Lamar University Reviews
The program was fine for getting my Masters however one VERY important thing to note is that I missed one 5 week course in the winter of 2016 due to illness and it set back my graduation date by an ENTIRE YEAR. For some reason, even though the classes are online and all the materials are available upfront- they only offer the courses in a certain rotation. I didnt realize this when I applied and certainly would have powered thru if I knew. So now I have to wait until Spring of 2019 to take my last two classes. Very frustrating (and costing me a full year of the pay raise that comes with the degree).
I just finished the RN to MSN program in May 2018. I have been a nurse for 22 years and really enjoyed the BSN program and I have enrolled in the MSN program in the fall. The BSN program is top notch and the instructors are excellent as they genuinely care about the student's success.
I suggest those looking for a school to attend to go elsewhere. This school makes promises to get students to enroll, once they do those promises are broken. Prior to enrolling, I specifically asked about the residency (two, week long sessions) and was assured that notice of residency would be given in plenty of time to make arrangements and a block of rooms in the dorms were reserved for the online students. These rooms would be shared with another student of the same sex. Upon finishing my fourth class (requirement for residency) I found out that students have to book a hotel room (the school reserves some, but the rate is $100+ per night) and notice is not given. It is up to the student to search for the information on the school's website. The instructors and IA's refuse to give any assistance to the students. The only communication is email and professors and IA's take an excessive amount of time to respond (days - week), if they respond at all. According to one professor, they do write their own syllabus or choose the required texts. They wait for the syllabus and text information to be released by the school, upon start of the class. If you let either the professor or the IA know of a mistake in their writing, they begin deducting points from assignments but will not tell you what "mistake" was made. If you call the school to get information, you might as well be talking to a brick wall. The employees will transfer you without consent, talk over you, and refuse to listen. This is after waiting on hold for an excessive amount of time. There is zero learning done at this school. It is up to the student to self-teach, of which I am fine with, but why am I paying over $800 per class to teach myself? The professors and IA's expect the students to know everything, if I knew everything I wouldn't be attending school. The school is nothing but a diploma mill that should lose accreditation and be investigated for fraud. The employees you talk to when gathering information will make promises and tell you what sounds good to get you to enroll. This school wants nothing but your money. Avoid enrolling, don't waste your time.
I never actually finished my diploma. Requests for help and guidance went unanswered. Emails were either unanswered or answered in a way that was not helpful. I month ago I tried contacting them again. I recieved a reply that stated that they would be in contact with me, I still haven't heard from anyone. I emailed 3weeks before Harvey.
Lamar University is located in Beaumont, Texas which is a small town so if you come from a big city it will be a different experience for you. It's a pretty average sized school but it's growing every year. On campus experience was great when I first moved in but after a while dorms started to get crowded and I ended up moving off campus. The class ratios are great and mostly 20-1 student to teacher ratio which gives you opportunity to get to know your professor and classmates. School spirit isn't that crazy like at bigger schools and campus is not in such a great neighborhood so campus safety could be sketchy sometimes. But my overall experience was great because I learned so much in my classes and I got to know my professors and I also worked in campus as a student assistant so that made my college experience a bit more worth while.
I would highly recommend this program. I completed the Principal Certification program completely online in as little as 10 months. The classes were structured well and provided me with the necessary knowledge to pass the state exam. The instructors were efficient in their responses to students.
I used this degree program to get my Bachelor's Degree to apply for PT school, the degree is OK in itself, but it was not the best degree I could've went through to get into school. If you plan on going into the fitness field, I would highly recommend this degree plan to get you into that career path. It ends with an internship course in the final semester which allows you to work in your hopeful field through Lamar.
Lamar University was a great place to get a degree! The programs and campus have a lot to offer for both the young and the old. They have many student activities as well as excellent academics. Their teachers are high quality and care about their students grades and welfare!
The university helps you in every way to reach your goals. The advisors send you in the right direction, no matter the issue. All professors I have came in contact with, make sure to push you to learn as much as possible in your area of study. I am excited to enter the graduate program.
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in December of 1981. So, to tell you about the school may be old news but it was fabulous then and is even more so now, with many more programs and opportunities!!!!!