University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

3.45 out of 5 stars
(40 Reviews)
  • Nationwide
  • Annual Tuition: $9,552
73% of 40 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 40 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
L in O - 3/30/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"I have had good and bad times. Overall I feel like I made a good choice. I was able to go even when events in my life would have prevented otherwise. Most of the staff cares. The Bad My complaints are slow financial aide, switching advisors so much, learning teams, book availability on mobile devices, and the two teachers I had problems with, and cost. The Good Speedy response from all staff, unique learning environment, flexible schedule. Not having to be in a classroom at a particular time, but on your schedule, was very helpful for what I needed. They have worked with me even when my epileptic daughter has had seizures. When I was hospitalized three times in my pregnancy with my second child they made putting things on hold easy and stress free. After my car accident they have been understanding and patient. My advisor, that I had the longest, always encouraged me to continue. He had sound advice and I really felt like I could achieve my goals, because of our conversations. I have more confidence in myself and look forward to using my degree. In my mind, it's worth it, if it fits your lifestyle."
1.0 out of 5 stars
JL - 2/24/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"University of Phoenix is a paper mill. It all started in "orientation" when I had to pay normal tuition costs for a class that would give me no credit, which felt like a typical class in my Freshman year of High School! I went through an entire year with UOP, where I never was able to contact my Financial Adviser Maria Espinoza and my academic adviser was a joke, Kay Gordon. My junior year I received my "financial aid letter" of which they wanted north of $25000 to complete that year. Are you kidding me? A brick and mortar school is just as expensive. The classes are so easy my 10 year old could do them and pass. The make it that easy so people will be drawn in and pay high price for a piece of paper, yet know absolutely nothing upon graduation. Now that you have that expensive piece of paper from a curriculum that is a joke, you also need to start paying off you tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Horrible school, would never EVER recommend."
1.0 out of 5 stars
hurd - 12/14/2014
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"University of Phoenix is a joke. The tuition is higher than any other college. The degree does not transfer to any other college. They are not accredited or that is what I have been told by other colleges. The instructors are mediocre at best. The classes are a joke. They usually do not apply to your degree. The financial advisors are a call center and do not have experience with the college or any financial institution. Class advisors are also a call center with no advisor experience. The learning teams are only a requirement to satisfy a lab requirement with the college and have no benefit. The papers and assignments are ridiculous and have no benefit to the degrees. I am in my fourth year 40,000 in the hole with financial aid paying over half. I will not be able to do anything with my degree because no one recognizes their degrees. Its a waist of money."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Verydisappointed - 10/16/2014
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"I'm currently attending UOP to complete my bachelors degree, I graduated last year with an associates degree in CJ. The program is OK I must admit that but first off, I've put in countless applications since graduating and not one employer have called me back. I'm wondering if the degree's are seriously being honored. Secondly, I've been given numerous excuses concerning my grant funds over the last few months. I was suppose to receive over two thousand dollars back for grants, but for some odd reason that number has went down to three hundred. I've completed 2 classes since waiting on my grant funds and they have applied those classes to what I owe them and took the money out of my grant. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
S. Seifried - 8/15/2014
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"I did 3 years with University of Phoenix, and received both my Associates and Bachelors degree through the online program. I did very well in the classes, and I was able to secure a job with the county Juvenile Probation Department within 3 months of graduating!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sheila White - 2/1/2014
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2010
"BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE The degrees are worthless. The financial staff are liars and will screw you over. I was told I owed $10,000 for loans because grants were covering the rest. Years later, I was called and informed I owed over $40,000. Another bank called and said I owed $9,500. Then another bank informed me I owed them $9,000. I have loans all over the place and I cannot keep track. I cannot even get a credit card because my loan amounts, collections, etc. Trying to get a good job with the degree is a waste of time. I was laughed at during an interview, saying I should have just bought a fake degree online. The education and information are considered outdated and useless by employers. They promised I would be in a successful career when I graduated. They lied about everything."
2.8 out of 5 stars
?????? - 9/8/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"I want to simply list the pro's and con's of University of Phoenix, Pro's- Excellent instructors, great schedule for full time job, kids, etc. Con's- 40 year old Adults in class acted like it was high school, many students studying criminal justice had a criminal background, no hands on experience for example (Ride a longs, Court tours, and prison tours.) Academic advisor was a joke and cared about no one but herself, I was bounced around the entire program and they messed up my great schedule I had. I would recommend this college to anyone who is currently working in law enforcement and needs a degree to promote or advance their career. If you are a student that doesn't have the GI Bill STAY AWAY! I am debt free because of the GI Bill. I am currently on my 5th year of law enforcement, and my degree gave me a pay raise. I am moving onto a better agency in the winter and my military experience and law enforcement experience got me there, not U of P."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Charles - 6/8/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
"I enrolled at the university in 2007 and earned my associates degree in 2009. I will finish with my bachelors degree in 2013 July. The school offers a great learning environment. The classes are designed to get you to thinking on your own. The classes are not easy and the core classes are even harder. The education I received is just as good as if I were going to school in a classroom. It is not where you go to school it is the dedication to learning that you put into it. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to become a more well rounded individual."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jimmy L. - 2/12/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2008
"I graduated from UOP in 2008 after attending the school for two years. I received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice while working in the military, then working in the federal government full-time. My experience with UOP was exactly what a college experience should be for those who desire to learn from those who are professionals and experts in their fields. Since I was a CJ major, all my instructors were either current or former law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, wardens and everything in between in the criminal justice field. These individuals had a plethora of accumulated knowledge and experience that made me feel privileged to be in their classes. While going through my background investigation for my current job, one of my instructors ended up knowing the investigator and gave him a head's up on what kind of student I was. I am fully confident that this was the networking advantage I had on attaining my current GS-12 position. I attended a local community college before planning on transferring to a state university and learned that it would have taken me almost twice the time to graduate at a "traditional" school. I took a chance on UOP and never looked twice. Most of the instructors at UOP also teach at traditional universities so I got the same education as bigger colleges.The work at this school is no joke. Instructors expect comprehensive and eloquent essays that adhere to the course objectives. There are no shortcuts and the accelerated classes will take up much of your time. I'm not the smartest guy in the world but the level of reading and writing that UOP exposed me to helps me every day in my current position. Make no mistake; this is an accredited institution of higher learning with experts in their field acting as instructors. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who has a family and works full-time."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Chris - 1/9/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year:
"Their only good quality is helping you when your confused..... that is, the academic people. The financial people are politely douche bags. Once you get "roped in" and make the commitment to getting loans, thats it. You wont here from them until its time to pay. Oh, and if they set up your classes without verifying your student loans, as says their policy apparently, and you decide to stop attending after your done with your current class, you will have two weeks to start paying off your last class to UoP. They will ask for the full price up front, then offer you 3 months to pay it.... if not, it goes to collections.The classes are a joke. From level 100 - 400 courses, they are a joke. I legit did not read one chapter of any books given to me. Took about 6 classes. No exaggeration, not one chapter read. You can google your papers and any discussion questions. You can blatantly plagiarize. You can bull crap the first 3-4 weeks of the 5 weeks of class on "not knowing how to use the format", and still get 95% of credit.You basically pay for the credits you buy.... granted you sign in a few times a week and bull shit on the questions. This whole experience was a joke. Im sorry i wasted alot money on this horrible "school", and probably wont have any credits transfer."