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My personal experience with the University of Phoenix has been nothing but exceptional. My professors have been helpful and engaging, and the advisors I've dealt with have always been extremely supportive. I've read many negative reviews online about this school though, mostly from people expressing frustration in their own failure to follow simple directions pertaining to participation/attendance/financial aid. The school outlines all requirements clearly - just because someone failed to read or simply doesn't like the way they do things, doesn't mean this is a terrible institution. You get out of your education what you put in to it; whether you're going to UofP, a state college, or an ivy league, you still have to put in the work in order to really learn and truly become educated. Many resources are given to you here, you just have to use them. Those who say this school is a joke are narrow-minded and probably used to what society has to say about more conventional education paths. I know someone who has a degree from UCLA, but still can't get a job. I also know someone who graduated from the University of Phoenix who has a stable career in Education/Administration. Today, a piece of paper declaring you finished 120 credits won't necessarily get you anywhere no matter what school you go to - you have to go the extra mile. Apply for internships, join networking groups, do your own research outside of the classroom - but whatever you do, don't blame your own mistakes or failures on the institution when you're not doing everything you could be doing to succeed. I highly recommend the University of Phoenix, especially to those who want to earn a degree while still working full-time like I do. As long as you're a motivated self-starter, you'll do great.
I am about halfway through my Master's Program at UOP. I absolutely LOVE it. I tried out two different grad schools before UOP and I cannot express how much better things are now. I am impressed with how professional every single person who I've spoken to and dealt with is. Professors are great, program is great, and the online forum is the best I've seen. I'm so glad I found UOP. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
I attended both; traditionally university and the UOP, and the level of education is very similar. Both have advantages and disadvantages but one thing for sure, at UOP I felt like the education was much more relevant to my degree. At the beginning, UOP felt exhausting but once you get a system down and organized, it was very manageable.
The University of Phoenix is a challenging college. They push you to do your best, and the academic counselors always check in to see if you have any questions regarding your class or your future classes. If you put your mind to it, you can do it! I enjoy going to school here because not only was it flexible but it allowed me to work from home and from work during quiet hours. I earned my associate degree and is currently working on my bachelor degree. I find that most people who complains about the college always complain about the cost and financial aid. School is more than financial aid and getting grants, yes, the classes are expensive, but they tell you that before you enroll. All colleges have requirements they have to follow when concerning financial aid and grants, they go through the same process as other colleges. My advice is to go to better your career and not to get the financial aid or student loans. When you apply yourself, it shows, and by the way, LinkedIn have hundreds of jobs for students who graduate from University of Phoenix, you just have to apply yourself!
I enjoyed the school; there's a lot of material and if you're willing to push yourself you will do fine here. Some students do not give 100%. The specializations are helpful, and all of the courses align with industry standards (such as several CompTIA and Oracle exams). Down side- students aren't required to complete all of the course material. I work in the software field and the program has helped improve my work performance, helped me get a promotion, and has paved the way for a great career. Advice to future students - give 150%, hard work pays off.
I graduated from UOPX in 2015, earning an online degree in BSc in Management. It was a very long road attaining that coveted degree as life kept forcing me to start and stop during my educational journey. But UOPX was with me every step of the way. Each year, my counselors reached out asking if I was ready to resume classes. Some people may look at this as follow up calls/emails to meet an enrollment quota and more $$$$ to line UOPX pockets. Sure, it's no secret that UOPX is a for-profit institution. But for me, I needed those "reminders" that the "prize" (degree) was not an impossible goal; that it was still there for the taking; that I still had the opportunity to realize my dream of earning the degree that would help my career and my family. Finally, when the email from UOPX came, I decided it was time to resume my education. Each course was either 5 or 6 weeks long. Papers were due on Sunday before 11:59pm (Arizona time). To be counted as attendance for the week, students had to post substantiated answers to course questions, as well as post meanful responses to other posts. Individual papers were due each week and a team paper was required as part of the final requirement to complete the course. We were encouraged to reach out to the professor when we ran into issues; and they responded in a timely manner. I diligently pounded the keyboard, making sure I fulfilled these requirements as I juggle work/family obligations, as my family and I went on roadtrips, went on vacation, entertained relatives, visited relatives, went sightseeing, etc. Months later, I found myself wearing that toga, hearing my name called, walking on that stage, and scanning the audience and seeing family and relatives at a distance cheering me on. A few weeks later, I received the "prize", the fruit of my hard work and my family's sacrifice. I was finally holding my degree. And I could not have achieved this personal milestone without the support of my family and UOPX. My experience with UOPX was nothing but top-notch. The enrollment, academic, and financial counselors were sympathetic and genuine cared about my situation. Even when I thought that the classes were too involved and I wanted to drop out, my academic counselor encouraged me to remain steadfast in my resolve to get that degree. When I thought that had to postpone enrolling in my next class due to financial issues, my financial and academic counselors worked together to help me adjust my class schedules to accommodate my company's tuition assistance schedule. A few months after graduating, I received two promotions. Then in 2017, to my surprise, I was promoted to a different role where I became an analyst at my company. Now, I am determined to pursue a Masters degree with a concentration in Project Managment or Information Technology. A word of caution: An online degree is not for the faint of heart. It requires personal accountability, discipline, dedication, and determination. UOPX will provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed but ONLY YOU can make the most out of them to succeed.
I had a great experience at UoP. I filled out a form to get more info and had someone contact me. He did not give up on having me sign up. Some people would call it pushy but I don't. If he had not been persistent I probably would not have followed through and not have the wonderful job I have now because I got my bachelor's. Online schooling is not for everyone. You need to be motivated to keep going. I had two jobs and would definitely not feel like doing school work until 2 am but I did it. I have read reviews about indifferent faculty. This is college, you are supposed to be an adult. You shouldn't need a person on you 24/7 to do your work. I have UoP to thank for where I am now!
I absolutely loved the flexibility of being able to work on my time. As a parent of special needs children, I could sit by their hospital bed and write essays. The instructors were always kind and ready to offer any assistance I needed. The team work parts were difficult because you would always have a lazy team member and I would do their work as well because I didnt want my grade to suffer. However, in the real world that happens as well. I have never had anyone question the legitimacy of my degree. With my BS in EVS, I have been a science teacher for 4 years. While I am not necessarily working in the environmental science field, right now using my degree to be a science teacher has worked well with my family dynamics. I am please with the education I received. People need to take accountability in their education. The more effort you put into it, the more effort you get out of it.
Online college is what you make of it. If you do all the reading and research for that week you will do well and yes you have to do eight participation each weeks and their is papers to write every week. Taking these courses made think out side the box. I spent a lot of hours reading other websites. The classes helps you to do research and dont like to read you are not in the right place. I have had teachers that I liked more than others, but I am not in school to like people. I am here to get my grade. There is no reason why you cant get a good grade. Each week there is good feed back to improve. I have twelve more class to get before I finish. I am thinking to get my masters next. The best part I can do my work when I want to. It could be 2am or a couple of hours each night. I dont have drive some where and deal with parking, traffic, and people that go to college to socialize and make fun of people. I work better in the comfort of my home, I can take breaks when I want and eat at my desk. The best of all no distractions. I am going to college to make friends, but to get my degree. I have friends at work, church and at the gym and does not cost me money to be with my friends. I am happy with college. There are no hand outs you have to work and if you dont, your grade reflexs that and it is you that has to pay the money back.
I thoroughly enjoyed not only the classes during this program but the support I received during the entire process from both the teachers and the administration. At no time did I feel as though I was alone in any of my program. As a note about the team assignments, while they can be very frustrating especially when others can determine your grade, I would like to say that I learned a lot of that part of the program specifically. Learning to let things go in group projects and save face so that you can continue to work together is important in every work environment and especially fields where you will continue to run into the same people time and time again.
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