University of Phoenix Reviews
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I did graduate with a BSM in August 2011. I had mixed experiences with the school. Some of the instructors were very knowledgeable and offered a bit of a challenge to get an acceptable grade. I ended up with a 3.4 GPA. The biggest issue for me were the learning teams and the costs. On several occasions I ended up finishing the team project because other team members seemed less interested or had excuses. The team experience was less than acceptable.
The other thing about UOP is the cost. When I started in 2010 a class was around $1150. The rate went up several times over the 80 week period I was attending to around $1800 per class. Another problem I had was getting in contact with my financial adviser. I would leave messages and hear nothing back. I think if I had to do this over (and might for my masters) I would certainly look around at other schools. UOP certainly has issues.
I just graduated with a BSM in HRM on Nov 14th 2011. I had a very positive experience with UOP and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to pursue an higher education the classes are 5-6 weeks long.
My one compliant is the UOP compared to other schools is $200-$400 more. For example a class at UOP is 1840.00 where as NU is 1600.00-ish. Without online classes I wouldn't of been able to go to college, but with online schools I can come and go as I please, work full time and go on fire assignments. it's been a great ride and I am thankful for the opportunity.
At first it seems like a dream come true. Helpful people, encouraging teachers. Then you Switch from associates to your bachelors and it is a completely different game. Teachers are NON CONSISTENT. I Received straight A's the entire degree minus two teachers who gave me straight F's saying the work I submitted was not APA format when I had changed nothing from my other classes. I knew 6 others who were in my degree and classes who all at the last minute told they didn't have funding for their classes after being assured that they were fine. SOUNDS FISHY!
This school is costly and yet doesn't teach you a thing. It does however make up many excuses for why you can't graduate on time. You have no control over your classes or graduation date. My finance counselor has lost my financial aid paperwork twice and thus held up my classes twice! I was supposed to graduate 6 months ago but now I won't graduate(maybe) for another month. The teachers who actually are educated are few and far between.
You are forced to be in learning teams with incompetent people and usually end up doing the whole project yourself just to save your grade. I wish I had looked into other online schools before enrolling in UoP. But, since their classes don't transfer, I am stuck. Don't enroll at UoP!!!
I tried several traditional colleges and universities before attending UoP. I performed well at them all, but I could not tolerate the inefficiency. I tried the intro class at Phoenix and I was hooked. Since I graduated in 2006, I have excelled in my career. Two days after I graduated, I started a new job that I was offered because of my degree from UoP. I am now working for an international banking and financial firm where I am responsible for nearly 100 billion (yes that billion with a “B”) on a daily basis. I would not have a salary nearly 3x my salary prior to my graduation from Phoenix had I not attended UoP.
I am now pursuing my MBA with another university and I credit my entire career and success to the University of Phoenix. UoP was not easy and it is for those who are serious. Yes they will take anyone, but anyone can’t finish. They are for profit which is why they will take anyone, but you will have to work to stay. It’s not a diploma mill. It’s a fine university.
The University of Phoenix is a school which is designed for working adults. It is a fully accredited degree, and it holds the same value as any state college. If your GPA is high enough, many top private schools will accept you in earning higher degrees after attending UOP. Many of my classmates were accepted to USC, Pepperdine, and UCLA after graduation.
My experience at UOP was a good experience. The classes were educational and the teachers were helpful. I have several friends who took the more traditional Cal State approach and it has taken them 5 years to accomplish what I have done in less than two. As they still live with their parents, I am making 60,000 a year after receiving my degree. Thanks UOP!
Attending Universtiy of Phoenix is very costly. COnvenient, but costly. I completed my BA in 2 years with approximately a little over $30,000. I was young and in a hurry to get my degree..and didn't do my research for the best price. I passed each and every class, so the price is not an accumulaton of any irresponsible fees..purely tuition! My advice is do your research on pricing. The retention rate is low and graduation rate is low for University of Phoenix too. I regret it and wish I went to another college.
Here's a useful link..you'll notice University of Phoenix doesn't even make it on the list!!
If you are looking for convenience, this school might work for you and so might any other online school..just a thought :)
Thank goodness for UoP. As a full-time working mother I would not have been able to finish my degree any other way. I chose to attend class on ground instead of online. Yes, this route to finish your education is expensive, but since graduating from UoP not only did I greatly improve and build on my personal educational knowledge and experience, my income has increased nearly 3x.
It was not easy. It was very hard. I worked full-time during the day and commuted to the campus in the evening once a week for four hours, and met with my team once a week on the weekends. There is a significant amount of homework as well.
Working with a team was an incredibly enriching experience as well. I not only learned from my team members and bounced ideas off of them, but I built wonderful friendships that remain to this day (six years post grad). Yes, there was the occasional lazy, irresponsible student who submitted poor work and did not pull their weight. This can be dealt with through communication or, if need be, through the instructor or advisor. There is no reason to suffer a poor grade at the hands of a teammate who refuses to make a fair contribution. There was a lot of material to read, almost too much to cram into each six weeks, but the money and time invested was not wasted. UoP's resources are almost inexhaustible. I had a few different advisors over the three years I attended UoP all of which were hands on and knowledgeable.
UoP is not a cheap, "easy" college or a diploma mill. I don't recommend wasting time or money if you are not serious about graduating. If you mean business and have a strong desire for personal achievement and professional success, I would recommend University of Phoenix.
I have been at UoP since mid 2010. I have an amazing support team. I am truly impressed with these guys and gal. In the end though it does not matter how supportive they are I do not like Universities system.
Is it a bad system? It is for me but, may work for others. I am also a bit disgruntled that I have called the places I was interested in being employed with. I ask them what my chances were of getting a job with my UoP degree. They told me my chances would be slim over other candidates. Some ask me if it was from a campus or online. I am not sure why that matters. However they told me they did not recognize the online degrees. This is a bit disheartening.
I have had really bad luck with my instructors. I am finishing out my courses at around 90-100%. However, they keep changing the rules. What is this an education or house monopoly? I was told the university has no control over instructors requirements. Sorry I have suffered long enough with their disorganization and disrespect for the KISS rule.
I have given them a fair shot and way to much money.
I hate how they do financial aid. Just my opinion their allowed to hold whatever funds they wish. It is just annoying. It feels like big brother hand holding.
Then again after the caliber of peers I've encountered. I guess I can understand their methods.
I'm transferring to Ashford. I know what to expect from them. They have been very up front. I do not like everything I've heard but, I respect it. Also one of the jobs I inquired about recommended the college.
I went to the University of Phoenix a few years ago. I'm was a single mom trying to finish my degree while working a full-time office job so it was important to have a university that offered flexibility and wouldn't take me as long to finish. I attended most of my classes at one of the campuses in Arizona and took several classes online. I travel a lot and see UofP campuses everywhere - so if you prefer that way of learning there may be a campus close to you.
It still took me several years, but it was quicker that going for 16 weeks just to get 3 credits. I only took one class at a time, but I was able to get 9+ credits every 15 weeks (again while working full-time).
At UofP the classes are compressed -so you need to be focused on your goal because the courses can be intense. All I basically had time to do was go to work and attend school while taking care of my daughter. Doing work in teams is an important part of many of the classes. That's good because it's important to know how to work in, motivate or manage teams in today's business environment. I think this is a useful part of the UofP teaching method. The professors were mostly individuals working in the areas they were teaching in and were able to give real-world examples of the topics they were teaching. When I took my Business Law class our professor was a lawyer and one of the students on my team worked for the county and received permission for our team to film a mock trial in one of the vacant courtrooms. Very cool.
My career has benefited greatly since getting my degree in Business Management. I have served as a Comptroller for several companies and as a Vice President of Operations. These opportunities would not have been available to me without my degree - and I was able to get that degree because of the University of Phoenix's flexibility.
I would recommend you check it out!