Upper Iowa University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (36)
I only took classes online, never on campus so I'm not sure if those would be different. However, online they do nothing to teach you real skills they only prepare you for going on for a masters degree by making you write countless papers. There are quite a few classes that go way over the standard 15 hours of work per week. International Management is basically a full time job, again teaching you nothing but to write papers, same with Quant.. Decisions in Business. For the most part the instructors don't teach you anything, you teach yourself and basically all your teaching yourself is to write papers in proper APA format. It's too bad they are so focused on participating in discussion posts and writing papers as they are really setting people up for failure once they get out into the working world. Thankfully I was a returning adult student with some work experience behind me because I can safely say I didn't learn anything from the 16 classes I took her, I learned everything in technical school and on the job training. I look at the experience as a very, very expensive way to learn how to write a proper APA formatted paper.
Because of my work schedule the Distance Learning / Self-paced program was a great fit for me. Instructors ranged from incredible to disengaged which has been my experience with virtually every work group I've encountered in my life so there is no surprise there. I never had difficulty reaching anyone at the college either by phone or email. The courses were generally challenging. The support staff was extremely helpful. I would recommend the school in a heartbeat. I can't speak to financial issues as I did not receive loans or assistance - I paid them and they properly managed the accounting end of it.
If your a new student, they will find time to sit with you and advise you. However if you preparing to graduate with your Bachelors degree, be warned they are always too busy to meet with you. My opinion for this lack of assistance is the money is about to run out with you, but the new students are guaranteed money for the first few years. I have never been so disgusted and let down. By the way my money was guaranteed as i was using the post 911 GI bill, so lack of payment was not an issue.
Upper Iowa managed to exceed my expectations. Everyone wants the best for each other. The professors and admissions workers can be easily contacted, and they are always helpful and friendly. This university cares about their students and wants you to succeed. Professors are helpful and are excellent at their subjects. This is the ideal school for working students who are not able to attend classes during the day. I was able to complete my degree six months earlier than excepted. with the 8 week classes. I highly recommend this college to anyone wanting to finish their degree.
If you're planning on taking online classes only do not bother with this university if you actually want to learn anything. All the instructors do is require that you post long winded discussions and require responses to discussions as well as research papers and I'm talking every class requires research papers even the computer classes! You don't really learn anything other than how to write a paper! You won't leave with any real knowledge of how to do your job but you'll definitely know how to write a paper in APA format!
Good teachers and staff. Loved the Very good atmosphere suited for military personal and retired veterans. I wish they had morning classes also in base but the night classes we're fine. The price of the classes was very reasonable and fair. Teachers was very helpful
I have not graduated yet but I can't wait to get out of this school, it is such a nightmare. Since the minute I enrolled it has been a disorganized mess with financial aid and the counselors seem to know nothing. Most of the administration are just figure heads and continue sending you up the ladder because nobody knows how to solve issues for themselves. I constantly consider switching schools but I'm already this far in. I wouldn't wish this nightmare on my worst enemy. The ONLY saving grace is that there are some, SOME, knowledgeable teachers. Others have been terrible, but it doesn't surprise me.
Like the other reviews you will see about UIU I have had many issues with the school. When I transferred from DMACC classes that should have applied to my bachelors degree like Business Law 1 and Business Law 2, and multiple others they were refusing to accept because they were not 300-level courses. DMACC classes are level-200, and I was told by UIU that the classes had to be 300-level to be applied and that is why certain classes are sup post to be taken at UIU. It does not state anywhere on the 2+2 agreement between Dmacc and UIU that certain classes were different levels, must be taken at UIU and would not be accepted. UIU tried to get me to retake classes I had already passed, and pay for them. It was only after some intense arguments with the acting UIU president at the time that they applied the classes.Constant issues with financial aid, academic advisors have no clue what they are doing, my academic advisor quit after having a baby, and I was left wondering why my classes had not been approved. No one at the school can take responsibility for their actions, no one has the right answer, and you just constantly get shifted from person to person with no one knowing the answer. It leaves you exhausted and frustrated. Most recently I became unemployed and I have ten years management experience, and I have been applying for HR jobs for two years with no luck and only one phone call back. Started the MBA program and was not even getting calls back with working on MBA. I went to the academic advisor and said I want to change careers, and switch over to graphic design. The academic advisor's were not very happy, and I had to write out a three paragraph statement for their boss on why I wanted to change careers and this move was looked at as being stupid by the university. I told them a degree is sup post to help you get a job and I even went to the extent of paying 300.00 to have a professional resume done to get a job. When I tried to give them feedback about what the students need in terms of being employable, I was told that were not here to train you for a job, were here to teach you theory and practice of the field. I told them they needed to teach a HRIS systems classes so students could learn the HR systems being used. Many employers are not willing to train on this. I have taken three MBA classes that have been the exact same material in the books and class. I do not fill the school is up to date with what current employers are seeking. I should not have to explain why I want to change careers, or majors. I have never went unemployed for over six months before and I finally just got a full-time job. Lastly, I told the counselor what benefit is there is having a discussion question, if all your doing is taking the answer right from the book and quoting it and citing it. What is this teaching us, nothing. Like so many other frustrated students I would have transferred out to take my graphic design degree elsewhere, but only need the ten classes of design courses to get my degree. I have decided to quit the MBA as I do not see it as being helpful in my long term career goals. I am sorry that I want to do retail for the rest of my life and work 50-70hrs a week for low pay. My suggestion spend a little more money and go to another college. UIU is all about the money! money! money! money!, not about you the student. Finally be very careful of UIU sup posed start back up deals where they offer 600.00 off if you start back up in a particular term. I did this and they only applied 200.00 to both classes when it should have been 600.00 on each class and then told me that I was past a certain credit threshold to receive the full discount. Good Luck, I would run from this school as fast as possible.
My academic advisor enrolled me in classes that I had already taken at Iowa State University. Upper Iowa University did nothing to correct the issue, but rather suggested I change my major and then they could apply the transfer credits. Sadly, I only transferred to UIU because they told me they would take my transfer credits. I had an idiot academic advisor who never looked at my transfer courses when he enrolled me in the classes. Since I looked to him as an "advisor" and acting in my best interest, I went ahead and took the classes that I had already completed at ISU. Waste of time and waste of money.
Professors are great. My only complaint is with the financial aid office. You take 8 week courses and they wait to release your student loan money until the 5th week of the program so don't expect it if you need it to live on. They also use a bank that has a card ( no actual bank). but there are numerous fees attached with taking out your money better to transfer to your own bank which will take even more days because it has to go through the one to the other. Also the ATMs they claim are free from charges have always charged so BEWARE.