Trident University International Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (34)
After receiving my BSCS from Trident, I decided to continue on for a MSITM. The level of effort required didn't change from BS to MS. The courses were 12 weeks long, with each course being broken up between 5 modules (expected to take 2 weeks each). Each module has a "Case" assignment (2-3 page paper), a "Session Long Project" (4-5 page paper), and a "Threaded Discussion" (a couple sentence blog post). I would describe the level of effort required to pass each course as minimal to marginal. There are no books, fees, group work, late grades, midterms, or finals. There are also times where the instructor ghosts on you for weeks at a time. One 500-level course had several assignments ungraded throughout the final weeks. During the time I submitted subsequent assignments that didn't meet the instructor's standards, but those were not made known due to the complete lack of feedback on submitted assignments. I was given a high C, which I officially challenged. The grades on several assignments were reversed due to the lack of feedback from the professor and I ended up with a low A. While this was the worst case of a lack of interaction with a professor I encountered over my 4 years with Trident, the general problem of response timeliness wasn't uncommon. The curriculum/syllabuses need refreshing, as many of the assignments have spelling/grammatical errors and/or reference URLs that no longer exist. Although I've been an IT professional for 20y+, I don't feel that education offered much more than several targeted Google searches would have provided. This review isn't intended to be negative as I understood what I was going to the school for, the end result of a degree... I just wanted to allow others to have a realistic expectation of the education provided. Students this college is good for: * Can motivate & self-pace to stay on the suggested assignment submittal timeframes * Enjoys writing papers (I'd comfortably guess 80% of assignments are strictly essays without technical data/programming required) * Won't have peoples' lives depending on the quality of the education provided (e.g. doctor/nurse/pharmacist) * Who have busy schedules and might need to turn in all the assignments during the last week of the course * People who need a degree to check a box for their career progression (enlisted to officer) * People with TA/GI-Bill Students this college is bad for: * Those who can't manage their time (easy to fall behind without grading penalties looming) * Those who need a lot of teacher/tutor interaction (you won't speak with a teacher unless you directly email them for assistance) * Those who want a quality education that brightens their lives
This college is OK if your a person who loves to write. You don't really get much from writing paper after paper after paper. The problems that I have had is the links supplied sometimes do not exist. The books needed aren't in the library, and good luck with getting in touch with the librarian. She don't respond to emails. The technical classes are nothing but writing papers. As a matter of fact, all the classes are nothing but writing papers. I would recommend looking around first before choosing Trident.
I sought an MBA and found Trident's MSL program to be more appropriate to my career direction. I do not need all the accounting that comes with an MBA and MSL is all about being a leader. In addition Trident is Military Friendly which I knew their programs would work with my extremely busy and taxing schedule as an adult student. Lastly, I compared their learning model to several other online schools and for a masters student this is simply the best one out there. Oh yes, did I mention price. Awesome.
I completed by BSBA with Trident University and I am a current MBA student. I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes, I have become a more proficient academic writer, and I have been able to obtain my degrees without having to go to a traditional classroom (which I much prefer). Despite what some of the other reviews state, I have never experienced anything but professionalism and ease in dealing with the FA department, and I have always had professors who were diligent in replying to any emails I sent them. Overall, I would give this school 5 stars and I would recommend TUI to anyone looking to receive a quality online education.
This school is a joke and a waste of time. The "materials" provided are outdated websites that are irrelevant to the course. (There are not any books despite what the enrollment adviser stated). I submitted my assignments according to the syllabus and professor requirements, but still found myself receiving poor grades for not following the instructions. When I would email the professors they would either fail to respond or send a screen shot of the syllabus (that I had originally followed). The last class I took at the "university" the professor informed me that he had never had an issue in his class over x amount of years so there was no way there was an issue now. At this point he refused to answer any of my emails. I filed many complaints and disputed grades, but it did nothing except waste my time. I discussed my problems with my academic adviser and she stated that she gets several complaints everyday about these issues but the university will not do anything about them. Possibly because they are money hungry. Which brings me to the fact that I had to take out a student loan for personal reasons. Months had passed so I checked my account and it showed that I had an available balance which was received two months prior. I contacted the financial aid department and they said that there was no money in my account. Two hours later they "just received" my funds and sent them out fourteen days later. The funny thing is that I have proof that the money was there months prior. If there was a legitimate reason for holding it why would they lie? I will accept "we hold it for processing purposes". IF a "university" blatantly lies to me even though I have proof it makes me question every aspect of the school. I recently transferred from Trident to finish my degree and I have not had ANY problems. I wish I would have been forewarned about this pathetic excuse of a school before I wasted so much valuable time and money.
Trident University International is the most educational online institution. Everything about the school works for the military student. WARNING!!!!!No books, but that doesn't make it easy. It means you must obtain your own research materials. No tests, tests are replaced by 10 research papers and 5 online discussion threads which the student must participate in, per course. Quite frankly, researching and articulating theories have resulted in deeper learning and understanding for me than just memorizing. The MAED program has helped me retire from the military and start my second career via Troops to Teachers! Thank you TUI!
For those that have full time jobs and can't do the traditional classroom learning, this is your program. Rigorous learning for the adult student. I learned and retained more than when I was attending traditional schools. Lots of commentary on here claims a negative experience. If you are disciplined this program will work for you!!
This "University" and I use the term loosely is a both a joke and a waste of time. They claim to give you all the materials required for the course you are taking. What they fail to mention is that the materials provided include wikipedia links and youtube videos, Non of which are considered academic references or resources to another accredited University or College. During my 6 week course I emailed my "professor" a total of 3 times and she responded a total of 0 times. She only had 2 jobs to grade the work and respond to emails. Seeing that there is no real instruction being provided. You watch the videos read the links and attempt to do the assignments to the best of your abilities. . I would call this a "google degree" or "self taught university" because I spent more time Googling the information than using there "academic" references and my "professor" never responded to emails. I now have a full understanding of the meaning of a for profit institution. When i was being recruited I heard from the staff multiple times a week. However once enrolled it became nearly impossible to get in contact with anyone. Please do yourself a favor and do not waste your time and or money.
I attended Trident after years of regretting not completing my undergrad. I'd all but given up figuring that at 41 and already well engaged in my career that perhaps it wasn't necessary to complete my degree anymore, this all came crashing down when I was given a promotion at work on the condition that I obtain a certification which required a degree within 2 years. After scouring the Internet looking for schools which would accommodate my other responsibilities my wife found trident. This school was excellent, great tuition rates and after being out of the military for several allowed me to feel reconnected with my "band of brothers". I enjoyed trident so much that I decided to push through and obtain my MBA. This school gave me a sense of confidence and pride after years of discomfort and frankly being ashamed. Remember, it's never too late
A very excellent choice of university which has impacted and influenced my life tremendously. It definitely helped me to understand my dynamic purpose which was fulfilled with persistence in pursuit of a worthy goal of receiving my MBA.. I originally set out to complete my degree with the University of Maryland; due to rigorous demands of my job and attending night courses, I decided to give Trident University a try. It is one of the best decisions I could have ever made!