Review Averages: 7.3 out of 10 (61 reviews)Bellevue University provides online education to incoming freshmen, transfer students, graduate students, corporate audiences, and members of the military. The school’s Cyber-Active® Learning environment lets students attend school at any time of day or night. Links provide simple access to class discussion boards, tutoring services, and the university’s digital library.
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Bellevue University Reviews:
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Not happy at all
November 27, 2012
My primary complaint is the required Kirkpatrick Signature Series. Why would an IT person seeking an IT degree have to take a mandatory three month course on government and go through the pain of the VERY intense reading and writing workload in the accelerated program?? I understand accelerated and all that it entails but week one of the series is this: Read 80+ full pages of articles, write a 400-600 word essay on values, respond to five other people's essays with no less than 100 words, choose a topic for the final project (which involves volunteer work) and by the way, site all mandatory references.....Way too much in my opinion and definitely not for the working adult with family responsibilities!! Why is this three month course required at a $3,400 price tag when the University is already more expensive than other online programs almost $20K for nine classes?? Diploma mill no, but not being upfront about the intense workload and requirements, yes. If you are like me, an older adult looking for finish a degree and have a family and other responsibilities, you may want to consider another University. PS: I am NOT lazy or not willing to contribute time and effort to finish a degree, I just can't understand why this particular series is a requirement when other Universities do not have such a thing...
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
My experience with Bellevue University
March 6, 2012
I can remember reading these same reviews prior to enrolling at Bellevue University and was extremely concerned with some of the negative comments about Bellevue being a diploma mill and the classes being sub-par. I figured since I finished the program last year, I could give my 2 cents on the matter-both good and bad! I don’t know who said that Bellevue was a diploma mill, or that the classes were sub-par, but that was not my experience at all. Before enrolling at Bellevue University I had around 90 hours from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas. Unfortunately, due to a new job I had to move to an area where finishing my B.S. at a traditional “brick and mortar” school was not an option. I obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and found the classes to be similar to what was offered at Texas State University. I am now completing my Master’s Degree at University of Nebraska-Omaha in aviation. (I would’ve continued on at Bellevue but UNO offers an aviation option to the MPA). Even after finishing my first year of grad school, I can say that Bellevue is NOT a diploma mill and is honestly equal to both Texas State and UNO. Now for the bad! It’s a little pricy but after looking at other “online” schools it’s definitely one of the better choices. I wish I could have finished traditionally and saved a TON of money but unfortunately that wasn’t an option. I didn’t see how taking the Kirpatrick Series was relevant to my degree. It really seemed like a way for the university to make money but it’s been my experience that degree programs at many universities have required courses that could be eliminated from the program. After saying all that, I really found the Kirpatrick Series to be extremely interesting and very insightful but just not relevant! The only other thing I would say was below my expectations was after I graduated dealing with the registrar’s office. I had the most unfortunate opportunity to deal with the biggest A-hole in the entire state of Nebraska who happens to work in that office. Other than him, I found the faculty and administration to be EXTREMELY helpful and willing to help whenever I had questions or concerns. Bellevue is like any other school, it’s going to have both good and bad points. I am just generally pleased with the education I received there and I am really thankful I picked Bellevue University.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
March 4, 2012
I loved Bellevue. I was referred to them by a director at work, and I thought I would check them out. After seeing the Accelerated programs, I called immediately and an advisor walked me through everything. I was only able to get unofficial transcripts from my community colleges, but I had no issues getting credit for this work. I finished everything in 9 months, and zipped through the program. I thought it would take me years to get my Bachelor's, but I had it in 9 months. Just like other universities the cohort piece of the degree had groups, and I had good and bad experiences. In a 4 person group, 1 person never showed, 1 person was so incompetent we couldn't let her near any of the work, and that left me and one guy to do all of the work. I still keep in touch with that classmate to this day. In another group, all 4 of us had our work posted first day and final assignment submitted by the second day. Each group is different, and you are stuck with your group. This is supposed to simulate the real world, real work environment, and I have to say, sadly, it does. In the program, you get out of it what you put into it. I received stellar grades, but I put more into some classes than others. I found that you don't have to invest much to achieve a high grade, but you are only cheating yourself. There is information in the books and class that you will miss if you don't put your all into it. This was great for me because I wanted to learn, but found myself so busy with work in a couple of classes that I had to just do the minimum. I went back and read the books later, and found invaluable information there I missed the first time. The fact that I had to take K series I found annoying because it was 12 weeks and just took up more of my time. However, once I started the class, I really liked it. Of course the paperwork, assignments, etc. weren't fun, but I did enjoy the fact that the class assignment was to participate in volunteer activities. I found this so rewarding, and continued my volunteer activities after the class. Finally, I have to note, I did experience hiccups like financial disconnects, credit holding patterns, etc., but if you make sure this is taken care of at the beginning, it won't hold up your degree. I since went to another university, and the service, instructors, finance department, etc. was simply unbearable. I didn't come walking back to Bellevue...I came running and screaming. Will try to remember to leave a review for my Master's as well, but that's going pretty well so far with 4 classes in!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
NOT a diploma mill
December 5, 2012
NOT A DIPLOMA MILL!!! I PERSONALLY FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ANYBODY WHO ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH A COURSE HERE WOULD CALL IT A DIPLOMA MILL. THIS IS THE FARTHEST THING FROM A DIPLOMA MILL. THE MATERIAL IS HARD AND VERY DEMANDING!!! THERE IS NO WAY A PERSON COULD JUST SKATE BY DOING THE BARE MINIMUM. YOU REALLY HAVE TO WORK FOR THE GRADES YOU GET. IF YOU DO A WORK YOU WILL RECEIVE AN A AND IF YOU DO F WORK YOU WILL RECEIVE AN F. THE CLASSES ARE CHALLENGING BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL OF NEW INFORMATION AND I WOULD DO ANOTHER BACHELORS AT BELLEVUE IF I DECIDED TO GET A SECOND ONE.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
BS/MS Comparison to Public, State Universities…
April 3, 2013
I possess a bachelor degree from North Carolina State University in Engineering and have also attended grad school at University of North Alabama (not complete). In 2011 I enrolled in Bellevue University’s accelerated bachelor in business degree and completed it in 9 months. I must say that this program was a complete breeze. Open book test, professors stating that they are “pleased” with every posts (even if they do not provide mitigating circumstances), books are not needed as the assignments are extremely easy, lazy group members that receive full grade for team projects submitted…you get the idea. While there are many aspects that are disappointing in the program, I completely understand the target audience for this program. If you are recently out of high school looking to learn a great deal before entering into a proposed career field, the accelerated programs are NOT for you. These programs are aim towards individuals with significant experience within a chosen field looking for a degree to eliminate promotional barriers. For instance a non-degree holding, EXPERIENCED banking associate that is seeking a promotion and does not possess the educational credentials may want to look into the accelerated option. For my purpose I believe this program is a great resume marketing tool for future endeavors as I am a design engineer turned government financial analyst. The master level programs are much more rigorous than the undergrad accelerated. I am currently in the MPA program, taking two courses at a time. During the course of a week you may have two writing assignments and two discussion board requirements, or group requirements, along with the necessary readings for the week. These requests mixed with full-time work and family will be challenging at times. The master level program is comparable to state university as far as expectations; Bellevue does issue more coursework in comparison to my stay at University of North Alabama. Overall I have been pleased with Bellevue University and am excited about taking the last term.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Clinical Counseling - EXCELLENT
May 2, 2013
This masters program offered everything I wanted from a masters in clinical counseling. I wanted to have an accredited program, be able to get licensed in my own State ( Ohio ), online teachers who were responsive and supportive. I wanted predictability with the online schedules ( usually two homework deadlines per week ) so I could still work part time while finishing my degree. I wanted the push to learn but still feel like I was in control. I had to finish a practicum and three onsite internships at locations of my choice ( which were awesome). Finding sites are hard in some areas but if you live in a major city you should be able to find many internship opportunities. Some of the poor reviews are from folks who gave up due to the online format. If you have discipline and are willing to work hard...go for it!!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
MPA degree from Bellevue University
December 18, 2012
I found my time spent at Bellevue University was challenging and rewarding and I find that review of Andrew Hennebery academic advisor to to be untrue! He helped me progress through my degree plan and the faculty and professors at Bellevue University care about their students and are willing to work with their students on completing their degree programs. I know that there are some people out there who believe that Bellevue University is a diploma mill but it certainly isn't. The work load and some of the instructors can be a pain, but thats what you get at any institution. There are far more people who will give you a positive experience at this school than any other online institutions and hopefully this review helps someone make the decision to attend.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
MBA is better then UNO or Creighton
April 10, 2012
If you want an MBA from this school, you better have some talent. Take the classes in the recommended format, they build on one another. There are two weed out courses, if you make it past them you'll do just fine. I've seen 10-20% of the class drop during those classes. Some changed their major and others enrolled at a different university. Bellevue stresses their, "Real Learning for Real Life" slogan. The MBA professors there, not only have their doctorates but extensive backgrounds in the fields they teach. One Prof. has even been on CNN several times and they were asking her opinion. Learning from them I can say that I out shine my friends who went to Creighton and UNO for their MBA. My friends just didn't learn real life applications. I remember we had an co-owner of a multimillion dollar company speak to us. After, barraging him with so many questions he just uttered, "You know... I go to UNO and Creighton and I give the same speech. You Bellevue students get really slam me with hard questions." I got through most my classes with a "B" average and I worked very hard for those Bs. 5-10% of the class will get As. I only know of one person who managed to get all As in his classes with the exception of one. To the guy who gave this school a low rating, he's doesn't know what he's talking about. He took one class and said it was easy. Yes, the first class. MBA 505 is an intro class. Yes, it was easy. Yes, I got an A. That was my only A. Before, the MBA I had taken advanced calculus courses, physics, and stats. The math classes were hard. In the stats class I got a C+. My worst grade in history. I was .01% away from a B-. Bellevue doesn't curve grades. Bastards. Try not to take the math classes online, it will be hard. I've met students who attempted online but withdrew to take them on campus. I remember one professor starting off the class with, "Welcome, to MBA ###. I will be seeing 30% of you in this same class next semester." Be prepared to put the hours in. The 30%, didn't put the hours in. A Masters degree is nothing like a Bachelors. One Masters class is equivalent 2-3 undergrad. This degree is hard. If you make it through, you will feel accomplished and educated. This school taught me how to trade stocks. In the 2 years that I was there, I made over $5,000 trading stocks with $12,000 in capital. This school, is one of the best.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and Affordable School
January 18, 2012
I am a current Bellevue University graduate student, closed to completion of a MBA program with concentration in Information Security Management,and I found this school excellent for helping me to achieve my educational goals. Course pograms are consistent and teaching staff is well qualified. Tuition and fees are affordable too. I honestly recommend this college to everybody for traditional or online study.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Review before Enrolling
July 3, 2009
was disappointed after enrolling and graduating from BU's online program. My disappointment came from a variety of concerns that I thought were of a valid nature. I will share them, not to be negative, but to allow others to make an informed decision about BU. To begin with, I did not feel challenged; I received A's in all my classes with little effort on my part. Next, my professor was the same person for all my classes with the exception of the Kirkpatrick series. In addition, I felt the instructor lacked work experience in the subject area and was instructing based upon text book knowledge only. Then there were diploma issues. The diploma was received 3 months after commencements and it was rather 'cheesily' looking and feeling. It failed to list my major, so I called to inquire why. I was told that 'they don't do that' and I figured it was a cost saving issue. I hate to give a bad rap to a school I went to, but in all honesty I would not recommend attending BU. If you care about your education, carefully investigate other options. Sorry BU; this is not sour grapes, but a true series of events that potential students should be aware of so they may make a well informed decision. I wish someone would have written this for me before I made my decision to attend BU
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