Student & Graduate Reviews
T. Solovieva - 8/19/2011
"I am not a UOP student, I have been a Thomas Edison State College online student for 3 years and am graduating this year. They did not have one course and I had to go outside to get and transfer it. I chose UOP because it is a fast 5 week course.Now I can compare these two online colleges (TESC is a state college, not private). Price: TESC is $523 for 3 credits with a fee. UOP is $570 for 1 credit plus $95 obligatory for materials plus application fee. Total of $1,805 (enrollment not included). As a compensation for low price, a student pays an enrollement fee of about $1,200 once a year (it is prorated if you graduate in this year)at TESC. At TESC you buy a used textbook at a price good for you. No teams at TESC, you are resposible for your work.The class is 3 months, spaced comfortably, most people take more than one class at a time depending on their situation. Instructors are very professional and you can contact them directly, normally they will understand if you have a problem with a deadline and extend it a little. No demanded attendance on line for certain times, you work and submit on your own schedule. Demand is as strict as in any other college, in my last class people were dropped because they were not up to the level, and all could see it from their responses on discussion board.Instructors do not have an attitude and are always helpful. The work is: 6 to 8 modules consisting of assigned chapters, discussion questions, and a written assignment (not an easy one). Two responses are needed for a discussion question at your schedule.At UOP: I am graded on my teamwork however sloppy it is. Being a team leader (of course), I cringe when I read what is submitted, but fortunately I don't care about the grade, just get out of here. I am not rewriting their work. Adults do not need to learn teamwork this way, they work in a team every day at work. One textbook was written for Great Britain and not upgraded since 2001.Material is often duplicated in 4 different textbook and does not match week assignments. Rubrics, all right, but Certificates of Originality do not mean anything. There is a lot of work around the assignments and requirements that is not learning related and takes away from learning.I feel a lot of stress emanating from my team members who are busier than me. The instructor is arrogant, does not answer legitimate questions, insists on our using "assigned reading" over other credible sources and tried to take down some responses (she had to back off because she was wrong and we proved it). Her comments are about commas and spacing, not the essence of the work. I went to UOP with the excitement of doing something different from TESC, now I can't wait to get back for my last course. Really, it took going away for a while to appreciate how good I have it.As far as education quality, it depends on the textbook and how much work you put into studying the material and doing your assignments. TESC books are high quality and the oldest was 2006. It is the same for each college, but some are more student friendly than others. What UOP is good at is sales. If you like the constant stress and challenge, go to UOP. If you want to concentrate on your studies and save money, go to TESC. DO YOUR HOMEWORK."
Breanna Perea - 8/14/2011
Graduation Year: 2014
"My husband and I both attend UOP, and we both love it. Yes, you have to work with teams EVERY CLASS, but that is because they are 5 week classes and inorder for them to stay Nationally accredited then team work is a must. Yes, they are expensive, but worth every penny!The instructors are strict because THIS IS NOT HIGH SCHOOL- YOU ARE IN COLLEGE!!! I have attended for the past 1 1/2 years and I am not just obtaining a degree, I am getting an education as well! UOP is the best choice I could have made for myself and my family. The great part about the instructors is that they have to be currently employeed in the position they are teaching; for example my finance teacher in an accountant for a nearby Native American tribe, my math teacher makes chip that the military use in their weapons, my english teacher is an editor for a local paper...etc.All of the negative comments are because this is a hard school, and they are not willing to put forth the effort, once again this is college, and if you are going to pay alot of money for your education, you better be ready to put forth alot of energy into it as well. I have worked hard and have bot had a grade lower than a B. I currently hold a 3.47 GPA, and I am very proud of myself, because it has not been easy! And yes, they do require a GED."
Sean - 8/4/2011
Graduation Year: 0
"I started taking classes at my leisure about 3 years ago. I'm inching my way towards an associates in CJ. I take classes when I can. Between my leadership and training responsibilities in the Army and a hectic family life, I have less time than I would like to achieve my academic goals. Nonetheless, I've had a positive experience with UofP. The "pressure" mentioned in previous posts is nothing more than friendly reminders that my counselors are prepared to hash out my next block of classes whenever I decide I have time. I've never felt like I was being "sold" anything. I recieve periodic emails from the counselor during the long breaks between classes, but again, I've never felt pressured.The e-resources available are pretty solid and cover the full spectrum of research, instruction and essay composition. I'm able to download every textbook or resource and keep an electronic copy for permanent, future use. Instructor/Student relationship varies based on the instructor themselves. I've had one or two professors that didn't seem as involved or empathetic as others. On the flip side, I've had a few that were very attentive and answered my questions quickly and thoroughly. I've even had the benefit of direct telephone conversations for those questions that were best expressed in words rather than e-messages.As I progressed past the gen-ed classes and into the core classes, the work became much more challenging. The parcipation requirements pushed me to research topics in great detail and express my feedback in equally as much detail. I was writing a 1,000 word essay per week, and posting 8 discussion topics per week. Final projects typically consist of a power point presentation with notes, a lengthy essay, or some type of work sheet. None of the aforementioned obligations were beyond my reach or ability.It may be easier for me to give such a care-free review of this university because my tuition is covered by the Army. I only pay for the resource fee which is roughly $80 for two classes worth of books. So there is no question of value. I'm certainly getting what I pay for. Accredidation? Not sure yet. I haven't attempted to transfer credits or put my current credits on any kind of resume.No matter what your major is, if you are a strong writer, then this will put you ahead of the game. Those who have weak writing skills may struggle as you will be required to express your thoughts and opinions strictly with the written word. You simulate classroom discussions through online thread forums.So, is this university watered-down? Would I learn more from a brick and mortar institution? Well, like any college, you get what you put in. If I complete all reading assignments thoroughly, if I max my participation, and if I complete all essays and finals to the absolute peak of my ability, then I will have gained quite a bit from the class. If I piggy-back on other's discussions, half-ass my essays and skim through the reading assignments, I will probably get a passing grade, but will have gained very little. Honestly, it is possible to do half-cocked work and make it through the classes. A flaw of the Phoenix system, I suppose. But I'm proud to say that I don't fall into that category and I've expanded my knowledge base. Try it and judge for yourself...Or don't."
Franklin - 8/1/2011
Graduation Year: 2013
"Ok. I started going to University of Phoenix a while ago. At first I was nervous about online learning. I had heard many negative things about UOP. I quickly learned that UOP is what you make it. I received a lot of help from every involved in UOP. You have some professors that are great and others that will be alright for the 9 weeks you are in class. I am going to online school because I work 10 hours a Night as a Manager of a alcohol company, I also have an 11 month old son and I am married. This all equals not time for traditional college.There is a lot of reading involved in this kind of learning. You are required to participate a lot in class. 2 Post 4 out of the 7 Days in a Week. Some professors have different guidelines. Most of the problems that I heard about with UOP was money. I have not had a problem in that department. If you follow the guidelines things will go great. Online learning is not for everyone. UOP makes you take a 3 week course now to see if you can handle online schooling at no cost to you.UOP is very helpful in the financial aid department. I have managed to maintain a 3.5 GPA with UOP. I have had family emergencies where I had to drop a class and UOP waived the fee. I appreciate UOP. I will be glad when I walk across the stage and receive my Criminal Justice Degree. If you are busy and ready for a change, you should consider UOP. If you have any other questions feel free to email me. Please no spam though."
Jess - 7/25/2011
"In my opnion, if you have a basic understanding of English, Finances, or the human body, the introductory level classes are almost insulting to your intelligence. My first week of Com155 was LITERALLY about nouns and verbs. My 13 year old laughed at the coursework, saying it was like being in 3rd grade.I feel the education in the four courses I have taken are remedial level, AT BEST.For the $1,095 per class I paid, I feel I should actually have learned at least one, tiny tidbit of information... but, alas, I cannot honestly think of one thing I have gained through my coursework at UoP. I have been pulling a high B to a full A grade by spending less than a half hour per day per class and putting forth almost no effort. The hardest thing is finding something to respond to.If you want an "easy A," like my advisor told me to look at the classes as being, then this is probably the school for you.I actually find the classes insulting to my intelligence and pocketbook and think they should refund my money and pretend I never enrolled."
Anon - 7/23/2011
Graduation Year: 2011
"Just completed the UOP Criminal Justice and Security program. It took me two years. You have to really create your own mess to run into problems with this program. I had 12 different instructors and they all had their own style. Some were very strict while others simply managed the flow of the class. Anyone writing negative reviews about a school is probably a below average student to begin with. I am glad to have taken this challenging program."
Karen Hutton-Lopez - 7/20/2011
Graduation Year: 2012
"The curriculum and faculty are amazing. The delivery of the curriculum in five week blocks is rigorous but applicable and relevant. It is the academic and financial advisors that are disappointing, unsupportive, unresponsive, uncompassionate, and just plain unhelpful.Private loans are not available to University of Phoenix students (at least in California) which makes it difficult to make up the difference that federal loans do not cover. The only response you receive is that if you do not pay you do not move on. This is disheartening for someone who is motivated but is supporting a family on one income. I can only hope that I can transfer to another program that can offer more scholarships or a better financial aid package."
Karla Whitmore - 6/22/2011
"I am finishing up my Associates degree in IT and going on for my Bachelors degree. So far, my experience with the University of Phoenix has been good. As with any other college, instructors vary, as do learning styles. Each class is different, but I feel confident that I am learning what I need to learn to become a web developer.From Amy: Tips on what you could mention in your review. What was the coursework like? What were the online learning tools you used? Did you have positive classmate and professor interactions? How was your overall experience? Thanks !My answer: As far as coursework is concerned, it equals that of any other university. You will be doing a lot of reading, writing, quiz-taking, and discussing. You will be expected to participate in class discussions and turn in your homework on time. There is a grace period of four days for submitting overdue assignments, but 10 percent will be taken off your grade for each day your project is late.The online learning tools consist of videos, tutorials, a full online library, discussion boards, and interactive programs. Enrichment classes are offered as well.Instructors vary, but the majority of my instructors have been wonderful! I have not had any trouble with classmates so far, either. The work is not "easy". The first few classes may offer little challenge, but after those, expect to feel challenged. Do not be fooled: the work is just as hard as it is with other universities. The online school may be even harder because it requires more self-discipline than offline schools. Is it worth it? You BET!"
Toscha Wilcox - 6/19/2011
"I have just completed my first block of classes and could not ask for a better school. Everybody from my instructors to tech support is so helpful and nice. They all want to help me reach goal of earning my degree. As a student you have to be willing to do the work required, however everyone is will help you and is there to cheer you on. I have never felt once that I have made wrong decision about choosing to continue my education with the University of Phoenix.I am thankful for the University of Phoenix and all of the wonderful staff. I am proud to say that "I'm a Phoenix""
Cat - 6/14/2011
"I have attended Axia College and obtained my associates degree and I have 3 weeks away from obtaining my bachelors degree from UOP. My entire college experience has been all online. I think that for the most part that I have had a pretty positive experience. What I liked most was that it was very convenient.Other online schools require you to log on specific times of the day. UOP requires specific days for assignments to be turned in, so you have all day to get it in rather than a specific time period. UOP gives you the entire course syllabus at the start of the class so you are able to view your workload and the due dates. I am doubling up my classes now to finish sooner but I wish I would have doubled up the easier classes at the start of the program.I think if you are able to mentally handle doubling up classes that it is completely worth it because it eliminates an extra 5 weeks. The worst part is that you only get 2 weeks a year to have an official break which is Christmas time. You probably will have assignments due on any other holiday but you can get it done beforehand.The learning teams vary because some teams will contribute equally while others teams will be heavily reliant on you to pick up the slack. The farther you get in the program, the better the learning teams get. I think most people who slack off usually leave at that point. If you do not enjoy writing papers, then online school is not for you. There is usually one paper due every week and sometimes two papers.If you are bad at math, then I suggest you take a ground campus class. I think that the hardest courses to complete were the statistics courses and a finance course because you have to learn a complex type of math on your own. You are required to participate 2 times a day for 4 days so be prepared for a lot of discussion. I think the overall experience was positive because I had the convenience of going to school while I am working and taking care of my kids. Online school has made it possible to achieve my bachelors degree soon. :D"
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