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UOP is a great school for anyone that is working full time, has a family, and is willing to sacrifice a small bit of time per week to do the required work. I see a lot of complaints about UOP and other online based schools. I assume that the complaints are coming from individuals that are not familiar with online learning, not comfortable with it, or are thinking they can "skate" through the program. I've attended brick and mortar institutions, and I've found that working online saved me money and time (buying books, standing in line or awaiting class for registration, parking, etc). All of the instructors are working professionals on your field of study that offer up to date help and instruction on today's issues and requirements for your career. As far as the perception of UOP (and online school degrees) being "not acceptable" or "subpar" in the job market, you have to sell yourself, not the degree. One could have 5 degrees, but not be able to present him/ her self accordingly.
As most have stated, one must carefully weigh the pros and cons before dedicating the time and unfortunately, the money. My personal experience is that I started school at a traditional brick-and-mortar university right after high school. I then left and went into the workforce, but always knew I would complete school at some point. After my first year of school and working, I left the state university and went to community college. Taking the same classes at community college would defray some of the cost. So I got my associate degree from community college and transferred back to state school. Well I had some outstanding debt, which would take a while to reconcile. So enter University of Phoenix. I completed some survey and next thing you know people are calling, and e-mails are filling the inbox. So after talking with the advisor, we agreed on a starting point. I was coming into the school with some 80 credit hours. I was simply trying to finish as quickly as possible and move on to next degree. All in all, it took a little over a year to complete. Now, like others have stated, it ended up costing more than what I thought, but nowhere near what others have paid. And financial counselors are terrible. As others have stated, they conveniently miss calls or should I say ignore calls. But I would contact any and every other counselor. I would also save e-mails and send with return receipts to prevent the old, "I didn't get that e-mail." As others have stated, there are people enrolled who should not be. They either have no capacity, devotion, or commitment and it really does hurt others who are more "committed" to completing an education. There are dropouts, and remedial students, and nothing wrong with them per se, but they should not be enrolled. No other institution would admit such student. Actually, there are other for-profit schools which would admit, in addition to the University of Phoenix. Anyway, I got my degree from this school, only because I got the degree in the field I was already working in. Can you imagine going here to learn computer science, and not being in the field? What would you learn. Now I did have some good classes, and some really bad ones too. But as someone said, it's what you make of it and your mindset. I knew I was going on to grad school, definitely NOT UoP. It's funny because when you are scheduled to graduate, the counselors again try and start re-recruiting students for masters' programs. If employers won't accept an AA or BS, they're certainly not going to accept a MBA. I took my UoP degree, and applied at a traditional state school, after passing the GMAT and was accepted. I completed all the coursework and earned my masters' degree. So in the end, because I was in a crunch for time and wanted to quickly fast-track my way to a graduate degree, instead of taking one or two classes for years to finish undergrad, I got what I wanted. To be honest, undergrad degrees are now like high school diplomas as more employers are preferring masters degrees. So my advice is to go to community colleges, which now have online programs at a fraction of the cost and complete the first 2 years of coursework. Then transfer to a 4-year university which is more reputable. If you do go to UoP, finish and then go to a traditional brick-and-mortar school and get your grad degree online or on campus. Many schools have weekend college, online programs, and offer flexibility. Lastly, when I got my masters, I no longer felt like I had to justify UoP to friends, associates, or employers. I'm sure many of you know that "look" you get when you say you went to UoP. My masters degree lets employers and colleagues know that I did go to a school which is competent, and held in much higher regard.
I started UOP online back in 2008 and enrolled into a bachelor's degree program for accounting. After 2 years and 45 units, I caught on to UOP's tactics. They constantly raised tuition, course material was high-school level difficulty, and instructors were impossible to speak with. The only person who ever answered my calls or returned my emails was the financial aid representative, usually to make sure I was on track to getting my loans in place. Other students in my classes seemed to have very little knowledge of the English language. And I'm not talking about foreign students. I'm talking about American-born students who have lived in the U.S. their entire lives. Some of the discussion posts, the peer-reviewed papers we graded...it was like they never got past 8th grade English or had any concept of written communication whatsoever. Some of the writing topics and questions in the math classes they submitted were laughable. Yet I would see the same student names class after class, so somehow they were getting passing grades. I left with about $30,000 in student loan debt and no degree. I transferred to a 4-year public state university where the tuition was half the price. Unfortunately, only 30 of my 45 units from UOP transferred. The university advisor flat out told me, "There's a lot of classes there that we don't recognize as college-level work, so you'll have to retake them again." What a waste of time. Don't fall into their trap, there are a lot of better options out there. Even the state schools have online degrees now. Phoenix is just a big money pit posing as a university. You're better off investing in their stock than studying at their school.
I would reccomend U of P for its convenience. A convenient and accelerated means to an end. I finished to tie up the loose ends, but am only interested in part time work now, projects really. For that reason, the degree hasn't really helped my career. I have always had good jobs that paid well. Hard to tell someone else whether or not this college is right for them, it depends on their expectations. If like me, it would just be getting a piece of paper to do what you already did well.
I am so disappointed with UOP that I don't think writing a review will even do it justice. It has nothing to do with the classes, because I think that they have been wonderful and the instructors as well. I love to ability to do everything online but that is about where my positive comments for this place stops. My first complaint is for the advisors, the people you rely on to help you though the process, the ones who are suppose to help you with all the things you don't know about going to college, like taking the right classes, the area in which you live and lastly the money part of it! The advisors are terrible. They lie, they get switched all the time. I did my entire program through UOP from the start my AA went great then my BS started and it went okay for about a year. Then I went to switch to the local college because I wasn't working any more and I thought that having the last year would be nice in an actual college setting. Well I couldn't, I could not credits, I would of needed to take to additional classes before I even started then my BS program would start. I was already half way through my BS with UOP. SO I decided to stay where I was at, which was fine. I wanted to move, UOP lied and said I could. so I moved to WA and then when I got there my advisor changed and I had a new one she said I could not live in WA and stay in that program because I would not be able to do any observation hours in WA. WHHHAT?! I moved across the country and asked on the phone if it would be okay and I was told yes, now a NEW advisor says no?! I had to move back to NM to complete my program. Or drop out and not be able to transfer credits…. At the end of my program I started student teaching which I had to find a place to do it, which is also a lie, on the student teaching application it says that the student is NOT allowed to contact the school where they are applying to do student teaching. Well I had to because NO ONE from UOP was calling. I had to figure out what teacher would let me in, that I needed ANOTHER back ground check. UOP did not tell nor did the help with any of that information, when I called or sent emails about it I would not get responses for days. There is a deadline to start student teaching or you have to wait till the next school year, I did not have time to just wait for them to do their job… Endorsements, as an educator we need to have an endorsement on our license, we do not HAVE to but its highly sought upon by employers. Well UOP doesn't offer that, another lie. When I enrolled 4 years ago I specifically asked on the phone about endorsements, well because I have had so many advisors I don't know who I asked, and I should of sent it in an email so I had proof because now my advisor called me a liar. My final complaint, the cost. I am all for getting a degree. Im so proud of myself being a single mom and completing school is awesome. The price is alarming. You know all the time you are in that you are going to have to pay it back but at the end when you have to do an exit summary of your loans you will about have a heart attack. I know I did. My advise, go to school! If you pick UOP or any school ask questions lots and lots of questions in an email so that you have a trace of them. Remember who you talk to and send it in emails. Keep track of your loans and how much you have taken out! Good Luck an education is the best investment you'll ever make.
I am currently enrolled in their rn to BSN program and the university of Phoenix lied to me to get me to enroll. I was told that all classes are 5 weeks long and there are no clinical hours required, and both were a lie. Some classes are 7 weeks long and 2 classes require 50 clinical hours and one requires 25 clinical hours. All of them cannot be performed where you currently work. Half of each class is group work so you have to depend on others for your grade. No one tells you that and most classes the group you are paired with is incompetent.
A great school. The approach to learning is focused around how you will function in a career, such as learning to work with teams. I had multiple interviews after graduating and was able to get a job within a month. I enjoyed the online learning and its approach and userfriendliness.
School is like most things in life; you get out what you put in. In my experience, having attended a top-tier brick-and-mortar for my undergraduate degree, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of relevant information I learned that was extremely practical to translating toward my career. I had real business professionals, GMs, and CEOs instructing my courses, which allowed me and others to ask specific questions you would not find answers to in a research-based textbook. In my opinion, if you are looking for a business degree and you are not afraid to dig in and do the work, I would highly recommend University of Phoenix. For an online education without having to spend time and money on commuting, parking, housing, etc, it is a tremendous value. I also saved thousands versus other schools' MBA programs, and I was commended in 3 of 4 interviews for being dedicated to my future (by attending school) while working full time. I would not hesitate to recommend University of Phoenix degree programs to my friends and family.
I received my first degree from University of Phoenix back in 2007. Since then, I have also completed another bachelor's degree and a master's degree at other institutions. I've completed coursework at community colleges, state universities, online schools, and schools located abroad. Therefore, I feel that I have experienced enough different educational models to fairly assess what UofP has - and does not have - to offer. The education I received at UofP was on par with most anything else I have experienced out there. The majority of my instructors were excellent - all were working in a field that directly related to the subjects they were teaching, and all held high-level positions within the organizations where they worked. I learned finance from a CFO who worked for a NGO and was once a Wall Street stock broker; international business from an ex-merchant marine who went on to do consulting for big firms doing business overseas; business law from a seasoned and well-known lawyer; statistics from a retired state university professor who came to UofP to escape the bureaucracy of a big state school. Most of my instructors had PhD's, and all of them had real-life experience that the pulled into their lectures, which added a great deal of relevance to the material. Yes, there were a couple of dud instructors (I recall a marketing instructor that was about as inspiring as a dirt clod, and an accounting instructor who had zero social skills and was unable to connect with the class). However, you will find dud faculty everywhere - not even the most prestigious schools are without instructors who are either inept or unskilled teachers. Since my class sizes were small, my instructors got to know me, so when it came time to ask for letters of recommendation from them, they gladly obliged. I also found UofP to be more student-centered than traditional universities, which are mostly faculty-centered (there is a reason why those university classes are only offered in the middle of the day - and it sure isn't for the benefit of the students...). The quality of my classmates varied. Some were highly motivated to learn and do well, others clearly did not want to be there and did the bare minimum required for them to pass the class. UofP accepts anyone who can pay for the program - holding a high school diploma and having some work experience is all that is required for taking courses there. Overall, the students at UofP are a lot more mature and have a better sense of direction than traditional universities (they are on average older and have more professional experience). In terms of overall intelligence and motivation, I found the student body to be fairly similar to that at other schools I've attended - however, since the class sizes are smaller than other universities, and since UofP has a teamwork component built into all of its classes, those students who are complete duds really stand out. In terms of cost - yes, UofP is costly, but no more so than most state schools these days, and if you factor in room and board for those "traditional" universities, you'll be shelling out a heck of a lot more there than you will be at UofP. If I'd had to quit my job in order to take courses at a traditional university, it wouldn't have been possible for me to get a degree. The advantage with UofP is that I could keep my full-time job and continue raising my family while attending classes, which prevented me from going into an outrageous amount of debt. If your mom, dad, or wealthy auntie is paying for your education, this probably isn't an issue for you. I never had any issue with the financial aid aspect, nor with unexpected costs that some others have complained about. My financial responsibilities were clearly outlined to me prior to beginning the program at UofP, and I felt that the financial aid counselor did a fair job of walking me through the process of applying for grants and loans to cover the cost of my tuition. There were never any surprises. The university makes it very clear that if you need to drop a class after the drop deadline, you are fully financially responsible for the full tuition costs. This is not out of the ordinary - ANY university or college you attend has drop deadlines in place, and if you go beyond the deadline and wish to drop the class, the costs are non-refundable. Financial aid does not cover the cost of classes that YOU fail to complete - so if you do drop a class two weeks in (keeping in mind that UofP is accelerated, so two weeks in equates to about 1/3 of the class), you WILL still be expected to pay for the class in full. If you think you may have to drop a class, don't wait to do it. I have never had anyone question the credibility of my degree. I received a promotion and a pay increase shortly after receiving my degree in 2007. Since then I have gone on to get another bachelor's degree and a master's degree. All of my credits transferred (with the exception of some introductory course we were required to take prior to beginning the program). Contrary to what a few others have said, UofP is not a degree mill (these folks clearly do not understand what the definition of degree mill is) - You will have to work for your degree, and it will be challenging. I have never felt snubbed by instructors at other universities because my degree came from UofP. It is a degree from an accredited institution, and you will get out of it exactly what you put into it. There are some things that are lacking at UofP. Clearly, if you're interested in basic sciences, this is not the school for you. I also don't think the UofP model is a good fit for the 18-24 year old age group - there are no clubs, no sports, no extracurricular or social activities, and since most of the student body has commitments outside of school, you probably won't be forming close relationships with any of your classmates. UofP is not a liberal arts college - they do offer some liberal arts classes, but the selection is pretty limited. Most community colleges offer evening, online, and/or weekend classes, and I would recommend taking most, if not all, of your lower division coursework at a community college. My degree was in business, but I know others who received their nursing, counseling, and education degrees at UofP. All have had similar experiences to mine; I have yet to meet anyone who regretted pursuing their degree through UofP. It's an educational model that works especially well for working professionals. Overall, I can recommend UofP.
I have attended UOPX since Dec 2012 after attending 2 other community colleges. I will give the PROS and CONS that I have experienced with them. I often hear about a lot of people on here who seem to have the biggest issue with finances/ loans in regards to the school. I have attended the school using both my veteran benefits and pell grant that I qualify for that completely covers the costs of my tuition. Before every class I get a phone call from my counselor and academic adviser explaining me the details of my finances and degree plan- what the class is about, how much was paid to the school by my grants, etc. Before I even enrolled with the school, I spoke with a counselor and went over the degree plan and cost of tuition (which can also be pulled up on their website). I was not surprised by how much the institution charges because I have looked into it any many other schools. I was given the break down of the payments that would need to be made and they have been more than accommodating. Before the start of every class I receive an invoice from the school stating that $$$ of tuition has been paid. They tell me in advance if my financial assistance runs out and how much I would be expected to pay. I complete my associates degree next month with a 3.7 GPA (mind you this GPA came from other colleges I have attended as well. So far the only cost I had to pay out of pocket was $126 for a book because of a humanities class and my Pell Grant reimbursed me. I have never had to take out a student loan because my income is not high (I qualify for grants). If you are someone who is worried about loans, or paying for school, I strongly suggest looking into grants from third parties. As far as the curriculum, some have proven challenging. The class load is a standard 1-2 assignments per week, a few discussion questions, followed by either an essay or a quiz every other week (in my plan). The papers usually consist of 1200-2000 words depending on the class, so they are not easy in my opinion but workable. I do not expect an A by playing connect-the-dots. I do admit that some instructors grade more easily than others. I have taken a class that no matter how much effort I put into it, I still didn't receive full credit. I am not sure if for some people the program of choice is too easy for them, or if the financial understanding wasn't clear in place but I don't have much negative comments to make about them. As far as CONS I have been through 3 financial advisers, and 2 counselors in the past year or so I have attended. I am not sure why this is but it does make it a little frustrating at times. I do not find the program to be a waste of time because the courses I have taken are very similar ones that can be taken at any other college. If you are having issues with UOPX then transfer because it is clearly not the school for you. Not every college will be right for everyone. In addition to the financial services, my advisor was also more than helpful with giving me a list of websites and resources to use if I needed additional assistance. If you are unhappy with your advisers/counselors you can always switch them but don't put the whole school down for it.
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