University of Phoenix Reviews
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The two good things I can say with all certainty: (1) I learned how to write really well with all of the weekly essays, and (2) I learned how to work in a virtual team. The skinny on my bad experience: First, they make high-pressure sales, so watch out for predatory behavior. Second, the quality of education received compared to the tuition rate is not worth it. Enroll with a traditional institution that has an online program instead. Third, I had to drop out due to errors made by the financial aid department. They rescinded part of my student loan, which resulted in a balance that I had to pay out of pocket. They would not allow me to continue taking classes until the balance was paid and would not negotiate a repayment plan. The errors occurred a year or more prior, but they did not catch them until their audit time. I paid the balance with a Sallie Mae private student loan with a high rate of interest. At that time (2006) University of Phoenix didn't offer enough scholarships for its students and I didn't qualify for state grants or many other private scholarships.
When attending UOPX both online and ground campus, I learned a great deal from the curriculum provided by the school. The instructor support was phenomenal, it was instant, and based on real world experiences. The school itself helped me with anything I needed such as tutoring, guidance, interaction, and homework support. I recommend this school to those that are looking for flexibility toward the online realm.
I am one of the many who decided to go back to school in hopes of a better life for my family. I chose UOP because my employer provides a discount and pays for most of my tuition. I am also a full time worker, father, and husband. I simply do not have the time to go to a traditional university and complete my degree in a normal (five years or less) timeframe. For the people that claim their other credits do not transfer, they do. Probably not all of them, but a majority of the prereq's will. I prefer the traditional schools, but After some time I think I have found my groove in this online atmosphere. The reason why I would not recommend this school is probably one of the reasons why for profit schools have such a bad rap; their grading scale makes it truly hard not to pass. This gives weight to the whole "buying your degree" reputation. But, honestly where don't you buy your degree? My brother in law went to a fully accredited, and much more expensive school than u of p. Yes, he went to actual classrooms with real teachers. But, these classes were enormous. Some had over 100 students per. The professors might never know you were in their class if you passed them in the halls. He used to being his essay over for us to proofread and you would think a fourth grader wrote it. He got a's and b's! where's the difference? another thing I don't recommend is the accelerated learning. Associate's classes are 9 weeks long. Bachelors are 6. Each week, I have a minimum of 40 pages to read per class. There are 2 to 5 assignments due each week, too. Not to mention those ridiculous discussion question requirements for attendance and participation. This fact forces me to skim and turn in sub par work just to pass. I do not feel that I am getting a proper education this way. Some topics really interest me, but the short time between work and home life and school assignment due dates forces me to hurry. Yea, you truly only get out what you put into it. I am grateful that I already have a decent paying job , because I definitely would not expect to have employers knocking on my door if I only had a degree from this place.
Incompetent teachers, can get an A in a class you learned nothing from. Business's don't even notice this degree. It has not helped me get a job, just farther in debt. Sorry I ever attended.
I am 50% through a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership/Information Systems and Technology. I have an undergraduate degree in environmental science, a master of sciences in information management, and a master of business administration, all from traditional schools. The negatives about UoP regarding loose admissions policies are true...this is a for-profit school. This aspect of the program is one I'd change, but that's not very likely as long as their business model continues to drive revenue. The classes have been very informative, and I've learned a great deal in each. As a professional taught doctorate, similar to a Ed.D., PsyD. or a DBA, the DM program has a strong research/dissertation component, but is heavily practically based, and prepares the learners to leverage their doctoral knowledge in the course of their professional careers, not as tenure-track professors at a research university. I find that the entire experience has been similar to that of a traditional school, in that some students work harder than others, and you certainly can get by with a low to mid "B" with a reasonable amount of effort. Putting in a greater degree of effort, and producing a higher-quality result yields the high B or A grade, and requires quite a bit more dedication and care than a low B. You really do get out of it what you put into it. The dissertation part of the program is the real equalizer. The process (which I've only just begun) is rigorous in its somewhat bureaucratic nature, as well as in the way it sets students a bit adrift if they're not 100% committed to attainment. Based upon other students' stories, it's a journey of perseverance and diligence combined with a scholarly endeavor. The instructors have been what you'd expect at most schools...some great, most OK, some not so good. No instructor has ever been an impediment to my success, however...and in most cases they've been helpful in guiding the way. It's absolutely necessary to have good time management skills, and the ability to adapt as the program progresses. Again...perseverance... I can't comment on the AA or BA/BS, MA/MS/MBA programs. In the doctoral space, I think the education is solid, and appears to be on-par with other professional taught doctorates of which I'm aware. For those seeking a degree from a highly-acclaimed school, such as an Ivy or other top-rated institution, this certainly is not the place for you. However, I think those that attend UoP for a doctorate who have the drive to succeed, will do well with the knowledge and skills they acquire.
I have been a student with them for the past 4 years. I have not had any problems with them. They always checked on me when the end of my classes were getting close to make sure that I was ok for the next class. My financial adviser always kept me updated on what I needed to do. The classes are good but it just all depends on what you are willing to put into your education, but that is like with anything, you reap what you sow. I liked this university so much that I suggested my son to start taking classes here.
I've been a student for three years now. To be %100 honest, it's an ok school. You get out of it exactly what you put into it. Yes you can pass your classes without really having to read any of the material and yes the other students there will drive you insane. However, I decided to learn since I was paying for it so I actually received a fairly decent education in comparison to my other classmates. The BIGGEST problems I have had with this school is their financial department, they lie like nobody I have ever encountered. I do everything via Email because of this fact. I have had to several time, send them emails that they have sent to me, just to prove that they were lying. You have to stay on top of your finances because they will keep your money for as long as they possibly can. The other issue I have had is that after obtaining my A.A. in Elementary Education I decided that I was just a few short classes away from obtaining a second Associates in Criminal Justice. So for career reasons I asked to be transferred. I was told that would be no problem. It turned out to be a HUGE problem that took 6 months for them to fix. Two UoP staff members told me I could receive a second Associates and two UoP managers told me that I couldn't. It apparently goes against their policy. So I was out of school for 6 months before they finally decided that since THEY messed up (thank goodness I had the emails to prove this) they decided to place me in the Bachelors for Criminal Justice program. So I have been dropped into a Bachelors program without having taken any prerequisite courses. I am behind the other students and STILL managing to do more than my team mates. That would be my third problem with this school. The teams are a great way to learn how to handle other people and other ideas. However, your grade is entirely dependent upon them doing their part of the project. If they don't do their part, your project lays unfinished. An unfinished project receives 0 points for the entire team. So I have had classes where I was literally in charge of doing everyone's work because they didn't feel the need to participate. The instructor did nothing when notified several times, in several different classes. Which leads me to my fourth and final problem with this school. The instructors, some of them know what they are doing, some have actually read the material they are instructing BUT some have not. I have had instructors tell me that they do not know the answer to my question because they are not in charge of teaching, they are in charge of grading and dulling out assignments. Admittedly stating that they do not understand what they are instructing and don't care to. So like I said in the beginning, if you do the reading and the research, you will get a decent education but if you don't you will still graduate. It's sad because I am lumped in with the group that didn't do their reading so I receive a lot of uneasy looks when I inform people I am a UoP student. I have to quickly explain that I am in charge of y education and not the school... thank goodness.
My inital fear was the 'working group' aspect of this school. I don't mind working within groups but I had heard the way UoP manages this is not a good thing. I gave it some thought and decided that I could work through it. Turns out my inital feelings were correct. Group assignments are a joke and inaffective as learning tools. Additionally, I know for a fact that work submitted, both individually and through group assignments, are not consistantly being reviewed by the instructors. Classes are little more then busy work and I have learned very little from the 10 classes I have taken and feel I can do better at another school. Bottomline is I feel UoP is only interested in one thing...your money.
This school is total crap. Like others have said uop is only interested in money. I was getting straight A's in my AA program. I only had 3 months left till I finished getting my associates degree and then they flat out withdrew me. I called and said what happened. They said I didn't participate. I then said I participated all the time and if I didn't participate how was a getting a 100% in the class? They said that I missed three weeks of participation and that there is nothing they can do. I said that I did do full participation every week and that if my participation wasn't up to "their" standards then they should have let me know in advance instead of just taking me out. They said they can't do anything. That is the third time this has happened to me here. I thought the first two times were because of me, but after what happened today I realized that it wasn't me at all. It is them and they just want me to give them even more money then I already give them. Please save yourself and do not go to university of Phoenix.
I have obtained both my AA and BSBA at UoP in 2011 and 2013 respectfully, UoP does provide coursework relative to work in today's workforce. The total cost for a 4 year degree here is about $80,000 after it is all said and done, while it is expensive, I would recommend that adults should use the online schools and I beleive that younger adults will not be able to get the full University experience from an online course, however adults will because even though the facilitators (Not all of them have PhD's) provide you guidance to the syllabus , they are not going to hold your hand , so be prepared that you will only get out what you put into the program. In the full 4 year program, I only spoke to the facilitators twice about coursework and please do not applied for a waiver of credits, it is a money making tactic that they will send you though the ringer. I work in Higher Education at Stanford University and know first hand a good school from a not so good school and most employers that I have spoken to do not like UoP because the course work is not that hard, just time consuming and expensive and I only went because I thought I would be able to use an accredited university like this to get a better job, well, I am still at Stanford and still only an admin here. I apply each and everyday for higher paying jobs I am quified for and since graduating last june 2013, it is very hard and their online job connection is mainly for working at 7-eleven or wal-mart kind of places, I would suggest to look for an instate school that provides online courses and is accredited. I am going to pursue my masters at another university in hopes that I will be able to have a better chance at getting my dream job!