University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (194)
This school's course work is maddening! The reviews with 1 and 2 stars are very true based on my experiences. This school is full of busy work for you to do and very little else. I think the only way to go through their courses and not scream and plot on giving up at least once a week is to not have a life, no family, job, anything else to do. I just don't see how anyone can do this and be happy with it and feel they are learning anything if they have all that and are trying to make a decent grade on a course at UMUC. It's like they are trying to make this impossible. Six weeks of boring, unengaging conversations are the worst parts of the courses. The facilitators don't even do that so they for sure don't teach you anything or help you learn in any way at all. Other schools always have more material, examples, etc. for me to use than UMUC. That's awful. This school is clearly in it for the money and not to help you walk away with a degree and ACTUAL knowledge you were supposedly putting time into gaining here. This school's courses are akin to those freeware ones you find at many, many schools offering them online now in that there is no one there to help you, not in a real way you would expect at a higher learning institution.
I was doubtful when I started here because majority of online schools are joke.. however, UMUC changed my opinion completely. It was hard. I actually had to spend hours and hours on assignments and studying. I studied my first 3 years at a bigger " actual" university so I definitely have something to compare... I learned alot and it definitely helped my career.
UMUC is a good option for full-time employees, and graduate students. The course load is average, however, I learned a lot. All the exercises helped me to think critically, and those are relevant to work too. I am happy with the program. I am recommending to go for the Project Management program.
UMUC made continuing my education during active duty service convenient, and hassle-free. I was worried at first about the quality of instruction I would encounter from an online school, but every professor I dealt with had an impeccable record of academic and personal achievement. My professors were able to share real world experience from both private sector, and government positions. The online interface takes little time to get comfortable with, and tech support always quickly assisted with any issue I had.
Pros: 1. They take your other undergrad credits and apply to general ed courses. I had a BS from another college, and they took ALL the credits. Relatively cheap compared to other online programs. 2. Subpar education. Professors don't pay attention, and the resource provided in course content/resources are subpar. I routinely find other (and much better) resources on my own on Youtube, etc. and regularly purchase textbooks to supplement your content. If it weren't for that, I'd learn very little. 3. Discussions are stupid. We all reply about similar topics--do I really have to write up a discussion, then comment on other peoples' discussion on the same topic? Like what am I to tell them? "Good job on doing your inane homework this week?"
UMUC was a good experience. Keep up with your post and start projects/papers in advance. For those of you who go into the psychology program, make sure you stick to APA format when writing. I was able to handle to work and take two classes at one time with no problem. Much success!
My experience with University of Maryland University College was excellent! Since I was in the military serving overseas and a single mom, life is very busy! Yet, UMUC was with me every step of way the whole time. Even though I was attending college on three separate continents over the course of 17 years, they were consistent in their pursuit of excellent academic and administrative care no matter what location. I attended face-to-face classes in Korea and Belgium, then continued 100% online in Maryland. Since I was in the military serving overseas, I had access to 1) excellent education and curriculum 2) a very diverse student population and 3) the Office of Student Affairs and Advising and especially the professors were always helpful, courteous, intelligent, challenging, and never missed a beat. Now that I have been attending college on and off for over 20 years, I have heard horror stories of other colleges and universities, especially when it came to rigor, the quality of instructors, and the academic offices either losing student records or due to poor advising, requiring students to take thousands of dollars of extra courses that they did not originally anticipate. I never had a poor experience like that with UMUC. If you have the choice to attend UMUC in either face-to-face courses or online, take it. You won't regret it.
I cannot stress to you how important it is that you do not attend this college. They give you an online book and a summary of what is in it. Rarely do you see an instructional video. Students spend 99% of their time googling our youtubing in order to try to understand anything. I went to college so that I would not have to learn that way. Most of the computer course instructors have English as a second language. It is difficult for them to communicate to students what they require. By the way, tutoring is no longer available for computer course online. This school says it is friendly to working adults but that cannot be further from the truth. The workload is intense.
I have been studying in UMUC for 3 years now. this is my last semester because im graduating in spring 2017. so far my experience with UMUC is great. I enjoyed my experience with UMUC and had taken online college classes at other universities but really appreciated the clear and concise format of the UMUC online courses. All assignments and syllabus are loaded the weekend before class for the entire 8 week term for undergrad. They are broken up by weeks, usually you will have a weekly discussion and response post to make, you don't have to purchase books in most cases as you are expected to read and review the documentation for your class from the online access. For difficult classes like Computer Science or Economics, there aren't online tutors available. Most test are given through an online web-based exam portal. Projects and papers are also given for grades. Group projects for some classes are the same for most. There is NO LIVE INSTRUCTION or even video for many classes. You have to read a lot. Since the classes are 8 weeks long, expect to read anywhere between 50 to 100 pages a week of material to learn the topics expected. Taking a full course load of more than 2 classes every 8 weeks will be a killer on time. I have done 3 classes every 8 weeks and it is a lot of work. For the online free tutoring offered you get 2 sessions of 30 min each time. My tutors for Computer Science and Math were okay, I had to seek other tutors or really be verbal with the professor when I needed help. Most cases they helped.
Most of the students were lazy. I spent a lot of time in class answering most of the questions myself. Also, a lot of the teachers were jealous/rude. I dealt with multiple class cancelations, and just a lot of outlandish behavior. And, a lot of people were older and bitter in the classroom. It made for an uncomfortable experience.