Independence University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (71)
Loved this school. I never would have finished the traditional route. I received tons of support, help, guidance and great teaching. This degree took me out of my dead-end job into a a management job with an insurance agency. No more working per hour, but a salaried position with benefits. The degree cost more than the local route, but I finished in half the time doing classes from home. No way I would have finished locally in less than 6 years, and this took a little over 2. I highly recommend this school.
I am a very proud recent graduate of Independence University where I earned my business degree through hard work. I am also eternally grateful that I did not read all of the reviews prior to enrolling because it could have cost me a great experience. Reviews are personal experiences, with some amount of bias. It is our personal opinion, expressed. My personal experience with IU was great from the start. My advisor remained in contact with me and responded to all of my questions with courtesy and respect. That is important because it is an online school, thus you do not see the people with whom you've entrusted your educational endeavors. I don't know what the faculty or administrative was like prior to my enrollment, or even what improvements were made. What I do know is that my instructors were all knowledgeable about their subject and experts in their field. During lectures, they were engaged with students. If you have a desire to further your education, this is not a bad place to start. What I've learned, I have already begin applying to my current position. As far as accreditation is concerned, that is something I am not too much concerned about because I am not attempting to transfer my credits to another school once I complete my Masters.
DO NOT ATTEND! Independence University is a subsidiary of StevensHenager College which is part of a growing whistleblower lawsuit against their Utah-based system of nonprofit colleges and is expected to expand due to a federal judge declining to toss the suit. In addition to this, Independence University is ONLY ACCSC accredited. This accreditation is a national accreditation that recognizes that they are a trade school and therefore are not recognized by ANY higher-education University if you wish to get a higher degree,
How can you expect to learn hands on skills at an on-line college? Should have asked myself that $40,000 ago!! Diploma mill in order to meet accreditation requirements. You are not a student or a person...you are a dollar sign. Stay away. Only recommend people that you hate. The bills are rolling in, and there is no job in sight. I have actually been laughed at.
The career services program had not been off any help or assistance sense I was a graduate in 2016 when I was let go at my current position. I've been jobless sense then and have been calling weekly and emailing weekly begging for career services advisers to help me with my resume, job applications and more. I have to degrees with the school now can't find a job can't even get an interview!!! That's not worth the 80k I paid to get a degree to be sale to have a job and I'm having worse luck finding a job with my degree than I ever did with out it! Someone wrong about that and their career services department not helping strident with career services needs.
After being at three other online schools I was amazed at the level of communication I received from teachers and staff. They clearly wanted to help me succeed. Although not perfect, they certainly do their best to stay in contact. The courses were challenging, the instructor interaction was great.
To be honest, I have no complaints about the curriculum but the advisors and so called Deans are the absolute WORST!!! They misguide and misinform you all through out the courses. They all have conflicting information and overall you are left to pay the price. They will not let you know if you fail a course or what their academic standards are. They want you to fail overall and as soon as you do they do not want to work with you. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!!! THEY WANT YOU TO FAIL!!! IF YOU VALUE YOUR FUTURE, DO NOT BOTHER GIVING THIS SCHOOL YOUR MONEY!
Best decision I ever made. Before attending IU I was having a hard time finding a job that would support myself and my family. I had always wanted to work in the medical field, but couldn't even get my foot in the door. From the time I called in to talk to admissions through my graduation the staff and faculty have been amazing. I felt like they really cared about me as a person, not just a number. It was hard at times and a lot of work, but I did it and my family and I are so happy that I did. It truly changed my world.
I began the MBA in September. Let me just note that I have been to several online universities before and always felt a disconnect. You are basically on your own! Not with IU. I can say with confidence that this is the highest quality of online education I have personally experienced. Let me also note that this is my second master's degree. I immediately knew IU would be different because of my experience in the beginning. People always reaching out to see how I am doing. It means a lot. Also, the live lectures are great and give you a chance to feel connected to your teachers and classmates. I love them! And if you cannot make the live lectures, they are recorded so you can watch them on your own time. No other online university I have been to does this. It sucks trying to learn from books all the time at other online schools. What's the point? I want interaction! Also, career services is stellar. They reach out to me every month to help me come up with a professional plan for my career. Little by little, I keep adding to my professional portfolio and resume with their help. I do not know of any other school that does that. At the other online school I was attending, I basically had to stalk people to even get a response or answer to anything. No one ever reached out to me. Also, the textbooks are great and are through Cengage, Jossey-Bass, and other really reputable publishing companies. Plus they are all included! No more hassle with expensive books, bookstores, worrying I got the wrong book, worrying if they are going to get here on time, trying to sell them after I am done with the class, etc. IU keeps it simple and high quality. I also really appreciate the student lotteries and raffles they have. Like for example, if I do all my daily checkpoints in a week, I can be put in a raffle for gift cards, etc. It is a lot of fun! I enjoy everything about IU. I highly recommend if you don't want to feel like a number.
I started IU in 2013 and will complete my BA in December, 2016. I can honestly say this has been the best experience. I have learned a great deal about the business world. The instructions and the administrative staff work with you and are there to help you stay on track. With each mod/class I took, I found the information useful in my current job and in my personal life.