Park University Reviews
Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2008 from Park University. Most of the classes I took were online and during that time, I was on Active Duty with the US Army. It was very convenient taking classes online especially considering the fact that I had to work nights. I was able to get assistance with my degree plan with counselors on site at Fort Irwin, CA and did not have any problems registering for classes or completing class work. Instructors were very understanding knowing how the Military functions when it came to papers and assignments as they readily gave me extensions to complete homework and papers.
Attending Park University was a horrible experience! I actually left the program part of the way through. Financial aid department was unorganized and unfriendly. They still send statements stating that I owe them money. I spoke with several school districts regarding the program and none of them were interested or thought it would be beneficial. I was advised to stick with my past Master's degree and teaching experience. The instructors did not care and the online curriculum (especially in the research class) was not relevant. When I went to withdraw, they just said okay. No retention efforts or problem solving strategies at all.
Excellent Non-for-Profit private school. The school is completely affordable for working students. It offers online programs, blended courses and in campus courses; the school adapts to the student's needs regarding the method of learning. The main campus located in Parkville Missouri is a beauty, and a real campus for those students that want to experience the student living on campus and face to face interaction. The other centers located in major Air force bases and Marine Corps bases are extensions of the main campus, they provide blended courses; due to their nature they might not offer all the degree classes on site; they do offer some classes in campus like math and other classes that require a one to one interaction with a professor. All the instructors I received classes had either a PhD in the field or a Master's degree. Some professor give classes at recognizes Universities and impart classes at Park University as an extra work which make it ok since you get instructions from a recognized professor. For military members the school provides a huge discounts rate. I had a great experience attending and graduating from Park University. When ever I needed help the University's staff always helped me, even when my questions were small or I was wrong. The Center Director's get involve when a student needs help. You can interact easily with your campus Center Director; this gave me the feeling of a close relationship between me and the University. Due to the University's close relationship with the military most of my classmates where military service members or veterans. I had classes with students in the ranks of SPC to SGM.
Not a top of the line school, but much better than most private colleges; especially online. I attended both face-to-face and online classes with very few issues. I'm not a fan of the online proctoring of final exams (I prefer the real proctors), but I understand why they do it. If you're looking for a big name public school, don't go to Park. However, if you are looking for a decent private college that will give you a more than adequate education, this is your place.
I just completed my third 8 week online session. It's a nightmare. Due dates and assignment details often contradict each other. The program they use for online classes will lock you out and save nothing. The whole experience from start to finish has been challenging. So much busy work week. I'd say the professors are 50/50 as far as knowledgeable and helpful. Financial aid money is not released for 2 weeks after class starts.
Park University is a great institution for all levels of education. It not only benefits service members but very efficient for anyone not associated with the Armed Forces. Whether it's in seat or online, Park University is very user friendly. They also have many programs to connect you to other networking links to get you started in your field of study. Teachers working for Park have been screened and have worked in the field in which they are teaching. Not only will you get the knowledge of the field but also you will get wisdom from teachers that have been there and done it and can teach you what works and what does not.
Park University was an excellent school to attend and would recommend it to future students of all ages and across the nation. This University was recommended to me by my father-in-law who graduated in 1994 to attend this school, he helped guide me through my college career path with this university. But it was the instructors that was very understanding, compassionate, and great motivators. If I had questions or concerns the teachers were readily available and were very helpful. The counselors at Wright Patterson AFB campus would help guide me through my academic career to make sure that I was attending the right classes that would focus on my career goals.
I graduated Park University with my Bachelors and ultimately continued on towards a Masters in Business Administration. The online format was exceptional and all of my instructors were actively engaged throughout the learning process. Park University is a regionally accredited University and therefore requires you to put in time and effort which helps you grow academically and professionally. Since graduating I have out shined my peers at work and my career has taken off!
I felt that Park was an extremely military friendly school. The staff at the local support officer were amazing at helping solve problems that came up. I was able to complete my degree in 4 years by taking online accelerated courses which I was able to schedule around deployments. The course that I took were challenging but easily doable for online courses. I was able to take 100 percent of the courses I needed online which was a big plus for me. The only drawback that I had was that some of the networking courses that I took might have benefited more from going to an actual class where you are able to have hands on experience with the equipment.
Park University is an excellent, small college. The class sizes are nice sized and the professors are knowledgeable. I liked that there was diversity of age at Park. The campus is beautiful and makes you feel at home. Overall, I would recommend Park to anyone looking for a great college.