University of Phoenix Reviews

3.25 out of 5 stars
(1,315 Reviews)
  • Nationwide
  • Annual Tuition: $9,552
62% of 1,315 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 1,315 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.6 out of 5 stars
Laura Daily - 12/12/2019
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school led me to believe I would have assistance in finding a job in my area of study. After weeks of calls and emails I finally agreed and enrolled. I worked hard for the high GPA that I graduated with. After I had completed the program I got no assistance. The only thing I got was more badgering about continuing on. Now, I'm stuck with all of these loans and a worthless degree. Every place I have applied will not accept my degree or told me I had no experience, which this school promised their assistance in."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Jeka - 12/6/2019
Degree: Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2019
"I applied to the University of Phoenix to start my master's degree thinking that a Cybersecurity Certification will help me achieve my goals. It turned out that this is not a license; this is crap. Basically, it is a boot camp to get real licenses. Thank god I realized that the first day of school. I was confident enough to drop the program, and since I only open blackboard one day, I wouldn't have any financial responsibility. LOL. They do not have a grace period for master's degrees. It turned out that since I posted a personal bio on the first day of class, which btw did not count towards the final grade, they counted that as attendance; therefore, they charged me for a whole week of the course. Did I mention the program was online? Well, yes, charging attendance for an online class. This is the most ridiculous thing ever. These people are sharks. Remind me of a car dealership. Money before anything else. What a bad experience!!!"
1.7 out of 5 stars
Nick Burns - 11/30/2019
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2008
"The degree helped me to advance in my career, not because of the knowledge that I gained, but because of the actual piece of paper. Employers are still entirely focused on what degrees a candidate has, instead of their actual productivity, experience, creativity, and willingness to learn. What a shame. Well, I played the game, spent the money (took 10 years to pay off the student loans) and it led to employers actually considering me for a job. I learned way more on the job than in this school. The worst part was the rampant plagiarism by several of the other students. There were at least two or three in each class that would copy/paste responses verbatim from a google search. I had to be the one to point this out to the instructors and the students would remain in the class, even though they didn't do their own work. I reported it to my academic counselors who told me that they were following up, couldn't tell me the outcome due to confidentiality, but I would see the students again in later classes. I documented it very clearly, which links to their source and how their answers were not their own. UOP just wants your money. They don't care about an actual education. After four classes went by with the same behavior, I just gave up and quit complaining. I would merely post snarky responses to the offending students asking, "what's your source of information", or, "wow - you seem to know a lot about [topic] for being a BSIT student! Do you work in that field?" Their responses were incredibly lame. Instructors didn't even notice or care."
1.6 out of 5 stars
aklarsen - 11/27/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am a teacher with a Master's Degree, and I took a few undergrad courses from UOP to earn an Science Endorsement. I had a really awful experience. The 2 courses I took required group projects, and some of the members in my group did not come through on their part of the assignments. My grade tanked as a result. When I reached out to the instructors and the University admin about it, they replied that there was nothing they could do- it's a group project, therefore everyone gets the group's grade. I think that's a bunch of crap. I didn't pay $1300 for a class to have my grade plummet because of other students' poor efforts. Also, one of the assignments, the instructor posted in the wrong place. As a result, I didn't see it, and therefore ended up getting a 0 on it and she wouldn't let me make it up. Again, I reached out to admin and nothing was done. Finally, get ready to have your undergrad class assignments graded as much on your proficiency with APA format as your mastery of the content. I didn't mind so much because I know APA well, but I think it's a joke for undergrad courses to be judged on anything more than mastery of the content and adequate grammar skills. I was planning to take several more courses from UOP, but never again. Trust me, take your money elsewhere. I ended up with Bs in these courses, which would be fine except for the fact that I am an A student. It frustrates me to not have my grades reflect my nature, work ethic, and mastery of the content."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Leo Adkins - 11/26/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"Since graduating from the University of Phoenix, I have applied to at least 30 entry level jobs in my field of study. Not one of them has called me back for an interview. Also, I have tried searching for careers through the resources on the university's website and needless to say. That has also left me at yet another dead-end. So now here I am with a degree, no job, and a bunch of student loan debt. In my educated and experienced opinion. This degree isn't worth the paper it's printed on."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sandy - 11/24/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2008
"I met some great people within the program and am still friends with my group today even though we are not in the same geographic area. My issue stems from the advising, the professors, and dispute management. Advising - they lied to me to get me to enroll. My adviser told me that I could absolutely do what I wanted to do with the degree I was enrolling for. Unfortunately, the position I was hoping to achieve doesn't exist. Didn't find that out until class 10 out of 12. The adviser who told me this said he asked someone - clearly, he didn't. Plus, there was a different person almost every week who was my new adviser. I should have heeded the warning signs and kept looking for a different school. Professors - these people are likely really smart and working within the field they are teaching. That said, it doesn't take much to be a college professor and the fact that I wrote a paper every week for a solid 17 months and didn't really get any instruction on how to write at the graduate school level tells me a lot about who Phoenix hires as online professors. They were more interested in the fact that the paper had enough words and was at least written on the topic we were discussing. Dispute management - I wrote to this department to enter a grievance with them since I have a degree I am unable to use since their adviser lied to me about what I could do with the degree. Their response, “In addition to your statement, you also submitted an email dated September 11, 2006 in which the advisor (sic) stated the degree can open doors in the profiling arena. Ms. X, upon thorough review of your record, the University found there is no indication that any representative misadvised you regarding the outcomes of the MS/AJS degree program.” (except for the part where they told me I could get into the profiling arena with an administrative degree - and when I asked about the administrative part of the degree name, I was told it was just a name they picked.) They further state, "The campus representatives serve to assist students during the degree selection process by providing information and support in order for students to make an informed decision.” They tell me in the letter that it is my responsibility to conduct the necessary research of the job requirements in their chosen field. I don't know about you, but when doing your research as to what you can do with a certain degree, who do YOU ask for guidance? I'm glad some people have had a good experience with the school. I find it funny that many reviews state, "I don't know why everyone is so down on this school" and other such wordings - it makes it sound like those people are really the administration reviewing the school under presumed names in order to boost the reviews. Maybe it's just me who thinks that though. I'm sure some of the programs are probably really well done. If you are relying on the advisers to give you good information and be helpful in your decision making, wrong school choice. They only want your money."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Emmy - 11/23/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"I received the masters degree in nursing at University of Phoenix. It was such a great learning experience. Everything they taught me, I was able to apply in real life. Like any school, if you put in the work- you will receive the knowledge. I am not sure why people are putting this college down. I work for a company that is a national giant and University of Phoenix is one of the few online colleges that my Company recognizes and provides reimbursement towards classes. The instructors did an amazing job teaching about research methodology and were engaged, polite and supportive. The university helps connect the students with a mentor and provides all kinds of online tools and an impressive library which continue to be available to the alumni even after graduation. The degree paid back in spades. If I had to choose, I would select University of Phoenix all over again!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Derrick - 11/20/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
"I have had a great experience with this school. The assignments were challenging. I earned both a bachelor's and a masters degree and continually get job offers because of them. I continually see negative comments about the UOP and can't help but wonder is it the individual that's lacking."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Mike W. - 11/20/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2000
"The University of Phoenix provided me with the professional credentials required to advance in my career and contributed to my ability to earn significant income. The UoP was a pioneer at educating working professionals at a time when traditional schools were highly dismissive of the needs of students unable to commit themselves to full-time on campus learning. The skills I found most useful related to financial analysis, planning, and statistics. I used these both in my professional career and additionally found them to be highly valuable in personal real estate investment. The classes that related to technical and legal matters were less useful. I found the on campus method of instruction, with team-based assignments, to be less useful. Although the team-based education method replicates a corporate environment, there was such a vast differentiation in skillset among team members which led me to frequently take the lead on preparing and presenting material. Occasionally, others were even more inspired and took the reigns. Invariably, there were 'stragglers' who offered little other than their presence and continued breathing to the 'teamwork.' I should note that the University of Phoenix degrees I attained were not respected in the corporate workplace. While they were expedient as a 'check the box' credential, they were widely mocked by graduates of better schools, particularly early in my career when people cared about degrees. I subsequently worked hard to replace these with credentials from better schools when the notion of online education became more widely adopted."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Alumni - 11/18/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"My experience was great. I did not have any issues throughout my time at UOP. The team projects were overwhelming at times but I was able to push through. UOP helped me advance in my career and I would definitely recommend it to other hardworking adults."

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