Review Averages: 7.3 out of 10
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Bellevue University Reviews:
Bachelor Degree in Management
Management - June 11, 2015
I am now in my 7th class at Bellevue University working on a Bachelor Degree in Management. So far the staff has been helpful when ever I need them. The cohort program seems to work well with most of the class members contributing to the class. Group work can be a bit more of a pain when considering distance in between students but so far we have found ways to work around it. Having earned an Associates Degree online from a reasonably respected community college not far from where I grew up I would say the education and work load is very comparable. I have to agree with other reviewers in that you are only going to get out of school what you put in. Writing multiple papers a week with proper research and citation is the norm earning a degree over the internet. Personally I have no problems recommending Bellevue to other people. The accelerated degree structure they use while tedious works well to earn a degree while supporting a family.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Proud soon-to-be graduate
Communication Studies - January 3, 2015
I've found Bellevue University's online "Communication Studies" program to be quite rewarding, interesting and challenging. I earned a degree from another "brick and mortar & online" school in Human Resource Development through an "accelerated" program consisting of six week terms. Bellevue's terms are twice as long which I thought would mean half the weekly workload. I was mistaken. Although it was a shock initially, I am proud that I will earn this degree and have had to work even harder for it than my first one. I've found all the instructors to be quite knowledgeable, credible and engaged in the learning process (accept possibly for one, but she was just an adjunct professor). There is a LOT of reading in each class which must be done prior to accomplishing the assignments and weekly quizzes. The quizzes themselves are mostly "closed book/note/etc." Although this frustrates me, it has made me put more emphasis on reading the chapters which results in more learning. In general, I think the classes are a good mix of discussion board postings, quizzes and projects/papers. I don't prefer the group projects but they're normally not a big part of any class. Grades are mostly completed very quickly and normally feedback is provided with not only suggestion/corrections, but also expanding or parting thoughts on that week's content. As a military learner, I've had no issues whatsoever with payments and have found the process to be quite hassle-free ... even when dealing with the VA's GI Bill & Post 9/11 GI Bill. I've been assigned two different academic counselors who have, perhaps, impressed me the most as they've been very thorough, quick and helpful in answering my questions and setting up future terms. BU also recognized, accepted and applied many of my military credits (including from tech school and CCAF) toward my degree plan. My biggest complaint is the absolute zero tolerance policy for late work, submissions. In addition to going to school and serving in the military, I have numerous other commitments in my life such as being a father, supporting non-profit organizations, trying to maintain a workout regiment, etc. The no bend, no break policy is a little frustrating to me as I'd like the flexibility to take a reduced grade if I can't get something done on time rather than a flat out "zero." However, the instructors seem to be willing, for true "emergency" situations, to work with you. But parenting, military travel, etc., don't fall under that realm. Overall, I'm ecstatic to complete my degree in about seven months and I'll be very proud of being a Bellevue University graduate. It is by no means a "diploma mill" and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and wants to earn a reputable degree that is both credential and economical.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Criminal Justice Administration - February 1, 2014
I am a Criminal Justice major in the last class of the Kirkpatrick series (graduate in four weeks). I was originally a Security Studies major, but switched because of concerns in federal government cut backs. Still torn about that decision. After reading other reviews, I would say it is certainly not a diploma mill. I learned a great deal in this degree. Our first three classes were taught by a lawyer and the CJ portion was taught by a retired police chief of three fairly large police departments. The part I enjoyed the most was the individualized feedback I got from each assignment. The CJ instructor also took time out to personally counsel me concerning career choices. Most every class had a final paper and many of the CJ classes required local research as well as going out and personally interviewing people. I'm 35 so it took me awhile to come around to fully appreciating the personal enrichment that comes from higher learning. I'm very happy with Bellevue in this regard. I transferred in the maximum allowable credits. I actually went over the amount of credits I needed. I believe the max was 82. The transfer of credits was the reason I chose Bellevue. That said, it has taken every bit of 19 months to finish. (Lost a month in between the major and KSS because of schedule) Also, the Kirkpatrick series has been a very enjoyable and at times challenging experience overall. I can see why they included it as a requirement for the school. It gives the degree a liberal arts component that helped round out the degree instead of it simply being a degree concentrated solely on the major. This is something I very much appreciate now though at first I felt like it was a waste of time. Overall I highly recommend the school. I have certainly enjoyed my time as student.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Clinical Counseling - January 18, 2014
This program takes effort and dedication. I feel it is a better fit for working adults that are motivated and focused. You get what you put into the work.
1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Just Horrible....Community College
Master of Business Administration - December 8, 2013
Honestly I come from Wayne State which was good for my minor in criminal justice but average for my business management major. Bellevue University hands out degrees. It's an honest joke. People that shouldn't be in a college are getting degrees from this place. It's honestly a community college. You don't have to show up to get all "A"s but the problem you have no direction in any of the classes. I mean all of them are just up in the air. In the MBA program you just kinda do whatever. The worst class was the MBA 610 class. I'm not very good at statistics and I was trying to teach myself everything and was doing okay but I then realized, I'm paying a lot of money to teach myself something. I would avoid this place at all cost. Other schools in the state like UNO, Wayne State, and UNK are all great schools. Then on top of that UNL and Creighton are top tier schools for certain programs. Try any one of those 5 instead. They're actually places of higher learning. Plus people there speak English. They're not places that give degrees to thugs.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
bait and switch kind of college, not "culture" friendly. classes are ok
Criminal Justice Administration - October 25, 2013
Let me start off by saying the admissions counselors will promise you the world to get you into their college and then switch on you the moment they have your dollars locked in. I was told there would be FREE e-read college books provided for my program and that the school obtained the licenses to do so. So this program would not incur book costs. The first couple of classes required we purchase books. I asked the college about it and they told me "Oh, well, it's instructors choice." Then the next few classes were the same way. I contacted the school again who informed me "Oh well the e-reads were decided against because they weren't working out." I also talked to the college in great length about the fact I am Orthodox Jewish and that over the High Holidays I would not be on or around a computer and they swore up and down they'd work with me. Anyone who's Jewish or knows the faith knows that around September is a gauntlet of holidays from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, Simchas Torah, and others. I was told they would accept late assignments to accommodate my religion without penalty. The CJ instructor at first said he would work with me when informed of this. Then he began deducting large amounts of points off my work for being late and said that religion wasn't an excuse to be late. When I contacted the head of the CJ dept, Mr Butera, he mobbed me with a conference call with 5 other administrators and they refused to address the issue head on. He stated they were religious friendly, and I must have misunderstood the instructor. The instructor very clearly emailed me "Just because you're Orthodox doesn't mean you can't get on a computer." I don't think I misunderstood that kind of racism at all. I felt like I needed a lawyer for this conference call. They made me feel awful for being a Jew going to their college. The blamed everything on me and backed the instructor. When I asked for an official transcript and help in leaving the schools program, they refused to talk to me anymore. I am still working on a degree at the school without any help from the higher admins. I have reported the college and gone to the state about them and turned them into their accreditation board for bait and switching practices on classes, book promises, and the program. I would leave the school to go elsewhere and pull my dollars out except they will not cease my student loan or give me transcripts so I am being forced into finishing there. The Pros: Yes, there are some pros... Some of the classes are very well thought out and some of the assignments are very good. This is not a degree mill so to speak. At least I haven't seen what the degree looks like yet but they do make you work for it. They were accredited by the same board that accredited my junior school so 100% of my credits transferred in. They also gave me an additional 24 semester hours for my police academy time. They did ask me not to turn in any of my CE hours for credit though, as I was also credit top heavy. I had no electives to take and only 9 core classes plus a Kirkpatrick signature series to take. I have 3 classes left after the 1 I'm currently enrolled in at the time of this post. The other students in the cohort really make this a better experience. Cons: They lie to you. Hardcore. They are not helpful once they have your money. You're deadlocked into staying with the college because they will do everything under their accelerated program to keep you as a student. Their accelerated program makes it hard to get transcripts if you want to leave. The college is a bunch of racist pricks if you're Jewish. If you have a problem with the instructor they won't help and you're probably stuck with the same guy throughout your entire online program. There is no college president to go to so to speak. So you can't really go above your department head. I got award money when I first enrolled that they claimed was suddenly in error and tried taking back from me. I wasn't having any of thought and fought them hard and got to keep it. The cost of the program went up and then the price went higher when I got stuck buying books. Overall, I would not have entered this college knowing what I know now. There are better friendlier options. This will still prove to be a decent college for some though who really can't afford to go anywhere else and want something better than University of Phx or Capella. I'm still hoping my outlook can improve on this place but with me still contemplating legal action for discrimination against them, who knows. All I can really say is ASK a lot of questions and make sure you get an official credit audit done before you agree to anything. Get EVERYTHING they promise you in writing. That's what some of my saving grace was with this. I got them to write down what they said they were going to do in part. Be prepared to budget a lot of time for interviewing people and outside agencies. This isn't just a sign on and do work kind of school. So the CJ program is at least teaching me something. My background: 17 years in law enforcement and criminal justice, the last 4 years as a Houston Deputy. questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . this will prove I'm not a troll poster.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Clinical Counseling - August 20, 2013
The Clinical Counseling program was very intense and required much time and dedication. I thought I learned quite a lot and was just as prepared as my counterparts from other local universities. I had no problem acquiring an internship etc. It does require that the student do some legwork to secure a site though. We had some courses that used technology so that we were able to have live classes. I enjoyed these and hope that Bellevue will add more of them to the curriculum. It allowed us to interact with our peers and learn from each other. Bellevue is not a diploma mill. I also had great support from the staff without any issues. They promptly called back and helped me with whatever I needed. The online library was very extensive and useful for the many papers that are written throughout the program. I attended the university for two years, but the program can take three depending on how many courses you feel you can handle at a time.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Bellevue University MBA
Master of Business Administration - June 10, 2013
Just graduated from Bellevue's MBA program in May 2013 and let me you that it was an excellent experience. The courses are less than $500 per/credit hour and it was worth every penny! I believe that this is one of the best deals that one can find for solid online MBA degree. Even if the classes were $700 per/credit hour I would still pay it! Overall, this was a very challenging program and I felt that I was able to apply a lot of the material to my current job. I would recommend this program to anybody as long as they are willing to put forth the effort needed to complete this program. There are definitely a few “weed out” courses that will eliminate anyone looking to breeze through their MBA studies. If you like being pushed and don’t mind a challenge, I would recommended Bellevue University for your MBA. Good luck!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
CIS Program Review
Computer Information Systems - June 8, 2013
Overall, I would say I enjoyed the program. I consider myself to be a fairly unbiased and knowledgeable source of information considering this is my second Master's (I completed my undergraduate degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and my MBA at Regis University, which are both well respected institutions of higher learning). The only reason I mention this is to convey that I've studied elsewhere and have a reasonable point of comparison. While there were some classes that I didn't feel I got too much out of, I did end up gaining some very valuable information from a lot of the course work I did there. Some of my personal favorites involved programming, system analysis and design, database design and networking. I thought it was pretty well rounded, as the program allowed you to take elective courses after the four core courses were satisfied. However, I do have a few gripes. First, I wish there were more programming courses offered. Second, I wish there was course work available in cyber security. While the school does have a cyber security program, they're not available to CIS majors, which I found to be frustrating. Third (and this may sound silly), I wasn't overly fond of the course names. Instead of survey of system development, why not just name the course system analysis and design? I know this may sound silly, but when someone is reviewing a transcript, it would be nice to be able to get an idea of what was learned by the title of the course instead of having to look at a syllabus. Recognized industry terms would be my preference. Another example and then I'll shut up about it: business system programming.....why not just call it object oriented programming in C#? I'll get off my soap box now. Overall, I had a positive experience and I would recommend it to someone looking to gain a useful knowledge base in information systems.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Management - June 4, 2013
I have been taking online classes for about a year now. I am very happy with the classes I have taken so far as they do teach me something new. I love that the academic adviser actually knows me when I call and calls once in a while. Same with the financial aid person. I am only two classes away and only regret I didn't know of this place sooner.
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