Independence University Reviews

2.94 out of 5 stars
(119 Reviews)
50% of 119 students said this degree improved their career prospects
55% of 119 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
MatB - 10/9/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019
"I recently graduated from Independence University with an associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy. My experience with the school was very good. I received a full scholarship and was able to maintain a 4.0, throughout the length of the program. The teachers were very helpful and made every effort to ensure that students could pass the classes. The whole program was designed for students to do well. Although the setup was not perfect by any means, it was definitely designed with the student in mind. Online school on a whole is meant for responsible students, so those who need their hands held all the way through would have a difficult time with any online program. It is no different at Independence University. The staff is there to help you along the way but the student still has to be disciplined enough to do the work on their own. The school adequately prepared me to take the TMC and pass it on the first try, so I know it is possible for others to do so if they apply themselves. I have seen many reviews that mentioned the CoArc accreditation status. All students graduating from the program, if they pass, their degree will be CoArc accredited. My degree is CoArc accredited. The school's CoArc accreditation was on probation due to not enough students passing the TMC exam. I am not sure why more people do not pass, but based on my experience, anyone can pass if they apply themselves and put in the work that is needed."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mary - 9/23/2019
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014
"Don't don't do it. I was rushed into signing up, they acted to care but they do not and all they want is money. I owe so much but can't afford to pay them I nearly make enough now to pay my bills but every place pretty much finds a diploma from this school a joke."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Matt B. - 9/22/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 9/6/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Kyle Kaylor - 9/5/2019
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C.T - 7/24/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ki Perk - 7/24/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Crystal - 7/13/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
77777 - 7/10/2019
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"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"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mary Hall - 6/22/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
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