University of Maryland University College Reviews - Bachelor's in Cyber Security
The school was convenient for me being an older student with a young family. I honestly did not know what to expect but after attending I noticed it was a decent education and most of the topics were relevant to trends in cyber security. I have attended brick and mortar schools and found that they were slow to adopt new technology and I was left learning things that no longer applied in the real world. Upon graduation with a combination of experience, certs, and my diploma I landed several offers and ended up working for a fortune 500 company. The rare times I had problems the staff was really understanding and I had no problem getting advice from academic counselors. It's really hard to go back to school as an older student, there's some social stigma and it's hard to make time. UMUC really worked out for me. I have no comment about the financial services, since my tuition was paid for by my previous employer.
After many years of classes with this school, here is a review for anyone considering this one. The instructors don't care about the students here anymore. Many are now worried about getting paid, since they get paid so little. The administration doesn't care about the students anymore here, since they are worried about lying for to school to maintain their own tuition reimbursement. The school will cheat you out of once earned credit now, when you become to close to graduation to try and make more money. Stay away from this one, and look elsewhere!
The beginning of UMUC was a headache only because the Financial Aid department did not communicate with me regarding my aid. It took them awhile to confirm to me that they received my transcript from a community college. I kept getting different information and email when i contacted that department. Somehow, I had an SAP issue and wasn't able to get aid from a class i drop in 2009 way before class started. I kept bothering them until someone lift that SAP issue and I was able to get aid to take classes, which happen in summer versus me taking it in spring. My overall experience with the online classes and professors have been really good. It's fast pace with a high demand of work to be completed but it was convenient for someone like me working and taking care of family full-time. I'm still attending UMUC with only 2 semesters left. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO STAY ON TOP OF FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY TEND TO MAKE CHANGES AND YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET THE EMAILS REGARDING THE CHANGE.
I started in Okinawa and the instructors were amazing, great teachers. Once transferred to the US everything went down hill. The financial department/SCCU is an absolute nightmare with VA benefits and reimbursing monies paid. If using GI AVOID AT ALL COST!!! almost a year in the process to get them to correct the the issues with money being placed into collections. Once the VA corrected and paid UMUC for the debt owed , UMUC has not done anything to reimburse the money I paid to SCCU. SCCU claim it cant do anything unless UMUC sends them an adjustment of over payment. None of these two entities are willing to take responsibility and have wiped their hands of the matter. Apologize for the sporadic thought process but it is extremely frustrating that they can not and have not assited me in any way except in wasting my time. AGAIN IF YOU ARE A VET DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE ESPECIALLY IF YOU WORK AS A CONTRACTOR OR ARE ACTIVE AND DEPLOYABLE
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD AND QUALITY EDUCATION, THEN UMUC IS THE SCHOOL TO ATTEND. IT MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER COLLEGE; IT THE BIRTH PLACE OF GREAT IDEAS AND GREAT PEOPLE. YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED AMONG THE PACE SETTERS? YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED AMONG THE TRIAL BLAZERS; THEN COME HOME TO UMUC.
UMUC is a wonderful school, and the top for Cyber Security. Yet, since 2016 the cyber security program has a new program called labsim by testout.com where you have to purchase the program for the class and do all the labs, and quizzes for the chapters on it. It is kind of like an online textbook. Yet the site has many glitches, and doesn't work with all web browsers. For example, a lab would tell you everything is correct in the results summary, then when you go back on and double check in a few minutes, or the next day it will give you a wrong result. Also, the final exam of the classes that use testout.com are timed. That is fine, yet the amount of time is a bit short. Hopefully they would extend it up to two hours.