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I've read several reviews and feel compelled to interject my two cents...I just completed my master's degree and feel such a sense of accomplishment. I did this for myself and possibly my career.
I want to comment on a few things I have read in the reviews...first, I had only the experience of incredible communication with my academic adviser, S., and had no difficulty ever understanding and obtaining help with any financial aid matters. The content of the courses was amazing and at times, I felt very challenged. My only beef is that aside from a checkbook, there exists little criteria for entry.
I say this as many, if not most, folks in my classes needed to go back and revisit English 101. I was amazed that some folks were able to proceed through a master's program and not even understand the basics centered on grammar, APA, and spell check!
Along the lines of career placement, I have had no introduction but I do suggest that each person steer the helm of their own future and not wait for promises of job placement. For those that write complaints of this offering, I suggest spending more time honing your grammar and seeking professional resume advice...
I agree with those who said UOP is a joke. All learning material was online, it looked like it was a bunch of blogs from India or someplace where the grammar is 10 times worst than mine! I was confused and unable to talk to the professor. I actually don't remember getting a response the very few times I would ask questions.
I do have to say that I did get calls from my adviser as my grades were dropping and he gave suggestions. However, at the time I tried some of them I didn't get any further assistance from the rest of the school.
I don't recommended this school at all as they don't have any real support available. Sure I had a half good adviser but they clearly aren't working together for the welfare of their students.. it seems like they are just clocking in hours.
I graduated with honors in 2005, earning my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Even though I'd been working in IT for 10 years at the time, the education I received gave me many more insights and filled the holes that my "self-education" and some training courses had left.
I also saw an immediate 45% increase in my salary and have reaped more financial rewards since. I was so satisfied that I returned to UoP to earn my MBA, which I will complete in a few months. I expect to reap additional rewards upon its completion.
The academic and financial aid advisors have always been terrific. Like with anything else, you'll get out of the experience what you put into it. If you don't put forth the effort and self-discipline to do the work, an online education may not serve you.
But for those of us who are determined to succeed, the online environment, complete with Learning Teams, will stretch your boundaries and force you to grow.
I would like to say that UoP is a great school my counselor always call and check up on me and my financial advisor keeps me in the loop with everything...
School is what you make it if you don't apply yourself and you are looking for a quick check and think you don't have to do anything then of course you would have a problem.
Classes were challenging and some more so then others and some people may not find college that difficult for them at all so it really depends on the person... stop bashing the school and grow up and pick another school or don't go I'm sure it won't stop all the millions of people from going to this school.
I did my research just like you're doing now. Honestly, this school is the most popular of the online institutions and I went for it. Quick and easy enrollment and I paid through loans. I worked insane hours while overseas in the Army while full-time student.Very time consuming and can be very hard trying to meet the deadlines.
This is college and for some of you, graduate school. Time to grow up and decide if school is right for you first before the college itself. This will require you to figure out a lot of material on your own, create a school/study schedule that works and be prepared not to have a life. It is up to you to make your life happen that includes school, career and everything in between. I have read so much wining and complaining on these schools and I laugh. I am gearing up for my PhD and I know that I have to make it all happen. This is not high school where people hold your hand and explain everything to you. That is what college is for. It teaches you to be a leader in the work environment, it shows employers that they can trust you can handle tight deadlines, there will be a standard quality of work that you will provide ect.
My ratings: Quality of Instruction... Some of great some are not. Classes are only for 6-8 weeks so suck it up, do your work, participate in the discussions and you will be fine.
Financial Aid....same as any other school I have attended (online & brick & mortar)
Job Placement......This is just silly.....I dont know of 1 university that claims to offer job placement. You are in a pool of a lot of people getting their degree...welcome to the shark pool. Fight for what you want.
Student Services....Offers aid for those that need studying tools and/or personal help. Also, I did have a problem with a couple of teachers but one in particular. I made a complaint because I felt they had no idea what they were doing and it got handled. Don't expect this to happen to you and I recommend if you run into a problem, wait until after the semester is over to avoid retaliation. This goes for every school.
None of the staff or admin are there to help you. Seemed like they were there just to collect a paycheck. Overall climate of staff and admin was very negative and unwelcoming. Advisors do not know how to deal with people. Every single advisor that I've spoken to was very condescending and rude. Felt lied to from the very beginning just so that they could get me enrolled.
Invest in your education elsewhere..where you're treated with respect and where they are there to help you succeed. Didn't have any problems at the local public university while working on my undergraduate degree.
Their only good quality is helping you when your confused..... that is, the academic people. The financial people are politely douche bags. Once you get "roped in" and make the commitment to getting loans, thats it. You wont here from them until its time to pay. Oh, and if they set up your classes without verifying your student loans, as says their policy apparently, and you decide to stop attending after your done with your current class, you will have two weeks to start paying off your last class to UoP. They will ask for the full price up front, then offer you 3 months to pay it.... if not, it goes to collections.
The classes are a joke. From level 100 - 400 courses, they are a joke. I legit did not read one chapter of any books given to me. Took about 6 classes. No exaggeration, not one chapter read. You can google your papers and any discussion questions. You can blatantly plagiarize. You can bull crap the first 3-4 weeks of the 5 weeks of class on "not knowing how to use the format", and still get 95% of credit.
You basically pay for the credits you buy.... granted you sign in a few times a week and bull shit on the questions. This whole experience was a joke. Im sorry i wasted alot money on this horrible "school", and probably wont have any credits transfer.
I am attending this school as I write, but I am very unhappy with thier whole scheme of business. I have finished my AA, and have moved on to my BA, which I am only half way through. Now all of the sudden I am getting a bill for $2700, which must be paid in full or I can not continue. I have been trying to get my financial aid councilor on the phone, but it is like pulling teeth. No awnsered, and when I leave a message or email him, he never gets back to me. Finally he gets back to me today, two months by the way, and he tells me the reason I have a balance is because my financial aid does not fully cover each class by about $50 or so. So that is why I have a balance. Why did they not inform me of this right away I would of paid it then, $50 every so often is doable, but $2700 now is a bit harder. So if I don't pay they are going to turn me into collection which will hurt my credit. What a bunch of bullshit! I would transfer but many schools will not take credits from UOP, so I would have to start over which is something I do not want to do. As far as the classes go, many of the reviews are correct, some of the teacher do not do what is necessary to fulfill acquired criteria. I have had teacher that cared nothing but about your grammar. I wrote a paper in one class that was nothing but garbage, but I payed close attention to grammar and citations, and low and behold, all my points, and just the opposite in others. Don't get me wrong I have had some great teachers and learned a lot, but over all it seems like its just a way for investors or the university to make money, not to see people exceed. I will finish, but disgruntled as I go. I will be glad and proud of my degrees, but I will not ever indorse this school. Way to much drama and organized business that are wacky. By the way, some one with a review above said they had many different councilors assigned to them, it is true, I have a different financial and Acedemic councilor ever class, sometimes two per class that are changed out. This is most likely a large portion of thier issue. Uninformed and unexperienced individuals in these positions, creating confusion among students. This is why ther are so many bad reviews.
Everyone on here that put a bad review am almost sure are mad at the fact that they couldn't cut it and fail now they want to said the UoP sucks they need to look in the mirror and look at the real problem with there lives
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.
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