Strayer University Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,380
50% of 287 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 287 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

William
  • Reviewed: 12/13/2011
"I have been enrolled at strayer for a little over a year now through the online campus. I have been very pleased with my experience. When I was originally getting enrolled they treated as a person not a possible sale. They took the time to actually talk with me and figure out if their school would even be a good fit for me as well as talked with me about what I want to do, not just what would seem like a good career choice.Through the entire enrollment process they helped me step by step. I had never taken online courses and was nervous. Strayer did a great job at helping through the process of making sure I knew how to use all my resources, such as the free tutoring service.The courses were challenging and the one time I had trouble with a professor my admissions officer helped me get in contact with the dean to resolve the issue. The only trip up I had was with my financial aid, in the beginning it was just fine, but then they changed the company who processes their financial aid. They were really good though at letting me know what was going on and always got back to me when I had inquired about any updates.In all I have been very pleased with my experience. Of course there will be times where things don't go perfect, but that is with any school, which I have been to. As I stated the only hick up was with FA, but I am here to go to school and go through my courses not collect financial aid, and they always made it clear that even though there may be a delay from the government in getting funds that my courses were taken care of and would be as long as I maintained the requirements to do so.Strayer hasn't been perfect, but I don't except perfection out of anything and they've done a great job at keeping me informed and as long as I've done my part they've done their part."
Louella Abner
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2011
"We are going into the 11th and final week of class and I have not received all of my financial aid. I have been taken on a wild trip only to be told that they are working to get funds for me. When I ask to speak to those who make the decisions in they tell me that they do not speak to students directly. I am very frustrated with the way they have handled me this quarter. We I send emails they don't reply in a timely manner and when I leave voice mails they don't reply at all. They make it seem that I am a burden to them when they are the ones who are suppose to help the students. It is making it very hard to concentrate on my school work worrying about my financial aid issue."
MS WILLIAMS
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2011
"I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY FINANCIAL AID AND WE ARE IN THE 9 WEEK OF SCHOOL. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU AS A STUDENT. INSTRUCTORS ARE AWFUL AS WELL. THEY DON'T EXPLAIN THE HOW TO DO THINGS IN THE CORRECT FORMAT. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Melissa S. Slater
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2011
"This school has been a great challenge for me and I believe a challenge is one thing that everyone needs in their life. I have been very happy attending this school because I work nights and this school provides me with the ability to get my studies done at my own availability at any time of the day. The textbooks get sent directly to your door and they have their own book store or you can order from someone else. The administration and financial offices have great customer service. This school is awesome for the people that want ot further their education, but have a very busy life. I would definitely recommend this college to anyone that wants to help themselves to a great opportunity."
Michelle LaPrade
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2011
"I was very disappointed with Strayer University. I am a professional and chose it predominately due to its online option. However, the school is deficient in so many areas from the over used curriculums to the unprofessional instructors and deans to the poor administration.What I found most disappointing is the overused curriculum. It is so outdated that the assignments can be purchased online verbatim to what is required in the curriculum. And the school has reduced its administrative costs by not providing the instructors internet checks for plagiarism. The instructors give little to no instructions. Grading of assignments only involved uploading the correct answers without any personal notes or suggestions for improvement. In one of my last classes the professor never entered my final grade into the online tool - blackboard. When I contacted him, he said not to worry he gave me an A. I told him I was more concerned with the evaluation of my work, and needed to know the scores for almost 30% of my assignments he was behind in grading. He said he no longer had the information and left it at that. I contacted the Dean and he said there was nothing he could do. To make matters worse, after the commencement, my transcript still had not been updated with the final grades so I had to contact the Dean again. It took almost a month for it to get corrected. Providing negative input on my Alba Marta has the potential to diminish prospective employers’ views of my education, but I'd much rather suffer that than have another individual stumble on such a useless school with the assumption that they will get the education they are paying for. Strayer University gives online schools a bad reputation."
Angry MA Student
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2011
"This school was one of my absolute favorites because they are flexible, took majority of my transferred credits and offered great courses for my field of study. However, the atmosphere is a bit too relaxed and the staff is not "straight up" with the students. The Business Office/Financial Aid office is the ABSOLUTE worse! They are very nice, but no one really knows what's going on with Financial Aid. This quarter is about to end and I still haven't received my disbursement. I'm told that my application for FAFSA was ok, and I have my confirmation statement of funds for this school year from Strayer. However, online it shows that my disbursement is being held for review...how long does it take to be reviewed? I've been getting the "run around" for the past four weeks from the manager in the Business Office. Is there someone else I can talk to before taking this matter to a higher official, perhaps the president of the school? How can I talk to those in the Central Financial Aid office besides the one at my home campus? HELP ME!"
TM
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2011
"I earned my first Masters from Strayer in Education 2010. My first experience was a great one. I decided to go back and get a second Master in Human Resources. That's when things took a turn. Strayer placed me in wrong classes and now those classes don't count so now I have to retake the classes. Secondly, my tuition has yet to be disbursed and I have not received my financial Aid check for my living expenses. Strayer has become extremely commercial and does not care about the students and the financial aid department is horrible. After this quarter I will officially retire from Strayer University and will not return. It has put a bad taste in my mouth."
Charika Smith
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2011
"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."
Laurie
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2011
"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."
Brianna
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2011
"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."
America Baylon
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2011
"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."
Bernard Powell
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2010
"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."
Kathryn B
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2010
"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!"
Happy Strayer Alum
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2010
"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...."
Ned
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2010
"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"."
AF
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2010
"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!!!"
Cherie
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2009
"I checked into Universities around the city to see what degrees they offered. The problem was not the degrees they offered but the time they were offered. I have a full time job and a family and cannot live on campus or go to school full time during the day. Strayer University gave me the opportunity to pursue the degree I desired on a schedule I could handle. I went both online and on campus. I had a great experience with both, although I prefer online classes. I received both my Bachelor's in Accounting and my Master's in Accounting from Strayer. I wish they had a Doctorate program; I would go back one more time if they did."
Santiago Ramirez
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2009
"After working in the workforce for many years with an AA degree, I felt it was time to further my education. With a family and full time job a traditional school was not an option for me. I looked into non-traditional schools in my area and Strayer University had exactly what I needed. A campus is available in my town if I wanted to take a class but the online courses made school life more convenient. I plan to graduate late next year with a Bachelor's in International Business and then would like to get my Master's degree."
Lynn Barwell
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2009
"I got my AA from a local community college, but after the death of my husband I didn't want to take time away from my job to attend school, so I looked for a university that offered a complete online program. Strayer answered that need and offered the BBA I was looking for. I have been able to work at my own pace, and next year I will finally graduate."
Kiana
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2009
"Strayer University has allowed me to continue my education online around me and my family’s busy schedules. Having the ability to log in to my classes, participate in live chats, and submit assignments directly to my professors is perfect for me. Earning my degree is very important to me, and I’m so glad that I chose Strayer University’s online program to help me reach my educational goals. The professional and courteous faculty and staff are always available to answer questions with convenient office hours. The online classrooms are so simple to navigate. If you have any technical issues Strayer’s awesome technical support team is always a phone call away to assist you. I have enjoyed every aspect of attending Strayer University, the information that I’ve learned will allow me to be successful in the business industry and beyond. Strayer University is an excellent choice for an online education, anyone who is considering pursuing a degree online should consider Strayer."