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I want to make it clear that I do not recommend this school to anyone. Especially not anyone who is attending college for the first time. I made a big mistake by enrolling. CL, if that's even his real name, told me I would have to pay anything and that my financial aid covered everything. Lies!!!!!!!!! They have me signed up for loans I didn't even know I was getting. Then, took my pell grant for the tuition they said I didn't even owe. I'm not even sure how many thousands of dollars I owe as of now. They really played on my emotions knowing I am pregnant and was looking for a way to go to school online and take care of my unborn son. Please... read this review and take need. They are scam artist. I'm not saying all of this, because I failed a class or anything. My current GPA is a 4.0.. but that doesn't matter when you feel dooped. Stay away!
Do not trust this school they over charge for what you get,an associate degree 38,000 ???? They cost more then living on campus & on top of that you will not get a refund & they will say some corny little line like you have to pay back that money why put yourself in more dept . Which is true but either way you would have to pay the money back instead of returning the money that is left over they charge you so no extra change for cost of living.. Also the advisors are horrible the little b**** they call "C****" is rude, & if you try to transfer she will tell you off .... just trying to save a person from my same mistake !!
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.