Review Averages: 4.5 out of 10
Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
Independence University Reviews:
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Fact that the School is Being Sued by the US Attorney Says it All
web development - June 24, 2015
I attended Independence University last year. Worst mistake I ever made. Several of the classes I was in were not able to furnish the eBooks the courses required because the company that owns this school, The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, had not paid their bill for several months with the eBook supplier, Pearson. Several of the professors in my class admitted to me that they taught at other universities, many from University of Phoenix and had taken on courses with Independence that they actually had no qualifications to teach because the administration at Independence did not care if they were qualified or not. After a year at the school and spending over $14,000.00 in tuition, I left the school. When I applied at numerous other universities in an attempt to transfer my credits from Independence, I could not find one school that would accept my course credits. Several schools were pretty rude about the situation, telling me that I attended a diploma mill and that I was lazy for going to a school that offers four week classes. When I quit Independence the administration demanded that I return the laptop I was issued from the start of my attendance. They actually threatened me with reporting the laptop stolen if I did not return it. They assured me that when I did return it that I would not be charged for it. Just another one of their many lies. After I sent the laptop back to them, three months later they charged my account $850.00 for it. When I contacted them, they told me they never received it. When I pushed the issue that I had returned it, they told me if I sent them proof of shipping and delivery, they would credit my account. I immediately sent them the tracking information and signature confirmation from FedEx and to this day they have never credited my account. Now I have a bill collector after me for over $1,700.00 which includes the $850.00 for the laptop plus a bunch of outrageous late and collection fees. Their new story is that even though I provided them with proof of shipping and delivery, that I could of sent them anything and obviously it was not the laptop, as their IT department never makes mistakes. I find that funny, because I know several graduate students who work in their IT department, many who actually spend their time under orders from their managers, going from website to website, including this one, posting false accolades praising the university. Independence University is a diploma mill. Anyone who says different is lying through their teeth. The ones who are happy there have not graduated yet. No top notch company, hospital or medical company will accept a diploma from Independence University. I know many people I went to school with who have graduated and are laughed out of interviews for the jobs they were supposedly trained for because the school has such a horrible reputation. When I attended class their I met many homeless people who basically recruited off of park benches, who would try to do their school work in places with free Wi-Fi. Many instructors I became friends with, continue to tell me today that the university still enrolls anyone they can find with a social security number that will qualify for Pell grants and Federal Student loans. One of my close friends who worked their quit, because she was constantly threatened to sign off on fraudulent attendance sheets for students who never attended class, so that the school could meet the requirements to snag their federal loan money and grants. Many of the students I met their confidentially told me they only signed up with Independence because they were promised a free laptop and that the only thing they needed to do to get their degree was to login to class four times a week. A very close friends wife has been attending there for over 2 years now and has never completed any school work, yet she has passed all of her classes simply by logging in four or more times a week. Finally, the company that owns Independence University, California College of San Diego, Stevens Henager and College America, is being sued by the US Attorney for all of the things I have mentioned in this post. Several former employees have lawsuits going with the company. If you are really curious about the school, check out the companies CEO, Eric Juhlin. He is a whole other story, but just a surface examination of his background reveals numerous connections with failed businesses that led to criminal fraud indictments and students left with tens of thousands of dollars in loans they have no way to pay back.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Respiratory Therapy - May 24, 2015
I graduated in December 2012. I recieved my State Liscense on Jan. 16 and had my first job by Feb. 3. There are a lot of people on here that really seem like whining little babies who feel like its everyones else responsibility to hold thier hand through college. I recieved another degree in general science in 2005 from a brick and mortor school and found that IU was no different in organization, content, billing and everything else people are complaining about on this site. I really think the reviews mentiong COARC and how they are sure the accredidation is going to be taken away are especially anyoning since these people have know real conection with COARC. Bottom line. IU IS EXPENSIVE!!!!!! GET OVER IT!!!!! IT IS A FOR PROFIT COLLEGE!!! DONT GO TO A FOR PROFIT COLLEGE AND THEN WHINE ABOUT THE COST!!!! ALSO SINCE ALMOST ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS STATE SOMETHING ABOUT CLINICAL SITES!!!! GROW UP IU TELLS YOU UP FRONT THAT YOU HAVE TO FIND A CLINICAL SITE TO GRADUATE!!!! I for one loved IU and found it very convient and educational. I finished all three of my NRBC exams on the first attempt and became an RRT. It is a great school! WORK HARD AND IT WILL PAY OFF!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worst school ever
Human resources business management - January 23, 2015
The worst mistake of my life they have no books but charge you thousands of dollars in financial aid plus wants you to pay monthly on top of all the financial aid and loans their receiving. They were giving me medical classes that had nothing to do with my course of study which was human resources. They kicked me out because I didn't take the medical classes that they were giving me. This school is so full of it. Do not go here I repeat do not go to this school don't waste your time or money. It's a total let down and waste of time. I currently go to tri-c and this is where I should have been from the start and all my classes are online and we have actual books and real course work for 90% less than what they were charging me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
MBA - October 21, 2014
I was planning to go to this school. But then i thought abt it the whole time i was trying to get ahold of someone named victoria she would never answer and then she would have to call me back. Then to talk to the financial aid office they kept transfering me and transfering me.. Like GET ME TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMETHING. And then you can tell that they dont know what they are talking about the whole time they are reading from a computer ... Smh.. I only made a portal but thats soon to be deleted..
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Respiratory Therapy - August 23, 2014
I signed up for the respiratory therapist program. I too got frustrated with the process. I was told some of the same things that you all were told. However I decided to continue. I signed up in late June and got frustrated about the clinical sites. My advisor was amazing his name was Don Hulet. I wanted to walk away but he was encouraging and had a great deal of knowledge. I waited and behold August 17 I had a clinical site. My advisor was and still is a great person. My process was very easy and easy to understand. I'm sorry you all had those situations but mine turned out to be wonderful.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MBA - July 31, 2014
Don't regret attending! I have recommended this school to my sister & best friend! They're both attending & have had a great experience just like me! If you want to succeed, you will...if you want to find excuses for why you didn't succeed, you will! This school gave me every reason to succeed and I did!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Im starting to believe the complaints
Respiratory Therapy - July 25, 2014
I have been attending this college for 7 months and I am running into problems with my clinical site which I was suppose to start 3 months ago. My adviser has been contacting the Alliance Dept to check on the site 3 months later after complaining each week and I still have no clinical site. And will be put out of the program July 25. I have contacted my adviser Kris Carlson and she was good at replying promptly now she have not replied in almost 2 weeks after I stressed my disappointment. I put a reply in before expressing how great the school was but now, I am seeing the true side of the being disorganized and act like they really dont care.Disappointed in IU, I will keep you posted
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
No problems with the school....
Respiratory Therapy - June 3, 2014
Graduated with my Assoc in Applied Science. Found a job within a month. Make more money working 3 days a week than I ever did working 5-6 days a week. Not sure what other people are talking about. If you thought this was gonna be like High School and the teachers were going to hold your hands and help you graduate... it aint that Jack! Remember that public schools get public funding based on their grad rate. This is college and all ANY college cares about is money. I started out at a brick and mortar college to get my prereqs out of the way and it was no different. Kids coming up to the professors and saying "I didn't get my paper done in time" and the profs were always like "So?" Grow up... if you are in college... you aint a kid anymore. Act like it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Okay experience so far
Respiratory Therapy - May 3, 2014
I am currently a student at IU with 3 months left until "graduation." I am on the honor roll but also have a husband, son, mortgage, and a full-time job. It has been very convenient for me and my needs as an adult. You HAVE to make your own time to study. It's not pre-school, YOU have to do your part to get this degree. It will not just be given to you. I have had a good experience with the material. HOWEVER, I have been assigned 3 different advisors since I started. When I was looking for a clinical site, the advisor asked me for 5 hospitals that I would like to do my clinicals at. She said that all of them denied me and the closest site was 2 HOURS AWAY! A couple weeks ago I called the hospital closest to me and the RT Director informed me that NO ONE contacted me from Independence. He would of gladly let me in, but could not now because he took on another school. I am spending hundreds of dollars a month in gas, car repairs, and extra baby sitters. Pulling a 60 hour clinical course in four weeks with 4 hours driving a day is the most ridiculous thing I've ever done. It's a hospital in the middle of NOWHERE with little technology. I'm terrified that when I graduate and work at a large hospital 5 minutes away from my house, that I won't really know anything. It's ridiculous.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So far so good
Respiratory Therapy - March 10, 2014
I have been attending IU RT program since November 2013 and I have not had any problems at all. My adviser Virginia stayed with me the entire time, I gave her hospitals in my area and I had a clinical spot secured that same day. The professors care and enjoy when we ask them questions. When I email my professor, I only have to wait a day for a reply back. This college have been such a bless since I am military spouse and it is difficult to complete a program before it is time to relocate. If there were problems before, they must have fixed the problem. I love this school and I will encourage others to attend because it is a great school. So stop listening to these debbie downers and come join IU's community so you can seek the wonderful opportunity that they offer.
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