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TL:DR DON'T DO IT! The program is great but they are going to treat you like a step-child while taking your money! They are the largest FOR-PROFIT University in America, they are only interested in the money you're paying! The content and design of the program was rigorous but I still wouldn't recommend the program to anyone. I would reiterate other's comments regarding the schools money-centered mindset. The financial aid department is a hot mess. My financial advisor yelled at me because I wanted her to do her job, then refused to talk to me for the next year. Later, I learned the same person screwed up my financial aid and I wasn't being allowed to continued until it was fixed. My academic advisor was not helpful either. I have a Master in Education and asked to double up on the early classes because they would cover similar content. I was told to wait until I got the hang of the program. Two years later, I final got approval but then wasn't able to double up because I got to my dissertation writing process and I needed the time. Lastly, the entire dissertation writing and approval process has been exhausting. Not in the "I just wrote a book" way. It's the requirement that I'm in class to submit things (which is normal) but you have to register by X. I called the next day because that's when I finally got the all clear and we started 5 days of "I have to have written acknowledgement from you chair to add you to that class". But did they email my chair. NO! I emailed my chair, then forwarded that email. Then I got a response back that they need to hear directly from my chair. Did they email my chair then? Still NO! Finally get that all done and they decide to switch systems. Which means the 2 weeks of stress and 6 phone calls were for nothing because my class disappeared before I got a chance to start it. Now I'm done but not before I have to get final approval. I submitted in Nov 2018. Got it back with some good and some crazy remarks. Fixed those only to get it back again with again a few things and then some more crazy stuff (edits that don't make sense for APA). I submitted it again and it's been a month this time of just waiting for anyone (heck I'd take a monkey right now) to look at a dissertation that's been reviewed by 8 different doctorate-level professionals to be reviewed. I'm actually concerned I won't make the February registration date for graduation. And I can't really get a job yet because my degree won't post until they quit playing around!
Stay away from this school. They just trying to get your money. They will fail you for no apparent reason. I have never been more disgusted with the school like this one. At the beginning they will promise you the best education, support, and guidance thru whole process. What a joke!!! Don't waste your money or your time with school like this one.
This college is the worst. First they deny my student loans so I end up with an outstanding balance that I had to pay off and then the push back my classes because of the balance even though I WAS paying it off. Not to mention the people in financial aid are rude and disrespectful and never actually do their jobs. Monkeys could run a better college. They are just money hungry a holes and need to be fired. Every last one of them. They messed up not me and then they jeopardize my future because they want cash they would have had if they hadn't messed up AND they want it out of MY pocket! Please tell me how I can pay you guys when I need LOANS to get through school? Huh?
University of Phoenix was a great option for my Bachelor's program. While online education was difficult, using their platform made it easy and possible for me to earn a degree when I would not otherwise have been able to. The user capability and ease of access allowed me to work around my busy schedule to earn a degree and change my path in life. With the degree I earned there I was able to go on and get a second degree in education to be able to teach others and use the knowledge I learned in my psychology degree to teach high school. Other than the price, I would recommend University of Phoenix.
Beware of this school if you are transferring credits. They will lie and mislead you and explain that it will take a couple of months before they can complete your credit transfer. They will lie about how many credits they believe will transfer over just to get you to enroll and pay for two classes before they can complete your credit transfer. Do not pay for classes until they completely finish the credit transfer. Understand that they dont accept all credits like other schools do. Learn from my terrible experience and save your self money by being wise and not being mislead by their lies. Wait the two months to get the results before ever taking a class
I initially started UOP at a local branch. Then the local branch was closed and I was forced to continue online. This was very challenging for me, however it was the only option as almost none of my classes would transfer to another University. Also as a Veteran that is receiving GI Bill Benefits, UOP is NOT recommended for any veteran. In four years here, I never get my BAH pay on time. UOP has a unique way to report attendance, and therefore your payments are always broken up by the VA and unpredictable. Also the financial aid is credited to any payments that VA has not made and therefore you get your financial aid in chunks and it is also VERY unpredictable when it will come. The financial aid advisors never can give you a straight answer. VETS, go elsewhere!!!
My personal experience with the University of Phoenix has been nothing but exceptional. My professors have been helpful and engaging, and the advisors I've dealt with have always been extremely supportive. I've read many negative reviews online about this school though, mostly from people expressing frustration in their own failure to follow simple directions pertaining to participation/attendance/financial aid. The school outlines all requirements clearly - just because someone failed to read or simply doesn't like the way they do things, doesn't mean this is a terrible institution. You get out of your education what you put in to it; whether you're going to UofP, a state college, or an ivy league, you still have to put in the work in order to really learn and truly become educated. Many resources are given to you here, you just have to use them. Those who say this school is a joke are narrow-minded and probably used to what society has to say about more conventional education paths. I know someone who has a degree from UCLA, but still can't get a job. I also know someone who graduated from the University of Phoenix who has a stable career in Education/Administration. Today, a piece of paper declaring you finished 120 credits won't necessarily get you anywhere no matter what school you go to - you have to go the extra mile. Apply for internships, join networking groups, do your own research outside of the classroom - but whatever you do, don't blame your own mistakes or failures on the institution when you're not doing everything you could be doing to succeed. I highly recommend the University of Phoenix, especially to those who want to earn a degree while still working full-time like I do. As long as you're a motivated self-starter, you'll do great.
My degree program was manageable for adults who are working and/or have children. In this program, one course was taken at a time for 6 weeks. The program included a lot of group interaction and projects. The book and class materials will included in the tuition so any materials needed for the classes were online. I felt that this program included a lot of self-teaching. The professors could be emailed when there were questions or difficulties, but there were not videos or webinars that would instruct students throughout the course. For people who are good at reading and analyzing material in order to teach themselves the content, this program would be suitable. I liked concentrating on one class at a time, and the length of each class seemed adequate in order to master the material.
More involvement and understanding by dissertation committee to move through QRM. UOP might want to consider reviewing their tuition costs to compete with other online colleges. I did enjoy their ability based grading philosophy being a former Alverno College graduate.
I am about halfway through my Master's Program at UOP. I absolutely LOVE it. I tried out two different grad schools before UOP and I cannot express how much better things are now. I am impressed with how professional every single person who I've spoken to and dealt with is. Professors are great, program is great, and the online forum is the best I've seen. I'm so glad I found UOP. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
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