Student & Graduate Reviews
Lauren - 8/19/2010
"As a military spouse I am always moving. I had to find a flexible and accredited school to suit my needs.Every school has pros and cons. I am in my 23rd class at UoP. Some of my facilitators were not the greatest, but the books I read, the papers I had to write and the research I completed was challenging and I learned.Yes, you can skate through. You don't have to make posts, you can blame the bad facilitators for not catching your intended mistakes and say that the education provided is therefore lousy. But, really, in any educational institution this is the case. I remember in my brick & mortar school that I attended there were both wonderful and poor professors. In the traditional setting I went to I was not in contact with my advisor nearly as often as I am here at the UoP.Yes, this university is expensive, but the other university I attended was $25k/year (that was 6 years ago, don't forget about inflation). There are far more resources offered at the UoP than at any university I have ever been aquainted with.I did have an issue with my academic advisor. She almost caused me to quit, but through due diligence and perseverence I was able to contact her superior and be put in contact with a different academic and financial advisor; both of whom are incredibly wonderful and helpful.I do not believe I will pursue my MA at UoP, due to the nature of my major, but I greatly appreciate the education and opportunities provided me by this university.Most of the complaints I read of UoP can be made of any school; whether it be on-line or on-campus. Remember: YOU MUST BE WILLING TO DO THE FOOT WORK; both in the classroom and with any other issue -- same as at any other university."
Jack Lucia - 8/19/2010
"You know, I constantly keep hearing people bashing UOP because they; THEY feel that they are not getting the experience they were expecting. I am going to try and make this as clear as possible; to learn in this environment, you have to apply yourself 100%. You are only going to get out of it what you put into it. THAT’S IT!!! Enough said… I keep reading about these students who copy and paste their homework then hand it in; fine, do that!!!This isn’t anything different then how students cheat in a real college environment. Come on people! All of the information that you need to succeed is right at your fingertips. It is 100% up to you to be responsible for your own actions. If you feel that you can get by with cheating, then go ahead. You’re the one that’s going to suffer for it; not anybody else.UOP is not a standard college where you have an instructor sit there and explain to you 1,000 times over about something. You have to do the leg work, you have to figure this stuff out on your own. And as far as the message boards go for assignments, yeah, they (UOP) can regulate these a little more. I just had a class with some idiot girl who all she did was repeat what you just said and ask a stupid question at the end. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!! Those are the people that the UOP need to weed out and get strict to.These boards are meant to be learned from; to hear other people’s opinions as if you were actually in a physical class room.I am so sick of people basing this University. These classes are a hell of a lot harder than a standard college because I don’t have anybody to teach me this stuff. I have to do the research, I have to do the studying, and I have to be an adult and take responsibility to learn. ENOUGH SAID!! If you don’t like the programs, then your probably doing something wrong. If you expect the UOP to spoon feed you the curriculum like normal colleges, IT AINT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!"
Crystal - 8/18/2010
"The college format is good for someone who is trying to get a degree while working and taking care of family. However, they charge about $383 per credit hour. This is more than double what a regular college charges. The classes that you take I saw too many people just coasting along and not making progress. The way that they present it is that $5000 will cover your first year, when in reality $4600 will only cover your first 4 classes that take 9 weeks for the first two then 9 weeks for the other two. DO NOT USE THIS UNIVERSITY UNLESS YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE!!!!! They are very money hungry."
Clarise - 8/17/2010
"Up until now I had nothing but respect for UOP. I am in my 6th class and I am doing great. The teachers are great I have no complaints except some of the students that I am grouped with are pretty much illiterate (they cannot spell or write complete sentences).Here is where my issue with UOP come in at: I currently landed a great job with benefits. One of the benefits is, they would pay for six of my credits each semester with a school that they approve. I was excited about that, but unfortunately UOP is not one of the schools. I found a school where I can take both online and campus courses. I notified UOP to let them know after my current class I will be transferring to another school, because it will benefit me by not having to take out student loans to pay for classes.To my surprise I was shocked by the response and lack of consideration that I received from my financial counselor and another representative. They bluntly told me that if I transfer any classes that were paid for with loans that I took out will be returned to the lender and I would be responsible for paying the school for those classes. Not everyone who attends an online school is incompetent. I immediately called my lenders, federal pell, and notified a lawyer just in case. I was told by all three sources I am not responsible fro repaying any sort of money to UOP, because they have recieve the money from pell and my lender and I have meet all requirements for financial aid."
Michaela - 8/17/2010
"I am from New York and have my bachelor's degree from a SUNY school. I also have my teacher's certification from NY in Visual Arts. I have worked part-time to full-time positions since I was in 9th grade (so, for the past 9 years). I enrolled at the University of Phoenix in the Master's of Arts program in Special Education. I recently completed my first class. I found the course and the professor to be very insightful and I thought it was a positive learning experience.However, I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the services the school provides in terms of Academic Advisors and Enrollment Counselors. The University of Phoenix claims that they support their students through their academic process... well, if this is true I haven't experienced. One of the requirements for this program are 3 years full-time work experience. Well, I have work experience, it just doesn't meet their requirements.This "school," and I use this term loosely, is not properly ran and is inconsistent. They say one thing, promise another, and come short on both. It's a shame I've already invested time and money into this disgraceful "school". It is in your best interest to invest your time and money at a real school. I'm surprised they are allowed to even advertise themselves as an actually University. What a joke..."
Chip Kempston - 8/17/2010
"I am a Navy Veteran and have worked in the IT industry for 14 years. I have attended courses both online (UOP and VCCS) and on-campus (VCCS). I chose to go online primarily because of course availability and time management. You can only take so many night classes on-campus at a time with a family and a full-time job. UOP meets a need that many other schools are not addressing. Distance learning and online coursework are the future; any claim to the contrary is ridiculous.I am in the BSIT program with a concentration on Web Development and I have about 8 courses left. With online coursework at UOP a greater level of discipline is required because you are managing your own time and studies. I have had both good and bad experiences with the learning team format, which is a large part of the class. Guess what that's like...The real world, people! Participation, while in a different format, is much more strenuous online. Some students participate with quantity and quality, while others just do enough to get by.The same is true on campus. When I took classes on campus, you would have students in class that would show up and not say one substantial thing all semester, would do half the work, barely contribute to any teamwork, just pass the exams, and would still pass the class, if just barely. These students get the same degree as an A student. The main point is that you get out of your education what you put into it. I had mostly great teachers and few not-so-great teachers both on-campus and online. My UOP counselors have been quite helpful throughout my experience.You can find reviews of students talking trash about every school because they didn't like some professor or didn't read the fine print carefully. UOP has been an overall great, challenging, and enriching experience that has helped me directly in my career. I can only speak to my particular program, but the idea that UOP is a degree mill is absurd."
Sarah - 8/17/2010
"I was interested in returning back to school and contacted UofP for more information. The councilor was really helpful and seemed to really care about me and getting me enrolled. I started off with 2classes and immediatley wanted out. All that the classes were, were busy work. I felt like I was in a chat room talking about stuff that really did not matter. I pretty much put the same reply on every post, just rewording it a little. I did this not because I'm lazy and didn't want to do the work, but because the questions the instructor wanted us to discuss were all the same.I did do all the "work" and made A's in both of my classes so that my financial aid would cover the courses. After 3 long weeks of trying to get a hold of them (my councilor was no longer there, with no warning) and endless phone calls from me, I was assured that my financial aid covered the total cost and that I would only owe them .44 cents. In June I got a bill from them for the .44 cents and thought that was the end of it.Just yesterday, 2 months later, I get a letter from them saying that I owe them $2,630.88! I tried calling them yesterday and got their voicemale. To make things evern better my financial adviser was also replaced with this new guy I am now trying to get in contact with. So everything I went over with her 2-3months ago, I now have to go over with him. I would say to find a more legit school and definitely do your research. I wish I had, but I didn't know that there were actually schools like this."
Melanie - 8/16/2010
"I graduated from high school about 15 years ago and then spent a year at a local college. Due to personal reasons, I dropped out after that first year and then went to work. Got married, had kids, and realized that I'd let almost 11 years go by and I still hadn't earned my degree.I was nervous about UofP at first, and thought it was a scam, but checked into it and learned it was an accredited program. So I took the plunge. I'm into my fourth block of classes (almost done, actually) and am working on my AA in Foundations of Business.It requires more discipline than a traditional college setting, since you have to manage your own schedule and make sure to get assignments in on time. But the convenience makes it awesome for me. I've got two kids, a full-time job and a zillion other things on my plate. If I had to do the traditional campus thing, I'd be sunk. The flexibility alone makes this school the best thing that I've ever done.And contrary to what many people have posted, I've had nothing but GOOD experiences with my academic and financial advisors. They are 100% available to me and are the first ones I call when I'm having any kind of issue. As far as the individual classes go, for the most part, they've been great. I've had a boneheaded instructor (two, actually) but that wouldn't be any different from a traditional school. Bottom line is that for many of us who work full-time and have families, traditional colleges are an impossibility. UofP makes it possible for me to work on my degree and still have my own life."
Jessi Tompkins - 8/16/2010
"I have heard all about money in these reviews. I have just started in this program and have had no problems yet. However you say they steal from you? What school do you know about that is free, or the instructors call you on the weekend to see how things are going? If you want to attend school and get a degree then do it, dont complain about how they rip you off. You will get what you put in that is it so it is up to you to learn, as with any other collage that you will attend in your life!"
UOP Grad - 8/14/2010
"In my undergraduate program, I will defend to the death that UOP is just as difficult and educational as a brick and mortar program.For the MBA, I am sincerely disappointed. I have no problem with online education, but for a Master's Program that is as "pretigious" as the MBA, I expected quite a bit more. I feel like I can rush through my assignments and write haphazardly.I have a student in my current course that can't even write complete sentences.It's difficult to be in a class with people who aren't competent enough to formulate complete sentences, or create independent thoughts. I have another classmate who hasn't posted a single original thought, he only copies and pastes peer reviewed journals.Obviously his grades haven't suffered yet, because he continues to do it.I'm leaving the school after my next class and attending a different program.Do your research. UOP did a great job with my undergrad degree, but the MBA program is a pile so far."
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