Rasmussen University Online Reviews

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39% of 303 students said this degree improved their career prospects
34% of 303 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 5/18/2023
  • Degree: Web Development
"Terrible program. Basically bought the books at a marked up cost and taught myself. The instructors don't really care if you get what you need out of the course and neither do the so called advisors. In at least three of my classes I was the only one there, no other students. For the web development for mobile course we went through the depreciated jQuery mobile for some reason. Three separate classes on PHP and SQL yet nothing new was taught in them. The program states you can be job ready after yet I had no real world experience of web development. No current tech learned except going over React for one week in one class. They don't tell you AAS degrees don't really transfer to other schools so you have to continue with them if you want a Bachelor's. Screw that, this place sucks I'll continue teaching myself. Huge waste of my time and money."
Melissa M.
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"I never write reviews but wanted to make a point to express my discontent with this program. It is widely known in the healthcare industry that this program is extremely lacking. I graduated from there and feel embarrassed every time a colleague asks where I went school. Their reaction makes me want to hang my head in shame! A low TEAS score requirement and quick graduation date should be the only reason you enroll this school. You will not receive the education or clinical experience that prepares you to become a nurse. You will be required to become self sufficient, to teach yourself and not be able to rely on instructors and DEFINITELY not anyone at the university. This was a series of colossal letdowns and the fact I received my degree and passed the NCLEX had very very little to do with the curriculum this institution provided."
James L Hankensiefken
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2023
  • Degree: Human Services
"Worse a school I've ever attended would never recommend a school as rude as best school They were not polite kind or caring they said that Based on my time at doing the work would be easy and it wasn't I had 2 Assignments do get done they said I can take my time I took my time and then they dropped me"
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"The advisor and enrollment team are so rude.I have never experienced such a behavior.They basically respond rudely and aggressively.No.They are money chasers.I am basically done and won’t continue with this school.Mankato need to overhaul their staff."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2023
  • Degree: Computer Programming
"Even with a reduced 1-2 class schedule per term, the rapid 6 week terms leave absolutely no room for retention or studying the subject matter. Teachers vary wildly from involved and encouraging, to completely uninvolved. Regardless, the class subject matter is almost entirely self taught. Most of my programming classes I had to google how to do basic things, because neither the lecture or the lesson content taught me how to do them. Also, when you make Honor roll, over half the letter they send is encouraging you to advertise Rasmussen to your friends and family. Absolutely disgusting! I feel deeply disappointed in myself for taking this program. At least I'll have another degree to slap on my Resume, I guess."
sama fh
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"Before you start reading this, know I am an A student, a hard worker, and I know that 90% of success depends on us as students. I had done a lot of schooling in my life, and this has been by far the worse experience ever. 1) When I requested information to get into this school, in the nursing program, my advisor will not stop sending emails and checking on me. Once I enrolled, I never heard of my advisor anymore, and it was super difficult to get a hold of him. I would write very long emails with details of what I needed help with and a few weeks later (if any), I would get a very broad, random answer that answered none of my questions. Very frustrating. Talking to the Dean is worse than getting an appointment with the president of the United States. The Dean is not approachable at all and if you run into the Dean in the hallway, she barely answers good morning and sends you to make an appointment with her secretary, who is also impossible to get a hold of. 2) The school offered me an ONLINE format program, reason decided to go to this school is because I am head of the household and must work full time. I cannot afford to leave work to go to school. Once you are enrolled, you discover that only 1% of the program is online, literally, one single class is online, and everything else is in person. 3) They do not let you schedule your own classes, times or professors. You as a student have to go by what they impose to you. Yes, I said impose, all classes are assigned to you, once they are assigned, you are not allowed to make any changes, nor the times, nor the professors, nor the number of classes you take. When you say something, all they say is "this is a full-time program". 4) The professors DO NOT TEACH, they are there just as moderators to enter grades, to push you to do assignments online. All assignments are across the board for the school and any campus, the professors have nothing to do with them. Some professors are not even aware of the assignments we have. They force you to write essays in APA format every week, but they do not even read them. They grade them not knowing what the topic was. All the papers have a due day, and they penalize you for sending them late, but time goes by, and the professors don't grade them until they know if you are staying in the class or failing (the failure rate is VERY HIGH). The instructor I had for physical assessment thought us NOTHING, all the knowledge comes from us reading the books and doing SELF-studying. The instructor makes the students teach each other. Many students come to the nursing program with a healthcare background. By the end of the physical assessment class, they did not even teach them how to hold a stethoscope. 5) IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to get a hold of your instructors, and they get offended when you ask them why they have not followed up on your emails. 6) The reading materials and student resources are excellent, and very useful if the students use them. 7) I personally did not find the tutor sessions helpful; they are done by more advanced students. 8) THE FAILURE RATE IN THE NURSING PROGRAM IS EXTREMELY HIGH. Yes, classes like Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, or Mental Health, start with about 100 students, by the time we take the first test, it gets reduced to 70, and by the time we take the second test, there are only 20 students left in the classroom. The school has continuously high failure rates semester after semester and doesn’t seem to care about doing anything about it. When you ask the instructor, the instructor says they had nothing to do with the test. 9) The grading system the school has is ridiculous. Each class has a bunch of assignments each week and they are time-consuming. But, their passing grade is solely based on 3 tests, the average of these tests has to be above 78%. It does not matter if you get a 100% in all the assignments. 78% sounds doable, but it is not when you have to take a test that covers 4-6 chapters at a time only in a couple of weeks. I am a really good student an had to study 24hr a day in order to barely get an 80%. I felt I did nothing else other than being on the books all the time. I love school and learning, but it is very discouraging when you have to give your life away to barely make it in class with no incentives whatsoever. I rather do online schooling if I have to teach myself. I believe it is a waste of time and resources to pay a teacher who does nothing but talk about their personal lives. I am not writing this review, because I failed. I passed my first classes with EXTREME effort. I decided not to continue in a school that only cares for the money, but not the success of the students."
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school has lied from the beginning. I read reviews and thought maybe people just didn't apply themselves. I was wrong. I have held an A average since the beginning, I was told it's a hybrid program and flexible as I am a mother and have children and a job. I don't know about other people but I have a mortgage and bills to pay and children to feed. It is very hard these days to find adults who can afford to live without working. I have almost lost my job of 14 years due to all their schedule changes that they give with literally no notice. I have had them change my schedule literally after clinicals started and they call you at home to tell you they changed your clinicals to that day instead so drive to that facility. You are 100 percent self taught. The teachers tell you they are not there to teach you it is your job. They are strictly there for their paycheck. They have zero interest in helping you succeed. They change their policies the entire time you are in their program, moving the goalposts further so you are unable to graduate. They are doing this because they are going to lose their accreditation and it is very evident why. You have to not only achieve 78 percent on your exams, but 78 percent on your other assignments, and now their latest rule of the year is you have to achieve a level 2 in ATI in 2 tries or you fail the course. It doesn't matter if you passed all their other nonsense they put in your way. You also only get one fail because 2 fails and you are kicked out of the school. If you ask for help or guidance you will be laughed at or talked down to. Many many people are in a tremendous amount of debt, depressed, their dreams of becoming a nurse have been shattered and they have no degree. Do not go to this school."
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"HORRIBLE. RUN! This school does not care about its students. Only the money! They are unorganized, unprofessional, and will switch policies making it harder for you to succeed even when you’re so close to graduating. They incorporated this new Ati policy which if you don’t obtain a level 2 even if you’re passing the actual class exams and assignments and clinicals you automatically fail the class! They changed this while I was further along in the program instead of just making that law for the new students entering. They’re on probation for risk of accreditation. Also, I don’t know how my times my schedule has gotten changed last minute and I can go on! Just don’t waste your time, money, or energy. Your mental health will get ruined!"
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is money hungry. This is my first semester and I'm already looking to switch to another school. They truly set you up for failure so you can retake the class and they continue getting your earnings. Everyone that I talk with feels the same way. They break down the testing into different categories so they can grade you separately and if you have below a 78% on anything they automatically fail you from the class. 2 strikes and your dismiss from the program and have to wait an entire year before reapplying and starting over. Please think it through before choosing this school."
Jonathan Castro
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2023
  • Degree: Accounting
"Worst instructors, I rely on YouTube more than what they provide to me to learn. I just dropped out after 7 months in this dumb school. These so called professors have no teaching degrees they just have that specialty. So they know the job but don’t know how to teach it."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2023
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"For those of you that are considering attending Rasmussen online University you should know that it requires you to be 'self motivated'. This means, you're not going to be spoon fed information from your instructors. There is content organized each week for you as the student to view, read, or watch videos so that you understand assignments that will be due typically by the following Sunday. You are responsible for your own learning. There will most likely only be once a week where your instructor will hold a live lecture further explaining the weeks objective. These are always recorded and can be watched at your leisure. I currently work 4-5 days a week at a restaurant and spend almost 2 whole days working on school work. Sometimes I have hard weeks and I'm up until 1am just to get something submitted, sometimes 2 days isn't enough and I have to work on school before I start a shift. I've had classes that were incredibly easy and some that took more effort. I've never gotten below an A-, these classes aren't impossible but you do need to pay attention, take notes, and take your time on assignments. What I feel are the pros to Rasmussen online would be that the semesters are broken up into 5.5weeks. That means that you start 2 classes that last 5.5 weeks then directly after you start 2 more classes for another 5.5 weeks. So you're taking full time classes (a total of 4 classes per semester) but they're broken up in a way that shouldn't overwhelm you. I also feel like the content for the Graphic Design Program works in a very smooth way. The classes start simple and progressively get more advanced. You can tell that your schedule was carefully constructed avoiding the possibility of putting you in a class that's above your skill level. Another pro, your instructors are mostly understanding when it comes to 'life happens' and you're unable to finish your work on time. I've had this happen 3 times where I've had things happen or I had to work on my day off. All 3 times my instructors have let me turn in my assignments a day late with no grade penalty. Con: I've had instructors that don't give proper instructions on assignments or don't give examples. It is so important that I know what I'm doing before I submit something. My biggest pet peeve is when I look at an assignment detail and description and theres missing pieces of the puzzle. Then I go to view live lecture thinking maybe they'll specify or pull up a prior students assignment for an example and theres nothing helpful. In these situations, you may contact your instructor to clear it up but by the time they get back with you, the time that you set aside for school work is over and you get busy (at least in my situation). Another con would be pricing. 4,200$ roughly per quarter. The value is in all the adobe products that you receive through the school and ultimately just getting that degree. Don't get me wrong, you're getting a ton of education specifically for your field of study but you are on your own when it comes to learning. They just provide you with the tools to do so. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to earn a degree but it does come with a price. All in all I would recommend Rasmussen if you feel like you can sit at a computer 8hrs straight, 2-3 times a week. It feels very fast paced, I feel like I blinked and now am 2 semesters from graduating."
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2023
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"Little to none instructor help. Have several different counselors throughout each semester which seems like they not only have external problems, but internal problems as well. I’m in graphic design but they have me in courses that pertain to other focuses"
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2023
  • Degree: Accounting
"I'm extremely confused by these reviews, particularly the negative reviews associated with the accounting program. If you have never attempted to take an online degree program, please do not blame Rasmussen for your ignorance! This school is 20x easier than other online programs I have enrolled in. I initially questioned the quality of the education solely because of how easy it was until I came here and saw all these terrible reviews saying it was hard and realized the quality was exceptional. That was why I was breezing through it. Still, it will only work if you can handle an online format. This includes a lot of self-teaching and self-discipline for keeping on a schedule with the CBE courses. This is not unique to Rasmussen. Any online program will feel like you are teaching yourself, for the most part. Rasmussen has taught me valuable skills I am already using in my day-to-day work, and receiving this degree will skyrocket my career. Something about the actual-life application format of the classes and the ability to self-pace has proven to be the perfect recipe for me. I am performing better academically than I ever have in my entire life."
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was sceptical when I visited the campus at first. The review I got about Rasmussen College kept me on my toes. I enrolled at the Bloomington campus in Minnesota which was very competitive. If you are able to graduate in the RN program, I am very certain you will pass your NCLEX-RN at one sitting. I graduated in May, 2020. It was worth the stress. I am currently a psych nurse in Saint Paul."
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2022
  • Degree: Human Resources
"Very disappointed with this school. I will be finding another college to complete my bachelor's. DO NOT EXPECT THE SCHOOL TO WORK WITH YOU IF YOU HAVE A LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE. My home was destroyed when hurricane Ian hit. I tried reaching out to my professor explaining what happened asking for more time. I never got a response. I then attempted reaching out to my student advisor explaining the same thing. No type of support was provided, as far as extentions. I was told that I had been put on probation and that if I was unable to complete my class I would not be eligible financial aid next semester. When I asked to appeal I was told it wasn't a good enough reason to appeal and I would get denied. Excuse me that my house getting flooded and my roof caved on from a tree falling on it was legitimate enough. Straight bogus."
Jim D
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"It's entertaining to read the many negative reviews of the school. There are many of us who made it through our program and degree, and graduated, that speak highly of the experience. The workload for Criminal Justice is all online, which is very accommodating to working adults and families. There are a lot of papers, but once you learn APA and follow the requirements, they become a breeze. Instructors are knowledgeable and accommodating to students and schedules."
Victoria Fortier
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2022
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"I wish I had researched this school better before I enrolled. I have never written a review like this before but I hope it can help someone else. I would not recommend this school. It is poorly organized and I do not think they value their students. I have had 3 different "advisors" call me this week with 3 different plans continuing my education here. It makes me wonder if the admissions team gets commission for enrolling students- at first the school seemed like a great fit for my career change, but now that I am here I see all the things my admission advisor told me were not true. I look forward to transferring to my community college, it will take longer, but a better organization and education is worth it."
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I have started attending this school recently and decided to read some reviews about it. After reading several reviews I understand the concern for lack of teaching. I’m taking a accelerated degree that results in 5.5 week semesters and roughly 30ish hours of HW/research a week. I do work full time and I’m managing to get A’s in my classes. THIS PROGRAM IS WHAT YOU MAKE OUT OF IT. If your willing to read a very technical textbook and teach yourself a lot of materials while putting in the time you’ll be fine. If work hard and put in the time in this degree is worth it. Good luck!"
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I almost feel like they don’t want people to graduate! The work load is absolutely ridiculous. Financial aid never called me to discuss anything, they just use payment pop-up screens over your login screen. I found that careless and DISCOURTESY to alert me in that manner that I have a balance, no matter how big or small. It’s a MONEY game with this school & now that they have changed their name to Universities I feel it to be undeserving. You teach yourself. So don’t waste time writing, copy and paste from text for notes, feed off others discussions, skim and go. You are alone learning on your own. Work smarter not harder. Hurry up and get out of there! I don’t even think I’ll go to graduation, Just BYE!"
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I would never recommend Ramussen to any one. Here are the red flags: Red flag #1: your professors and advisors are going to be constantly changing/leaving. Red flag #2: you can choose to appeal for your circumstances, but most likely it won’t get accepted (they just give you an illusion that you can actually do something about it). Red flag #3: it’s literally called for profit institution. So, save your dollars/ precious time and find a better school. Don’t make the mistake that I made."