University of Phoenix Reviews
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I have been taking classes with UOP for four years now on a part-time basis. I just finished my BIS. I serve active duty in the military and wanted to work at my own pace to earn my degree. UOP is very flexible which is partly the whole reason to take online courses. Most of my instructors were very helpful and graded my assignments in a manner which challenged me to work harder. The truth is, you get out of it what you want. They provide a complete library with 24 Hour access and the books you read are no different than any other colleges. Some of the courses were easier than others; but I believe the same is true for most of your standard colleges. I highly recommend UOP to those individuals who want to increase their academic skills regardless if it is a part-time or full-time commitment.
I attended community college to receive my associates. So I was used to taking 4-5 classes a semester. Unfortunately, I was unable to pass my math courses to complete my 60 units. After a year of not going to school, I found UoP and they were practically the only ones that would accept me and have me take collie algebra at their school. Anyway, the majority of the professors I had did go to prestigious universities, but maybe two of the 20 professors I had were actually challenging. I'm guessing it was because every class has a set curriculum. Every syllabus was the same in that one course at every campus/online. You could even get away with turning in a blank document and get an "A." I would say doing the online classes are a little harder because in order to get participation points, you have to engage in discussion. Financial aid department sucked. I'm between 25-30 thousand dollars in debt for two years at UoP. I'm actually not too dissatisfied with that amount. I plan on going for my Masters. I have no idea where. As for work, I started my job in the social services field a little over a year ago as a child care worker II. This and a few counseling jobs are all I can get with a bachelors, so I'm where I need to be. Therapy/teaching (my goals) require a masters.
It's like taking high school courses. The classes don't challenge you. And trying to getting ahold of the Advisors is a nightmare. They don't do a good job of explaining things to you, but are quick to tell you you're not doing enough. But the teachers are hardly involved in the classes, and most discussions are about personal experience rather than being related to what you read about. This school is frustrating and impossible. I've been there for over a year and I swear my money was wasted. I thought UoP was a good option, but no, this school is horrible.
I live in the middle of no where and I work full-time. Without the flexibility of this school going back to college would still just be a dream. It used to bother me that the school got such bad reviews, but having been at Phoenix for awhile now I can see what happened. It is a very easy university to get in to. I like that. This provides everyone their deserved opportunity to be educated. I do not think high school should determine the rest of your life and I graduated high school with shiny 3.8, so don't just assume I'm simply saying this for the wrong reasons. If you're willing to do the work now then you deserve the chance. The problem is that this provides a certain type of person with the opportunity to leave bad reviews. I'm talking the type of person who decided to go to this school looking for a handout and came away from the experience unsatisfied and angry. Universities that do not let this type of person in will automatically have less degrading reviews. Does the University of Phoenix have it's faults? Absolutely. Their financial services leave much to be desired. While my enrollment representative may have been the most pleasant and helpful individual I have ever spoken to, I literally never spoke with my financial adviser. We traded a few e-mails with her promising to call and never doing so. I was lucky and did not face any financial issues I was not already expecting. I went to my enrollment representative with my financial questions and he answered them all efficiently. UOP is expensive, heinously so, but I always looked at it as a convenience fee for the flexibility of online courses. It doesn't actually matter to me that it's a for-profit organization. At least they're upfront about taking my money and they're good enough business people to want to keep taking my money so they do their best to accommodate me. One of the best ways to do that is with quality. All universities have their problems. They have people trying to skate by on the work of others. They have teachers who hate their jobs and are therefore not great at them. If you're graded on a curve it can be a little baffling at who they let pass. However, I had some wonderful teachers and some very insightful classmates. There's a lot of reading. I'm not exaggerating, there's nearly an impossible amount you must read. Every week there's reading, essay writing, presentations, and participating to be done. GPA talks and while you can pass classes and still get your degree it's very easy to tell who's doing their best. Learning teams are vexing, but I cannot imagine it's much better elsewhere. I'm a paranoid person who won't take a bad grade and basically made it my business to just complete the whole presentation. I would submit only my assigned portion unless someone else failed to do their part. If this occurred I would make up for it at the very last moment and submit it. I would leave a note for the professor, but I was much more concerned about keep my grades up then I was about punishing someone else for being a slacker. Of course it's not going to be as social, it's online after all. I believe Online has a huge place in out new technologically advanced society. Yes, the tech requirements go up as your schooling goes on. Yes, the classes at the beginning are easier. They do their best to let you get comfortable with everything before throwing you in the deep end. My biggest complaint is only that the password protected PDF files make it impossible for me convert them to Microsoft files I could read on my phone. UOP has an app that allows me to post my participation from virtually anywhere I usually go, but it would be handy if I could also read my material in this manner. Perhaps my phone is not advanced enough, but seeing as I'm paying for materials it is a bit irksome that I cannot have them anywhere I like without having my laptop in front of me. In the end, I love this school. I love learning and not letting my brain grow complacent and slack. If you're dedicated, hardworking, and willing to read a lot, I see no reason for this not to be the school for you.
I loved my experience at UofP! I am Active Duty military and go on TDY and Deployment from time-to-time, UofP online provided the flexibility I neede to complete booth my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the shortest time possible. If I had the money, I would have stayed on for my Doctorate! I'll admit the learning team environment can be frustrating. You really have to understand your teammates in order to be successful. I had no problem with this, but my spouse is vitreous enrolled and threatens to drop it almost daily because she can't deal with "these idiots" anymore. I guess her tolerance level is a bit lower than mine...lol. Overall, if you are self motivated, determined, competent, and tolerant, than you can make UofP work for you the way I did. Good luck!
After beginning at the local Community College in Electrical Technology, I changed my major to English and received my Associates there. When I started at University of Phoenix, I continued in English, although my plan was to get a teaching degree. If I had gotten a Bachelor's in Education, I could be a licensed teacher now. Despite this, I enjoyed my classes in English that I did take. It allowed me to remember a lot of literature I hadn't though about since high school, which was 30 years ago, and helped me pickup some things I didn't get in high school. Now, I am working on my Master's In Education/Special Education and look forward to it very much. I know many of the reviews have pointed out how expensive University of Phoenix is, especially online classes. Yes- it is expensive. I have approximately $35,000 in student loans from my Bachelor's Degree, and anticipate another $25,000 or so for my Master's Degree. I will spend several years repaying them, but I made the adult decision to go to college, the adult decision to pay for college with student loans, and will make the adult decision to repay them as required-no one forced me. Was it or will it be worth it? Absolutely and I would do it again. When I finish my Master's and get my teaching license, I will start at about $42,000 per year. Right now I am working full-time and making $17,000 per year working every Holiday and all the overtime I can get. Besides that, I'm not helping shape the minds of the future of our nation in my current job, but I will be as a teacher. I know some comments have been negative toward the counselors, especially the Academic and Financial counselors at University of Phoenix. I don't know who these individuals had for their advisers, but the people I have had help choose my classes and keep tabs on my financial aid have been super. I could not have asked for more dedicated and helpful people to guide me. The work is demanding, time consuming, and, at times frustrating, especially when you have a learning team assignment due on Monday night at 11:59 and its 8:00 Monday night with one or two people not having their parts posted. It takes the dedication and commitment to jump in and do what is required to make it work. I'm not doing their work- I'm protecting my grade. I managed to finish my Bachelor's with a 3.59 GPA and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I earned it and am a better person for it. Several have suggested really studying the school, and others, before making your decision and I totally agree with them. I searched several-brick-and-mortar schools and online, and for me University of Phoenix was the best. The enrollment counselor called me promptly, helped with the paperwork, and got me started. They responded like a business that wanted my business. An in-state public university still hasn't responded to the e-mails and voice mails I left asking about enrollment there. Yes, I am a Phoenix. I'm proud of it, enjoyed it, and still at it going for a higher degree. When I'm done, I may even go for my Doctorate, I haven't decided yet.
I graduated from a community college in 1999, after marriage and a job that was going nowhere I decided to go back to school in 08 while working full time. I decided on UOP and graduated after 2 years. The classes where more difficult and there was much more work than a traditional class setting. I wish I would have spent more time researching schools because the tuition bills got large very fast. I am now at a new job that I love and have doubled my salary so the degree has been worth it. My advice for anyone wanting to get your degree from UOP, be ready to spend lot of time writing papers and reading, your social life will reduce significantly.
DO NOT!!!! go there. The financial people will lie their ass off, and then then send you a bill for a class you wouldn't have taken had you known the truth. I know of a few people, and myself included who have had their financial aid office take out student loans without your knowledge. If you're a vet, they'll short you a week of certification for every class you take. There are a million other schools better than this one. Oh, and never be pissed at them and call them out. They'll just charge you , and give you an indefinite suspension.
In a Master's Program. I was here on VA benefits. My benefits ran out in the middle of the program, although they said I was cleared. When I contacted them, THEY SAID IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE, but I am still responsible for the rest of tuition. Horrible institution. I was holding a 3.75 in a Master's Program, unable to finish.
I am currently enrolled in Phoenix and may end up dropping it altogether. I would like to clarify at the beginning of this post that I am a diligent, hard-working student but my lifestyle is also busy with religion and work. I currently hold a GPA of 3.84 and I have about 10 classes left to finish my schooling. However, because of my major I am REQUIRED to take certain online courses, which are more expensive and MUST be taken online due to not having them at any campuses near where I live or even remotely close. Phoenix is not only expensive for the convenience of the schedule on-campus, but their online courses completely contradict everything about being convenient for the working-class individual. It is impossible for me to comment every day or every couple days online about a topic and elaborate on it and possibly not even get the substantial comment to count towards my participation! I requested the class I am in now to be on-campus instead of online and they said it was not available. This was never made clear to me when I first signed on with UoP that there could be online classes filling in for the on-campus classes which are not available. I was under the impression from the enrollment counselor that if I wanted on-campus classes then that is what I will get 100%, since online classes are about 500$-700$ more per class. On top of all of this my major will be incomplete in a sense when I finish because they are not providing me with everything that I need to work in this field. I will need to take supplemental classes to get by afterwards to make up for these massive gaps of training. These lacks of classes being provided to me were not clear until I knew more about my major from taking the classes. After I knew a little more about my major I started asking questions like "will this be provided to me in a class?" And they kept saying "no". What a joke. Would I recommend University of Phoenix? No. My thought is that they need to 1. Change their curriculum to a real-world setup with new information and 2. Actually cater to individuals who want campus classes and those who don't reasonably. Or at least make them aware that online classes may happen and that they cost much more than a regular class on-campus. J.D.