Strayer University Reviews
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Strayer has made significant improvements in the curriculum over the past 3 years that I have been attending the school. The instructors are very engaged and the course work is challenging. I like the flexibility of both online and on ground instruction. The on ground options are very limited, however, with only 12-15 classes offered in a typical campus. The website is very good and allows students to enroll and change courses on their own, or they can email the campus and it will be done for them. Like any business, the quality of the institution is dependent on the quality of the people running it. I have had great experiences with deans, advisers, and teachers. The financial services departments, however, are seriously lacking. I have attended two campuses in different states and both had dismal financial services departments. The follow up is slow to none and I found myself speaking with the Strayer corporate student services frequently in order to fix issues. If you can work past that and are willing to make some calls on your financial aid then it is a fine school. You will read negative feedback from many former students. Take them all with a grain of salt. It has been my experience that about 25% of students are engaged in their education, work hard, and take the courses seriously. What I have observed is a sense of entitlement from students. Many of them do not put the work into the class, yet expect to be given a good grade anyway. It seems that some adult students are returning to school in order to receive grants and student loans to buy things and don't bother with the education. If you are self driven and can manage your time, you can take 3 classes at a time and get your bachelors in 3 years. Just remember that these are college level courses and require more self discipline due to the online structure. To sum up, Strayer is superior to other online schools like Univ. of Phoenix, Kaplan, and others, providing you put as much work in as you expect back.
I liked the overall structure of the coursework because I was given the syllabus for the entire program which was 11 week blocks. Each semester lasted only 11 weeks, which gave lots of homework but the homework that was given was useful and applicable to real world application. I learned things that I could take with me to the job and use right away. I feel that more schools should do this because employers are looking for people who have the academic tools but also someone who can put those tools to good use.
I am very grateful to Strayer University. However, I was very dissatisfied on how they managed and handled the financial aid side of things. I am very happy to hear that they have made drastic changes for the better in helping students with their financial aid, but unfortunately I am somewhat left out of the game, due to the fact, that I owe the college over $1500 because of financial mistakes that was made by the financial aid department in the Spring semester of 2012. For that reason, I cannot continue with my education. I only have 4 classes left to get my Bachelors Degree. I am searching for work, at the moment and hopefully soon I will be employed and that in turn will help me to complete Bachelors.
Great school to attend online, while work full time and being a single mother. I found the professors, with Public Administration Dept, to be helpful and very flexible. Dr Greenwood, Campus Dean within Greensboro, was very helpful and encouraging about achieving my goal, which inspired me to return to school to complete masters.
My Bachelor's and Associate's degrees are both from brick and mortar schools. When I decided to go back to school for my MBA, I quickly realized that the 4-month semesters at the traditional brick and mortar university were not working for me. In the traditional university's MBA program, I also felt out of place, being a tenured professional in a class full of full-time students who do not have jobs and who are completely dependent on their parents. After I took a couple classes at Strayer, I realized that it was the right type of program for me because it caters to adult professionals who are in the workforce. Matter of fact, Strayer holds its classes in my place of employment because there is a lot of interest. Strayer offers classes online, in case you move out of the area or your schedule no longer permits for face-to-face class instruction. I prefer to attend class in person. I appreciate the 12-week sessions at Strayer, compared to the 16-week semesters at more traditional schools. Those last 4 weeks seem like an eternity. I know this because at one time, I was taking a class at Strayer and a class at a traditional school, simultaneously! Overall, my education thusfar at Strayer has been excellent. I'm being taught by professionals who work in the field in which they teach. Strayer uses "BlackBoard" for posting assignments and grades online, and it's very easy to use. I'm happy w/my choice to pursue my MBA at Strayer.
I would advise anyone to stay away from this school. I too was sucked into Strayer, everyone was so nice and helpful and really got me excited about taking online classes with them. Some of my professors were great and others were only there for the paycheck, but I think you will find this at any school. My dissatisfaction with Strayer came at the end of my HR Management Certificate program. I called the school to find out what I needed to do to finalize everything in June of 2011. I was told that I was all set, and I informed them that I would not be walking for graduation. Later that summer I still didn't receive my certificate in the mail so I called them up, I think I owed something like $26 so I paid that and was told my certificate would arrive in the mail. I never received my certificate in that time I moved and got married. I never followed up on the certificate because I really didn't need it or want it fort that matter. Fast forward to 2014 when I go to refinance my condo and find out that in 2013 Strayer sent me to collections for $130 and this has completely damaged my credit score. I called them up immediately to find out what is going on, of course no one would assist me and told me I had to deal with collections. I had no choice but to pay this amount to start rebuilding my credit score. Strayer had no explanation for why they told me back in 2011 that I was all set and why it took them over a year after I completed my degree program for them to even attempt to contact me. I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau to demand a refund. I did my due diligence to follow up on what I owed to the school to graduate and they did no do theirs and now my credit score is ruined. I have found from other reviews on line that I'm not the only student this has happened to. Bottom line is that Strayer's goal is enrollments and getting your money. Once you pay they stop responding to you, don't waste your money on this institution, they are not in the business of education and are solely focused on making sure they make money.
Strayer Administrators are vested in their students and work very hard to accommodate individual needs. The admissions representatives and financial aid department were always very helpful; I could not have asked for better professors. I started taking classes at the Henrico, VA location and then transitioned to online courses after I had my first child. Strayer made it very easy to make the transition and provided flexible scheduling. I don't recall having any issues with course availability. The students are mature and the online courses are very interactive, I never felt isolated. Usually professors respond quickly to questions and are available for office hours, if needed. Course delivery is excellent and if there ever were any technical issues... they have a dedicated technical support staff and respond quickly. Overall, my encounter with Strayer University was an extremely positive and rewarding experience.
I attended a brick and mortar school and ultimately dropped out. Some of my classes had 50+ students in them and it was frustrating. A few years later I went back to another brick and mortar and it was hard to find the time to attend classes, but I got an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Financial Management. Because of my job, I had to move around a lot and work crazy hours. I knew that online schools were going to be my only option. Strayer has a lot of different degree options that they offer and they accepted all of my credits. It took me just over four years to complete my Bachelor in Business Administration, but it's done and I'm proud of the hard work I put into it. While going to school it has helped me receive recognition at work and I was placed in a management position when I neared the end of my education. I found that online school took more dedication from me because I had to write a lot more papers and responses to other students than had I just sat in the back of a class. Strayer isn't perfect though. The financial office is pure crap and it's hard to get a hold of someone if you have a problem. One of my advisors was a complete turd. Some of the instructors are great and other ones seem like they're there just to get a paycheck, but I can assure you that this isn't the only college or university that has those professors. You really have to keep on top of what classes you need to be taking and your finances because you're not going to receive much help from Strayer. As far as transferring my credits from my BBA? I've been accepted to another school in another regionally accredited area for a Master of Public Administration and all of my classes have transferred.
Ashburn Campus I received my associates in 2010 from a community college and transferred to Radford University in the fall unfortunately due to some certain money circumstances I had to leave Radford University. I decided to work and go to school at the same time and I heard from a friend that Strayer allowed you to do that. When I decided to take all of my credits and get them transferred to Strayer getting in was no problem along with signing up for classes, and it just so happens I was only ten classes shy from my degree. I am now in my last semester with Strayer and all I have to say is that if you want to get your degree here prepare to work you ass off. With that said, in reading these other reviews, I have all the answers, multiple people have said that you have to write in APA format, yes that is correct. It’s not hard it just takes some time. Another writer said that you can purchase these papers and their material is old, yes that is true HOWEVER before you turn in papers you must turn it in to a website that knows if you plagiarized so if you are a copy and paster your screwed. Strayer has been awesome for me this past year, I graduate in a few months and I am very happy. For all you haters on Strayer I’m only 22 and I will be attempting to get my masters from this school this upcoming fall semester booyaa.
This particular Master's of Science in Management with Leadership Emphasis has done nothing for my career. It has not had a positive impact on any area. Strayer closed the schools in the middle of my learning which had a very negative impact on my motivation and learning. They laid off everyone, they lied and stated that they would give students a 500$ laptop grant because some students were using the schools resources. The money that was allotted came from the students financial aid and not from Strayer. My instructors and Dean at the Bloomington campus were awesome and gave me that extra push I needed to continue when the homework became overwhelming. Everyone you speak with is over the phone or online. It gets confusing. The amount of homework that the school has is ridiculous, its not catered to working adults, when you have 11 weeks of school and 5 assignments which consist of 6 pages or better. With the instructors not being flexible. I just wouldn't recommend this school.