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I was skeptical at first to pursue an online degree but was quickly reassured. The professors were great, the dissertation process led me through to completion, and I have been able to apply what I learned on the job. Some parties are reluctant to go to a for profit school online and so was I at first. I have met numerous people who attended doctoral programs at brick and mortar schools who take 10 years to discover they will be permanently ABD. My chair got paid the same if i finished my dissertation in 2 or 6 years. Therefore, he was motivated to encourage me through the process challenging me to work ahead. As a result, I completed the entire program in 2 months under 4 years while working my day job. It was challenging but definitely doable. Bottom line: I am glad I went to UoP.
The curriculum and instructors are great and I would recommend U of Phoenix on those aspects. But I will warn that this is a for-profit school and I had the misfortune of dealing with the financial departments shady and aggressive tactics. I recently re-enrolled to finish my BS and that process went smooth. I had already completed the first week of class when I found they had charged my debit card on file $1194.00. When I called to find out why, I was informed my financial aid didnt go through so I am now out-of-pocket. I was not informed of this, and it seriously overdrafted my bank account so I went back into the portal to withdraw from my program and remove my card from my account. I knew that I didnt stand a snowballs chance at recovering that money, so I ate it and moved on. Flash forward 4 weeks later and I find ANOTHER $1194 drafted out of my bank account, just as I was recovering from the last charge. Now Im being told I never withdrew, even though I only completed 1 week of the last semester so that in itself shouldve been a system generated withdraw. I demanded my money back and that went nowhere. So I called my bank to dispute, got a credit while they investigated, only to have the charge reappear 2 weeks later because they somehow forced it through and the bank had to allow it, whatever that means. Im still dealing with this issue and had to cancel my debit card so they cant keep charging it (and I have no idea how they were able to charge it the second time, I double checked and that card was successfully deleted from my account).
The University of Phoenix online Bachelors of Science in Nursing program was exceptional. The classes for undergraduate are six weeks in length and the time flies. Working a full time job and managing a family did not allow me to attend traditional classes. I loved having the flexibility of logging in at any hour of the day to complete my schoolwork. The convenience of being able to start the class within a week instead of waiting for a traditional semester to begin. I was also very satisfied with the assistance provided by my assigned academic and financial advisers. They took care of all of the paperwork behind the scenes and called to check in with me frequently just to ask how I was doing! There is a lot of work entailed, but the assignments were all pertinent to the class and topics and the professors were all available and provided constructive feedback. The only aspect I did not particularly like was the team assignments. During the process, I felt it was unfair to be grouped with other people across the continent and it did feel liken not everyone had the same work ethic and the quality of work delivered was inconsistent. After I graduated and began working in project teams in my new role as a Nursing Director, I found that the experiences I had previously though of as negative actually turned out to be the most beneficial. In almost every workplace you have to encounter other people and work on projects with people of various skills and engagement.
Going to University of Phoenix was such a horrible mistake! The program itself is easy enough, but the academic advisers and the financial aid department are a nightmare! After I enrolled I immediately had to wait a month before starting because my financial adviser had screwed up the paperwork. The very next disbursement was withheld because my financial adviser did not collect the required paperwork from me. For my third disbursement, they accidentally sent my funds back to the lender!! This made me go into debt with the university, (which everything was supposed to have been covered by my financial aid). I ended up owing them almost three thousand dollars because of a mistake made by THEM. Fast forward three months later and they STILL didn't get the issue resolved. Luckily my Pell Grant came through and dropped my balance with UOP to about 600, but that's still insane when I should not have owed them a dime. During all of the issues I was having I had to call them DAILY because they refused to call me with updates. Aside from the financial issues, when I first signed up I was told that the program I was in would provide all of the credits I would need in order to obtain my degree, turns out that was a lie! They said I needed to get outside credits in order to graduate. Makes no sense! For over 11,000 a year in tuition, you would think that nothing else would be needed, but unfortunately I was lied to when I signed up. This school does not care about their students in the least. There is no way I would EVER recommend them to ANYONE. My experience with them has been a complete nightmare and I wish I had never signed up with them in the first place. I really wish there was a way to give them zero stars because they honestly do not deserve even a single one. If you are thinking about going to this university PLEASE look elsewhere! This place is absolutely awful and I can almost guarantee that you will regret ever going here.
I received my MBA from University of Phoenix in 2013. That experience was very streamlined and I enjoyed the program. I recently decided that I would go back for my Master of Education this year. I was wrong, this has been the worst decision that I could have ever made. In their effort to become better, actually made it worst. From day one Ive had enrollment reps who were not well versed on the program they represent. Through my own research on google, I completed my enrollment requirements! Navigating through the new site was a nightmare, completing field experience was very difficult and communicating with staff was a test! I finally spoke with an education specialist, that I didnt know I had, that tells me I am to go through a placement dept! WTF when was I supposed to get the memo that a placement dept existed! I am past fed up with this institution! After this class, I am completely done! I will never return!
First, let me preface this review by saying I already hold two degrees, from two different universities. None of those courses were online. However, as I am changing careers and a busy mother of three, I needed a degree program with much more flexibility. A good friend, a published doctor, recommended UoP to me. The online courses at UoP are perfectly designed, catering to all learning types. The majority of the staff are engaging professionals with advanced degrees in the field they are instructing. I am quite surprised more universities are not moving this direction especially when the cost of tuition alone requires most students to hold a full-time job. Two of my favorite courses so far are Anatomy and Physiology I & II. I have taken many biology courses, including advanced level genetics. I can honestly say that despite good grades in all courses, I felt I learned more at UoP than at any other institution. The online labs were more sophisticated and relevant to my intended career path than any lab I've ever taken in person. Using a pipette and hot plate is fun and all but I will never use either one in my career. I will however take and monitor blood pressure, need to understand healthy vs abnormal heart rates, glucose levels, assist patients in understanding the digestive process, etc. The only negatives I've experienced are a few lazy coeds that you have to work with on team papers (lazy coeds exist at every institute) and the finance department. I'd recommend you stay on top of details because they will not. Make sure you know every single cost and pay attention to how much comes back to you, if you are taking out student loans. Hopefully employers are not paying attention to negative reviews. If a student really has a desire to succeed, they will.
I have never had any problems while at University of Phoenix. The financial aid staff was always on top of everything and my advisors were excellent with communication. I have never had one employer or gone to an interview where my school was looked down upon. If anything, employers like that you can hold down a full time job and take a full load of classes online. I would recommend Phoenix to anyone!
I believed every lie UoP's marketing department told me, and now I'm saddled with a big bill and no future. No one respects a University of Phoenix degree. Having attended an actual, respected University following my time at UoP I can tell you their courses are overly simplified and not up to any collegiate standards. They're made so you can easily pass them and so that they can take that juicy student loan funding. You want to know what great jobs I've had since graduating Phoenix? Taco Bell. Kroger. A liquor store. That's the kind of future you have if you get a University of Phoenix degree. You're better off having no education at all, they will ruin your life for a nickel.
I expected a lot from this program and as far as the actual classes go, I did get a lot out of it. However I attended this school based on the understanding that most of my credits would, however they don't because "we want you to take our classes". I seem to be having to do the job of the staff by going and following up multiple times only to still not have what I needed done done. It's been 4 months and I still don't have financial aid kicked in after I have called multiple times and every person says they put a ticket in. I've requested my transcripts to be evaluated multiple times before they eventually were and I am still having problems with my classes not fitting the requirement for being "too advanced for this field". I had never heard such a thing. Statistics is still a Math class. I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get it applied. I'm very disappointed in the lack of follow through on the academic advisors as well as the financial services team. But the teachers are good and I am learning a lot.
University of Phoenix is a joke. This is a money hungry school that does not provide the support the students need. I was on a leave of absence and needed it extended. I could not get my academic advisor to respond hardly ever and when he finally did, he assured me that he would extend my leave of absence for me because the system would not allow me to complete the form. Now I have received a letter stating that I owe them money for the classes I was signed up for during my leave of absence and that it has gone to a collection agency called FMS. FMS is also useless and states that because I did not fill out the form to extend my leave of absence, I am responsible for the money they say I owe. I explained 6 times that I was unable to do so because their website would not allow me to and that my advisor explained he would go into the system and change it for me. I kept getting the same response from the lady on the phone that I owe the money because I failed to fill out the form. AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST. All they want is your money and they will lie and manipulate you until you owe them money and then they'll send you to collections even though it's their fault that things went wrong.