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I attended UOP for five years to obtain my MBA online. Before that, I went to Seattle Pacific University, it was not easy for me to have a full time job and finish my MBA. After, transferring MBA credits from SPU to UOP, I was able to fit everything together and finish My MBA. Based on my experience, I can tell you getting an MBA from UOP is no joke, it is a hard program to obtain, you have to work really hard everyday to make it. It was actually harder for me than a traditional class at SPU. I am an Engineer and I know for sure what is hard school and what is not, and I can assure you that getting an MBA from UOP is a pain in the rear, you have to be ready for real school work to get it PERIOD.
I chose UOPX out of convenience. Plus, my employer paid for my classes. It's an okay school if you're just looking for a piece of paper. I really struggled with this place. I wasn't born rich and I wasn't quite poor enough to get money handed to me for my education. So, I worked with my employer..... If you value hard work that equals great rewards, stay away! I had really high expectations of my performance and had to fight my instructors to get grades that reflected my work ethic. It pisses me off and find it just "sad" that I had to go this route.
I would not recommend University of Phoenix to my worst enemy. I just completed my BSN through them, and it was an awful experience. My nursing classes were not too bad because the facilitators seemed to be more engaged, and concerned about the students and whether or not they learned anything. My non-nursing classes were awful. Particularly in regard to learning teams. I found that the students in these classes were there to just get by and earn a C grade, nothing more. Keep in mind that there are learning team assignments in every class, and if you get stuck with people who just don't care, you will end up doing their work as well as yours, or you will get a bad grade. This will bring your overall grade down, as well as your GPA! I am continuing on for a masters degree in nursing at a different online university that has no learning teams, thank God!! I am an independent learner, and I want my grades to reflect what I know, and my excellent work ethic. If you are looking for a degree program, go elsewhere!!
I am currently enrolled at UOP. I have been going there since August of 2013 and I must say now I actually do regret going here. Dont get me wrong they are somewhat helpful because they call you to check on you and your classes or whatever but wheb it comes to tuition and classes, NO! I recently didnt pass my class and because of that, I do not get any money back which is Uncalled for because they do not know what is going on in peoples lives. The classes are entirely too high for one thing and some of the advisors have a attitude and they do not tell you everything you need to know. Its just a breeze when you first begin but once you really get into it, that is when they squeeze you for every dime you have - whether or not you have financial aid.
I received my degree after being stuck in a mid-level accounting position earning about $35K, with no hope of advancement since all the positions above me required a Bachelor's in Accounting. Having already held multiple accounting positions, I wasn't sure what I could possibly gain from the degree that I hadn't already learned through real life experience. But realizing that I would never be able to advance my career without that "piece of paper", I decided to go for it. I chose University of Phoenix because it worked well with my life, having a full time job and somewhat of a social life. Also the five week courses meant I could "knock it out" a lot more quickly than some of the other traditional schools in my area could offer, plus I was able to transfer about 45 General Education credits that I had taken at a different college shortly after high school. In the end, I was pleased with the additional knowledge I had obtained through my studies at UOP. Most of my classes took place in a classroom setting. I only attended two or three classes online. The group projects are probably the most underrated feature of my entire UOP experience, as it is really no different than working on "real life" projects in business everyday. Many people complain about the slackers they were forced to deal with in their groups, but I have news for you, that is no different than you'll experience in real life, and I really feel, to this day, that having that experience at UOP has helped a lot. Plus much of the classwork I put toward other areas, such as business law, I find myself using to this day. My employer boosted my salary to about $45K immediately after I graduated and I was finally in a place I could be considered for advancement. The only problem is there were no positions opening up, so after about two years, I decided to move on. My on the job experience and my UOP degree helped me land a VP level position making about $70K, and now, 9 years after I earned my degree, I am in charge of an accounting department making about $98K. So I'd have to say being able to nearly triple my initial salary in 9 years has been well worth it. I really doubt I would have been able to do it without my degree. Thanks UOP!
As a current online school, I must say that it is not fun, nor does learning online, stimulate any part of your learning. Teachers are severely out of touch with students. I feel that the teachers take their online teach jobs as if they were writing a blog. Send a quick message and move on. Give directions of what they want and move on. I have requested to switch my program and I was notified that finance did not approve it, and now they will not write me back with an answer as to why.
I am a current student at the University of Phoenix online. U of P is a fully accredited college. It is an ideal school for me because I can do my work when I have the time as long as I stay disciplined. I had pre-conceived notions about this being a very easy way to go to school, but it is actually very challenging. There is a lot of work involved and the subject matter can be very dense at times. I love being a student at U of P. The only drawback to their programming is that in every course you are assigned to a "learning team" for group projects and sometimes you get on a not-so-good team. You all get the same grade for each project, so the team is "only as good as its weakest member." This can be frustrating.
I've seen a lot of bad press and bad talk about UoP, but honestly it was a good school. The personnel helped me, guided me, and directed me to get my MBA, and I had no issues with it. It is not a Easy school where you can just show up and get grades. You had to do the work! UoP grads can back me up on this. It was a pain in the ass sometimes!! I will say I like the classes on line more than I like the two in classes I took, but it's a good school that did right for me. A Masters is a Masters and I am proud to have learn along the people I went to class with. I say to all the haters or complainers..... This wasn't my experience and that's the great thing about America. You have the freedom to transfer and make choices on your degree. That's my two cents
University of Phoenix is a paper mill. It all started in "orientation" when I had to pay normal tuition costs for a class that would give me no credit, which felt like a typical class in my Freshman year of High School! I went through an entire year with UOP, where I never was able to contact my Financial Adviser Maria Espinoza and my academic adviser was a joke, Kay Gordon. My junior year I received my "financial aid letter" of which they wanted north of $25000 to complete that year. Are you kidding me? A brick and mortar school is just as expensive. The classes are so easy my 10 year old could do them and pass. The make it that easy so people will be drawn in and pay high price for a piece of paper, yet know absolutely nothing upon graduation. Now that you have that expensive piece of paper from a curriculum that is a joke, you also need to start paying off you tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Horrible school, would never EVER recommend.
The classes are good, so was the instructors and other students. I wanted to take out extra money out for some expenses I had and even though I was eligible for the money the financial department kept giving reasons why could not get it. I pulled out.
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