University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (199)
I am a military spouse that needed a reputable school that would flexible with our duty station rotations. I received my second bachelors from UMUC then rolled into my Masters program. My only issue with the school is the Financial Aid office needs to be contacted 1-2 per semester. The degree confer process took almost 2 months, considering you pay $50 to have them validate course work and print a diploma, that was a long time to me. I believe overall this school has a good reputation, I attribute my successful career to the degree obtained at UMUC, which is well respected in the DC/MD/VA area biotechnology and clinical research industry. Course material is all provided and to me that is what sold me on returning for my Masters.
I have completed my degree at UMUC and think that this an overall excellent school. When starting here I had completed about 40 credits and the next 80 plus were completed online at UMUC. The Learning Experience Online (LEO) classroom has come a long way since I started 4 years ago. The professors are very good and challenge the students. The only criticism I would have is the financial department. Once set there shouldn't be any problems, but there are many times when contacting them regarding financial aid that I wanted to jump through the phone, but once the issues were resolved I haven't had any problems since.
UMUC provides active duty personnel an extensive variety of courses that may taken online or at satellite locations both stateside and at overseas locations. The university has caring student advisors and professors who are interested in student success while at UMUC. There are also military advisors who assist students navigate through applying for VA Educational benefits, as well as, using military tuition assistance options.
The beginning of UMUC was a headache only because the Financial Aid department did not communicate with me regarding my aid. It took them awhile to confirm to me that they received my transcript from a community college. I kept getting different information and email when i contacted that department. Somehow, I had an SAP issue and wasn't able to get aid from a class i drop in 2009 way before class started. I kept bothering them until someone lift that SAP issue and I was able to get aid to take classes, which happen in summer versus me taking it in spring. My overall experience with the online classes and professors have been really good. It's fast pace with a high demand of work to be completed but it was convenient for someone like me working and taking care of family full-time. I'm still attending UMUC with only 2 semesters left. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO STAY ON TOP OF FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY TEND TO MAKE CHANGES AND YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET THE EMAILS REGARDING THE CHANGE.
Academic advising consistently messed up with my degree requirements. They had me dropping courses required for graduation and paying for classes I didn't need. Everytime I prepared for graduation I was told I needed an additional course which of course was more money, although I worked very closely with advising. I'm not sure what their hiring process is but they obviously need to change it. I eventually had to transfer to another institution. New students beware, as a stepping stone the school is a great idea but long term masters programs you should run the other way.
Well, my experience with UMUC was a mixed bag. As far as the classes went, the instructors for the most part ranged from decent to very good. No real complaints with the educational aspect, other than the 8 week class format can be a bit demanding and not leave much time for real life issues. HOWEVER...dealing with the admissions department, counselors, and financial aid departments was an utter and complete nightmare. Academic counselors/advisors don't return emails and will just tell you anything to get you off the phone. If you are not self financing and need any type of financial aid, do yourself a favor and avoid this school. I really hate to say it that way but dealing with any of the support staff was just too frustrating and to resolve any issue always required multiple follow-ups.
SCAM SCAM SCAM!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS HORROR HOUSE!!! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER FROM THE BEGINNING WHEN THEIR ACCEPTANCE RATE WAS 100%, YET A GRADUATION RATE OF 4%. WHERE DO I START? FINANCIAL AID IS PRETTY MUCH A SCAM. THEY BLINDSIDED ME BY "PROCESSING" MY APPLICATION TILL THE MIDDLE OF SEMESTER JUST FOR ME TO FIND OUT I COULDNT AFFORD THAT SEMESTER. THE CLASSES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE!!!
I see too many concerns about financial aid that have nothing to do with the course work. I finished a Master Degree in Management with a concentration in Supply Chain and Acquisition Management. I found the courses challenging and have never had a problem or question concerning my degree since I finished the program. Online classes at this school are not easy and I suspect that this may be an issue for someone coming from a traditional brick and mortar school Do your research on your program and career prospects and try to find a job with tuition reimbursement to avoid the financial aid hassles
I have a Masters Degree and was curious as to what certificate programs UMUC may have to boost my resume. knowledge, and skill-set. What I found in UMUC was terrible customer service and a low reputation in the eyes of employers. An inquiry into a program pretty much costs you $50.00 and if you do not pay for it, they take you to collections and that affects your credit report. This is so damaging to college students who are trying to better themselves and their education. I started the application to look into what was needed to apply for a certificate program but did not submit. Because I did not submit, I was spammed relentlessly via phone to enroll in the program and when I flatly refused, they threw me a $50.00 application fee/fine. UMUC insisted that I submitted the application but I honestly have no recollection of submitting. In fact, the UMUC rep on the phone said I could just keep the application open until I was ready to enroll. Despite numerous peaceful attempts to request that the $50.00 application fee be dropped because I did not submit nor did I want to attend their program (NOR did I have the money or time at this moment to attend) they still sent me to collections. A starving college student trying to make it in this world and I am just a number/means to collect $50.00. Shameful in my opinion. Go with a University that cares about you as a student and future contributor to society and not a fee-driven scam like UMUC.
I started in Okinawa and the instructors were amazing, great teachers. Once transferred to the US everything went down hill. The financial department/SCCU is an absolute nightmare with VA benefits and reimbursing monies paid. If using GI AVOID AT ALL COST!!! almost a year in the process to get them to correct the the issues with money being placed into collections. Once the VA corrected and paid UMUC for the debt owed , UMUC has not done anything to reimburse the money I paid to SCCU. SCCU claim it cant do anything unless UMUC sends them an adjustment of over payment. None of these two entities are willing to take responsibility and have wiped their hands of the matter. Apologize for the sporadic thought process but it is extremely frustrating that they can not and have not assited me in any way except in wasting my time. AGAIN IF YOU ARE A VET DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE ESPECIALLY IF YOU WORK AS A CONTRACTOR OR ARE ACTIVE AND DEPLOYABLE