University of Phoenix Reviews - Associate in Information Technology
Well I'm not surprised after finding this website and seeing all the complaints about this school. I have to agree with most people posting on here that The University of Phoenix only cares about how much money they can squeeze out of their students. What happened to me was I started to take a math class that I wasn't to familiar with, so I asked my counselor if I could take the class at the end giving me time to do some workshops building up some skills before taking the class again. I dropped the class in the middle of the first week and was told that it wasn't an issue and no financial impact would occur, well that was a lie! I started to get calls from the school stating I owe them 250 dollars for the first week of the math class since my student loan was returned. After explaining to them what I was told they just blew me off and insisted on paying them the money and that If I didn't they would not be able to enroll me in future classes. Now it has been turned over to a collections agency which harass me everyday!! I will not be returning to this crap school and do not recommend anyone to attend either.
I'm currently a student at University of Phoenix. I would not recommend this school to anyone I know, not anymore. The financial advisors are terrible. The instructors were good, and the reason I stay until my currently class. She graded me base on her standard and not Phoenix university's standards. There was no engagement between me and her. According the the academic advisor she doesn't have to answer to anything I post... I don't know why I'm in the class giving her my money. I'm currently a student who is looking for a different college to attend.
I am a veteran and this is a predatory school. They tell you all kinds of great stories to get you in then once you are in they could care less. I dropped an online class within the first week and because I posted 3 times ,that were marked unsubstantiated by the way, I now owe them over $400.00. They have severely messed up my Post 9/11 GI Bill because they keep sending in amendment after amendment even after I left the school. I may not be able to finish my degree because my benefits might be depleted thanks to their should be illegal acts. I plan to contact the BBB and whatever other institutions that I can to make it known that this "university" is below standard. The learning environment is horrible. The "instructors" are hardly ever reachable and when you do reach them they treat you as if you are sub par and could care less about you. Avoid this very expensive predatory school at all cost.
Unlike the negative reviewers here, I had a great experience with UoP. No problems with financial aid, and all of my advisors were fabulous. Additionally, they accepted all of my transfer credits. I transferred out of UoP after taking only 4 courses because I refuse to do the group work. Those who complained about it are spot on. There was no way I will let my high GPA be brought down by classmates. I've heard nothing but horror stories about the team/group work, so I ran as fast as I could. I'm attending a different online univ, and while it is less expensive, the coursework is arduous and dull - I would return to UoP if they were to drop their team player mentality.
I have just completed my 2-year degree in the University of Phoenix (November 15th.) All the work has been through online due to factors in life that require me to take care of ailing family members. In total, I have spent $20,691.67 in tuition and "book material" (including $5,000 in federal loans.) Even if you are in the online segment of the campus, they make you pay for materials (being at least $100 dollars per course.) Each class was a little over $1,000 dollars to attend and you had to deal with two every nine weeks. The overall experience of the online school is slightly above average because of the support from the advisers and being able to work (majority by myself) was a bonus. Luckily, I did not have any team-based work involved in any of my classes; as I hear that people do not get along during those projects. I felt the courses that involved network configurations and security were engaging and allowed me to learn more from those fields; to the point that I am confident in understanding the overall concepts of both. The computer courses did lack a bit because all the topics reference to dated models of Windows computers, but it would give a general understanding of how computer and operating systems work for those who do not have a whole picture of it. There will be (at least) two web design courses that will help explain web development, but it will only make you use one program throughout the courses and they do make a good job talking about what makes a great website work and what doesn't. The worst class I had was called "IT/210 Fundamentals of Programming with Algorithms and Logic." The major component to this class was about learning pseudo code; which is a programming language to help get the broader idea of programming in general. It cannot be inputted into an actual computer because it was not a real programming language. To actually understand pseudo code, an individual would need to test their procedures and identify the faults based on the testing . The course's weakest aspect was that it did not teach me how to test pseudo code or format it properly. There is no textbook that shows you how to properly format the correct text or a third party to help you understand how to test it. The course only gave a textbook that detailed what the structures are and that is it. The course started as 16 students, but dropped down to 4 within the first week. This made it very hard to get your participation per week completed and little to no communication was given between the remaining four students. I did not mind this for awhile because I got used to writing topics that would barely be touched by other people within the week. The Instructor was very shady and wouldn't be a reliable person to reach for information. Even asking a question to the instructor, he would simply tell you to find out yourself. When I submitted by assessments, it would take weeks for the instructor to grade them (mind you he only has four students to grade assessments.) Whenever he did get the time to grade my assessment, he would give me a low grade and not provide me any feedback. There was no participation from the instructor because he would only have to copy and paste questions from the textbook and use support cases (little pages about the topics) from previous instructors. There is no excuse for this instructor to become incredibly lazy. I was angry and disappointed in this course because I really wanted to learn programming. Despite the drawbacks and horrendous course layout, I gave it my all and passed with a D (my only D that sits aside my remaining As and Bs.)The current status on this course is unacceptable and I would not suggest learning about programming from the online segment. If you are currently in that course, I feel for you deeply. If you are thinking about getting an Associate Degree of Arts in Information Technology, then you will receive some good courses and (hopefully not the pseudo code course.) some issues with others.
I have taken classes at UoP on and off over the years (due to personal circumstances) and at first when I started in the Associates Program they called it Axia College. Apparently that is all apart of University of Phoenix now. I must say there are great improvements over the years at University of Phoenix with regards to the quality of materials provided and so far the quality of instructors (knock on wood). I hear this "for profit school's are bad" garbage all the time. Tell me what school is not for profit? Go to the local community college or state university. Ask for a free college course. Let me know how that works out! Private schools don't get state funding (which helps reduce tuition). Private schools rely on Title IV (federal funding), cash, and tuition reimbursement. Nothing is free folks. And no... I don't work for Apollo Group or University of Phoenix nor do I have any stock invested in Apollo Group or University of Phoenix. No degree, no certification, no brand of school is going to guarantee a job. Each of those items I just listed are tools to better YOU. It's YOU who makes it or breaks it.
This school is nothing but a big money scam! I went and received my associates degree for IT and when I recieved my degree, I can honestly say I have more knowledge in biology and religions of the world. I too me through my entire program maybe 5 courses of IT and still did not get any knowledge of it. When it came time for me to ask a question to the "teacher", I most of the time never got responses back. If I needed a tutor for anything they had one assigned to me over the phone and it was always someone that could barely speak proper English! Or if I wanted to meet someone in person, I was supposed to drive 2 hours on my own expense rather than go to a local UOP campus. What crap is that?! I never got the assistance needed! UOP also told me once I graduated they would help me find a job in my area and that was more of a joke! They sent me a website that was similar to monster.com! Now what the hell is that?! Now come time to pay the loans back.....I was not able to make my payments because I was and "still" stuck at the same dead end job and I don't make squat for money so my loans were sent to debt collectors, ok...I get that...I made payment arrangements and continued to make payments and they assured me that if I make my payments that my income taxes would not be intercepted! Yeah right...I counted on their word in hopes I would be able to pay my property taxes and now I can't because they went back on every word they said. UOP has been nothing but he'll for me, I am embarrassed to even say I went to school there. I am more proud and confident saying I never continued on with school rather than me saying I went there! This school is a big joke! Online schooling, NOT WORTH IT! Go to a local tech school, you will never regret, not to mention WAY the hell cheaper! Just for my bogus associates degree that didn't benefit me for anything, I owe a total as of now $45,500,( they lie, to add money on too for no reason) they like to tack money on....and still at my dead end job. I encourage you all to seriously consider tech school, an on campus school. Piss on UOP, I know of many who did this in my area and unfortunately we are going through the same thing. Please make a good choice and do not choose UOP.
UoP is a good school filled with busy work and information that is just under the bar of necessary to help you. I feel as though everything I learned was based on old outdated technology. All the work in any of the courses was busy work. They just recently changed their online campus website and it is a total failure, so many problems and no flow to the design. It was nice to be in school and get my AAIT. I am glad I did it, but I feel like I wasted my time learning about things that didn't help me.. Maybe it will look good on a resume.
I am one of the many who decided to go back to school in hopes of a better life for my family. I chose UOP because my employer provides a discount and pays for most of my tuition. I am also a full time worker, father, and husband. I simply do not have the time to go to a traditional university and complete my degree in a normal (five years or less) timeframe. For the people that claim their other credits do not transfer, they do. Probably not all of them, but a majority of the prereq's will. I prefer the traditional schools, but After some time I think I have found my groove in this online atmosphere. The reason why I would not recommend this school is probably one of the reasons why for profit schools have such a bad rap; their grading scale makes it truly hard not to pass. This gives weight to the whole "buying your degree" reputation. But, honestly where don't you buy your degree? My brother in law went to a fully accredited, and much more expensive school than u of p. Yes, he went to actual classrooms with real teachers. But, these classes were enormous. Some had over 100 students per. The professors might never know you were in their class if you passed them in the halls. He used to being his essay over for us to proofread and you would think a fourth grader wrote it. He got a's and b's! where's the difference? another thing I don't recommend is the accelerated learning. Associate's classes are 9 weeks long. Bachelors are 6. Each week, I have a minimum of 40 pages to read per class. There are 2 to 5 assignments due each week, too. Not to mention those ridiculous discussion question requirements for attendance and participation. This fact forces me to skim and turn in sub par work just to pass. I do not feel that I am getting a proper education this way. Some topics really interest me, but the short time between work and home life and school assignment due dates forces me to hurry. Yea, you truly only get out what you put into it. I am grateful that I already have a decent paying job , because I definitely would not expect to have employers knocking on my door if I only had a degree from this place.
I have to say that I did not have a good experience in this school. However, I believe it is because I need more hands on and visual learning then what is offered at Phoenix. I cannot learn by just reading a book. I did graduate but I struggled. My GPA suffered because of this. I had a GPA from a previous school that was a 3.9. I had to change my major to something that wasn't offered at the first school so I transferred to Phoenix. My husband obtained his BS degree from Phoenix and did great. We just learn differently. He likes being able to just read the book and have very little contact with the instructors. I, on the other hand, like having classes where I can ask questions and see what other students are asking about. I like having my reading assignments, and I also like having videos that help teach. I am attending another school for my BS, and I think I have found a learning experience that is right for me. What I'm trying to say is, if you are like me and learn by reading, watching, hearing and actually being taught then Phoenix may not be for you. A lot of online colleges and universities can walk you through one of their classes prior to you actually committing to their school. Take them up on that so that you know what you are getting yourself into. This is a huge commitment, so do your research prior to getting yourself into debt and not being happy with your choices.