Review Averages: 4.9 out of 10 (256 reviews)Argosy University is a private school offering courses online and on campuses across the United States. Associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees are available in business, education, health science, liberal arts, and the social sciences. Students have 24/7 access to professionally designed online courses featuring meaningful lectures, readings, and student discussions.
Accreditation: North Central Association
Argosy University Reviews:
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Choose Another School
April 4, 2012
This school is a nightmare. Beginning with fact that I have a master's degree and I could have taught 90% of my classes better than the Ph.D. instructors did. I have been attempting to finish my dissertation for 2 years now and I have gotten nothing but roadblock after roadblock. If considering this program, you should also know that you cannot miss a week of class without being completely dropped from your program. Ridiculous especially considering the cost of tuition is $1350 per unit. The administration is completely apathetic, incompetent, and truly don't care about the students enrolled in this university. The financial aid department has made mistake after mistake, they have actually told me that I qualify for subisdized loans, processed the loan, applied to my account and then told me "oops we made an error, please return all the money to the school immediately". That is not a joke, it literally happened to me twice. Further, the professors are ill equipped for teaching and lack dedication. So much so that I have actually been in courses in which instructors don't check in for 3-4 weeks and we were assigned new professors. This also is not a joke and happened twice. Requirements for degree completion include passing a comprehensive exam that you are not prepared for in advance to move on to doctoral candidacy. Once a doctoral candidate you start writing your dissertation and you are pretty much on your own. The only time you will hear from your chair is when they tell you that you have to change your work. On top of that there are 8 dissertation units that are 7.5 weeks long and specific dissertation goals have to be met during each session. If you don't meet the goals, no matter what the reason is, or if it is your fault or not you will receive a no credit (NC). After two NCs you are dropped from the program altogether, again no matter if it is yorur fault or not if you didn't meet goals. In addition, no matter what extenuating circumstances you have, you may not take any time off from school. You will be disenrolled from the program altogether. Death of family member, major illness, surgery...it doesn't matter, you cannot take any time off. This is just a really poorly run school. My advice to anyone would be to think long and hard before entering this program because the school's main priority is not ensuring its students graduate. If I had known how this program would be, I never would have enrolled.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
You get what you put into it!
October 26, 2011
Your degree is what you make of it. I had excellent internship opportunities while at Argosy and the name is becoming more well known in the Atlanta area. Sure, there are and have been lawsuits, but the same exist at every college in the country. As far as what you get for your $35,000 in a Forensic Psychology degree, you get what you put in. It is a terminal degree meaning it DOES NOT lead to licensure, but you are told this up front and on the site. However, if you want to pursue this degree, you will write and learn more than you ever have in the subject. Expect to write about 150 papers, pass a comprehensive exam and successfully complete your practicum (200 hours) before graduating. I completed the program in 21 months, about as fast as you can do it. The University DOES give "C's" which do not count as a passing grade, so whatever people are saying about diploma mills is wrong. I personally know of students who were taking the same class for the 3rd time. They are also making it mandatory for LPC students to pass exams before they graduate. I got what I put in: good grades, good opportunities and most of the students found work thru their internships. STOP BLAMING THE WORLD FOR YOUR MISTAKES. Nobody hands you anything in this world, so get out there and do it.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
BA psych program
February 24, 2012
I read the reviews among numerous colleges and I see the same comments. I have 5 classes left to obtain by BA in psychology at Argosy. I knew what field I will be doing after I graduate, so I decided to pursue the educational institute that will train me into the field I am pursuing. This is step one-knowing exactly what you want to do before spending thousands of dollars. Basically, it comes down to this, we were taught in highschool and those that did not listen, are screwed when it comes time to college. All colleges facilitate, they dont teach. We use the knowledge we were taught in highschool and apply in college. While you are in college, you are learning to be creative, independent, and mature. This is what separates those from needing their hands held to those that can think abstractly on their own. As I read the reviews about Argosy, I cannot help to think that the negative comments people wrote about were becasue they probably showed immaturaty, needed their hands held because in real life, they could not figure things out on their own, or are just plain lazy, then decided to blame something else (typical human behavior). The facilitators in the BA Psych program at Argosy are PHD, PsyD level instructors or facilitators who uphold certain acedemic requirments. Please note: they were expected to uphold the same acedemic requirments. They also work in the field of psychology during the day. I have seen students argue about failing their papers, those students are no longer at the school, but one could see them digging ditches (to pay back for the wasted money they spent) for roads to be made so other educated people can peacefully go to work in a nice cool air conditioned car while it is 110 degrees outside. Get the point! If you do not conform or do what is necessary to conform to the acedemic standards that Argosy strictly enforces, you are screwed. So those that did conform, we will see you digging those ditches in the hot, humid temperatures. On a side note, my girlfriend is an MBA graduate of the University of Chicago, and she is amazed at some of the cognitive complexities that is involved with figuring out the assignments at Argosy. They are challenging, time consuming, and require strict acedemic policies. I appreciate this at Argosy and I get along with all the instructors. I have had a wonderful experience and I am motived to become what they are training me to be and I show it. This is what they want to see. Thanks and good luck!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
April 26, 2012
Please do not register for this school. I worked for EDMC (Education Management Corporation, the parent company) as a Finance Counselor for over a year. The students are completely screwed out of money and the system is designed to make the student spend thousands of dollars on classes and the degree is worthless. They schedule a mandatory post for classes online 2-3 times a week and if you do not sign in you will be dismissed from class, you will fail the class and owe the school money because your financial aid will not go through in time by the time you do not meet attendance. Do yourself a favor and start at a local community college then transfer to a ground school. You will thank me later because I just saved you about $25,000-$35,000 thousand dollars (depending on how many classes you would've failed). Go to a non-profit university. This is a for profit school. They make money from you failing classes and the scholarships they say they offer are rarely given because the finance counselor is too busy with approximately 150-300 students on their workload on any given day.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Do not enroll here
March 26, 2012
I started attending the Argosy campus in Atlanta in October in 2011 and it has been the worst experience ever. I decided to pursue a 2nd masters at the school since the time of enrollment my financial aid is never correct, I had an additional $1600 fee that was a struggle to get removed. I am a VA student that receives full tuition yet my school account states I still owe $500. I spent the entire semester trying to resolve the issue and the VA rep has not resolved the issue yet and no one in the financial aid office seems to know what they are doing. The professors are wonderful and the use of technology is great but administration of the school is terrible.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Glad I figured it out early -- all about the $$$$
March 26, 2012
I was concerned almost immediately when it became apparent that the majority of the students in my classes had a very poor grasp on basic spelling and grammar. The instructor was also a student there, and I had to correct him after he incorrectly graded a paper. It's called 'blended learning' but the actual on campus classes were a waste of time. I haven't attended long enough to review the school for the most part, but I do feel like the admissions rep I dealt with was a bit like a used car salesman. I was told not to worry about my concerns with math (I've always had difficulties with math). Now I'm being told that I can't schedule classes for the next semester until I pass the Math Accuplacer, which I knew would be a problem. "Don't worry! We'll help you and make sure you succeed" I was told. Now it seems I'll have to take an additional class or two that I wasn't expecting, at a tuition rate that is ridiculous. 3 weeks in and I'm applying to a local university that costs half as much. I'm kicking myself for ever even starting here.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Retaliation, Discrmination and Fraud
December 2, 2011
First and foremost, the BEST place to complain about Argosy is The Board of Education – The Office of Civil Rights. Most people don’t realize that this Federal Agency exists. Here is the link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/publications.html Click Related Topics then How to file a complaint I’ve read all the reviews on this web site and felt compelled to tell my story. I read many entries about the other Argosy campuses and wanted to lend a supportive word or two. The same issues of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and fraud occur at the Argosy campus in Chicagoland/Schaumburg all the time despite dozens of students complaining. I was enrolled in the Counseling program (with a 3.8 GPA) and have witnessed and had first-hand conversations with over 70 students who have witnessed discrimination against: anyone who complains about anything at the school, women, women of color, pregnant women, Parkinson’s disease, physical disabilities and more. I am one who complained about statements the Department Chair made stating, “If you want to pass this program, you WILL NOT get pregnant during it because we will not help you in any way and you will be dropped from the program”. Over 40 other students witnessed the same behavior. He also actually dropped three pregnant women out of the program and their internships because they were pregnant. Yes, it REALLY happened. What’s worse is that it doesn’t end there. This man (and his cronies) has had screaming matches with students and professors and has been discriminatory in so many ways I wouldn’t have enough space to write it all down here. Then, when a student like me complains, the retaliation is so harsh, unethical and illegal that you can’t imagine. FOR NO REASON, I was dragged through every conduct committee the school has after I complained, told to place my medical records in writing for the school to assess me as having some sort of problem, bombarded with horrible false allegations about me, defamed my character, followed me down hallways and cornered in elevators, and that’s just scratching the surface. When I escalated the complaint to the highest person at the school, (Craig Swenson), he claimed the paperwork from my complaint suddenly disappeared and the HR director who interviewed me was somehow “no longer with the company”. Then, after I involved The Department of Education and The Office of Civil Rights, the retaliation became even worse. Now, I have completed all the course requirements, including 750+ hours more internship hours than any other student, have paid 100% of the entire program cost, have a 3.7/4.0 GPA, have rave reviews from my internships and they dismissed me from the school. To avoid being sued, their staff turns over extremely fast. Argosy has committed a serious set of crimes against me. I’m hoping the Federal Government with force them to give my earned degree to me. The best advice I can give to anyone considering ANY of the Argosy campuses is: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH CAMPUS YOU ARE AT, THE PROBLEM IS NATIONWIDE AND IS NOT CHANGING DESPITE COMPLAINTS AND LAWSUITS. DO NOT ATTEND ARGOSY ANYWHERE.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good Experience Graduated from Argosy University Oct 2011
October 25, 2011
I graduated from Argosy online MA Forensic Psy program Oct 2011. It was torugh. The work was overwhelming. The comprehensive exam was tough too. It was a case study. However it covered every component of what you sudied. I have friends who took comp exams at traditional colleges it they said it was similar. The education is expensive. You can get similar degrees for less money. However, there were only two schools in Illiois that offered Forensic Psy and Argosy was one of the. The professors or instructors dont teach they faciliate conversation, they critique your work. Its tough because you learn on your own. I looked into other programs as I was completing Argosy's, we had basically the same courses. I think to compete this program online you need some knowlege of psychology or criminal justice. I have worked in a residential treatment center for 19 years. My work experience and BA in criminal justice came in handy. I was told inthe begining in Argosy and other programs I investigated that my work experience and educational background would be valuable. Lastly, I felt that many students were unprepared for the program. Reading their posts in class, somethings I felt I was in the wrong class or subject. Reading the many reviews it appears that some people are not ready for online studies and would be better off in a traditional school setting. I enjoyed the online experience. I graduated and was highed at a major institution in Chicago, Illinois working with ex-offenders with emotional/behavior/mental issues. My last job was paying me $55,750 my new job is paying me $77,124. I posted my resume on a website in Chicago that 99% of all non-profits use. They say my experience and was impresed with the fact I had a MA in Forensic Psychology. My degree is what really caught their eye. within three weeks I had employers emailing me about job openings they had which included, Northwestern University Law Center, Juvenile Justice Program; Hektoen Institute; and the Isaac Ray Center, Inc. These are leading institutions in Chicago working with ex-offenders and or individuals currently incarcerated.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
STEER CLEAR OF THIS SCHOOL!
May 2, 2012
I spent thousands of dollars at this school (Org. Leadership)and received very good grades throughout the matriculation only to be dismissed from the program when I was suppose to start my dissertation process. I should have saw the tell-tell signs ¾ of the way through the program for I started to read negative reports about what students were experiencing. However, I had some major life changes, and still kept a really good GPA. I went through the appeals (hear what you have to say, but they done care) process and was denied to finish the LAST PROCESS of my DEGREE!! STEER CLEAR OF THIS SCAM OF A SCHOOL.UNBELIEVABLE!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Not a chance !
April 13, 2012
I hope they post this comment. Someone hacked my internet, I have in addition to ID theft also been recieving calls from several diploma mills, including Argosy. These people are relentless in theire enrollment marketing department. $-5 emails a day, they use a constantly changing domain or address, you cant respond to it, and if you put them in your spam folder they can simply email again because the address theyre writing from renews and changes each time. Somehow these people got my real phone number, it is my cell, they called every day, 5-12 times a day, I repeatedly told them not to call and to remove me from the list, I explained I was not interested. They refused to remove me from the list, the calls became more and more agressive, I even resorted to pretending to by my own lawyer, it almost worked til some guy asked me for my bar number, they really will not stop marketing you. I didnt evben apply. This harrassment is insane. I reported them. I also had to change my email address, and telephone number because of the relentless calls and emails. Any school, that does this, that even after being asked repratedly to stop calling, does not respect the wish of the person they are calling, and anyone who knows they do not stand a chance of enrolling someone, and is told that and to stop calling and still continues to do so totally ignoring the request, is going to be a nightmare. I have no doube these people are the used car salesmen of colleges. You people that have poor grades, and cant or never took the SAT or other college entrance exams are of most risk, kids right out of high school usually attend a reputable school, but people with jobs aqnd familys who need the on line education option, and unemployed people, anyone who can not enroll in a traditional school should keep looking. This schools reviews say it all. I am willing to bet that the people who wrote the good reviews are either staff of the school, or they were put up to it by the school, any review based on what the majority say that gives these people such high accolades and praise is inconsistent with the hundreds of real bad reviews that tell how this school operates. Run dont walk, run aweay from Argosy University as fast as you can.
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