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This University is fast-paced, finishing a class every five weeks; it is up to YOU whether or not you earn those three credits after that. How bad do you want it? They have an LOA option that I utilized a couple of times to take care of things and take a 'little break' since the courses are one after the other. I do wish there were more graduating ceremonies in the state of Texas, though. Texas is such a LARGE state, and a lot of Texas students enrolled, having a ceremony every three months would be GREAT!
I have attended University of Phoenix for a number of years. I failed and withdrew classes not because of the school, I had personals reasons like taking care of my terminally ill father. Life happens and you deal with. You can't place blame on a school because you had special circumstances. I had to pay off a balance several times but that was because I withdrew so many times. When life calmed down I reentered and it was a little difficult but I was able to push through and earn my Associates Degree in Health Care Administration. This is a private University so yes it is expensive but they partner with a number of employers and you can have the price per credit reduced. I am now 9 credits away from earning my bachelors then off to my Masters at UOP. I attended on ground and online. Online has it's challenges and you have to be a self learner but I like the Flexibility as I have a full time job and I have a husband and 2 kids.
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.
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