University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,248)
I started this school and quickly transferred after the first two classes. If you are an adult life experienced learner, this place is not for you. I felt like I was in school with teenagers and wondered how these people even made it in to school. Makes you wonder if there are any guidelines for admissions.
After transferring, I am finishing up my BA right now with a minor, and am continuing to my Masters. In comparison, UOP does not come close to comparing to the education I am currently receiving online. I would search further if you want something out of your education.
I started at UOP in '05 and left in '08 after 90 credits. I transferred to a local University, luckily for me they took all my courses except 2.
UOP is a waste of time, and teaches you very little. The instructors who want to teach are discouraged because of the caliber of students they get. In fact, I was encouraged by a few of the instructors to leave and go to a better school. At UOP I was getting only A's; I am still getting A's, but I feel better about my grades because I know they reflect what I have learned and the hard work I put in.
I would not encourage my mother-in-law to attend UOP. The place is nothing but a cash cow for the Apollo Group, and as the title suggests, a good idea gone bad.
I attended UOP in 2005-2006, and took a 2 year hiatus, returning in Jan 2009. I love this school. Many adults who have not obtained a degree attend this program so as not to interrupt work/family schedules. This is the second chance option for those of us who did not go to college right after high school.
Contrary to popular belief, UOP has an actual brick-and-mortar campus as well. The class sessions are the appropriate length, and the programs are very structured. I think that many students want to get a "quick fix" and expect an easy program. UOP is not that type of institution. You do not need prior knowledge as the books we utilize are regular textbooks that would be used in the classroom.
I personally love this program as it allows me to work full time, and still be home at night with my family (even if I am doing homework all night!). I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that you get as much as you put into it. The more you put in to the program, the better you will succeed in the end.
Did not like this school at all, am surprised it is named a top school.
All classwork goes through microsoft outlook through discussion threads which can get complicating. Most of the work is team based and you pay $80 a class for e-books. You don't even get an actual book, so in order to do any work at all, you have to be in front of the computer unless you want to spend extra for ink to print it all out. If you don't pass a class, which I didn't then you have to pay for the class in cash before moving to the next class, even if you get financial aide. For one class they tell me I owe $3,ooo! that is way too expensive for me.
I have been a student at UoP for over a year, the classes at the ground campus are great, the online environment is much more difficult but still very good. The only down side to this school is the level of professionalism from the administrative staff, the financial aid offices are less than acceptable in answering questions and assisting students with information. The financial aid people I have dealt with were rude and uncaring. The online advisors were not very helpful or quick to add me to classes when asked, I routinely was out of attendance due to the time it took to get into classes. For the most part, the education I received was very good, but the administration needs a major overhaul.
I am currently a student at University of Phoenix. I think that the class format stinks as it seems that professors do not want to listen to students or could care less about the student. Also, as far as cost, it is over priced especially for a 5 week course ($1620). At that price, I can take more than one course at a traditional college. Overall rating: poor.
I have been attending UOP for over a year now, and I have a wonderful experience. I go to school online, and while this may not work well for everyone it has been perfect for me. I have found the staff to be very helpful and even encouraging. The classes are challenging and filled with relevant information. My academic advisor has been with me the whole way and has helped me to choose an educational path that suits my needs. Occasionally I have had problems with the website and I have found the technical staff to be very helpful.
Distance learning, or online learning, is not suited for everyone. It requires self-discipline and motivation. The assignments are rather vague at times in an attempt, I think, to challenge students to creatively meet the requirements. In other words, they provide guidelines and the student has some room to work within those guidelines. I find it builds confidence and problem solving abilities. I highly recomend UOP.
Since, I had a tremendous experience within the face-to-face environment of University of Phoenix, I decided to try my first direct online experience in pursuing a master's in education. Our student website is loaded with resourceful information pertaining to APA referencing to a live media which shows you how to attach a document within your individual forum to downloading chapters pertaining to your coursework to running your papers through useful tools such as "Writepoint".
Most of the interactions with classmates and educators have been a wonderful experience. You get to meet and potentially network with various types of individuals who are in their professions. Every student brings some level of experience and knowledge in which you can build upon. The instructors who are professionals and educators themselves provide you with the needed information in order to be successful in the workforce.
Having an open-mind, positive attitude and a willingness to learn and work is what has brought me to this successful point. University of Phoenix provided both the human and technical element in making all things possible. I truly have no regrets!
If you're looking for a progressive university that truly focuses on critical thinking instead of cookie cutter MBA programs look no further than University of Phoenix. I found the classes to be challenging, engaging and worth the effort. I found the classes to be right-sized and not overcrowded so I didn't feel lost in a sea of students. I particularly admired the staff's pursuit for lifelong learning and focus on students over 35 in the workplace. You may want to think twice before enrolling in the big-name schools and give UOP a look before you make a final decision. Tony Sarkauskas MAOM-2004 University of Phoenix
Fisrt of all, this is an excellent school for the professional and working adults looking to enhance their careers. I got my BSN in 13 months doing 51 credits in one year. Yes it is an expensive school and it is a school for profit, you must understand that. I doubled most of my classes and finished my degree faster than anyone before. I currently went back to get my MBA and MSN/HC, the graduate courses get even more expensive and more demanding but it is a graduate school so what do you expect? It is doable and anything can be accomplished if given the right amount of time and dedication. I do recommend this school to anyone but first make sure you have the financial resources and time management skills to make it in this university other than that you will enjoy the learning environment and the help from students and instructors.