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Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2012
  • Degree: Web Development
"First of all, people that bad mouth this school probably went to this school expecting it to be easy because I thought online schooling would be easier than attending a campus. My sister is going to a college located in my town and she is also an online student and I compared my their online learning system to UoP; OLS with UoP is way more active than the one the local college have. Also, for you people that did not know, UoP helped other schools set up ther Online Learning System.Anyway, back to the topic. Just like a brick and mortar school, there will be instructors you aren't going to get along with, maybe because the way they teach doesn't click with you or your way of learning. Does it matter where you get your degree? I could have went to the local college in my town and earn a degree but what good is it if I do not know anything after earning that degree? I attend this school and read ALL the reading materials! and I do independent study myself with my own books or internet source. People that wrote negative comments about the school probably just did the weekly assignment and participated then waited till next week again to do any reading. I spend about 4 hours a DAY! studying and just like any other school, UoP will teach you the basic and work their way up. I had some classes that were easy that I did not have to do much but when it comes to my IT classes, they are very challenging."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2012
  • Degree: Computer Programming
"Personally, I can say that going to this school is a waste of time and money, not to mention the Financial Aid rep was a joke and a liar. After explaining to us all the cost of tuition and what our grants and student loans would be able to cover, I felt comfortable with the school. They give you this free trial "Class" to see whether you like it or not. Sure, they make it fun and interactive, but this is what draws you in. Once you're in your first paid class (GEN/195), all of that goes downhill fast. The amounts the adviser had given us were complete BS. It wasn't until I had finished the first class and started my second when I was told the amount due on my balance thus far.$1702 for one class who's credits don't even transfer. I learned nothing in that "Class" and I was forced to pay out the ass for it. I understand that they're a private college and are in the business to make money, but this is the biggest scam I've ever seen. If you have the means and are looking for a BS "degree" that will get you nowhere, be my guest and go there. Otherwise, I wouldn't join this school again if someone held a gun to my head."
Christi Peck
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2012
  • Degree: Management
"From the very beginning I was lied to. Enrollment counselor made promises and guarantees that were inaccurate to get me to sign up. Financial aid department was like dealing with a five-year-old who is in control of your checkbook. I was given 9 different financial aid advisers over the course of three years and was only informed of one changeover. Several of the advisers didn't even know they had new students added to their caseloads until I called to find out why there were issues with my financial aid. At one point it took 5 weeks to get a hold of someone in the financial aid department and only when I promised to call the corporate office did I get a return call. There are no job placement services even though they say there is. I have never heard anything about job placement services. I was given a lower grade than warranted due to the instructors reading policies incorrectly and when it was brought to the University's attention they said there was nothing they could do about it because the class was already over. Student support never answered the phone and even though they say they will get back to you within 24 hours it is not true. It usually takes three to four days.This school is a joke. I was not surprised when they started closing campuses due to their accreditation of those campuses being revoked.Not only is the school a joke, but you are paying Ivy League college prices for below average education and years of fighting.They try to give you all information over the phone and then if you have no written account of what they said in your own records they will back out of what they say. After two years of broken promises and false information I finally started getting everything in writing and email. This is what saved me from a 3000 dollar bill one week before I graduated.I recommend you keep searching and pass this school over. Not worth the time, money, and emotional strain you will most likely experience. I actually filed three complaints with the BBB but only one was validated because I had nothing in writing for the others."
Jenn
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2012
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"I started at UoP after weeks of researching online colleges. I was satisfied at first, but as the months went on I started catching more and more problems.The instructors don't seem like they care about the students the least bit. If you ask them a question regarding homework or what's expected of you in general, they copy and paste the policies to you or tell you to refer to the syllabus. That's another problem. I've been attending for a year and a half and have caught many spelling, grammar, and date mistakes. The calendar will say it's due Thursday, and the syllabus will say Friday. They can't spell let alone get due dates right, but then mark you down if you get it wrong. I have called them out so many times on this. The syllabus is anything but clear.Yes, it will tell you the steps you take to complete a particular assignment, but it's out of order. I have made a few mistakes because of this and actually received a "0" on my assignment. They will use the words quiz, test AND section when referring to one particular thing, but then the assignment will have a quiz AND a test and you have no idea which one to do! It takes them forever to respond to your questions and they do not even answer what you asked.I'm switching schools. I care more about my education than this."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2012
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I do not recommend this school to no one. The price is ridiculous I went for 2 years and I have almost 30,000 worth of debt from this school.I felt like I was lied to. If you are a single parent and work full time this school may be hard to juggle. If you are wealthy and can stay home and not work this school may be for you."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2012
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have attended a technical college for nursing, an on campus university for teaching, and now online for psychology. I chose online because I live in the middle of nowhere-the nearest college is over 45 miles from my home. This is the most intense education I have received. I am forced to interact with my classmates with substantive conversations and minimum word count. During my other times in school, it was irrelevent if I ever met my classmates. I have minimally one quiz and one test in each class weekly. The amount of studying for these is mind boggling.I do not have to schedule a meeting with my professors-I have a private chatroom for only the two of us and they reply to anything I post within 24 hours-most within a couple of hours. They are available by telephone as well. My advisors call or email regularly and I look forward to their calls.When I graded the school from Terrible to Fantastic, they received Fantastic in all but Job Placement Services. They cannot be held responsible for that because the field I chose has limited opportunities.What they have done however is help me with preparation for qualifying for anything should the opportunity arise-from resume preparation to making sure, and helping me to through the difficult paths to be sure I am certified in my state and meet all the requirements for the positions my degree qualifies me for-in addition to an excellent education-a five star education."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2012
  • Degree: Accounting
"The only reason I attend the school is because I was able to work in the accounting department as accountant while I was getting my degree and than I was supposed to get a 10% raise. I got my degree in 2007. However, due to the housing market crash I got laid off in 2008. I have been unable to find another accounting job and now I owe over $30,000 in student loans.The school was descent however, my degree has not helped me in my job search. People recognize my four years at University of Arkansas, even though I was 10 credits short of an accounting degree and 18 credits short of a marketing degree, more than my Accounting degree from University of Phoenix."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2012
  • Degree: Management
"I went back to give myself an edge in job hunting competition and job change options. I only had my AA from 20 some years ago. I actually (finally) learned algebra here at UoP. The classes were very challenging. I did on campus for all of my bachelor's and most of my master's except for the last 5 courses which was global management so the participants were more diversified in experience from all over the country than in my local neighborhood "campus". Overall I learned a lot and it boosted my confidence to progress in my career but not quite where I want it to be 7 years later. Also it is very expensive and I did get no hassle low rate loans the whole time but I am STILL paying it off (7 years later). MOST of the people in my classes were there because their company was paying for it and their companies wanted to promote from within but they technically needed the piece of paper/degree. So, it was a good experience for me and I like that I got both experiences of the "campus" and online."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2012
  • Degree: Accounting
"I attended UoP for my bachelors degree and decided to return for my masters. It has been one thing after the other since then. There are shorter break times available between classes; my financial aid has been late, had to be redone, or not enough to cover classes; teachers no longer teach, they are just "facilitators" which means they auto post standard things and generally no longer teach; I had a disagreement with an information systems facilitator and miraculously got a virus the next day that wiped out all my homework for his class (but it didn't touch anything else in my computer); and another facilitator who was plagiarizing her students from previous classes decided I was plagiarizing with a citation and reference because I didn't agree with her viewpoint on the presidential candidates during class (yes she brought in politics to the classroom).I also found out my masters is useless at my local state university. To transfer there I have to go back and start all over from the beginning. And local businesses do not want UoP grads, they prefer grads from the state universities. In my opinion, all my time and money was wasted at UoP."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2012
  • Degree: Accounting
"I received my bachelor's degree from the UoP. I am surprised at some of the reviewes that I have read on here.This is a great school. I found it to be challenging and rewarding. I never had a problem with any of the instructors. I would recommend this university to anyone.The only thing that I didn't like about the school was that fact that you have to work in teams. That was the only reason I decided to pursue my MBA and now my DBA from a different school."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2012
  • Degree: History
"It is a waste of time and money to go to a "school", if you want to call this place that, such as this one. The teachers are all a joke. When it is possible to write a 400-level psychology paper with run on sentences and too many grammatical errors to count, and still get an A out of the class, this school definitely becomes a waste of time, money, and effort. I thought the role of universities was to get an education, but I guess all people are worried about is that piece of paper. If I were an employer, and someone came to me with a degree from this worthless institution, I would not hire them. Save your money for a school that'll actually get you somewhere in life. I know most people in the higher education circle, myself included, who laugh at this "school"."
Shakunthla
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2012
"UOPx is a pointless school. When I first started I loved it as time went on I hated coming to class. The work is the same for each class its very boring.The instructors are very cocky and rude! I don't recommend it to ANYONE. If you are someone who works full time and have a family, THIS PLACE IS NOT FOR YOU! This school focuses mainly on the "Learning Teams", the teams just cause more stress. Your better off going anywhere else but UOPx.The tuition is ridiculous! I will say once again, I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE! It's a waste of time and money."
Scott
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2012
"The bottom line is that once you are in, you might as well finish here. Very few of the credits are transferable too a normal Univeristy. I tried to transfer to FAU in Boca Raton FL and was not able too. This simply is a hoax to lure military veterans into the web. They take all of your Post 911 or Montgomery GI money and give you Bullcrap credits for your military service so it will take less time. That is their model. Appeal to vets by offering them credits from their active duty enlistment and push them thru essentially "validating" them with a BS piece of paper. No real learning transpires."
lanno emmanuel curiel
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2012
"This school is a joke!!! All this so - call instructors are extremely UNDER QUALIFY!!!!! the level of education in this institute is -10 . Threw away my money,time and energy, unfortunetly it was all a waste of time that truly a regret."
Hillari
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2012
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have been attending UoP for a few months. I completed my first two classes Oct.22 2012. I really enjoy this school. Tuition is high, but I am hoping that it will give a great start off with my career.My financial advisor has been very helpful. My academic advisor has aslso been very helpful. I started to transfer to a different school; due to the fact tuition is so high.I have decided to stay at UoP. The classes aren't as easy as what some people think. It is actually a good challenge against yourself. I really enjoy being a student at UoP. I have been thinking about moving somewhere, so I can attend classes on campus."
Eileen Trumble
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2012
"The staff was so nice and extremely helpful while I was enrolling. I thought everything was perfect. That it was the greatest choice I ever made! Then I started my classes and found myself flying through the course. It was so easy and it was the exact same thing every week-read, answer question, do a worksheet that took five minutes-and my week was done! Then I started having issues with my computer. My computer couldn't handle the software and programs that the University required to do my assignments. So I emailed my professor about it only for him to be rude to me. I called tech support and was on the phone for 45 minutes only for them to tell me the problem could not be fixed. The best part about all this, computer issues are not a valid excuse as to why you can not turn in an assignment.After 7 weeks I was done and decided to transfer to the community college in my home town. I called the University to ask about dropping my classes for the next semester and getting my information transferred to the new school. I was concerned about my loans and defaulting on them so I talked to the academic adviser who told me a horror story about how transferring out of UOPX would screw up my loan and I'd end up owing tons of money. When I asked her specifics though she had no answers!So I called the school I am transferring into only for their financial office to tell me that in fact everything UOPX told me was wrong. That unfortunately she had worked with tons of students in my situation and in her experience UOPX would never answer any legitimate questions about how they work and that she had never ever seen a student transfer out of that school that didn't get screwed over!!! She also informed me that students at UOPX often end up with loans taken out by the university that they had absolutely no idea were taken out in their name! I'm done with the University of Phoenix and DO NOT advise anyone to go there!"
Pete
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2012
"I attend the San Diego campus. Great learning experience so far. (One teacher was not challenging). I attended a Florida state School and finished my AA before attending the University of Phoenix. This school has more research involved than most state colleges including my own. (Friends in multiple schools).I am in the Business administrations program as well as working a 30 hour a week job in international logistics. This leaves no time to do anything but work and study. If you work full time, you should not even consider the program. (Unless you want to make a 2.6 and not learn anything). I only say this because it would be near impossible to digest all of the material. I have had students in my group that did not pull their weight. I made sure that they were reported and did not receive credit for their lack of enthusiasm.With this being said, good luck to everyone that is trying to better themselves. Without goals there is not much worth living for. GO ROMNEY!!"
Yolanda
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2012
"In addition to researching colleges for a master’s program, I decided to check to see what everyone is saying about UoP. I want to insert my experience with UoP to help everyone decide what is best for him or her. I attended UoP from January 2009 to October 2010 for an Associates of Arts in Human Services Management. I also went from November 2010 to October 2012 for my Bachelors of Science in Management which helped me gain more money for my current position as Team Lead of a department in a federal government agency. I spent four years as an online student.I have never attended college before 2009. With UoP, you will become a better writer in some form or another because papers, papers, and more papers will occupy most of your time. I assume that this is the way of most colleges. You also learn how to utilize major software programs, such as PowerPoint and Excel as some courses require you to turn in homework using one or the other. I absolutely give high kudos for the Center for Writing Excellence as this has a plagiarism checker and grammar/spelling checker you can use before submitting papers. I am going to miss this terribly when attending another college.My bachelor program consisted of the same routine-tons of papers, reading, and checking in four days per week to reply to discussion questions that were due on various days. You must develop your own system of studying and turning in assignments as this eliminates falling behind and help you maintain other priorities in life. Of course, life has many surprises and I found myself overwhelmed with those issues AND homework but I just stuck through it by doing the best I could. This meant if I knew I’d be working late (I work full time) and my paper was due the same night, I’d turn it in late the next day and sacrifice 10% taken off my grade than not turning anything in at all. I only used this method as the very last resort. I also made sure I kept up with the weekly Discussion Questions and four- day participation to fall back on those measly points so when things go wrong, that was 100% for sure. It’s not up to UoP to figure out how to make juggling my education and life. It was up to me. For this, I can’t feel sympathy for those who complain about too much homework or not enough time to read. This is not a UoP problem; it is up to the individual to balance education and personal life.I had negative experiences with UoP just like other students. I went nearly four years with no complaints until the last three weeks before the completion of my program. I noticed others complained of the VERY same thing. Somehow, I ended up with owing money toward school because the financial aid screwed up my numbers from earlier this year. Not one financial aid counselor caught the “mistake” for almost a year until now? Now I cannot receive my degree until I pay money that I already had at some point (from student loans) to cover all of my classes. The extra money was returned to the government because it was supposedly not needed. Very suspect. My investigation is still ongoing. I’m just saying…The other negative aspect of UoP is the learning teams. Well, we make our own educational learning experiences but the learning team contributes as well. Learning teams only apply to the bachelor programs. Most of the time, my learning teams went OK with occasional “o-m-g” moments. BUT…there were some students who were pros at riding the coattail of others to receive good grades and turned in sloppy work or contributed nothing to assignments at all. This was absolutely hell. I see the purpose that UoP wishes to accomplish with the LT environments but it doesn’t work for most students. It’s the #1 complaint I notice from most of my peers. I absolutely hated the LT thing. LT put me behind on work because I had to wait on others, LT controlled if I can have a day off from school work, and LT affected my grades. Completely unfair and useless because if UoP is for the working class, then most of us already have experience working with teams at work.Also this school is insanely expensive but it is sooo worth it! I am glad a friend referred me and she told me the same thing. Despite the massive homework than your traditional brick and mortars, the slip up of financial aid, and the endless annoyance of learning teams, I will now announce my verdict. I will absolutely do this all over again. I love UoP’s learning styles, the system of logging in, the libraries, the Center for Writing Excellence, and my positive experiences with the teachers who often went out of his or her way to compliment my papers. You see, I allowed room for some mistakes and those annoyances were not enough to sour my entire experience. So for the person reading my review, understand that you may…ok, you WILL discover a challenge with UoP whether it’s the students, the financial aid, the teachers, or your personal activities. I found in some reviews that some just made bad choices and did not exert enough drive to overcome obstacles. Some of these complaints are legit and some are just hilarious. Ok, hope this helps!"
Christi Peck
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2012
"My enrollment counselor lied to me, my financial aid adviser was changed NINE times during my associate's degree program, I was lied to by my finance advisers..all but two..., no warning or notice when they changed advisers..most of the advisers didn't even know they had extra students added to their caseloads.They messed up on financial aid and accepted over-payments then ONE WEEK before I graduated they posted a bill for over 3000 dollars. I finished school a month ago and still do not have my degree because I am waiting for the issue to be resolved.Filed two complaints with the BBB, one was resolved, the other was not and the school informed the BBB that it was so the case was closed.They say they will return calls within 24 hours and I actually had to go to the campus, sit there for two hours, and refuse to leave until I talked to someone because they didn't return my phone calls for three weeks. (I called every forty-eight hours except on Sunday because they are closed on Sundays. One of the tutors told me to skip the reading and just look up what I need for each assignment.DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL"
David Gonzales
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2012
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have completed the program. I found it to be very difficult. It requires a lot of discipline from the student. It is harder than a brick and mortar program. But with any school online or traditional you get out of it what you put into it. If you are expecting an easy way to get a degree this is not the way to go. If you are dedicated in getting an education and challenging yourself the University of Phoenix is a good way to go."