University of Phoenix Reviews
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Hello, I am a current student at the University of Phoenix. I completely understand how a lot of you are feeling. However, I feel this school is perfect for me. I am in a different situation. My employer pays for my education, and I am studying for a degree that 'supplements' what I already know. I currently work in the business administrative field for an aerospace company. A lot of the classes I have taken are very familiar to me. I just need the piece of paper that says Bachelor in Business Management. If you are someone who is new to college and does not have a lot of work experience in the field you want to study; then this school may not be the right fit. If I were 18 years old, I would go to a traditional college. Someone would benefit more there than at the University of Phoenix. My first two years of college was at a traditional establishment. Then years down the road I decided to go for a bachelors. Also, I wanted to add. I know a handful of executives at my work that were University of Phoenix students. I would not let that discourage you. They make more money than I can dream of.
I went to this school just because it's free for me plus FAFSA cover the rest. I had no need for getting a degree but still enrolled because it was for free. The classes are pretty poor, to be honest I didn't even read the books, (wich btw they are digital and cost 90 bucks each). They do not give you a choice of classes to pick or so they say, my counselor told me she was going to automatically assign the classes based on school curriculum. Teachers, not all but most don't care. For one of my final assignments I turned in the same final paper for my other class by mistake, and I got 100 on it. After my associates I try to transfer, because their tuition rates are much more expensive than other online universities. Only 10 to 15 credits would transfer to 3 other colleges that I applied. Basically it's a waste of time if you are planning to transfer over. The staff does not legitimately care about you, the are always pushing you to start your next classes, and when you call them for questions they do not know anything. Is like they take Johny from the streets, give them a computer and tells him to interact. I have a Mac Book and they told me that it was going to be fine, because they used both formats. Come to find out when I started the teachers could not open my files on their computers because they where on a different format. I failed both classes and had to pay my employee all the money back. So just a heads up, they really don't care about you or your education needs.
I joined UoPX for the chance to use military and real world experience toward my degree. I have received an AA in business from UoPX, and I am now currently completing my BS with a concentration in HR. UoPX allowed me to transfer many of my previous college credits, as well as receive credit for my military experience. They give a discounted rate to individuals currently serving in the military, and they have taken care of everything in order for me to utilize my G.I. Bill benefits. I think some of the discussion boards are weak, but they are intended to ignite conversation about the subjects you are learning, so that you can continue to learn outside of the assignments. I have taken all of my classes online and it takes discipline. I would recommend this school for convenience and practical real world knowledge. This path has already advanced my career through a promotion and dramatic increase in pay. You will get out, what you put in!
The classes were challenging. You get out what you put in. You must be self-motivated and willing to put in the time. People who criticize are fearful about the future of traditional education.
I received my Master's in MIS from UoP and undergrad from CSU. I have nothing but positive things to say about UoP. They weed out the students that are lazy and will eventually fail the program. You have to be disciplined towards your studies. Before, I had made my mind to attend UoP I had checked out other schools and they all wanted me to take bachelor level or prerequisite courses before I could take my master level courses. At UoP I did not have to go through the hassle and allowed me to take the courses needed to get my Master's degree without having to take a bunch of prerequisite courses.
I have mixed emotions about UOP. On one hand, I do feel challenged by the curriculum and I have learned a lot but on the other hand, I feel insulted that I must deal with fellow students who write at elementary level. I mean no commas, no periods, no capitalization, nada!!! You're subjected to read paragraph size sentences!!! These students also fail to link their discussion responses to the actual discussion question. Their team assignment portion content sometimes make no sense whatsoever. I see this very often and I get really ticked off that I have to be in the classroom with these "bimbos"!!! When I ask my academic advisor how these people can be in a Bachelor program and not know simple elementary grammar, I'm told that the instructors are working behind the scenes with them. Nonsense!!! I told my academic advisor that these people are slipping through the cracks of the degree programs because the university doesn't give pre-entry exams (GED only requirement ) and because the parent company of UOP (Apollo Group) is a publicly traded company that cares more about their stock price than the quality of students they allow entrance to and continue to sustain. Frankly, I feel that I'm in the "Twilight Zone " when I work with these students. When I complete my Bachelor program next year, I will say goodbye to UOP and seek my graduate degrees somewhere else.
When I enrolled to UoP, it was because there was a campus down the street from where I was living at the time. My thoughts were that since there was a campus I could attend that I was able to do classes at the campus. I'm not positive, but I don't think that UoP offers anything in the IT field except online. Online classes have higher tuition than classes on campus. I am not really sure how to give UoP a review on the class work. I have been programming since about 2004, and know a few different languages. For me, the programming classes I took were, quite frankly, for the absolute beginner. This particular program only offers two programming classes, Java and C++. Where I'm living now, and comparing the prerequisites to a community college, UoP fails. The community college requires C/C++, Java 1 & 2, C# 1 & 2 to obtain an Associates degree. UoP requires Java 1, C/C++, Web Design 1 & 2. For me, Web Design, which is actually HTML and CSS, is not programming as neither provide any functionality to web sites, just a graphic view. I honestly had thought about dropping UoP and attending the community college, but almost none of my credits would transfer from UoP. I'm very worried that I may have wasted my money with UoP.
University of Phoenix is a joke. The tuition is higher than any other college. The degree does not transfer to any other college. They are not accredited or that is what I have been told by other colleges. The instructors are mediocre at best. The classes are a joke. They usually do not apply to your degree. The financial advisors are a call center and do not have experience with the college or any financial institution. Class advisors are also a call center with no advisor experience. The learning teams are only a requirement to satisfy a lab requirement with the college and have no benefit. The papers and assignments are ridiculous and have no benefit to the degrees. I am in my fourth year 40,000 in the hole with financial aid paying over half. I will not be able to do anything with my degree because no one recognizes their degrees. Its a waist of money.
I needed my transcripts because I am joining the Navy, when you have a certain amount of credits you rank up. They refuse to give my transcripts because I am dropping all future classes. I can't attend future classes because I'm going to be in the middle of the ocean! I tried explaining and all the advisor could say was pretty much "oh well". Not to mention the class teaching is mediocre. I wouldn't recommend this school to any body.
There are several things to consider when taking online classes. Can you afford it and are you really ready to earn your degree alone!!! My math and anatomy classes were probably my toughest classes to complete. Imagine teaching yourself anatomy 1 and 2 with no one to really sit down with and talk it through. When I called my counselor for help with both my classes I was told to continue to reach out to my instructors. My instructors told me to "just read" I am struggling now with figuring out how to move forward with my degree. I contacted my counselor for help with internships or advice she suggested google. I am very proud that I am 6 weeks away from graduating my I dont walk away with confidence not really how you want to feel after spending $45g on school