University of Phoenix Reviews - Bachelor's in Psychology
This University is fast-paced, finishing a class every five weeks; it is up to YOU whether or not you earn those three credits after that. How bad do you want it? They have an LOA option that I utilized a couple of times to take care of things and take a 'little break' since the courses are one after the other. I do wish there were more graduating ceremonies in the state of Texas, though. Texas is such a LARGE state, and a lot of Texas students enrolled, having a ceremony every three months would be GREAT!
University of Phoenix was a great option for my Bachelor's program. While online education was difficult, using their platform made it easy and possible for me to earn a degree when I would not otherwise have been able to. The user capability and ease of access allowed me to work around my busy schedule to earn a degree and change my path in life. With the degree I earned there I was able to go on and get a second degree in education to be able to teach others and use the knowledge I learned in my psychology degree to teach high school. Other than the price, I would recommend University of Phoenix.
My degree program was manageable for adults who are working and/or have children. In this program, one course was taken at a time for 6 weeks. The program included a lot of group interaction and projects. The book and class materials will included in the tuition so any materials needed for the classes were online. I felt that this program included a lot of self-teaching. The professors could be emailed when there were questions or difficulties, but there were not videos or webinars that would instruct students throughout the course. For people who are good at reading and analyzing material in order to teach themselves the content, this program would be suitable. I liked concentrating on one class at a time, and the length of each class seemed adequate in order to master the material.
I was being pushed by my chain of command to get a degree. We desperately needed officers at the time. I will say I did not do enough research. I had not been in high school in 15 years and was looking for a program to help me consolidate the random credits I had learned from several different community schools. No one told me you have to get at least 60% of credits from your gradating school. No one had ever explained that there is a difference between semesters and quarters. I had no idea there was actually very little you could do with a Bachelor's of pscyh degree. I really went into this very blind. I have a traumatic brain injury, was still in the military, and I found the program to be very easy... that however is not a good thing to me. I think that a college education should be hard. I do not feel like I was challenged or that the program made me prepared for continuing. I also do not feel that education should be so expensive. I will probably die before I pay off my student loans, and I wound up with a degree most schools scoff at. I think if you have the time and the resources you can do better. I honestly had like zero conflict with the instructors. I think everyone was very nice, but I was not going to school to make friends. I was going to get an education, and to further my military career. Again, I think that if you are not being pushed into a program you should take the time to speak with a career counselor that does not work for the institution.
Just like any other institution, the University of Phoenix had its ups and downs. After attending both brick and mortar and online universities I can conclude that it is much easier in a brick and mortar classroom to get lost in the nether and avoid participation, but still, come out with an A. This is not the case with online schools such as University of Phoenix participation is required to pass. However, I got a lot more out of the class. I would have to say the work was more difficult because to participate in class it is mandatory that you read everybodys responses on top of required texts. You also had to write more than just the weekly assignments and term papers because to respond to your classmates you must write out your responses. The benefit of education online is that it allows you to adjust school around your work and family schedule rather than adjusting family and work around class schedules.
I have never had any problems while at University of Phoenix. The financial aid staff was always on top of everything and my advisors were excellent with communication. I have never had one employer or gone to an interview where my school was looked down upon. If anything, employers like that you can hold down a full time job and take a full load of classes online. I would recommend Phoenix to anyone!
University of Phoenix is a joke. This is a money hungry school that does not provide the support the students need. I was on a leave of absence and needed it extended. I could not get my academic advisor to respond hardly ever and when he finally did, he assured me that he would extend my leave of absence for me because the system would not allow me to complete the form. Now I have received a letter stating that I owe them money for the classes I was signed up for during my leave of absence and that it has gone to a collection agency called FMS. FMS is also useless and states that because I did not fill out the form to extend my leave of absence, I am responsible for the money they say I owe. I explained 6 times that I was unable to do so because their website would not allow me to and that my advisor explained he would go into the system and change it for me. I kept getting the same response from the lady on the phone that I owe the money because I failed to fill out the form. AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST. All they want is your money and they will lie and manipulate you until you owe them money and then they'll send you to collections even though it's their fault that things went wrong.
The University of Phoenix was a great experience for me personally because I am a mother, military spouse, employed and a volunteer. The online courses allowed me to interact with other people in my situation, therefore making better understanding relationships. I was able to achieve everyday activities listed and still earn my bachelors degree, especially always moving from duty station to another. The school was very understanding of my affiliation to the military and worked with me every step of the way.
I recently graduated with a bachelors of science in psychology from the University of Phoenix. I feel the professors have prepared me for life as well as continuing my education with a masters degree in psychology. I would recommend this school to anyone who would desire to better their circumstances with a degree.
I was happy with UOP the first couple of years, but as I started getting to my upper division courses, the price for those courses literally doubled! As everyone knows by now, UOP already charges about 110% more than a community college, but that is only for the lower division courses...being slapped with another 100% increase was not acceptable. On top of that, I was told my degree plan was being discontinued due to a government study that proved a graduate from this school would not earn enough in the first year of working in the field of study/degree to be able to make the loan payments. The underlying meaning...UOP charges so much for tuition, the government finally stepped in. Now, I'm trying to transfer to another school to finish my degree, but UOP is refusing to release my transcripts because I was left with a balance due for nothing. They used up almost all of my yearly allotted financial aid and now they want more $$ out of my pocket....and I still don't have a degree.