University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in Business Administration
University of Phoenix was a great experience for me. I finished with a 3.5 GPA and you absolutely get out what you put in. The problem is a lot of veterans as with most first term and out wanted it to be easy. I never had a problem with my financials always got paid on time. The problem most had is they didn't know how the system worked. Bottom line is, you will study and use the same curriculum as any college out there with the advantage of an extensive library that is and will always be available to you. Do not let the haters deter you from University of Phoenix it is very advantageous for those who are working full time and wanting to further their education. On campus greater than online.
I do not have a concern with the teachers, the course work. My concern is with the relatively ignorant, very robotic, under trained financial aid team.I fell on May 16th I reached out to the school, wrote a long letter regarding my spinal injuries and the difficulties I am to date having with sitting, holding my head up, medications and side effects, etc. No one, not one person and I spoke to several, ever mentioned the option for a medical leave. I finally spoke with one of my instructors and he told me the process. Finance team are like robots with no brains (hate being mean) I gave it 100% and was successful in my class up until the last week. I failed the course, I just could not answer the questions. I suffer from nerve damage and I am still/currently in physical therapy and under the care of a physician. It is just sad that they are simply read off of the script people who have absolutely no problem solving skills. Even when transferred to the upper management team, they simply repeat word for word what the previous person stated. And the emails from this team are childs play. Never clear, precise and to the point. I am very saddened by this school I sincerely feel failed by them and their abilities to truly assist me in continuing my education. I am now forced to get my degree someplace else.
I was going to this school originally however I decided to drop out after being bullied in my online class and the instructor critiqued me after I brought inappropriate comments to his attention. I followed the techniques that were taught in class for addressing a hostile classmate only to have the instructor declare that I was being demanding for expressing disappointment that the student in question (a teammate for a group project) could not deliver their portion of the assignment on time.
This college was great for the first few classes and months . Until i recieved a teacher that was absolutely terrible and so i dropped this class . After dropping this class they told me i could no longer attend the school using my GI bill because too many of their students were already attending the school using the GI bill . So basically either pay out of pocket or find another school is how they put it . Exactly put : We were notified today that you are not eligible to use your VA benefits for your next course currently scheduled to begin on MTH/215 at the Las Vegas location. Federal regulations prohibit the payment of VA educational benefits in the event a student enrolls in or re-enters an educational program at a location in which more than 85 percent of the students in the program at that location are using VA educational benefits. The program and campus you attend has exceeded that 85% threshold So after advice from the Acedemic counselor to drop the course do to the issues in my class i was sent this letter .
I took in person classes. Online work was homework and out of class work to be done for the next class. It was regimented. It taughtbin real time with real time issues and tech. We were forced to do public speaking,presentations and it helped. It is very good for the working professional. I was already established in my career and won a scholarship to finally finish my undergrad. Its not a degree mill. If you do not do the work you wont pass. Simple. It has changed since my time yet it helped me a lot. Financial aid was the best I ever dealt with when I had to use my own funds. Simple and easy. Unlike ALL the brick and mortars I attended prior. People talk down about U of P because it forced brick an mortars to change the business model they had. Education in tge US is all about money. Frankly,most brick and mortars are very behind. Teaching dead knowledge and charging you over the top for it. They view your debt as a cost of doing business. Its all about getting YOUR money. U of P was upfront,straight forward and provided a program with direct results for those needing work. No brick an mortar did that at all. Unless you were on your parents dime. Side note- almost all of my profs were profs at brick and mortars near. TCU,SMU A&M. They themselves saw why everyone hated U of P- because they shook the status quo of brick and mortars and the student loan debt racket. My career and path since tgen worked great for me.
Overall, my experience at UoP was exceptional. I went through all of the coursework with virtually the same cohort, which helped to develop a high level of camaraderie and teamwork. I was able to solely focus on my studies, knowing that that my schedule was being managed effectively by the front office staff. The instructors were current leaders in their respective fields and were passionate about what they were teaching. The only area in which I took issue with, was transferable credits. I arrived at UoP with an AA degree from a California community college, but still had to take all of the classes that someone entering with no credits had to. In other words, even though UoP accepted my transcripts, they really didn't amount to anything in regards to being a transfer student, or negate the need to take particular courses. This may have been a misunderstanding on my part. However, I did find value in all of the classes that I took. Although I didn't stick to a career in business, I have had a successful tenure in public education, and credit UoP for accelerating that career.
I went to a Brick and Mortar school. Did 2 years and did not go back. 15 years later I wanted to finish the degree but couldn't afford to take time off to go to school for 2 years. I chose UOP because it is the biggest on line university out there. They have been around for at least 10 years. And by now they should have their stuff figured out. So let me break down everything I have found out so far. Financial Aid - I declined their financial aid because the process looked painful and wasn't clear. I watch my balance and am paying for it every month. Support Counselors - They provided me with 3 councelors - administrations., financial and academic. The Admin has been great she calls every 2-3 wks to make sure I have no issues. In my first 5 classes, I had 6 different financial counselors. My academic advisor? Spoken with him 2x. My opinion- but I am here because I need it. The support system is bad. They aren't much help. You have to manage yourself. Classes - The classes are the best part of the school. It's easy to use. You have to put the work in. They say classes should take 15 hrs per week. They lie. It's more like 25 to 30 each week. Trust me it's hard work. But like any classes worth something - it's totally worth it. Instructors - I am committed to working hard and getting a good grade. I believe 80% of these instructors understand and are there to help you. The other 20% feel like it is there duty to make it harder than it needs to be. As the Counselors and they agree. Some of the Instructors are blow hards. Look it's a great school with a great name. It's worth coming here if you are committed to getting a good online education. But if you need more support, this place may not be for you. Think of your needs and then make the right choice. Good luck.
On August 15th, 2016, I just completed my Bachelors in Business Admin here at University of Phoenix and (in December 2016) will be pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems (IT). This scholarship will go along way to achieving this goal. Currently, I would be the first in my family to obtain a Masters Degree on any sort. Thank you for considering me as your choice.
University of Phoenix has done right by me. I have never run into any problems with my degree being accepted. I worked in an industry that required a degree for over 13 years and for 3 different companies. This was not a degree mill. My classes were challenging and time consuming. I researched a few options and this was the best for my needs. I choose it because it was accredited, the instructors had real life experience in what they were teaching and I could make it fit into my schedule. It's been over 20 years and it's one of the best decisions I ever made. I went back and got an MBA many years later. I haven't used that as much but it was a good education. I did it for my own growth and to open more opportunities. In that respect I got what I signed up for and paid for.
The experience of any school online or traditional will always be on you. I worked full time, father of twins, and managed to get through a 4-year degree. My employer reimbursed me for almost the entire program. I spent a lot of time reading, writing, working in groups, and taking CLEP exams to finish the program. I also took advantage of the 'prior learning experience' opportunity. Overall it was a well rounded academic experience and resume now has a degree 'completed' displayed which it did not have before. My advice to anyone interested is to try and avoid reading reviews and do what works best for you. As with anything in life everyone will have their own experience. Just focus and a accomplish your goals for you and your family.