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I never write a review of anything before, but I figured that every students have the rights to know about the school and its services. I registered my first class on March 2, 2012 and all my financial aid went through; however, the school have computer system where it checks the credits of class and if it is not the right amount of credits it will lock you and won't give you your refund. Of course, the school policy allow student to take 1 course (3 credits) for their first semester and after that first semester, you will have to take 6 credits.
The financial aid said that they will have to manually remove the block and the block should be removed within 1 week. It turns out to be 5 weeks and I called every 7 days and they give the same answer "it will be removed within 1 week". I figured that after 3 weeks, I considered myself very to be patience; however, after the 5th weeks it is just ridiculous. On top of it, they give some answers (both by phone or chat) just to get you off their back. Here are the answers that I have received "it will be 3-5 days" and every weeks is the same. I like a school that give the students the right services to reduce the stresses that students to go through. As I am writing this, I am talking to an adivisor and asked to speak to the financial aid director. Guess what I got as an answer "Here is her name...., but I don't have her contact information".
Mostly important, an "honest" answer so the students can plan out what to do with their financial because as a student paying school tuition can be very stressful. I hope to write this so students have an understanding of the choice before they make their decisions and hopeful my opinion is not biased.
When I first enrolled in UMUC I was not familiar with online education. It is a great school for students who are willing to take their school work seriously. With the 8-week semester format, there is a lot of pressure and material that needs to be discussed.
Therefore, it is important for students to be disciplined. My experience with staff, faculty, and students has been great. WebTycho and the online classroom are very straightforward and user-friendly. I am graduating in May 2012 and I am very excited. I am also planning to pursue my MBA there as they have a great program.
I just completed my MBA while holding a full-time job. The various topics had real-world applications that I brought to the office every day. The program was demanding and the grading was fair...can't say I was ever surprised. It was great to be able to study around my work schedule, and deliver the various assignments...soemtimes at 2 am.
Good instructors with great backgrounds. Many tools and libraries that enabled virtual participation on lectures. If you missed the lecture, you could always catch the recorded version at your convenience. I worked with one team in 3 classes. We were a well-oiled machine. The group still keeps in touch. Everything is done remotely and help is usually a few clicks away.
You will need to be self-motivated and have strong personal sense of purpose. If you fall behind, it's hard to catch up...so you have to pace your work-load and manage your time appropriately. But we did it..you can too.
The education provided by UMUC was good for me. Of course, you get out of it what you put in, just like with most other educational programs. I liked their flexibility and commitment to military students. Cost was also quite reasonable. Some of the "good" posts here definitely exceed my experience and some of the "bad" seem to relate more to the student than to the institution. I completed my degree by transferring in more than two years from a state school, CLEP, etc though they required much of my core classes to be through them.
Having taken courses from several other state and private institutions I can say the expectations of UMUC were equivaltent to other schools. The instructors were all knowledgeable and trained on instructional techniques. Classmates were all adult learners, focused on getting a sound education rather than social or other aspects often associated with higher ed.
I have had friends and colleagues attend Masters programs in Bioinformatics at Georgetown, JHU, and UMB. UMUC is hands down the best deal out of any of these schools. The program has a course dedicated to each of the following topics: analysis tools, PERL, JAVA, relational databases, biostat, and microarray analysis. This is far more thorough than both UMB, which crams most of these topics into one course, and Georgetown, which teaches python and leaves out PERL (??). JHU most likely has a more thorough comp sci program but I was told that the classes are not geared towards biological applications./p>
I'm sure each program will change over time, but as of right now UMUC offers a lot for a low price. I received an industry job 6 classes before I obtained my masters.
I studied on campus at Louisiana State U, and University of Texas San Antonio, then completed my BS in Business Administration online at UMUC. I would say the reading, research, and assignments were as difficult if not more so than the previous big public universities I attended. The main difference was I didn't have to go to classes 3 times a week and listen to professors read slides to me and fall asleep in class.
If you are looking for a flexible education that is challenging and mostly self taught than you will find UMUC a good fit. It is not by any means an easy A for a diploma mill. For instance I took a 1 hr elective personal finance course which I tought would be a fluff easy A course. I had to write three 6 page papers on topics like the new credit card act that was passed in congress. I was actually shocked at how hard it was to get an A in that elective. Which is a good thing in my opinion. I was thinking it would just be about balancing your checkbook and investing in stocks etc..
So if you can learn on your own and don't need a professor to hold your hand, I think UMUC's BSBAdmin degree is a solid program.
The professors were surprisingly qualified and most of them took the time to actually reach out and talk to each student, individually. Of course, all of them were willing to work with students 1 v 1, but most were actually proactive in this aspect.
From my experience at a relatively prestigious undergrad school (Villanova), the coursework was every bit as challenging, courses more straightforward (less confusion), and professors every bit as knowledgeable (and actually more accessible). The material given to us was as good as it gets, many of them being multimedia sources of actual Harvard lectures. I was disappointed to see the negative reviews until I realized they all appear to be from those who failed to complete or even try the courses anyway. I definitely recommend UMUC.
There was an issue with a payment when I requested some transcripts a few months back and now I have a large bill that must be payed before they will release my transcripts to the new school. On top of this everytime I call to talk to someone just to pay the damn thing and I keep getting different numbers to call and no-one ever answers.
I was even given a fax number to call once. I'm getting the run-around, plain and simple. I can't say the teachers are bad, class work mediocre, but their student services and account assistance is beyond a joke. I would NOT recommend this school.
I believe that for the most part, I've received a stellar education. Especially from my history and humanities professors. That said, this year (2011)the final exam parameters changed and so did the length of the semesters. Final exams at a proctored site are no longer required at UMUC, possibly because of the transient, older, and military demographic of students attending. This is good for students like me who pay out-of-state tuition AND pay for proctored exams. Frankly I'm relieved that future exams are not proctored at UMUC. That saves me $45 per exam plus gas money.
HOWEVER: the semesters are now shortened to 8 weeks instead of a normal 3-month class semester. As a result, I've already seen less interaction from my professors (less time, less ability to interact with students) and I'm PAYING THE SAME OUT-OF-STATE TUITION that I was before. Something isn't right here. But. I will persevere because I've gone to UMUC for three years and want my degree from a Maryland institution. Listen up, UMUC: you're shorting your students and it's unfair.
I attended UMUC from 2007 thru 2010 and graduate in May 2011 with MSIT. My decision to attend the university was based on Cost, accrediation and the convenience of have it totally online. The name university of maryland lend it more credence as was a major factor in me choosin this over Strayer University.
My experience at UMUC was wonderful; i have my frustration with the administrative office at time trying to get my tuition posted from Sallie may in time for registration, but overall the academic component was great.
i learned a lot from the lectures, some better than others but completed with a 3.6 GPA. I am able to apply directly some of the things i learn into my daily work life.
I have grown professionally, and in my position as Director of Infomation Systems I beleive i now have to tools and equip with the knowledge to ask the right questions and make the right strategic decisions. My advise to anyone look to advance their education; you should consider your cirsumstance, look at what you ae trying to acheive and decide if this is the best fit.
I spent a lot of time looking at Graduate schools and was glad i choose UMUC. needless to say, after i graduated, I was promoted form Assistant Director to Director (with more than 30k salary increase) during this process. It really works for me during this dire economic times.