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I am 6 classes from finishing my Associates in Hospitality Travel and Tourism. I am seeing a lot of reviews that the school is overpriced, and too demanding. If you are doing an associates program it was almost the exact same as I paid for a previous degree; my advisor was there regardless (and I had the same Academic and Finacial advisors the whole time). My instructors worked with me when I needed it and was ready to give up when I had an illness.
In an associates program you take two classes at a time, yes you have deadlines and attendance requirements, I worked third shift during my program and never had a problem. When you work until 7 in the morning, going to an 8 am class isn't easy, but I went at 1 - 2 a.m. when I was at work.
They will tell you what they want you to hear by asking the appropriate questions. Then get you in to find out that they have no idea what they're talking about and how their classes really operate. They're very overpriced and too demanding. Going to you local university or community college is highly recommended from me.
I am a graduate of UOP 2010 with my associates in accounting. I did it in the 20 months they advertise full time student. For me, I didn't have the best of experience.
1. When I had questions regarding material, the standard reply was "The answer is in the reading." I later found out at the end of my degree the teachers at UOP are not teachers ... they are facilitators there to guide your discussions. That's it. The worst part is that the school frowns on seeking outside help... i.e. tutors.
2. The school is also overpriced beyond belief. To think now I spent that kind of money on a book and my own drive really bothers me.
3. As for Financial Aide and Academic Advisers. I only had 2 good ones out of 10 and they lasted about 6 weeks before I was having someone else thrust upon me. They really don't know much other than the saying it will get better, i understand your upset but just get through this class. Financial Aide advisers can't answer your questions and they have no clue whats going on with processing.
If your looking for a good associates degree, I would recommend your local community college. They have online classes and are tons cheaper and with a better support system. ( This shows in their enrollment to graduation ratio seen on FAFSA)
IF UOP is your last resort I wish you the best of luck.
There are better options from more prestigious schools online these days. Tuition is over priced considering the name that the school carries in the industry these days. I am scrambling to start graduate classes as soon as possible, so that I can dismiss my UOP degree before the Apollo Group goes under.
I now have over 30,000 in student loan debt. Although I do have a very well paying job in the finance industry, I feel that my undergrad holds me back from building stronger networks, as UOP doesn't have the name value of a Boston University, or similar institution which all have online programs at comparable prices.
The UOP is pretty much considered in the same category as DeVry or Kaplan in so far as prestige. A degree mill looking to make a quick buck. I am glad that I attended and received my degree as it did help my career, but it wasn't the best choice and I could've gotten a lot more if I had just did my research.
Hope this helps.
I attended University of Pheonix back in 2009 and it is now 2011. They changed academic advisors and finacial aid advisors every 3 months. Every time they switched there was a balanced that "that the other advisor over looked". They inform one thing to you on the phone to miss lead you (which they are your adivisor not enemy} and then do a completetly different.
The teachers some are great and so helpful then there are those that dont respond to you or help you on what you don't understand. now i am attending a on campus school and university of pheonix tole me i was all set balance was 0. 3 months later they are coming up with 1600 i owe. i ask for information they throw me around and send me to in house collections. that wont do anything for you but tell you its owed. now i have documentation that conflicts and they wont take it into consideration and now i have to get a lawyer.
My degree from UOP is worthless to me. Nobody will entertain my applications for employment because they say they require a degree. What about my degree from UOP? Doesn't count. So I try to enroll in a brick and mortar school for a masters, figured that would help. Nope, not eligible for graduate studies. I said ok, let me just transfer most of my classes and I'll go for another under grad degree. I have been laughed out of every registar's office I've visited. Total waste of money.
I absolutely hated this school. I was treated so poorly; the financial advisor is a joke if your military, they don't know ANY answers and constantly lose paperwork. Nobody even told me when they signed me up for classes and I was constantly being switched around to different advisors.
As for the curriculum, it is biased and not an accurate depiction especially history. Sociology leave out important groups. Anything to do with numbers forget about it. I never used the textbooks and researched all my information online at other site. Some of the instructors are biased also, and can quickly form an opinion about you which might affect your grade.
I agree that the degree you get here is a joke out in the real world. I've heard many horror stories, and also be careful as many of your credits might not transfer to other schools, yet you'll still have to pay off all that debt and money spent for nothing.
The (un) support staff is horrible, the curriculum in insufficient, the degree laughable, and most of the other students unknowledgeable (especially when it comes to spelling.) If you feel like banging your head against a wall every day, all day, and then waking up the next day to do it all over again, then this "school" is the perfect school for you
The UOP is the greatest school ever. I have attended a local community college to see if a traditional classroom was the thing for me or not. Well it turns out traditional classrooms are not for me. To me it seemed like the traditional classroom was more like being back in high school. You had the ones that cared about their education, ones that were their because mommy and daddy would cut them off their money chains if they dropped out, and the ones that won’t let anyone else in class say a word without feeling silly for the statement that you made. However with the UOP Axia classes I can talk personally to my instructor via my individual forum, email, or main forum.
The students in my classes are always willing to help with a question and really care. In fact everyone that I have come in contact with really care. I recently missed a whole week of class to in order to take of my daughter that was very sick- my instructor contacted me to see if I was okay and to wish my daughter good health. That’s what I call caring! Another thing no matter what questions I may have there is always someone there at the UOP that will help me. Plus the UOP has a great tech support team. I was having problems with my computer running slow and called tech support, they was able to walk me threw the steps that I needed to take to speed my computer back up witch saved me lots of money and down time.
As for the tuition I think it’s a great price compared to the tuition among the schools that are near to me. Within the tuition I get a great education, a great library, free workshops, additional resources to help me with assignments, great instructors – financial-academic advisors, and tech support. More importantly I am able to stay at home and take care of my daughter while getting an education. I would pay a lot more in child care and gas than I do for my tuition if I went to a traditional classroom. UOP THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My personal experience with UOP has been positive. One thing I do agree the "Team" is difficult since there is so much reading and writing we must do. When it comes to the instrutors I believe because it's online they should be more helpful. My husband is also taken online classes with Monroe college and he has never heard from them at all. I had instructors call me and follow up to make sure I was o.k., than I had does that never cared. Basically, there are instrutors who cares and does who don't.
One question I ask everyone? Don't we find that in every institution? This is our degree don't allow Dream killers to kill your dreams, this is our education. The University of Phoenix, provided me the opportunity to obtain a degree. It was not easy and it is still getting even harder for me since I do work and trying to complete my Bachelor's. University of Phoenix is the way to go.
First of all, their degrees mean diddly squat. Second of all, they charge TWICE as much annually for tuition versus a traditional university. Their curriculum is a total joke. They WILL screw you out of money, in some fashion or another. I took a leave of absence because of family matters. When I returned, I found out that I had apparently dropped out of school due to lack of attendence, even though my financial counselor and my academics advisor knew I was taking leave of absence and I had filled out all of their required forms. Because their error, I was told I had to pay $2300 for the classes.
After threatening to leave their "college" and not pay them a dime, they suddenly changed their tune. I was told I could start classes again and not have to pay anything. After I started classes, another "surprise" $2300 appeared. This charge was apparently different, as the last fee was for the classes I had DROPPED and TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE. This charge is fot the new classes I had to retake. Again, more threats to leave the university, they were suddenly content to take all I had, $170.
Supposedly that's my last out of pocket cost, but as soon as this academic year ends, I'm going to a traditional university (one that requires SATs or ACTs) and save myself $4000 a year, (that's a real figure) all the while obtaining A REAL, QUALITY education. This is not a real university, it's a scam for high-school dropouts or people who didn't take SATs. Think about their graduation rate. 15%. Let me type this slowly and say it again so everyone fully understands it. Fifteen percent of the students of University of Phoenix actually graduate. Wonder what their success rate is among its few graduates?
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