Review Averages: 4.5 out of 10 (36 reviews)
Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
Independence University Reviews:
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
August 11, 2011
I have apply for their Respiratory Therapy program. I had apply for Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loans, being approved for all. The school is telling me now, they need to find an clinical site, before they can enroll me in there course of study. I sign up for there class enrollment for June 15th. Here it's August, still haven't located me an clinical site, yet. How long do it take. Any advice.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
October 29, 2010
I have found several sites for my clinical site and this school drags their damn feet!!!!!!! I can't understand how 5 different hospitals get the clinical contract then all of a sudden don't want me to do my clinical there. I have had the experience where they also NEVER SENT A DAMN THING where at the same time I have IU's rep telling me "oh they seemed very interested in a student"!!!! I have been waiting months on end and they never send an update or anything. If you want to be seriously disappointed then go ahead and WASTE YOUR TIME!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
March 26, 2012
I have been a student since January 2011 in the Respiratory program..After going through many academic , not having a clinical site to go to. Finally they kicked me out one year later because the clinical site that i was going to which was one hour and fifteen mins away did not have anyone to train me, they said it was my fault how ridiculous is that. Then told me they would re-enroll me all of a sudden they can't and then they are telling me I owe them $3300. when they have already collected close to $16,000 in financial aid and grants. Anyone who is wanting to go to this school, take heed and run we are not just saying this because we are bitter it is the truth. I am over 40 and thought they were a very good institution because they sell themselves like that but take it from me someone who is going through it they are not. DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT, GO TO A REAL COLLEGE!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
RIP OFF UNIVERSITY
March 12, 2012
Ive been un-enrolled from Independence for 18 months now and just got a phone call from collections saying I owe $2000 for books and courses Ive never taken.I paid the amount of tuition they told me when I first enrolled,which was for as many classes as I could finish in 1 year(I finished 10).Now they say I owe them for some reason.Some kinda fine print jargain.Cant get a straight answer or get anyone on the phone.DO NOT ENROLL HERE.The entire program is shady.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
February 6, 2012
was told i had credit from back when they were california college Stayaway from Independence university! They will screw you over! AND they cannot do any clinical in many states..why?...not approved by dept of ED??? YOU have to set up your own clinical..yeah right..a hospital is going to let someone off the street who took a online course come in and thouch thier patients....NO FREAKIN WAY! You will not get clinical in NY..thats for sure!
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Do not waste your time or money
January 6, 2012
In short I have been in the respiratory program for 3 years I have 6 classes left and the schol kicked me out they said I did not turn my paperwork on time BUT I did and they said to re enroll my tuition would be substantially higher. I wrote a letter to the board and they denied my acceptance back and overlooked the fact I did turn it in on time there people just did not do there part. So sad to say I wasted 3 years of mine and my families lives and owe over 15,000 and absolutely nothing to show for it ,because of course they were very fast to send me a letter of how much I owe the school. I feel so frustrated and taken advantage of. - A.G
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
February 11, 2012
Scam. Run away! Do not come here. They will take advantage of you, give you a moving target with your degree, kick you out and re-enroll you to get more money out of you. Run away!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
you get back what you put into it.
September 18, 2012
I have read all reviews and I have to say I agree with alot of it. However my experience was different. They tell you upon enrollment that you have to find your own clinical site. Once I requested a list I worked on securing a spot asap. I had the same academic advisor the whole time. Of course its expensive! You pay for the experience of an online education. For the most part my questions were answered in 24 hrs. My clinical site was wonderful and my preceptors were all very patient and helpful.I have now graduated and have many wonderful job prospects.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Avoid this school at all costs
July 5, 2012
Absolutely no support! I had to secure my own clinical and testing sites and in some cases had to drive more than 80 miles to take a test. Once hospital administrators uncovered the persons and real name of the school,(IU) two hospitals backed out of their signed agreements with me sighting we do not want to deal with IU. This occurred at the last moment and just before I was to start final clinicals thus delaying my completion and with no help in providing any other clinical sites for me to attend. Angry administrators actually do their best to prevent you from completing on time and also delay you in obtaining your official AS or BS degree and diploma. I am now in the process of filing a class action lawsuit against California College and Independence University. Avoid Independence University at all costs. I will post this story around the internet so more than a few can read my story of true disgust with Independence University. I have also contacted the accrediting agencies on this matter.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Accounting Office Needs to get their Act Together
August 26, 2011
My Master's level courses and instructors have, overall, been very good. The online program is convenient for me and the quality of the courses has been good. I feel like I am learning and the program is valuable. The school administration, especially the Accounting Department is a mess. No one can tell me how much my courses are really costing me and I get different invoices listing different tuition amounts for the same class depending on when/who I ask. This is very frustrating because I have a student loan and need to make sure that everything matches up.
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