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I was a student at UofP several years ago and things were progressing nicely and I was close to completion of my degree (4 1/2 classes away) when bam.... in the middle of my fifth from the last class they sent me a bill. I was a student who was receiving financial aid so this puzzle me. I made a call and was told that as I only had 5 classes to go, I was no longer qualified for financial aid and so I would have to pay out of pocket. I was also told I would have to pay what I owed on the class I was currently enrolled in to complete my degree. I didn't have the money so I had to quit attending classes. They continued to hound me about finishing, but would tell me in each call I would not be able to get the financial to complete the degree. After a year or two they gave up.
Seven years later I contact them to see about completing my degree. Now they have me at 10 classes left. That was not a big deal. The big deal was the first class they enrolled me in and took 1590.00 from me for was basically a class on how to study. As I was a student before who was 4 1/2 classes from graduating I think I would have that covered. Then they helped themselves to my bank account for the cost of the class and for the additional $85 in fees that they never told me about. I am a financial aid student who was already approved before the class began, so there was no reason to help themselves to the cost from my bank account. Upon helping themselves to my account, my financial aid counselor is refusing to answer calls or emails on this subject, as is my enrollment counselor. I have had to file an affadivit against the school with my bank in an attempt to have these funds returned to me.
I will be withdrawing from this class and all future classes with UofP and looking to complete my education elsewhere.
I have been attending the UOP for about ten months now and the experience has been awesome. I am working towards an AA in Human Services and I am currently holding hard a 3.79 gpa. The facilitators are great people that are willing to answer any questions you have.
I have not had any problems with academic or financial counselors. I have to say that distance education is not for everybody, it is for people that have made the decision to pursue higher education with determination and commitment. I love the idea that I can balance a part time work, house work and school assignments and time for myself and my pet. I do agree the cost is expensive but I pray that it will be all worth it in the end.
If there is anything I want to say to anyone contemplating attending UOP be prepared for some hard work and comit, with that you will succeed.
As everyone was saying " you will get out of your education what you put in" this is so true. There is serious learning environment that needs full attention. This is not play time, UOP has some of the most educated facilitators in the country. These are the people that help guide you to success.
If you are not determined, lazy, or think you can wisk your way to a degree than UOP is not for you.
I am happy, I am learning and most of all, it is a professional learning environment geared toward high academic achievements.
I am currently enrolled. I've also worked harder than ever before. Between papers due, team papers, and discussions I can barely think. But, this would be the case in any other school, AND, it would take me 3 times longer to finish. Slackers won't like this environment because it takes up so much extra time and makes you actually think! In the end, it boils down to this...
It's expensive, time consuming, exhausting, and teams are sometimes horrible. BUT, on the positive side, all these things exist in the real world and other universities, get used to it. Pay the money, put in your time, quit whining, and get it over with.
A lot of complaints written on UoP. I am torn as I write mine (yes, I'm currently enrolled) because there are good points as well as bad. The good is that it is an accredited university, so it's eligible for my employer to reimburse me. I have actually learned more than I expected to in my classes.
The worst of the bad is the expense. A 3-credit hour class is now $1,035.00 (as of 9/2009). If my degree were available at CSU, it would run $594.00. HUGE difference. Plus once you sign on for the program, your cost is locked in...not so at UoP. You're subject to the annual fee increase.
The instructors are good & bad. Some instructors are ON it. They provide you with office hours and a phone number where you can reach then in addition to the usual email address.
Others...well...they give you an email addy & then you HOPE you never have to reach them with a question on your quickly-coming-due assignment.
The class work isn't hard, reasonable expectations for posting. I'm a major procrastinator, I don't start my final projects until the weekend they're due & still manage to scrape up a 3.7 GPA.
My academic advisor is great but I haven't had much luck with my financial advisor (though I recently got a new one). The old one was useless. Sent an email with advise to get financial aid. I don't want that loan out over my head...so I pay as I go. I had to take almost a year off because my husband wasn't working...and I still got a phone call every 4-6 weeks from Craig asking if I was ready to come back yet. Very undertanding and sypathetic when I couldn't, but no pressure. Once I was ready...I shot him an email & told him to hook me up. I was enrolled within 15 minutes for my next set of classes. He's great!
So to end my rambling...I'd suggest pricing out other universities first...but UoP isn't a bad option either
I have been a student at this school for over a year. I have encountered hidden cost and no support system. I have no academic counselor and none of my other counselors are of any help, but yet I pay to have these services. I have to admit that the classroom experince is great. As a sinlge mother that works full time the classes fit perfectly into my scheduler and my professors are very helpful and informative
I am a student at UOP and I would highly recommend it to any working person that is interested in furthering their education. I agree that the prices are extremely high and the counselors are pushy but that it part of their job. I am also a firm believer in you get what you pay for and in order to get a quality education you hae to pay for it. We talk about the proces but I guess it would equal itself out it you would go to a traditional school because think of the money that you would have to spend in gas, food, and other expenses.
I think UOP is a great school. I questioned when I first started about online degrees and I researched other online and traditional schools and with all this modern technology most higher learning is being done online. Therefore, I would recommend UOP and online classes.
I have been taking courses with UoP for over a year now and I have to say that it has been the best decision I have made in a long time. My title say's "if you want it". If you sign up for any school in this country, your degree will not just be handed to you! There is no difference in taking classes at a traditional school setting versus online except that you dont have someone holding your hand every second. Us online students have to discipline ourselves enought to want to do the work. I am getting my degree in psychology and let me tell you that if I were not keeping up with the material, and constantly interacting with my instructors (by the way... facilitator is also a word for instructor) I would be failing misearably.
UoP is well known across this country so those that say that other schools and companies don't think it's credible, here is someting for you..... my boss got his degree with Slippery Rock University..... has anyone in this forum heard of that school?..... do you know where it is? Thats what I thought! He has his masters in a field that doesn't even correlate with his current job, and he is making some pretty good money. My point is that schools and companies also care about your work ethic and not just the name of your school.
I feel that a lot of this work I have been doing has been quite difficult, but I continue to push myself knowing that in July of 2012 I will walking across the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium to receive my diploma. When it comes down to it, you will either push hard to get ahead, or stay behind complaining about everything..... for those that had nothing but bad things to say about this wonderful school; do your self a favor and get out of the way and let us do the real work!
I cancelled my enrollment with U o P today after only 3 weeks.
At first, I appreciated the fact that U o P did not require any standardized testing to enroll, but I am shocked at some of the quality of the students that are enrolled at U o P. At my orientation, the young man seated next to me could barely string together a coherent sentence. He proudly showed me multiple prison tattoos.
There are students in my class that have obvious issues as well. The "group" learning is a hindrance. In a traditional college setting, you often must work in groups, but rarely is your grade so dependent on the same group of people throughout an entire program. My group members were all intelligent, thoughtful students, and it still gave me great pause. I could not imagine having to carry the weight of a slacker for 2 years, much less four. I don't know how the students in their Baccalaureate programs do it.
I think that a minimum standard for enrollment set by the GMAT would be a good idea for U o P, although I doubt that they will institute a minimum testing standard since it would curtail enrollment.
The most discouraging experience I had was, after talking to one of the advisers about the quality of the program, the response was; "But we are FULLY accredited!" She encouraged me to call other graduate programs and see if my Master's from U o P would be acceptable if I wanted to move on to a Ph.D. program at a traditional school. I called some prestigious schools, and in one instance (a UC) , the enrollment counselor actually laughed.
I am going to try my chances at another college.
I had the worst experience at U of P. They stated that they tell everyone all the information they can to make sure that you are successful. They tell you everything they want you to know and nothing about anything that can actually help you avoid problems in the future.
Your financial counselor and your academic counselor will hound you almost every day during your first block of classes but still won't provide you will all of the information until it is too late and you are already screwed over by this school. Save your money and go to a community college cause U of P is just a rip-off.
From my experience the people who are complaining about this school probably thought they were going to get to sit on the butts, do nothing, and have a University give them a degree. Wake up. You do not get something for nothing. I have eight classes left to my B.A. and it was not easy.
I have to admit the first six months of class were rather lame but General Education classes usually are at any college. Let me tell you that the last years worth of core classes have been tough. You have to put in your time and do the work.
To the people who said the instructors were never there to ask questions of every instructor I ahve had has given us dedicated time to get in touch with them and most have provided phone numbers to call.
In summary, if you want a degree anywhere, get off your butt, do some work and quit whining.