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University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in Elementary Education

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

University of Phoenix is a joke. When I first started I thought that these people were really nice and it would be a great experience. I was completely wrong. My first class was a required class about critical thinking and the university. The professor was awful. I would complete the positing requirements but would never get credit for it. When I would ask the professor about this he would tell me that I did not meet the requirements even though I clearly did. He gave me the opportunity to re-do one with his revisions and said he would give me credit for it. In the end he did not. I ended up failing the class because my advisor was never available and never called me. After I failed and found out I had to retake the class then they told me I could have withdrawn from the class. I had to retake it and pay for it again. All of the classes were easy and no matter what type of class you always had a paper not some other assignment that would have helped much better than a paper. In February I asked to do the English degree and said I would like to teach with this degree. They said that they would call in June when the financial aid year was up. In June when they called they then told me I could not do this. I would have to get a Master's Degree to be able to teach. Now that I have found a school to transfer to that will allow me to complete this degree none of my classes transfer. They were all considered electives and now it is like I have not taken a years worth of school when I did. I wasted my money and financial aid and they do not care. Financial aid department was a joke too. Never had the same financial advisor because it was constantly changing and they would never answer the phone. I never was able to choose which class I would take next they always chose it for me. Definitely would not recommend this school!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

As I read other student's negative reviews, I am absolutely appalled. University of Phoenix changed my life for the good. I appreciate school and online learning more and I am truly grateful for this school. My advisor was more than everything I could ask for. If you do not use the sources they provide as far as; tutoring, paper checker, and so forth. Your loss. They have anything and everything you could think of to help you become a better student. Get your things in on time, actually try, and be an adult and take care of your education responsibly THEN maybe you will not have anything negative to say. If you need help, call your advisor. That is what they are there for. For anyone prospecting this school and still unsure, I am assuring you to take the plunge.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

This was my first experience going to college online. In the beginning I felt very overwhelmed with the amount of college work I had to complete. However, once I got going it went smoothly. I was not very impressed with my advisors. They often changed my advisors, and I was never sure who to contact. My final months earning my degree they failed to process my financial aid. This left me with a $3,000 bill. The University realized it was their mistake and cleared my bill. This impressed me the most. I have actually been considering going back to them to take a few additional courses so I can be certified for kindergarten through 12th grade.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The University of Phoenix has been amazing. I completed my bachelor's degree and am currently in progress of my graduate degree. The staff and faculty all have experience in the field of study. They have great advise, and knowledge to help the students further their education in their field of study. The College Campus chairs are easy to reach, and always willing to help! I would highly recommend the University of Phoenix to any inquiring students.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2012

I really enjoyed my time at University of Phoenix. The aftermath of my education was harder; I had a lot of negative comments in the workplace and it was extremely hard to find a teaching position. I did my homework and the Dept of Ed said it was accredited; however, principals did not like the accountability of your degree being online, especially out of state. It took me 4 years to find a teaching position. My advice - If you are looking into UoP as a bachelor's program for Elementary Education, call local schools as well as your state department of education or look into a local university with online classes. My student loans are about 70k so if I could go back, I would have chosen a different school.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2016

I respect the University of Phoenix as a great institution for higher learning. I will start off by stating that the curriculum is much more rigorous than the curriculum at my previous institution. I have had some professors that I have respected highly and then there was those that I wouldn't give the time of day. With that being said my educational endeavors at UOPX has been up to par with the instructors. The discrepancies for me teeter in with the surplussed academic and financial aid advisers we once had. We have switched advisers at least 8 times, because of the realigning the University is doing for the betterment of students. I really have no idea why they continuously do that because it is really frustrating dealing with new people every two months or so. Everyone sees your account differently; in addition to having a say so. There is just too many people putting ingredients in the pot and in the end it comes out a catastrophic atrocity. The University of Phoenix also do not hold students accountable for not meeting required deadlines and they are allowed to move right along with others have done so. After they've had a blatant disregard for the stipulation that we were given. As I've spoken to many of my classmates; we indeed feel that some of the things that go in the program are highly unfair. For example, we are told that we have to pass a test by a August. If you do not have the test passed by that time. You must be dropped from the program. You must either go online or wait until the program is offered again at your ground campus. In education, our classes are subsequent (so we were told) you are only allowed to take a class after you pass the ones before it (so we were told). So here is where all that information ties together. You didn't pass the required test in August and you're in group A1. Group A1 continued without you and now you lack 3-4 of those classes, but you've finally passed the test. From we were told you either had the option of going online and finishing or waiting months until B2 starts. But you are NOT allowed to go back to A1 because you did satisfy all the requirements of that group by the deadline. They are a school that say one thing but do another. With Financial Aid, I don't think you should play the blame game. Those advisers have over 200 other students. I would behoove you to make sure that they are keeping your account in order. You're old enough to inquire about what is going on with your account. Do NOT wait until something comes to bite you in the stool for you to realize that things are going haywire. They do not catch every detail of every student. They are not the IRS. They don't sit and analyze every detail of your finances. I am just making an observation. Besides that I graduate next year and I am happy. #IAmAPhoenix Dammit!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013

I am a Phoenix. I earned my AA in Elementary Education and my BA in English. Here are a few things you may want to know. First, I did not work full time during these 4.5 years. Second, your AA is the harder of the 2 degrees because you are not taking a lot of classes that you are interested in. This is also true at your local community college. Third, it is very expensive but you can choose to have a 6 month deferment and your lender will work with you. Remember, college is expensive no matter where you go. Fourth, the team environment is for your own good. I hated it so much at first. You have your individual assignments but you also have a team each class. By the last six months I realized the value of team. You will have to work with many different people at your job with many different opinions and other characteristics. Just remember that the instructor can see everything that is posted and has the ability to give separate grades to each person if they feel it is warranted. Fifth, the financial aid department is a mess and you need to keep up with all of your loans and ask about everything. I found out half way through my BA that my English degree required 6 months more of classes and that I had reached my maximum loan amount (there is a maximum for every degree) and had no money to cover it. I of course pitched a fit. They accommodated me by paying for all but $300 of it because they failed to tell me. Other than the financial aid it went well. Sixth, it is accredited and my State and local School Board have had no problem recognizing my degree. I am a teacher (high school) because of University of Phoenix and my hard work. I would do it all over again. It will be the hardest thing you ever do but well worth it. Good Luck to you all and by the way, my daughter just graduated with the same 2 degrees that I did and is going for her masters. Do your homework about the college you select. It took me 3 months to choose one.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

I really enjoyed my experience with UoP. I know there are a lot of jokes and bad things said about the school, but it changed my life forever. I was stuck in a dead end job and was miserable almost every day after work. Almost immediately after receiving my degree I was offered a job to teach middle school mathematics. Every day is awesome and my life is so great. You're experience with this school will be what you make it. If you are motivated and do well this will pay off. The school that hired me was actually impressed that I worked full time and earned my degree at the same time. I didn't here anything negative about getting a degree from UoP. The people who complain about having a worthless degree are making excuses and blaming the wrong people. Companies don't hire a piece of paper. They hire who they feel are good, hard working people. The thought that a degree is preventing jobs is just foolish. When I read those stories I want to put a mirror up for them so they really know who to blame. If you are willing to work hard and better yourself, dive in, you won't regret it.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

As a mother of three, being able to pursue my Bachelor's Degree online was such a wonderful option. I was able to continue substitute teaching full time, raise my children, and still have the time to devote to my studies. I recommend University of Phoenix to those who are unable to be in a classroom full time. The educational experience was wonderful and I feel prepared to enter the work force this fall.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2016

First of all it takes a very dedicated person to go to school online. You have to be very disciplined. Personally I think that the university is good for some programs but not all programs. For the one that I am doing it is good . It allows me to go to school and work full time. I could not go to school otherwise. As for some of you that don't like phoenix , that's fine. After reading some of the comments it is plain to see that this school is not for you. As i said you have to be dedicated to put in the right amount of time to gain anything from online education. My tuition has never changed from the first day when they quoted me on it, and i have never had any trouble with being able to contact some one if i needed help. As far as the "look" you get from other people when you tell them where your going to school, It does not bother me. At least I am trying to get a degree and a better job, what are they doing? Some programs or degrees are better earned in regular schools, but most are just as good online. Nothing in this life is easy, you have to work hard no matter what you do. If your not willing to do the work then guess what, you wont accomplish anything.

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