University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (205)
Love the class options and diverse staff. Only bad experience that is ongoing is their financial aid office which rates HORRIBLY. All of the professors I engaged with required class discussion to remove the stigma that online classes sometimes have.
PICK ANOTHER SCHOOL. UMUC WHO!! I would certainly pick another school if I had it to do over. The professors are either trying to prove something to other staff members or others just don't care. I would rather not give this school another dime of my money but I only have 12 credits left and transferring would mean taking more classes.
UMUC has been accused of being a degree mill which honestly could be said for several institutions I can think of right off the top of my head. I have friends who have attended UCI's MBA program and USC for undergrad that told me many professors will give you a B or a C in the class just for turning something in because you are paying for the degree. You will get back what you put into the program. I have learned a lot even and really appreciate the flexibility of being able to come home after work and do my classes online instead of having to drive to a crowded campus and fight for parking. The students are a mix of young professionals who are trying to complete their degree (myself included), people changing their careers, or military students. Another plus of the programs at UMUC is that they are usually centered around practical application for work. I have been able to take something I learned in almost every class so far and apply it next day to my code or to different project plans I have created. For the most part the faculty and students are about the same as a state school as far as quality. I also went to UCSD and can say most of my classes have rivaled the quality and difficulty level there. This might be due to the fact that I'm majoring in Computer Science so I can't speak to the other programs. You will need to be willing to participate actively in discussions or email the teacher if you get lost. This is no different than any other school where you will need to actively care about your grade and work to understand and get help if you need it. As far as financial aid, I have been using a combination of financial aid and my own money to cover costs. I would recommend going on the monthly payment plans through ESCI if you are having trouble with expenses. I don't get enough financial aid to cover all the classes I want to take so I usually end up paying for one and breaking the course fee up with a 6 month payment plan.
Oh my. What a ragged operation this is. Nothing but problems from day one. First, they use PeopleSoft to manage students and provide online access. PeopleSoft is NOT a user friendly application. It's a nightmare just getting around. Second, while my financial aid wasn't messed up it took them THREE MONTHS to properly acknowledge it. It never did get credited to my account. Third, took THREE MONTHS to clear ONE SCHOOL'S transcript. When I called them out on it, UMUC was sitting there arguing with me to tell the other school to send them a letter explaining some of the course codes and descriptions. Why can't YOU call them?? Fourth, when I did start class, initially I accidentally enrolled in a hybrid course. Instructor was nice and explained that I really should be in the "online" course. Well, PeopleSoft doesn't make this clear when registering courses. It should filter down the list if you're not in the same city! But that's fine. So I get on the online one, it's the same first assignment as the hybrid. Asking you to do a 250 word write up in a board about 100% subjective topics but you're forced to use APA references despite having self knowledge of the topic and despite them being totally opinion-based articles. For example, if you were asked to write on a topic called "Which is better, Mac or PC?" that's an opinion piece. That's fine, but it's subjective. Subjective material does not lend itself well to APA references because the reason you feel a certain way has nothing to do with whether it's "better" or not. If the topic were "Consumer preferences on Macs vs. PCs", that's fine. You can then reference case studies, surveys, etc. to support the topic. When I raised this concern to the online instructor with a simple question on how she suggested I approach it given the subjectivity of the topic, she rudely referred me back to a plagarism policy. This school is a joke. Do not.
My experience at UMUC was exceptional. I received a FAFSA loan and never experienced any confusion, issues, or delays while dealing with the school's finance or administrative personnel. Additionally, every time I required academic guidance counseling, my experiences were all quite satisfactory. Academically, the course was very challenging. I was a full-time student and spent approximately 12-15 hours per week, per class. I would also spend approximately 10-15 hours writing each research paper or completing required course project's . In doing so, I earned a 3.75 GPA. 10 out of 12 of my teachers were excellent in my opinion, native English speakers, and clearly experts in their field with impressive backgrounds. Two of the 12 were not native English speakers and it was reflected in their communications, but were still good instructors in most regards. The program and coursework I took (Information Technology Project Management) was well developed and thorough, although the IT portion was certainly the weaker of the two. The project management department was excellent in every regard. Most students in class were intelligent and hard working, and there were only a few "duds" that probably didn't really belong in grad school. Each of my classes had students that failed based on metrics provided by the online learning software. Attempting to compare UMUC to any of the "for profit" schools is a poor comparison as they are clearly not of the same caliber or class. I'm very happy I selected UMUC for my grad work.
DO NOT ATTEND!! Avoid at all costs!! Have never been so emotionally drained in my life!! I went back and forth with financial aid to have my documents submitted either online or in person. I drove all the way in person twice to make sure everything was in order and still continued to receive messages saying documents were missing. I was dropped from a class saying I needed to pay for it and then I was told I was not going to be placed back in until I paid out of pocket. I was placed back on it anyhow without anyone telling me and then my GPA suffered completely. Now that I transferred and had my financial aid properly filled, I received an email from UMUC claiming I will get a refund from financial aid. After receiving the refund only two days later I am told that they made a mistake and need the money back. Who does that??? AVOID AND DO NOT GO IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR GPA AND YOUR POCKET!!
I am a transfer student to this school and a resident of Maryland where I was born and raised. I recently moved back to Maryland in 2014; however, because I do not have a voters card or failed to change my driver's license from Washington, DC to Maryland when I moved I am being classified as an out-of-state student subject to higher tuition. I have appealed the decision twice and whomever responds to my appeal always uses the ID as their case; however, my argument is that I do not drive and did not need to change my ID and I have paid Maryland state taxes for 2 years as well as worked here. This is just a bad way to begin my bachelor's degree as a transfer student and I will be attending another school next semester. My advice to anyone attending this school, do so only as a last resort.
Meh. This school has all the makings of a degree mill. I understand they are credentialed by some government agencies but the admin of the school feels like a retail business-Get the students in, sign them up. From what I saw, the curriculum is worthy. For the price I paid in tuition, I expected more from the instructors and the administration. I was attending the online program, and that's where the issues began. For example, when I had a question, I was not able to get in contact with the professor. After a few days and still no answer I attempted to try again. I don't expect the teachers to be at beck and call, but at least be available at some point within 72 hours to field a homework question. For the price of tuition (4300) I feel I am paying for access to the instructor and their guidance. The website and class pages were not intuitive. Now granted I'm not a teenager, but I shouldn't have to spend hours navigating through the site to figure out what is due, and where to find assignments. When I did call the admin about the issues, I felt like I was calling any retail customer care center, rather than an academic advisor. Clearly, their goal was to keep the student enrolled, not solve the initial problem the student inquires about. In summation, if you are a totally independent studier, requiring zero guidance from the faculty, and have big bucks to pay this is a good school for you.
I was a military brat and graduated from high school overseas and signed up for one of the few colleges available at the military base. The school overall was good. I took a break in the middle of it and took my time getting the degree and actually changed my major 3 times before earning enough credits for the Environmental Management and Social Science double major. After changing my major the last time and during the time I finished the classes they changed the name to Environmental Science. I spent a total of 10 years at this school received a double major BS degree and two certificates. The two advisors I had were very helpful. They called me and said I had enough for the Applied Behavioral and Social Science certificate and the Diversity Awareness certificate if I took another class so I did it. In my last 4 classes my advisor called again and said I had enough credits to get a double major. The advisors were great. Most of the teachers were great as well. I went to the Asia division and the Stateside online as well and the transfer was smooth. Some of the online teachers were inconsiderate about students and time zones and expected us to wait up at night for an exam to open because it was only open for 12 hours stateside. For example when its day time in Maryland its night time in Okinawa Japan. many of the classes did a week long exam but there were the few that did a 12 hour opening. Some just did a final paper. The FA was bumpy. Being in Okinawa Japan if anything went wrong I had to go to the office and have them call mainland Japan office to fix things or ask the status of things. Sometimes they made me call stateside and that was worst. But the stateside division wasn't as bad. They had this one teacher that taught a majority of the environmental classes and she was savage. I'm an A-B student but with her it was extremely difficult and I mostly got C's with her. She would give her own statistics for grades and it was funny she didn't see anything wrong with having 0 of her students in that class getting A's and about 2-3% getting B's. Overall, I would recommend the school for someone who is unsure of what college to go to and are waiting in limbo and indecision. The classes are highly transferrable and they take almost any other's school's credits as well. The school is agreeable and flexible. They cater to the military which is great and the school is all right but it isn't a school any one recognizes or knows and if going for a job not in Maryland most employers will say "who? I'll have to look them up." I tried getting a job with this degree and was unsuccessful as I was beat out by others with degrees with more reputable schools like U of Phoenix. The degree work was challenging but the degree itself is looked down on since it isn't a well known school outside the military and Maryland. But its a great in-between college for the military members or civilians that don't know what they plan on doing yet. They never once rushed me along my 10 years at the school. They called and checked in and asked how I felt about what interested me and offered opinions but never said anything along the lines of you need to pick a major and stick with it.
I am currently attending this university and enrolled in their computer science program. I was truly surprised by the amount of 4 and 5 star reviews the school received on here for two reasons. First, the veteran "advisors" are terrible. I must attend a non-online course to receive full GI benefits and as such I have to speak with these advisors most semesters to coordinate the courses I am taking. Any time I have to call the advisors I usually have to call multiple times to get the correct information. Many times they are rather short with me and rarely give me a direct answer to my questions. That being said after those multiple calls and emails I will eventually find a good advisor to help me. The second reason is the teaching methods. You are given an electronic book and your homework. If you have any questions email the instructor. Otherwise your on your own..... i spend more time on Khan Academy and reading forums because they do a better job explaining course subjects. Have you ever read a math book? Its painful. One of my first classes was discrete math and to boot my instructors first language was not English. Sometimes the grammar was so bad in his posts that students had no clue what he was saying. I have had programming classes that didn't even have books and just linked students to websites that had programming tutorials. I am currently looking for schools in my area that offer CS degrees so I can switch and I would not recommend this school to others unless you just love reading electronic text books. I'm just glad my tuition is covered by GI bill. Otherwise, that would be another reason added to the list. UMUC is not a "bad" school. Its just not that great in my opinion. Plus sides are that the instructors are usually quick to respond to posts and emails. However, I am reminded of that discrete math instructor who failed to grade many assignments even after repeated emails to him. Another plus is I have not had to buy any class materials. Books are all online.