University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in English
I believed every lie UoP's marketing department told me, and now I'm saddled with a big bill and no future. No one respects a University of Phoenix degree. Having attended an actual, respected University following my time at UoP I can tell you their courses are overly simplified and not up to any collegiate standards. They're made so you can easily pass them and so that they can take that juicy student loan funding. You want to know what great jobs I've had since graduating Phoenix? Taco Bell. Kroger. A liquor store. That's the kind of future you have if you get a University of Phoenix degree. You're better off having no education at all, they will ruin your life for a nickel.
I expected a lot from this program and as far as the actual classes go, I did get a lot out of it. However I attended this school based on the understanding that most of my credits would, however they don't because "we want you to take our classes". I seem to be having to do the job of the staff by going and following up multiple times only to still not have what I needed done done. It's been 4 months and I still don't have financial aid kicked in after I have called multiple times and every person says they put a ticket in. I've requested my transcripts to be evaluated multiple times before they eventually were and I am still having problems with my classes not fitting the requirement for being "too advanced for this field". I had never heard such a thing. Statistics is still a Math class. I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get it applied. I'm very disappointed in the lack of follow through on the academic advisors as well as the financial services team. But the teachers are good and I am learning a lot.
Okay so I did not graduate due to the cost of the school, which they don't tell you how much it will end up costing. I didn't even barely finish a year without it costing me $20,000! That is not including the cost that I had to spend on books, I picked this school since it seemed to be a little cheaper and they lead you to believe that it will be covered through FAFSA, but now I have $10,000 through FAFSA, $6,000 through a school loan that they have you pull out when FAFSA can't cover it and then I pulled out $6,000 since I didn't even know that I had $10,000 from FAFSA. They handle everything with FAFSA and have you pull out extra money, I had caught them asking for an extra $500 than the class had really cost, and they lied to me and said it was because of "fees" but they had done it an numerous of times. So I went to there school for a year and spent $22,000! Not only was the school expensive, but the classes were not worth the cost, since you have to log in and post at least 7 or 8 post's, but if the teacher doesn't approve them, you have too keep posting until you reach the certain amount or you will lose points that eventually add up. I had found myself just posting for hours on end, and still not even getting the full amount of points. Some of the teachers are strict with there grading, to the point where you can't even catch a break and eventually have to drop the course and then have to retake it, and then pay again! DO NOT GO HERE! I wish I would have listen to people, now that I am up to bills with school and only have, one year to show for it. Now I am taking classes on Ashworth College, and am only paying $240 a class and that includes the books. That is what you should be paying for, especially since you don't even take tests, it's all assignments that are broke down into groups and half the people in your group turn in there work late and you have to stay up correcting there work and turning it in as soon as possible. So please do not go here and if you are please re think studying here, it is not worth it, people do not take this school seriously. I'm not kidding, my friend who graduated here can't even get a job since employers say this school isn't presented seriously, so now she has 4 different loans and is working at a grocery store to pay for her school and is looking for other schools to get her degree in.
I found the University of Phoenix to be extremely beneficial for the advancement of my degree. I am a single working mother, so attending college on campus is impossible for me. I was able to work on my own time, completing assignments when I had free time. I had excellent advisers that were able to help me achieve my educational goals. I earned my Bachelors in English, graduating with a 3,81 GPA, and have began working on my Masters in Secondary Education. I have found the course information to be beneficial, and the instructors to be competent and able to assist students when necessary. I highly recommend University of Phoenix to any working parent, or those with a busy schedule.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Phoenix. I needed a career, not a job. I worked full time 12hr shifts. I have a wife and 4 children at home. My youngest angel has cerebral palsy and has therapies four times a week as well as a team of doctors (with associated appointments) to juggle. University of Phoenix gave me a quality education on my very tight schedule. I honestly did not know if I could do it, but I needed a change in my life, so I could provide better for my family. I did my research on online schools. I saw the negative press. Still, going to school in a traditional setting would have a been a failure for me. I had already tried it. So I took a chance on the University of Phoenix. This past February I received my Bachelor's Degree. I enjoyed my time there so much there, I have returned to get my Master's in Education. I will be forever grateful for the University of Phoenix for giving me the opportunity to earn a degree. I am very proud to be a Phoenix.
When I first attended this school in 2012 it was an amazing school. However, I later learned that is just the draw in. They assigned me the best academic counselor, I had great teachers, great classes, then all the sudden my beginning of my third year I got trash for counseling, the classes became mundane. In essence, I basically paid 51,000 to home school myself a Bachelors degree. The classes consist of Read the Book, Comment in Class, and write the paper. That is it. There are no lectures, no videos, at best some teachers will offer external links that sometimes don't work. Many of my Professors had graduated not two years prior to my enrollment. Some were fresh off the boat. And three I know for a face were still attending college. UOP. The quality of education in the Bachelors of English program is crap. I cannot speak for other programs. When I pay 51,000 dollars for an education I expect to get an education. The worst part? I don't remember half of what we studied in my history classes, because we never read any lectures just the book. Very often ebooks are not available and they link you to purchase books from their library, 120 a pop for a book. I bought all my textbooks used on Amazon, saved myself 3,000 dollars. I did the math. I was going to complete a Masters as well, but I switched schools instead. I do not recommend this school, I can't in good conscience.
After beginning at the local Community College in Electrical Technology, I changed my major to English and received my Associates there. When I started at University of Phoenix, I continued in English, although my plan was to get a teaching degree. If I had gotten a Bachelor's in Education, I could be a licensed teacher now. Despite this, I enjoyed my classes in English that I did take. It allowed me to remember a lot of literature I hadn't though about since high school, which was 30 years ago, and helped me pickup some things I didn't get in high school. Now, I am working on my Master's In Education/Special Education and look forward to it very much. I know many of the reviews have pointed out how expensive University of Phoenix is, especially online classes. Yes- it is expensive. I have approximately $35,000 in student loans from my Bachelor's Degree, and anticipate another $25,000 or so for my Master's Degree. I will spend several years repaying them, but I made the adult decision to go to college, the adult decision to pay for college with student loans, and will make the adult decision to repay them as required-no one forced me. Was it or will it be worth it? Absolutely and I would do it again. When I finish my Master's and get my teaching license, I will start at about $42,000 per year. Right now I am working full-time and making $17,000 per year working every Holiday and all the overtime I can get. Besides that, I'm not helping shape the minds of the future of our nation in my current job, but I will be as a teacher. I know some comments have been negative toward the counselors, especially the Academic and Financial counselors at University of Phoenix. I don't know who these individuals had for their advisers, but the people I have had help choose my classes and keep tabs on my financial aid have been super. I could not have asked for more dedicated and helpful people to guide me. The work is demanding, time consuming, and, at times frustrating, especially when you have a learning team assignment due on Monday night at 11:59 and its 8:00 Monday night with one or two people not having their parts posted. It takes the dedication and commitment to jump in and do what is required to make it work. I'm not doing their work- I'm protecting my grade. I managed to finish my Bachelor's with a 3.59 GPA and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I earned it and am a better person for it. Several have suggested really studying the school, and others, before making your decision and I totally agree with them. I searched several-brick-and-mortar schools and online, and for me University of Phoenix was the best. The enrollment counselor called me promptly, helped with the paperwork, and got me started. They responded like a business that wanted my business. An in-state public university still hasn't responded to the e-mails and voice mails I left asking about enrollment there. Yes, I am a Phoenix. I'm proud of it, enjoyed it, and still at it going for a higher degree. When I'm done, I may even go for my Doctorate, I haven't decided yet.
I do not understand why the reviews on here are so bad. I have VAST experience with college as I have transfered between Comm Colleges and Universities. I live in CT, a TOP state for Education and I must say that I was challenged by my classes. I majored in English, which many people laugh about, and am going for a Masters with them as well. My FinAid and Academic Advisor were wonderful, i was always informed of my account, status and anything I need. I was always contacted prior to a class to make sure I had all materials needed and if I had too many absences both my advisors contacted me to let me know i needed to post. All the comments I see about how expensive it is to go to UoP just further my skepticism in these people even knowing the college system in the US. Unless you only want an AA or AS degree you will be paying until you DIE for student loans. That is the name of the education game here in the US. As for failing a course and getting your money back, that would not happen anywhere, not UoP or any other school. I recommend UoP to anyone who needs the flexibility of distance learning.
Overall, the school was okay. Regarding Financial Services, well afterall, this is a for-profit college. Given that, it is basically a business and they are out to make money. There should be a balance to almost everything, so I am advocating that a quality education should be just as important as money to this school if not more important. When seeking profit begins to overwhelm the need to render a quality education, that is where the problem lies. I did get the sense that some of the instructors were really not traditional teachers or professors who studied to educate in the field that they are teaching. This is where one may get the impression that profit overrides quality at this institution. However, I believe I did end up with a good Admissions Rep, Academic Advisor, Financial Advisor, and two out of three good instructors. One was actually an exceptionally great instructor. This Instructor I believed to actually have been more than just knowledgable in the course she taught, but actually was an educator as she reminded me of my high school AP teachers in her method of teaching. I am sad to say, or even rather upset that one of the three instructors was not lacking in educating skills, but was rather unprofessional. Teachers should not be biased when it comes to their preferences in communicating with their students. This instructor seemed to be jealous of and therefore unwilling to communicate with the students who actually seemed to be a little more advanced than others in their class. It's almost as if he was intimidated by those of who were familar with the topic and already were knowledagable with prior insight regarding the topic. He seemingly would pat the students on the back who's answers and responses to questions and discussion posts were really lacking in competence as far as legibility and validiity. Some of their answers would be so far off topic that you could tell they had not even remotely read the lesson and were just philosophically spewing out their own personal assumption or guess. But with students who intelligently and thoroughly responded with statements that asserted they had actually read the lesson, he would by pass their statements and would make an effort to respond to almost every discussion response with a "good job" but the person or persons with the correct, well-written and thought out responses. I have to say that insecure and unprofessional instructors such as mentioned have no place in instructing and being responsible for giving grades to students they have a biased against. Finally, working in groups is not such a good idea when it involves your grade is depending on others participating or one person made to be responsible for submitting an assignment for several people. Not only that, but the discussion boards themselves caused for a lot of child-like behavior with people who were more focused on the social aspect of learning than actually learning. Some even who had the same problem that the above mentioned instructor had with seemingly being intimidated by those who were putting forth their best effort which meant being as professional as they could. You would expect this in middle school and maybe even high school, but in a college class, this should not be the case being that everybody attending are adults who should be like such in their mentality as far as immaturely competing with one another when college is supposed to be about self-focus and achievement. I believe that this problem is a result of making the students respond to other student's discussion post and working in teams. In doing so, you can tell those of who some students don't like as they will continuously comment on the same students post instead of indiscriminately interacted with all of their class mates. I am a zero tolerant person when it comes to playing games. Though I didn't let it stop me from doing my best, I will say that as important and as valuable as an education is in today's society, it is so irritating to have to deal with and see petty, child like behavior in a class room full of ADULTS. I would rather be in a class or at a school where the curriculum is more individually oriented and where we simply do our assignments and turn them in. Discussions should be done only when necessary as they are in a traditional class setting where we mostly discuss the topic with and to our teacher. To sum it up, do what it best for you. If you don't mind the obstacles that I mentioned above, it might be a great personal fit for you.
My three year experience at the University of Phoenix taught me things I am still absorbing. I have learned more about myself than any other subject, and the abilities I have to learn and grow. I have received a promotion since I started school and also plan to attend graduate school within the next few months. My experience at the University of Phoenix affected my choice of career change as well. When I began, I had not considered a Master's Degree, but now, I want to "Pay it Forward" by obtaining my Master's in English Arts and Creative Writing so that i can teach online for my next career (retirement-ha!). I recommend the university to everyone I talk to and at least two of my friends have started going back to school because of my positive experience. Online higher education is the future and it is here!