University of Phoenix Reviews
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I am only in my first two classes in this school and I would never recommend it to anyone. The classes are a joke.
They charge you $10,000 to basically teach yourself. I have people in my classes who can not spell on a 4th grade level. I dont think any employer would respect my degreee if they had any idea of what was being taught.
First of all, people that bad mouth this school probably went to this school expecting it to be easy because I thought online schooling would be easier than attending a campus. My sister is going to a college located in my town and she is also an online student and I compared my their online learning system to UoP; OLS with UoP is way more active than the one the local college have. Also, for you people that did not know, UoP helped other schools set up ther Online Learning System.
Anyway, back to the topic. Just like a brick and mortar school, there will be instructors you aren't going to get along with, maybe because the way they teach doesn't click with you or your way of learning. Does it matter where you get your degree? I could have went to the local college in my town and earn a degree but what good is it if I do not know anything after earning that degree? I attend this school and read ALL the reading materials! and I do independent study myself with my own books or internet source. People that wrote negative comments about the school probably just did the weekly assignment and participated then waited till next week again to do any reading. I spend about 4 hours a DAY! studying and just like any other school, UoP will teach you the basic and work their way up. I had some classes that were easy that I did not have to do much but when it comes to my IT classes, they are very challenging.
Personally, I can say that going to this school is a waste of time and money, not to mention the Financial Aid rep was a joke and a liar. After explaining to us all the cost of tuition and what our grants and student loans would be able to cover, I felt comfortable with the school. They give you this free trial "Class" to see whether you like it or not. Sure, they make it fun and interactive, but this is what draws you in. Once you're in your first paid class (GEN/195), all of that goes downhill fast. The amounts the adviser had given us were complete BS. It wasn't until I had finished the first class and started my second when I was told the amount due on my balance thus far.
$1702 for one class who's credits don't even transfer. I learned nothing in that "Class" and I was forced to pay out the ass for it. I understand that they're a private college and are in the business to make money, but this is the biggest scam I've ever seen. If you have the means and are looking for a BS "degree" that will get you nowhere, be my guest and go there. Otherwise, I wouldn't join this school again if someone held a gun to my head.
From the very beginning I was lied to. Enrollment counselor made promises and guarantees that were inaccurate to get me to sign up. Financial aid department was like dealing with a five-year-old who is in control of your checkbook. I was given 9 different financial aid advisers over the course of three years and was only informed of one changeover. Several of the advisers didn't even know they had new students added to their caseloads until I called to find out why there were issues with my financial aid. At one point it took 5 weeks to get a hold of someone in the financial aid department and only when I promised to call the corporate office did I get a return call. There are no job placement services even though they say there is. I have never heard anything about job placement services. I was given a lower grade than warranted due to the instructors reading policies incorrectly and when it was brought to the University's attention they said there was nothing they could do about it because the class was already over. Student support never answered the phone and even though they say they will get back to you within 24 hours it is not true. It usually takes three to four days.
This school is a joke. I was not surprised when they started closing campuses due to their accreditation of those campuses being revoked.
Not only is the school a joke, but you are paying Ivy League college prices for below average education and years of fighting.
They try to give you all information over the phone and then if you have no written account of what they said in your own records they will back out of what they say. After two years of broken promises and false information I finally started getting everything in writing and email. This is what saved me from a 3000 dollar bill one week before I graduated.
I recommend you keep searching and pass this school over. Not worth the time, money, and emotional strain you will most likely experience. I actually filed three complaints with the BBB but only one was validated because I had nothing in writing for the others.
I started at UoP after weeks of researching online colleges. I was satisfied at first, but as the months went on I started catching more and more problems.
The instructors don't seem like they care about the students the least bit. If you ask them a question regarding homework or what's expected of you in general, they copy and paste the policies to you or tell you to refer to the syllabus. That's another problem. I've been attending for a year and a half and have caught many spelling, grammar, and date mistakes. The calendar will say it's due Thursday, and the syllabus will say Friday. They can't spell let alone get due dates right, but then mark you down if you get it wrong. I have called them out so many times on this. The syllabus is anything but clear.
Yes, it will tell you the steps you take to complete a particular assignment, but it's out of order. I have made a few mistakes because of this and actually received a "0" on my assignment. They will use the words quiz, test AND section when referring to one particular thing, but then the assignment will have a quiz AND a test and you have no idea which one to do! It takes them forever to respond to your questions and they do not even answer what you asked.
I'm switching schools. I care more about my education than this.
I do not recommend this school to no one. The price is ridiculous I went for 2 years and I have almost 30,000 worth of debt from this school.
I felt like I was lied to. If you are a single parent and work full time this school may be hard to juggle. If you are wealthy and can stay home and not work this school may be for you.
I have attended a technical college for nursing, an on campus university for teaching, and now online for psychology. I chose online because I live in the middle of nowhere-the nearest college is over 45 miles from my home. This is the most intense education I have received. I am forced to interact with my classmates with substantive conversations and minimum word count. During my other times in school, it was irrelevent if I ever met my classmates. I have minimally one quiz and one test in each class weekly. The amount of studying for these is mind boggling.
I do not have to schedule a meeting with my professors-I have a private chatroom for only the two of us and they reply to anything I post within 24 hours-most within a couple of hours. They are available by telephone as well. My advisors call or email regularly and I look forward to their calls.
When I graded the school from Terrible to Fantastic, they received Fantastic in all but Job Placement Services. They cannot be held responsible for that because the field I chose has limited opportunities.
What they have done however is help me with preparation for qualifying for anything should the opportunity arise-from resume preparation to making sure, and helping me to through the difficult paths to be sure I am certified in my state and meet all the requirements for the positions my degree qualifies me for-in addition to an excellent education-a five star education.
The only reason I attend the school is because I was able to work in the accounting department as accountant while I was getting my degree and than I was supposed to get a 10% raise. I got my degree in 2007. However, due to the housing market crash I got laid off in 2008. I have been unable to find another accounting job and now I owe over $30,000 in student loans.
The school was descent however, my degree has not helped me in my job search. People recognize my four years at University of Arkansas, even though I was 10 credits short of an accounting degree and 18 credits short of a marketing degree, more than my Accounting degree from University of Phoenix.
I went back to give myself an edge in job hunting competition and job change options. I only had my AA from 20 some years ago. I actually (finally) learned algebra here at UoP. The classes were very challenging. I did on campus for all of my bachelor's and most of my master's except for the last 5 courses which was global management so the participants were more diversified in experience from all over the country than in my local neighborhood "campus".
Overall I learned a lot and it boosted my confidence to progress in my career but not quite where I want it to be 7 years later. Also it is very expensive and I did get no hassle low rate loans the whole time but I am STILL paying it off (7 years later).
MOST of the people in my classes were there because their company was paying for it and their companies wanted to promote from within but they technically needed the piece of paper/degree. So, it was a good experience for me and I like that I got both experiences of the "campus" and online.
I attended UoP for my bachelors degree and decided to return for my masters. It has been one thing after the other since then. There are shorter break times available between classes; my financial aid has been late, had to be redone, or not enough to cover classes; teachers no longer teach, they are just "facilitators" which means they auto post standard things and generally no longer teach; I had a disagreement with an information systems facilitator and miraculously got a virus the next day that wiped out all my homework for his class (but it didn't touch anything else in my computer); and another facilitator who was plagiarizing her students from previous classes decided I was plagiarizing with a citation and reference because I didn't agree with her viewpoint on the presidential candidates during class (yes she brought in politics to the classroom).
I also found out my masters is useless at my local state university. To transfer there I have to go back and start all over from the beginning. And local businesses do not want UoP grads, they prefer grads from the state universities. In my opinion, all my time and money was wasted at UoP.