University of Phoenix Reviews
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After earning an associate's degree in psychology at UOP online, I can attest to the fact that credits ARE transferable and the college IS recognized by brick and mortar institutions.
My experience at this school was positive, and the instructors and various staff were extremely helpful, especially their military liaison, B.F.. My daughter is now enrolled at UOP, and loves it.
For those who feel a need to lie about ridiculous claims of non-accreditation, there are those of us who know better. I highly recommend UOP, especially if your schedule is tight.
I have attended another private university where I sat in a physical classroom; I have to say that I have learned more from UoP on the same course material than I did sitting at a desk listening to a lecture. I will be receiving my BS in psych in about a month. I have looked at other schools in persuit of my masters. I have found no problems with anyone not recognizing this fully accredited school or thier diplomas.
I recieved my BS from UOP in July 2007. I later decided to go to UH to get my Masters and found that I learned more at UOP than I did at UH. Not saying that one school is better than the other, I just realized that I preferred UOP learning model better.
At UH the professor just talk the whole time and expected each student to be ready for the midterm exam and the final exam. Well at UOP you can't help but be prepared with all the papers you have to write. You cannot help but learn because you have to write about it.
At other universities they are testing your knowledge base on what the professor has taught you. At UOP you are writing abput what you learned. In addition,giving example and backing up those examples with proven facts from your research.
After getting my degree from UOP my conversations change, my finances change and my job changed. Now, I am back at UOP getting my MBA because UH required me to take 2 course to satisfy financial aid and that was to stressful. As for employers, I guess you really need to ask them what they think of UOP.
Some employers just want to know do you have a degree and are you train-able. Many employers will tell you that it is very hard to find qualified employees to file some positions. I think UOP is a great school and will recommend everyone to give it a try. If over 270,000 students currently enrolled don't tell you something great is going on, then you don't deserve to be there. Another great then to point out, many school are trying to follow UOP education model.
When I first started taking classes, I was not working. I was a stay-at-home mom married to my husband who was in Iraq. It was easy if you read the material and I really enjoyed it. Attendance was easy to make and so was participation. They provide a reference generator and you can have any paper reviewed for APA standards.
Then they changed the criteria to check in for attendance more during the week and do more participation. If the participation comments are not to the teachers par, then it is not counted. A lot of times, I have a hard time trying to reply to other classmates posts because it is all the same information.
I also started a full time job and my work demands are very high and I am having a hard time keeping up with due dates and participation. For a college that is supposed to be for working Americans, I cannot keep up.
I am not looking for an online college that is not so stressed. I may even look into the local University here.
For those of you who don't understand handing in late assignments and how to learn to work with other people, you don't belong in any university. Professors are never standardized, geez! Who wants a degree from a school that gives college credit for life experiences?
I am very happy with Phoenix and in my second course. My emails and phone calls to advisors get immediate responses. I have learned an incredible amount of information and I have years of management experience. I would recommend Phoenix to anyone.
I am a current student there now and have been since January '09. I have not had problems with any of the teachers, counselors, or financial advisors. If I have had any questions the best way to get answers is by email and within a day I was usually able to get the answer from all of them.
I would recommend this school especially if you have kids and do not have time to go sit in a classroom.
I earned my MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. After starting in 2002, I transferred to a brick & mortar and then eventually transferred back to Phoenix, where they took most of brick & mortar credits. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and have made lifelong friends through it.
I was surprised initially at how much work was involved--not just in volume, but in how often you had to not only log-on, but log-on and contribute something substantial. There are no short-cuts. If you don't participate, you'll feel like you're falling behind right away--and that's because you will be.
Participation is crucial and if you fall behind with your individual work you won't have time to work on your team projects. I remember spending many weekends working on papers due Monday and many weeknights working late with my teammates to get papers in by Wednesday at 2am.
It was a rigorous program that I thorougly enjoyed. But I recommend it only for those who are mature enough to balance the workload with the rest of their routine (work, family, etc.). Sure you can work at "your convenience"--as long as "your convenience" manages to include logging on at least 5 days a week, plus email/chats/conference calls with your teammates.
If you go into it with the right attitude and you make the time and put in the effort, you will be rewarded. My classmate experiences were positive--even when we had a teammate that didn't pull his or her weight. I was fortunate enough to have classmates on my team who could handle such situations in a mature manner, eventually getting our entire team to put forth a strong effort.
Professors were generally very responsive and seemed to enjoy teaching the classes they taught. I have to be honest and say I can't think of any of them as "memorable" but I can't think of any complaints either. The professors seemed knowledgeable and I have no complaints.
I loved UOP and would recommend it to anyone who is hard-working, dedicated and willing to make the effort to achieve their goals.
University of Phoenix Online has served me well. I'm 2 classes from finishing my BSIT. Here's my experience, good and bad.
Finances- Yes, you can get financial aid, but don't count on it arriving in any sort of a timely fashion. The school is incredibly expensive per credit hour for what you are getting. Many financial counselors are a joke. I finally got a good one at the very end, but after a couple of months, even she seems very harried and unhappy with her job.
Flexibility- Now this is a joke. A new class every 5 weeks. Mandatory postings on 4 days out of every week. Assignments that push you just about every week. Learning teams that sometimes cooperate and sometimes leave you holding the bag at the last minute. Yes, I could go to class at 3am in my pajamas if I wanted, frequently I didn't want, but had to in order to maintain my GPA.
Academics- Some teachers are great, some are not. This is true of everywhere, though. UoP is my 3rd college experience, it's no different anywhere else. The curriculum is sometimes challenging, sometimes very challenging, and sometimes incredibly boring. It builds. Quickly. If you are already working in your field of study, it's probably a cakewalk, but for those of us who aren't, it's a stretch. The only problem I see is those 5 week intervals. After those 5 weeks, you never look at it again. I'm about to graduate 2 years later and I honestly can't say that I remember much from my first year. I do know, though, that when people bring up topics that were covered then, I actually know what they are talking about and can participate in discussion, and I could not previously, so something must have sunk in.
Academic Advising- I've gone through a few of both academic and financial advisers. My first academic adviser was a joke. I had credit for brief calculus going in and she waived Math 209 for me, which is I believe the second half of college algebra, but tried to require me to take Math 208, which is the first half. I refused and I believe to this day she messed up my schedule because of it. My only 2 A- grades were in classes that should have been at the end of my program that I took 3rd and 4th respectively. My second adviser was incredibly helpful. I miss her. She straightened my schedule out and helped figure out my math dilemma. My current one seems rather disgruntled.
Overall- If you really want this degree, I mean really, really want it, you can make it work. I did around hurricanes and 5 kids and a home business and my husband being laid off. This is a degree for people who keep having life interfere with the timing of their education, where class times are difficult to manage for various reasons. The drop-out rate must be high, because many of the people I started with are gone now, but this also means the caliber of students in my later classes has been much, much better.
I'm sure it is possible to find most of the papers online. I've seen sites that claim to have them come up in online searches and have even had a team member try to use them. He was caught.
If you are ready to work for a degree, to give your life over to a 5 week cycle that only stops for 2 weeks at Christmas, to prove that you have the mettle to not give up, no matter what, University of Phoenix Online is the place for you. If not, don't bother. We don't want to see you in class with us.
The courses are far less demanding at UoP than at a real university. The courses do not transfer to a real university. The degree is not looked upon as a real degree by local employers. I quit UoP because it was too darn easy. I worked much harder and got a real MBA at a real university.
I have read both the negative and the positive reviews for UOP and I am a strong supporter of UOP. I currently attend the Chicago Loop Campus and it is wonderful. As R. said you get the pratical learning and also learn the application. There are many people who I currently work with, that have all graduated from "Universities", and none have the level of thinking that I possess.
Me experience with the counselors and financial advisors have not been the best; however, I don't leave my fate anyone else's hands and take control of my educational career as well as my finances. You don't have to take classes you do not want, it is up to you to change and ask to be moved to a different class. I have and it was no problem.
I agree that it is not easy to pass the classes at UOP and you must be a quick learner and dedicated to getting the best out of the classes. If not you will fail and this school is not for you.