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Anita
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2011
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"Hello, I received my bachelors degree from a highly regarded private university. When I decided to obtain my Masters, I was also offered a very good full time position at a fortune 500 company, so in order to work full time, I decided to try online classes. Thus I chose University of Phoenix for my Masters program as they are one of the few who offer Accountancy.I have had nothing but issues since the beginning. The financial aid department is a joke. I receive an outside scholarship which I was warned by the scholarship company that unless I fight UoP for my scholarship money, they will pocket it and I will never have it applied to my balance. This was the case.I had to send letter after letter and make tons of phone calls before my scholarship money was applied to my tuition. The counselors are helpful but not very knowledgable.As for the professors, I have had some good and some horrible. More horrible than good but the good professors genuinely seem to care about your education. However the many horrible professors I have had are rude and very unprofessional. They try to make the students feel like idiots and I feel sorry for many of the students' that receive these hateful comments. I have been fortunate not to receive any hateful or derogatory comments, however I also keep my questions to myself.I would not recommend this school to anyone as I think it is just a money pit and I regret beginning my program here as none of the classes will transfer now and I am stuck with the debt of the classes. I am making straight A's and have not even read a single chapter in any of the books. This school is a joke and I have not learned a single thing."
Fay Simos
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2011
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"I am a recent student at Pheonix University. I haver read various complaints about the following:In the begging of entering Phoenix University, the class that I had was 'Fondamentals Of Genaral ED'. Well I agree that it was easy at first; and stress free specialy for someone like me who doesn't work outside the homr, because I am a writer; and who doesn't have young children that they have to attend to, because my son is 24; nor do I have a husband; because I am devorced.Now for those who say; the school work in the begging was of no essence to what I was studying; I will say this: the recent class that I now have to do is; Fondamentals of General ED. "Yes - I do agree that it is easy, and what does that have to do with getting a BA IN PSY.; which I am studing?"The class Fondamental of General ED has to do with every thing and every career you choose to do; because this class teaches disapline; and how to releive stress; which is important to have if you choose to go back to school when your older; & try to obtain a degree. And lets face the fact that going to school is stressful, demending and hard work; it's a personal responsibility: "The education that you get from any school depends on what you bring to the table. "You are responsible for your own exeperinces!"
BMS
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2011
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"I have been attending University of Phoenix for over a year. I have had nothing but problems. Problems with schedule, counselors, teachers and everything in between. I have been through 6 counselors in my time there and every time I get a new one my schedule gets messed up and I end up needing more classes.It appears to me that a good portion of the instructors just want the money and are the slightest bit concerned with your education. In my current class, I can't even get questions answered by the instructor. Please do your research prior to signing up."
Jessica Ford
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2011
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"The coursework was very easy to understand. If it has been years since you have been in school the UOP makes it real easy to find guides, tools, and materials that help you in so many ways.The online learning tools that are available at UOP are very helpful, you have the University Library with all of its resources such as The Center for Writing Exellence, The Center for Mathematics Exellence, and of course the wonderful student labs. All these resources help you on your way to getting your degree.The professors always treated everyone with respect and never made any of us feel inferior to them. All of he decisions where fact based and very interesting.My overall experience was one of the best feelings in the world, I say that because I have learned so much. With the economy the way it is these days you really have to have a degree in order to make a living. I myself am becoming a Police Officer in Chicago, IL thanks to the UOP."
Julia Garvey
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2011
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"This program is thorough, demanding and relevant. It will prepare you for the CPA Exam and real world employment. You will find yourselves light years ahead of your peers. Change in the workplace is not easy, though. The texts used and subjects covered are in my opinion, more thorough than a top rated state school that I have attended. For this reason, I would recommend recent grads to obtain their CPA licenses as soon as possible after graduation and open their own firms or manage their own businesses. The Phoenix style is the correct model and can only be enhanced upon. We are not stubborn learners. Phoenix students strive for excellence and are ready to contribute to current practice and future technologies. I am a Phoenix!"
Deziangel03
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2011
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"I have had only one class with UOP and I did excellent in it. However when I came in the class HRM 531 the professor- please I recommend to everyone not to ever take a class with him. He is too much... We all at graduate levels are studying and also managing families, job and our homes. However this professor has nothing much to do besides overloading us with assignments, and he is a strictler for everything. He wants 6-8 peer reviewed articles ONLY, and talks about how you can't use words like "it, doesn't, can't" and complains about using "commas". He has high expectations. He writes a MORNING NOTE and is so blunt and blatantly rude to his students. I have had 6 people drop the class out of 20 or so and now i am the 7th person dropping his class. Worst part is he says "So and So" has been "REMOVED" from class but wont say they dropped because he is scared about his reputation. He returns papers of students when the content of the paper is excellent but complains its not formatted correctly and so forth. I had friends and co-workers check my paper who graduated from NYU and University of Missouri, and University of Texas and Stoney Brook and so forth and they all said the paper was good and had good formatting, content and everything was write with APA style. However this professor can never be satisfied. I recommend if you get him in any class please DROP the class before you end up paying thousands of dollars to drop later during the course weeks. It tells you when 7 students have dropped the class that its the professor who has an attitude problem and teaching issues."
Gabriel
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2011
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"My experience at the University of Phoenix was extraordinary. I have no regrets about getting my EdD there in 2009. The brick-and-mortar schools were outdated, so I chose an online accredited university - The University of Phoenix. The work was rigorous and I learned so very much. In addition, the friendships I made were great and I even miss school and kind of would love to go back. But overall, it was great. I am a real student who always wanted to be a doctor and UoP allowed me to do that."
Jane Student
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2011
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"I have been enrolled at the University of Phoenix online for a year. I was and still am skeptical about how seriously a potential employer will take a degree from UoP. I work hard in my classes and I am maintaining a 3.8 GPA, which I fully believe would be a 4.0 if not for having to work in teams (You have to work with teammates in EVERY class). When I first started UoP, I had a total of three advisors. These women called me all the time to check on me and my progress. I felt like a valued student. As time progressed, I heard from them less and less. Now I am lucky to get a call every other class. In their defense, they are very reachable if I need them. Another thing I worried about was the course work. One class at a time seems, well, odd. The reason for this is because most students work and the course work is a lot in most classes. Why so much course work? I believe it is an attempt to distract from the inadequate teaching and text. This is why I am currently "shopping around" for a better school. I suggest everyone contact potential employers BEFORE enrolling to gauge how they feel about a UoP degree. Don't be offended when they laugh. It's basically college by correspondence, only much more expensive."
Toni Johnsick
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2011
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"I have been enrolled in UofP for a year and half and about to graduate with an associates degree in a few months. I read all of the reviews good and bad. I have reviewed many schools on-line and traditional and there are not one school who got all positive comments. Uof P works well for me because my husband was diagnosed with cancer last year and for me to go to school and stay home with him I enrolled in this school. The first year was kind of easy but I have to tell you it is getting harder and harder. I have not had any major complaints and have had only one teacher who just did not seem to care. I have had many conversations with my financial and academic counselor and if I ever had a problem is was fixed right away. My admission counselor was the same way. They each call me all the time to see how thing are going.I feel that those of you that are complaining either did not want to go to school or you are just a whiney person. If you are not happy with this University go on to another one but you still are going to find problems there also. A person must really be dedicated to do the work on-line, it is hard at times and it is taught by teachers who have masters degrees. I am not saying all of them but all but one that I had did have one.As far as the cost, on-line school is alot more expensive than a traditional school (here in FLorida it is) but you are paying for the convience of it. In my situation it is something I had to do and I will go on to get my Bachelors and maybe Masters through U of P. I had to take financial aid out just like most people do ad yes I have to pay it back but In my case it is worth it to me.A person must be dedicated to do any type of school but on-line you must work at it everyday. I am pleased with everything I have encountered so far. I looked all over and the U of P was either a bit less or right on target with others. All advisors and counselors have been a blessing to me and do check in with me all the time.Those of you who are complaining to me you just do not want to go to school, I am sure some of you have legiimate gripes and for that I am sorry you are having a bad experience."
Annette Krulisky
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2011
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"I have read many negative reviews about the University of Phoenix, and I must say most were out there. One attended TWO DAYS and stated the University of Phoenix was a rip-off and a poor excuse for receiving a good education. Another complained about the quality of the education and admitted to "doing the minimum to get by.: Still another, complained the University of Phoenix took "two extra days in getting back to them, so they did not enroll in a university that didn't care about the student." Another student complained about the "bad writing skills demonstrated by fellow students," and misspelled five words in the critique.I finished my Master's in ED/Adult Education, and it was a great education. I am now enrolling in the doctorate program and will attend online, just as I did with my master's degree. My experience with the University of Phoenix online, was there were students who will never be happy anywhere.I remember one who bitterly complained about the "retarded team assignments" then plagiarized something I posted in a previous class we had both been in. I earned my undergraduate degree in a traditional "brick and mortar" school, and encountered unhappy students, bad instructors, etc.The University of Phoenix is a great school. I highly recommend it. The bottom line is you get out of it what you put into it. Garbage in, Garbage out."
Aisa Trevino
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2011
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"So distance learning seems convenient, right? Let's say that your 1200 PER CLASS is worth you spending every day posting. Trust me. You will spend more time on this useless classwork not LEARNING but simply doing busy work.Oh, and it may be easy, but the instructors will find any reason to deduct points--and don't even consider asking for justificiation because you'll never get it. The online downloaded PDF course materials are $80.00 per class. Are you kidding me? $80??? A hard copy text book is that price--and you can at least resell it!The school may be accredited, but no one will hire you with a degree from this school--if you can ever get one due to their ridiculous "pre-curriculum" courses. I don't think I should have to pay $1200 for a course that "teaches" me how to use the website. RIP OFF! Just call your community college or university, ask about their available distance learning programs and go that route. You'll save time and money"
Richard
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2011
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"O.K. lets set something straight about U.O.P. I graduated from there with a B.S and had NO problem getting into Texas A&M, yes, Texas A&M Graduate program. ALL my credits transferred and if U.O.P was not accredited then I would not have been able to get in.The only reason I am not getting my Masters at U.O.P is becasue the one I want is online only and that is not good for me. My advice....Go to UOP and get your undergrad degree and then you WILL 100% be able to transfer it to ANY school for Graduate studies."
Eric
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2011
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"I am a student at The University Of Phoenix and DO NOT recommend this school. My reasons are varied and numerous. Let me begin with the fact that you are the student,professor and evaluator. Like most schools you are presented with a syllabus and expected to meet the requirements. This is where the similarities end.With UOP you are offered no lectures,no sense of any real participation outside of answering some other students often ridiculous post with a faked attitude that you actually care what kind of opinion they really possess. Considering some statistics say that UOP enrolls over 300,000 students currently it takes away from the sense that you are more than another paycheck for them.I often trudge through the subject matter with limited reading of the material. Usually,I just fake my way through the answers and get an better then average grade. This is not to say I am incredibly smart,it is to point out how trivial the instructors grade and more importantly, how mediocre the schools standards for satisfactory participation are represented.Another point I would like people to consider is what they expect this education to get them? If you think you are gonna walk out of UOP and get a great job,you may want to do some research. A previous poster mentioned that he hired MBAs' and was usually horrified at the numerous grammatical errors,poor spelling and lack of sentence structuring he saw on their resumes. He went on to state that if he contacted an UOP graduate, he was usually turned off by their lack of professionalism. If you are already employed and looking to "beef up" your resume or advance in your current job,UOP may just be for you.If you really want an education,you will have to dig hard into UOP. They will give you resources and lower expectations,but you can make the most out of it. I would not stake my future on a UOP degree. Many established schools offer online programs. I am withdrawing after I finish my current block of instruction and taking my educational benefits money to a "Brick and Mortar" institution. If you can do this,I suggest you do."
Angelia
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2011
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"I have been a student at UoP for 14 months now and I am 2 semesters away from getting my AA degree. The work itself is not hard. The teachers are so overbooked with classes that many times they do not even grade your papers for an entire week and barely respond to discussion questions.The academic advisors are a nightmare! They are not helpful at all. I was having problems with my Algebra 1A course and barely passed. When I called them for help their only suggestion was to hire a highschool student to tutor me. The financial advisors are no better. They lose your papaerwork, do not tell you how to fill it out properly, and are basically worthless.I have seen others complaining about this school being money hungry, I am in complete agreement with this. They are only concerned with getting your FinAID and loan money, and are not quick to send out our disbursements. They currently have been sitting on mine for 10 days now. How much time does it take to post a debit memo?My overall experience with UoP has been mediocre to say the least. UoP students are paying a lot of money for a "do it yourself" education."
Nothankyou
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2011
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"Disappointing. The classes are unbalanced with assignment loads but rest assure, there will always be plenty of learning team presentations, varying from 3 to five presentations per class. This class we had to write 6 papers, 2 learning team presentations, and one individual presentation. Busy but not effective to boost the learning.Teachers are assigned often in the last minute. Some have read the syllabus but most have ot before the class starts. We started out with 47 students and were split up into two classes. Ways too many students.Learning teams are great but stressful. I just got kicked out of a team because I voiced a concern in regard to the team. There is ways too much emphasis on learning teams and only that much you can get out of it.I will not recommend the University of Phoenix."
AC
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2011
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"My experience at the University of Phoenix, was the best decision I made in my adult life.While it took time to land that perfect job; the expectations to meet deadlines and work within a team environment are critical skill sets, needed for success in a professional envioronment.The administration is caring and the programs are demanding; now if your looking for short cuts, you won't last long. I strongly recommend this college and I'am A PHOENIX"
joey
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2011
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"Next week I will be finishing my first year at UoP and so far everything has gone great. I knew that an online education was the only option for me and was sold once I talked to my enrollment counselor (who by the way still calls me to see how things are going and to see if I need any help).My academic counselor and my financial aid advisor calls me as well and they are all very nice and helpful. The work varies as far as being hard and time consuming but it is no different than what my daughter is having to do at a state university. Do not expect to pay for a degree and not do the work. That is not going to happen here. I still have to read ALOT, do extensive research, and follow APA guidelines.The only set backs that I have found is that I have to print out my own books if I want a hard copy. The books can be saved to your computer but for research purposes I find that printing them out is better for me.The other set back is that you have to learn to manage your time wisely. You have a syllabus to follow for each class and you must participate a certain number of days each week to be considered present. This is basically how you get your attendance and makes sense. Even though I am not sitting in a traditional classroom, I must still communicate with other students by posting to their discussion questions. This allows you to explore other peoples points of view and learn from other students as well. The instructors are available for me to talk to just as a traditional university and have been very helpful. Overall I have had a very good experience here and am looking forward to earning my degree. Once I recieve my Associates Degree, I do plan to continue my education here at UoP and go on to earn my master's."
Jeanee
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2011
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"I have been a student at the University of Phoenix since August of '09, and I am three classes away from my associates degree.I had previously earned 15 credits at a traditional college, but I couldn't pay for gas to get there anymore. All of my credits transferred to the University of Phoenix with no problem.There is a lot, I mean a lot, of work involved with the program I'm in. You with have to have the self-confidence to attand your classes and turn in your work, or you will fail.If you can't work hard, or are not committed, do not join this school. But if you are serious about being a student, and you can make it to a traditional class, this is for you."
Duane
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2011
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"I am currently pursuing the DOML (Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership)which is a hybrid online and classroom based program. I have been nothing, but impressed by the curriculum, instructional design and interaction in the courses. I attended four doctoral level (700)courses at a well-known university and though it was a highly respected university, I did not get as much out of the educational process.The University of Phoenix has met my expectations for academic rigor and learning that can be applied immediately. I have even compared my current syllabi from UoP courses with those from previous doctoral studies and see similar if not higher standards for research. I am currently serving as a consultant with the military in Japan and what I learn in the classroom is instantly applied to service men/women everyday.I initially thought online learning was not for me, until I experienced the design of the UoP program. I also was initially confused by some of the negative comments online and wondered about their experience because my expereince has been well-worth it. What I now know is that UoP is for self-directed learners that are passionate about their education, but may be limited by the traditional confines of the brick & mortar (B&M) program. If someone is looking for an easy process or less rigor, please do yourself a favor and don't enroll with UoP. If some people expect an easier process from UoP and find that they are worn out by the extensive research, reading, papers and APA standards then I can see why some might complain.Final-final note...there is a difference between getting a degree and being educated. Enter UoP with the mindset to be educated, not to simply have a degree. This paradigm shift may prove helpful to you in your studies.Now...back to my future."
Pkehres
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2011
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"I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to find UOP for my doctorate program. The staff from the school were professional, my committee members were great and my mentor was outstanding. All students in the doctorate program must have a masters and be part of an organization that fits thier displine.I completed my program in three years which is quite an accomplishiment considering how rigurous the program. All instructors have doctorate degrees and are working in the industry. It should be said that in order to be successful, a student needs to be self motivated and an overachiever."