, online classes require a lot more time management skill. Faulkner University has its academic challenges but the course work is inline with similar business schools lincluding Auburn and Alabama.
Their online education is deplorable. It is a cheap/free Google platform with little to no features. You are forced to publish positive Google+ posts about the department and school as part of your grade. It is headed up by one guy that teaches most of the classes. He does not comply with university policies and says that since he is in charge of the program and subject departments and the online education department so he doesn't have to. At one point he even admitted that he bit off more than he could chew and was stressed and taking it out on students. I had only one decent professor there. One professor commonly lost work and would forget to grade things and then deduct points from students for his mistakes. When you would question his grading or comments, he would put you off and never address it again. This happened on a term paper where he told me to rework sections of it and he would grade it again and he never did, which caused me to end the course with a C+, the highest grade you could get and still have to retake the class - a slap in the face. Opinions other than theirs were met with complete rudeness as they liked to trash talk the students. Video classes were a nightmare with sketchy technology and riddled with glitches. They added an entire year of required classes the year I joined and then discontinued my concentration/focus the following year so I was happy to transfer. I could go on and on. Stay away from their online programs!
Overall, I absolutely loved my experience at Faulkner University. The faculty and staff showed their commitment to the beauty of a Christian education in many aspects. It has many great degrees to offer a student; however, it does not seem to focus on those of us who are pursuing graduate or doctorate degrees in science. The faculty was not able to provide specific guidance to help me through the admission process, and the degree plans offered were not specifically matched with my requirements for Pharmacy school. It is still possible to graduate and head on to a doctorate program, however, you will have to be committed to the cause yourself, and you will have to do the research to achieve your goals. I do not regret my time at Faulkner in the slightest, but if you are pursuing the fast-track to grad school with extensive guidance along the way, Faulkner University may not be the right choice for you.
Faulkner University is a small, family-like feel campus. It Christian school. No matter what the class is, the bible will somehow be incorporated into the material. Class sizes are small; and teachers are more willing to help you if you fall behind or need extra help. The classes I have taken to obtain my business administration degree, including finance, accounting, & business law, have given me the opportunity to utilize my negotiating skills. I had also had the opportunity to visit such pleases as Dubai, Australia, Singapore, and Bahrain, and the privilege of managing over 5,000 personnel because of my outstanding abilities.