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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.
Love it! Such a great school and atmosphere I felt like the teachers are super involved and caring. The most important thing this school has to offer is its flexibility with actual teaching which is great. I got a job right outta college and I did mostly online!
DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!!!! I paid way too much money and now need my transcripts and they will not give them to me!!!! All of the money I have paid and all of the work I have put into this degree and now they are denying me my transcripts until a $50 fee for the master's program (nothing to do with my bachelor's) is paid. I was considering going here for my master's but will definitely not be. My transcripts for my bachelor's should have NOTHING to do with anything dealing with my master's!!!!!
UMUC is a good university. I am graduating in May 2016 in Cyber Security Policy and Management. I have been with the school for 3 years now and I can give you some insight about the school. For starters the administration is not the best, they will not go above and beyond for you. Learn to look up the policies yourself (which isn’t hard) to find you answers before calling them, give them something to reference. Financial Aid is a hassle at first until you get used to the process and how everything works. I believe many people get mad at the financial aid department because the student 1) messed something up 2) do not understand the process and time frames the department follows. However, besides the Admin and Financial Aid, the classes and professors from my experience were above average. Did I have some bad professors, Yes, did I file a grievance against a professor during my tenure due to the lack of proper instruction (The whole class did), Yes. Where there many other classes and professors that were great and were very personable and concerned about my education and goals, Yes. There are always going to be professors you will not get along with and there are professors that will hit you up on LinkedIn to follow your career because they felt you had potential and actually care. Many Professors are subject matter experts in their field (which is great for cyber security students) and some are tenured professor from UM and other prestigious schools (you can definitely tell to, they are way stricter, but have a unique way of teaching you so you don’t forget the material). I took the majority of my classes at Shady Grove and College Park F2F, but many were online as well. At the end of the day I can say that once I graduate I personally know I have the knowledge and skills to get a job in the federal or private sector in my chosen career field (what else do you really want?) I start graduate school at the end of May in Information Technology: Information Assurance at UMUC because I believe the curriculum will add tremendous value to resume and provide the skills I need to be successful. Last note: You will have to truly earn your A’s and B’s in most of your core classes, so ensure to take it serious as I have seen many students get mad because their GPAs dropped as the classes got harder and they thought they could try and do minimum work and maintain an A or B. Nope, you have to earn it and UMUC makes sure of it.
This online school's class sites are not accessible on mobile phones. Not normally a problem, but I submitted my paper as a google doc 7 hours before the deadline, then had to drive home from a trip. I received the automatic email notification from the school that my paper had been accepted, but the professor couldn't open it and only sent a message on the class site (not accessible on mobile phones) that he couldn't open it. Now I've received a failing grade for the course (previous to this I had a 4.0).
This college is great if you want to work on your degree and have a full time job as well. The 8-week online courses are fast paced and enable you to get credits quick. Most classes are challenging but not too difficult to get an A/B if you just do your work and stick to the syllabus. A typical week involves discussion posts and replies and a paper/case study either each week or every other week and a final project or test at the last week. Where this school lacks is its administration. I've had nothing but issues with trying to get anyone to answer my questions and typically they just pawn it off to someone else that drops the ball. In short...I've been told to wait and wait until closer to graduation for an advisement audit... so I expect I'll either graduate come Spring or be told I still need a class at the last minute....no guidance whatsoever. I'm only 2 or 3 classes away from completing my degree but cannot get any solid answer for the mistakes in my advisement report and just get told that will be sorted out when closer to your graduation date. I've requested a advisement report audit twice within the last year to figure out what I needed to graduate; because some of the classes I completed are showing in the wrong areas making it look like I need to take more classes than really necessary. The first time I was simply contacted and told that will be done when you apply for graduation. Sooo...I applied for graduation about 3 months ago and paid the fee and still haven't heard anything. I followed up with advising to once again request a advisement report audit and this time they updated my report with no actual changes just to tell me the same thing, and my classes are still in the wrong areas (these are my upper level residency classes being placed in my electives) and once again I'm told that will be done when you get closer to graduating. I'M TWO CLASSES AWAY FROM GRADUATION!, (OR 3 depending on the mistakes in my advisement report) hence why I've been contacting advisement over and over again to figure out the issue.... The advisement/administration is horrible to work with and just use copout methods and have never really given me a sense of 'hey these people care about me' feeling. I've been told to wait and wait until closer to graduation... so I expect I'll either graduate come Spring or be told I still need a class at the last minute....no guidance whatsoever.
I completed my bachelor's at UMUC and decided to do my Master's there as well. The course work was extremely challenging. The advisors were very helpful. This is critical because when I completed my bachelor's I felt the advisors were not as helpful as they should have been. This shows that the school is improving.
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.