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
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tasha - 10/17/2019
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2006
"Before enrolling I asked if they were accredited, their answer was yes. And yes they are, but what they fail to tell you is that some of the programs are not accredited. So, after 4 years I have a bachelor degree that is only good for starting a fire or collecting dust. No state, not even Arizona, will license me with my degree because they do not consider the program accredited. Needless to say, my dreams got squashed and don't get me started on debt. Thanks for wasting 4 years of my life and causing emotional distress that I still have trouble coping with."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Disappointed - 9/30/2019
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2006
"I feel my degree has only helped me be buried in debt. It is estimated that I will paying my school loans for another 23 yrs and my loans will be forgiven, otherwise I would be paying it off at about 85 yrs old! I would recommend for you anyone to go to community college and complete your initial general ed. and move on to a real university to complete your degree!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Miranda - 8/27/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"DO NOT use this school if you are planning to work online. Let me start with the courses and teachers for about the first year were wonderful. They were extremely helpful and seemed to actually care. I'm currently coming up onto my third year at the college and all three years I have had the worst experiences with the financial department. Noone in this department knows anything about what is going on and feeds you with a script. I was told to fill something out on the IRS website and when I asked where do I find that on the site I was told to use the search bar. I did. Couldn't find what they wanted. But let's put that aside and talk about the teachers that I've had over the past two years. Some teachers are wonderful and give you feedback through the week but others wait until the weekend to grade anything leaving you to have to to wait to write anything in the future so you have some wort of feedback. Oh, the best part is when I asked my current teacher for my Corrections class if she could clarify what she was expecting in a paper and she told me to go read my chapters. I did, yet when I ask the teacher for clarification she doesn't even have the time to teach. What the hell am I paying for? Oh, right, the material to teach myself."

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