Purdue University Global Reviews

  • 266 Reviews
  • Indianapolis (IN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,343
39% of 266 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 266 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/9/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Do not believe the annual tuition costs they give you over the phone or on their web page. Do not believe your admissions adviser when he/she tells you how much your tuition will cost you in full. I can tell you first hand, actually. I wanted to go for my Associate's in Business Administration and I was told my total tuition costs after the two years would be $21,000. Seems reasonable for 2 years of college, right? Well, I had another thing coming to me... After getting halfway through my program (4 of the 8 terms), my account is now at $25,364. This means that by the time I am done with school, I will owe them about $50,728. To do the math on that, they under-quoted me on my tuition costs by $29,728. I have to drop out of school at this point and I have wasted two of my most precious commodities - TIME & MONEY - mainly because of the false advertising on their part. You might decide you want to pay this price to receive your education, but keep in mind those are not the only issues here; Good luck getting classed with a decent professor. My two professors now - one hardly teaches anything and only lets students use HALF the seminar time doesn't matter if they want the full allotted seminar time, and the other is incredibly difficult to understand with his thick accent and talks so slowly you can hardly piece together what he is saying. I've also had rude professors and unfair professors in the past and have only been through 4 terms. The workload is insane for anyone who has anything else to do with their time - I have to laugh when someone suggests I get a job since I'm "just doing online school". Just be aware of what you're getting yourself into. The opportunity costs of college, at least at this university, are not worth it ($50,000 tuition, all the money you could have earned in that time in regular income, and 2 years of your time with all monetary considerations set aside)."
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I have found Purdue Global to be both challenging and rewarding, I have not had a single issue with Tuition assistance, or admissions. I got my transcripts in on time, and I pay my tuition on time. All of the professors to date have been helpful, and responsive. The coursework is not easy. If you cannot discipline yourself, and dedicate a few hours a night to study and homework, you will fail or struggle. No one is going to hand hold you through your degree, you must be prepared to work hard, read a lot reach out when you need help. Additionally, If you think that this is just another online course you can quickly click through, that would be an incorrect assumption. Having attended a brick and mortar school in the past, I have found the classes to be just as meaningful and challenging. As a working and traveling professional the excel track program has been perfect for me. The classes I am taking have helped in every way in my job. At this stage in my life, going back to a campus 3 nights a week, is just not feasible, so I like the online classroom format."
Amanda L.
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"When I first started the program, I was apprehensive as the process to start at the school was a little bumpy. After some time, I found a routine. Some of the professors are better than others...but that's at EVERY school. The coursework was manageable even with a full-time job and child care being an issue. Most of my professors worked with the students if they issues, but I also felt they didn't do a lot of actual instruction. I taught myself the majority of the time. Overall, it wasn't bad though. I graduated in January and I am pleased with my degree."
Steven P.
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Well, I felt the need to write a review because I saw there were so many negative ones. I do not understand the inflamed comments and there experience certainly does not match my own. I am attending Purdue University Global and I love it. There have been some details I have had to learn, but then this is normal in any professional or educational experience. Purdue Global offers a class where my work experience can be assessed and I can receive credit for my life and work experiences. No one else does this, I know I have checked on this for many years. Every other institution that offers work accreditation usually has some type of exclusion and you never get full credits. Everyone from my advisers to my professors has been professional and knowledgeable. I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Purdue family and finally earn my bachelors."
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"As a parent, I would like to warn other parents or potential students of the nightmare that is Purdue Global. First off, the prices are extremely bloated. Your average college course is only 3 credit hours, they charge for 5. They will also charge for classes that are remedial and completely unnecessary as they fall well below tested skill level. Secondly, the classes are NOT what they are advertised, nor are they taught in a productive manner. We actually have video evidence of one of the "professors" (and I use that term very loosely here) partaking in alcohol during seminar time. She also learned more about crystals, smudging, sage techniques, ghosts and poltergeists than she did the actual course material. We also have recorded evidence of this as well for those interested. We are currently working on attempting to get a refund as, by definition, they are committing consumer fraud. However, trying to get resolution from them on this has proven just as much of a horror story as their classes. I honestly can not stress enough that this is NOT a good school to attend and you are truly better off looking at a local community college or a state university. College education is expensive as it is, but to have businesses such as this preying on students and families is absolutely distasteful as well as disgrace to legitimate universities that offer distance learning."
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I graduate in August 2020 and so far I have had a great experience. I feel as though everyone I have interacted with has been professional and courteous. The advisors are very caring and helpful. The professors are very knowledgeable. You will have some professors who you may not mesh well with but part of being a professional is learning how to work with a variety of personalities. Many of my professors have high expectations but are also very understanding and ask that you come to them with any issues. They expect you to do college level work and most papers are to be written in APA format. They are preparing you for a career in your profession so they won't just let you slide through. I like this because it gives me the confidence I need going into the profession that I know everything I need to know. The benefits they offer to military veterans and spouses is a great added benefit. Overall great experience! Look forward to graduating soon, and continuing my masters with Purdue University Global!"
RUN. Please do not waste your money
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2020
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Please do not waste your money with Purdue. I have to admit the admission process went quite well for me. Due to the fact that my admissions counselor was amazing and if it was not for her, my entire experience with this school would have been completely awful. I was enrolled in their ExcelTrack program and if you are not aware, ExcelTrack students success depends on prompt assistance. ExcelTrack students shouldn't have to wait 2-3 business days to receive responses or updates from student advisors or professors during the week. Students are held at a higher standard. If you miss a deadline for a paper, oh well, you just lost your tuition. If professors fail to grade your paper within the grading window they are allotted, you will be the one paying for the consequences. I have brought this issue up to the Dean's office and your guess is as good as mine. The Dean did not see anything wrong with anything I mentioned above. They are not committed to your success. Please do your own research but I will never recommend this school to anyone."
Stephanie Reece
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2020
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"I have had a wonderful experience with PG beginning with the enrollment, selection of classes, and each of the classes The professors in my studies are mostly attorneys and one ex-Judge, and all are top-notch. They care about us as students even if we are not in class with them. Any time I need to talk to someone at the office or in financial aid, the staff is always great to work with, helpful, and very nice. I have not encountered any problems with any of my classes or professors, but I take my learnings very serious and I have worked extremely hard to maintain a 4.0 average. This is my second degree, and I feel the online degree is much tougher and the curriculum is very rigorous with a deep study in legal research, writing, and writing legal documents used in court. I highly recommend this program to anyone considering a serious no-fluff degree. This program is very much preparing me for law school with the higher level classes being the same as the first year of the law school courses, which will benefit me being mostly review."
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2020
  • Degree: Business
"Let me start with I was being pursued by ASU and NAU for their online masters programs but came across information for Purdue University. I called and spoke to an admissions counselor with Purdue Global who gave me a big song and dance about not being Kaplan any longer but Purdue. I told her I wanted a Purdue education and degree. Ultimately I wanted to be a Boilermaker and was assured I was. I registered and set everything up. My first red flag was the bookstore welcoming Kaplan students. When I log into my email and classes they still have Kaplan in the address bar. As I read up on Purdue Global, apparently the school is the laughing stock step child on all of the campuses between students and faculty. I called admissions for regular Purdue and he told me many students are trying to jump over because they want a real Purdue. I’m paying Purdue prices for a masters program but getting short changed with a Kaplan education. It should be illegal. I would stay away."
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I completed the BSN Excel Track in roughly 17 months with a 4 month break to have a baby. Not a bad program. Although BSN programs are leadership, research, and paper driven....the work felt like busy work, the professors pretty much gave you an A if you didn't plagiarize, misspell, and had the components. No real discussions happen or collaboration between yourself, instructor, or classmate. Overall, if your advancing to an MSN or FNP, then its an easy and quick way to get your BSN achieved. No issues with financial aid, advising, or overall. Books come on time, classes are accessible anywhere at anytime, grading is about 24-48 hour turn around. Overall, programs an A-."
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I feel this is a worthless degree School makes employees meet monthly Enrollment goals MIT School in Massachusetts guarantees their students jobs that pay $120 an hour PUG was Kaplan And I feel that I did not get what I had hoped for , I wish this school was better for me"
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: MPA
"The initial process to enroll was a bummer and I was thoroughly upset it took so long to get through it. Having completed my BS there and am nearly complete with an MPA, WOW! I have had one OK Professor the entire time. Aside from the issues mentioned, I would not go anywhere else! I wish I they had Doctorate level programs. I would take it there. I have a mentor whose background is academics. He is employed at a major research institution. He is NOT surprised PG is as good as I say. I can see where somebody would say something negative. However, the occasions are so rare, to rate PG so poorly makes me question the motives of the ones posting poor reviews."
R. Johnson
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"The Health Informatics program is very informative and seems to cover a lot of ground. Despite the comments here, I have found the instructors to be easy to work with and helpful. However, the instructors are COMPLETELY hamstrung by the lecture schedule. For example I have a lecture from 10pm - 11pm on Tuesday nights. This covers the topic for the assignment DUE at midnight! There is no possible way to incorporate items from the lecture or guidance on the subject into a paper/project due in an hour. This is one of the really unfortunate parts of Purdue Global. It would be like saying, "research a route and drive to California....and when you get there, we will tell you if the route was correct and suggest better alternatives. Oh, and grade you one route you chose!" I have been very fortunate my instructors will answer emails and questions regarding the assignments due on Tuesday nights, but honestly is it so hard to adjust the lecture schedule to discuss a topic the week before it is due? Who else does this kind of silliness?? My adviser has been outstanding and when she left the replacement adviser had all my data and information and the transition was seamless. Very professional and nice. I can't answer questions about transferring credits to other facilities because that was never my plan. My RN degree is from a community college so I'm no stranger to not being able to transfer credits. But the price was right and the idea of online appealed to me. Will agree with what many have said here, though. It is what you make of it. I NEVER miss a lecture even though I'm exhausted by 11pm after working all day, always ask questions, never turn in late assignments, and contact my instructor by email. This will be a 2-star rating, though, because of the unprofessional lecture schedule not the instructors."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I love the layout for the classes compared to other online programs. They have one hour seminars which gives you direct professor access. This is huge in a graduate degree. The professors are very helpful with getting your assignments done and realize you are working adults and most likely have families as well. I finished my bachelor's online and will have my masters done in march. I recommend this place to anyone who works full time as this really is the way school is moving to for graduate levels school."
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2019
  • Degree: Accounting
"I really enjoyed the hard work. Instructors are highly educated and professional. They always made themselves available to assist. Submitting assignments on time and being committed till the end are very important for this course.My student advisor provided answers to most of my questions."
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2019
  • Degree: Network Administration
"I got 8 more classes to go and will be done by OCT 2020, but if I want to push it, I'll graduate by AUG 2020. Reading some of the reviews here, I've read issues with tuition/expenses, enrollment, transfer credits, etc, etc. I can tell you that you can PREVENT MOST of these complaints if you researched more about the school, read policies and requirements and consulted with an educational adviser (outside of PUG). Ask questions like is the school regional or nationally accredited, is the school's technical programs ABET accredited, etc. Some School Administrators or student advisers are not equally the same when it comes to experience; like you, THEY ARE HUMAN. They can make mistakes, but that doesn't mean the program is bad. Hard to save money with a for-profit type university BUT it can save you some money versus going to a hard-structure classroom. KAPLAN now PUG, has been around for a while. They are good but has room for improvement."
Zach Van Hart
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2019
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"I don’t see many “just ok” reviews—everyone is either very pleased or very dissatisfied with PG. Frankly, I’m shocked at the bad reviews. I came into this school holding a paralegal certificate with honors and 5 advanced paralegal certificates but have never attended a brick and mortar campus. I am at PG for my bachelor’s and today I started the paperwork for my master’s. When I started here it was Kaplan. I loved it. I never encountered any of the problems that people had with Kaplan. My financial aid has never been an issue and I have always received my stipend within 10 days of it being issued. Although the classroom platforms and some material changed when it became PG, it’s still many of the same professors. Only one of my professors didn’t have a J.D. (that was a composition professor, who was amazing) and one is an active federal judge and a former state appellate judge. I never have an issue reaching my advisor or tech support. The material is far more advanced than anything that I saw in my certificates. It’s challenging. As some of the other answers suggested, it may be a lack of accountability that caused some of the issues others had with PG. You must be able to manage your time, submit required documents, submit assignments, write discussion posts, take quizzes and finals, and be able to adapt to and solve problems that arise in the course of things. If you cannot do that in school, how are you ever going to succeed in a profession? I don’t mean to be disrespectful by saying this, but, many of the negative comments aren’t written in proper grammar, aren’t punctuated, or are in texting language. Did you think you’d do well at a Big 10 school performing like that? The loans taken out by the school do go directly to the school. You get whatever is left over. The tuition cap is real. My grades are plenty good enough to go shopping for another school if I wanted to. Instead, I went shopping for a better degree—at this school. That should tell you how highly I think of PG and that I’m proud to call myself a student here."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2019
  • Degree: Business
"Very unprofessional Professor at Purdue University Global. Some of the Professors are not there to teach, but for a paycheck in my opinion! I had been assigned with some of the worse teacher and its said because this is my second degree. If I would have know what I know now, I would have picked a different University."
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Don't know who's writing positive reviews... I started in January of 2019, it is the end of the year and I have decided to transfer to my state's local University. Oh wait, they don't recognize PG as a REAL learning institution and my credits are invalid? Great! Not only do I feel like I didn't learn anything in my 4 terms at Purdue Global, I feel like I got asked to pay $2,000 a term to do busy work and acknowledge the professors' God complexes. My Comp II professor last semester told me that I had to cite my own words. I asked her if she thought I was too stupid to write the sentence and she never replied back to me. That was the difference between a B and an A in the class. I talked to my advisor about it and she said there was nothing she could do about it. This school is a joke, the classes are babyfied busy work loads, the advisors only help you out if you are currently spending a boatload of money, and then we have the professors... Don't get me started. I have been trying to get ahold of my advisor for the past 2 weeks about leaving and she keeps saying she called, keeps telling me to call back and now she's on a leave of absence. I called the financial aid department several times and kept getting transferred to a voicemail. Now they won't let me leave! I feel like I've been cheated, done dirty, and screwed over..."
Amanda Wise
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2019
  • Degree: Human Services
"I love this school so much! I see complaints about the financial department but they have been completely responsive to me. I've called multiple times and have had my questions answered in detail every call. I also really enjoy my classes and instructors. I truly feel like they want to see me succeed and notice me as a person. The instructors I have are very helpful and quicky responsive. They help you learn in a fun and detail-oriented manner. You can tell they are serious professionals but they treat you amazing and don't criticize your work. They are there to help you and have your back in being successful. You can tell from day one your instructors and advisor are your biggest fans. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to attend an online university. There's no doubt in my mind that you'll achieve your goals with a staff that's beyond supportive. I love Purdue Global University! I'm proud to say I go here!"