University of Phoenix Reviews
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The program was a challenging program. I had previously attended a state university and the education for undergraduates there was to listen to lectures, read your assigned readings and then regurgitate it all on test day. Some of my classes at that university were so large that student were outright cheating off each other on test days and usually a grad assistant showed up to proctor the test, and sometimes teach the courses. At UoP I was challenged by having to do papers about each subject usually one a week and then work with a learning team to complete a couple of team papers and a final project to be presented at the end of the course. The instructors I had were all employees in the business world or were retired and taught to have something to keep them busy. I have instructors from Proctor and Gamble, US Government employees (One who taught economics that had been part of the team to help USSR develop an economy that was not socialist at the end of the cold war), a founding VP from Motorola Phones division, and many instructors who had very interesting backgrounds and could introduce the class to a variety of experiences.
Course are appropriate for course of study, but there are two significant detractors to the program. #1 is the insistence of using group work for online coursework without any consideration of where the members of the group live (US/Overseas/Timezone) plus the natural curve of those who participate vs. do not. You have a group grade/project that is predicated on people you never see, may not be anywhere near you and you have no influence over. #2 is their insistence on using protected .pdf's for books. I like the idea of not having to purchase books, but they've adopted a format that is so dated it should force one to rethink attending. In 2015 any institution that can't allow for students to read on a Kindle, Nook, iPad is to far behind the times to be considered credible.
Online is a great flexibility, making real life more manageable.
I attended University of Phoenix for over a year, taking the Criminal Justice program. It came time for me to renew my financial aid paperwork and they let me start my classes. I had completed the classes and then they told me that my Financial aid paperwork didn't go through. Then they sent me a bill stating that I had to repay the two classes that I just took before I could continue to anymore classes. I was upset because they allowed me to take the classes before my financial aid had been approved.
The school is expensive but that is to be expected for the convenience. If you have no children and decent work hours by all mean go to a brick and mortar school and sit in someone's classroom. But personally, as a full time employee and mother of three, I needed a quality education that did not require me to sit in a classroom for four nights a week. I love the University of Phoenix because it shows you how the concepts you learn fit into everyday business operations. The projects you are given teach you how to perform activities vital to different aspects of your chosen major/field. For instance, you learn how to create business plan, with each week concentrating on a different aspect that it key to the finished product. You will only get what you put into your studies. SO if you expect to just get by you will and will also walk away without having gained any knowledge needed to be successful in your field of study. But that your fault not the university's. People complain about the learnign teams but they teach how to work closely with others in a professional capacity. They train to maintain professionalism and composure and to continue to work hard even when everything seems to be falling apart or you encounter slackers to do just enough. It can be a pain to deal with at the moment but it does work. You know its expensive going in and yes the academic counselors can change quite a bit. However, you know the price going in and if you are proactive about your education you will always know what is going on with your program, grades, graduation, aid, etc. because YOU will follow up. SO please dont let any of these people with bad experiences disuade from trying Phoenix. They even have the program where you can try a class for free before committing. Give it a try and see if it is good fit for your learning and life style and THEN make a decision.
As a recent graduate of the UofPhx, I had to write a review to defend the university after seeing some of the horrible reviews I have read on this forum. First, I will agree that the "team concept" is difficult and really not necessary as I have taken online courses through another university that did not have teams and it worked out just fine. But, the instructors, and professors are top notch at the UofPhx. The textbooks are the exact same ones used at any large university, and the Alumni List is actually rather impressive. I have been out on several interviews since my graduation last week, and have been told by several employers that they were impressed with employees who have UofPhx. degrees. I have to point out that all the negative reviews of this university, if examine closely, have been written by individuals who seem to have a very limited command of the English language and an even more limited grammatical writing presence.
Absolute garbage. I was a great student there and completed 45 out the 60 credit hours needed to complete the masters degree. I studied intensely. One teacher decided she didn't like me so she tried to make up a bunch of stuff in an attempt to have me expelled citing no specific instances or specific actions on my part. The dean was an absolute jerk and was friends with this teacher. In the end they couldn't expel me because they had nothing. When I first entered the program I had heard that this same teacher had done this to another student. The university acts like they care when you begin but as I noticed with other students they treat you like garbage after you get further into your degree. They only want your money, they don't care if you graduate. I decided to take a year off to work, after that time they informed me that they had changed the program and now the $50,000 I spent was wasted and all but 3 of my 45 graduate level credits were suddenly worthless. DO NOT GO TO THIS THIEVING COMPANY. It is not a real university. It is a company that is promising you a high quality product but instead is legally robbing you. Now remember I went there for a couple of years on campus and got a high GPA. I know what I am talking about. I am not a low level, uneducated, unhappy person. It is a warning that you are being robbed if you attend and your time is being severely wasted. I hope the Feds shut down this thieving scam. The people who operate it should be in prison for theft.
Most lousy school. Don't go to this school. I was so regreted but was TOO LATE! This school currently having some problem with government re: some school and financial issues. You need to go to Grand Canyon University. I hear my co-workers said it much better programs. Please trust me don't apply University of Phoenix. When working in a group you always having problem with students not turning their own part, or late, ect... Teachers are ok but other people working with you are so irresponsible. Its how the program design make student stress easily and became annoying to other students in their group.
The University is very unorganized. The members of the graduation team rotate very frequently and there is no real support from them. There is no consistency among professors and the amount of work required for classes and no way to choose your instructor. The only thing I liked was the 5 week format, but the University itself leaves a lot to be desired.
University of Phoenix is expensive if you are out-of-state, and a little on the expensive side for in-state tuition. Be mindful of that. In addition, if you take online classes like me, they aren't the same as in class courses. It's work at your own pace, but there are deadlines, mandatory assignments, team projects, and projects that have to be done as part of their accredited coursework to get your degree. Also, it's not really mentioned in depth, but online courses are best suited for people already working or volunteering in that field as a means to gain experience for a promotion or a new job. If you aren't working or volunteering, or aren't able to, then it might be best to reconsider online courses and just go to school. You will not be fully prepared for an actual job. They cost the same as in-class, and you don't get the same hands-on experience. Also, make sure you are set up for an internship! University of Phoenix has few resources for job placement or career coaching!