University of Phoenix Reviews
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I for one am really upset about all the bad press that UOP is getting. Maybe, as a for-profit organization, they have done some things wrong in the interest of making those profits. OK, I get that. But I can only speak about my won experience: I have worked in the IT field all my adult life, having earned an Associate's Degree WAY back in the early 1980s. But the IT field changes so quickly, I realized that if I wanted to keep myself relevant, I needed to upgrade my education. Because my job requires a lot of travel, only an online college would work. After lots of research in 2001, I settled on UOP. At that time, I found mostly positive review of it's IT program, so I made the decision to go with them. I knew what I was getting into, in terms of the effort required and the total cost of a full Bachelor's program. And I knew they were "for-profit" but I decided they would be worth it. I knew then that, when I was done, I would owe a lot of money, but I made an informed choice to do it. For those who say the quality of UOP's programs is low, and that the courses are "too easy", I can only reply "bull-$#@%"! I worked my butt off for five years to complete the courses (I had to take one year off after about half done). The work was tough, the teachers were always top-notch, and the program was challenging. Yes, I am now paying off about $40K in loans, but I knew every semester just how much I was taking on. Yes, I wish it had been cheaper but, as I said, it was an informed decision I made. And I believe the entire program, and the degree I proudly display, was worth every penny.
If only I could warn everyone about this school, even though they should never be referred to as such. I completed 57 credits and somehow managed to accumulate over $50,000 in student loans, not including my out of pocket expenses. I was consistently lied to about the loans and now I'm so far in debt that there is no end in sight. The enrolment officers are not well trained and provide false information. The academic and financial advisors also hide the truth. Out of the 57 credits only 14 transferred, which intelligence is not an issue as I'm a 4.0 GPA student at my other school, which is actually academically credible. The school lies to obtain government money and preys upon lower income individuals. You will struggle to find a job with any degree you obtain from here as the quality of education is comparable to a primary level. Often teachers do not meet the necessary requirements standards to teach classes so we played a lot of games in class. Tests are never actually given, except a few online one for math. Teachers hand other student papers to other class member to grade, what's the point of paying the teacher if the students are doing their job. If you like writing papers that mean absolutely nothing and not actually read by most teachers than this school is for you. What can you really expect to learn in 5 weeks and still wonder why you cant get a job after attending UOP. When you do need to transfer good luck getting those transcripts as the school does everything in their power to delay that process. Almost a month now, many emails and phone calls and still no response to the documents I need to transfer properly, go figure. Society needs to do itself a favor and ban and discredit this "business" as it is a complete waste of time and massive amounts of money. Almost 10 years later and I still cant get back on my feet because of this school. No wonder it is such a joke. Did I forget to mention this a school you can cheat to get through because guess what a fellow student got caught plagiarizing and the school received complaints but took n measures to reprimand that student by any means. Numerous complaints were made but that student still got an A. Sadly this institution gives a bad name and creates a fear for others who wish to pursue higher education. There is a reason many celebrities (Family guy, Tosh) and others out there publicly make fun of the school. Do yourself a favor and jump in a giant hole before you attend this school, same principle.
Please do not choose to complete a degree from this college. I did graduate and have found difficulty securing employment. do not get your degree here.please do not choose to complete a degree from this college. I did graduate and have found difficulty securing employment. do not get your degree here.please do not choose to complete a degree from this college. I did graduate and have found difficulty securing employment. do not get your degree here.please do not choose to complete a degree from this college. I did graduate and have found difficulty securing employment. do not get your degree here.
I did not know what to expect when I enrolled. I had never attended school online before. I had great instructors, all of them working in the field. When all was said and done, I took and passed the Teacher Certification exams for my state and I excelled in the classroom when I did my student teaching. There were other recent graduates also doing their student teaching at the same elementary school. I assisted them by giving them some engaging lesson plans. They graduated from the local college. Granted I was a little bit older, but the lack of knowledge of classroom management skills and creativity I witnessed was a little surprising. You know there is a lot of negativity out there about online schools that is so unwarranted. It is so easy to place blame and be a victim. I am not saying that not one single student was misled, but sometimes we need to give up the victim role, move on and get the damn degree from whatever college that might be. As Troy R stated in his review....."You can go to Harvard and go through the motions and still not come out knowing a damn thing to be honest. Education is what you put into it. ".
Please choose another school for your education. I returned with nine months of classes to complete. My financial advisor never contacted me the entire time after my return to school. The financial aid department forgot to direct bill my employer and now it's past the required dates to submit the billing to my employer; I now have over $6k additional to repay. My academic advisor scheduled my English class as my last class to complete for my bachelor's degree, so I requested a waiver for the class. This took over 5 weeks to review (they told me it would take two weeks) and I did receive an email that my request had been accepted. This was the last step I needed to graduate. A phone call or an email to my school address instead of an old email address would have been preferred. I felt there is a huge lack urgency and concern from the University of Phoenix academic and financial advisors. Do yourself a favor and choose another university.
I have to wonder what actual weight any degree from this school holds? While I tried to provide valid input and learn while I went, I would always be amazed to see fellow students contributions that showed no academic effort or advancement. I can only hope that individuals that failed to utilize proper grammar to complete an intelligent sentence were not being graded on the same scale. This was the main reason I decided to withdraw from University of Phoenix and pursue a degree at a physical school.
Everyone's going to be negative about something even Wal-Mart a major company is viewed negative by some. However Uop is a great place to get your education they help you/check on you 100%. I have my associate or acts and Bachelors degree all in criminal justice excellent field!!! Some people would have a hard time attending school had it not been for UOP and they do have good ratings people have a bad experience and try to bash because, simply the school didn't work out for them. I am glad that many of us have meet the requirements to attend this university and have had such success congrads to all!!!
The associates program is ok, however I'm not touching there bachelors program at all it's just to high. The Associates program is $10,000 per year then the bachelors jumps up to $16,000 per year that's a big gap not to mention your working harder in the associates program your taking 2 classes at a time. I only did the Associates just to get a feel of the university I honestly loved it, but for the price you can find something a lot cheaper and a lot better. for my last 4 classes my financial advisor did not return my call once nor replied to my emails which was 18 weeks I know he wasn't that busy. My advised just get your associates here to get a feel but transfer out asap for the bachelors i'm looking at other colleges as we speak.
I wish I had read reviews of this college before making the stupid decision of wasting my money here. Now I have these student loans and feel like I have not learned a single thing. It was a waste of my time and money. I should have just done night school at a traditional college. If you have problems logging in the IT department blames you, though I tried five computers and three different browsers, somehow it was "still my fault". The financial staff is nonexistent anymore and the staff that is supposed to help you doesn't. We had classes at a location in town and that was somewhat better than the online thing. This whole homework has to be turned in before the teacher has even helped you figure out what the lesson is is crap. How is it learning if I'm teaching myself? How is it helpful if I teach myself wrong? It's not. None of this is. Worst college ever. Please be smarter than I was and spend your money elsewhere. Somewhere jobs actually take seriously.
I finished online and really enjoyed the experience.