University of Maryland University College Reviews
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I decided to earn a degree well into my career. I'd worked my way up through the management ranks and was at the executive level when I decided to return to school. UMUC's Business/Management curriculum was quite relevant to what I do everyday. I got the theory behind some of the practices, enhanced my skills in various aspects, and my confidence was boosted. After earning a degree my income was increased and I receive a promotion. The CEO of my company even attended my commencement. I found most of the instructors very engaged and invested in the success of their students. However, I did have a very small number of instructors that may have been experts in their field but it did not translate into a good instructor. Also, although costly, I preferred have a physical textbook rather than the e-books that UMUC starting using around 2014 or 15. With regard to other departments, I found the academic advisors and technical support to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I relied upon them quite a bit. Also, I formed some very good friendships through a study group that I joined. We met every Saturday and helped each other get through Statistics. Online learning is not for everyone. You have to remained disciplined and focused. UMUC was the perfect choice for me.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD AND QUALITY EDUCATION, THEN UMUC IS THE SCHOOL TO ATTEND. IT MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER COLLEGE; IT THE BIRTH PLACE OF GREAT IDEAS AND GREAT PEOPLE. YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED AMONG THE PACE SETTERS? YOU WANT TO BE COUNTED AMONG THE TRIAL BLAZERS; THEN COME HOME TO UMUC.
Worst school ever, If I could give zero stars, or even half stars, it would be done. This 'university' is a joke. The teachers don't email you within a reasonable time, you're swamped with assignments and projects. The grading system is a joke and grades are usually late.
I signed up for several courses with UMUC while stationed in Okinawa. I was in one particular course and the instructor was telling an adult learner a story during the break about how he knew of a math teacher who had a bunch of soldiers in her math class, some of whom were not doing so well academically. The professor remarked, "I told her, just give soldiers a passing grade. I mean, they're in the military, what harm can they do with a bachelors degree?" I found this remark pretty offensive, plus the curriculum was no great shakes, so I transferred out of UMUC. Go to a real school. Go to a school that does not need the word "university" twice and "college" once in its name. UMUC...a step above University of Phoenix.
While going for my first Bachelors in Asian Studies majority of my instructors were knowledgeable, detail oriented, and responsive, my second Program was a train wreck. I started my second degree in B.S. in Computer networking and CyberSecurity, the first few basic networking, security, and computer (get familiar) classes were knowledgeable and helpful. However upon getting into the Linux Admin, Windows Server Install/Config and Cisco classes. The instructors information and assignments were vague, and when you asked for clarification they acted like they had no idea what class you belonged to or what you were talking about. Their ability to communicate on the basic level and to provide details (which is extremely important in IT or at least in my IT Security field. Most other colleges have a 24 hour turn around time to respond to students... some of my teachers took four or five days to respond, and given that the classes are Monday-Sunday, if you have a question after Tuesday you can hang up getting a decent answer. To even get a remote answer or clarity 3 or 4 times I had to go to the IT department and bother Jesse about helping me get clear answers and directions out of the staff. I think the other programs may be better but as far as the three instructors I had for those specific classes.. I doubt I return and likely never to suggest this school for it's IT program. Other than that, the homework was medocra and the quizzes and learning material (TestOut) was the only positive about the classes.
I see some writing terrible reviews of the University of Maryland University College. What they are attesting to (sparse rants really) has not been my experience at UMUC. I think that UMUC is an excellent school and many of their programs are written with industry employers input. In other words, employers are more interested in you if you possess a degree from UMUC over other schools that do not have this relationship. In class, you will often notice students with hurt feelings in that they thought that they were better than they actually are. I feel sorry for these people. There are others who honestly believe that an online program is a breeze over the brick and mortar venue; for these people, I also feel sorry for. Come to the University of Maryland University College; study like you are really interested in learning something; take it seriously, dont play grab-a** with your future; participate and youll do just fine. In fact, you will be just as prideful as I am!
I am enrolled in the online general MBA program without any concentrations. I have three more courses to go before completion. For me, the MBA program would be more beneficial if I lived in the Maryland or DC areas, because thats where many of the jobs are that are posted on UMUCs career website. Not only that, I have moved from a major northern city in the U.S. to a small town and there arent many job opportunities here like I thought it would be. The MBA would almost be useless here. On another note, the degree seems to help people already in a chosen profession move up to a higher paying position. The course work is intense, and I honestly dont know why people are stating its like high school. The semesters are ten weeks, and most of the time its hard to finish assignments early if you have a full time job and a life. You will need every day of the seven days of each session to complete your homework and research. The AMBA 640 Project Management course is a good course, and a good field to choose as a profession. However, you have to pay extra money (and lots of it) besides your tuition to enroll in the project management programs outside of UMUC. Everybody wants money! Many of us just dont have two grand at our disposal to invest in a program to advance our careers. We were hoping that investing in the masters program alone would solve that. It looks like it wont. Such is life. The team projects are challenging sometimes, because your team members all live across the country in other states and cities. Using skype and free conference calls along with emails is the smartest way to communicate and get a good grade on the team assignments. Communicating with team members just one time by email throughout the team assignment is just not enough. LEO is an extensive website with lots of links. Sometimes instructions are posted in more than one place on the site for each week. It may take some students some time to get accustomed to it if those students have never taken an online course. You will need a lot of time to complete homework assignments and discussion assignments to avoid submitting mediocre work resulting in scores of 70% to 80%. I have not had any problems with any professors as of yet, thank goodness. They have all been helpful, and they get back to you in a timely manner. The staff members in financial aid and advising I have communicated with over the phone are professional, and they have always given good customer service. Of all the colleges I have studied at, they are the nicest to talk to. It is refreshing to talk to someone that talks to you with a high degree of respect. The military students and law enforcement students are really bright, and its an honor to work with them. They are ambitious and make great team members. I hope to move from this, place, one day and start a career, or open my own business (my first choice) in another state and city. I think my MBA degree from UMUC would be a lot more beneficial elsewhere. Las Vegas is on my list right now. DC would be nice, but I am not sure if I want to still deal with long bitter cold winters such as I do here.
I would prefer to not even acknowledge it as a school if you ever must have an encounter with any department for help you will be disappointed. From financial aid to advising.. none is available to students! You may look at their site and think there are so many support and help, but Im telling you this from many painful experiences I have not met a single person who cared about an individual student. The worst college experience you can have. It is not enough to describe how bad this college is. I'm really sorry to say this, but it hurts just thinking about it.
I started out in 2004 while I was enlisted and finally finished my program in 2016. At first the program was pretty strenuous (what I would expect from any UM System school.) Somewhere after 2010, they switched to eight week semesters and stopped using actual textbooks. The majority of the faculty is adjunct. With the exception of people like Reginald Haseltine, most of the "instructors" are just there to push corral you through the material like cattle, forcing you to learn the material on your own. Some "instructors" don't even read the papers you submit, just give you an A for the submission. (Personally verified this.) All this comes down to one simple fact; You get what you put into the school. Pros; 1) They took ALL of my military credits and applied them to my degree 2) Online courses made it easy to continue my education even when I moved back and forth across the globe 3) The switch to eight-week semesters allowed to me to finish my degree finally 4) The classes are textbook free, so you don't have to pay extra for materials 5) The switch to eight-week semesters also put me at "half-time" status with the VA, allowing me to collect BAH while only taking one class at a time. 6) In contrast to other-school that change program requirements to keep you from getting your degree, my program was changed several times to make it easier to get my degree. 7) I had professors like R. H. who was not only a subject-matter expert in his field, but was also a GOOD instructor. Cons; 1) The majority of the faculty don't care about you 2) The online reading material that replaced the textbooks are sub-par, I had to buy books off eBay to supplement the online readings 3) Since most of the instructors don't give recorded lectures, I had to watch MIT OCW lectures to actually learn the material 4) Some class you could "ace" with minimum amount of effort possible 5) The program quality was reduced from 2004 when I started to 2016 when I finished
I read some of the reviews and thought I'd put my own thoughts here. I got my bachelors from Indiana University and wanted to do an on-line Masters for the convenience and to experience a different method of curriculum delivery. I find the program challenging, but I echo a few others in saying that you get out of it what you put into it. The grading is consistent and UMUC's online platform is very stable. The course work is arguably taxing and demanding in terms of time, which is why I would advise prospective students to pace themselves carefully. I had no issue with the administration at UMUC, but I was primarily self-financing my education and didn't require any interaction with the finance personnel. One the whole, I would highly recommend UMUC to others seeking an online educational experience.