University of Phoenix Reviews
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I really enjoyed my experience with UoP. I know there are a lot of jokes and bad things said about the school, but it changed my life forever. I was stuck in a dead end job and was miserable almost every day after work. Almost immediately after receiving my degree I was offered a job to teach middle school mathematics. Every day is awesome and my life is so great. You're experience with this school will be what you make it. If you are motivated and do well this will pay off. The school that hired me was actually impressed that I worked full time and earned my degree at the same time. I didn't here anything negative about getting a degree from UoP. The people who complain about having a worthless degree are making excuses and blaming the wrong people. Companies don't hire a piece of paper. They hire who they feel are good, hard working people. The thought that a degree is preventing jobs is just foolish. When I read those stories I want to put a mirror up for them so they really know who to blame. If you are willing to work hard and better yourself, dive in, you won't regret it.
I attended UOP for 4 years. My GPA was 3.58. I went through 3 separate financial advisers, 2 academic advisers within a year and a half. I was in my last year with 3 classes left when they pulled me from class stating that I was going to own them money because the had exhausted all my financial aid. I borrowed money from my 401k, I worked two jobs, and clepped out of 3 classes. Another adviser called me who was not from my area and asked me why I was sitting out of classes when I still had over 5555$ of financial aid left. I blew up I told her that I did not withdraw from classes that I was taken out. She called me a lair, she said there was nothing in my record showing that I was taken out of classes. All the prior notes stated that I withdrew because I did not want to finish. I asked her why in the world I would do that she said well your grades could have been slipping or maybe you just got tired of classes, she stated "how would I know what you would do?" I was appalled. I told her fine sign me back up for my last 3 classes she states,"well you cannot we had to send your financial aid back because you withdrew." I cried for days. I missed graduating with my class, I was heart broken. I refused to go back so I attempted to transfer mind you I only had 3 classes left every school I spoke to refused to take my credits. 3 of them wanted me to start over as a freshman or sophomore. I am utterly heart broken. The thought of going back to UOP is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining.
I found this a very good program for working professionals. At this time I pursued my doctoral ambitions, there were very few doctoral programs available that would allow me to work and attend school. Unlike some online doctoral programs, UoPhx still has us complete a research dissertation with full academic rigor. While this may seem like a pain, you want to have this experience. The cost was a little high, but you pay for the flexibility of attending school when you want instead of set class times. Whether you commit to a full time residence doctoral program or an online doctoral program depends greatly on the purpose of your pursuit. In my case, I wanted to supplement my knowledge within my current professional field and not change fields entirely. I feel this program, and my attendance to this program, has enriched my career and my life. For those debating between a traditional program and an online program, please know that University pedigree only goes so far. Employers are more concerned with the results of the education rather than where it was obtained. In the words of William Lowe Bryan (1860-1955), “Education is one of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.” The ownership of knowledge development is on the individual, not the institution.
The University of Phoenix provides a comprehensive program for business professionals. Having the ability to take classes online instead of a classroom allows me the flexibility to focus on my schooling when it is convenient for me. The coursework for my MBA program relates directly not only to my current job requirements but also to all future work that I may encounter.
If the college did not have support from financial aids, the student loan program and federal funding they would not survive. Advisors who lie or do not do their job, and then blame the students. I have filed a formal complain with the State of Arizona. Poor choice of classes available in the on-line program. More variety in community colleges.
I was very satisfied with the online program. It was vigourous and challenging. I did notice that some students enrolled were not used to the online model.,as a result they struggled. Quite a few dropped out because of it. I believe you need to be honest with yourself.What type of learner are you? Do you need the attention of an in- class instructor? If you are not self-directed.This is not the program for you. Additionally before obtaining my degree, I was stuck professionally.However, after my degree I have made advancement and increased my salary by 40%. The key is to already have work exeprience. A person without work experience iwill not would benefit as much. That's just my opinion. UOP changed my life for the better.And I am glad I went.
I have had good and bad times. Overall I feel like I made a good choice. I was able to go even when events in my life would have prevented otherwise. Most of the staff cares. The Bad My complaints are slow financial aide, switching advisors so much, learning teams, book availability on mobile devices, and the two teachers I had problems with, and cost. The Good Speedy response from all staff, unique learning environment, flexible schedule. Not having to be in a classroom at a particular time, but on your schedule, was very helpful for what I needed. They have worked with me even when my epileptic daughter has had seizures. When I was hospitalized three times in my pregnancy with my second child they made putting things on hold easy and stress free. After my car accident they have been understanding and patient. My advisor, that I had the longest, always encouraged me to continue. He had sound advice and I really felt like I could achieve my goals, because of our conversations. I have more confidence in myself and look forward to using my degree. In my mind, it's worth it, if it fits your lifestyle.
Great College but very expensive. I guess because of the technology used in the learning system the cost of attendance consequently had to be high. I am glad I attended and enjoyed my tenure as a student. I would still want to attend the school if only I can pay myself the tuition which is part of my plan.
I do not understand why the reviews on here are so bad. I have VAST experience with college as I have transfered between Comm Colleges and Universities. I live in CT, a TOP state for Education and I must say that I was challenged by my classes. I majored in English, which many people laugh about, and am going for a Masters with them as well. My FinAid and Academic Advisor were wonderful, i was always informed of my account, status and anything I need. I was always contacted prior to a class to make sure I had all materials needed and if I had too many absences both my advisors contacted me to let me know i needed to post. All the comments I see about how expensive it is to go to UoP just further my skepticism in these people even knowing the college system in the US. Unless you only want an AA or AS degree you will be paying until you DIE for student loans. That is the name of the education game here in the US. As for failing a course and getting your money back, that would not happen anywhere, not UoP or any other school. I recommend UoP to anyone who needs the flexibility of distance learning.
Interesting comments from everyone. Here is my take. The degree is "fine" -- but it is what you make out of it. Reading everything about UOP is concerning -- but I worked 4 years and 4 months on the degree and I do have a diploma. My company recognizes the college and, fortunately, most of my contacts also recognize the college. I do understand those that have not had success with the degree -- but I, personally, have not had a problem with the degree.