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I have read a lot of reviews criticizing the school and saying that credits do not transfer. I have attended Strayer since 2004 for a BS in Information Technology with an emphasis on computer networking from the Charlotte, NC area. During the past 8 years (I have typically only taken 1 class a quarter), I have taken both online and in-class courses, and even moved the credits around. I enrolled in a local community college several years ago for their CCNA program. I found most of the classes I had taken transferred to the community college. I did this on purpose, not because I needed them for the course, but I wanted to see if they would be accepted. My oldest son just enrolled in UNC Charlotte. They have a website that will show you what will transfer from other colleges. I checked, and while there were not a huge number, there was a list of courses, from Strayer, accepted by UNC Charlotte.
As with any school, I have had good professors and bad. Some have been very strict on protocol and citing, particularly in papers. I took Sociology a few years ago, and received a zero on my final, 15 page research paper. The professor said she would change it once I corrected a citation. She had a paragraph she felt should have been cited, and rather than just deduct points, she said she wanted it corrected. Once corrected, she changed the grade. I have also been able to find the books used about half the time. Either on Ebay or some other site they can be found, but the main problem is if it is one that has a required lab environment. In those cases, you generally need an access code that is sold with the book as a “bundle.”This is now the second company I have worked for since starting Strayer, and neither has had a problem doing tuition reimbursement for the classes I take. I would think if they didn’t feel the degree had any value, then they would not reimburse the tuition. I have to go through an approval process ahead of the classes to get them approved from the company. This has never been a problem. .There are courses I can get away without really studying, but that would be because they are related to my career. These are mostly the computer and networking classes, and since I have worked in IT for over 20 years with various certifications like MCSE, CCNS, A+, and Server+ a lot of the information I have already learned. Overall, I think you will learn a lot, if you take the time to actually study the material. As with anything, it is what you chose to make out of it. See for yourself, the link below will tell you which courses from Strayer transfer https://selfservice.uncc.edu/pls/BANPROD/ywsktrar.P_Disp_States
I am a current Strayer University student and am enrolled my last quarter of classes. I originally started my degree at the Huntsville Campus and I must say I loved it. I was only enrolled there for my first three quarters.
The staff was very prompt and friendly. The classes were relatively small and the professors were willing to give extra one on one attention to whoever required it. Because of my job situation, I had move to the Birmingham area. The staff is ok.
They're not as friendly and attentive as the Huntsville campus, but the quality of professors have still been of good quality. I have learned a lot in my curriculum of management and am able to apply the skills I have learned to my current job. A word of advice, with all business exchanges things can happen. Keep records and documents of who you talk to. No one and no school is perfect. My overall experience in the Alabama area has been positive.
Your credits will never transfer to a good school--you will be charged too much for your classes--there is no student support--you will learn nothing at a college level.
Strayer is a for-profit school, with the cost of classes way out of proportion to what they are worth. I have had more than one class with a teacher that clearly had no familiarity with the subject they were teaching. Online classes are a total joke--many of the students are very obviously using Engish language translators and post indecipherable work and still get passed.
I intended to get an Associates Degree and then transfer to a good school in the Virginia public university system. NO STATE UNIVERSITY WILL ACCEPT THE ASSOCIATES DEGREE FROM STRAYER. I have to enter as a Junior. No decent school will accept the online classes. The worst advice I ever took was to go to Strayer. Go to a good community college instead.
I called in advance to have my classes dropped for the summer of 2010 (July). I never reached anyone, no one called me back from my messages, but now they want to charge me $1700.00 for a drop fee, which I tried to stop this in advance.
Now I can not enroll in school anywhere because they are holding my transcript. That to me just even more shows they care more about the money than education of helping. When I called long distance they kept transferring me to voice mails which no one has returned my calls. I first started to contact them in August of 2012 Its now November, and nobody has called to help or given me any advice. When you first enroll at Strayer they tell you do not go to the head office, they want you to resolve the issue with them. I should have taken that as a warning sign.
In the beginning, I had a very good experience with Strayer. At the time, I had an advisor who actually seemed interested in what I wanted to do. He got the process started and completed quickly and my classes were great. A year later, I was introduced to a new advisor who was the opposite. The new advisor would forget to send my registration information resulting in a class being dropped. When I contacted the school, another student support staff ensured me "You will be enrolled next quarter..." Needless to say after all of that, I was not.
Further, my advisor registered me for a class (my final class). I reminded him that I needed to take a seminar prior to. He tells me "Oh, no not with you major. This is something new." I asked him if he was certain on several occasions. At any rate, the day I purchase my book, I realize, wait, this is not the class I should be taking. I contacted the school and sure enough, the advisor had mistakenly registered me for a class I did not need and this was to be my last class. I was very upset. He admitted to reading my registration form and was not sure why he enrolled me in the wrong class. I contacted the dean who was able to over ride this and enroll me in the class I needed. I finally finished in June 2012. I DO NOT, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT recommend this school to ANYONE.
I spent 2 years at the university. In 2 years I had 5 different deans. Everyone well promise something and they just mislead you 'till they get your $$$$. after that you're on your own.
The tell you to open a ticket, and that's it. The Staff are unprofessional and don't know nothing, except agreeing with everything you say, 'till they get there money or if you ask them to put it in writing. Take my advice and save your money, by going with a cheaper U.
I have now attended Strayer for over a year now. I am about to start on my 6th quarter this fall. Lets get one thing straight: I LOVE the online classes because of its flexibility and the way its set up. I have really gotten a lot out of my classes for management and all but one of my instructors were phenomenal. The educational experience has been the only thing that has kept me with this university. If it weren't for that, I would leave in a heartbeat. Every single quarter, the business office has managed to mess up my registration and/or financial aid. You can't make heads or tails of their accounting records on your student page. Each class is $1725 and you take two of them a quarter.
You can either break it up into monthly plans (to cover what financial aid doesn't cover) or apparently most people pay it out in full. I don't have that kind of cash so I go on the payment plan. The way their "system" if you even want to call it that works is that your classes all have to be paid for before you can register for the next quarter. If you are on the payment plan, however, this makes it impossible. My classes constantly get dropped and without any notification what so ever. On top of that, the financial aid got messed up and disbursed a very small amount and then later on it did a huge amount. Again I was not notifiied of any of this. I stumbled upon it when I figured out a new quarter was starting and I had NO classes. I went up to their offices not once, not twice, but four times trying to straigthen things out. Due to their poor record keeping and knowing what is going on, Strayer had me apply for a direct plus loan since I was told I didn't have enough funds for school.
Now we are in the situation of having too many loans AND my next quarter classes were magically dropped again. I still have another TWO years to deal with this every 3 months. You have to wonder if it really is worth it to stay with these guys. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the actual course work and the college part, but their systems and support are so insufficient it's not even funny.
Attended for about one year and from day one I did not have good feelings about it. DO NOT TRUST THE STAFF (Unprofessional and Retarded). They will lie to you and mislead you in every department.
I am now in process of transferring back to regular university in NOVA and for a lot cheaper!
After reading some of the reviews, I was hesitant to contact Strayer. I decided though to look into it considering that almost all online colleges get bad reviews. I am glad that I did call and I will be in my second semester soon. My financial aid does cover everything and will continue to cover everything until the degree is completed. Financial aid has been very helpful. I enrolled in an English class that I didn't need (we were waiting on my credits to transfer in from Cincinnati state) and so I spent my book voucher on the English books.
When I had to switch my class to business 100, they gave me way over the amount of money for the books and with that I was able to order a few reference books and two flash drives that I really did need.the staff is very supporting . I guess it does matter though which campus you go through. I have had no issues with the akron ohio campus and do np expect to have any in the future.
I have gone to Strayer for 3 semesters and it has all ended up with the same result. Them wanting more money in the end and them not knowing what is going on with your financial status. I am using the GI Bill and they(Strayer) have no idea what is going on most of the time.
They over charge for everything...if you want to just pay for a degree without being taught anything then this is the school for you.
The staff is confused most of the time of what is going on with your account and when you pass a class they say you didn't and have to retake them so you end up having to pay them MORE money.
MONEY HUNGRY SCHOOL!! DO NOT GO HERE!