University of Phoenix Reviews
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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.
I would like to offer a counter point to some of the nasty and mean spirited comments I have just read about the quality of a University of Phoenix graduate MBA program. I am currently at the half way point of a straight thru 19 month UOP flex-net MBA program, and I love it. I believe, that for mid career individuals like myself, who decide to return to school after many years there is no better program, especially if your current job requires frequent travel.
I spent over one year studying for my GMAT's so that I could be accepted to some of the "better schools". Unfortunately, I did not do that well on the exam. I knew, without a doubt that I was more than capable of succeeding academically, but without the required minimum GMAT score I was not eligible to attend. However, I was not to be deterred and I began looking into the UOP program. Unlike other schools UOP judges you on your 'actual' academic performance, and not on what yout GMAT suggest your performance will be. More and more colleges and universities are either considering or converting to some form of "Open Enrollment." UOP was perfect fit for me. I have been extremely impressed with my academic and financial counselors. I find the faculty to be extraordinary, and my classmates are some of the most dedicated and hardest working people I have ever met. These people are juggling busy work schedules and families while putting out top notch academic work. I have not had a single issue with any of my learning team classmates. In fact, each and every team I have been on has been exemplary in every regard. I would be honored to work with them in any setting (academic or professional). For those folks who have had a negative UOP experience, that is unfortunate. However, for those folks who are committed to doing the hard work, and persevering to the next level, and who may not fit into the "traditional student" demographic I urge you to pursue a UOP degree. The value of their me, do not be discouraged by the cynical nay-Sayers who probably could not hack the personal discipline that it takes to succeed in the UOP flex-net and on line MBA programs. Trust me, it is much easier to just go sit in a classroom and 'hide out'. It is a whole different story when you actually have to show up for class and present your thoughts and efforts in a public forum day in and day out.
In short the UOP program rocks, and I for one am grateful for the amazing people I have come to know, respect and admire. Oh, and yes one more thing, from a purely practical "business perspective", there is a reason why UOP is the largest university in the country - IT WORKS - Simple stuff, they have a great business model and they have successfully executed it. That is pure MBA!
One other thing, I am pulling down a 3.67 GPA. Funny what 20 hours per week of hard work will produce?
MBA Candidate- Class of 2010'
University of Phoenix proved not only to be a horrific waste of money, but also a significant waste of time. What I found out after taking 12 classes was that they not only do not transfer to public universities but also that they are not credible to many businesses. I am currently taking my third semester of a full class load from a local university all online for 1/9 of the price.
I have attended the University of Phoenix since 2006 and am about to finish my degree completion next week. I attended mostly on campus classes and had only three courses online. I have loved every moment of my educational experience with UoP! The financial aid counselors have been knowledgeable and clear, my academic counselor has been the absolute best!!!
This is not a school that you can skate by...you have to put in the work, and hard work it is. I did have a couple of instructors that were less than wonderful, but you will get that at ANY school you attend.
For all those 'haters' out there, if online schools are lesser degrees, why does Harvard offer online degrees? Yes, you are responsible to log in and participate in the online environment...can't do it from your home computer? Go to the library!!! You have the educational experience you want to with UoP and you will get out of it what you put into it.
I am a student at the school online. What is said about the school not being credible because it is online is BS. First I would like to say that on your degree it does not say Bachelor's of Science in __________ COMPLETED ONLINE. There are campus based schools. This means that there is no way to tell whether or not a student graduated online or on campus.
The school has taught me A LOT. I do papers, more than traditional school. The school I previously attended was one of the top 10 schools in the nation for education and difficulty. I believe that I am getting the same amount of knowledge.
The difference is that you do not have to listen to the teacher's BS off topic tangents and annoying questions by other students. You can read the lectures on line, read the book, take a timed test, write papers, participate in a large amount of discussions, etc. I know NOTHING about IT- software engineering and I am learning A LOT.
I am in the process of completing my sixth block of classes at Axia College, University of Phoenix. My admissions counselor was brilliant in sales and I fell hook, line, and sinker into this program. I wanted a degree so badly.
What I found at University of Phoenix is that if you are completely independent and require no guidance whatsoever, you will success. I am leaving U of P with a 4.0 GPA; all my own success.
I found the classes ok - the instructors were only "facilitators" not actual instructors. The financial and academic advisors were horrible. My only advise is to please rate the retention and graduation rate of this university before you enroll - you'll be surprised.
I attended UOP in April, 2007 to June,2009. I had some good experiences and some bad. The good was the teachers were very knowledgeable. The classes went fast and I liked the school as a whole. The bad was it was very hard to contact the financial aid and academic counselor. The counselors are always pressuring you to go back and do you know anyone else that would like to attend. But that is all behind me know I am done so just give me my degree and I am done with this chapter of my life.
UOP has been good to me. My counselor is always communicating with me and my financial counselor always calls me before my next 6 week class starts. I graduated from University of California, Davis in 2007 in Sociology. At UOP I am getting an MBA in accounting so I can take the CPA exam, which UOP is accredited school. Bottom line, school is school. Just like anything else, what you put into it, as far as effort, is what you get out. Since I have in experience at good University, UCD ranks 42 Nationally, and at UOP I would have to say that I learn more at UOP. The material stuck to me longer then at a 4 year college. At a four year college a student can pretty much bullshit its way through. You plagiarize papers, at UOP they have a software to detect plagiarism. I gain more confidence in the material I learned at UOP. Trust me, if want to work part-time, earn a better paying job, then UOP is one way to go.
One of the reasons I chose the University of Phoenix was because it represented a convenient way to a higher education. Years after completion, I realize there is no quick and easy way to knowledge.
I went to the UofP with all intentions of working hard and earning an advanced degree. I was young and wanted to make more money; I thought a college degree would open employment opportunities. While some on this forum have had positive experiences, some feel completely exploited and deceived in everything from financial aid to academic content. I fall somewhere in between. What I feel I've missed mostly, which doesn't seem to be addressed, is the traditional general education requirements of a four year school. When I'm at work in conversation, I am not familiar with english classics, philosophy, psychology, math concepts and all of the other basic knowledge that most college educated people possess. That's what I am resentful about. Sure, I've worked in a UofP group on restructuring a hypothetical oil company at the executive board level, but I don't know how to write a comparative paper at the collegiate level. In my experience, I've learned more in one community college semester than I have during the entire UofP experience. I remember taking Algebra at UofP and wizzing the class; it was easier than high school algebra! Of course, this is just my personal experience, but it didn't challenge me at the same level as my competition.
Whether I get a good paying job, or work hard in school is up to me, not my college, but now I have to go back and read up on things to get a general education! Now that I'm a decade older, I realize that a higher income and career results not solely from a degree, but from a body of experience and knowledge that the degree was a part of. To everyone considering UofP: Please think not so much about making more money, but think about acquiring knowledge and skill. Really evaluate whether you can work part-time, rent a room out, make the sacrifice for a traditional education. Money will follow!