Strayer University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (140)
Strayer University is not a good school to attend. In the end, this school will cause you more drama and pain. It will be DRAMA every quarter with something. If its not admissions, its financial aid, or the professors. Stick with traditional schools. In the end, this is the best route to take.
This started out to be a pretty good school. I was told that I would be able to receive my full degree going to physical classes. Due to the recession they were unable to keep enough teachers on staff to accomodate.
I attempted to attend an online class and the instructor wanted our work in by Thursday and we were supposed to have until Sunday. I tried to contact her but she did not respond. I dropped the class the Monday after the 1st week and they would not refund all of my money - I was out over $300.
I had four more classes to take to receive my Master's degree so I figure I would attempt the online classes again. When I contacted the school they had changed the curriculum for my degree and they wanted me to take six more classes instead of four.
The fact is that Strayer University charges $1,665 per class. The funding that you can receive from the government does not cover everything.
They do calculate the cost of your books into the financial aid, therefore, you don't have to pay out of pocket. The bookstore they use offers great service and timely delivery. You simply use your voucher from financial aid when ordering your books. They have decent enrollment, academic and finance advisers. If you do have an issue while attending the 'office' is not quick to resolve the matter or do much to make your feel as if they value your business.
The classroom environment utilizes Blackboard and the due dates for assignments are on Sunday's. The late policy varies dramatically from teacher to teacher. It is your responsibility to register for classes each semester unlike some of the other online universities in which they have a set schedule for your. Each semester you take two classes that last eleven weeks each. The course content is good and the pace is steady. There are one to two weeks off between semesters.
The quality of the teachers varies dramatically from class to class. I typically had one great teacher and one horrible teacher per semester. Overall, the price that they charge is not worth the dramatic variation in teacher quality. The main complaint with the teachers from myself and fellow classmates was that they typically do not email you back and when they do they don't fully answer your questions. This issue with the instructors caused me to transfer schools after one year at Strayer University. I would not recommend it to any friends or family members.
I noticed a posting on here where someone mentioned that the cost of attending SU is more than what the governmetn will lend you to take classes.
Yes, the tuition does cost more, but the school is not flawed, the government is. Strayer's tuition is in line with many other schools and even cheaper than some. Yes, it does cost more than a community college but you can earn your Bachelors or Masters Degree here. It is a University, not a college. Also, this school transfered in a lot of my credits from the community college, 26 of them to be exact. This offset my tution a lot and it only ended up costing me a little over 23,000 to graduate with my Bachelors Degree.
For the Masters program, the tuition is a lot less than what the government allows, even affording me a refund check. However, I sent that refund check back, realizing it would be added to my student loans.
While I havent had a perfect experience, overall, it has been good. I have had a few teachers here and there that I had issues with and the Dean was not at all helpful but when all is said and done, I would still recommend them.
If you really want to know about any school, you need to educate yourself and not listen to opinions of others. People will embelish or will exaggerate thier negative experiences. Clearly the person who wrote about the tuition being more than what financial aid lends, did not educate themselves on how FA works.
It is unfortunate for that person but I think for the most part, you will find that most students do not share that opinion and if they do, they should educate themself and not rely on the words of others.
Strange how everyone at Strayer is your friend when the money at their end is in question.But once they get paid you may as well wait until they are ready to pay you.Not only is the tuition high the customer service is lacking.If hind sight is twenty twenty the next time I'll attempt to study business where they actually practice what they preach.Its a corporate mind set and little else.Money first students second.If left up to me I would request that the State investigate these concerns.
My overall experience was sketchy at best. I needed financial aid for tuition and to help my out while attending classes. Financial aid was always messed up and had to go in and readjust and fix problems that continuously occured. It was such a pain. The semester would be nearing the end and I would just be recieving my financial aid check. Staff is available to register you for more classes but not available when you need help with an instructor or advice. The dean is a real "gem" not helpful at all. Shows no interest in helping.
opening up "tickets" to have issued resolved is a real pain also. Takes forever for someone to get back to you. Beware of all of the negative feedback this school has rec'd. They recieve negative feedback for a reason. It's way too expensive for them not to be more cooperative. Look into community college they are offering online courses now and are way cheaper!
For all the bad news and reviews Strayer gets from students and other so called "experts", I can say I am extremely happy with the results. I put in the time and earned a BS in CIS with a 3.9 GPA at graduation. I finished the BS in 2 years time.
With that degree I was hired as a software engineer with a starting salary of 85,000. I spent the next two years gaining experience and earning my MBA from a AACSB accredited school. Upon graduation, I started my new position as a senior consultant at a small technical firm with a salary over 145,000 a year.
Without Strayer I would still be serving people out of a drive thru at a fast food restaurant. Thanks Strayer....
You can't contact the teacher, there help desk won't provide you with a # to call them. Only by e-mail, and they keep telling you to open a ticket, open a ticket, 4 tickets later and still "open a ticket" they well stay in contact 'till they get there $$$$. Right after that they well ignore your e-mails & phone calls.
Oh yeah, the whole time the DEAN knows everything. But keeps on telling you "sorry I can't do anything about it".
WHEN REGISTERING FOR SCHOOL AT STRAYER THEY WILL NOT, (I REPEAT) THEY WILL NOT LET YOU KNOW WHAT IT COST TO ATTEND STRAYER, AND WHAT THE GOVERMENT WILL ALLOW FOR FINANCIAL AID......
FOR A BA/BS AT STRAYER IT $63,000.00 AND THE GOVERMENT ONLY ALLOW $57,000.00!!!! WHICH MEAN MOST PEOPLE CANNOT GET A DEGREE UNLESS THEY CAN GET A PERSONAL LOAN FOR AND ADDTIONAL 6 TO 7 THOUSAND DOLLARS. IF THEY TOLD POTENTIAL STUDENT THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE MANY PEOPLE ATTENDING THEIR SCHOOL.
UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN PAY BEYOND WHAT THE GOVERMENT ALLOW IN STUDENT LOANS LOOK ESLEWHERE. MOST STUDENTS FIND THIS OUT AT THE END WHEN THERE ARE 3-5 CLASSES BEFORE THEY CAN GRADUATE. AND A FEW STUDENTS CANT GET A LOAN SO THEY DONT HAVE A DEGREE, AND THEY HAVE TO PAY BACK $57,000.00 AND THERE IS NO MORE STUDENT LOANS TO ATTEND ANOTHER SCHOOL....
STRAYER DO DIRTY, DIRTY BUSINESS!!!! IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME ASK THEM HOW MUCH THEY COST AND WHAT GOVERMENT ALLOW IN STUDENT LOAN, JUST ASK??? I WAS ALREADY TAKEN BY THEM WHEN I FOUND THIS OUT AND THEY MAKE NO APOLOGY, THEY DONT CARE!!!