University of Maryland University College Reviews
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My major was discontinued from the school, however, they have a condensed 6-class MBA which I highly recommend anyone to take. I have no regrets of choosing UMUC as my college over PHEONIX and STRAYER UNIVERSITY. Some classes are easy and others are hard, you get out of it what you are willing to put into it.
Not sure why the negative reviews. You truly get out of it, what you put in. Structured program with good interactions with peers and faculty. No issues with UMUC. Currently maintaining a 4.0 and taking 6 hours per semester. Requires about an hour a day and two when working an assignment/project. Great school for those who are using the full online course.
There is a lot to say about this institution, so I will keep things as concise as possible. I have had a number of issues with the career / counseling services. It took them 4 months to get my transcripts in, and only after repeated badgering. They didn't get my transcript in months after I was already in their program, I had to guess on the classes I needed based on a vague preliminary report, and even so I couldn't sign up for most classes because my previous credits weren't entered. This slowed down my degree significantly. On the financial side, I was given about 15% leeway on my first semester taken there, in that I had some financial aid left over to pay for living expenses because I was going to school full time. For my second semester, they gave me slightly more, but allocated it over the course of the entire year. In other words, they gave me about 50% of what I needed MINIMUM to pay for the classes I was taking. I wasn't informed until mere weeks before the semester. There are countless other small experiences I have had with their support, and all of them were abysmal. I had to hound them at each turn just to get a response. This institution is unprofessional, unhelpful, and should be avoided at all costs. That being said, if you have thousands of dollars lying around and want a mediocre education combined with unhelpful staff, this is a decent to rid yourself of that money.
I started an application back in December 2018, really don't remember this one specifically because I started many applications with many different universities. Fast forward to April 2019 and I am now receiving calls from a collection agency for a $50 application fee to this university. EVERY other school allows you to start/submit an application and once you DECIDE TO PAY the app fee it is then finalized and submitted for review. THIS university forces you to pay and sends collections agencies after you if you don't. I've never attended this school and have no intentions to and I have spoken with two different people at the school who are telling me I have to pay. So I asked them what the outcome of my application was if it was submitted and they said it was never reviewed... makes no sense. THEY ARE A HUGE SCAM. Even to this day I still receive emails from the school that read 'Don't forget to apply today' With a link to Apply Today in them. Now tell me, if I owe you a $50 app fee, then why am I receiving emails to apply? Just stay away all together, for the other reviews I am reading it sounds like this university just steals money by calling themselves a 'higher education' university. BOGUS.
I filled out an online form last year after being contacted by UMUC. Apparently, this constituted an application at which point I was charged $50 and never emailed about it. Potentially they had the wrong email on file. I finally find out that the school sent this $50 application fee to a collections agency and now I have this headache on my hands. I honestly don't remember much about the application since it was a while ago, but it's very sketchy that they don't require the fee when you're applying. I don't remember even considering a fee at the time. The whole thing seems very unprofessional.
I completed my degree using the GI Bill and didnt have any issues. I managed my time and got every thing submitted. If youre a procrastinator then online school isnt for you. I would get my masters there but they dont have the degree I want. Some professors are better then others, as in all schools.
I went to a brick and mortar school some years ago before attending UMUC. I really dont understood all the bad reviews! I think these bad reviews are from students who didnt put forth effort in their work. I love the program and surprisingly found the information to be very retainable. I learned so much and love how the program is designed. I had only one instructor who didnt communicate well but even so I did well in that class. I found many students lacked effort and those are probably the ones who didnt do much studying. This is a challenging school but a good one if you do the work!!!
I have previously received my undergraduates from UMUC, and while the program could use some updating in terms of materials utilized in its courses overall my experience has been great. Communication between student-and-professor can be shoddy, albeit not to the fault of the university. The courses at UMUC require a lot of self-study and personal time management, lending most of the effort required to do well in your courses to you and not so much the professor or even the materials provided. That being said, the information I gained from my courses were extremely relevant to my newly obtained career field, and the degree I presently hold from UMUC (as well as the level of study I've reached in my pursuit of a master's) has made large improvements to my work prospects. Again I reiterate -- UMUC requires a lot more effort on the individual's part than other more traditional universities. The trade-off in being able to gain an education while traveling for work or personal purposes is that of increased self-reliance. From my personal experience you get out of it what effort you put in.
VETERANS, STAY AWAY! If you are a veteran and looking for a quality education, you have many better options. This applies especially if you are not 100% covered by GI Bill and are out of state. For example, I have 50% coverage and live in VA. What UMUC does is discount the in-state tuition rate, then submit that amount to the VA. They then will charge the student the full out-of-state rate, which sees VA coverage being less than 25% of the actual charges. On top of that, the instruction is essentially nonexistent. If you seek feedback and support from an instructor, it's more likely that you will never hear back or will hear back weeks after the assignment is due. Even more interesting is that mot submission are not graded for weeks. In my ENG course, I didn't receive grades from the week 2 assignment until week 7, meaning that the submissions from weeks 3-7 probably had the similar mistakes. If you're like the program structure advertised by UMUC, you're better off looking at CSU Global. They follow similar 8-week course structure but are incredibly engaged in student's success and are significantly less expensive.
A MS from this for profit online school is worthless. They will swindle you if your money and you will get a degree that people laugh at. 99% of people in this career field do not need a MS, go get the OSCP instead; its 5% the cost, 10% the time, and worth 100 times this junk degree.