University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in Environmental Science
My personal experience with the University of Phoenix has been nothing but exceptional. My professors have been helpful and engaging, and the advisors I've dealt with have always been extremely supportive. I've read many negative reviews online about this school though, mostly from people expressing frustration in their own failure to follow simple directions pertaining to participation/attendance/financial aid. The school outlines all requirements clearly - just because someone failed to read or simply doesn't like the way they do things, doesn't mean this is a terrible institution. You get out of your education what you put in to it; whether you're going to UofP, a state college, or an ivy league, you still have to put in the work in order to really learn and truly become educated. Many resources are given to you here, you just have to use them. Those who say this school is a joke are narrow-minded and probably used to what society has to say about more conventional education paths. I know someone who has a degree from UCLA, but still can't get a job. I also know someone who graduated from the University of Phoenix who has a stable career in Education/Administration. Today, a piece of paper declaring you finished 120 credits won't necessarily get you anywhere no matter what school you go to - you have to go the extra mile. Apply for internships, join networking groups, do your own research outside of the classroom - but whatever you do, don't blame your own mistakes or failures on the institution when you're not doing everything you could be doing to succeed. I highly recommend the University of Phoenix, especially to those who want to earn a degree while still working full-time like I do. As long as you're a motivated self-starter, you'll do great.
This school is expensive, the classes are mediocre (nothing special), but if you call and talk to an enrollment rep they will convince you to go to their school, they will be super kind and great. But once you get the enrollment process going everyone drops off the planet. I had soooo many problems with my financial aid. No one knows what they are doing, and you never get anyones name its a different person all the time, they never follow up. I filled out a different paper every single day and every day I was told it was the wrong paper back in March of 2018. Now I just tried to give them another chance in sept of 2018 and its the same old bull. It feels like becasue they dont have to add their names on anything they dont care and just pass you on to someone else. It just isnt their problem. I had enrolled to go to classes in late July, classes started the end of September, and you would think that was enough time to get everything finished. Boy was I wrong, I emails 2 or 3 times a day and everyone that I talked to on the phone said give it time. Didnt hear anything for weeks, finally got 1 email back from god knows who saying everything would be done the 17 of Sept. just in time for classes. Well the 18th rolled by I had emailed about 5 times that day and then I finally called to complain the night of the 19th becasue NO ONE DOES THEIR JOB DOWN THERE. If you email no one responds, if you call everyone gives you a different story and you can even chat with someone on the website, but they just tell you to call. Smh. I am extremely dissatisfied and disappointed. Thankfully a lot of my credits from uop transfered over to my new school becasue I couldnt spend another second of my life on that school. They are purely for profit and dont care about their students ( becasue I had attended about 1 year before this incident). There are better schools to attend, save yourself the stress and money.
I absolutely loved the flexibility of being able to work on my time. As a parent of special needs children, I could sit by their hospital bed and write essays. The instructors were always kind and ready to offer any assistance I needed. The team work parts were difficult because you would always have a lazy team member and I would do their work as well because I didnt want my grade to suffer. However, in the real world that happens as well. I have never had anyone question the legitimacy of my degree. With my BS in EVS, I have been a science teacher for 4 years. While I am not necessarily working in the environmental science field, right now using my degree to be a science teacher has worked well with my family dynamics. I am please with the education I received. People need to take accountability in their education. The more effort you put into it, the more effort you get out of it.
Everyone has been very helpful and the classes are very writing and essay orientated to insure you are really grasping the assignments and information. There are still tests and quizzes and they are open book. You take one class at a time making it less confusing. Though there are options to take more classes at once to get your degree quicker.
My degree program is great! I am in my junior year and I am taking all of my major classes. In my opinion, I thought that each class was very rewarding. I have already learned so much from being apart of this great network of people. My teachers are so very helpful and they are there when I need something. I feel that doing the online courses was and IS the best option for me. I can do it on my own time and I can get most of my assignment completed before the weekend.
The people that work for UoP from my academic adviser to my Financial Aid adviser have been pleasant to work with. This includes needing and being allowed to make weekly payments out of pocket so that I can finish my degree. The program is pretty decent I do not know yet it it will get the job I really want but it does cover a lot of information in my field.
University of Phoenix is the best. I have had a very positive time with Phoenix. I am still going there and may even go for another degree after this one.
Those who put this school down, may not have been dealing with the real Phoenix. Even my brother, sister-in-law, and mom go to this school and none of us have anything bad to say about it.
If you want to go to an on-line school, this is one of the best there is and not one person will ever change my mind about it.