Review Averages: 7.6 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Universities
Park University Reviews:
Economics - July 24, 2015
The school and community created within my degree program was just what I needed in my college career. The environment is welcoming and the teachers are helpful. I have to say though their financial aid office is VERY poor. I got different answers in the same day to one simple question. I sent an email that same day inquiring about the difference and it has been days with no response. It seems as if no one in the financial aid department has been trained adequately or know that they are in a service field to Park Universities students. I am not one to review things but the way the financial aid department has handled and spoke on my questions is concerning when they are the ones who are handling my funds for school. Overall happy with all aspects of Park but their financial aid department really is a problem and I wish someone would get around to addressing it.
Don't Waste Your Money on a Park CIS Degree
Management Computer/Information Systems - June 8, 2015
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Park in May 2014. The majority of the classes I took were online through their accelerated program, although I did take a half dozen classes at the downtown Kansas City location as well as one at their main campus in Parkville. I thought I had done fairly well for myself; my cumulative GPA was exactly 3.7 and I graduated Magna Cum Laude after holding the Dean's List for a number of semesters. I was excited (prematurely) and had read all of the positive reviews which left the impression that it had been worthwhile. Then post-education reality set in... While the course work did provide me with generic experience, I have since found much of the material which was covered to be outdated. For instance, COBOL was a degree requirement even though batch file processing is akin to knives and bear skins in the world of modern databases. Structured Query Language was barely glanced at in the curriculum despite my taking two database management courses. Other courses, such as the one I took on user interface design, were all theory with very little implementation. So, after wading through tedious but interesting concepts, I found myself completely unprepared to do any actual real-world work. Perhaps the most frustrating thing was the lack of any real support structure regarding a transition to something outside the virtual classroom. I remember being made aware of only two internship positions in IT via my student e-mail to which I applied, only to be given the virtual finger. Since graduating, my "luck" hasn't changed and I have found Park's alumni program to be impotent as far as help with job seeking. Being saddled with 20 grand in student loans doesn't help either... To be fair, I do know people working in IT with same Park CIS degree who are doing well for themselves. However, in every single one of those cases, the individuals had previous IT experience gleaned from time served in the military. I have found employers value the experience more than the degree as a rule. After seeing the other positive reviews which are undoubtedly inflated, I felt I had to comment to get the sickly sweet taste out of my mouth.
Challenging Education at a Decent Price
Management/Logistics - April 12, 2015
I just graduated from Park University and really enjoyed the experience. The staff was always helpful and I believe I learned a lot despite taking about half of the course as distance education. The school is very military friendly and with the satellite campuses at military bases its a great option to get a college education while serving your country. For the most part, the teachers were knowledgeable, experienced, and provided excellent education, however there were a couple instructors who didn't seem to know what they were doing. The price of education was great for military students and the school was very helpful with Financial Aid, Tuition Assistance, and the GI Bill. I am now considering pursuing my graduate education from Park...all together I think its a great school.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Master of Business Administration - October 15, 2014
I applied and was accepted to PU. My employer was willing to pay %100 tuition, that would be over $20K for the degree, except for one bogus fee that would amount up to about $2500 for me to pay for. I asked to get this fee waived because my husband got his degree through PU and they worked with him and waived some of his fees. After going back and forth with clueless admin people I contacted the assistant to the dean, who said no it applies to all students. Do you know what this fee is for? To keep their program current!!! Really? This is the most pathetic fee, shouldn't it be a basic requirement to keep your program current as part of the tuition? I told her to dis-enroll me as I will take my GUARANTEED tuition elsewhere. What a fool. You would rather lose guaranteed $20K over a $2500 fee?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor Client Services
Human Rescouce Management - July 29, 2014
Park U is terrific. It's the poor customer service at the Davis Monthan campus that has swayed me in other directions. Service used to be stellar, now a joke. My husband and are so disappointed. After we returned from deployment and started back at Park we have decided to change institutions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Social Psychology/social work
Social Science - Social Psychology - December 21, 2013
If you are planning on going to graduate school after taking Park University classes online make sure you already have your reference sources! Most of the professors with the online classes will refuse to write you a reference. I even had a professor that claimed I was an amazing student and after making a 104 for my final class grade she refused my request for a reference letter. I also had issues with the social work department. I was going to minor in social work and one of the instructors that were setting up a master’s program at the Missouri campus attempted to pull me into their program suggesting if I moved there I would have a 99.9% chance in getting accepted. I got an A in her class but when I told her I was going to apply to a different university she would not write me a referral letter. I was good for Park's program but once I decided to go somewhere else they threw me overboard. Yeah, I guess I'm still a little upset about it. Most of the instructors are amazing with the online classes and grade fair. I only had one instructor that was unfair with her grading and as the semester went on I discovered she was counting points off for stuff that was not even wrong. After she graded my papers I would have an English tutor look over her grading and it turned out she was counting points off for stuff that was actually correct. I finally sent one of my papers to Park's English lab to have them check my paper before she graded it to tell me what was wrong. They responded that nothing was wrong with the quality of my writing. I then emailed the response I got from the Lab to her along with my paper and I never got another bad grade from my essays. The cost of tuition is extremely high. 2,250 for two classes each sub-term for undergraduate. I am going to graduate school and I will only be paying A little over 4k for 16 hours. The quality of the education is very good with Park University and I feel confident that I learned the skills needed to do well in a master’s program.
Management Computer/Information Systems - December 19, 2013
Its a great school. Received my Bachelor and it was well worth it. The courses itself wasn't extremely challenging, but you will get something out of them. After I graduated I found a job at one of the best hospital in the nation in the IT department. Park set me up for success and i am proud to call myself a Pirate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolute BEST University experience!!
Bachelor of Arts in English Writing - April 30, 2013
Park University was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I transferred into Park with my Associates degree and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English. The English Dept. faculty are some of the most intelligent, experienced, dedicated faculty you will ever find. Their commitment to help me succeed (not only in class, but in my future endeavors) gave me a pivotal foundation for my life goals. The student to teacher ratio is just the right size and the faculty are always available if you need extra help/guidance. I graduated with honors and received a job immediately upon graduating!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Park University: BS in Management/Logistics
Management/Logistics - April 19, 2013
The diverse selection of courses required for this degree prepared me for a very broad scope of career fields. Many of my instructors were retired military officers and enlisted. They excelled at describing how military experiences directly relate to corporate environments, and how well those experiences serve them in their own corporate careers and business ventures. As of the date of this review, I am employed as a Quality Engineer for an aerospace manufacturing company in Queens, NY. I have been able to quickly begin providing meaningful and measurable contributions to the company.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Social Science - Social Psychology - March 29, 2013
Park is an overall amazing school. Some teachers lack, just like every school, and a few of the courses are a little outdated, however, this is the easiest school i have attended and with the best teachers, ive been on the deans list every semester thus far and love this school. Recommend for everyone!
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