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I thought that this university was not credible and I was scared that a job would not recognize a degree from this institute as good, however I have not had that issue. This school is great for those who like me had a family but also needed to work. Online classes are difficult and it takes a person who is self motivated to complete an online degree.
I received a great education and had wonderful teammates while attending. I would recommend UoP to a friend, but one must research first and to know what you would like to do before applying is important. Of course, improvements are necessary in order to compete with other Universities. I graduated in 2012.
My overall experience with University of Phoenix was very positive. I didn't always love every instructor, but I felt that I did receive a quality education and gained skills that helped me in my current position as well as my future career. I began my bachelors program with six credits so my previous college experience was limited but I was pleased with the small class sizes and the group of people that matched my current life experience. While the workload of the accelerated classes may not work for everyone I appreciated being able to focus on one class at a time and being able to immediately relate the content to real life situations. I have committed to continuing on with education and have currently enrolled in my MBA program at University of Phoenix and so far my first class has been a really positive experience.
My experience with UoP has been fairly good as it fit the need of working parent. My nights and weekends were filled with reading chapters and writing papers each week due to the compressed schedule. By keeping up with the assignments and reading the material, I maintained a 3.69 GPA. All but one credit was taken at an on-campus classroom rather than online. I did not find the online structure to provide what I needed as a student. I like the interaction and feel that part of what is being paid for is the lecture experience... I would NOT pay for this degree if it were entirely online. The classroom experience was a mixed bag but reflected my own personal experience. The students were working adults although I found the diversity a bit lacking. Not cultural or gender diversity but rather that most of my classmates were veterans and it would have been a better experience with groups with a greater variety of backgrounds. My college experience may be unique but I found some level of freedom to focus on the lecture and learning. I did not worry about grades but focused on the content and its application to my profession. I'm currently an IT Manager in a large organization and found that my director's comments suggested growth as a manager which I attribute in part to the UoP management courses and a lot of support from my senior corporate leadership. I would like to have seen a bit more edginess from the instructors.
I pleasantly enjoyed my experience with University of Phoenix. The advisors both academic and financial make the experience seamless. The curriculum for a business degree is on point with real life business experiences and has helped me excel in my current role and opened the door for many more experiences. The time you as an individual out into learning will determine how much you take away from University of Phoenix. Upon graduating, University of Phoenix offers an online network of employers eager to hire a Phoenix graduate and a continuous network of communication with peers who are in the workforce. University of Phoenix offers resume training and several other after graduation tools to help excel careers. I would recommend University of Phoenix to anyone interested in post secondary education.
Overall, my experience at UoP was exceptional. I went through all of the coursework with virtually the same cohort, which helped to develop a high level of camaraderie and teamwork. I was able to solely focus on my studies, knowing that that my schedule was being managed effectively by the front office staff. The instructors were current leaders in their respective fields and were passionate about what they were teaching. The only area in which I took issue with, was transferable credits. I arrived at UoP with an AA degree from a California community college, but still had to take all of the classes that someone entering with no credits had to. In other words, even though UoP accepted my transcripts, they really didn't amount to anything in regards to being a transfer student, or negate the need to take particular courses. This may have been a misunderstanding on my part. However, I did find value in all of the classes that I took. Although I didn't stick to a career in business, I have had a successful tenure in public education, and credit UoP for accelerating that career.
I do not recommend this school. I am currently a student and the financial advisors are the hardest to get a hold of. I have to call 4 times a day for about 3 days straight just to get a hold of anyone. My admin and academic advisors are wonderful, but they can't answer the questions I have because it's usually about financial aid since nothing ever gets explained fully. I received an email not to long ago stating that the school might retire the program I'm in, but I won't be allowed to change my program to something different without completely withdrawing and then I would have to start the enrollment process all over again. I have to take a leave of absence because I get all funds sent to me and I pay for each class individually, so now they are trying to say I owe for one class when I know I paid for it. They're accusing me of just pocketing the money. I faxed over bank statements to prove that I paid, so then they said I was still behind. It makes no sense and I am tired of dealing with the inconsistency. I am starting to look into transferring to a different school. This is not my first college and I know it shouldn't be this ridiculous to take classes.
The University of Phoenix offered a flexible schedule for this working professional and the cohorts worked well together and built life-long friendships and relationships. The students in my classes are able to continually communicate and network; sharing triumphs, innovative discoveries, and support. The academic and financial advisors were very helpful, knowledgeable, and always available to answer questions and offer assistance when needed. The experience was such a pleasure that I completed two-degree programs and two credential programs through the University of Phoenix.
I am very disappointed with University of Phoenix. Tuition and additional fees are so expensive compared to other online schools. The professors and the curriculum are fairly poor. One think I've noticed is that numerous people have complained about not graduating on their perspective commencement date because of failing their class. Classes cost over $3,000 each and the professor will find a way to make the student retake at least one class during their journey. I think its a scam and hope someone will look into this further. I mean what is a student to do if they have to retake class to receive their degree? The student will find a way to fork up the money to fulfill their dreams. I regret not choosing another school.
Academic Advisors are very helpful. Great customer service. One thing I did not like was group projects and assignments. I found it annoying to complete group work in an online course. Being able to complete assignments at my own pace became difficult. As long you complete assignments and posts on time, then you should not have a problem graduating.