University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,230)
Avoid at all cost!!! Instructors are more concerned with formatting of papers than actual content. All classes are English 101 classes but tailored to your degree. Financial aid department will not give straight answers to any questions. It has taken over 4 months just to process my financial aid... still don't have my overage which I need for supplies. I have been to other schools and this is by far the worst experience I have ever had with a university. I cannot stress enough how bad this school is.
This university is horrible...There is a serious lack of ethics and unprofessional, and honesty seems to be an issue. They have no problem leaving a single mother, with two children with special needs hanging at one credit to graduate..University of Phoenix has ripped off tons and tons of students, in multiple ways, but they have a pattern of doing it at the very end...I suggest research, research, research all of the problems they have had in the last decade and longer. Research how much they have lost in law suits and the investigations that have taken place with different agencies.
I attended University of Phoenix over the span of 6 years to earn, yes earn, my Bachelor and Master degrees. Just as others have mentioned, the coursework is designed in such a way that you get what you put into it. As a husband, father, active duty member who worked more than 60 hours per week I required a flexible schedule and approach to achieving my dream: graduating college. This university provided me just that. If you decide to attend University of Phoenix be prepared to work as there are a lot of assignments and readings. However, the sweat equity is completely worth it. I credit UoP for providing the opportunity to garner the skills necessary to become a great leader in the field of business and IT. In fact, I was able to apply to become an officer and was accepted. I am now attending another online university for my PhD in Computer Science. Thanks UoP!!!
I signed up for the Bachelors of Science Information Technology with Advanced Multimedia. Up front I asked for a curriculum. I was sent a link to the degree courses. After I had signed up, I noticed that only 5 courses out of the 27 courses were set up for me that applied to what I wanted to learn. Then I get this email from my academic advisor that 5 of my courses have now been combined in to just 1 course. So the Flash, Dreamweaver, courses were taken away and combined into 1 class. So you know what that means? I have to take other bull crap classes to make up my credits for what was combined. All this was done after I had already signed up and started my first course.
I really enjoyed my time at University of Phoenix. The aftermath of my education was harder; I had a lot of negative comments in the workplace and it was extremely hard to find a teaching position. I did my homework and the Dept of Ed said it was accredited; however, principals did not like the accountability of your degree being online, especially out of state. It took me 4 years to find a teaching position. My advice - If you are looking into UoP as a bachelor's program for Elementary Education, call local schools as well as your state department of education or look into a local university with online classes. My student loans are about 70k so if I could go back, I would have chosen a different school.
1. Courses were relatively easy but the constant checking in was obnoxious. 2. Hardly any communication with classmates or professor even though they stress that "teamwork" is important. 3. Never received Financial Aid money (but I'm still paying it off to this day because it was reflecting negatively on my credit.) 4. Hassled for first semester tuition before first semester was even over... 5. Was told I could not continue the second semester without paying the first semester's tuition. 4. Financial advisor was more than unprofessional and still has not followed up since - neither has the school.. I know school is important but they really did a number on my wallet and my sanity with the constant harassment. If you value your time and money, please don't attend this college.
Basically the way there online system is set up is by points. You get points by participating in discussions. You can earn up to 8 points by posting messages and participating in classroom discussions. The thing with the online system is it's basically like teaching yourself. They have all the tools and worksheets that you go through and all the instructor does is post questions in the discussion forum so you can earn participation points. It's really black and white and charging 10,000 plus dollars for a 5 week course is ridiculous. Like I said it's like teaching yourself. They do give you a 3 week trial but other then that I wouldn't recommend it if your more of a hands on type of person. The staff,advisers, and everything are helpful but once your in and settled you won't need them anymore. In conclusion I expected more out of this online college thing. I'm at the end of my second week and the work isn't particularly hard it's just boring. As far as refund checks I haven't gotten to that point yet but you won't get it until basically your classes are over after 5 weeks.
I just achieved my BS in Business and Marketing. UOP has an amazing learning curriculum and online classroom. I attended off and on for 7 years because I took a few personal breaks. These classes are intense. If you are not organized and self disciplined you will not make it in online class. The pace is very fast. One of my favorite things about UOP online classes is the learning teams. It wasn't fun but I did gain very valuable project management and team project facilitation. I will say that I ended up do most of the work in a lot of team projects because I'm a perfectionist and didn't want my grade relying on others. We just had our commencement ceremony and it was perfect in every way! I highly recommend!
Dropped out of the program because it was intense trying to incorporate school into my day job, family, and personal life. Right away the school contacted me and influenced/motivated me to continue and stay in school. For UOP - Hawaii campus, the support/guidance was there. Continued on and completed my MBA. So Glad I did! Achieving my MBA opened the doors and advancement opportunities within my current company. Did a hybrid of both campus and online. Definitely two completed different approaches attending classes. Attending the campus allows the face to face interaction with peers and groups. Attending online allows the flexibility of logging on the required amount of times per week at ones convenience. The school may be pricey but again UOP is tailored and benefits the working adult. When I attended UOP I continue to work my day job earning a pay check and support my family. It would have been difficult for me to attend the local university at this time (2010-2012). The local universities mocked the online class system of UOP but look at the trend now, may Universities are offering online courses and degrees. I am proud that I have gone to UOP.
My counselor screwed up my paperwork for finances. When I finish all my classes then I found out my classes was not paid for. He told me the only way to get my degree is not only pay my students loans but had a huge bill to thousands of dollars to the school since he didn't turn my paperwork in on time. His response was "oh well you have to pay it if you want your degree and have 30 days to pay it or it will get turn over to a collection agency." When I told him I cannot pay he said go borrow it. This was a waste of time and money. This school is a job. Do not waste your time going here. You will be better off.