Student & Graduate Reviews
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Graduation Year: 2014
"I have learned a lot going to University of Phoenix and it was hands on."
MichelleLD - 7/22/2016
Graduation Year: 2006
"My degree from the University of Phoenix campus was easy to complete as a working adult. Their class schedules worked well for me. But they are a privately-owned, for-profit university, so they are expensive. I will be paying on my student loans for at least another decade."
Divinaty - 7/22/2016
Graduation Year: 2014
"This college was amazing!! I was able to get my degree from home at my pace!! I highly recommend this college!!"
Joseph Doctor - 7/17/2016
Graduation Year: 2012
"University of Phoenix is very strong for those of us that are working adults managing personal live, work, and education. The class structure works well, and quite honestly success at UofP shows that you are driven as you must be self driven to survive and prosper in an online environment. I am impressed with the support I receive and had actually had my adviser stay on the phone with me to help me complete some task or deliverable. They are motivating and understand the challenges to adult learners."
Life-changing education! - 6/19/2016
Graduation Year: 2016
"I just achieved my BS in Business and Marketing. UOP has an amazing learning curriculum and online classroom. I attended off and on for 7 years because I took a few personal breaks. These classes are intense. If you are not organized and self disciplined you will not make it in online class. The pace is very fast. One of my favorite things about UOP online classes is the learning teams. It wasn't fun but I did gain very valuable project management and team project facilitation. I will say that I ended up do most of the work in a lot of team projects because I'm a perfectionist and didn't want my grade relying on others. We just had our commencement ceremony and it was perfect in every way! I highly recommend!"
Michael - 5/19/2016
Graduation Year: 2012
"Working with the groups provides a forum that mirrors a work environment. I find it interesting that some reviews comment that some students don't participate and they have to pick up the slack. This should be a learning experience as a leader. It is apparent that these individuals are not leaders and prefer to blame others. I worked very hard and believe the experience has changed my life for the better."
MySonsMyWorld - 5/9/2016
Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm currently carrying a 3.79 GPA, studying for my BS in Business Management with a certificate in Advanced Software Development. My experience falls along the lines of I get out of this school what I put into it, and I'm already getting paid even though I graduate in 2017 (more on that in a moment). I went to a prestigious university right after high school, but I didn't take it seriously. I ended up losing my financial aid at the time because my GPA dipped below 2.0. I also got into some legal trouble, but despite my personal struggles, I managed to build a solid career in IT, and ran my own business until I lost it all in the recession. Long story short, I'm getting back to where I was, and I started another business. Over 20 years later, I decided to go back to get my degree, but I didn't have time to go to a traditional school. I decided on UoPX because one of my closest friends got his degree there several years earlier. He's currently doing very well as a senior analyst for a large health services organization, he's paid off his student loans, and his degree has opened many doors for him. Personally, I decided to get my degree as an example to my two young sons. I couldn't very well stress the value of a college education to them if I didn't have one, especially when I had done very well without it. The online classes fit easily into my work and home schedule, and I've learned a lot from the materials. I had good instructors and bad instructors at my last 4 -year university, and I've had good and bad instructors at Phoenix. Just like at the 4-year university, I could tell which ones actually cared, which ones didn't, and which ones are competent. I took classes that were a joke at the 4-year university, and I took classes that took every ounce of effort just to get a C. At Phoenix, I characterize the classes here as somewhere between easy and tedious. The classes that have challenged me simply had a lot of assignments due, and I simply did not have enough time in my schedule to get all of the work done. The group assignments pose a challenge to coordinate everyone's schedule to complete the work online. All of my groups, though, have had serious students, so I've never had a problem with flakes. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I transferred in with a lot of units, so I've taken mostly core and upper division classes. Perhaps the less serious students have already been weeded out by this time? Phoenix does let new students take classes on a trial basis. Again, this was my experience 20 years ago going to one of the best colleges in my state; some students simply did not care and let others shoulder the load in group assignments. The academic and financial advisors have been very diligent in checking in with me. I hear from someone at least monthly, and every time I call, I get assistance. In fact, I was studying for my Project Management Certificate, and I changed my mind and wanted to take software programming. My advisor got approval for me to get an ASD Certificate outside of the School of Business. The reason I did this is because I stumbled upon a situation after I finished my last Accounting class. A business owner hired me to straighten his books out. After that project, I've been advertising myself for part-time bookkeeping services, which does not require any degree, credential, or certification. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon with a second potential client. I used what I learned, so now I'm making a little extra money on the side. With each programming class I complete, I have the chance to compete for more software programming contracts for my consulting business. I know so many people with 4 year degrees who don't even use them. My ex-wife has a degree from a traditional 4-year university. Because she stayed at home during our marriage and doesn't have recent job experience, she can't find a job that pays more than $12/hour (hard to live on in California). I know so many more people without college degrees who make six figures and up. Many years ago, the MCSE in IT was considered a joke certification, but now many IT jobs require it. I've sat on interview panels, and seen people get passed over with degrees and certifications but no experience. A degree does not guarantee a job, especially without the relevant experience, but it can open doors for someone who's paying attention. I recommend to anyone considering Phoenix, that before attending Phoenix, get all the lower division classes done at a community college first, if there is one in the area. First, it's cheaper; why pay $410 a unit for basic Math and English classes? Community colleges in California charge $50 a unit (I believe, but don't quote me), and students can still get financial aid there. Second, life happens. Kids get sick, jobs get crazy, cars break down, relatives die. If life gets in the way and you need to take a leave, better to do so with only a few hundred or maybe a thousand dollar student loan debt than $15,000. I agree with others here who have said it's not for everyone. 5 week classes and the online format takes a little getting used to. I learn by doing and watching, so the interactive tutorials and videos help me the best. I don't learn by listening, so I don't get much sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture. Also, if I have issues, I talk to my instructor. If my instructor doesn't help, I call my academic advisor. If I still don't get help, I go up the chain until someone does. Hey, I'm paying $15 grand a year, and it's my education. Now that the Feds have cracked down on for-profit colleges, I expect many more people to have the same experience I'm having. In fact, it may even be worth it to put less weight on any comments (positive or negative) from people who attended Phoenix prior to 2015. Lastly, I haven't had any negative feedback so far about attending Phoenix. Colleagues and clients have reacted positively, and no one has said anything about it being a worthless degree or diploma mill. In fact, I've already gotten paying work and I haven't even graduated. I will say that having sat on interview panels, I've seen more than my fair share of terrible resumes. I've seen resumes from Stanford graduates that seemed like a third grader wrote it. Needless to say, they didn't get hired. It may not be the Phoenix degree holding someone back. Just saying."
worse college I have ever attended - 3/16/2016
Graduation Year: 2018
"This college is a joke! Way over priced for the 5 week classes. Why pay $1500.00 per class when I can receive the same education plus more at the community college down the road. This school is a complete joke. My academic advisor is also a joke. He argued with me for an hour about me purchasing the hard copy of the book vs using the book online. I need a hard copy I can not look at a computer for hours on end at work and go home and look at the computer for a couple more hours. Why is that a big deal to have a hard copy or even just renting it for 30 days for 10 bucks. My financial aid adviser also talked me and my mother in to getting a parent plus loan because my student loan was not enough to cover the cost of my "education". Then they just send me all the money any way. If i didn't need the money for school, Why tell me to get another loan that I'll have to pay back in the end. I would never recommend this school to anyone I cant wait to finish the last two classes my financial aid paid for so I can get the heck out of there!"
TahoeFireman - 2/14/2016
Graduation Year: 2012
"I attended University of Phoenix after attending a public community college and attending a semester at a state public university. I work as a firefighter so the traditional class schedule for a University was near to impossible for me to complete at a regular structured University because of my rotating and inconsistent work schedule. I started attending UOP in 2010 and I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor of Science Degree, I found the classes to be average, them seemed to have the same content as my classes at the State University. The education and instruction was average, I felt that the courses were pretty easy and not to challenging to the average college student, the education just took a lot of time. For the money and time I invested at UOP, I felt that I was not treated like a student, I was treated more like a customer buying product from a company. UOP seemed to put more emphasis on the monetary gain for their company verses serving what is in the best interest of the student. The cost started out being 1200 per 3 unit class when I started, and I believe I was paying close to 1800 per 3 units when I graduated, the extra cost of 600 per class, ouch. This caused me to have more student loan debt than I was originally expecting to pay. I also suffered from the stigma of the University of Phoenix name. I was competitively seeking a job in a tough job market back in 2008-2012. I was viewed as just another millennial that had a hooked on phonics degree for a mediocre, Online University. I found that people just viewed me as another number and not a hardworking and education person. I would recommend maybe choosing another option of a online University, there are a lot more Public and Private Colleges that have better degree programs that are more cost friendly and will yield the same gains. I spent well over $26,000 for 63 units of class to earn my bachelor degree"
Esteen - 1/30/2016
Graduation Year: 2010
"I really enjoyed my experience with this school! And, I negate some of the negative reviews as some are the experience of individuals specific to certain aspects of the school, but should not personify the whole degree experience. For instance, I was very dissatisfied with the financial portion--too expensive and the finance department was not very helpful. For this reason, you can not rate the entire school on my bad experience with the finance portion, because my teachers, subject matter and the curriculum was very good. Furthermore, the ability to receive my degree online was very hard, but awesome! You must be disaplined without requiring so much attention, or just pursue the traditional approach. So, everyone acquiring an online degree should be commended, and ware whatever degree you receive from whatever school with dignity! On the otherhand, the school should continue to promote a well grounded experience for their students, in order for the school to succeed."