University of Phoenix Reviews
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I decided to attend Axia College of University of Phoenix after attending several other colleges. I finally finished my last classes last week for my Associate's in Accounting. The course load is heavy, but your education is really what you put into it. I never felt like I was getting a sub par education, and had to work my butt off to maintain my 3.5 grade point average. There were a couple instructors that were not necessarily helpful, but that is not unique to University of Phoenix. You can find bad instructors everywhere. I feel that I learned a lot, and received a great education. I will be starting their Bachelor's program for accounting in May 09, and I look forward to obtaining that.
One thing to remember is that a lot of people are quick to write many negative reviews online. Some reviews I have read mentioned the work load was too heavy for them. There were many nights I was up late reading and reviewing course work so that I knew I had it down. Time management is the most important thing you can learn if you think online courses are for you. This is not a run in the park, you have to figure out how to manage a full-time job, family, and course work. Other reviews mention that financial aid is a hassle. Let me say that financial aid is a hassle everywhere. University of Phoenix is one of the only schools where I have not had a problem, but I must mention that I stayed on top of my financial aid and I know what is paid, when they are pulling loans, and asked many questions if something concerned me. My financial aid counselor was great and quick to respond.
I did have one academic counselor that was not much help, but requested a new counselor and was given one that was absolutely great. He was quick to respond and was very patient and helpful with all my questions. What you take away from any program (online or in a traditional classroom) is up to you. I personally would rather study and learn information at home than sitting in a classroom and listening to lectures. Given that my life and day-to-day activities will not allow me to go to a traditional school, University of Phoenix works well for me. My goal is to go on and obtain my Master's in Accounting and sit for the CPA exam. As long as I study hard and remain on course, my goals can be accomplished through University of Phoenix and I am glad to have that option.
I am a recent graduate in the undergraduate program from the University of Phoenix Online. My overall experiences at UOP were very good and memorable. My enrollment, academic and financial aid counselors were excellent, and always returned my calls in a timely manner. Most all of the instructors were very knowledgeable in their fields, and were very helpful and resourceful. They were prompt in answering questions in the classroom and timely in the delivery of their weekly feedback.
In comparing a traditional, on-ground campus versus the online environment, the workload is much heavier, as one is writing a paper or two a week, answering several discussion questions, reacting to other student's perspectives pertaining to the discussion questions, and working with other students in a team setting. As in any organization or work setting, one must be flexible in adjusting to team member character and personalities by working cohesively for the benefit of the learning team projects. If one is dedicated, the retention of the material learned can be vastly helpful and beneficial in one's field.
The classes are concentrated and very well-geared to adult learners. UOP is well-organized in their accesses to student services, library services, and technical support. The tech support operators are well-trained to provide the most optimal service to the students. For those individuals who complain about their online experiences at UOP as bad ones, kindly reflect on their posts carefully. Are the posts reflecting quality and proper grammar skills? If not, this issue may have been one of the issues in the assignment requirements. Since much writing is a relevant necessity in the online environment, one's grammar and writing skills are a mainstay in succeeding in the online environment.
In short, discipline,good planning, organization, and time management are must-have tools for the online student, whether at UOP or anywhere.
I was recently a student of University of Phoenix associate registered in the Associate Degree Prgram in Business. I was in my seventh week of my 5th and 6th classes when I was told that my high school was not considered accredited. This was not found out during admissions. I now have paid for 6 classes and cannot continue until I spend $75.00 to get a GED. Why, I earned my diploma? Other graduates from my high school have gone on to college with no problem.
The sad thing is that I really enjoyed school and I was holding a 4.0 average at the age of 50. Now I have to pay for the student loan I have acquired, and can't afford to continue in school. This should have been caught right away. Make sure you ask if your high school is accredited before you sign the admissions contract. I feel totally humiliated.
I'm not trying to down the school or nothing but it's true UOP do have a lot of problems with the student page. I am a current student i go there now. because I was unable to get onto the student web page during my last week they denied me my grade and failed me even though I did contact someone about it. The instructor said that because I didn't talk to her that there was noting she could do and I provided her with my ref# for tech support she still didn't take it because she said it was up to me to get it done. So the fact that I had problems with getting on the site didn't matter she failed me anyway. Half the time when they give assignments they don't explain it to where you will understand. I had to get help from one of my classmates. So for all of you getting offended stop because it's their own fault that their system sucks and I am thinking of transferring myself before I encounter any other problems.
UOP was the answer for me - I had wanted to go back to school, and had tried taking classes at a regular college. I was discouraged because I knew I would have to go at least 7 years to get my Bachelor's Degree since I work full time and wanted a way to be finished more quickly.
With UOP, my classes were difficult, but attainable. The subjects were relevant to my job. The teachers were experienced professionals and my chosen study group were all people in hot pursuit of an "A" so we worked hard together.
Classes went fast. I had to do a paper a week, read a few chapters, meet with my study group, do a study group project and take tests for each class. I learned a lot, just in a more accelerated manner.
My employer paid for and supported my education, and I was promoted after I graduated. My degree has been respected any place I have applied, I think UOP was a great place for me.
I attended UOP online for my MBA and it was very rewarding and much like the real world environments I have experienced. You really get what you put into it, and if you have a problem you will have to work it out with whatever resources work. It was great to have industry experts as facilitators and teammates from across the globe.The experience helps with the preparation of an emerging global economy.
I received my BS in Medical Technology way back in 1982. Work and family made it impossible to attend school for an advanced degree. Along came University of Phoenix. I completed my MBA in Technology Management between 2002 and 2008. During this time I changed jobs twice. While my employers paid for most of the tuition, I had to maintain grades and complete the work on my time.
The MBA coursework was challenging and applied to the real world experiences in my jobs. The facilitators are leaders in their fields of expertise. There were many times when the information was difficult to comprehend. The facilitators always had examples from their jobs to illustrate a concept. I had no experience in Management, Finance, or Economics. With the help of the facilitators I came through each class with new knowledge.
The U of Phx learning team concept is no different than other university settings. The online aspect enabled asynchronous learning. The group exchange of information evened out the learning curve. Students became teachers and teachers expanded their learning. There were a number of times when teams didn't work out when members didn't complete assignments. There is nothing different in work situations. Sometimes you have to complete your work and someone else's to meet deadlines. In the MBA program your grades are reflective of accomplishing these tasks. In the work environment your pay increases may be the same.
There was not much value in the Financial counselors or Academic advisors beyond the scheduling of classes. I found most problems were solved by communication and attentiveness to the situation. My overall experiences were positive. I put in the required time and effort to obtain my MBA TM with a 3.73 GPA. My company recognizes the accomplishment and personal growth as well as the knowledge I now possess.
I wish I would have taken the bad reviews i had read more seriously before i enrolled in this school. Above all, you will have no support from the staff.
Whenever I tried to get a hold of anyone, they never called me back. Even had a teacher deny me help, telling me that I had to go seek my own answers and that they were not going to spoon feed me what iIwas unwilling to seek out. Even though everyone else in the class was having the same problem as me!!!!
I even complained to my academic director and they did nothing. They straight out pushed me into admission and didn't listen to a word i said, placed me in a degree program, which was the total opposite of what I had wanted... DON'T EVEN BOTHER REQUESTING INFORMATION- THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE, AND ONLY CARES ABOUT GETTING YOUR MONEY...
Phoenix Online is awful. Why? Because their hiring agency hires ineffective instructors. I went to the university two times, both times I get one or two good instructors then along comes the ineffective instructor. I won't mention the gender or age here as not to discriminate you can use your imagination. The financial aid is also ineffective as well as the academic counselors. Financial aid takes more than their share of excess funds and the academic advisers are less-than-worthless. In my opinion don't go to this university. The ones that posted they succeeded from this university are a fairy tale. The grade grievance process is a joke and so is the agency looking over the process. Very disgusting and a waste of private and federal dollars.
I am getting irritated with reading reviews from "haters." University of Phoenix is a good school, and like any traditional school, you get what you put into it. I have one year left to get my Bachelor's degree, and I do not plan on changing schools just because some lazy and mediocre student wants to blame the school for his or her failures! Every bad comment I read here is opposite my experience. First, the work is challenging. I learned much more than I did in a traditional school (New York University). Second, stop complaining about the school being expensive - Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and other Ivy League schools are EXPENSIVE,but no one seems to complain about that. You got to represent you; your degree does not determine how good you work or how successful you will be. Employers who are snobbish about hiring me for my degree and not me are the ones I would not want to work for, and I will tell them that in a heartbeat! Haters, stop whining!