Review Averages: 4.7 out of 10
Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
Independence University Reviews:
Respiratory Therapy - October 16, 2016
This school is wonderful. I am currently in the respiratory program and love it. I have attended since Feburary and have a high GPA and on the presidents list twice so far. I chose online schooling because I am a single mother and work full time. They work around any schedule and are very supportive. I had a clinical site within a week and begin clinicals on Monday. I will be very honored to Graduate from this school and would recomend it to anyone. If i couod give 10 stars i would!!!
Respiratory Therapy - June 10, 2016
Apparently, I'm no the only who got screwed over by this school. I waited for a clinical site for over a year! After moving to another state, I found one on my own. The school told me they had dropped me for lack of participation!!? They are willing to re-enroll me, of course, but at a higher tuition and I have to repeat several classes because too much time had passed. What a disaster! I'm stuck paying a loan with another loan on top of it, all because they had no site for me! Don't do it, walk away from this school!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love Independence!
Human resources business management - March 22, 2016
I love Independence University. It seems like a lot of the negative reviews I see online are based on the failure of the students and them expecting college to be easy. News flash! online school is not easy. I got a promotion when I started here, and I have experienced nothing but great support from everyone I have worked with. And sure, Independence is quite expensive, but that is because of all of their excellent services they provide to students. It is well worth it if you want a successful future and something flexible while you are working. One more thing, their career services department is phenomenal. They helped with my resume and even practiced interviewing with me when I put in for my promotion. Read the graduation rates and job placement rates, people. And quit whining because you're not getting free handouts. College is a lot of work, but it is what you make of it. Once again, I love it here!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Respiratory Therapy - September 3, 2015
Just aggravating to graduate with a 3.4 and still have trouble passing your boards. Hoping to soon! As far as the complaints they screw you out of a lot of money. They manage to change and lose paperwork add an arm loan for &10,000. Had to drop out for s month being diagnosed with lupus but went right back.they didn't even have me listed as a student ever being there. They just need to get it together plain and simple. If you work hard and want it bad enough you can graduate. Other than emt-I training and pharmacy tech school I had no idea what I was going into and I came out fine.
17 of 19 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.
7 of 12 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!!
6 of 9 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 7 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..
10 of 13 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.
8 of 8 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!
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