University of Phoenix
Review Averages: 5.6 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association
University of Phoenix Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Waste of Time and $$$
Health Administration - December 12, 2015
I went to UoPx for a year and a half in the Associate's for Medical Administration program. During this time I had a lot happen - my grandfather died, my son tried to commit suicide, I had a heart attack, my mother died, and my husband and I separated. When my grandfather died I spoke with my advisor to let her know I had to be out of town for about a week and I had no internet where I was going. Literally! You can barely get cell service and they were wanting me to find a shop that offered Wi-Fi to get my assignments done on a teeny little screen?! Needless to say I failed my class due to being out of town for a week and a half with no internet access. When my son attempted suicide, I was back and forth to the hospital to see him and participate in counseling at least three times a week. They gave zero leeway for this event either. Same when I had my heart attack. Attendance wasn't waived, extension on assignments was not granted. The day I was leaving to go back home to help my dad bury my mom, UoPx called as I had one foot out the door. All he cared about was my assignments. Even after I had told him I would have no internet and would be at least a week before returning back to "civilization" and internet. He kept stressing I needed to get participation done and assignments in on time. I ended up hanging up on him. While I was gone they called my home daily and hounded my husband about my attendance. As soon as I returned I submitted my paperwork for withdrawal and considered it done. They called the following week stating they were processing my withdrawal and to inform me I had failed my classes. I submitted the withdrawal PRIOR to the end of classes and they waited until the classes were done and failed me instead of being reasonable in terms of when the withdrawal was submitted. Any school that cannot allow time to grieve or time to heal is NOT a school for me. I was a 4.0 student for the first year which I was very proud of considering I was working full time and taking care of 3 kids and carrying a full course load. Thanks to UoPx I would be borderline academic probation at this point. Looking at SNHU - hopefully my credits will transfer. If not, lesson learned, but it seems SNHU and Capella are the schools of choice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Experience at UOP
Bachelor of Science in Business/Administration - September 17, 2015
I attended the UOP 10 - 12 years ago, and I completed about 1/3 of my credits needed for a BSBA. I ended up transferring to a local university, because I could complete my degree a quicker, based on my situation. As far as transferring credits, I only had an issue with transferring 3 of my 42 Credits. I was upset by this, but I didn't blame the UOP, I blamed my new institution. Anyhow, I took it up the chain to no avail, so I decided to Clep the class, and I received 6 credits for the test. (Biology) I showed them! Overall, I thought my instructors were great, helpful, knowledgeable, and fair. I have just enrolled in the UOP for my MBA, and I look forward to the experience. I am a little concerned with the team projects, but hopefully I'll get hooked up with the right people. I would recommend UOP to anyone...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great School - Got my BS/BA & M/MA with UOP !!!!
Master of Business Administration - September 15, 2015
I now have my BS/BA & my M/MA degrees from UOP. I started back in 2010 with my post 9/11 GI Bill. I doubled up on some classes to graduate 1 year early with a 3.5 GPA while working 40-50 hours per week full time at my job. You will get out of it what you put into it. You will learn to do extensive research & not plagiarize. You will work on teams that you may or may not like. You will have to type your fingers to the bone to complete the work objectives. YES, YOU WILL HAVE TO EARN YOUR DEGREE!!! State colleges offer partying, frats, & fraternities for children. If you are a responsible working adult then UOP is the way to go. They are accredited! If a company you are applying at says they don't observe a UOP degree then you might not want to work for such a discriminating company in the first place!!! I have extreme success with my UOP degrees & I couldn't be happier!!!! Whiners and "No one gets left behind" people stay away from UOP because we don't want you part of our elite team of graduates "if" you are not willing to work hard & earn your degree!!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Reached My Goal of earning my Degree
Bachelor of Science in Business/Management - June 25, 2015
Although I was required to finish my degree on-line because our local campus closed, I became very proficient working on-line and as a result improved my computer skills dramatically. I found the instructors helpful & demanded high standards. I did not BUY my degreee, I earned it! HOmework was intense. Teamwork as usual was difficult because every group had slackers who had to be pushed to do their part (same as at work)! I loved the on-line/ electronic textbooksbecause of the ease of research.I used the on-line library and the reviewing software for my papers constantly. These two programs definitely helped me achieve high marks. I give UoP high marks for setting and enforcing high academic standards.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This MIS degree is worth it ~
Master of Information Systems - June 25, 2015
I completed my Masters in Information Systems degree in May of 2015, and it was very much worth every effort. I have been with my current company for approximately six years before I completed my masters degree, and two months prior to graduating, I was promoted to Director of Information Technology. Overall, I have 15 years of experience in the IT field and a couple of certifications that helps to boost my net worth. Nonetheless, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Pennsylvania, Pace University, and NYU, but I chose the University of Phoenix based upon their information systems curriculum.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Associate of Arts in Criminal justice - June 23, 2015
I cannot seem to understand how everyone hates UOPX so much. I didn't like my academic & financial advisers, however I just stuck with it. When my fourth class began, I needed to drop it. I called my financial adviser and told her I needed to drop the class along with calling my academic adviser. The finance adviser told me that I couldn't drop the class because I already met the attendance requirement, so I stuck it out. Realizing I was going to fail the class, I called her again, asked to speak with her supervisor, and demanded they take me out of the class. The supervisor was extremely confused on why I wasn't dropped to begin with and they had to switch advisers because they were horrible. Even when I tried to talk to my academic adviser about it, he told me to suck it up because it's the college life. Ever since I've changed advisers, it has been a smooth ride; however because I dropped the previous class so late, I had to pay a little over $250 to begin the new class. I spoke with a few people and as I'm reading people are being told the same thing about getting laughed at because of the school you went to, however it's a regionally accredited university. I've called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and they even said they accept UOPX degrees. Any well respected business will accept the diploma and if they don't, you can always show them the webpage on ecampus that talks about their accreditation. Some of the teachers have been assholes, some have been extremely careless, and others have been extremely strict.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Doctor of Business Administration - June 10, 2015
I began my DBA program January 2005 and completed it effective June 2010. The courses were as expected, covering many interesting topics. From the start, the fellow students in my cohort (who went through the programs pretty much in the same courses together) discussed the distinction between a DBA and the well-known Ph.D. My undergraduate school's dean at the time had a DBA, so I was not deterred. I happened to solicit one doctoral mentor to work with me and he agreed. This was very lucky! I really like this person and still maintain a relationship with him. We happened to meet twice in person while I was pursuing the degree, which is not necessarily common with the university. I ran into a snag in finding a company to provide me access to their employees for the study leading to my dissertation. On my initiative, that was resolved after a nine-month detour. My mentor was exceptional in editing my dissertation as it went through various edits and iterations. I learned a great deal from him about academic writing. Simon & Schuster has nothing on his editing professionalism. I am currently an Adjunct Associate Professor with a globally-recognized university and I am highly regarded by the department leaders I work with. Admittedly, I came to the DBA program with 25 years career experience, including half of those years in senior management roles. The technology UofP uses has improved since I started and supported my growth very well. An academic advisor was interacting with me periodically throughout the program. Cost and financing was not an issue to me, as I did not need financing. I am engaged with three other professors pursuing a research project in my field of interest. It is great interacting with fellow professionals at this level. Attitudes about online programs have improved since 2005, as many brick and mortar schools are heading in this direction, too.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not worth it
EdD Curriculum & Instruction - May 15, 2015
I was required to take classes for my teaching certificate. I had very few options, which the Board of Ed had pre-approved. I have experienced 5 courses. The first was silly busy work, but there were a couple of useful things. I loved the instructor. She was fair and thorough. The next class was a complete nightmare. I even went to experts for advice with the assignments. The professor based her grade on APA formatting. 80% of the grade was formatting and 20% was context. It would have been helpful to know that in advance. I dropped that class because even though I was working so hard, I was going to receive the 80% required by the Board of Ed. I enrolled in another course. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME. THE INSTRUCTOR THOUGHT PALM PILOTS WERE STILL BEING USED IN CLASSROOMS. That was 15 years ago. The next class was another disaster. I am not a stupid person. I graduated with honors but the assessments were so vague that I had no idea what was being asked of me. No way was I getting an 80 in that class no matter how hard I worked. I dropped that one and enrolled in another. AN EVEN BIGGER DISASTER. This was a reading class and the instructor didn't even know digital textbooks existed. She was very disorganized and unclear. Her assignments made no sense. Classmates were constantly posting that they didn't know what she was asking. She made a mistake in the syllabus and penalized students for HER error. I would never recommend this school and never, ever, recommend the instructor or the course. I am done with the University of Phoenix. Friends like Capella.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Mixed Review
Associate of Arts in General Studies - May 7, 2015
University of Phoenix is similar to most colleges (in my experience). There are great professors-and not so great. The bigger question is: are you ready for college. I say this because in my experience at the University of Phoenix (online), there were students who put their heart and soul into it. However, three-quarters of them were likely unprepared. I believe the college should test the student for their ability to accept the coursework challenge, and their ability to adapt to increasing change. All colleges have rules that were not known to you previously. Some of your grades depend on your ability to do research on the professor's and school's expectations, as well as, learning things outside of your institution. You will have instructors that anger you. You will have instructors that will either give you an easy "A" or critique every key stroke. You will have to join "teams" to submit a weekly/biweekly project. There will be many team members who will not submit their portions as promised. You or another team member will have to do their work at a minute's notice to safeguard your GPA. Pay attention to the clock on at the top of your page. All work is due by Phoenix, Arizona time. I failed a class due to this. There are academic counselors who are not completely familiar with the rules and may misguide you. Ask the right questions! If the answer is in any way vague, ask again. Do be assertive about your education. You are the one paying them (though sometimes they may act otherwise). Most of your frustrations will likely be due to: a)lack of preparation (on your behalf), b) you didn't ask the right questions, c) institution rules you were not aware of, d)collaborative teamwork (lack of effort by other members, f)discussion questions, and e)this institution is pricey. If you fail a course in the associates level, you will need to pay around 1,400 dollars to retake it. It will make you want to cry. Do be prepared to get frustrated with college work (can be especially frustrating when it is online). The instructors will not always get back with you in 48 hours as is the school policy. Be prepared for this. Do not wait until a day or two before the assignment is due to ask questions. Read that golden syllabus ahead! Write down all questions you have, their will be vague spots and sometimes fancy wording. Be prepared to write and learn to be good at writing (they have a substantial amount of writing resources). You will get poor grades if you do not learn to write appropriately. They are sticklers for APA guidelines and grammatical errors. I went to UOP for three years. Most of the students were not even intermediate level in writing. You will be graded mostly on your writing abilities and less on your knowledge of the coursework. You can have substantial knowledge of a subject and still get a failing grade for writing errors. They will crack down on plagiarism. If you think you're going to "copy" and "paste" you are wrong. Disable this keyboard function-joke(it can be tempting when you're tired or do not understand the subject). The associate level courses are moderately easy. The bachelor's level courses will test your ability to go on. PROS: great resources (books, writing, citation, et cetera), great guidance counselors, mostly challenging courses, and mostly involved instructors CONS: teamwork will bring tears to your eyes, discussion questions can sometimes leave you with your face planted into your desk (falling asleep), heavy loads of coursework, you will write around a thousand words a day (give or take). They do not check to see if you are truly prepared for the college challenge.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Overall UoP is worth it for my needs
Bachelor of Science in Business/Administration - April 29, 2015
I've been attending UOP the last several years completing my BSB with a concentration in HR. I would stop taking classes on occasion when we'd have a baby so its taken longer to complete than I'd initially planned. I have four classes left so I'm almost there! In all honesty, you will only get out what you put into UoP. If you want to learn and are self driven, read the material and participate, you'll learn... Can you get through this by using google and reformatting your papers so its not directly plagiarized? Yes but that will only hurt you and you'll graduate not knowing much more than when you started. After getting married and having kids and a FT job, brick and mortar college wasn't in the cards for me. I am now in my early 40's and trying to advance my career within a large global company. I know the perception and stigma that UoP has...its not like getting a degree from Auburn or UGA...but I have 25+ years of work experience and wisdom and bottom line, my company requires an accredited degree for advancement in my field. They pay for the classes and I give it my best effort. You won't create a vast network of contacts, you really won't make any friends nor will your instructors remember you. Your degree is only part of what HR Managers look at...you are a culmination of work experience, life experience, outside interests and hobbies...your integrity, loyalty and attitude shape you as a person. I noticed many folks stating the degree didn't help them because it was from UoP and they didn't learn anything etc or the classes were a joke. That's a victim mentality - I don't know if the facilitators read my papers or if my participation made a difference in the class discussion but I did the best I could do. For those dealing with Financial Aid - there are going to be dolts working in any office so make sure everything is correct and do not just take someone's word on it - double/triple check. The ramifications are enormous and having your credit ruined for seven years because you aren't going to pay them for their mistake is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. You have to look out for you because no one else will and blame is the inability to accept responsibility. Even if they say it is correct, get everything in writing and copies of all the paperwork. The "advisors" seem to be call center rep's at best and that's a lot of financial trust to put into someone knowing the high turnover rate they have. UoP is the stepping stone I need to step up my career. It is what it is - a for profit university that puts all the work on the student, little on the facilitator and that gives any student the ability to either dig in and study the material (not sure how someone couldn't learn anything from a 600 page book) or squeak by using google. I'm glad I chose UoP - its worked well for my dynamics and will soon help me get the promotion I've been working on all these years!
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