University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (189)
Tough and expensive program but worth it. Admissions and Financial Aid offices did everything to help me expedite the processes. The academic advisors are great in the beginning but once you are in the program, they don't initiate person to person communication. The course work is serious and very valid. I learned a great deal that I immediately used in the workplace. I am happy to have competed the degree requirements. However, the school does not have a great reputation so I am not proud to walk around and say that I got my degree from UMUC.
I have been taking online classes since 2010 after 2 years at community college & 1 failed semester of traditional college. I found the transfer process to be easy enough & almost all credits were accepted. I have really only communicated with my advisor via email, but she has offered to call me. Fairly good communication, maybe not the fastest responses. I applied for graduation for next year & that process has gone well so far. My only issue with UMUC online is the consistency of the courses & professors. Do yourself a favor & use "ratemyprofessor.com" before you register! I've had 300-level courses with TONS of work & reading with little help or feedback from the professor. Then other 300-level courses with little or no workload & very involved professors. Had a very arrogant professor who expected "graduate level work" & graded very harshly. Had a few that gave me A+ grades when I literally did half the work. A few grade solely on the length of your essays, not the content. Withdrew from one class because the professor literally made no sense with any of the assignments or grades. Plan on doing EVERY assignment & discussion post. I pretty much have to wait until Sunday to do all my work & it works for me. No all-nighters & I really don't study because there are no tests. I think as long as you try, you can succeed. Just look through your course page before the class starts so you can drop if it seems way too much. You can always try another professor.
I absolutely love UMUC! Best decision I ever made. The comments are correct! You must work for every grade you receive. It takes hard work, dedication, and time mananagement. There are no free grades given out! If your not willing to work hard don't bothered to enroll at UMUC. I nerver had another problems with Financial aid As well as my professors grading unfairly. You must read your syllabus and responding to discussions weighs heavily on your grades as well as required projects. I am happy to say I am one semester about from graduating from UMUC with a 4.0 and a Masters degree in Intergrating Technolgy into Pre-K-12 grade.
Review of the Admissions process only. As a warning to anyone considering the school. UMUC is extremely behind the times in this regard. From what I can tell, everything is manual, keyed in by underpaid staff who really don't know how to assess the "newer" types of certifications or classwork. As a result, don't expect a quick admissions process unless you're coming into this thing cold turkey, fresh out of high school. CompTIA, for example, has had online validation of full transcripts for decades. You generate a link, it sends you to a verification page for each cert the student has. The fact it's on CompTIA's website, with my name, is validation that they're legit. UMUC will ask for the validation code, which is generated and available for each cert. That code used to be for schools or employers to navigate out to a validation widget and put the code in one-by-one to verify authenticity. Guess what? The verification page is the SAME information, SAME PAGE, as if you go to the transcript link, but the transcript link gives you ALL certs for the student, not just that one cert. IN cases like mine where I've got over 7 CompTIA certs, it's illogical to go keying verification codes for each of them when you can just hit the link once to verify them. UMUC is the first organization to ever ask me for those codes - and I got my first cert way back in 2002. Microsoft, same thing. I've got over 4 of those, they required verification codes for each despite Microsoft having a Learning transcript page that verifies them all. Waste of time. Second, a transcript from WGU flagged a followup question. I don't blame UMUC for reacting because the transcript was poorly worded as to what the credits were for ("Transfer Course Work", which is caused when WGU changes the curriculum and gives you retroactive credit, but they don't explain that and they don't spell out what courses are included). My issue with UMUC is that they refuse to call your school to clarify anything. As if I have answers to a transcript I can't see - it's shipped directly to the school per their requirement. And the answers are about terminology; only the school would know. So here I am brokering communications between UMUC and WGU when they could have just reached out and asked the question OR said "we're not including this, let's go on". UMUC refused to ignore them even with me requesting they do so. It was only 6 credits, I can live without them after a 2 month delay. Third, it took 4 weeks to review transcripts. 4 weeks. To look at a piece of paper and make a decision. They were sent electronically, so mail was not an excuse. It was all UMUC. We're talking one college transcript and some tech certs. That's inexcusable. The online web portal is based on Oracle - looks like PeopleSoft to me, but not sure - and as such there's no linking of anything to what you do. So when you go to register classes, you can list the classes that apply to your program all well and good, but that app doesn't take into consideration any transfer credits until a human being presses a button on their end. Also it's not clear which classes you specifically need to enroll; you could have a requirement for Science, it will list various study class types, you go in there and then it lists different classes by location. Why doesn't the app filter out any classes that don't apply to your location? If I'm under Adelphi, why is it showing me Europe classes? Again, the adviser won't help you here. All around bad experience, and I've sadly escalated it to the Dean, because I just don't get why they're so haphazard at this stage.
UMUC is an excellent university with likewise professors. The professors were very helpful and knowledgeable of their areas of study. You earn every grade you receive. Miss an assignment and you probably can forget an A for that class. The school takes those assignments very seriously. The work is very challenging but if you put forth the effort, you will be very pleased with the knowledge you have gained. Some very influential persons have their degrees from UMUC. Again, an excellent university.
I loved going to a state school that had a ton of diversity, lots to do, and the traditional "college experience" while also having access to a conservatory-style music school.
This college is excellent and far surpassed my expectations. You have to be a self disciplined hard worker if you expect an A in any class. It is mostly subjective type of information required answering discussion questions, writing individual and team papers. Many highly acclaimed people have gtraduated from this school if you check their alumni. For example, the CFO of Homeland Security.
First, let me start of by saying UMUC is a good school with really good professors that goes the extra mile for you IF you put in the time to work. Just like any other school, you have your good points and bad point, but overall for me, I am well pleased knowing that I just finished my Bachelors and my degree will be conferred by August 30th. When it comes to the negative comments concerning financial aid, if you're in the military(active duty) you have tuition assistance and FASFA if you don't want to use financial aid and/or Post 9/11 GI BILL. BOTTOM LINE: Do you research before applying for financial aid. This school is just like any other....IT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!!! I truly enjoyed UMUC and looking forward to starting my dual master degree(Cybersecurity/MBA) in the fall!
What you've probably researched and read online is accurate from my point of view as an UMUC MBA graduate. This isn't Stanford Business School, Harvard, or the Wharton School of Business. It won't magically open doors to $250k a year jobs. It will fill the graduate school gap in your resume, fulfill federal government requirements for advanced education, and is respected because it is the University of Maryland. I have NOT had a negative experience or comments from employers when they see University of Maryland UC MBA, they just see it as an MBA from a respected state school, versus the for profit colleges and universities. I proudly list my education as UMUC and not just University of Maryland. The Maryland Smith School of Business is a much better and higher quality program. That being said, I don't mind listing UMUC, as it was a lot of work to get my MBA. Granted, if you just want the degree and want to 'skate' through the program, you can do that, too. I wanted to do well and graduated with a 4.0. That is hard work, but also some luck depending on the professors. Some are easy graders, others almost impossible to get an A. My current position as a VP in a small association in Washington, DC was partly predicated on my having an MBA. The CEO noted that seeing "MBA" was important in addition to my other skills. Thus, I will say it helped me directly get a better low six figure job. If you already have that kind of salary, it won't boost it IMHO. You would be doing it for the love of education and have an MBA - which is nice to say. It has come up several times already in my work. Hope that was helpful.
I started with UMUC while I was on active duty, separated and had to take off from college, it was an easy transition back. They're new online platform is amazing once you get use to it will be the standard in what you expect from an online classroom. The eight week classes were perfect for my schedule allowing me to complete 30 credits a year. The Military and Veterans Advising were also very helpful in answering questions and directing me to the right place to get the answers I needed. As I had unexpected medical issues come up the professors were very receptive to my situation. Additionally, the Office of Accessibility Services helped out a lot with providing the advice that I needed to get the right wording so the school and professors could accommodate me with my medical situation. The online access can be done anywhere, through the use of laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The school has moved to using more online materials requiring less hard copies of books when they are able to. I would recommend this UMUC to anyone who can't attend a traditional college/university for whatever reason.