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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.
Unlike the negative reviewers here, I had a great experience with UoP. No problems with financial aid, and all of my advisors were fabulous. Additionally, they accepted all of my transfer credits. I transferred out of UoP after taking only 4 courses because I refuse to do the group work. Those who complained about it are spot on. There was no way I will let my high GPA be brought down by classmates. I've heard nothing but horror stories about the team/group work, so I ran as fast as I could. I'm attending a different online univ, and while it is less expensive, the coursework is arduous and dull - I would return to UoP if they were to drop their team player mentality.
I have just completed my 2-year degree in the University of Phoenix (November 15th.) All the work has been through online due to factors in life that require me to take care of ailing family members. In total, I have spent $20,691.67 in tuition and "book material" (including $5,000 in federal loans.) Even if you are in the online segment of the campus, they make you pay for materials (being at least $100 dollars per course.) Each class was a little over $1,000 dollars to attend and you had to deal with two every nine weeks. The overall experience of the online school is slightly above average because of the support from the advisers and being able to work (majority by myself) was a bonus. Luckily, I did not have any team-based work involved in any of my classes; as I hear that people do not get along during those projects. I felt the courses that involved network configurations and security were engaging and allowed me to learn more from those fields; to the point that I am confident in understanding the overall concepts of both. The computer courses did lack a bit because all the topics reference to dated models of Windows computers, but it would give a general understanding of how computer and operating systems work for those who do not have a whole picture of it. There will be (at least) two web design courses that will help explain web development, but it will only make you use one program throughout the courses and they do make a good job talking about what makes a great website work and what doesn't. The worst class I had was called "IT/210 Fundamentals of Programming with Algorithms and Logic." The major component to this class was about learning pseudo code; which is a programming language to help get the broader idea of programming in general. It cannot be inputted into an actual computer because it was not a real programming language. To actually understand pseudo code, an individual would need to test their procedures and identify the faults based on the testing . The course's weakest aspect was that it did not teach me how to test pseudo code or format it properly. There is no textbook that shows you how to properly format the correct text or a third party to help you understand how to test it. The course only gave a textbook that detailed what the structures are and that is it. The course started as 16 students, but dropped down to 4 within the first week. This made it very hard to get your participation per week completed and little to no communication was given between the remaining four students. I did not mind this for awhile because I got used to writing topics that would barely be touched by other people within the week. The Instructor was very shady and wouldn't be a reliable person to reach for information. Even asking a question to the instructor, he would simply tell you to find out yourself. When I submitted by assessments, it would take weeks for the instructor to grade them (mind you he only has four students to grade assessments.) Whenever he did get the time to grade my assessment, he would give me a low grade and not provide me any feedback. There was no participation from the instructor because he would only have to copy and paste questions from the textbook and use support cases (little pages about the topics) from previous instructors. There is no excuse for this instructor to become incredibly lazy. I was angry and disappointed in this course because I really wanted to learn programming. Despite the drawbacks and horrendous course layout, I gave it my all and passed with a D (my only D that sits aside my remaining As and Bs.)The current status on this course is unacceptable and I would not suggest learning about programming from the online segment. If you are currently in that course, I feel for you deeply. If you are thinking about getting an Associate Degree of Arts in Information Technology, then you will receive some good courses and (hopefully not the pseudo code course.) some issues with others.
I read many reviews before making my contribution. I got both associates and bachelor's degrees from UOP and I must say that I found the school very good. I have attended another university in the past and it pale in comparison. I always got my academic advisor, my instructors were always helpful, and my grade always reflected the work I put in. There were some classes I found easy and there were some classes I had to put in double the time of a regular class. Overall, I was able to work, be with my family, and still get a university degree. I would recommend UOP to any student.
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