University of Phoenix Reviews - Associate in Human Services
I would not refer this school to anyone! I now owe a balance that I don't have because my advisors could not do their jobs. No one was ever on the same page! I was told countless lies, calls never returned along with not retiring emails. I am very upset because I am 4 classes away from a degree! Which can't be finished until I pay them almost $500! I'm a new mother! I don't have that kind of money. I can't even attend other schools while paying that off.
The university of phoenix online associates degree in human service mangement was a challenging but rewarding program. The instructors are very helpful but sometimes it takes a while to get your grade back for an assignment. The courses are well designed and the help centers really are great. My only issue is that being an online student does not give you the one on one help you really need for some of the courses especially math. In addition to this the school is kind of expensive . If i had to give it a rating id give it three and a half stars.
This school is total crap. Like others have said uop is only interested in money. I was getting straight A's in my AA program. I only had 3 months left till I finished getting my associates degree and then they flat out withdrew me. I called and said what happened. They said I didn't participate. I then said I participated all the time and if I didn't participate how was a getting a 100% in the class? They said that I missed three weeks of participation and that there is nothing they can do. I said that I did do full participation every week and that if my participation wasn't up to "their" standards then they should have let me know in advance instead of just taking me out. They said they can't do anything. That is the third time this has happened to me here. I thought the first two times were because of me, but after what happened today I realized that it wasn't me at all. It is them and they just want me to give them even more money then I already give them. Please save yourself and do not go to university of Phoenix.
I find some of these negative reviews hard to believe sometimes. My experience this far has been exceptional. I've never NOT heard back from in instructors or advisors. I get a call every month from all 3 just to ensure I'm doing OK in all aspects of school and life! The work isn't that easy, but well worth it. I've enjoyed my class experiance, the website is easy for me to navigate, tech. support is on point. I haven't anything to complain about except maybe the price. But, it would cost just as much if anywhere else If you factor in gas, and child care I would need. This school gets a lot of flack from those who have never experienced it. I have 3 friends that found jobs almost immediately after graduating UOP, so I'll take their word for it. It may be a joke to a lot of people, but it's worth it to me!
I have been a student at the University of Phoenix since 2011 and will be graduating in October of 2013 with my Associates Degree in Human Service Management. I have to say, I have read all of the good and bad comments about the school and I agree with all of the good comments, but I have never experienced any of the bad comments that some have been posting. For those who say that they cannot find work after graduation; well I am sorry if this sounds rude, but that is not the school's problem. The university's job is to educate you,which they do very well, if I may add. They never promise employment to their student's after graduation. When you graduate, it is your responsibility to find a job, not the school's.
I have to admit, University of Phoenix is not for everyone. You have to be very well disciplined and able to manage your time properly. I recently read a review on another website where someone said that the school's students constantly cheat on exams/quizzes. Although some students may, not everyone does. In the over a year that I have been a student, I have never once cheated on an assignment, quiz, or exam. And why haven't I cheated? Because then it would not benefit me at all. Sure it would give me a good grade, but I would not learn anything from cheating. This brings me back to those who attend having to have self discipline. As long as you read your materials, do your work, response to discussion questions, and study (Yes study!), you will have no problems. At the rate I am going, I will be graduating with honors in October, and I am doing so through hard work and dedication.
If there was something that I could change about the school, it would be one of their teachers. The only reason I say this is because I am currently in a math course and my teacher is terrible. He is rude, sarcastic, and extremely cocky. In the time I have spent at the school, I have never felt so disrespected by a teacher in a response that he posted to me. I did contact my academic advisor and was told that the only thing I could do was save all of the rude messages I received, and slam him in the end of course survey (which I will be doing). But besides that one teacher, everything else, and every other professor has been great. The teachers are there to help you learn, and I have never come across a teacher who did not do their best to help you understand something. Also, for those who say that the teachers are "instructors" and do not have a background in the course they are teaching; you are completely wrong. At the beginning of each course, the teachers post a biography about themselves and encourage you to do the same so everyone can get to know each other. In their biography, they clearly state their degrees and each of them are extremely qualified to teach the course. The school would not hire them if they weren't! All of my teachers have had the Master's degree, or their PhD. in the type of course they are teaching. I do not know about you, but that sure does qualify them enough for me.
The last thing I would like to touch on are the financial aid, academic, and enrollment advisors. I have read reviews on this school that talks about how they never speak with their advisors. Well I am not sure who your advisors are, or were, but I speak with mine at least 1-3 times a month, if not more! They call me to check in, make sure I am doing okay in all of my courses, and they ask if I have any questions for them. They have always been there when I have had a question and they answer the question honestly. Even when I have called them, if they were not in their office or on another call, they call me back with 20 minutes. I do not know if I have lucked out with my advisors or not (because I have not had any other advisors), but I have never had an issue with my advisors. They have been great, willing, and ready to help.
Without a doubt, I would recommend this school to others. With the exception of one professor, everything is great with the school. You will get out of it what you put into it. If you are not a self disciplined, self motivated, or organized person, I would not recommend you attend this school, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn, you will, without a doubt, be successful!
Once I graduate in October, I am returning within weeks to start my Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a specialty in Family and Child Services. I have to say, since I have yet to graduate, I cannot accurately answer yes or no to whether or not my degree has helped me with my career, but I know it will. One last note; I have not even graduated with my associates yet, and my school has already helped me find an organization to volunteer with that I will need for my Bachelor's program.