University of Phoenix Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (1,211)
I am enrolled in the associates program for criminal justice. I have been in school since feb 2011 and I am graduating in december of 2012. This is hard work. I have had great experiences with my advisors and instructors. I have had no problems with financial aid either.
I have had an awesome experience and would recommend this school to anybody. You have to work hard at any school and this is one of them, it is expensive but worth it. Before I signed up for this school I made sure that my credits would transfer. I love Uof P.
I received an associates degree in Healthcare Administration/medical records well to my surprise I can not even get a job as an office receptionist let alone in medical records. This school does nothing but have you type papers and there is no real guidance.Do not believe they will set you up with a mentor, because it will never happen as long as you don't ask to many question about your financial aid you are fine.
The continuous discussion questions begins to wear on you, you can only reword a question so many time to answer these questions. When you decide to leave do not long on to the class because you will be charged which is not disclosed to you at all. Most universities will give you a refund if withdrawn within the week, which I did obviously I did not know their rule so I was charge four hundred something odd dollars for the week which was told to me with an attitude and the adviser had major attitude because I had withdrew.
It's a money pit you will end up with a lot of debt and a degree which in my case in my state will not have any merit on helping you get a job. By the way in order to get your transcript to transfer to another college online which is not for profit I have to pay the money first. Avoid this for profit college. Their interest is on the money not the student.
I'm a recent graduate University Of Phoenix and I have to say reading the reviews for the Health care program is very exciting! I received both my Bachelor's and Master's degree's at this school in business and was thinking about doing my RN here as well.What can I say I like school! The teachers here at the Phoenix, Arizona campus they were fantastic, and are very knowledgeable and very excited about their field. This school really tailors to working adults and their families.
Everything that you need is right there on-line. You don't have to carry around big books like some schools make you do. This school also puts you in real life team situations and by the end of your first class your team is like your family and you can help each other with anything. My Guidance and financial aid councilors where there for me every step of the way and even showed up for both of my graduations. I have to say that I really found a school that really cares about you as a person and what it takes to be very successful in your field. Thank you University Of Phoenix for being the best school ever!
I enrolled at the UofP after going to a junior college for a couple of years. I had amassed enough credit hours for an associates degree this way. Nearly all of my credit hours transferred over, which was cool. I found the writing assignments challenging at Phoenix, and the instructors were supportive. I didn't feel I learned as much as I did at the traditional 'bricks and mortar' school though.
The instructors weren't critical enough of my work. I felt like I got easy A's most of the time. At least in a traditional school the professors critique your work. At Phoenix, most of the instructors are part time, so they don't have time to do their jobs properly - either that, or they really can't be bothered. In my opinion, this school doesn't offer the challenges or the stimulation that a traditional school does. Yes, I did work for my IT degree, but I didn't learn as much as I feel I should have. For the money that I paid for my degree, I wouldn't do it again. University of Phoenix has a bad rap for a reason - it's too expensive and the education you'll receive from here is sub-par.
I have had a great experience with University of Phoenix, so I was a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews.
UoP is not a diploma mill. You do manage to trim a few months off of the total time to complete your degree, but that is only because you don't take breaks between classes.
Yes, UoP is expensive. They offer you amazing advisers throughout your time as a student, an online library, multiple avenues of help with any problem you might have, workshops for any subject you may have trouble with, and all of the materials you would have otherwise had to purchase. The only problem with the materials is that you must be literate and capable of clicking the mouse to take advantage.
The course work can be demanding. You do have to pay attention, show some initiative, and maintain your own schedule. There is an attendance policy and required participation in class discussion. You are well warned that you must meet attendance or be dropped. If you later want to whine about your personal life interfering when you ignore these policies, understand that they aren't required to bend the rules for you. Quite frankly, if you don't have 5 minutes a day twice a week to write "I'm here" in a forum post, perhaps you are too busy to further your education.
I have 4 job offers from respected companies with starting salaries I couldn't hope to match without my degree. These offers are on the condition that I finish my degree on time with no delays.
Having a degree from any school does not mean that you will be able to work in your chosen field. An application does not only want a copy of your degree, so it isn't the only deciding factor. Communication skills, attitude, and previous experience will be considered.
In short, just because you are paying and feel like a consumer does not entitle you to a degree, only to the opportunity to pursue one. If you post in this forum with poor spelling, structure, and grammar complaining that UoP confused you, most will identify the source of that confusion as something other than the school.
Ok folks, yes this is college and it is not a joke you do have to do your work and engage yourself in class. However the service that is provided in the student financial aid department leaves a lot to be desired. They do not follow their own rules on how and when you money pays for classes, I am a single parent and this takes alot of my time and is very important to me, oh ya by the way I an PAYING a pretty penny for crappy service, if I treated my customer's the way they treat the students accounts and the lip service that I have been served I would be FIRED from my job.
It is just so frusterating because it seems to be about money for them, now understand this I get that this is a business which I have no problems with HOWEVER, DO WHAT YOU SAY IS COMPANY POLICY. This has been an on going problem and it just makes me want to walk away. I have enough to do and worry about in my daily life, if I cant trust my school to do what they say they are going to do THEN who can you trust??? They use the word school to make money as there is a built in trust for people when they deal with a "school" U of P has given that a new meaning for me. My son's college does not function like this so people cant say well she doesnt understand how it works..... BS!!!! They LIE and I am sick of it.
You get out of an education what you put into it. That being said, if you are willing to apply yourself, University of Phoenix is an amazing school. I obtained my AAHCA/PP in November of 2011, and received four offers for employment before I even graduated. In July 2013, I will graduate with my BSHCA/LTC. People amaze me with how much they complain about this school, but then go on to explain that they expected some type of special treatment.
Assignments have due dates for a reason, so you have to budget your study/class/work/family time accordingly. It is not the instructor's responsibility to adjust his or her assignment acceptance policy so you can get done what you need to. How would it be fair to your classmates that you get to turn in your assignments whenever you please, while they have to have them in at a specific time? Is your boss going to give you time off or let you only come in on weekends because you have "other things to do"? No, he or she will not, thus you construct your life around your work schedule. Same goes for school.
Grow up, and stop acting like the world owes you something. Work for it, and you will earn it. The counselors and instructors have all been amazing at this institution, and I could not ask for a better educational experience. All of my instructors have returned my e-mails within 24-hours of receiving them. Most instructors at UoP work second jobs, have families, etc. They're just as busy as we are, so students really can't ask for better than 24-hours for a response time. If you had a bad experience at this school, it's your own fault. Suck it up, quit playing the blame game, and simply admit you could not bring yourself to do the work (which IS on a college level), could not find the time needed to complete the work, or you just gave up.
I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2005. I will acknowledge the school is expensive and the student counselors can sometimes be frustrating. However, what I received in return for those minor nuisances was well worth it to me. This is not the University for the lazy. No one forces you to read the material or complete the assignments. You do have to work as a team and everyone receives the same grade. The person who completed 10% and the person who completed 90%. I have never had a problem getting a job or respect.
The year I graduated my salary increased 52,000.00. I will admit that I had almost 15 years of experience in my industry by then but I was never considered management material. If anything, UOP will improve your communication and presentation skills tenfold. I think the more on-line and fast track schools that arise, the less respect they all get. Everyone is entitled to their opinion so I just thought I would share mine as well.
One last note; I worked for a major oil and gas company in Houston and they reimbursed my tuition and fees as long as I received a B+ or better each class. I don’t know of any legitimate business HR that would not do their research and know if a school has the credibility to deserve funding your employee’s education. Just my two cents …
I attended the University of Phoenix for a little over three years and felt that I was being ripped off the whole time.
The text books are outdated and the instruction is substandard.
I did try to change schools, but other schools would not take all of the credits from the U of P and there was not enough money left in the financial aid to start my program over again.
It is a for profit school that cares only about the money and not about the students future.
I attended UoP for 4 years. Yes, it was hard work but you have to put in the effort. I can honestly say that i haven't had many bad experiences with UoP. I did 3 years on campus and 1 yr online. I worked my butt off!! I did not have a life whatsoever when i attended UoP because i wanted to stay focused. As far as learning teams are concerned i was fortunate enough to have the same people on my team for almost 3 years. We were hard workers and knew what needed to be done.
Sometimes we would have to add an additional member to the group. If they did not pull their weight we would let the instructor know and they were dealt with accordingly. The instructors were very knowledgeable and they really wanted to see us succeed. The only thing i dont agree with is the tuition because its so expensive and i would like for UoP to be a little more consistent across the board. I had great counselors they checked up on me from the time i started at UoP up until i graduated. I am very blessed and thankful that my experience there was a good one.
As far as the negative comments make sure that you don't base your entire experience at UoP over one incident. Im sure people have had bad experiences here and i am sorry that your experience could not be as good as the one i have had. Just ask yourself did you give it your all... If so,then this school may not be for you. I suceeded at this school by doing the best work possible, asking questions,turning assignments in on time and having a positive attitude. If you cant get information from your primary counselor ask another counselor im sure they wont have a problem with helping you or answering any questions you may have.
If you are looking for someone to hold your hand the whole way through this is not the school for you. Learn to take the initiative and seek whatever it is you are wanting to know instead of waiting around on someone to get back with you.If one person doesn't give you the info go to the next..Thats one of life lessons. I AM A PHOENIX!