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Do not waste your money here especially for grad school. I was in the Executive MBA program and it was a joke. Unqualified students, cheating, violent behavior from one student, poor communication from professors and Directors. Pay your fee and get a B should be the school motto. Grading is arbitrary and capricous. The Exec prgram that was sold to me during the interview is not the program that was given. Faculty condones poor behavior among students and is only interested in getting money in the door. They could care less whether you have a good learning experience or learn anything at all. Most of the classes and programs are "Do it yourself". Horrible, Horrible place. It would be better to spend double the money elsewhere and get a real degree. They are only interested in ex-military students and getting cash in the door to pay for their new fancy building.
I would never recommend this online college to anyone. EVER! In my opinion UMUC is an abominable, pitiful, scandalous, as well as a corrupt online college. They neglected to inform me of any of my financial aid information via U.S. mail. The advisors are horrible. They are only there to collect money. I received a call one time from an advisor which asked me if I had any questions. I simply said not at the moment sir. Before I could ask for his contact information, he hung up on me. What kind of advisor is that. I couldn't withdrawal from my classes a week after they started due to an outstanding balance that I was not informed about at all. I emailed my professor and I did not hear from her until 12 days later. She had me waiting every email. And her responses were at least some what informing but failed to answer all of my questions in my email. The important ones. Also, who's paying for your college? You or is your financial aid at UMUC paying for it. I ask this in a sarcastic manner due to the irritating response that was in an unacceptable tone saying "well it's our money." EXCUSE ME. I'm borrowing this money and what if I didn't want to accept all of the aid the second semester. Maybe I wanted to pay out of pocket. Also, if it wasn't for me being a panicking student trying to get a hold of someone to help me register for the semester being that this was only my first experience with online classes, I would not have been enrolled for a second semester and then what would they have gotten, NOTHING! They are simply there for money and that's it. Their graduation percentage is 7%. I wonder why... They are arrogant for God only know what reason. This university is a lousy, careless, unorganized, and despicable excuse for an online college. I would never recommend UMUC to anyone. Save yourself the money because they'll take it from you any way they can and you won't know until they decide to inform you they need more money. And their prices for classes are so absurd. This is all an opinion. I have a right to my opinion and the right to inform others of my mistreatment to prevent it from happening to them.
UMUC has been a positive experience. I am not saying it is perfect, but my overall experience has been very positive. The staff really bends over backwards to help students when life and duties get in the way, and the education earned is top-notch, in my opinion. Because of the online classes, I will be able to achieve my lifelong goal of earning a BS this summer.
I've taken a number of online courses over the years and decided to pursue a MSM from Univ of Maryland UC. I withdrew after three weeks because I found out that there is an academic philosphy that group/team projects should be an important part of their educational experience. While this may be a valid educational componet, I believe that it defeats the purpose of taking online courses, which is to make the education flexible enough to fit the student's life.
Suddenly I was confronted with having to schedule chatroom meetings with classmates across different time zones and rely on their abilities without the more frequent interaction that one would get in a classroom experience. I found out, through my advisors, that this would be part of every class. If team projects are an important learning goal, teach a class on it, don't assume that the adults in your distance program still need to acquire this skill, my guess is they do it everyday in their jobs. I found a different online school with a true independent learning bent.
I thought the classes, professors, and all other aspects worked fine, I just needed greater flexibility.
I would highly recommend this online college to anyone! I am transferring only because they do not offer the degree that I am seeking. I was planning on getting my bachelors degree in legal studies but have changed my mind to go on an pursue my BSN in nursing.
My overall experience at UMUC I rate 100%. Very easy to sign up for classes and they really have their online programs together. Never had to call anyone but once and I can't even remember what it was for, maybe some advising. You can do everything completely online including ordering books (which they allow you $300 book allowance if you get financial aid or student loans), order transcripts, sign up for classes, get your degree progress report, they tell you what classes you should take toward your degree, everything is online.
I had a great experience at UMUC and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. Keep up the great work UMUC!
I attended UMUC from 2005-2007, and earned a second BS, in Psychology. Without a doubt, the course work prepared me for my graduate work. The instructors I had were exceptional. They expected high quality work, provided helpful feedback and guidance, and supported my through my program.
My first BS, in Elementary Education, was from a traditional school. The workload and quality of my UMUC education was as good, if not more demanding, as my first degree. Online education requires self discipline and drive. You will sometimes feel like you are in cyberspace, and you will need to accept responsibility for your work, but the staff and faculty are there to support you. Great experience!
Fantastic experience! Classes are set up WebTycho, UMUC's interactive, Web-based course management system. It allows the student to have 24/7 access to class agendas, message boards, email and live chats with faculty and fellow students.
UM online classes were developed as online classes which allows them to flow smoothly and really takes advantage of online tools. Plus, I was able to work classes into my schedule on my time. The university even helped place me at an accounting firm where I am working toward my CPA!
The coursework was very rigorous but there was ample time given to complete tests, projects, and assignments. The tools I used were mainly online and website based, but you didn't have to complete everything on the computer, as you could send the professor documents or work via "snail mail." I didn't have much interactions with other students, but with the professor the interactions were great. The online services made it easy to contact the professor whenever I faced a challenge or question that I needed help with. Overall the experience was great and I would recommend it to anyone.