University of Phoenix Reviews
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The University of Phoenix is a good school. Like any other, you get out of it what you put into it. Tons of reading and writing, so if you are an auditory learner, this may not be for you. I have to say that I would not have been able to attend a traditional classroom university because I have to work, and my current job requires about 60 hours a week. I attend online, at night, after working a long day, as do many other UOP students. I won't have too large a problem with student loans when I am finished, despite the fact that I did not qualify for ANY grants because I have managed my loans well. I truly feel this degree will help me better my employment situation and ultimately my life.
I attended UoP Online from 1998-2000, graduating with a MSCIS degree in 2000. I was also working full time and had a wife and two young boys to raise. At the time there were very few on-line options for graduate school. Prior to enrolling at UoP, I did a significant amount of research regarding the school and its accreditation as this was a concern. At the same time I applied for and was accepted to a PhD program in Counseling at a local ground school. I opted to attend UoP because it provided me with the opportunity to continue working at my job, being available to my family, and not spending a significant amount of time sitting in lectures, waiting in bookstores, going to the bursars office or trying to find parking on campus. Additionally, my potential career opportunities in Information Technology were vastly greater than had I continued with the Counseling program. An on-line program is not for everybody. It requires a dedicated student who is willing to work independently and to put the necessary work into the material. I put in at least 30 hours a week into my school work to ensure that I researched the material, read the books, and contributed to all on-line discussions, essays, papers and projects. I managed to do this by doing most of my research early mornings (4am - 7am) and reading in the evenings. I keep this kind of schedule to this day. I did have classes where my co-students did not have comprehension of the material and did not do the work necessary to accomplish the group goals of the classes. I also had these kinds of experiences in ground schools. I had the opportunity to communicate directly with my instructors throughout the classes. I very much appreciated that my instructors were people who were actually working in the field they were teaching and were able to provide real-life examples of how the material covered applied to industry. I am presently the Director of Information Technology at my company. Attending UoP was a significant investment of time and money, however I was able to achieve enough of an increase in my wages to fully pay off any loans I had within 3 years of my graduation.
Horrible program horrible teachers, horrible prices, horrible schools. Run fast. they will say you owe money and you will owe nothing. This college has a program that in every class you team with others so you are all sure to pass they give a grade based on the team not the person. The program sucks. all of it the teachers were a holes. Did not care.
There is no consistency from class to class. Instructors have no guidelines or standards they follow, so they pretty much have free reign to do whatever they want. When a facilitator screws up the school always backs them, no matter what, without any justification. Any student complaint goes nowhere. There is no syllabus. There is an "electronic syllabus" which is pretty much just the webpage for your class. Not that it matters, if the instructors don't have to follow a syllabus or curriculum for that matter. There is a $140 per class for resource fees and you don't get a book. You get electronic excerpts from the book. Its ridiculous and way over priced. Most importantly, I haven't learned anything despite having an A average.
it is the best online and brick and mortar school i have ever seen. the curriculum is tough. It took me 1.5 years to finish my MBA. the school and staff and instructors all have a heart. this means they listen to you. don't get me wrong i have two other degrees and No they were not online. I actually wen to school for those other degrees but Phoenix was where I felt like a student and they helped me every step of the way. I was in my late 30s when i enrolled with phoenix and i tell you it is the best school for working adults. try going to school and pay mortgage and keep a full time job and see how difficult it will be but phoenix and the instructors made that all possible for me. I will forever be grateful to phoenix and I AM always a Phoenix and very proud of school because they made it possible for me to go back to school years after i graduated from a brick and mortar school that people didn't even know my name on graduation.
The University of Phoenix is substandard in terms of education. I did not realize how substandard until I left UOP. The content is 100% book reading, posting to discussion boards and essay writing. There is no lecture or testing involved which does not do any favors for the students. Often I would recieve graded materials back with an A and no feedback whatsoever. I have attended online classes with the University of Texas where i earned a Bachelor's and Masters degree and those online classes were very different from the online classes at UOP. Yes, there were discussion boards and reading but there were also videotaped lectures and exams and the professors were always willing to give feedback. Not so with UOP. The debt.I have is outrageous due to the extremely high cost of tuition and most people do not realize until it is too late that there is a limit to how much the government will allow you to borrow towards your undergrad and grad degrees. Due to UOP I went over that limit and had to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket just to finish my undergrad. They also lied to me about their accrediations being the standard for social work degrees. I was told i could be a licensed social worker with my degree and it wasnt until the middle of my last semester that i was informed of the truth my a very kind professor. If you are considering this school, consider the fact that community colleges and Universities everywhere have online degree programs at a fraction of the cost and if they dont have your program, they likely have many online classes that you can benefit from. Stay away from for-profit Universities.
This school is all about getting your money, and doing it in a way that leaves you in debt for life. Their practices are shady at best. One semester will leave you with about 10k in loans, even after financial aid is applied. The classes and instructors are a complete joke. The text books are rarely referenced, aside from the open book finals. The classes are comparable to an online blog, a topic is selected for the week, and participation is what determines your grade, aside from the final that's all the "learning experience" is. Please save your time, and your money, find a school that's going to provide a quality education, and a real degree to build your career on.
I have obtained my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and I am currently working on my Master of Science in Information technology at U of P. Since obtaining the Bachelor of Science degree I have become more valuable to my employer(s) and I regularly receive calls from large technology companies in the Las Vegas and Phoenix areas for potential employment. I am not saying its because of my U of P degree but the type of positions I am being recruited for do require at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and several years of experience in the field. I have been able to go after positions I was not even considered for in the past with current and previous employers. The course content is challenging, they cram a typical semester's worth of work into a five or six week schedule so there is a substantial amount of reading and writing at this school. The school's curriculum is designed for working individuals, a student fresh out of high school is not the right candidate for this school. The typical student is already working in the field they are studying and typically is learning from an instructor who is also working in the same field. Yes it is expensive but tuition in public institutions is increasing regularly so in comparison tuition is slightly higher than most of the state universities I looked into before selecting U of P. I personally have enjoyed both of my degree programs and have never encountered an issue with billing or financial assistance. I financed my education on my own with tuition assistance from employers. This school has teamed up with large technology companies to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of employers today and most large employers endorse this school and encourage their workforce to continue their education with schools like University of Phoenix. I am currently working as a Senior Systems Analyst for a large school district and I am already being considered for an administrator level position and I am in the process of enrolling the administration's talent pool so that when an administration position opens up I am already in the pool for potential candidates. The notion that a U of P degree is laughed at and not even considered is not true. I work with many managers and directors who went back to U of P to get a masters or doctoral degree so that they could go after positions within the organization that required those degrees. Ultimately it how you use your degree, my experience with state school grads is mixed some are prepared to enter the workforce while others are not and don't even know how to write a simple SQL select statement but yet they graduated from a state university with a technology degree. I disagree with 99% of the complaints posted by disgruntled former students, this school is demanding, the work is challenging, and you must dedicate your time and energy to get everything out of it that will help you succeed. Student's who enroll in this school with the mentality that it will be an easy ride have simply bought into the stigma and rumors that have been created about the school.
I enrolled into University of Phoenix while stationed in Japan serving the Navy. All the classes were classroom based taught by professors that flew in to teach the course. We started out with 25 students and dropped down to 15 some did not expect the work load of the classes to be as difficult as they were and others transferred back to the US or ships deployed. These men and women that transferred or deployed were able to continue the Master’s program on line. The Master’s program was a challenging program. The classes at on the military base offered by the University of Phoenix was challenging and required a lot of research and presenting papers to the instructors required a good deal of strategic thinking along with working with learning team to complete a couple of team papers and a final project to be presented at the end of the course. The instructors had not only did they hold several advanced degrees but were established in the business community and were able to share their life experience to supplement the didactic material they presented in the classroom. I had were all employees in the business world or were retired and taught to have something to keep them busy. The information I learned made my transition from military service to commercial business effortless because UOP during the Master’s program had professionals that instructed us that understood what employers needed from Masters level professionals, licensing boards, professional associations, required and taught to that level the UOP faculty made a difference in my knowledge level and some still mentor me today. The Military campus is continuing to build business leaders today and a lasting difference to our country’s businesses gaining degreed veterans that will build strong economies in the future.
I completed a MAEd degree while teaching full time. It wasn't easy, but it was by far a better program than I experinced while earning my bachelors degree at a state university. The instructors were overall responsive to student needs as they facilitated our learning. It was a great experience getting to know the other students in the group that I went through the program with. The degree enabled me to earn a substantial bigger salary, and I feel it made me a better teacher.