University of Phoenix Reviews
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Obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix has been a great opportunity for me. I am a true believer that when you want something bad enough, you can achieve it. When obstacles stand in your way, you can achieve it. I say that to say this..No matter what learning disadvantages you might face, you can achieve it, when you believe in yourself. I am a Phoenix!
I earned my bachelors degree in business with a focus on information systems at UoP. the first 3/4 of my classes were on campus, the last courses I took were only available online. Here is a list of Pros/Cons of my experience at UoP. Cons Took 4 years, when the enrollment counselor said it would only take 2 very expensive. Even with grants I still owe 40K I have some good and some bad academic counselors assigned to me, and they seemed to change every few months intensive teamwork needed. Every week 2 papers due, one individual and one team written. Every week. for years.... NO technical training included whatsoever- I didn't learn how to use any technical tools, not even the common business tools like Microsoft office. Everything seemed like was more of an overview/review of business "ideas" - no value to me besides the "piece of paper" degree to further my career Now I am currently trying to leverage my credits/degree from UoP to apply for the PMP certification and UoP counselor refuse to assist me in identifying eligible courses and credits. Pros: lifetime access to their online library (or so I've heard) none of the usual issues at a college campus such as parking, and carrying around heavy books. course material is all electronic fast paced classes, each only lasts a month (could be a pro or a con really) Fit into my schedule as a working single mother (classes were only 1x per week and online)
This is a great school if you're not trying to actually learn anything! In the two years I have attended I have not been challenged once! I have never gotten below an A even if I do not complete the work to college standards. They have created their own APA format. They do not enforce citations and plagiarism is everywhere. Their course material is outdated and biased and they never fully teach you the subject. How can you learn an entire subject matter in 5 weeks and be considered anywhere near ready for the workplace? I have never once even taken an exam! This school is a joke, a scam, and for a $60,000 degree I should be learning SOMETHING. Don't waste your money on a bogus education! Go somewhere that is actually worth it!
Before UoPx, I attended San Diego City College and San Diego State University. I was amazed by the high-quality, personalized service provided by all of the staff and faculty at UoPx, especially compared to the other two colleges I attended. For me, one of the primary considerations was completing a degree in a timely manner, which is next to impossible at a traditional university since there is no guarantee of access to courses you need, and even in my first semester at SDSU I had to try to crash a couple core classes. With Phoenix, once you pick your course of study, your academic counselor sets up your entire schedule from start to finish. No more crashing classes, no more guessing whether or not the class you chose will apply towards your degree. Your schedule is set from day one. After that, my primary concern was the relevance of the education to my career and life goals. In just about every career, you will at some point need to make a presentation or show someone the plan for a project. In this way, UoPx is so far ahead of other universities. Every class has some sort of group and individual project for you to work on, so while you learn the things you'll need to excel in your job, you're also learning how to work on a team and do quality presentations. I have received three promotions in the two years since graduating with my BS Business degree, and I just started classes at UoPx towards my MBA. I can't recommend this university highly enough!
!!!!ATTENTION!!!! Do not enroll at University of Phoenix! This school is a scam. The financial dept. Will send you to collection with no reason. The do Not care about students the only thing they care about is money and I speak from experience! I took 1 class and i had to withdrawal from school because it is very poor education. Do not make the same mistake and end up in collections with no reason.
I have not had any problems with UoP. I am a veteran, and I have not had any issues with the VA GI Bill payouts or anything like that. My financial/veterans advisors was really helpful when I was registering, and she called me back and called me a lot to stay on the ball to my surprise. They have tried to find me scholarships, even in Master's level, which is really going above and beyond. My academic advisors have been helpful, and they stay in contact and go over the goals/milestones of my degree program. The course work is straight and to the point, and relevant to my field. You can get stuck with bad group members and do a lot of the work yourself, but it goes quick. The instructors have all seemed fine, and I am 3/4 through the course work of my program. I think if someone has the study habits, dedication, and willingness, then online schools are great. I think you get out what you put in, and the people who are complaining about grades and financial aide probably made their own mistakes. Its a good school, but if you s**** around it will give you enough rope to choke yourself like any other college.
University of Phoenix's online programs are extremely rigorous and require a great amount of time management. Almost every day, I would need to complete some kind of assignment. My academic advisor was fantastic! He called at the beginning and end of each class just to make sure everything was going well. He was also available for me to call if issues happened to arise. He made me feel comfortable enough to speak my mind when I had an issue with a classmate and offered excellent advice on how to resolve the issue. I will say I went through 4 financial advisors in the less than 2 years I attended. It got a bit messy when I was almost finished with my degree and then I realized that none of them spoke to each other and they attempted to get me to pay over $1000 out of pocket, when in reality they owed me. It got resolved but it was a great amount of unnecessary stress as I was about to finish my degree. Overall, I would recommend this program to someone looking for a challenge and a well-rounded education.
My alumni provided me with the best ethical and behavioral learning models that I applied to my current career. This learning model had many challenges, but what is a challenge without a reward.I would love too continue my graduate program thus I know will open up greater career choices and applied knowledge for success.
University of Phoenix is an institution that I am forever grateful towards. As a military spouse, I am constantly moving or undergoing stresfful periods of my life due to my husbands service to this country. University of Phoenix made it possible for me to still work towards a Bachelors degree while working two jobs, being married, moving across the country from Washington State to New York, being pregnant and taking care of my baby while my husband was gone for the first six months. All of these circumstances would have made it impossible for me to physically attend a University, but University of Phoenix allowed me to take breaks when needed and was flexible in working with my schedule. I have now graduated from University of Phoenix with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and am currently enrolling in my first year of graduate school in the Masters of Arts program for Marriage and Family Therapy. University of Phoenix gave me the tools to pursue a higher education while implementing time management skills, academic integrity and perserverence. I am forever thankful.
I am writing this a few years after graduating from my online program. The program consisted of reading, some research and a lot of writing papers. The college, compared to other schools, has a very low expectation for work. I do not recommend this school for a career and especially if you wish to continue in education. The quality is poor and you will be behind other graduates.