Independence University Reviews

  • 127 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,972
50% of 127 students said this degree improved their career prospects
55% of 127 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Matt B.
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"My experience at Independence University was positive from beginning to end, I graduated in September 2019. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a full scholarship and all of my concerns were taken care of in a very promptly. The free computers worked perfectly and helped me to complete my studies wherever I happened to be. The staff was pleasant with every conversation and helped in every way possible. I was able to complete all of my classes with no problems and even was able to take extra classes toward the end so that I could graduate a couple months early. I have had no previous medical training and still never had a grade in any class that was less than 98% so I can definitely say the material was supplied and presented in a way that made it possible to do very well if a student applied themselves. I was fully prepared for my clinicals and was hired as soon as I graduated. I was also offered a job at three other hospitals before I graduated so there is no problem finding work because of the school itself as some claim. Overall, I could not have had a better experience and I am now enjoying my new career thanks to Independence university."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"Worst school ever! Don't waste your time. This school is a scam! They don't deliver on the things they promised you during orientation. Truly do your research on this school and find another. For the price that they are charging, you could go to one of the larger institutes. I even heard they are on probation. They don't care about their students. Check out the Better Business Bureau reviews as well!! I wish I had before I signed up."
Kyle Kaylor
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"This is a amazing school. Unfortunately a lot of people that have left negative feed back are more than likely are products of there own doing. Independence University has made sure throughly I've had complete communication and a foundation for success. There literally is nothing more they could do for me to highlight what is expected and how to achieve my own success."
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"This school is a nightmare. I TRULY wish I had read the reviews on the Better Business Bureau. I enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program back in November. I've spent months taking psychology and "motivation" courses. Three weeks ago I was finally able to start my clinicals. When I arrived at the V.A hospital, all Respiratory Therapists began to ask me a series of questions to which I had no answer. These RRT's proceeded to tell me that Respiratory therapy is not something you can learn online, that that a clinical site is meant to apply what you've already learned not learn from scratch, and that the school is not equipping us at all for the real world. For example, the crash course on brochodilators takes a whole semester to learn, not one week...according to these seasoned RRT's stated. When I asked how do I learn to draw blood, these people told me to watch a YOUTUBE video. REALLY??? Long story short, the Veterans hospital decided to discontinue their relationship with IU due to their lack of properly training and instructing their students. Now, I'm being told to take more "fluff" courses until they can find another site in Georgia, which I received an email from another advisor stating this is going to be almost impossible. In the event they cannot find a site, I get dropped from the school and am STILL required to pay their fees. How so???Anyhow, I digress This school is a nightmare. Please do your research. Find another school."
Ki Perk
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Business
"Save your self the trouble, DON'T DO IT. They really just blow smoke up your ass. Sorry for the language but they are so full of shit. It will all sound good at first but it's not. Only time you'll hear from them is when they want to collect money. When you need help with school work they will NOT respond in a timely manner. This school is a rip off."
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"This scam of a school is an overpriced institution that does not deliver what they promise, sets their students up for failure and is only out for your money. They do not research their clinical sites, much less prepare their students for what is expected of them when they go to the site. The experience was so bad, that the Veterans hospital decided to terminate their contract with Independence U due to us, the students, not even being prepared or knowledgeable about simple basics. They do not have an umbrella of hospitals they work with. Now we have no site and are being told that if they cannot find a site for us, we will be dropped from the program and will STILL be required to pay, even though THEY dropped the ball. Additionally, I've been informed that they are on probation. Theora was great to work with. Kristi was nice at first, but once she realized they were at fault, she stated "your choice is to either stay enrolled and wait for a new site, or drop out of the program. That is where we are at this point". Just rude. Anyhow, I digress. Do yourself a favor, find another school."
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"This school will withhold your transcripts if you decide to drop and transfer. The communication sucked. NOT MILITATY FRIENDLY. I got locked out of my classes many times due to the lack of communication. I do not recommend this college for anyone.. Disappointed with everything"
Mary Hall
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"After reading some of the horror stories on this review site I have to share mine too and try to save some good hardworking people the agony that I have had to experience for TEN YEARS. I wanted to expand on a medical assistant associates and needed to work full time so decided to try an online training. Unfortunately, I chose to try this "school" to get the training and make an honest living. At first the classes seemed normal until I had to sit for a proctored exam and prepare for a clinical assignment. The assignment notice was never sent to me and I wasn't assigned to a clinical site, all after I decided to sign student loan documents to pay for the rest of the "program". Right after I signed the papers the communication stopped and I had to stop the classes because without the clinical I wasn't able to finish the program. I know now after ten long years of harassment and constant calls and threats that they just wanted to claim the student loan debt and make me pay for it. I just want good people trying to better their lives to stay away from this "school" and to warn them that this will ruin their lives instead of elevating it. This is just plain fraud, and I pray that people will listen and stay away."
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"This school is a really great school. I've gained so much from being in this school. I am proud to say that I am a IUGRAD!! I worked hard to succeed and with the resources that was offered I was able to do so. Everything was all explanatory. I want to thank everyone that has ever texted and call to keep me informed on how I was doing."
Independence University
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I sign up for this stupid school may of last summer & i will say communication with this school s****! They dont do their jobs right when it comes to receiving important documents via email or phone calls. I was hospitalized for the course of school, i still did my work & turned in all my appeal paper work just to hear I didnt get back in school because of technical errors on their part! The dean is a pure a****** and they just want your money! DO NOT GO THEIR! You will REGRET IT"
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I just enrolled to this university last month. Now, I want to make sure I say up front. They do have you sign a document that says you must have a 70% or higher after week 3 or you will be dropped. So I did and do acknowledge that. However, I was sent an email about the beginning of week 3 saying your grade is this and if it is above 70% congratulations keep up the great work! My grade was above 70%. Week 4 starts and I completed the assignment for that day. When I tried to logon that Wednesday to complete my discussion the class was no longer on my canvas. I thought there must have been some kind of mistake. So I emailed the teach. No response. I messaged my enrollment person. He said he was no longer in charge of my file and to contact my student advisor, who I was told would reach out to me but never did. So I sent her a message. She finally got back to me today and said, Oh yeah you were dropped because your grade was a 68.21% and not 70%. So I told her understood the agreement I signed but why did NO ONE attempt to inform me that my grade had fallen below the threshold? And If Independence University really cared about the success of its students why did no one communicate to me at all that I was being dropped? Then she said she sent me an email that says I can submit for re enrollment but Ill have to wait 6 months oh and by the way we need our stuff back too or we will charge you. So what kind of a success plan is that?!? She didnt ask, what happened? Or offer any solutions. She just told me that I can wait for 6 months and that they want their tablet back. I DONT CARE ABOUT THE TABLET! I just wanted to be in school! I thought I was going to a school the genuinely cared about its students. I guess I was wrong... They will drop you and not even tell you when they do it. I had to do all the work to figure out why I couldnt see my class anymore. No one even reached out to me or even seemed like they really cared at all... Pretty Sad. Last thing, I reached out to the chat for help because my calls were being directed to only my old enrollment person. And I asked how to get in touch with someone else to talk to about my situation and she offered no solutions and I told her I guess Id have to just complain on social media and she just told me to have a great day. Didnt even offer to have someone contact me or give me any other alternatives. I didnt want to write this. I wanted to talk to anyone who could help but no one gave me any solutions as to how. Independence University was a very disappointing experience..."
Susan Thomas
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2019
  • Degree: Business
"Independence university is in excellent schools they offer great teachers. Each class is only 4 weeks long. Teachers are very informative which help you with your assignments. They offer tutoring if you need help. The staff is very helpful. I definitely recommend Independence University"
Lacey. O
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I'm currently enrolled in the medical specialties program. The admissions process was quick and straightforward. My instructors are great I'm almost done with my degree and maintained a 4.0 GPA. It takes awhile to get in touch with advisors unless you call them. Other than that my experience has been smooth."
Lindsay Dunlap
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I am still on the fence, with my feelings, in regards to this school and their programs (which are expensive). They do accept credits from other schools; however, the credits you receive from Independence University are not transferable to other schools (or at least for the schools in Missouri). You have to really be on top of your own education, which as an adult you should already be prepared for. The information you learn from the classes provided is very useful, at least for the field I was currently in. However, if you expect to get prompt support from your teachers or the school, I will say it takes a month or more for a follow up. In fact, due to the delay in communication, they did not let me graduate on time, forced me to agree to repay for the class, and expect me to pay for it out of pocket. Once, graduated no one had heard of my school and would not hire me. I ended up leaving the medical field, after nine years, to work in IT (because let's face it we have to pay that loan back). Therefore, I would not recommend this school, the price tag, lack of support from the staff, and the possibility no one has heard of them is not worth the time or life-long loan."
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"The fact that you have to study online is almost irrelevant. There are live lectures and you can actually get help and support from your teachers. They even send you a brand new laptop and tablet when you start and you get to keep it when you gradate! The bad things is that you receive like 0 financial aid. Career services are TERRIBLE. They NEVER helped me get a job so I pretty much wasted my time getting my degree. Also, I went to the graduation in salt Lake City, Utah and they were unprepared, and unorganized, They didn't even give us any food at graduation. TOTAL WASTE OF MY TIME."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2019
  • Degree: Business
"The school did not help at all it takes weeks for anyone to get back to you on any questions you have regarding classes or courses or even coursework they are not willing to give an actual explanation of what you need or help you when you need it due to the different time zones they do not work with you on time zones even though it's supposed to be on your own time it is very restricted to when you can actually do the assignments and turn them in I would never recommend their school or ever go back to this school they really don't care about your education"
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2019
  • Degree: Business
"So far,everything has been good , decent, and on time. Instructors are easy to get in touched with. It seem like everyone has their own experiences, and reading some of these reviews kind of got me scared to attend the classes. LOL. But I've noticed the instructors are easy to get in touched with , I have their personal numbers, and actually send them a text message when needed. So far, I haven't had any problems. Thankfully, I was approved quick, and waiting on my tablet and laptop."
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2019
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Independence university has been great so far. I was skeptical at first however all of my concerns were addressed and gone after the first 6 months. Teachers are great and are always on top of any questions and will help however they can. Laptop received is awesome its a 1000 dollar computer top of the line brand new. They have delivered on everything they promised and more. Its a little pricey but everything is included and you get what you put into it. They will not just print you a diploma you havr to earn it with hard work! I am very happy!!"
Heather K.
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I cannot say enough positive things about this university! I am an online student attending this school remotely from California. They first sent me a tablet right away and then a laptop like four months into my program - both included in the cost of my education, the total cost of which amounts to about $5,000, which is based on my low income bracket. Monthly payments are currently $25 a month and will be $65 a month for two or three years after I graduate. Classes are four weeks long. You usually just have one class at a time, but every few modules you take two at once. This is a year round school, which means you only get a two week break during Christmas and New Years. I will say that when I first arrived, I entered the wrong program, which was Networking & Information Systems Security. Now THAT program is hard because it deals with hardware, which you cannot get your hands on in an online school such as this. However, I eventually switched into what I really wanted: Software and Mobile Applications Development, so I can become a computer programmer. I am so thrilled to be attending this school! It has completely changed my life to know I'm good at something I found I enjoy. I am learning so many different computer languages, the books are great, the instructors are mostly good, and the fact I learn at my own pace and according to my own schedule is PERFECT for the type of independent person I am. Thank you Independence University!"
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2019
  • Degree: Computer Programming
"A school that offers programs for the 20-something "veteran" that gets free tuition. They are just for that. Teachers are so arrogant, treat students like ignorant kids, the loans are ridiculously expensive, the programs are not realistic, you have to study history, 6th grade math, subjects to waste the student's time, to charge students more money. Stay way from this "college", it's a scam."