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Associate Programs:
Associate of Science Degree in Communications (5)
Associate of Arts in General Studies (24)
Associate of Arts in Information Technology/Networking (7)
Elementary Education (4)
Associate Human Services (4)
Psychology (9)

Bachelor Programs:
Bachelor of Science in Business/Administration (34)
Bachelof of Science in Management (19)
BA of Science in Elemtary Education (5)
Bachelor of Science in Business - E-Business (1)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Information Systems (2)
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (21)
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (16)
Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Management (7)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting (9)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Finance (7)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Management (24)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing (7)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Public Administration (1)
Bachelor of Science in Business/Retail Management Bachelor of Science in Management (2)
Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (12)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (3)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (22)

Masters Programs:
Master of Business Administration (34)
Master of Business Administration - e-Business (4)
Master of Business Administration/Technology Management (6)
Master of Information Systems (4)
Master of Information Systems/Management (1)
Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Administration and Supervision (2)
Master of Arts in Education/ Curriculum and Instruction - Computer Education (1)
Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction-Adult Education (1)
Master of Arts in Education (17)
Master of Arts in Education Special Education Master of Arts in Education Elementary Teacher Education (3)
Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Teacher Education for Secondary Licensure (1)
Master of Business Administration (3)
Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management (1)
Master of Health Administration (5)
Master of Science in Nursing (3)
Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing/Health Care Education (3)
Master of Science in Nursing - Integrative Health Master of Science in Nursing and MBA Master of Business Administration/Accounting (1)
Master of Business Administration/Global Management (2)
Master of Business Administration/Human Resources Management (1)
Master of Business Administration/Marketing Master of Business Administration/Public Administration Master of Management (1)
Master of Management/Human Resources Management (1)
Master of Management/Public Administration
Doctoral Programs:
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (3)
Doctor of Health Administration (2)
Doctor of Business Administration (3)
Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership (4)


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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 16, 2014

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Online Business Degree I must agree with those who say that you get out of it what you put into it. This is a great school for adults who aren't interested in frats, sororities, partying, or the dorms, and are primarily concerned with learning and getting an accredited degree. There were many nights after coming home from a full day at work that I did not feel like putting in 2-3 hours of math labs or reading 60+ pages of accounting text. On the weekends I had-Guess what?-More reading and more assignments to complete. It was not an easy commitment to keep and I wanted to just slow down so many times, but I kept going. The environment is not the sterile academic scene of the traditional university where you are saved from having to deal with "those people" because they do their work and you do yours. You will be forced to work with people you don't agree with, are not at the top of the class, and whose scholastic habits are less than supportive of your own success. In other words, it's just like the job you have during the day, only you're paying someone else to let you do it. If you expect to work hard and be treated like a grown person, you may find, as I did, that the UOP is right for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 16, 2014 (email verified)

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Beware Run from this school. Credits do not transfer and the faculty is subpar. I know a former faculty member who taught for four years in the associate's degree program, and she mentioned it was a joke. They give the online instructor's the format, the person never read the book, or papers. It was just a good why to to collect a little change on the side.
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Hdfb (In Progress) on September 15, 2014 (email verified)

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Never had a problem with U of Phx I have been attending U Of P online since 2012, I earned my AA in business management and am currently working towards my BS in Business Management. I will start off by saying that if you are not a self disciplined person and expect everything to be handed to you then the On-line experience is not going to work for you. The coursework requires lots of reading and writing over the 9 weeks or 5 weeks, depending on your program. You get what you put into it. Learning teams are not always great, there are people who try to ride through and not do anything but they CAN be dismissed from the team for not participating. Over-all I have enjoyed the curriculum and learned in every course.
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Dkoegle (Graduate) on September 14, 2014 (email verified)

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MBA Global Management I took the MBA/GM in 2000/2002. As a traveling professional with several years experience, some of the courses were a "walk in the park", while others required significant effort and communication with team members. I was able to keep up with the entire program while traveling abroad and started preparing early for the final project, which made the program earier to complete. The program was exceptional. I followed this program with another MBA specialty in Technology Management.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 10, 2014 (email verified)

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Good overall experience I started at UoP after having 25 years in IT and learning that it would be difficult to find a job without a degree. I found the experience very difficult at times, however there were some classes that were not very difficult - because of my many years of experience. For those who have negative comments, it appears they did not have a good experience and I attribute the majority of the negative comments to financial challenges - generally based on dropping a class and then still having to pay for it. It takes a very strong personal commitment to attend an online university and unless you are willing to put in the many long and late hours, this is not for everyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2014

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Corruption Terrible! Don't bother wasting your time here for they are unprofessional staff online and in-person. I wouldn't expect children to be working in this joint but it will become quit suprising especially when they treat you unfairly. Online courses were fabulous but then it started shooting down with corruption and I was framed for violations I never did which left me with nothing. Avoid this trash if you can for their high tuition ratings are not affordable and not a decent atmosphere to work with.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 16, 2014

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MSN Ifound UOP to be both challenging and fun. Yes, fun! The professors are all exceptional. One professor would even call me to make sure I was understanding the assignment requirements! The online environment is conducive to learning and THINKING. Canned answers are not exceptable; I found that the courses were reality based and very appropriate for today's nurse. I wish UOP had a DNP program, because I would not hesitate to sign up for it! The counseling department are wonderful: from helping me initially with financial aid to guiding me through the online environment. This is an exceptional university. If you are motivated to learn, you will not regret this choice. No spoon feeding here, but alot of caring and expert staff.
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Hershekyss (Graduate) on August 5, 2014 (email verified)

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UOP - Getting to work I have been reading the negative comments by those that attend the online version of UOP. Let's just say it is different from attend campus classes. I've had hard teachers THAT ARE ACTUALLY TEACHERS and not facilitators. I can count on one hand how many facilitators I had. DO YOUR RESEARCH! - I've had several teachers that didn't teach worth anything and considered UOP an easy check. Let's just say they are not at the campus where I attend. I have had teachers that have made those 4 hours all about them and their therapy. I will say that those teachers are no longer there. I complain because I pay. Now if you didn't get anything out of the classes, then that is your fault! I consider myself intelligent and I would say the classes can be challenging. They were challenging to me because I went above and beyond in all of my classes. I've managed to retain much of my education and haven't lost anything. You know that saying, "If you don't use it, You loose it!" That's what happened to many of those fly-by-nighters. There is good and bad in every school and just because you go to an Ivy league school does not mean you are a Straight-A student! Reagan had a C average in Economics, Bush had a C average.O_o
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Stevenm.braxtoon (Graduate) on July 28, 2014

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Excellent School: You Get What You Put Into It.! The University of Phoenix Information Technology for the Bachelor's Degree was tough, long, tiring, and sacrifice driven. All of which is necessary for you to get a dergree that is meaniningful and hard fought for. The Staff for the Financial and Education counseling were very helpful. For two years, I did my homework during the week and weekends. I had to post with everybody else on-time. Every last one of my papers, like every student at the school has to write a least three papers in a 5 week period. You can't be lazy with this school. You HAVE to be proactive by talking to people, coordinating group assignments, etc. Why? Because its homework! If you get stuck on citations, the database library works perfectly. If you want the grade, do the work. I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology with a concentration of Information Secuirity. AGAIN...I say to the nawsayers...This is a good onlie college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 18, 2014

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Save Yourself While You Can First of all, the course work is not challenging not one bit I've breezed through almost two degrees with little to no brain work involved. Learning teams are a joke; they're full of procrastinators who make excuses as to why they can't turn in their portion of the assignment on time. With all things considered, the worst experience I've had is with my financial counselor. Every disbursement period since I've been enrolled, I've gotten "randomly" selected for verification. This wouldn't be a problem if it didn't require faxing and refaxing documents several times. My "counselor" would ask for more documents in bits and pieces instead of asking for everything he needed all at once. Now, I have two classes left until I'm done with my B.S. and you would think this would be cause for celebration. NO! The financial aid department has put me through heck with this last verification stint, making it impossible for me to finish. My classes keep getting pushed back while they try to figure out how to extort more money out of me. Oh, did I forget to mention, they're already asking for me to start paying my loans back. Do not go here if you value your sanity.I'm disgusted. After reading other reviews and seeing that most people have not gotten a job after finishing, I am certain I will have to start over at a real school. Why didn't I leave you might ask? I had no guidance regarding returning to school and being a working mother, online courses seemed the best solution to make a better life for us. I realized I was being duped $40.000 too late.
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Jtoledo853 (In Progress) on June 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Quality school but do research first I did some research on University of Phoenix and from my general knowledge I enrolled into University Of Phoenix in March of this year. The enrollment process was smooth and was notified of my acceptance few weeks later. Got into my first course Gen/200 I feel that this course should not be required as part of my Psychology program in my opinion because it's simply a course that is mostly common sense for any college individual unless you haven't been in college for awhile. My main concern was the financial aid, now it was disbursement as scheduled which has changed a twice now it wasn't a big deal if my finance adviser would of given me a straight answer when I asked "Why was it changed?". I have respect for the University of Phoenix as an educational institution however, it wasn't for me and that's why I withdrew and enrolled into another university.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 30, 2014 (email verified)

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I'm not learning anything The teacher that I have now is like a robot she copies and paste EVERYTHING! They give you assignments but you don't actually learn anything. There are a few things I like about this school..it's convenient (I have two jobs so actually going to class would be impossible) I'm failing my class now but after she grades my other assignments I should pass. I plagiarized which is completely my fault, but I'm not learning anything and I couldn't understand the question. The teacher wont help you she'll just copy [stuff]. OH and the financial lady BLOWS up my phone, I keep telling her that I'm waiting for my IRS paper to come, that means I WILL call you. The guy that's supposed to check up on me calls me only while I'm at work, and will not leave me alone!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 24, 2014

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failed to provide essentials I have not learn anything the first 2 years , the final course was hard and the teacher never helps they are there for décor if you asked for help or extra explanation the best they do is refers you again to the book. I will never recommend this university for a friend as it is about making more money.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 15, 2014 (email verified)

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UOPX MSN online I completed the UOPX RN to MSN online program in 2014. It was challenging and expensive but totally worth every penny for my career advancement. As with any college, online or campus setting (I consider myself a professional student now) there are issues and obstacles that must be overcome during the process. The nursing program was exceptional. I found many like minded working professionals, including professors that were supportive and motivated. My connections in the online environment were closer than any campus climate. Feedback was prompt and technical support was 24/7. As my first online education experience I was pleasantly surprised and adequately challenged at UOPX. I believe the online educational forum is the future and UOPX is a successful example.
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Aloving2012 (In Progress) on April 29, 2014 (email verified)

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Enjoying UOP After reading some of the other reviews, especially the negative ones, I have to say that my experience has been completely different. I have had no problems with contacting my Financial Advisors, Student Advisors or Teachers. There is a lot of writing papers, quizzes, PowerPoint's, etc... but it is ONLINE people, what did you expect? That's really the only way for them to know that you are understanding the information since it is not in a traditional classroom. I work a full-time job, volunteer, have three children, one grandchild, and go to school...so it's not that you can't work in order to go to school online, but you do have to be organized and efficient with your time! Online schooling is not for everyone and I believe that is where a lot of the negative comments stem. UOP has offered me a chance at furthering my education, when I would not have had that chance otherwise.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 28, 2014 (email verified)

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Quid Pro Quo I am just finishing up my Associate's in Psychology through the UoPx, preparing to transfer to a traditional university, not because I am dissatisfied, but because certain classes that I require are not possible online in any format. This school truly is about getting what you put in. I have met people who have pored over their studies, earn great marks, and moved on to great career paths. Some, like me, see UoPx as a stepping stone in a line of education that is still very viable. We don't go to Phoenix because it is prestigious, we go because it is convenient. Plain and simple. If you don't read your material, study, and take your time to do things right, you will not get the grades you want. Anywhere. I've had some really remarkable teachers that have impressed me with their dedication, speed, knowledge, and attitudes. I've also had one or two that left something to be desired. This happens with any educational institution. However, I strongly feel that the decision to attend Phoenix was the right choice for me. As I move forward beyond Phoenix, I will not be ashamed of my degree, as some might suggest. It has given me confidence I never had before. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Psychology classes offered through Phoenix and I know that the knowledge I have obtained will be useful as I pursue dual Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience next, and onward into graduate school. I read the material, I took the time, and it's already paying off.
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Nodpearson (Graduate) on April 15, 2014 (email verified)

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MaED Degree I attended the Teacher Education Program before the MaED degree. The masters program was a hybrid program, it included both online and in class sessions for all courses. I was impressed with the program and enjoyed the learning process. The materials were available online and could be accessed 24/7. I was able to review materials and ask questions online with instructors. Turning in assignments (online) were also easy. For the most part the instructors were good, there was one that I had to go to the administration about because she wanted to change the syllabus part way through the program. I think the administration listened to me because I was older and worked for twenty plus years before beginning the program. I set up a meeting with the instructor and administration and resolved the problem. The registrar, administration, teachers, financial aid, exit interviewer, post degree credential adviser were all very helpful. The support I received was top notch. I completed the masters program for a little over $10,000, granted they used my Teacher Education program credits to fill five of the twelve courses of the requirements. UofP use of technology was great, we were exposed to various types of technology and the IT group provided support whenever needed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 15, 2014 (email verified)

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Ashamed to say I attend UoP I am in my last year of a 4 yr management degree. I have maintained A's throughout my time in U of P. I have to say, 1/3 of those courses I know very little about, another 1/3 I deserved a C grade. Not once do I feel I knew the material well enough to justify an A. I am almost certain every learning team is a mandatory match between the high grade students and failing students who leach off the A students. The teaching is minimal, or in a few classes, completely non-existant. I am at the point now, I could just take the course syllabus, do all the assignments by Googling them, and ace the 30 question fill in the dot final, without ever reading the material or any instruction. THE SCHOOL IS A JOKE zero value for your money. If you really want to learn, do not go here. If you want an easy degree, jst a piece of paper that says you have a degree than this is your school. I am trapped, I am too far along to switch now. My coursework in 6th grade was tougher than the 4th year classes...
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 26, 2014

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Great School After reading some of the negative comments, I want to laugh. Bottom line is people want things handed on foot to them. I graduated with BS and had multiple interviews with impressive companies too. All this complaining about learning teams, do people not see the point that if you can't learn to work as a team you will never be succesful in the professional world? UOP has nothing but your career in mind, so things like being responsible enough to work with a team and actually do your work are apart of preparing you to be independent and responsible in the REAL world. Most of the negative reviews on here appear to be from people who have never experienced another college, clearly a succesful career for that matter. Look around before you throw the darts. If you fail a class, THATS YOUR FAULT. Of course you have to pay for it. If you can't learn to work with people as a team, also your fault and downfall career wise. I very much enjoyed and LEARNED a lot from my experience here, but that's because I put my best into it. I also put actual effort into finding a job with using UOPs career tools to make an excellent resume that got me job interviews and a career within a month. Its all about what you put into it people. The university itself has the highest accrediation possible for a university, something that can't be bought by any college. It must be earned.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 24, 2014

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Straight A student - The place is a JOKE I am a straight A student with just a few classes left in my 4 yr Business Management degree. I attended the actual classes at the school for a year, these were sub par but at least I learned a little, I had to switch to the online only, and now it is just a horrible joke. I feel trapped and just want to finish the degree, although I know I am just wasting my time and life, I am learning absolutely nothing. The online "facilitators" just copy and paste premade statements here and there. There is noi way I have earned straight A's, I am ashamed but I will finish it out there. Lots of mindless busy work, but no learning. Please find a real school to attend if you have any dignity.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 21, 2014

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RN-BSN Program This is a doable program but time consuming. I am a full time RN as well. If you don't know APA format, you will struggle. But I was glad I didn't wait very long before going back for my BSN. You do write a paper about every week (usually includes researching) along with 2 class discussions and at least respond to 6 classmates on at least 3 different days. So total of 8 post per week. Not too bad. Classes are usually 5-7 weeks long depending on # of credits. Also, there is no break between classes except during Christmas. But if you need a break, let your advisor know so you can get reschedule. The staffing is very helpful and my advisor checks on me at least in every class I was in. This school is really good as far as paper-work and other issues with admissions/finance. The only complaint I have is tuition is expensive. That's the only reason I am considering going somewhere else for my MSN; otherwise I would stay with UOP.
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Marketingsteve (Graduate) on February 11, 2014 (email verified)

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Do Not Waste Your Time At UoP I found no respect in the business world with a MBA from UoP. Before you earn it you will be required to do more work and pay more in tuition then at other universities for a degree that for me has been worthless. The reasons are many. The caliber of the student body extremely low because of open enrollment anyone can attend UoP, and as you will see, most of them could not get accepted anywhere else, so you will be forced to carry those students through the program in the Learning Team environment. UoP does not employee professors or licensed teachers only facilitators who do no teaching only facilitate the class according to a predetermined curriculum. Everything you learn, you will learn on your own, and those who not want to learn anything and just want a degree, they can get that here, which is why I have found their degrees are not respected in the business community. That has been my experience.
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Ericsparks607 (In Progress) on February 10, 2014 (email verified)

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Review read I would not recommend this to anyone that has access to a community college or a 4 year in person class. I live in Manhattan so the schools here are super picky about getting in after you have received a BA which I have 2 already so I had to take a graduate program and Im not even waiting to get in to those here. I need my CPA asap so I decided to go with an online school. I like that I am teaching myself that's what life is anyway and especially in accounting but I spend more time trying to please the facilitator who counts how many words you type on message boards as your participation grade. This quarter I had to email him to ask him what more does he want because I responded to all of his message boards discussions and he wasn't giving me full credit for my participation grade. I am understanding all the material I am learning myself and still worried about my grade based on will he give me full credit based on how many words I type not did I really just understand what I learned. So no please don't do it online unless you are in my situation.. you know you need to get in and get it done asap. Oh yeah I had to chase them for 2 and half months to get my FIN AID money.
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Drypebble (Graduate) on January 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent Education For The Money I love how they take full advantage of the online portal. Books, software, and programs are all available to utilize through their site. Most instructors are very personable and make themselves available to students day or night. The curriculum is informative and of extreme value. Financial and Academic counselors are vested in your success every step of the way. They call you to check on you every now and then. Most importantly, they return your calls promptly. I highly recommend University of Phoenix for continued education. It is a flexible way to change your life goals and put you on the path to success. The commitment to getting there belongs to you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 22, 2014 (email verified)

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A waste of time and money I just spent 2 weeks in the GEN class that I have already taken in other colleges, but is a REQUIREMENT of this University to charge you again for a class you have already taken. The gest of the book "How to become a Master Student". The book is downloaded, about 200 pages, and you have to print it..... if you can get through the security requirements to get it. The organization of the classroom is not organized at all. You spend a great deal of time looking for the items needed to start and understand what the course is trying to teach you. I withdrew from the school right at 2 weeks and am now being told that I owe then 500.00, the University itself is more expensive than accredited colleges with better programs. Now I am expected to pay for receiving absolutely nothing, as I did not learn anything. I would not recommend this University to anyone, and should have listened to my better instincts to wait.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 29, 2013 (email verified)

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MS Crim. Justice & Security Adm Very involved faculty (in general), rigorous writing standards, much better learning environment than traditional in-class BS program at Univ. of Arizona.
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Stevencarkey (Graduate) on December 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Do your research Many people have written negative review for this school, yet most of the time when you continue reading them they end up saying that they were screwed over by the cost of the course which they dropped. The simple fact is that any school will charge a student when they make a poor decision. This is college and someone enrolling into college needs to make their own decisions regarding their education. I feel that this school is the only reason that I was able to complete my degree in a reasonable amount of time. The university has come under scrutiny because of unfair recruiting practices, but that does not mean that it is not accredited. The school is both regionally and ACBSP accredited. This educational quality of the classes is dependent on the amount of effort put into the course. Overall for me this school worked and I enjoyed my experience here, check into the it before enrolling, whatever school your looking at.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 29, 2013

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Beware! LISTEN TO WHAT I SAY- I HAD EXCELLENT GRADES IN THE MASTERS OF TEACHING MAJOR. WHEN I GOT TO THE STUDENT TEACHING, I WASN'T PREPARED. THE COOPERATING TEACHERS DID NOT TAKE THE ONLINE PROGRAM SERIOUSLY AND LEFT ME TO SIT IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM FOR 2 MONTHS. WHEN I HAD TO BE EVALUATED, I HAD VERY LITTLE PRACTICE AND RECEIVED A MEDIOCORE EVALUATION. I GOT INTO A DISAGREEMENT WITH THE TEACHER AND PHOENIX WITH 5 LESSONS LEFT TO TEACH FOR MY STUDENT TEACHING. PHOENIX WOULDN'T ALLOW ME TO GET MY MASTERS. I ASKED ABOUT TRANSFERRING CREDITS, AS I HAD 39, TO ANOTHER PHOENIX MAJOR. I WOULD BE ABLE TO TRANSFER ONE CREDIT ONLY. THE SCHOOLS IN THE NORTHEAST WOULD TAKE ONE OR THREE CREDITS. SO, I AM PAYING A LOAN OFF FOR MANY YEARS AND DON'T HAVE THE DEGREE. PHOENIX WILL SUPPORT THE COOPERATING TEACHER AND NOT THE PHOENIX STUDENT. I REALLY DID ENJOY THE ONLINE PROGRAM BEFORE THE STUDENT TEACHING AND CAN'T COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT.
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Bcjacobson (In Progress) on November 16, 2013 (email verified)

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My degree has served me well I graduated in 2007 from the UoP on-line with a MIS degree. For me, results are what matter the most and I am happy to say that my degree has served me well. When I first started the program I was earning 60k, then after many promotions and now starting my own IT company over a year ago, I am happy to say that I have more than tripled my income. I mention this because I remember wondering if the ROI was there when I was looking into it, I can tell you now that it is. Even though I was a programmer during the time and well versed in IT, the courses were tough and the instructors were very good! The degree expanded my knowledge of IT (and related areas) to the point that I quickly moved into upper management. Taking the time to earn the degree was well worth it for me and I highly recommend it. My advice to new students... Be prepared to work very hard.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 9, 2013 (email verified)

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BSM I would have to say that a lot of the bad reviews that have been given are from people who didnt finish. The best review on here was the guy that said take it for what it is. This school will open doors for you , IF YOU FINISH! 99% of a degree means no degree. With that being said, dont think you are walking into an interview and are just going to floor some manager with the fact that you have a UOP degree. This school is more for those people who already have a somewhat promising career path and a great resume that is only lacking the basic qualification of a degree. If the best thing on your resume is your degree and you have never held anything but entry level positions, then go a cheaper route. A Bachelors checks a box that gets you an interview. It will not land you a position as a CEO or executive. Your work experience will do that. The degree has helped me but my success will be determined on how I perform in the positions Ive held. This is the way America works unless you went to a top 25 school. It is what it is. Id say its worth it if you fall into this category of working adults who have hit a ceiling.
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Unterrie (Graduate) on November 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Good experience Prior to attending the University I had doubts, but the curriculum has proven to be thorough and efficient in comparison with traditional universities. I only wish University of Phoenix could build upon its prestige and alumni/alumnus by ensuring businesses understand the work ethic and educational principals this university has instilled in its alumni.
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Marasia (Graduate) on September 12, 2013 (email verified)

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Not a bad school, just hard. I have just completed my Associates with a concentration in Psychology and am currently enrolled in the Bachelor's program for Business. I has been difficult. I transferred into UoP online after a house fire made it necessary to drop all my classes at a local school and my completion rate dropped. I have spent more time on assignments through UoP than I was at my local college. It has been a struggle, but I made it. I am a mother of 4 and work full time with a varying schedule. It is hard, I have failed a couple classes and worked hard to make them up. I have read some of the reviews and I can only say I wish I would of had some instructors that would of let me slide by and pass me just because they didn't want to deal with me. It would of made life a lot easier at some very difficult points. This school is not for everyone. If possible I would prefer a physical classroom but that has not been an option since I have been promoted into management. I am not a fan of the learning teams, but I can understand the value. I prefer being responsible for myself and not relying on others. I have found it frustrating that other professionals in my team have a hard time communicating while I have been posting messages to let everyone in my team know where I am and what I am capable of doing. I was assigned team editor and I have had to work with information provided by others that I believe is substandard, but those are all things that can be worked through. You grade your team at the end of the course and if the instructor sees your point of view the individuals in the team are graded accordingly. My academic advisor through the AA program was wonderful and while I was transitioned to a new advisor as I got close to graduating for the Bachelor's program my previous advisor was the first person I called to let him know I made it. He checked in with me every other week until I transitioned, if my participation was lagging he would call me to make sure I was okay and helped keep me on track. My new advisor is not the same and if I have questions or concerns I still call my first advisor. There are some bad instructors but there are also some really good ones, just like in any school. I can say I am more proud of my accomplishment at UoP than I would be from a traditional school because I've had to work a lot harder for it.
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Dwilson1964 (Graduate) on September 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Not worth the money I enrolled in UoPx like many others as a way of going back to school while working full time and raising a family. It wasn't very long before I realized that I should have researched the school better. You are not taught anything and the curriculum is third rate at best. Many of your so-called classmates can't formulate a cohesive sentence yet you are required to hold online discussion sessions with them. How? I knew if I dropped out I would owe all of this money with no return on my investment so I stuck it out and obtained my AA degree. I immediately transferred to a legitimate brick and mortar university that had an online and in-person campus in my area. I was happy that all of my UoPx credits transferred over. After attending my new school it became painfully obvious how poor of an educational experience I had at UoPx. UoPx used outdated material, (many of the electronic books were three to four editions behind current material), grossly overpriced, and the learning environment was nonexistent. I now have "real book" which are current and relevant, peers who academically deserve to be in a college classroom, and professors who have a genuine desire to see me achieve (but do not just give me a passing grade without me earning it). I will graduate in a few months with my bachelors degree and I am confident that it will be viewed as legitimate whereas my UoPx associates degree is useless. To everyone who says that you only get out of it what you put into it, you are delusional. You cannot get more out of it than UoPx has put into it and they have put the bare minimum. Spend your money somewhere else, you will end up paying far less and learning far more.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Business Managemrnt I have been in the university of Phoenix since 2010 and have completed more classes than in a regular college. In many classes, I feel as if I am in a high school course. I have teammates who act if they are in high school. They do not act if this is a college course and it makes it very frustrating when they do not want to do their part. If you enroll in a college like the University of Phoenix, you best be informed of what the college requires for classroom involvement. The teams are unsupervised and you are basically responsible for your own education and the instructors are only there to approve your work and make sure you participate. I you are not ready to be self instructed, do not apply.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 31, 2013

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Stay away from the McAllen Campus! Its a joke of a school! I'll just give 2s all around. I don't know anything about the teachers or materials but if they are anything like the people I talked to at my appointment I cant imagine that there is much quality to be found I those areas. This school is awful! It is a joke! I requested information online and soon after received several phone calls from an enrollment advisor. I finally went to the campus and that's when I saw uop's true colors. First, I was greeted by a person who seemed to have no idea what he was doing. He had a confused look on his face when he asked for my id and gave me a paper to fill out. He told me to sit down and wait for my enrollment advisor and offered me coffee. When I sat down and tried to do the paper he kept talking to me and it was hard to concentrate. He rambled on and I acknowledged him but didn't really know what he was talking about. He mumbled and spoke in jibberish and was hard to understand. He wore clothes that were wrinkled and didn't match. I mean a striped shirt with black pants and red socks! My enrollment advisor was nice, She took me on a tour of the campus and seemed to know a lot about the school. When we sat down to talk, she talked about degree options briefly but talked a lot about financial aid. Went over grant and loan options a lot and I felt uncomfortable at that point. It became all about money at that point. I haven't talked to anyone about financial options since I bought my truck! When she was done I couldn't wait to leave. I kindly thaked her for her time and the sales routine kept going. On my way out the door she handed me some of her business cards and told me that if I knew anyone that may be interested to give them her card and have them call her. As I was walking out the door the person at the front desk asked me if I wanted a coffee to go. I said no and he went on blabbing about how good the coffee was! I kindly said no thanks and left. I drove away laughing! What a joke of a school! What a horrible experience and first impression! I spoke with an enrollment advisor who reminded me of a used car salesman and a receptionist who was ghastly and appalling to look at! I am a working mother of 3 with a Bachelors Degree and 10 years experience in management which includes 4 years in upper level management.Instinct told me to leave the place when I saw thr receptionist but I stayed and now consider it a mistake! This "school" if you can even call it that, is a company! A for profit corporate organization that cares about money and only money! Lucky for me there is another school here that has a great MBA program. I will be going there instead.
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Alain03 (In Progress) on August 29, 2013 (email verified)

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Don't waste your time and money at this farce of a school I've taken or enrolled in courses both online and at my local UOP campus. The on-campus (or as the school calls them, on-site) classes consist of four hours of class time per week, for the five weeks that the class is in session. The 20 hours per course, you may notice, is nowhere near the class time required at a traditional school for an undergrad course of three semester units, and I think it would be quite foolish to imagine that this fact is not known by graduate school admissions staff. (Something to keep in mind if you're even remotely interested in continuing your studies.) If you're wondering why I'm telling you about a physical class, please bear with me. I assure you, it ties in neatly with the online experience. On the first day of a business class, the "instructor" spent the entire three hours (the cumulative classroom time, not counting the breaks) giving us her extremely tedious and boring autobiography, which had not one whit to do with the course. So, that's 20 per cent of classroom time squandered, already. Then, towards the end of the session, a few students (including me) asked questions actually pertaining to the class. I'd expressed concern, civilly and politely, about word counts for essays, but she apparently took my query as an affront, and "reported" me to the school authorities (I am not making this up; not even my own imagination is that good). When they contacted me, I dropped the course, and I wisely dropped the school. The online experience was not, I would say, categorically different. The fascinating thing online was the mountain of illiteracy that I encountered from others in my classes. Again, if you think that grad schools don't know this, you're deluding yourself. Of course, Phoenix will accept you for a Master's with open arms ("When can you start?") But then you'd have two worthless degrees, instead of just one. According to the recent U.S. News survey of online schools, UOP ranks an abysmal 79th in the overall score. Actually, I should think that that was being rather generous. There are plenty of other, better online schools; my advice to you is to keep far away from this one.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 22, 2013

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Not bad at all I want to start off by saying that a lot of people may have one bad experience with this school, and after that they start putting down the school. The school is not bad at all. I was listening to the negative comments and was thinking about transferring to another college ( traditional setting. I talked with a professor at the other college and I was told that in the Criminal Justice field that I won't be wasting my time at UOP. He did say they are expensive, but they are accredited just like they are. I read a review that I totally disagree with based on my experience at UOP. However, it is true the admission process is quick. I've never been neglected since being enrolled here, every time I have an issue they were always there. Its totally a lie when people say that your previous credits won't transfer. All of my previous classes transferred except for one.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 31, 2013 (email verified)

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Great College I have attended college at the University of Cincinnati and University of Phoenix. I found both experiences to be different, but equal in educational value. I have learned a lot at UoP and found the classes very challenging.
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Leaunee (In Progress) on July 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Online University are really ok; you can get a job. I am proof!!! I am writing this to let people to know you can get a good paying career with a UOP degree and other online school degrees as well. The degree really shows you are able to complete something in a lot of employers eyes. I work for a big government contractor in VA. I started in the AP department all my skills were gained through other jobs. I made low 40K plus excellent benefits when I started in 2010. I am still working at the same company and received my degree AA in account from UOP. I applied for a Program Control position doing accounting work for a project making a little over 72K after I received an my degree plus the company reimburse me for my classes. A woman I work with she is the Program Manager which makes great money she went to Strayer & received her Undergrad & Masters. There are so many others at the company in the IT, General Ledger, Payroll, Contracts...I work for that went to UOP, Strayer, Kaplan and others online making good money for a well know government contractors. Some have even gone to other government contractors with these schools on their resumes. My point you take what you learn (read, read everything in the field you are in to learn as much as you can). If I don't know something I research, google, ask lots of questions, and listen to gain any-all the knowledge I need to complete my daily task for my position. I went to University of MD for 2 semesters and no it is not on my resume because I did not finish. I sat in classes you read/study a chapter, write papers, take quizzes, finale paper maybe finale exam. No real differance its up to the professor. I got a loan in while in MD paid the $50 per month a little more its paid off. I have more loans going to UOP you pay they don't call and it won't put a negative hit on your credit unless you are 90 days behind--Yes, this is true research the internet. This reveiew is not gramatically correct but its is from a real person that completed the AA Accounting program with UOP and will not be taking anymore classes except workshop company paid to further my career. I am a mom of two my husband is a truck driver who is always on the road. I signed up with UOP after talking to someone at my job in passing that works in HR telling me so many employees at the company attend UOP and this year they started giving us a discount. Well, I miss the discount but I signed up when I did to ensure I have a degree to go with my skills. Please don't let negative reveiws deter you from enrolling in online classes--independent learning. You will really do the same in a campus setting and most are offer online classes also.
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Narissanaputi (Graduate) on June 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Loved my experience I started towards my BA in elementary education in January 2009. In September 2010, I was in a severe auto accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), in a coma for a week, needed to be medi-vaced to San Diego to receive occupational, speech, and physical therapy. After I made a full recovery, I decided to change my program to obtain a BS in psychology. Since I did not have any prior knowledge or experience in the field of psychology, I did not know how my experience would be and if I would even enjoy it. With the help of my amazing finance and academic counselors and instructors, I loved my experience with this online campus. I am actually considering returning for my graduate program.
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Prmarcali81 (Graduate) on May 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Completing my BS in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in Management from the Campus of Dallas, TX was amazing! Completion of my degree was very challenging and the quality of education provided by the instructors was superb! Of course for the full-time working family man/woman, being a UoP student is very advantageous because of the school schedule. The instructors make a huge difference on how a class is taught because of their work experience in the Criminal Justice system. I highly recommend UoP to everyone and my only word of advice is to stay motivated. When you think about it, UoP students have 7 days to complete individual and/or group assignments. No excuses for failure should ever be given! If students fail a course, it's not because of the instructor or institution, it's only the individual. My only negative and personal opinion of UoP is group assignments. I prefer to work solo and not depending on others for achievement along with dealing with individuals that do not take pride in their product or hold themselves to a high standard.
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Herstory11 (Graduate) on May 20, 2013 (email verified)

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You will do everything, and they will still mess it up. I spent about 3 years with some breaks between my classes. I had problems mostly with the bureaucrats of the school. I've had my financial aid messed up where I actually had to call them to help them discover there was an issue and they had overpaid me $9. This put a stop on all my financial aid for months. I had an academic counselor talk to me demeaning and when I told her to stop talking to me like a child, she told me to stop acting like one. I've had the university screw up paperwork numerous times. Their urn around time to get you anything is about 2 months. They lost my diploma in the mail by sending it to the wrong address. I'm not sure how since I supplied them with my address. I owe over $60,000 and expect top notch professional behavior from such an expensive institution. I would never recommend going to UoP unless you have no other choice and are willing to deal with bureaucratic incompetence. You will also be in classes with elementary level ability to put together sentences even though you are in a graduate program. I also was denied field observation time in some schools because I went to an online school. While I learned a lot from my classes, it was all because of the effort I put forth with some of the resources provided by the website and not because of the instructors who do nothing more than grade your participation and answer questions. If you go to this school you will have to keep track of everything, be on top of it all, and do everything. You surely will feel like a phoenix when you graduate from here, yet you will probably wish the institution fell in the ashes.
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Ddhatfield (Graduate) on May 8, 2013 (email verified)

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A UOPX DM is the Real Deal I earned my Masters in a program I completed mostly online at a state university. I started teaching at UOPX a couple of years later and was amazed at the expectations for faculty regarding engagement with students in the classroom, rigor of curriculum, extent and timeliness of feedback, and just about every area you can think of. My Master's degree program was nowhere near as rigorous, the faculty were nowhere near as engaged, the feedback was comparatively very weak, and the entire learning process simply not to the same standards as UOPX. After teaching at UOPX for a couple of years, I started exploring doctoral programs in leadership. I scoured every source I could find looking for the best program, the best value, the most challenging curriculum, one I could fit into my 10-12 hour days as an executive leader in my day job, and a program that would result in satisfying my quest for knowledge in my chosen area. After all the research, I could not find a program better than the DM program at UOPX. The coursework in the program exceeded my expectations, as did each of the faculty members I had. There were two who didn't meet up to the minimum standards, and I advised the school. Without exception, every other faculty member I had for any course or seminar was highly skilled, knowledgeable, and professionally successful. I worked my tail off in a very difficult program, and it was worth every minute. Our original cohort of students at the first residency consisted of two groups of students with around 40 in each group (84 total). Of those 84, 9 of us graduated together, 3 more finished a little earlier, and I only know of 2 who completed the program later. That's 14 out of 84 who made it just through the coursework portions of the program. It was tough - slackers need not apply. One thing UOPX did that was extremely helpful, yet also a time challenge, was managing the dissertation process. There were a series of one-on-one courses for the dissertation, with set deliverables that challenged you to write continuously. Progress was important; without it the cost rose as you had to repeat these classes until meeting the requirements. That structure might not work for some, as it forced quite a bit of individual discipline on the candidate, but I found the structure a very positive thing - I needed the deadlines to keep me moving forward. In the end, it took me just over 4 years to complete the program. I have a published dissertation I am very proud of. I learned more in the program than I ever expected, it was more challenging and difficult than I expected, and I loved it. I knew the finished products (me and the dissertation) had both been tested and had succeeded. No one I've worked with has ever challenged my credentials or knowledge in my areas of expertise. Over the years, those who saw me working through the program learned how challenging and difficult it was, but also saw me grow as an individual, a scholar, and a practitioner of my craft. I don't want to go through it again, but I would highly recommend the UOPX DM program to anyone who is truly interested in an intense learning environment where you will reach higher than you ever expected!
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Cantu.marlene (Graduate) on May 3, 2013 (email verified)

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DEGREE ISSUED IN ERROR - NO NOTIFICATION My husband received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 2005 (almost 8 years ago). He went through the ceremony we celebrated and he really thought he had his degree all these years. Today he finds out that he in fact DOES NOT have a degree. Turns out that the human resources department at his new job told him that UOP informed that he was two classes short of completing his degree. They further told him that if he didn't complete the classes by May 27, he would have to attend, yet one more year at UOP to attain the degree. I find this unethical and unprofessional of this university. They have not once contacted him to inform him that they gave him a degree in error. I went to this university and referred him to it and now I'm beginning to question if I in fact actually have a degree. I am appalled at the lack of responsibility they've demonstrated in their situation.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Ridiculous I enrolled to take a course required for my state teaching certificate after having exhausted all the online courses that my local state university offered to fulfill the state requirements. When I told the enrollment advisor what I needed, they said that they knew exactly what course the state authorized for the requirements. It turns out, they put in me in a graduate level course when the state in no way required a course of that level. Needless to say, graduate level courses are more money! The workload is ridiculous - one week's reading was nine chapters of a textbook! It's a whole lot of busy work with no real learning taking place. The instructor only comments on discussion board posts, doesn't actually provide any real instruction, and the rubrics for assignments aren't clear. As a teacher, I'm shocked at how poorly this course is run. I lost points on a weekly assignment because the instructions were poorly written. When I sent an email asking for clarification, the instructor didn't respond until after the due date and then told me that if I had questions, I needed to ask earlier in the week. If I hadn't already spent the money on the course, I would drop it and find somewhere else to take it. I don't know how representative my experience is but I would never recommend Phoenix to anyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 29, 2013

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I think University of Phoenix is great! I have read a few of these posts and can only give insight on my experience within the University of Phoenix. I graduate April 2014 with a BA in psychology and have been really enjoying my educational experience. Except for the couple of instructors I have ran into the others are very helpful, well educated, and take pride in their students academic accomplishments. With that said I have only ran into two instructors who basically expected you to teach yourself and did not like to answer or address questions and concerns properly. When this happens you call your academic advisor and they basically put a complaint in about the teacher (or a ticket so they call it). I have had to do this with one teacher and I did see improvement in her classroom manners so to speak! I never really have any problems with teachers getting back to me or helping me when needed. I carry and 3.7 GPA and deserve every bit of it. This is not an easy, just hand you a diplomas online education, and you really work your butt off to get it. So for anyone who thinks they will go to this school and do classwork 1-2 days a week with little homework is very mistaken and will fail. My instructors have all had Ph.D degrees and work in the field of psychology. They hold students to a high level when concerning their work ethic. Many people have said that you basically teach yourself in these programs and I wonder how that is any different the sitting in class. At a traditional college you still read material and are expected to comprehend it without someone holding your hand! Whether an instructor is in front of you or behind a computer we are the ones who need to teach ourselves. Overall, great school and has so far been a great experience in and out of the classroom!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Love It! I am very pleased with my experience at UofP. Nothing is perfect, no matter where you attend. I think overall the online school has come a long way. Everyone I have dealt with has been very helpful. I had one problem during my first year with one of my advisors, and I requested another one. I haven't have any more problems there. I think you get out of it what you put into it. Yes, there are other students that you can tell struggle and they make some very stupid comments in the discussion groups, but what they do or do not do, does not affect me and my learning. I am very pleased and I work hard for my grades.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 22, 2013

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Unfair Grading I attended UoPX five years ago for an education degree. Most of the instructors were really good. They knew their stuff because they worked at it everyday. We were challenged to learn up-to-date classroom techniques and not just theory. The college had a good reputation in the county school districts for turning out students who knew what needed to be known by teachers. And, by having instructors who already work in the school districts and had gotten their masters degrees from UoPX, a student already had connections in the schools. However, the requirement to work with team members created problems for me. In one class, our team leader stabbed us in the back on our evaluations. Instead of confronting any of us directly, he merely wrote bad reviews and gave us low marks. I went from a grade of 100% down to 89% after the teacher saw his evaluation, and my overall GPA suffered from it. I was getting a scholarship to attend, and I strived for the highest marks - very necessary when competing for scholarships. I wrote to the instructor, and he said that if the other team members vouched for me, he might change my grade. Even though I copied and pasted the discussion forum and showed that I had contributed well to the team discussions, and in spite of a good review from the other team member, he only brought my grade up to a 94%. That was not enough for a solid A. Did he really think that a person who could do well enough for a 100% individual grade would be a poor student on the team? I put a lot of effort into both and, as one team member had written to the instructor, I had been the team leader in a class prior, and she felt that my hard work led to a good team grade. I wrote to Steve, the team leader and confronted him about the review, but he acted a coward and danced around the issue. After he had spent 2-4 years there, that is what he had learned to do to team mates. I'm sure that's not what a mature adult is intended to learn on these teams. The next team problem I had was with a student who didn't want to do much work for the team. I didn't want to treat her in the same way I had been treated, by saying nothing and then blasting her in the team evaluation. So the team had a meeting with her. The others let her know, as diplomatically as possible, what they felt about her performance. She simply became furious and probably couldn't hear us too well over her loud fuming. She calmed down somewhat when I reassured her that we weren't trying to get her removed. We just wanted her to understand that we expected more from her. She was such a poor writer that she didn't even understand what I meant when I told her that her sentences had to have verb and pronoun agreement. Her writing skills were not even comparable to good high school writing. Yet, she said she was getting a B in the class. I don't know how that was possible. She didn't do too much more for that team, and she had the nerve to ask me and another team member if she could be on our team for the next class. By that point, no one else in the class wanted her for a team member. She had burned her bridges with all of them. My team mate and I hoped that she would make a better effort since she had done so poorly before, and we are both compassionate people. So we allowed her one more chance. Well, things went from bad to worse. She managed to do even less on that team than before. I guess she didn't have a good work ethic. It's a good thing that each class only lasted 5 weeks. When my team mate let her know that we didn't want her on our team for the next class, she blew up and started harassing my team mate with phone calls and rude emails. When my team mate called the dean of the education department for advice on what to do, the instructor punished us all with poor grades. He would not relent, even after we tried to communicate with him. I think that he would have preferred that we just stab her in the back on the team evaluations. It is the school's policy that decisions of the instructor are final. There is no appeal process. A third event occurred in another class, but this essay of mine is too wordy already. So I will end with this. If you are someone who cannot stand injustice, then this school is not for you.
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Michael.downin (In Progress) on April 16, 2013 (email verified)

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People complain because of their own bad choices It is always amazing to me how many people complain about the University of Phoenix. They claim that they are a for profit school that is only out to make money.... well, guess what, they are out to make money, and so is every other school out there. State univeristies are out to make money (through sports teams, licensing, and tuition)... private Ivy League schools are out to make money (it can cost over 50 thousand a year to go to some of them). People are upset because they feel that they got ripped off by learning teams, or bad instructors, or accelerated paces... too bad, you know what you are getting into prior to starting. Work your butt off, take responsibility for your own actions, and don't let anyone stand in your way. I live in Durango, CO and the college here is a performing arts based private college, they want to make money too. Their degrees are worthless, students make fun of the school because they can go there and hideout for four years, smoking weed and partying. Their degrees are just as worthless for someone who didn't apply themselves as a UofP degree is for someone who didn't apply themselves there. I scored a 34 on my ACT in high school, yet I have learned a great deal from my experiences at UofP. I'm not dumb, I don't lack real world experience, and still yet I have come away with more than I entered with. Anyone else can do the same. I hate complainers that just want everything to go their way. Work for it, and you will see results. I have.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 15, 2013 (email verified)

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Not a very good University to choose for education!!! Ask a lot of question before you enroll!!! Let me offer you a tip: -Ask about student placement and the relationship they have with the school board in your State. -Ask about the Learning Teams (you are put with irresponsable people and that affects your grade) -Ask about the Counseling and Education Specialist, they are there to support but that is not the case. -Ask about the Acreditation (they were put in probation when i was just starting the courses)
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 31, 2013 (email verified)

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UOPX MBA Global Management I was very pleased with the education I received from my UOPX MBA program. The classes I had applied to my current position as an overseas director with my company. I have sat in brick and mortar classes and these are just as hard if not harder. I would recommend this program.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 29, 2013 (email verified)

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DMOL rigorous and difficult I cannot vouch for other Phoenix degree programs because I earned a BA and an MS at brick and mortar institutions. However, I would stack the DMOL program against any doctoral program and I have the battle scars to prove it! Ninety nine percent of the faculty was outstanding. The other one percent received scathing performance assessments from me. Phoenix's library is second to none. In fact, colleagues in prestigious brick and mortar programs asked me to retrieve articles for them. Earning a doctorate at Phoenix is not cheap. So...if you can get your employer to pay, then do it. If I had to do it again (if I was younger), I would attend Phoenix. A final note... Phoenix is the world-class leader in online technology.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Its what you make of it! I currently have 3 more classes before I receive my Associates degree . I have read several reviews most bad and some were good. I can say I have not had any issues that I have seen in the bad reviews. You definitely have to be a self starter. I know I could have learned more had I read the material that was available. Some classes are very easy and can be done without reading. Some classes were extremely challenging, this can be expected for any class or school. A lot of these complaining people are mad about the cost of the school. You should have done your research and comparsions before enrolling. Online for profit schools are expensive, what did you think it was going to be cheap. We are paying for the convienence of managing our own time to attend class. In my opinion online school is designed for an average working family person with very limited time. If I was fresh out of high school I would have attended a brick and mortar school. Since I am 36 married, with children and I receive a discount because of the military I chose Uop. So far I have had good financial advisors and academic advisors. I took control of how I wanted to pay for my tution and when I wanted to take certain classes. I just don't let people tell me what to do. It's my money so I do have some say. I am almost thru with school and have not received any student loans. I thank God for that. If I had to receive student loans I would have picked a cheaper school. It is what you make out of it!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 8, 2013

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Great! Now attending for my Masters in Special Education Cross Categorical I attended this college because I have children at home and could not get to the local University when needed. I also have a full time job so the flexible hours of my coursework was the biggest reason for attending online. I do think this college is too expensive but didn't have another choice. I have received my Bachelor's for Elementary Ed and now am attending for my Masters. Some of the teachers are complete idiots but you will see this no matter where you attend. I also really liked the flexibility of being able to complete coursework no matter where I was rather traveling with the family or during the summer while the kids were at the beach.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Not a good way to start Recently moved to a new area and not being able to find decent job; I decided to enroll in the Masters' because being a mother of two for me was the best fit. Wrong all the way!!! The classes are not meant to be for adults that already have experience with teaching.More for people out of the field. Is that what your looking for? At the beginning they target you with a lot of calls, but when you complain the calls suddenly minimize. You are not in control of your group assignment,if you land with an irresponsible group you will have to swallow, there is not time to rectify if you did something wrong.You are stock with the grade.Placement for field experience is very bad, you have to do your own placement and that takes a lot of your time going from place to place because they do not have a good relationship with schools.So they wash their hands but they required you to do the observations for a grade. Putting you as a Sales rep. to promote the University. While you are sweating looking for schools they are comfortable working from an office. You are paying for that you know? Please ask a lot of question before you enroll? Use this as a guide.Now I am stock with a debt, no job and no degree.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 27, 2013 (email verified)

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It is worth it I completed my Masters in Information Systems degree in 2013, and it has provided for me with an challeging, yet excellent academic experience. The courses are relevant and are taught by individuals that are fully functional in the particular fields.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Okay once you figure out the system When I first started at University of Phoenix I absolutely hated it and did not do well in my classes. I felt lied to by the Admissions department, my team of Advisors was constantly changing, and grading criteria changed with each instructor. I took a long break from the school, realized UOP was my only option for a degree because of their convenient schedule, and got back on board. The 2nd go around has been much better. I get an A in every class by simply conforming my writing style and presentation style to the standards of each instructor. What has helped in the Support area is my reviews at the end of each class. If I give them a bad review in any area I get a call that same day for a follow-up and detailed review of my experience. I was constantly getting my financial aid money and GI bill funds in late, so I called and complained everyday for about 1 month, and now my financial aid Advisor is very attentive to my needs. It takes effort to not get lost in their system, but once you figure how to stand up for yourself in a professional way, the process is much easier. Learning Teams was also a big problem for me. Your grade depends on other students, and some of those students are idiots! Once I learned to be assertive and literally kick these people off of my team if they weren't participating, then I did very well. It is training for real life situations and in real life people get fired. The only thing that truly keeps me enthused about this school is the quality of the instructors. They are all professionals who are very experienced in their line of work, depending on the program you are in. All of my Criminal Justice instructors have been Prosecutors, Parole Officers, Corrections Officers, Police Lieutenants, Police Officers, etc. They have all reached a high level in their career and offer excellent knowledge of real life experience to students. I would recommend UOP to students who have completed their general education and are ready to start a core program.
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Dwlightner (In Progress) on February 25, 2013 (email verified)

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It is what you make it The UoP Lectures (in class) are generally amazing; however, they are still lectures and certainly there are topics we all hate. I attend on campus, and hold a 4.0 GPA currently 66 credits earned towards my degree. I can see the frustration with attending a university only online. I can not learn by reading only, I have to be active in the degree and in the discussions. UoP on campus lectures are far more informational than a book ever could be. The books here are dry and boring, as I imagine they are elsewhere. The use of technology is improving but some of the technology they do use, is rather irritating. They are accredited, do your research about what you want for your future, and what you NEED for your future to avoid not obtaining the correct degree. This university is solid, fast paced, and at times difficult. If you attend this university, like most other universities, you will get out of it what you put into it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 13, 2013 (email verified)

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After two degrees (BS, MBA) and 3 classes in to my DBA I can't believe I am writing a negative review! I completed my BS from UOP in 2010. In 2010 I enrolled in an MBA program with UOP and graduated in 2012. Following the completion of the MBA I enrolled in a DBA. I completed the first three courses and then, a few weeks prior to residency my 16 year old daughter went to the ER with heart problems. My daughter was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tacycardia Syndrome and I was unable to leave her home alone to travel. I went on a medical leave for three months and would have continued to take classes but UOP has no work around for Doctoral students unable to attend residency. Unfortunately my daughter's health has not improved to the point that I am able to leave her for 5 days to travel to Arizona. UOP still remains unable to provide a workaround so I made the difficult decision to move my academic program to another institution. During the enrollment process the new school discovered that UOP had not released the funds for 2013 back into the federal system. I am no longer enrolled at UOP, my medical leave expired on 1/20/13, yet they retained the financial aid awards. I e-mailed my finanial advisor to ask what steps needed to be taken to correct the error. I received no response. I called her today and she was so rude to me I was really quite schocked. This is a school that I have paid tuition to for nearly 7 years through two programs. Now, because they are unable to work with me, I have opted to pursue my doctorate elsewhere, and I was treated rudely! Unacceptable! I was told to send a letter by fax to the "main campus" and see what the next steps were. Unacceptable! UOP has not treated me fairly, they have not attempted to work with me to allow me to continue my program and once I attempt to separate I am met with resistence. UOP has no claim to my financial aid award as I am no longer enrolled in their school- yet they have my aid. Unacceptable!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 13, 2013

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Unsatisfied student Do not transfer from another school to University of Phoenix. They will barely except half your credits. Then when it comes to your funds they act like it is there personal money then only give you only some pertinent information when it comes to them or you managing your own money. Their staff half is professional the other half is very unprofessional. I also had an instructor basically give me all unsatisfactory grades because of some inside personal issue she has and the school handled the situation as if we had nothing but time on our hands.
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Kena922 (Graduate) on February 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Difficult, Unreliable, and Shady I attended the University of Phoenix through my Associates of Arts-Business and through all but 6 classes of my Bachelors of Science in Accounting. I can only give credit to my enrollment counselor for assisting me with all of my questions. He actually let me call him for like six months into my associates program because my academic and finance counselors were of no help. After he told me that I needed to start calling them I was on my own, even into my bachelors. I was constantly given faulty information when I did contact them and I'm pretty sure that there were intentional lies and mistakes regarding my financial aid throughout both programs. I am not currently enrolled with them, but I guess I will be eventually finishing my program with them because not all credits will transfer to another school. With the costs I have already occurred with them I cannot afford to lose any credits.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Waste of time & money. Wish someone would have told me before I went in debt over this place. I have a Bachelor Degree from UoP but can't seem to find a job. I have been done with school for a year and not one employer has called me back that I have submitted a resume to. The program through UoP is just writing papers and making power point presentations and looking after your learning team members to make sure they do their work and if they don't you have to do it and they probably still end up passing the classes. The work is a joke. To get a big chunk of your grade all you have to go is go on the discussion forums and write 2 posts (you can easily bullshit your way thru this) 3 days a week. I think a monkey could go through their program and get a high GPA.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent for experienced RN's This learning forum is excellent for the adult working RN returning to school to complete the BSN requirements. There is a minimum of participation 4 times per week with writing, reading, and group projects in most classes. The discussions have been beneficial to my learning. The advisor that I have has been excellent in assisting me through the program. I am considering continuing on with this school to complete my Masters.
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Jlmoore72201 (In Progress) on February 6, 2013

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satisfied I am currently a student at UoP & ive been attending the local campus classes going into my fourth & final year. There has been a lot of fussing about the price & saying they are just driven by money, but you have to look at the big picture... you are paying for convenience! With UoP (just as with any other online institution), you do not have to attend every day so you can still have a life, you do not have to fork out hundreds of dollars every course for books, and honestly UoP doesn't cost any more than any other online school. Overall, I have been very satisfied with my experience with UoP!
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Tabitha_bond2007 (In Progress) on February 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Review from a Satisfied Student Hello. My name is Tabitha and I am currently enrolled at University of Phoenix Online (Axia College), working on my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I have been a student at University of Phoenix since 2010. I started by getting my Associate's in Human Services Management and when I completed that, I began my Bachelor's in Psychology. Since I started, my experience has been what that of any other school (on campus or online) would be. Some advisors have made mistakes and were not very helpful, but most have been amazing. Some teachers act like they don't care, but the majority of them have wanted to see me succeed. I have maintained a B average since beginning my education, and I have to say it was not easy. In fact, it was challenging-it challenged me in the best possible way. I have learned SO much since becoming a student at UoP and I couldn't be happier. I have learned more at this school (and retained it) than I ever have any where else. In addition to what I've learned relating to my program, the University of Phoenix classes have improved my writing skills dramatically, taught me how to avoid the issue of plagiarism, taught me the importance of team work, and showed me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I think that is where the problem lies with many of you who say you have had bad experiences with UoP. I just want to ask you these questions: 1. Did you research schools before you made the choice? (If not, you really should have). 2. Did you read the fine print? 3. Did you ask questions? 4. Did you follow the syllabus' exactly as instructed? 5. Did you read the appropriate materials for your classes? 6. Did you participate fully in classroom discussions? 7. Did you follow the instructor's directions? 8. Did you put forth your best effort in your work? 9. Did you report problems with Learning Teams? 10. Did you take online classes for granted and think that you would get a free ride? 10. Did you take advantage of financial aid? Yes, it's a lot..but it's an education: what do you expect? If you really want something, you have to work for it. Something I find odd is the fact that many of the complaints about UoP are about financial issues. Since I started, I have never had a problem with financial aid. In fact, pell grants paid for my entire Associate's program (but I have a low-income family). Any time I needed extra money, my financial advisors even helped me take out extra loans. I'm sorry to all of you who have had bad experiences..it seems so strange to me, considering it has been one of the best experiences of my life and one of the best choices I've ever made. I think that the bottom line is this: if you want a quality education at University of Phoenix, or at any college for that matter, you have to put full effort into it. It's not easy, just like anything that you have to work for in life. There will always be struggles, things you are not happy with, or issues you run into; that goes with any school, or life in general. I am happy to be a Phoenix, and I will always stand by and support the University of Phoenix.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Applying a Masters in Management to your job role The knowledge I was able to learn from the different classes allowed me to develop better management skills as a call center supervisor. The discipline in handling a big work load and outstanding writing skills have really paid off. I am pleased to be one of the more capable supervisors in my department at creating powerpoint presentations and having teams that are very engaged.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Realistic Review Online degrees require knowledge of computers. If you are not comfortable with a computer, or you do not own a computer, or your computer isn't up to speed an online program probably isn't for you. If you are planning on taking an online course and you really lack basic user knowledge of computers and the internet I would suggest taking an introductory course first. Yes UoP is expensive. But there are a million other schools and courses available that are cheaper. Just do your research when shopping around for a school. That being said I am completing my bachelor's degree at UoP online. I prefer online classes more than campus classes (and I have done both). One of the worst things about the online program is the students. Half of your classmates are illiterate and/or do not know how to use a computer. They are also really immature and unprofessional. The most frustration I have felt during my program is with my classmates. It's hard to earn participation points when you have to respond to posts that are barely in complete sentences. My financial aid and academic advisor/s have been helpful (my most recent academic advisor is even more helpful than the last one). But I would have to say that I was a bit annoyed when my academic advisor was switched and I was not notified. It appeared that my new academic advisor wasn't updated on the situation that my previous academic advisor and I were working on but my new advisor jumped in and has been extremely helpful.
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Kevinflores_84 (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Get what you give! So I have read several different reviews and I feel that everyone is entitled to their opinions. That being said, you will only get what you deserve as a student. I will say that you will run into the occasional difficult instructor but what institution does not have that? The people that complain about everything this school is about only become dissatisfied because they choose to. The work is not easy and yes it is a lot at times. That is only because it is and if you are also working full time and have a family, it can at times feel overwhelming. The fact is that you must stick to it! For those getting a BS in psychology, this degree will only help in a minimal way. You must go for your Master's as I am about to begin doing today at George Mason University. Sure the UoP name might not look good on paper but it certainly helped me get to where I never thought I would be. If you want it bad enough this school will help you get to where you want to go.
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Dpi363 (Graduate) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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UOP is Great for working adults UOP is great in my books. I've completed my Associates and about to start my Bachelors. As long as I have a 2.75 gpa by December 2013 I can start my Masters in Secondary Education High School Science at Texas A&M and all my credits from UOP will Transfer to A&M. So is UOP a piece of junk, NO!
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Danma919 (In Progress) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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associates down in two months I am working on my IT degree in programming. If you dont have tje dicipline to read amd practice what youbare learning you will fail. I think this school isnt for everyone. If you dont like to work hard amd reach out for help then you will fall behind. When ever I needed help I could call and talk to my teacher. Thwy were always very polite and helpful. I like to learn on my own and have support when I need it. If your the same then I think you will like it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 15, 2013

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Less complaining - more working I have seen more people complain on sites like this and even in the school news threads abotu the way they feel about UOP. I am currently working on my dissertation and have completed all of my content courses for my DM. College is not easy regardless if it is on-ground or on-line. If it was easy EVERYONE would have a degree. The problem many people have is that they want something for nothing. UOP has opened many doors for me. All of these doors have led to better job opportunities, better pay, and better growth potential. Most people complaining about UOP fall into that "I want the degree but I want it without working for it" category. I completed my Masters at UOP with an honors gpa and have also completed all my content courses on the DM level with honors gpa. It takes hard work, self discipline, and dealing with the good and the bad. STOP COMPLAINING and pushing the blame onto UOP simply because you do not want to do the work to get the degree!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 4, 2013 (email verified)

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School takes advantage of students! I am a military spouse and decided to go with University of Phoenix when we were first relocated and my prior college credits were not going to transfer efficiently. I am only nine credits shy of my degree (only need to finish student teaching) and sure enough, we were relocated with the military. Only this time, the state where we were relocated to does not recognize this program; therefore, I am being forced to pay back my student loans (which are pushing $70,000 after interest) and I have no degree to get a job! University of Phoenix promised me that this degree program would go where we went: As a military spouse this was my primary focus! They lied. Not to mention, I was encouraged to take out as much in student loans as possible to cover "any unexpected expenses". Words from the financial adviser. On top of the tuition being OUTRAGEOUS for poor quality education, the staff of advisers are near ignorant as well. I am so horribly frustrated with the University of Phoenix, but I now have a husband deploying and have to focus on raising my three kids while trying to figure out how to repay my student loans. HORRIBLE school! Go elsewhere! There are many other schools out there. Check with local state universities- they have online programs as well!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 19, 2012

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Run Run Run The school mission statement should be Overpromise/Under-deliver. Worst experience in my 49 yrs. Others charge much less, have better quality. No-one accepts their credits. BS received, will put it on resume leaving out the University name- too ashamed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 13, 2012

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Research Do the research before deciding which school to attend. Looking at the negative reviews, I believe the comments are a bit glorified. Like any real education class, you have to put work into it in order to get something out of it. Some of the comments are just not true unless it differs from one degree program to another. For me, group grade is not the majority of the final grade, it is 30%. If someone is not pulling his or her own weight, the person does not get credit for the assignment. However, like the real world, if the group falls behind because of a group member, then the other members have to step it up. UOP does offer convenience for online classes and it is suited only for those that are disciplined to do the work.
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Milastar84 (In Progress) on December 12, 2012

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Best online school This school was amazing. I would not change anything about it. I graduated with a 3.77 in this program. You give what you get; meaning, you put in effort and get back what you put in. I love this school and WISH they offered a counseling therapy online degree. There was an advisor who really cared about students named Dylan Sternberg, above all, his compassion kept me in the school. The staff calls to check up on you and your progress, they are amazing. Well worth the $
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 1, 2012 (email verified)

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DEAD VALLEY!!! STAY AWAY!!! WARNING! Where do I begin??? I was a single working mother at the time I was introduced to this scam hole. Before I began working at my place of employment, I attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I could no longer attend due to work schedule conflicts. I was told by a co-worker about this new university that allows you to attend class in the evenings. This was a perfect fit for me, since I worked in the day time, and always dreamed of graduating college.I was very happy to learn I would get financial aid, tuition reimbursement, and my college credit from ULL would transfer. I completed my "degree" in 2011. The low level of instruction, and ghetto trashy hoodlums in my classes should have been my warning to leave and avoid making the BIGGEST mistake in my life. I have sent out numerous resumes and no one deems the University of Phoenix as a credible university. They chew you up and spit you out, while in school they gas you up about all the job prospects that are available; yet when you graduate they offer NO type of job placement services. I now am in a terrible situation, where I am 34 years old, and starting over from where I should not have stopped. I have now decided to go back to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and obtain a real Bachelor of Accountancy degree. The good news is I will only require 2 years to graduate,due to the credits I earned there previously. THE HORRIBLY BAD NEWS IS, SINCE I OBTAINED a "bachelor's" degree from the university of Phoenix, I NOW HAVE TO PAY FOR MY DEGREE AT ULL. THIS IS A WARNING TO ANYONE CONSIDERING ATTENDING U OF P, STAY AWAY, STAY FAR AWAY!!!! THEY ARE VILE DISGUSTING SCAMMERS!!!!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 29, 2012

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You get what you put in. I normally don't comment on these sites. But I do agree with a previous poster who stated these reviews are posted either by 1) students who failed to meet expectations; 2) instructors and employees with an axe to grind. In either case, it is both unfair and unwarranted. I will say that Phoenix is not perfect, but it does provide an opportunity for a quality education. The key, however, is you have to work for it to obtain success. You have to post discussions, responses and turn in assignments. Are all instructors the same? Absolutely not! But this occurs at any school. Please take the word of a person who has attended both state colleges and online universities. So my advice to the naysayers would be to research the school before you attend. It is not enough to take the advice of an admissions rep paid to enroll students. Rather, you should research the information and make an informed decision for yourself. Education is valuable, but you only get what you put in and there must be realistic expectations.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Garbage UOP is by far the worst school I have attended. When you start, you get bombarded with all these advisors who don't even know what they're job is. All they do is refer you to another advisor who will just refer you to someone else. I don't know where they find their instructors, because the quality of education is poor. Nobody knows how to teach so everyone has a power point which they read off the entire class minus all the group presentations. Teams, wow where do I begin? UOP is so obsessed with this "team" work that they forget all about individualism. I know that it is crucial to understand the team concept in order to be successful, but in the real world nobody is going to carry you and pick up your slack. Group assignments make up majority of your grade and you're SOL when you get grouped up with students who don't even know how to construct a paragraph. By assigning so many group assignments it allows unqualified students to pass on the back of qualified students. Classes meet once a week and even that is too much work for the teacher that they'd rather waste our hard earned money to sit through ridiculous amounts of presentations, yea let the students teach each other because putting a power point is too much work.
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Connie3331 (In Progress) on November 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Proud to be a Phoenix! I currently attend University of Phoenix and have two classes left before I graduate with an AA in Business and am already scheduled to start my Bachelors. I have had an awesome team of advisors that have been there for me every step of the way on this journey, not to mention all the wonderful resources the university offers to help students pass their classes. Yes, I have had to work very hard for my grades; whereas contrary to all the rumors, good grades are not just given to you because you paid for the class. Just remember as with anything “you will get out of it, whatever you put in to it”. I am very proud to be a Phoenix!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 15, 2012 (email verified)

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Learning Team Fiasco There are three things that are bad about the MBA program. First, they let anyone in, so, there are a lot of unqualified people in the classes. People can enter 'on probation' for the first four classes. It ends up being five classes where there are people 'on probation' that you have to suffer through having as classmates. This is acceptable as some people may step up to the challenge and rise to the level of a real graduate program. But most are ill prepared and have a bad attitude to rise to the challenge. The real rub comes with the Learning Teams of 4-5 people. Imagine having 30% of your grade dependent upon 4 other team members where none of them can construct a correct English sentence. Imagine having them summarize the book instead of processing the book's concepts and applying them to the paper's topic in the writing assignment. Imagine them blatantly plagiarizing and you having to run it through the checking tool and rewriting the Learning Team member's portion of the team paper. It is easier to write your own paper than to rewrite and redo your team mates work. But, you can't totally rewrite their work or you are accused of not being nice. One team member gets offended when you change her text from a passive voice to the required active voice. Another throws a fit and withdraws her effort to the bare minimum. Another doesn't care how you decide as a team the split of labor will be, she just does whatever she wants to do and submits it. Before the meeting she proudly declares she's going to the gym and can't make the team meeting. You carry the team, most of whom don't belong in a graduate degree program for either academic or attitude reasons. The third complaint is it has become blatantly obvious that between the 'academic adviser' and the professor that they just want to keep you in class and smooth over your valid complaints of Learning Team members' above mentioned issues. I have explained that in a brick and mortar university these things would not be tolerated. In my work place of fortune 100 companies this behavior would not be tolerated. All I have to do is talk to the derelict, and then go to my boss, who would then straighten out the derelict or fire the derelict. THAT is the real world. As for the others commenting on effort, it is true. I put a lot of effort into the class and got some out. I just wonder if the gain is as robust as if I were in a brick and mortar university. I would write more than the required number of posts in the discussion forums. I would do research and read all of the research before writing my responses to others discussion postings, and then cite the references. My papers were limited in word count so I'd pack in as much content into the limit. The other reason for graduate school is building the relationships with other industry leaders. This certainly won't happen at UOP because the level of students on average is far lower than department managers.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Crap. Go anywhere else. Rip Off; marginal education at best. This school scammed me with my "pell grant" promise. The salesman's promise turned into a horrible loan that I can never pay back (no one wants to hire you if you have a degree from this corporation). I learned nothing compared to my peers that went to real schools. Stay away at all costs.
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Duane7131 (In Progress) on October 19, 2012 (email verified)

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Save your money worst school. Will be reported This school is by far the worst tuition is extremely ridiculous and the teachers act as if they don't care. They post every five minutes and expect you to keep up. They act as if you don't have a life. They make you go through an orientation course which takes away time that you could actually put towards your degree. You have to take out student loans in order to pay for classes other than that you will be paying the other half out of pocket. Students loans is for housing and meals as well as transportation. Not here at Phoenix, your poll grant doesn't help tuition is by far the highest ive ever seen.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 8, 2012 (email verified)

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DANGER- WARNING - RIP OFF - SCAM I'm sure some have found that this school helps them, when they are able to just happen to land in good classes. My husband and I joined the University of Phoenix at the same time, got approved for fin. aid at the same time, and started classes 2 weeks apart. After going through the required GEN 195 class and passing, I was put in one class and he was put in another. Essentially the same class, but they taught at different speeds and the assignments were due at different times. My husband ended up with classmates we were lazy, rude, slow to turn in assignments, and in the end he did most of the work for his work group while one girl wanted to spend her whole time just "delegating" work. When he'd write the professor he never got a response. He contacted his contact with UoP and she stated she'd look into it and nothing happened. He ended up failing the class because his classmates in his group didn't do their part of the work. I ended up passing mine but only because I took it upon myself to do my entire group's work for them to ensure we passed. They screwed up my financial aid timing with my classes and kept postponing my second class until after my financial aid came in. When it came in, I made sure to state I wanted to control my own financial aid and faxed in the note for my husband and myself. I'm so grateful I did. They began HARASSING our house constantly! Every single department called our home at least 3-4 times a day claiming it was "check ups". I got upset when I found out I couldn't change my classes around to do what I wanted I could only go on their schedule. We ended up with some family issues and couldn't start classes again right away and told them that. They sent us to collections so quickly... ...Worst part...Our second round of financial aid came in and they sent it back which was fine...BUT THEY CHARGED US FOR IT. They charged us the amount of our loans for sending the loans back! This wasn't a return fee of any kind it's as if the school realized they weren't getting that money so they charged me for it! I also got charged for the GEN 195 class I passed! We both now have $4k balances with the school because they charged us for stuff we either already took and passed or for returning funds we didn't use! I'm currently having an investigation done on this, as I do not believe this is legal. The collection agency they use hounds you even when you state you will not pay until an investigation is complete and they are extremely rude to you. ONE MORE THING: THIS SCHOOL IS NOT ACCREDITED. They state they are but 95% of jobs I asked if they accepted UoP degrees as a qualification they said no! No one recognizes this school's degree! DONT WASTE THE TIME OR MONEY!
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Nicdon (In Progress) on October 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Horrible Experience with Online Class - technical problems cause loss of credit I just took Early Childhood Growth and Development online. It was a good class until the end, when the instructor decided to not give me any credit for a paper I submitted because she could not open my word document. She did not contact me to let me know she couldn't open it, she just gave me 0 points out of 10 for not being able to open it and when I questioned her, she said it was too late. It's ironic that she was able to open a team paper submitted by me that same day, created in the same MSWord software, and graded that. I ended up getting a B instead of an A because of this. I'm pretty frustrated right now about it. I worked really hard and being jeopardized because of a technical issue is not fair. I will never take a class at Univ. of Phoenix again.
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Chantler (Graduate) on September 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Simply Wonderful Learning My experience as a University of Phoenix student was no easy ride of stress-free outlook. Through all ups & downs I manage to successfully complete my B.S. in Human Services/Management degree with the help of excellent course pdf materials along w/ other contributing resources presented by supportive instructors. I always viewed college studies as a priority from the 'get-go' so it came to no surprise that I would be up many late nights perfecting my work before submission deadline. College isn't about making excuses, it is more about doing what is necessary to prevent going through. University of Phoenix has taught me that self determination is worth it in the long run. One should never expect another person to believe in them more than they believe in themselves.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 25, 2012 (email verified)

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This is college, which means you work for it! This is my final year at UoP and I have some mixed reviews, but overall this is my degree and no one else's. And even though I faced plenty of hurdles, bad staff, and some professors that belong in a loony bin not teaching a class I work hard for what I want to get out of my classes. Yes, the majority of students who go here are not the brightest, have no motivation, or have never seen the inside of a classroom in their lives. That makes things truly difficult for team work but the best thing to do is work your hardest and keep communication open with facilitators. I'm blunt, I will tell a professor if someone sucks, or not. This is my grade and that is the only thing students should worry about is their own path toward the future. The amount of work students have to do at a State or Ivy League University is beyond what people could imagine at UoP (I am reminded daily by my husband). So, I suggest stop complaining because we have it easy.
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Mogqohomega3 (In Progress) on September 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Unbiased Online Degree Reviews Well I have read these reviews, and I believe that people everywhere rip people off charging to much for what people get. I have two and a half classes left and I will graduate with a degree. My plan is to go further. I am happy that I will finsh, however if I had it all over to do I would not have gone to this school only because I believe that I would have gotten a better foundation. I do believe that the foundation I have recieved is enough to do anything that I want to do. I love this school because they gave me more confindence in my abilities. I am very grateful and proud to be from this school, and I have been though the fire and this school gave me wings to fly. This school was meant for those very busy people in life who work have a family and want to do more. As far as the value, like I said everybody is ripping us off so what if people would pay for what they owe than maybe schools would not have to charge so much. As far as the diversity in the types of students, wow what is your problem saying the things you say and leaving no name. Whatever I hope I was in one of your classes, because I am wierd and thank God this school helped me. I deserve to have a better knowledge base, I am just as good as anyone else and no one is better than anyone else. This school is great the teachers have bent over backwards helping others to achieve their goals.In the fours years I have been with UOP the students I have seen in class many don't want to even be here, than you have those who want to give no effert or pride in the work they turn in. I feel sorry for the teachers having to grade some of our papers, but I know that the grades the teachers give are as deserved as posable. What I mean by that is what can a teacher do if the student does not read anything. In some of the team papers some members do not even know what they are writting about. They either did not bother to read the syllubus, they do not understand what they have read, or they just plan do not care. Communacation gaps with students have many different reasons for the disfunctional issues that arise. Some on the teachers end, but most on the students, which in team work conferences and phone contact is low energy and really has drained my patience. The active enthusism and motavation of most student is very low. Like school is at the bottom of the importence list.
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Dac.planeguy (Graduate) on September 13, 2012 (email verified)

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UoP eeds SERIOUS Revamping of Their IT Program I went through UoP's BSIT program from 2002 to 2004. As far as value for money paid, I am a disabled veteran, so the VA paid 100% of my costs. First of all, they misquoted my graduation date by not including most electives. Although transferred US military training took care of most of this, I had to double up on courses for the last year to graduate in the time frame that I wanted. While most of the instructors were quite good, some were totally incompetent. In fact, our Unix instructor actually admitted to being fired from his most recent job for incompetence. By the end of the class, we all agreed with his former employer. PowerPoint is used heavily at UoP, and some of their instructors have NO IDEA how to even put PowerPoint in the Presentation mode for better viewing. The student services staff is fairly responsible, but classroom equipment was not well maintained. We had several classes in the same room, where the projector became so dim, it was unviewable unless all lights were turned off. We complained for MONTHS but nobody responded. I finally filed a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which FORCED them to resolve the issue. There were NO computers in the classrooms. Nor was there real networking hardware to work with. There was literally NO real hands on training, with the exception of data bases, web programming, and software development. For the software development, UoP used a worthless Freeware compiler based on C language, which was totally outdated. UoP also had students download a free UNIX emulator called CIGWIN, which messed up almost everyone's computers. At the time I was in UoP, much of the "technology" was simulated via proprietary computer-based training software (from Thompson Learning, another Apollo Group company, but I can't recall software name). It was the WORST CBT that I have ever seen. It would frequently stop responding, requiring the user to force quit... this resulted in an incomplete assignment. While most instructors understood this and didn't grade based on these results, there were some that told us that WE had to find a workaround (even though tech support said there was NO work around)... Our previously mentioned UNIX instructor was one of the idiots who did this. I was enrolled at UoP when they transitioned to online textbooks. UoP had many textbooks that were written specifically for them. These textbooks were abysmal. Very poor layout, no index, and some had no table of contents. Finally, for the ENTIRE IT PROGRAM, there was NO official training in the BASICS of digital technology (numbering systems, logic circuits, etc.) We did have one instructor who did try to explain databuses and computer programming with the limited time that she had but most of the students did not even understand the concept of binary numbering and how it relates to IT... Additionally, binary and octal number systems are used heavily in UNIX (remember, the idiot instructor), and that instructor did not even explain this to the students. The fundamentals of digital technology SHOULD have been taught before students were exposed to ANY other IT theory. There is no reason that this couldn't be done in ONE five week class... I've been teaching this for more than 20 years, and I teach it in a THREE DAY class (total 24 classroom hours). I did get my degree, which I needed... but the actual training would have been worthless had I not had a background in electronics prior to attending UoP.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Satisfied with my degree I felt that some of my friends were writing papers that were lengthier than mine at UOP. Also, I felt that they were being more educated than I was attending UOP.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Stop listening to people, THINK for yourself I started with UOP as a Masters student in Health Care Administration shortly after giving birth to my 2 year old. For my undergrad I attended San Jacinto College (Jr. College),University of Houston and Colorado Tech. I first learned of UOP in middle school when my mother A WELL RESPECTED PEDIATRICIAN renewed some sort of certification she wanted. I think that people who say that there is no value in a UOP education have no real grasp on what is expected in life and that is you are responsible for learning. Yes, you do have lazy people in your class and some that just get by on bare minimums. The work is significant and not for the faint of heart. I read one review that said that UOP was for people "could not make A's in a 'real' school. FYI I graduated undergrad Cum Laude. I laugh when people say oh its easy and they just hand out grades. THAT IS FALSE. If you do not do the work or turn in less than what is expected you WILL FAIL> I have personally witnessed this with a friend who thought she could skate but she is now struggling just to make a 2.0! I also have another friend who graduated from the same MHA program that I am in last year. She was NOT already working when she graduated yet managed to wrangle and prestigious internship on the basis of her UOP degree and G.P.A. I am happy to report that she is working full-time happily with a solid basis in her position. People show disdain for things that they cannot either understand or have the discipline to finish. This world was founded on free thinkers as well as brick and mortar learners as well. I find it a complete sign of disrespect when someone says it is a mill. If that is the case, then why am I only reinforced with positive grades when I the effort is made? Give me a break people you will not graduate and move into the big money.....you actually have to continue to work for what you want. Just as with any other school if you do not properly certify, research and network you will never be successful. I love when people challenge the 'realness' by showing them my syllabus and asking them to produce a Graduate level response to the assignment. I always get a blank stare and a OMG moment from them when they realize the workload is certainly not a joke. I too find it funny that everyone downs online schools or education but now most ALL major Universities have COPIED UOP....put that in your doubt rhetoric and smoke it ;-)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Ph.D. I/O Psychology I am an I/O Psychology student. I am in my 2nd class at UoP. We have little to no guidance and professors give you the grade that they want not the one that you earn. There are not clear guidelines or expectations. Students run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Content quality is poor, there is no emphasis on learning the subject matter. The emphasis is on whatever the teacher decides. You will definitely have problems here. We should first teach and then expand. This organization does neither. If you want licensure, do not bother going here. For the time being, this just isn't the place to get a doctorate from. My masters program was fine. I know a lot of places like to weed people out, but I found the professors vindictive and making things up as they go along. Of course I reported it, the criteria is set forth in the syllabus. One does not bypass that to lower a students grade because you want them to receive a certain grade. It is sickening to see regurgitators pass a class and theorists "fail". I would not go here; the department doesn't have it together yet. There are not enough guidelines for professors.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 19, 2012 (email verified)

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Ticket punch U - for profit slime This "university" is strictly for ticket punchers. There is zero educational value. UOP makes its profit, you get your ticket punch to the "next job" - if any take this degree seriously - and everyone loses because you learned nothing. I recommend staying as far away from this scummy for profit school as possible.
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Teresa.ken (Graduate) on August 17, 2012 (email verified)

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Recent graduate July 2012 I have finished my degree with a 3.73 GPA and it was extremely hard. As mentioned in other post the program is accelerated, you learn all the materials in 5 weeks opposed to a traditional semester. I have had to give up social life and family time to meet deadlines and keep good grades. I transferred in to UOP Sacramento from the California State University - Sacramento, because it became expensive and almost impossible to get classes. So after extensive research and calculations I decided to make the move to UOP. I was an on grounds student (in class not online). However when I doubled up classes I was online as well as on ground. My experience in both atmospheres were great. The instructors very extremely knowledgable and helpful. The degree I have recently earned was well worth the money and time. The curriculum at UOP is the same at other universities. It is hard work but if you are eager to learn, want your degree and are serious about your education, then UOP is the place to be. It is definitely not a fake it til you make school, one needs to be focused and engaged to pass the classes. The instructors do hold their students accountable. I am so satisfied with my education I plan to attend UOP for my Masters Degree, after I complete the CPA Exam.
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Mikeyj1012 (In Progress) on August 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Outstanding ! In general I thought this program was outstanding. I enrolled here to finish my BS in marketing. I thought the classes were very challenging and I was able to retain the information very well. Which was the main thing I was worried about. I also love the technology they use as far as all the labs and centers for excellence. My academic advisor has been the best, I have had the same academic advisor and financial aide advisor since I have been enrolled here. Being a father of two and also serving active duty in the US Army I was able to complete all assignments and maintain a 3.8 GPA.
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Ruthbryant2012 (Graduate) on August 13, 2012

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Hindsight is 20/20 If I had it to do over again, I would not go to U of Phoenix. I'm proud of my MBA in Global Management but it hasn't earned me a dime! The only practical thing I learned at U of P was how to take an online class. I think that all education needs reform. Please notice that the people who love U of P are the ones who already had a job they wanted to keep when they enrolled. It WAS a lot of hard work, and it WAS expensive, and I don't recommend it to anyone who doesn't already have a job that they want to use the education to add value to.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 12, 2012 (email verified)

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not worth it Some employers might accept your degree but UoP is not recognized as a "real Degree" in my state. The course work can always be found online. Nothing is changed from one course to the other. This school technically only works on your writing skills. I completed my AAEE and hardly retained any information. I started on my BA and started to set up my field experience and the district will not accept this school to work with. The school is over priced. I transferred to a local university who is a lot cheaper and is respected in the field of education for a teaching degree. I feel like my AAEE was just a waste of money that I now owe back. Im glad I made the decision to stop attending. this school is a joke. When you leave they turn nasty with you and want to say you owe them money but then they turn around and say once you pay them the money they will give it back. Its crazy and a scam when it comes to money. Your wasting your money for a quick and easy degree. All you have to do is participate in discussion and complete writing assignments. As I stated before nothing is retained. I went through many courses not even opening the ebook. My advice is to find a locally respected university for your field of study or your degree is going to be a waste.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 3, 2012

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Good education. UOP's bad reputation is undeserved. I got my Business/Finance degree from UOP back in 2006 with a 3.6 GPA. I was already in the Financial field at the time and needed a Bachellor's to continue in my career path. I had not fully completed earlier attempts at college and found this to be a program I could pursue at night while working full time. I took on-ground classes when I could, with finance classes offered and completed only online. It is truly a shame that UOP must outrun an undeserved bad reputation. I have benefitted greatly from the education I received and much of it applied DIRECTLY to the work I was doing (and is true today). In my experience, professors were successful, working professionals in the fields they taught and their guidance was absolutely invaluable. The only negative I experienced was from the bad reputation that UOP had garnered from reviewers like yourselves and from companies that did not value the degree. For that reason I got my MBA from a traditional B&M school (graduated 2011). UOP has a fine program if you are willing to learn and to take it seriously. If only their reputation matched with the high quality of the education then perhaps comapanies would value these potential employees as highly as they should.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 31, 2012 (email verified)

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Satisfied So Far I am more than half way through my AAED program. Overall I am very pleased, my advisors are prompt with their replies to me. The instructors are knowledgeable and provide you with honest feedback. There have been only two classes that disappointed me with the required curriculum (too liberal). Sure, some of the students probably shouldn't be there considering the poor grammer skills, but they are usually absent within two to three weeks. I think that a majority of people who try the online option are not prepared or disciplined enough to succeed. Online programs are more expensive than the traditional schools but the convience outweighs the higher cost. I like not driving 45 minutes to the closest "traditional" college, I like having the ability to study at night and I really enjoyed the math labs. I also enjoy seeing a classmate go from "I can't understand a concept" to posting intricate and well researched responses to others. I feel as if you can get a quality education from UoP-you just have to put forth the effort (just like any other school).
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 27, 2012 (email verified)

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NOT GOOD. This school is a money grubbing For Profit Business. Your education is not its priority. All it wants to do is turn a profit and increase it's shareholder value. You 'students' of this supposed school are just casualties of UOPs war for profit. The teaching and materials are sub-par, and the students (kind of insulting myself) have no business going here (they are better suited as McDonald's cashiers or factory lemmings). Heed my advice - stay away, bad school! Community college better!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 26, 2012 (email verified)

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student loans and pell grants My son started at UOP seven years ago. When we talked to his financial advisor, he said that he would need my and my son's father's tax returns before he could do a student loan for him. We never provided those, but the loan was pushed through quickly anyway. The advisor, Steve, also told us that my son was eligible for a Pell Grant. So, my son began his studies. Two weeks into the first class, my son suddenly found himself locked out of the system. We called Steve back and he said something had gone wrong and the Pell Grant had been refused. So, my son was kicked out of their program. However, they kept the student loan, and charged my son for it. This was illegal. He did not make payments on an illegal loan that he does not, and should not owe. Last year, he had it removed from his credit report. Today, we learned that they had redated the loan, and have reentered it on his credit report. Sue? Heck yeah we are going to sue. This school has a great many scams going on, and they need to be shut down, permanently and completely, and the financial advisors involved tried for fraud, and incarcerated. I've been on the phone with the attorney general, and the better business bureau. What they are doing is fraud, plain and simple and it's a criminal offense. I'm done messing with them. Let them explain their fraud to a federal judge.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Never had a problem finding a job with a degree from UOP I have attended UOP for my Bachelors and working on my MBA right now. I had one job and because of my educational background and experience I was offered another job March 2012. I like the flexibility of being able to convert from online to ground when there are changes with my work schedule. The company I work for has been in business since 1958, they believe in education, believe in UOP, and believe in me. There is so much room for growth and attending UOP has opened so many doors for me. This has been an awesome experience for me and can't wait to see what other opportunities will come available once I complete my MBA.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 15, 2012

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Excellent Loved the bas-m curriculum... I have 2 classes to go and will have completed 20 with uop online. Taught me to be discipline and because of this I have learned a great deal. Have my foot in the door for an counting position once I graduate. I suggest this program if your serious about learning.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 5, 2012 (email verified)

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THE TRUTH I am currently attending UoP, and like any other online learning institution you have to put effort into it. No it is not a free ride. If you apply yourself to the work you will get your degree. If you are here for a FREE RIDE this school is NOT for you. I find it irritating to have to participate in sub-post to my peers counting as more participation than the discussion questions themselves. BUT OVERALL it is a good program and I suggest getting an internship after you receive you associates to help you in the long run so after the program is done you won't be looking silly looking for a job with NO EXPERIENCE.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Overall a good experience I have been attending UPOX for over 3 years now. I think for lower division classes yes it may be less expensive to go to community college. When it comes to actual California university UOPX is less expensive. I work afternoon and tried attending community college every day before work so that I could take 18 units a semester. I was exhausted. I dropped out. I tried taking less classes but was taking forever. I decided to enroll in UOPX and have accomplished so much more than I could have through the University. I am finding it actually hard at times to do all the work. We are cramming 18 weeks of work into 5 weeks. There is a lot of reading and yes sometimes I do not get it all read. One of my instructors who when he was in his masters program had to read 10 chapters a week he taught us some techniques to read the book. The learning teams can be hard if you can not find the right team. it took me sometime but the teachers were fair in grading if you informed them of the issue. The book are provided online which is good so easier to search for an item. I go to the school to print my books and I still have access online if I choose to look at those books further. The teachers work in the field they teach which gives you real life experience and up to date as they are living it. I enjoy the school and plan on continuing on to obtain my MBA. I have learned quite a bit but I research maybe more than others. I have to fight for my A's I have to attend every class and I have to participate in class. My biggest complaint is that though I have had some great instructors I have had some who have provided great information to use but others read from the book and get paid to do what we could do ourselves. The test are open book but you need to have some knowledge in order to complete the test. The test is timed and to look up each answer you would run out of time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Pell Grant When I enrolled at this UOP, I was told that I qualified for a Pell Grant, and then after I was in school for about 2 months, I was told that I would either have to raise my student loan plus pay weekly payments or leave it like it was and I still would have to pay weekly payments. I told them that I could not afford either one of them, then they said maybe I should talk with I think it was the financial advisor. It was the same old story. So I quit. I would not suggest this school to anyone.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 28, 2012

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MSN-Edu I attending UOP to earn my MSN-Edu degree. As a nurse I needed a flexible schedule and online was a perfect fit. UOP uses MSN and doctoral teachers to teach their classes. I only had a few classes that were not well organized, but were quickly fixed when I contacted counselors. Overall my experience with UOP was great. I enjoyed having class with other students from all over the world. I also enjoyed that I could attend class at 3am. The classes are expensive, but that was my choice. Yes, the classes are not junior college pricing. It was worth it to me to pay the extra for the convenience of online classes. There are teachers that teach at UOP that teach at major universities all over the world. I found the structure of the courses to be fantastic as the basic syllabus, number of weeks, DQ policy etc. were all the same from course to course making it easier to transition from one class to the next.
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Darrellcupp (Graduate) on June 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Been There Done That I graduated January 2011 with an MBA, GPA 3.92. I chose UoP - San Diego, CA out of necessity, as I was laid off from my job and truly wanted to use my GI Bill benefits. After reviewing the curriculum, I was impressed with the breadth of studies and the degree of student input required to be successful in the program. The textbooks and literature (all online, forcing computer literacy) are outstanding. Furthermore, the team concept is a challenge that is NOT used in many "major" public universities. In short, I am very proud of my education, as I poured my heart and soul into it for 1.5 years. The MBA I have earned has not turned into a lucrative title for me, unfortunately. However, it is a title I can place after my name til am laid to rest. For all the folks that have had bad experiences, I am truly sorry. But, I will challenge you to think about what YOU could have, or can be, doing better. ANY school, job, event, whatever.....is what you make of it. In other words, don't do it half-assed and expect a degree on a silver platter. I personally wouldn't trade my time at UoP for anything. 'Nuff said and all the best.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 27, 2012

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TOTAL JOKE!!!! AWFUL!! Awful school!!! None of my classes ever have the same structure so it is hard at the begining of each new class to figure it all out. About two weeks into it I get the hang of it, but the class is only five weeks so I am doing it over and over. My financial advisor hid tons of stuff from me and lied to me about possible breaks. there is a question for the instructor, plan on waiting 24 hours. YOU LEARN NOTHING!!! It is a bunch of bullcrapt assignment and participation. Be more realistic to have to read chapters and answer questions from them to actually learn the material and vocabulary. This school is the worst mistake of my life.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 26, 2012

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UoP University of Phoenix is more consumed with money then helping a student. I have asked for help from a so-called instructor and have not gotten any response. These instructors spell and write worse than I do, they run your papers through scanning devices and call you dishonest if you mistakenly omit a quotation mark, or part of a reference. Another thing I have a problem with is for the tuition you pay, you should receive a real textbook, not an on-line book that you cannot refer to later during your studies.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 12, 2012 (email verified)

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Highly DON'T recommend. Think Community College... Uop is for people that can fog a mirror and qualify for govt aid. So if you are a body (no brain required) you qualify. Education was a joke. My community college challenged me more and was more credible than UOP. This school sucks. It is a for profit business / degree mill out to milk the world for all it can get. Please explore a community college or state school over this sham. It's student loan dept and advisors are pure unadulterated SCUM. Buyer beware.
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Godschild723 (Graduate) on June 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Recent MBA Graduate As a UOP alumni, I can say without reserve that my experience at University of Phoenix was outstanding. I began my educational pursuits with Axia college in 2007, entered my bachelor's in 2010 and graduated this past Saturday with my MBA in global business. Learning teams were challenging at times but it taught me how to problem solve using principles of team building. Classes like Quantitative Reasoning for Business Problems, and Fundamental Principles of Sound Research were quite enlightening and I discovered how invaluable these two classes are and how they correspond to the relevance in real world situations. I agree that online learning is not for everyone, and certainly not for the faint at heart. University of Phoenix provided me with an opportunity to be highly educated and also provided the flexibility in my schedule to meet educational objectives. Although I am sorry for those whose experience with UOP was less than desirable, based on my personal experience, I would recommend the true seeker of knowledge and education to consider University of Phoenix. I can also say that my academic advisor, (JoAnne Cawley) was outstanding and very supportive. I am not concerned with all of the negative statements about University of Phoenix and believe that my education and experience with this institution is not only a valuable one, but is being used as an instrument to effectively obtain higher goals. I will complete my educational journey after completion of the Doctor of Business Administration. I strongly believe that a person striving to increase knowledge from any institution of higher learning receives as much as he or she gives. I do not believe that knowledge is power but that APPLIED knowledge is power and for those who refuse to apply what they have learned I say the fault lies with such negligence. KJ
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Gladysbarreto2004 (In Progress) on June 9, 2012 (email verified)

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please dont follow in my foot steps. I hated everything a out UOP. I had problems getting my money when I took online classes, then had the brilliant idea to go to campus classes. For 3 years I plugged away, never even finishing. I was lied to, shoved under the rug. Felt bullied and forced to continue for fear of having to repay the government the money they gave for me to go to school. I was treated as an inferior student in my math class because I wasn't understanding the material. I was told to print out my books, that would cost over $100 in paper, not even being covered even though I "paid" for books that were only online. I feel my whole experience with UOP almost 3 years was a complete waste. I will never be able to do anything with the credits I earned, not only that I was talked into getting student loans, $15000, I have to repay, that I didn't need nor want. They told me to just spend it however I wanted. The money from Rasta, $5500 a year should be plenty to cover my books and classes but, it didn't, I always had to pay for at least a whole class and books out of pocket. Get this... That is with my military discount. This school is a rip off. Thanks UOP for putting me $15,000 in the whole and not a thing to show for it, except 3 years of wasted time. Oh and btw, when my advisor would call me, all he did was flirt with me, talk about how our weekends went and what movies were coming out, never much of anything about school or my classes. He was pretty funny though.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Personal Ownership Overall I had a positive experience at UOPX. I have noticed that many reviewers complain about cost when the reality is that UOPX is less expensive when you look at cost of attendance than most state universities and even some community colleges. Own your experience, if you do not want to work hard or take accountability for your actions then do not attend school anywhere are you will not complete. If you want to work hard and get a degree that many employers like B of A, Boeing, US Federal Government, Microsoft, Oracle etc, believe in (as they will pay for their employees to attend UOPX) then it could work for you. If all the negative and rip-off comments were true they simple could not exist. I challenge those who take to the internet to state their ire to contact the Dept of Education and open up a case. Most people are simply looking for someone to blame for their lack of dedication and refuse to take ownership. Do yourself a favor, if you have questions about any organization, including University of Phoenix, take the time to talk to both sides. In the case of University of Phoenix contact the alumni network, look at their corporate partnerships, and the Dept of Education before making a decision.
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Ms2676 (In Progress) on June 6, 2012 (email verified)

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good experience I am currently enrolled in the UOP and can't complain. I read all of the negative reviews, and can't reconcile between what I experience, and what I read here. Yes, there are readings, if you went to a traditional school, youd have the same thing. The readings are the lecture, and my instructor posts videos about various subjects frequently.
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Lalapancakes89 (In Progress) on May 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Run as far as you can!!! Rip off!!! This school took serious advantage of me and im sure many others. In 2006 I was 18 & had a baby living far from home with my fiance. I wanted to go back to school but had to online due to child care issues. I inquired about the school after seeing flashy google ads for "free grants, be a stay at home mom& get a degree" it sounded perfect for my situation, but at freshly 18 I didnt do my homework or know much about life in general, and thats exactly the audience they try to reach. I spoke with my student advisor or whoever he was almost daily. It got to a very annoying point how often he called to "encourage and uplift" me about my education. he made it clear id get a grant but had to do the fafsa. He emphasized to not enter any other schools. And he said after that itd be taken care of. Little did I know I didnt even qualify, because my mom entered me as a dependant the year before and she had decent income. If he explained this to me, I wouldve stopped right there, because I had no intention or means to pay a student loan or work in the near future. But instead I was trapped with sallie mae. I never remember signing anything and never received mail about it. The whole process is online or over the phone and after my fafsa my "student advisor" took over. At the time I was happy though, and thought they actually were very caring and nice. When my first two classes started, I was very dissapointed. they had nothing to do withmy field, criminal justice, which I dont even see listed anymore, and the teaching was no more then common sense. The class discussions werent informative either, infact I dreaded doing that daily requirement. Not even 3 weeks in I was very upset with the quality and THEN researched the school. They had bad reviews then. Before I even continued I stopped right there. I didnt want to waste what I thought was grant money anymore on this school. I dropped out. After starting my "student advisor" fell off the face of the earth and I realized I was just a commission. 6 months later I got a $3000 loan bill from sallie mae for 2 junk classes. I called them and the school demanding I hadnt signed up for that, and they insisted I just didnt read the fine print. maybe I hadnt, but it was a very sly and misleading direction they put me in in the first place. For those "good" reviews on here, congrats on your education but people want to get theyre moneys worth. It has nothing to do wih laziness. UOP cons you from the start not being upfront with what to expect before signing your life away. Even if I was awarded the pell grant it wouldnt have covered the costs.And why pay for a school that an employer may see your degree as junk just from the things theyve heard? Bad experiences travel fast from word of mouth, and I dont want to see anyone spend so much on a place like this. A friend of mine has a masters from UOP & still works at a grocery store with no luck in job searching. One of the reasons im so upset is because I couldnt bring myself to pay back a penny on the garbage I received. My loan is on my credit report and will be for life til I pay it. Ive worked in retail management for a few years and just lost a better job opportunity due to that ding on my credit report. If anyone knows of a class action lawsuit, id like tojoin..please email me at lalapancakes89@gmail.com. And as I said in my title run as far from this school as you can! Im now trying the community college, and love it so far. Way cheaper, lots to learn. Registering and figuring out financial aid, etc,. Is a bit more of a hassle, but im atleased not being pep talked into a con and will have a 1/2 that price legit degree...for profit is a nightmare! I even saw on the news theyre after fresh naive 18 year olds and young military, they even buy out your info(name number to call and harrass you) from other outfits. Not legit. Crappy place. Id sue them for defimation of character if I could. Hope this was helpful!!
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Blackhole (Graduate) on May 27, 2012 (email verified)

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The university that is almost credible. I worked in enrollment at UOP for over 2 years. Before UOP I became a casualty of our great recession economy and the infamous 10% unemployment job market. Like millions of other Americans I was unemployed then under-employed at UOP. During my time there I took advantage of the the tuition assistance and earned my MBA. The program was time consuming but not challenging and my GPA was just under 4.0. UOP is the largest university in the country and you have to give them credit for building an empire. Although, the work environment is very dysfunctional and the management is incompetent. That translates into disrespect towards the employees. The attrition or turn over rate is very high. In theory it could be a well run organization but unfortunately it's not. Over a year ago following some awful press releases UOP transitioned from a sales environment to a customer service business model. No one talks about sales or number of enrollments but there is still an underlying force to hit the numbers. To make matters worse the quarterly earnings reports for the past year have been dismal. Go read them. Now, that I have graduated sometimes I hear comments about the degree not being accepted or recognized. I'm not sure if the rumors are truthful but it's very pervasive. Sometimes the comments are about not taking the GRE or GMAT to be accepted and other times it's about the business accreditation. UOP is not a research university. It's labeled as a learning institution. One thing I really wanted in the MBA program was a project or thesis. If I went to Harvard or similar school it could cost $100k versus $23k at UOP and I could have my thesis. Some academics say the faculty are less qualified because it's a second job for them. They don't teach full time but I would counter that argument by saying some faculty at research universities never held a real job. Bottom line is the business programs at UOP teach people how to apply business disciplines and principals in the business world but it doesn't carry the weight of a degree earned from a research university. UOP has more MBA students enrolled than any other university and the numbers aren't even close but it doesn't mean UOP is a best school.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 18, 2012 (email verified)

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PLEASE BE CAREFUL I currently acquired my degree in human services, I would not recommend this school to anyone, the reason why i finished is cost, I was already 4 classes away from graduating so figured I would just complete it. We had a hurricane in August of 2011, I wasn't able to finish assignments because of power outages, they said I would owe them if I withdrew so of course I failed, I has NO way of completing anything as the entire city was down for 3 weeks, so I had to repay for the course I failed, now it is May, I WILL GRADUATE NEXT WEEK AND THEY STILL OWE ME MONEY, SOMETHING ABOUT A LATE DISBURSEMENT PAPER I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF. My new college will only accept half of the credits, they will not all transfer over from UOP and not many employers recognize it as a valid school so I feel I wasted my money!! I am so mad. Please think twice before you attend or if you do attend PLEASE tell them you want to manage your OWN funds!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 18, 2012

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Save Your Money I completed a class and half before the work load wore me out. The first class was easy peasy (introduction to their online program), but then I started a general psychology class. Which I'm good at, understand well, and have studied before. I couldn't keep up with it! 2-3 papers per week, "group projects" (in which you are responsible for other people's work from around the country), 2 discussions, 3 chapters of reading, and numerous responses per week. PER WEEK. I would come home from work and read, write, and "discuss" until it was well past my bed time and I could never do it all. When I disenrolled, they asked why and I told them just that. They said, "Oh, most students don't do all the reading. They just skim through it enough to write their papers." Seriously?! The counselor told me to cheat my way through school! I honestly have NO idea how people with kids do this. It's nuts! They call you multiple times a day until they have your money. They lie to you about whatever they can. The staff I met on campus never looked like they enjoyed their jobs. Just please, pay attention to what you read about this school from those that have been through it already.
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Jhostage.weare (In Progress) on May 9, 2012 (email verified)

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Bad experience. Terrible. Go to Community college I haven't met anyone that attended this business for profit that hasn't had A LOT of BAD to say about it. If you take one thing away from this post --- my intention wasn't to pay A LOT of $$$$ for a LESS THAN HIGH SCHOOL substandard FOR PROFIT education. TERRIBLE. Go anywhere else. Plus, their 'sharks' call you every single day until you BUY, then you never hear another word....
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Check all other options first I have attended two apprenticeship programs in the electrical/electronic field and wished to continue my education online with lack of better options. I did very well in both programs and it helped me earn an outstanding career in the electronic field. This was all done PRIOR to working toward an online degree. My work schedule, 3 weeks on 3 weeks off, placed traditional education well out of reach and left me with very few options to obtain a bachelor's degree. So I turned to the University of Phoenix Online (UOP) to see what they could offer. I would like to acknowledge the positive side of UOP before I get into my disappointment of the over all program. As far as student support, there is a tremendous amount of support from both academic advisors and financial advisors. They were very helpful in providing me with the tools and motivation necessary to prepare me for my online education and were always within close reach. The UOP library, from what I used of it, appeared to have a wide variety of academic support, ranging from mathematical and writing tutoring to cited references and other useful literature for academic success. *UOP does provide students with the tools to learn, however, the use of those tools are rarely required by faculty. Finally, out of the 15 classes that I completed at UOP MAYBE three of the teachers put extra effort into inspiring their students to learn... these were also the three that provided typed weekly lectures. One alluring component of the UOP was the amount of credits that I was able to transfer from the military (SMART transcript) and the classes that I attended at a local community college. With the exception of a humanities credit my class schedule consisted of core business and management classes. The first couple classes seemed pretty convincing and the curriculum for a management degree also seemed beneficial and challenging. As I progressed I noticed that there were very few quizzes, exams, and other inquiries from the instructors to check that students were actually reading the provided materials for class. It seemed that there was more focus on student participation and discussion questions than testing of acquired knowledge. Each week consisted of vague discussion questions that could EASILY be answered with prior experience and sometimes, if required, a sentence with a quick reference to a website or required reading. Student typos and completely unrelated discussions ran ramped through student discussions. Weekly papers that were assigned were nothing more than long discussion questions that needed to be presented in an APA format with a certain amount of references and roughly over 1,000 words. Content and quality of those papers took a back seat to meeting format expectations. I wrote some of the WORST papers of my life at UOP that met the minimum requirements of formats and still received a perfect score on them! Once I noticed a pattern in the grading structure and my GPA remained above 3.7; I began to lose motivation (ironically in the Human Motivation course PSY320). At this point it was too late to start over in another college and I started to build resentment toward UOP and just wanted to get it over with. I continued my remaining classes with average to below average work and participation and still received high marks in all of my classes. Upon graduation of the Bachelors of Science Business Management program I felt terrible that I had spent over $30,000 of the GIBILL (taxpayer's money) toward a piece of paper that in my mind was equivalent to a bachelor's degree in typing and surfing the web. My advice to someone considering an online degree program, PLEASE only do so if you are already set in your career and wish to advance. Many employers have degree requirements for advancement and I can see how a degree can measure one's motivation and determination for goal setting and achievement. For someone considering an online degree that is not already employed or working for a company that can provide experience in your ideal career, DO NOT waste your time or money (or taxpayer's money at that). While I was attending UOP my now fiancée was enrolled with University of Florida online working toward a bachelor's in business administration and her experience was WAY more engaging than mine. They provided video lectures, Skype tutoring, and weekly quizzes on learned material. The technology for online learning is out there, however, for-profit schools are not the best bet for the main objective of student education... LEARNING. I wish I watched this video before I enrolled with UOP. http://video.pbs.org/video/1485280975
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 7, 2012

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These people are crooks and liers! These people (the organization) are creeps! They lie, they manipulate, they commit fraud, they try to intimidate you. They use communication tactics to make sure that you don't get what you want, and to steer you to what they want. They screw you over at every turn, and will only be "nice" if they are worried that you will leave. They seem to interact with whatever creepy, psychotic agenda they have concocted in their brains, and not with you, and they act like treating you like crap is their right in life. These people are so messed up that I literally was shocked to find out that an educational institution acts like that. Materials are crap, teachers will not help you, if there is a problem, you are the one that will get screwed over. Do not count on any fair, or decent treatment from them. All the wording in the paperwork make them sound like such a nice University that cares about their student - the truth is they don't give a damn about you or your plans for your life, they only care about getting your money, and putting you in courses that are most convenient for them, not you. I would not recommend this university to my enemy! Find another school, as this one will only take advantage of you, and give you a horrible and possibly traumatic experience.
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John67langwell (Graduate) on May 7, 2012 (email verified)

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The worst garbage - couldn't apply anything to my job I paid way too much for this worthless online degree. It taught me nothing. My first job - I made it through the HR door and was hired because of the degree. However, the expectation was that I had a very thorough knowledge of finance. I come to find out that all of my peers that went to REAL SCHOOLS got this background. UOP gave me EASY BS that I can't really remember nor apply to anything practical. BUYER BEWARE. You are not getting an education here, you are getting a life "ticket punch". Don't expect to have something to offer an employer after you get done paying off your student loans for this garbage. GO TO A REAL SCHOOL - PLEASE LISTEN.
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Better Than What I Expected I had been out of school for over 17 years and realized it was time to get an education. I was so nervous to enroll in school since I did not know what to expect. I have relatives who received a degree through UOP. One became a high school social worker, and the other works with troubled teens. My experience at UOP has been pleasant. I am paying for my education, so when I run into problems with staff memebers (only 2 times in two years), I made phone calls and was a squeky wheel. Once I did that, things changed rather quickly, for the better. The economy is bad at the moment so I understand why many cannot find a job right away, but that's the economy's fault not the school's. I am about to finish my associate's program in July and then I will be pursuing my bachelor's degree through UOP. It is up to the individual to manage their time wisely, study, and do their homework and participation. It is like an ATM machine, you can only get out of it what you put into it. I will soon start to apply for internships so I can start gaining experience in my field.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Happy with UOP education I find it interesting that so many of the reviews are about financial aid or cost, but not much, if anything, about what was learned. I am frankly tired of reading comments from people who stayed for the entire program, but hate the school after they graduated. If it was so horrible, why did you stay? I have been to brick-and-mortar schools and, except for parties, there was no real benefit. I sat in classes for 16 weeks at a time, listening to someone drone on about a topic that could have been completed in 8 weeks or less. As for the learning teams, stop worrying about if someone else passes or fails and worry about if YOU do. I worked in the learning teams, and getting organized was the key. We got all the projects done in time, even when someone dropped the ball. Not pulling a load in a learning team was something to report to the facilitator, then move on. If the person passed, failed or took a rocket to the moon has no bearing on whether or not I succeed. I recommend not whining and mind your own business. Just be glad you won't have that person as an employer, employee, or co-worker becaus they most likely do the same thing at work. I teach as well. I am also sick of students expecting the faculty to open their heads and pour the material in without the student having to contribute. If you want to learn, you will. If you expect me to do all the work, you'll find yourself sitting in a dark room all alone. The faculty is called "facilitator" for a reason. The purpose is to assist your learning not to do it for you. If you can learn to put a table together by reading the directions, why do you need to have your hand held to learn in school? If you have a degree and can't find a job - guess what? There is a recession going on, in case you didn't hear. There are plenty of people with way more experience, knowledge and education than you who are out of a job, so what makes you think you are the top candidate? The same thing is happening to graduates from Harvard Business School, Yale, Wharton, London School of Economics, etc. Stop whining! You are not in that boat alone! Just recognize that you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get where you need to be. But don't blame your education, your degree, or your school for everything wrong with your life.
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Peggy43701 (Graduate) on April 28, 2012

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Very unhappy I was told that I was signing up for a degree in medical billing which is what I wanted because I have anxiety and am not able to work with the public, so I wanted a course & a job that I could do from home, after I signed up and went to school for a year and a half I found out that I was in Health Care Administration, not Medical Billing like I was told from the representive from Phoneix University. I did graduate with my degree, but the school had my last check of $3,600 which was to be sent to me which I never did receive, and when I called them I was given the run around about it and was eventually told that the school would look into it and call me back, never heard from them since. The same thing happened with my daughter with her last check, so over all STAY AWAY FROM THIS RIP OFF SCHOOL. This school also charges 3 times more than a regular college. Check into your home town college first.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Great experience! I am just about finished with my Associates Degree. I have been satisfied so far with the University of Phoenix. I plan to continue my program into the Bachelors Degree in Business/ Management at UoP. The structure of the classes have been great. I have viewed a couple other online learning formats and UoP had the best offering. So far I have had decent instruction from the teachers. I have had a few instructors that have put minimal insight into the classroom, but have some really good teachers as well. The program is great for those who work a full time career and can be challenging at times. Online learning is best for those who are self motivated and are willing to challenge themselves. Those who don't gain from the program are obviously not putting in enough time. All of the material is there, it's up to the student to review it. Good Luck!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 14, 2012

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Great Experience Great experience, have been attending since 2010 and if all goes as planned will graduate in 2013. University of Phoenix has its pros and it cons, just like any other school (even state run universities). People are worried about online vs. traditional universities, when in reality a lot of Universities such as UCLA have online degree programs, hybrid programs and even attending one evening a week programs. All I could recommend is for you to do your research attend the university that you feel will best help you accomplish your goals. After reading some of the other comments about University of Phoenix, all I could say is take irresponsibility about some of your problems and stop blaming others. I am not saying that some staff members don't drop the ball but overall its your education and your money, so YOU need to stay on top of the issue and get it resolved.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 14, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience I have attended University of Phoenix since 2010, my experience has been great. It is not perfect, but faculty and staff do what they can to assist you. If all goes well I will be graduating with my Bachelors in Business Summer 2012. My advise to anyone planning on going back to school is to be responsible and ask questions, do your research on the University you are planning to attend. Every school has its pros and its cons, even state run Universities.
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Hrman (Graduate) on April 11, 2012 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix online worked for me I run a small business and needed some additional business smarts to grow my business. While I think I can now identify a production anomaly vs a defect, and understand the relative value of LIFO v FIFO for warehousing, the real value has been application of Marketing and Strategy for my small business. Fortunately for me the online instructors in both of those categories were good communicators of very helpful texts. BTW, my business is Human Resource related, and I'm sorry to report their Luddite misunderstanding of the effort and self-direction required to complete an online degree while working/ raising a family is indeed prevalent - press these clowns to either test your knowledge or explain their logic regarding their disdain for the degree and they'll fall all over themselves. In 10 years they will be following the crowd still, but praising online learning! Bill UOP MBA 2007 Ivy undergrad degree
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Mcastell84 (Graduate) on April 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience! I got a great education at UOP and I am now attending USC for a Masters Degree in Information Technology. UOP gives anybody the chance to get an education because they are for profit. A problem arises when people who are not responsible fail at the program and then write negative comments about the school. If you plan on attending UOP it's important to know that it is expensive and if your not prepared then you will fail in your classes and then you will owe a ton of money afterwards. Study's have proven that people never blame themselves for failure and always find a scapegoat. I'm sure if UOP was more specific in their acceptance process it wouldn't have so many failed individuals writing negative comments. Overall, I got a top notch education at UOP and now I am attending USC. The University of Phoenix is a Regionally accredited school and help you start a path to success. UOP is not the best school in the country but it can help you get into some of the best schools in the country if you are responsible.
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Liza21_nvio (In Progress) on April 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Uneducation and Unbeneficial! I would not recommend University of Phoenix to anyone! The material for the courses are not covered in adequate timing, the instructors are not helpful, the online tutoring is even more unhelpful and I believe it is true what others say about buying a degree from here! I have been attending since November 2010 and have not learned a single thing from any of the courses. Everything we have went over, is what I have already known...and I have a GED! plus, I have been out of school for since 2004. This is definitely a waste of time, money and example of an education.
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Guinnjames71 (Graduate) on April 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Worst Experience ever This school took me fo a ride. Their "advisors" sold me this school. Once I "bit", I neve heard from these slimy sales folks again. Teachers were terrible. Fellow students shouldn't have never been in school in the first place. Overall a disaster. I am in huge debt (actually the US Govt is - because I will default). No one will hire me (no interviews or phone calls). Ths s a scam through and through. AVOID if u can. Not AACSB accredited. RUN or hang up if these vermin call u. UOP IS BAD NEWS.
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Jameslfox63 (In Progress) on April 2, 2012 (email verified)

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You make it what you want Before attending UOP for my BS in Business INformation Systems, I did some research to see if the degree was worth the price. I seen it was so I completed my BS degree. I took a break then completed my MS degree in Computer information systems. The two degrees ended up getting me a commision in the military as well as a six figure income. If anyone says that UOP degrees are worthless, I am proof they are not. Sure, they are expensive. You also have to bust your butt. If you think you are boing to go to UOP and them just give you the degree and you do nothing, then go to some other college. UOP has issues as do ALL colleges. But in the overall experience, they are minor comapare to what I got out of it. I am not in my Doctoral program in Management in Information Systems Technology. This program is harder than the other tow put together. But I expected that. Going to an online college you have got to understand what it takes to complete your education and what you have to do to get a good grade. They do not just hand out the grades either. You HAVE to work and do GOOD work our you will fail. I HIGLY recommend UOP as long as you are willing to bust your butt. If you read bad reviews find out what they expected from UOP then you may understand why they are giving a bad review. Also, if you do not do your own background on financial aid and you believe anyone else about what you are eligible for, then make sure you are ready to pay out of pocket. You have to research what you are eligible for. Do not lay blame on others for your lack of research or completing paperwork!!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 31, 2012

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Do not even go near their buildings!! They are rip off artists!! I made the mistake of going there back in 2002 when I thought I wanted to change careers. I put some thought about going into IT and checked out some of the local schools such as ITT tech and Devry. UOP promised me that they had a great IT program and was better than both of them. What a crock or crooks as the case was!! Their teaching style is a joke and not even worth what you pay for the classes. I dropped out after I realized I wanted to pursue another career in something else. I was left with $15.000 in students loans for a degree I was not ever to use. Mind this was for less than a year of classes. I had unpaid $452.00 which they sent me to collections and will not release my transcripts so I can finish my Masters at a real school. I feel like I have thrown all that money away and had a black mark on my credit all for nothing. Do yourself a favor and avoid this scam school at all cost. Stay away from their building even, who knows they may even screw you over by just walking by!!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 8, 2012

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Waste of time and money Oh jeeze, where do I start? I learned more about psychology from a Hazelwood book (if you don't know who he is, look up Dark Dreams, amazing). I actually quoted Hazelwood in several papers. In one class, I mentioned Hazelwood and not only did the insturctor not know who he was, she also didn't know what a hebaphile is. This was the "professor" for Human Sexuality and the week was on sexual paraphilias. My Intro to Behavioral Science "professor" was obsessed with in-text citations. I got docked way more than was reasonable because I didn't provide enough. I mean seriously, he expected one after EVERY sentence. I never got feedback on the content of my papers, just on the amount of citations used. It made my week of research, writing, and editing feel like a waste of time. I very rarely felt like I got a reasonable amount of feedback from any of my instructors; each week's feedback was copy-pasted from the week before. My cultural ethics "professors" tried to tell me I was wrong when I stated the ethnic make-up of a prison is on point with the ethnic make-up of the state. This was brought about when someone stated that prisons are made up of mostly minorities and I stated it corrolated with the population of the state. She provided me with a web link that showed an 8:1 ratio of black to white males incarcerated in the state I live in. There was no date on the page or information for where the "facts" were obtained. I worked in a prison at the time and have lived in this state for 16 years, but she's right, I wouldn't know the color of my inmates or the people around me. The financial aid process was a nightmare. I was constantly asked to resubmit paperwork that I had already sent in several times, only to find out a signature was in the wrong place. Then I was given incorrect information on what I needed to submit and where I needed to sign. This held up my degree completion by over 2 months. It wasn't until I threatened to finish my program elsewhere that it finally got straightened out. Miracle, I think not.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 7, 2012

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Horrible school! This school is horrible! They will screw you over so many times and not even care. When you have an issue and contact them they take months if at all to return your phone calls. I decided to transfer to DeVry University and I owe Phoenix a balance from not finishing my classes I was currently in. I made payment arrangements with them and everything was agreed on, the idiots turned me in to collection with no notice. I did not miss a payment or anything, I paid them on time for 2 months and they turned me over to collections. This school is horrible and stay away from them.
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Angeliashands (In Progress) on February 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Over all good experience I am in the Master of Adult Education Program. After reading so many complaints, I had to include my input. I have had an exceptional learning experience so far in the program. I must say that Grad students work harder that Bachelor students. If I were getting my Bachelors, I would not attend this University, simply for the fact of the group assignments. However, in the Master's level, most students care about their grades and work diligently on group assignments. I am a self motivated learner, which makes a huge difference, when compared to students that search for the institution to motivate them. At UOP, a students needs to be self motivated to do well. Overall I give the institution a B.
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George46s3 (Graduate) on February 9, 2012 (email verified)

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Disaster. StayAway. I can't say enough bad things This school screwed me plain and simple. I am in debt up to my eyeballs, and no one thinks my degree is real. They all laugh at me and say "I'm a phoenix!" this school is seriously bent. That's the problem when you turn education into a busineess For Profit. I recommend to anyone reading this - dis-enroll ASAP and go to your local community college. You'll learn more and get more respect than if you waste your money and time here. UOP only wants as many suckers willing to spend a lot of money as they can get. I even found some of my course questions and assignments cut and paste off of other Internet sites. STAY AWAY.
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Ed-smith (In Progress) on February 1, 2012

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A Long-time University Faculty/Staff Member's Viewpoint As a doctoral-level professional staff member and part-time faculty member in the undergraduate and graduate schools of a major public university, I applied and was accepted to teach at UoP. My intention was to establish this as part-time income and activity for my upcoming retirement. After teaching one five-week session of a 200 level psychology course, we have had a parting of the ways. First, I had to go through a long and labor-intensive training and personnel procedures that made conventional university bureaucracy and administration pale by comparison. This is partly justified due to the dramatic differences in instructional philosophy, policies, and especially the use of on-line technology. About midway through the course, I begin to see how certain aspects of the set up that were totally unique to my experience seemed designed to work. First, the instructor does not compose the tests, nor for the most part the written assignments or team assignments. So I was in the position of providing in-class instruction on text material I did not choose, covering objectives I did not develop nor fully understood, for exams that I did not write! Next, I struggled with the fact that students were responsible on the exams for material from the text BEFORE the class covering that material took place! Then it began to make more sense. Since the exams are "open book" and taken directly from the text readings, it became obvious that taking the exam was a matter of going back over the written material to find the answer to the exam question. I admit, the questions were relevant and fair as far as relating to the text, but anyone could take tests like these without reading the text or going to class just by reading the question and retrieving the answer verbatim from the text. And it became obvious to me that was what my students appeared to be doing. This could be deduced from the material submitted in the writing assignments where the student had to do more than just retrieve the correct term but had to demonstrate an understanding of what the material meant. Often students would hand in paragraphs that mentioned concepts from the topics but that too often were just misplaced concepts. For example, I "learned" that Psychoanalytic techniques included dream interpretation, free association, resistance, and transference (the first two are correct, the second two are just terms related to psychoanalysis but NOT techniques). It would be like saying techniques of driving include use of the mirror, use of the brake, tire wear, and oil changes. In short, the students had no idea of the concepts in any meaningful way. And why should they? Given this set up, I am still not sure what the purpose of having a classroom instructional session served. The message of the entire way it's set up is, "don't understand, just find the right answer, get a sufficient grade, and pass the test." And it was extremely difficult, if not impossible to teach these concepts when covering such wide and marginally related areas in one four-hour class (for example the first class included learning, conditioning, ethics, research concepts, and a smattering of neuropsychology. The result? An individual with a passing grade, credit toward a piece of paper saying they had a degree, a healthy payment from the student or throug government financial aid (mainly loans), but no real knowledge gained. Oh, and a nice little sum for the institution. To be fair, the concept of providing upper level education in a manner realistic to the needs of the working adult student is a good one. Many of the faculty were knowledgeable and possessed perhaps more practical knowledge of their field than traditional faculty at a traditional university. And there were remedial programs in place for students who needed attention to basic writing and reading skills (I do not know the substance and quality of them, however). The emphasis on learning teams and group presentations is also appropriate (though I found the emphasis much less tangible in its actual implementation vs. "on paper." I applaud the effort to provide this education in a format that makes sense for the working adult student, but five four-hour crash courses on such broad subjects simply doesn't allow for adequate absorption of the content or the experience necessary to a genuine education. Bottom line - don't go there - don't send your kids there - don't advise anyone to go there. They won't have a degree that is generally recognized by our society and the work world, and they shouldn't because they probably will not have gained the adequate knowledge and skills a degree is supposed to represent. (which sadly is to a lesser degree is true of many legitimate accredited universities as well, but that's another story!)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 31, 2012 (email verified)

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Lesson learned Everyone holds their own opinion, and I do appreciate when someone takes the time to write a review-good or bad. I wish I had seen this page before enrolling in their online program. This was my experience. I obtained my AS online, so I knew the commitment and sacrifices that would need to be made in order to get my BS. I chose UOP because I was told all my prior credits would transfer and I could graduate in 2 years. I am withdrawing after this first class is finished. I have been a student for 5 weeks and still I have no official count on my credits since someone “overlooked” the mailing requesting these items. Financial aid is still not in place and due to this I am responsible for the $1700 for the entire class. Every class has a “team project” that is due. There were 4 members in my team and it wasn’t until two days before the assignment was due that one of my team mates said she was “too pregnant to help”..I’m not kidding! These projects are 20% of the final grade. Fortunately, the remaining members, and myself, were able to pull this together in time. However, her portion was not done well since we had to research and try to combine while we all lived in different time zones. Do your research when looking at universities; it’s all about the numbers.
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Shervonwade (Graduate) on January 27, 2012 (email verified)

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Are you UOP material? University of Phoenix can be a difficult program if you are not prepared to work at an accelerated pace. The financial aid awarded will generally cover the cost of the courses, however, if you fail a course you are responsible of covering the cost to retake that course. The school does not fail a student, the instructors do not fail students. If you do not complete the work as required YOU FAIL YOURSELF!!!! You must be a diligent student for this rigorous program or you will have very little success.
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Gw13546 (Graduate) on January 23, 2012 (email verified)

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joke. For Profit = No Education. Not even AACSB accredited This school is the absolute WORST. It charges too much for an education you can get in High School. Book reports and posting on message boards is not a college education. All HR departments I've dealt with consider this "not a real degree"; and an HR friend of mine says they actually throw away the resumes of those with UOP stink on them. This school isn't even AACSB accredited. I highly recommend go to your local state school instead of this for-profit rip off.
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Ctlp16 (Graduate) on January 4, 2012

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I feel like I paid for my degree First off, UoP is a for profit school. When the government raised the amount a student could borrow, it was no surprise that UoP raised their tuition/yr to the same amount. I went in to my program with a good understanding of IT, I came out of it none the wiser. I feel like I paid for my degree. I do not recommend.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 23, 2011 (email verified)

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Meant for a Phoenix So I think what happens is those with a bad experience feel more inclined to write negative reviews while others don't write a review, so I feel obligated to speak up. I just completed my M.B.A. a few weeks ago. My experience with UoPX was fantastic. I found the three staff (admissions, academics, and financial) were extremely supportive and accessible, much more than my previous on-site Umass Amherst experience. As for academics, I learned a ton! I do think it was somewhat less rigorous than SOME on-site programs, but I thought the framework was excellent, the only real issue was how we didn't delve too deeply into subject matter - but come on it's an M.B.A. its supposed to be an overview of everything in the business world. The team assignments are controversial, but they certainly taught me to work in a group efficiently using technology, and deal with the occasional BS and difficult peers without so much stress - this is absolutely an asset to working in any organization. Classes like accounting, stats, and finance were very hard without a background in math and numbers! However I felt extremely accomplished when I discovered I survived. Now I know that if I need to figure out an NPV of a project or WACC of a company I can do so with a little refreshing and ms excel. Some people note that they aren't accredited by the AASCB, however don't let them fool you to think they don't have accreditation. Specific to business they are accredited by ACBSP. On the overall level they are accredited by Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association - the standard for overall college accreditation. This is by all means a product! It is designed to be competitively priced and with high quality content. Some people don't seem to understand the concept of capitalism and assume the private nature of UoPX prevents it from working to the best of its ability to provide a value for your dollar. Just like any other product it is up to you to do the research. On that note much of the detractors seem to be either A) people who don't take responsibility for their uninformed decisions and need to have their hand held or B) former employees with an axe to grind over their internal employee practices. Let's focus on the point, which is "does the degree help you achieve your goals to the extent of overcoming the opportunity cost of the decision?" My answer is yes it does. The cost is similar to state schools, somewhere around $26,000 for the full M.B.A. program. That's really not expensive when you look at the skyrocketing public school rates and certainly private schools. There are no hidden fees or any of the nonsense typical of state schools. You pay a class fee and a materials fee, possibly things like registration fee, but even that was waived under whatever promotion I caught when I signed up. As far as the workplace. The simple truth is, it depends on the organization. By paying attention to the news it is clear that the anti-online school bias is pure elitism and classism. It just burns people up to see education performed in a new format and specifically designed for the underprivaledged and overburdoned. If they have true comments about the rigor as compared to, for example, Ivy League schools then fair enough. But to discount the value of the knowledge gained by 100% as compared to the thousands of crummy state schools shows a complete lack of insight. Therefore your biggest decision should be about what kind of organization you intend to work for. Do you want the degree for personal enrichment? (I'd like to open a business someday) Do you want the degree for mobility within certain sectors? (I work in non-profit where they judge me on my competency not merely the name of the schools I attended, and having the M.B.A. simply provides more options for growth) Do you expect the M.B.A. to land you a $75,000 finance position at an elite private investment firm right off of the street? (maybe this isn't for you then). Most people interested in UoPX would not be able to gain the degree in the traditional format reserved for people with a lot of time on their hands and low personal overhead costs. This is for them, and they are constantly improving. The technology is top-notch and it seemed every few months a new convenient feature was implemented in my student center. So please, make your decision carefully and you won't be disappointed. In the end it really is a matter of you getting out what you put in. If you aren't cut out for the business environment this won't transform you. If you have the yearning and potential, this will supply you with tools and routes to proceed on to accomplish your long-term goals. You need to be a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" kind of person, not only to survive the highly independant curriculum, but to put it to good use in the real world. True to its name it is meant for the phoenix, the person who can rise up from the rubble of the economy and modern life and make something of themselves. If these conditions suit you and you are dedicated to furthering yourself despite life challenges and public snobbery, I would absolutely recommend the M.B.A. program. I expect UoPX to continue to be a trailblazer in non-traditional education, a leader in empowering the economically and socially disadvantaged, and although it is a little lame, I am definitely proud to be a Phoenix.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 14, 2011 (email verified)

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Not good - bad reputation This school did not challenge me at all. Classes were too easy, As were plentiful, and cost was WAY too high. Not to mention that I'm just finding out how there is a predominant bias in the HR world against UOP grads. I regret attending. Don't make the same mistake if you can help it.
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Rvhelm2000 (Graduate) on December 7, 2011 (email verified)

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A Good School - not perfect but who is? I find the school online site to be easy to understand, but I am a kind of a computer wiz to begin with. Nonetheless the stringed discussion threads were easy to follow. The facilitators were for the most part helpful and informative, some more so than others and there were a few bad ones from my point of view. Such is the case where ever you go. The main idea is that the work was challenging and you had to earn your mark. I felt I learned, and that's the main idea of going to school. It isn't about good services, easy access to problem resolution, good financial aid and such, althoguh those things are nice. Its about doing the work and learning the material. That's how we learn and that's what our education system is supposed to do. I guess the biggest complaint I would have against any school is the abiltiy of receiving a good grade without actually working for it. And that is not the case with the University of Phoenix. I would recommend this school.
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Uc3546 (Graduate) on December 5, 2011 (email verified)

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Scam school This school manipulated me and charged me way too much for a mediocre education. I recommend your local community college then state school over this diploma mill. I have not gotten a promised job, and I'm about to default on one of my Uop arranged loans. Help. Uop sux.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 1, 2011

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Everyone has their own opinions. It was goo for me I had a great experience at UOP. I do agree there were a couple of facilitators who gave away good grades, one in a humanities class and the other I'm not sure. Although in all of my core classes my facilitators were very knowledgeable and did care if I learned in their class. I never received a free A in any core class. I graduated this year and am already working. I'm putting my degree to good use and not just using it as wall decor that others might think is a joke. To those who think of a UOP degree as a joke let me just say I worked really hard to get my degree and I'm loving what my learning at UOP has done for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 22, 2011 (email verified)

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UOP Mismanage my Loan(Fraud) I should have do a good research before I apply to UOP….this is a big mistake of my life. My first mistake is letting UOP to hold on to my Student loan, because I’m afraid I might spend it and they take advantage of me, by just misusing my fund. Get drop from class (over 1 grand) for not checking in (got drop 3x), just like that even submitting an assignment that day (assignment show you logged in for that day). Second mistake is going to UOP, and my third mistake is not suing them yet and I am, because they only care about your money, even with the loan, they still come up with some stuff to get money from you, by saying that the fund did not cover it, or by sending you a surprise bill…I went back to school to be taught, not to teach or solving solution by myself. This is the worst experience of my life….11k down the drain for nothing. I had to stop because I am paying to teach myself with little understanding, also because I don’t understand what the money they asking me are for. Any UOP rep reading this, thank you for wasting my money and time, also for ruining people's career, because I know what 11k can do for me (karma).
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Nicoledblack (In Progress) on November 11, 2011 (email verified)

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DO NOT ENROLL HERE My "adviser" Niokie, rushed me in to enrolling in January 2010 and told me that I was cleared to start classes, even though my financial aide information had not come back yet. One day in to my Orientation class, she calls to tell me my aide had not come through yet so I would have to PAY OUT OF POCKET ($400/credit hour). I was so furious with this news. I immediately withdrew from class because she misled me and now was going to charge me $1200 for an orientation class. Needless to say, they charges me $400. I refused and still refuse to pay this because the ADVISER misled me through the entire process. NOW, University of Phoenix put the $400 on my CREDIT report! Absolutely ridiculous. They only care about money.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 7, 2011

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Shop around for tuition cost overall UOP IS HIGH$ Pro's: >Great customer service thru out. >Up to-date distance learning technology. Con's: <High as He!! I paid $750 per class and am now paying $177/class with CTC I'm in the military and enrolled with UOP on my 1st deployment silly I didn't know any better. <eBooks were an additional cost I believe about $160, but I still paid less per class with CTC buy buying the books off other soldiers for about $20
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 3, 2011 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix inside report Take it from a faculty member who graduated with an MBA from UOPHX and then began teaching there for over 10 years. The academic affairs department and the executive management are mainly concerned about financial goals and enrolling more and more students. While academic integrity is touted as important, at the end of the day they put pressure on faculty to pass students to improve their retention numbers. If you review the most recent financials for the University of Phoenix, you will see enrollment numbers are down by about 40%, this only increases the the pressure they put on their employees and often leads to unethical practices in each campus, including online. The faculty management staff maintains a report called the Faculty Performance Review, which they maintain as a secret way to evaluate faculty based on their student retention statistics. The review has nothing to do with academic quality. Another concern is the lack of PhD professors in their graduate programs, in most cases and most often at the local campuses, the courses are taught by people with masters degrees. This University has a hard time recruiting people with doctorate degrees as the pay is low and professors have little room to teach as there are so many policies designed to pass students, rather than to provide a quality academic experience. As far as enrollment practices, I worked at a local campus and my desk was located in the same room as the enrollment staff (so called enrollment counselors), the enrollment people call potential students all day long (much like a telemarketing firm) and when they do reach someone willing to listen, the sales pressure and misleading statements belongs in a class lower than a used car sales person. My advice, do not go to school there, it is overpriced and when you graduate (after accumulating a large student loan) you most likely will end up in job with low pay despite all the money you borrowed. If I had it to do over again, I would have never become involved with the University of Phoenix. Beware, as they continue to advertise and expand their marketing efforts. Hopefully, the U.S. Department of Education will shut them down and stop their fraud on the American Tax payers by exploiting the student loan and grant programs.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Don't do it.... Don't go to this school if you can help it. Classes are overpriced and good luck keeping your finances straight with the finance department. My finance advisor was fired during my program because she had screwed up 100+ student accounts. Customer service is atrocious. I have been waiting for going on a year to receive my diploma/transcripts because of a hiccup with my financial aid...mind you, I only found out about this after I called myself after waiting months and months to receive my diploma/transcripts. Classes are not very challenging, and some professors were clearly under-qualified. Save yourself some money and a headache and choose a different school!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 25, 2011

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Ripped me off They talked me into registering for a course and then informed me it would be an introductory to the University Course. After a week of classes I was unable to continue with course and dropped. They the informed me that I have to pay $448.00 for my one week of attendance for a class that wouldn't have even counted as a credit and then were very uncooperative with payment plans.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Garbage School Honestly has got to be one of the worst decisions ever. I have unenrolled and decided to go with another college. I wish I can talk to my other friends and convince them that their degrees from UOP is basically just garbage. It's just an ACTUAL piece of paper, more like toilet paper you wipe your butt with. The reality is that UOP pumps out degrees like Octomom pumps out babies. The true education that you are getting out of this school is full of ^rap. You are learning how to work as a team, yes that's fine. But, are you able to truly put what you learn into real life studies. I have too many friends with this toilet paper, and I just realized that what I am doing is just garbage. I am better off getting a degree from a far away state, then get a degree from UOP and have my employer look down upon me compared to someone that has the same degree from somewhere else. I had to sit down and think. Would I rather hire someone from UOP or someone from Houston University...... I'm going with HU. So sorry for the bad review UOP, but let's face the facts. I'm actually kind of confused that this company (which is what it really is) hasn't collapsed yet.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 7, 2011 (email verified)

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Online texts unreliable, tech support helpless, financial advisors apathetic In the two years I've been with UofP, the accessibility of their texts has gotten to be increasingly difficult due to increased security measures. In my last class, I could not download, save, highlight, or print. I called IT department and they confirmed security was causing this and there was nothing they could do. I asked my Financial Counselor for a credit and he refused saying he couldn't do anything about it. So I thought, "shame on me, next class I'll buy my book from the book store instead". Good idea, right? Wrong! For the next class, tuition and online text fees were separate. I paid tuition, and bought my book at the book store instead. Then I get call from my Financial Advisor - The fee for the online texts is "required", even if it doesn't work. Explaining what I had done, he said that wasn't an option and purchasing from the online book store was solely at my discretion and additional (so I am being asked to pay double). Explaining the online e-text didn't work my financial advisor said he could do nothing about it, and demanded payment. Background: I've paid them over $16,000 in the past two years. The amount I refuse to pay for terrible e-texts that don't work? $102.15. I feel like such a fool! So my "Buyer Beware" warning can be summarized like this: If you like to buy cars but don't need keys; Or you like to book a hotel room, but don't need the bed; Or even hit a McDonald's drive through and pay for a value meal you KNOW won't have french fries... University of Phoenix is your school. Good luck!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Led me to bigger and better things Looking back on my Bachelors from UoP, I can't say that I am proud to have graduated from there; unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to attending this school. I've been told - "You went to UoP? But you're so smart..." I should have researched my options more thoroughly. However, my overall personal experience with the school (regardless of what my coworkers think) was positive. I routinely received quality feedback from my facilitators (I refuse to call them teachers as for the most part, you have to be a self-starter and engage yourself through the reading material, assignments, and discussion questions) and was pleasantly surprised by their encouragement and assistance throughout the program. I still keep in contact with a few of my facilitators as they have exceptional experience in the field I want to enter. My only true problem with this school was the way their learning teams are set up. Because they accept anyone who has access to financial aid, you might end up with someone who can't add 2+2, on your algebra team. As you near the end of the program, you tend to see that the less dedicated people were filtered out over time but it doesn't free you from dealing with people who may plagiarize or procrastinate until the last minute with a team assignment. Over time, I simply learned to make requests with the facilitator to be with people who wrote out their discussion questions early (attributing that to dedication and anti-procrastination). Most facilitators were accommodating and I rarely had problems with the quality of my teammates once I began making those requests. After I graduated, I applied to both Boston University and University of Pennsylvania to begin my education at the graduate level; I was worried that neither program would accept me because of my undergraduate through UoP. I ended up worrying over nothing as both schools accepted me as a student! So, if you are fretting about moving on to another school after you finish your degree at UoP, DON'T! Other colleges WILL accept your finished degree as a bonafide accredited program.
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Mrsj953 (Graduate) on September 23, 2011 (email verified)

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You Get Out of It What You Put IN IT !!! I have recently graduated with my BSB/HRM. At times it was very hard, some classes were not as hard. Teams can be challenging since most likely they are people you will never meet and you have to rely on them to pull their weight. I never had problems with my advisors or financial aid. Actually my financial advisor helped me find an organization to join so I could get a discount on my tuition. College, like anything worthwhile, requires EFFORT and SACRIFICE...It is not supposed to be easy. I have told some friends that UOP will work for them. It's not for everyone. You write, and write, and write. You have to be committed and manage your time. Some of my friends go to other colleges and I have read their syllabus and laughed at the little bit of work that they are required to do compared to what I did at UOP. Their "writing assignments" often consist of 1 or 2 pages of writing, not even in APA format. So, anyone who wishes to bash this school really needs to look deeper within themselves.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 19, 2011 (email verified)

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I learned but it wasn't helpful I decided to go back to school back in the fall of 2007. I was stuck in A/P which is a decent starting point for anyone who wants to work in accounting, but it wasn't for me. It was too easy, but I was unable to move up due to my lack of degree. After starting UofP, I liked it. I didn't think it was very easy at all. I mean, my key was time management. It was my duty to log in, read the chapters, write the papers, and take the exams. It's no different than having the responsibility of getting into your car, make sure you have snacks, and drive to the local campus while sitting in rush hour traffic (for us who attend or attended evening classes). Since completing my Associates in Accounting, I "thought" my company would give me something. At least an interview opportunity to see if I had the qualities to move into a better accounting position. Apparently, the Associates Degree was not enough. All I got was a lunch from my manager in A/P. After a few classes in the Bachelor program, I realized I was in debt and still making less than my co-workers who possessed the same work experience with less education. I thought right then and there that UofP was not for me. If the Associates degree couldn't get me better pay or better opportunity in comparison to people without a degree, then it wasn't worth it. Since transferring out of UoP, I have attained my Bachelors from a more well known University. I was finally able to move up and out of A/P into a more skilled tax accounting position. Do I regret attending UofP? no. I did learn a lot since I actually did read all chapters of every class. But, I should have just attended one college for one program because the Associates was a waste. I'm in a lot of student loan debt because of UofP. Without UoP, I would probably only owe half of what I currently owe in student loans. So, do your research locally first. Look at the non for profit schools first and then go from there. These for profit school will get you good in the end.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 9, 2011

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Rip off and Manipulation This school scammed me into accepting and applying myself to a major that I didn't want in the first place. They were just after my money. When I found out I wasn't in the program I requested they charged me $500 to withdraw from the curriculum. They also lied in the application process by not informing me the program wasn't clinical like I requested. They doctored their notes to show that I was informed of the major when in fact I was not until I was already 3 days into my first course. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!! They're deceptive and liars and can't be trusted to have your best interests at heart...they're just after your money!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Hated it This school encourages stupid people to attend (I mean dollar signs). Some of my collaberative work that this school forces on you was with some seriously dumb individuals. You can teach an 'ant' how to read; the same goes for most of the students that attend UOP. These so called 'students' of UOP seem like they learned nothing in high school or are just so stupid that they could fog a mirror and qualify for financial aid. I am really unhappy with my decision. I recommend if you are thinking about UOP that you don't go, and go to a real school.
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Skeeterherc (Graduate) on September 7, 2011 (email verified)

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Rip off - don't go here This school is not worth it. It charges way too much for the mediocre education it gives. My advisor lied to me about my 'grants'. Instead I was roped into student loans. The way i understand it - theses 'advisors' get a commission for each sucker they sign up to UOP. So as long as you qualify for a loan, you qualify for UOP. The classes were so freaking easy, I really could't believe I was taking 'Masters level' courses. Some of my crappy public high school classes were harder / more rigorous. Also, sometimes I turned in some pretty bad papers (rushed, real life getting in the way) and would receive As everytime. These are papers I expected to get at lease a C or below. I have figured out that this school is just a "FOR PROFIT" business out to fleece America and the Americans that live in it. Most of the HR departmets I've talked with won't even consider UOP grads because of UOPs crappy rep. I really feel like I have been cheated. I may default on my loans to UOP as well. I sense the next big "bubble" is the student loan bubble spearheaded by UOP. The best advice I can give is go anywhere else but here.
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Ncomarinewife (In Progress) on August 26, 2011 (email verified)

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It is what you make it. I would like to say my military advisor was awesome. He would check up on me Often. My other 2 advisors were great too. When I had issues in the beginning holding onto my funding she was amazing at helping me get in charge of my own funds so I would be the one to pay them with my loan/grant money. She has been absolutely amazing the whole way. I see it like the military, each branch has it's issues. And your experience depends a lot on you as a person and what kind of leaders and commands you have. UoP to me is pretty much the same way.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 26, 2011

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Disaster This school sucks. It hires people that manipulate you into school loans you can't afford (nor will ever pay back). Therefore, it makes you go broke and bankrupt. Then, after the federal government has lost its loan money paying University of Hell (I mean Phoenix), I got to take classes that were an absolute JOKE, with IDIOTS that should have never gone to college in the first place. This school is the downfall of education, and must be stopped. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL -- an experienced and very real recommendation. HEED THIS WARNING.
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Nikkilynn0879 (In Progress) on August 22, 2011

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PLEASE READ..DONT BELIEVE WHAT THEY TELL YOU REGARDING FINANCIAL AID After the UOP personal came to my workplace, talking to us in regards to how great their university is, I was intrigued. I have never though of college prior but the individuals assured me that with being a single parent I would qualify 100% for pell grants and would not have to pay the money back, NO LOANS. I went to the university to inquire further, and was advised due to my income, I would not have to pay anything back or pay any loans. I expressed several times, I do not have the income to pay back, and was again advised I would not have to worry. While filing out the forms online, in which I was advised, "click here and click here, and you grants will be processed", I was rushed through the forms, not giving me time to read. I am at fault for not making them slow down through the enrollment process for me to read, but I had put my trust in the employees of the university, being I have never even looked into school and them praising the school, and thinking that I was actual doing something good for me and my daughter. It was not until 1 yr into schooling, that I received a statement from Wells Fargo Bank that I had a loan of 11,000 dollars. I about died. I immediately went to see the financial advisors and was advised that I needed to complete my school and I was never advised of that I was not going to have to pay any money back. I dropped out! Yes, I am a drop-out. I was advised by another financial advisor that they would look into the issue. Now 4 yrs later, I receive a call stating that my checks will be garnished, and I have this huge loan out there, that I thought was taken care of. I went to UOP today, requesting all paperwork working my pell grants and the loans they had filed for me. Sure enough there were loans equaling the 11,000. I advised the financial advisor that when I registered with UOP what I was advised about not paying any loans that my pell grants would cover the cost, she advised me that she believes she knew of the people I had spoken with, and that they no longer work there, that they have hired a whole new crew, because of issues such as mine. I was outraged, even hearing that, but kept my cool, because she was a very helpful person and it was not her fault of my experiences. Here I am 4 yrs after quiting that school, only attending 1 yr, and in debt of 11,000. Her words of a whole new staff because of issues such as mine, just makes me think that they should be responsible for part of my loan, but we all know that I will be the one paying it back. She did give me some options of loan consolidation that I will research, but this school was not worth 11,000 a yr. The classes were not necessary for my degree, Accounting, the team projects were ridiculous, and I even had one instructor/teacher give the whole class an A for just showing up to class, never had to do the assignments. Please before considering to be a student at UOP, do an extended research of the school, and definiately make sure they are not scamming you, as they did me.
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Mosesr68 (Graduate) on August 15, 2011 (email verified)

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BS Management Degree from the University of Phoenix Review I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2008 with a BS in Management. I attended several colleges prior and had gotten all A's my final 11 courses which were taken there; to do this I worked my tail end off; and yes there are some team mates you are stuck with in certain classes that don't contribute equally, but that is what you will certainly experience in the work force and life. This is what the UoP's model is, so suck it up and do what you need to; even if that means carrying the weight of others to get the job done. None of my classes were easy, and at least half of them at the UoP and other colleges I attended had me doing the majority of the work when I was in a group. Just life, if you want an A, regardless of your "group score" stated in prior threads to hold 30% of your grade, you can still get an A if your group sucks. As for anyone that says your degree from the University of Phoenix isn't looked at like other schools; well you are right, but also wrong. UOP is fully accredited, I have submitted my application for my MBA to schools such as Thunderbird Business School in AZ., Henley Business School in Reading, UK, and Imperial Business School in London (all top 50 Business Schools in the world) and all take the UOP degree I have as an undergraduate degree quite seriously. My GPA helps too here, but all have stated this degree with my GPA is completely justified to enter their schools (1 of many criteria). Yes, if you picked Yale, Cal, Stanford, USC, etc., then the UoP degree you just earned obviously can't compete with their status or reputation. Costs: Yes, too expensive considering they are not on any ranking systems at all (there is a reason for this; not because they suck; but because they are not set up as other schools are; they are a business, so they aren't ranked by the 3 ranking systems in the world that most people look at). Don't even ask about how much they charge for an MBA...qouted just under $40k US today..rediculous! It's all what you want though, me, i is a highly ranked business school; just my preference; as I am already a Phoenix and went to their graduation ceramony. Finally, does an employer take your bachelors degree from UoP seriously? YES! They are fully accredited, so that does mean something! I work for a cellular company and was recently promoted to a Manager. I was living in California and they relocated me to the UK for two years, I make 200k US a year from just over 119k to which I was making and I wouldn't have gotten this promotion (nor the pay prior) without my degree. A dream job which my hard work, dedication, commitment, and yes my degree helped me get. I only started at this company 3 years ago (12 years of work experience). So, anybody that says "this degree doesn't get me a job" is in my opinion a moron. You should have went to Stanford or Harvard buddy and got all A's, met the right people while there, and even then it is how you present yourself during the interview process. Just because you have a degree, doesn't mean you will automatically get a good job.
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Mrsd23 (In Progress) on August 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Waste of money!!!!! This is the worst school to go to online. I went for about a week (they give you a week to drop your classes if it isn't for you)After that week I called them and told them it just wasn't for me. I never received books or any school materials. Yet I got charged 500 bucks for emailing an assignment to my instructor, When you email an assignment it counts as attendence. Waste of money. I would recommend doing research before attending this school.
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Rene.bass08 (In Progress) on August 6, 2011 (email verified)

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Problems With Free Course The process of inquiring about the program was a disaster! Beware when asking questions if they over-simplify the process. I was deciding between two online master's degree programs. UofP rep walked me through the admissions process so that I could take a free course designed to help a student decide if an online program would work for them. The process was screwed up even though I was assisted the entire time I completed the application. I could not sign up for the free course and could not reach the rep for further assistance. One month later, I received an e-mail asking for forty five dollars. I had never agreed to pay a forty five dollar fee. I only wanted to experiment with the free course. I explained to the financial advisor that I should not owe any fees, and very rudely was told that "there seems to be a misunderstanding". How about speaking to the rep that walked me through the free course that I did not even enroll for!
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Bealove (Graduate) on August 3, 2011 (email verified)

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My Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management I received my Bachelors Degree online in 2010. I have attended 2 other universities and the level of assigned work at UOP was equal to if not greater than the universities I have attended. Online education for the working adult requires a great level of discipline and I believe that I improved my level of discipline by attending UOP. My problem with UOP is that there is no help in obtaining a position in your major after graduation. I wonder why I majored in the degree because it seems to mean nothing to employers. I don't know if it is because of the University's reputation, or if I am not applying for the right positions. If UOP gave assistance in obtaining a position in the major it would be a very good school to attend.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 1, 2011 (email verified)

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DO NOT ATTEND THE UofP!! I never write reviews, but in this situation I think it is so important that anyone considering the UofP does NOT take classes through this 'institution'. I needed to take two classes with the UofP which I would transfer to my full time college in order to graduate on time. For anyone considering doing this, DO NOT. My original advisor was awful, she had no knowledge of the requirements and was completely useless to me. This was frustrating as a first time student of of the UofP. I was told I would receive help and guidance and I felt as though I was guiding my counselor. I finally switched advisors, which helped some but not much. When I had troubles with one of my professors (she was rude, angry, fought with the students in the forum, refused to ask questions, didn't understand the UofP policies and docked my points that I had more than earned) my advisor and her manager were not able to do anything for me. I was overcharged, a problem that took weeks to fix, and in the end the classes were not worth the large amount of money I paid. The materials were minimal and useless and there is no actual teaching. The students teach themselves if the want to, and the professors simply oversee. It is a waste of your time and money. Choose anywhere else.
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Sprout96_98 (In Progress) on July 19, 2011

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Do not waste your time I was not impressed with the quality of the instructors, peers, nor the texts used for the courses I took. I currently hold a bachelor degree, but am returning to school to obtain an associate degree in IT. I chose to get an associate degree to save time and money. My previous employer partnered with The University of Phoenix and would they would cover the cost of tuition. The problems began with my first course. It was an ethnic studies course. The instructor did not have a good understanding of the material and often made comments that read as prejudice and racist. The instructor’s posts were often riddled with poor grammar and spelling errors. The posts from fellow students were written like they were meant for a text message. During the first course another student copy and pasted one of my posts and then she posted it as her own work. The instructor did not notice this until I called her attention to it. After that nothing was ever done regarding the blatant plagiarism. I continued through the courses under the assumption that my experience with my first course was just an anomaly. Things actually got worse. In the next class, a critical thinking course, the instructor’s understanding of the text was horrific. The instructor was also too busy to respond to any of inquiries. I asked her for more specific feedback on an assignment, she responded to let me know that she was busy and that she would get back to me; she never did get back to me. Half-way through this course I lost my job. I immediately informed my financial adviser. I informed her that I needed to change my method of payment to financial aid. At that time she was very understanding and she sent me a detailed email with links for all the forms I needed to complete. I completed all of the forms. She sent an email that she would be in contact with me the next week. When I did not hear from her a week and half later I sent her and email and attempted to call her. There was no response from either the voice-mail I left or the email I sent. A month later she called me to talk about the upcoming courses. She had no idea what we had been talking about previously. She directed me to speak to my employer (I am currently unemployed and she should have known this) three times during that conversation. At the end of that call I thought she finally understood what we needed to do. She said that she had some paper work to do and would follow up with me in a few days. This time it took 5 emails, and three calls to get her to call me. Again, when I spoke with her she had no idea what my situation was, who I was, I seriously wonder if she knew where she was. She stated that she needed for me to fill out a new set of forms and said she would send me an email. I received the email three days later. I filled out the forms and waited for to call. It took three weeks for her to call me back and again she had no recollection of anything and insisted on directing me to speak with my employer about tuition assistance. The only good thing I can say about The University of Phoenix is that the resourced provided are pretty good. Despite the fact that the IT degree does not prepare you for the certifications that will be needed in order to find employment. The instructors are mostly incompetent, as are the majority of the students, and the support staff.
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Dettikasman (Graduate) on July 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Stay FAR FAR Away from UOP I made the mistake of getting my Bachelors of Science in Management through the University of Phoenix. I feel like this is one of the worst mistakes I have ever made in my life. It seems that employers and peers alike do not take this degree seriously and it has helped me in no way whatsoever in finding jobs. It wasn't until I was almost finished with my degree that I realized what a mistake it was, and by then it was too late. So I went ahead and finished, but now I am 30k in the hole with nothing to show for it. I am not the type to regret things I have done, but it makes me nauseous when I think of how much money I gave this horrible institution.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 15, 2011 (email verified)

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AVOID THIS ONLINE COLLEGE!!! University of Phoenix I attended University of phoenix for one year working towards my Associate’s degree in Information Technology. Initially, I was happy with the institution. My enrollment advisor was very helpful and eager to get me started. As a few months passed my enrollment advisor began to fade out of the picture and my academic advisor began to fill in the gaps, also very helpful. Most instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful except for a couple of bad eggs. The lay-out of the website and classroom was not very difficult to navigate and for the most part user friendly. All of the materials are in PDF & Doc. format which was headache at times. Towards the end of my first year at the University of Phoenix I noticed that my academic and financial advisors were frequently being replaced. At the end of my first year with University of Phoenix I decided I wanted to transfer to another online school. I was interested in a Bachelors program and the University of Phoenix did not have a program I was interested in. It was not until I wanted out of the University of Phoenix when the experience turned extremely negative. As soon as I made a request to leave University of Phoenix it became nearly impossible to contact my financial or academic advisors. Nobody would return my calls, respond to e-mails, and would frequently transfer my calls or put me on hold. When I was able to reach advisors, I was frequently lied to and treated negatively. Many advisors had become downright rude towards me. It took me almost 4 months to cut myself loose from the University of Phoenix. It was not until I had threatened to join a class-action lawsuit towards University of Phoenix that ball began to roll with my exit process. I would not recommend this Online College to anyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 15, 2011

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Run, do not go here... Find a real school that wants to teach UoP is known for being not so honest in their business activities. They will add courses to the end of your degree period that were not on your admissions agreement, change your counselors from finance and admission millions of times, and then when it comes time for your to graduate or be in front of the board there is one reason after another you must pay for the course again and again for no credit but get an "A". To top it off, when their accounting department makes a mistake, they send it to your credit report as a charge off when you have presented the funds and that the fund were not returned even with a letter from the lender saying that the funds were never returned. Find a different school...
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 10, 2011 (email verified)

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Good but brutal in tuition and fees I completed my Associate's Degree at University of Phoenix and currently enrolled at a different online school. I love my experience in this school. Their teachers are very much involved in the students' learning process, and most of my teachers were really good. I was an immigrant when I started school at UoP, and now a US Citizen. I was amazed how much my speech and writing skills improved. Since acquiring my Diploma, I was able to get jobs at the best companies in the US. The downside of this school is the tuition and academic materials are very, very expensive. They increase they tuition fees every year; sometimes without any warning. I was on my BS Public Administration program when they increased the tuition fee. My student loan was not enough to cover the tuition, so I make $100 payment every month to cover the amount my loan disbursement failed to cover. despite the fact that they already released my statement, and that I agreed to make the monthly payment, they still increased my tuition. Wether or not you access the academic material, you are still being billed for almost the price of a new book. I transferred to another school because I think that this school charges too much. I am getting better quality (IMO) and paying way less tuition fee in my current school. However, I still think this school is great.
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Eileencigala (Graduate) on June 9, 2011 (email verified)

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Where's the education? I give the education at UoP a one. It sounds extreme, but all I received was an expensive electronic textbook and a syllabus. The online school is completely without instruction, there is no "educating" going on except what the enthusiastic student gleans from the reading. Discussion questions are rarely "discussed" and when they are, the typical response from students is a cut and paste (and possibly rearranged) clip from a wiki of some type. Trying to "discuss" is impossible because the majority of students do not even read the text much less any of the reccommended readings outside of the text. The students get the questions...do a quick search on the internet for the answer (which is there somewhere because all of these questions have been used for the 100's of previous classes). Assignments and tests are available, in their entireity, online as well...often in links to other schools who are using the same texts. I also find it grossly inadequate that the UoP mandates electronic resource materials. Students are not given the option to not pay the resource fee (which is the way text books are acquired) so that they can find a format that suits them. A student may buy the text again in another format but must pay the $100+ fee for each class (even if the same electronic text is used for several classes) and the format of the electronic book can not be altered in anyway...no highlighting no notes in the margin no bookmarks...NOTHING). The text is so difficult to use that it probably has contributed to the extent to which it is not used by the students. Also, the teachers at UoP are consistently unavailable to teach. I believe I had around 20 classes at UoP and never repeated an instructor and NEVER had a single instructor who wasn't moonlighting as an instructor...they all have full times jobs that are not teaching positions. And, they do not teach. There are NO lectures. I ONCE had an instructor who created a power point presentation as a form of instruction but the rest just post the canned questions and assignments and dole out the grades with some canned feedback. I once got feedback that said "excellent job on the assignment" when I scored less than 15% on it. I gave the school some points for support, but that was for customer service. They have great customer service. They let you vent, tell you what you want to hear (such as "the caliber of student improves as you get into the higher grades" not true but comforting) and handle all the tuition loans and grants like pros! What really sucks is that I made sure that I got myself educated...I took the initiative to do it. So many students did not, however, and they are the reputation I have to be ashamed of.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 20, 2011

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Too easy, not near enough technical Program: Information Technology Concentration: Software Engineering Graduated? 3 more months GPA: 3.99 Teachers: I put teachers as excellent, because its not the teachers that are bad, its the program and standards they have for how the teachers should teach. This is a software engineering review and semi technical, if you want to write essays for the entire 2 years, then this is the school for you. Otherwise, read further. If you are looking for real world application, this wont be it, but you will learn all about everything of everything that has to do with software development. Do you need it? Business Systems, Fundamentals of Business systems analysis, project management, introduction to operating systems, and software architecture mostly Essay classes, and if you are going to be a software developer, you only needed 2 of these, not 5. Programming? The first java class is good, the second java class does not require you to go without an IDE, they should have when learning swing because you learn it way more and you learn how to actually program instead of drag in drop. As a result, all but me used an IDE, yes dragging and dropping, and they all got A's. The SQL business class was the only other class that had real application to it, it was actually really good, just plain learn SQL, and the class did not seem to get too tied up in discussion/writing so we had some time to learn the stuff. Everything else was either way too easy or essays. The web classes barely spend time on CSS and java application. I could provide a simple CSS assignment and that would help someone learn more then what both of these classes taught, it is extremely sad I paid $1700 a class. Take a look at the VB.net classes, I have not taken them yet, but notice that they teach the same exact stuff that the first java class teaches, programming basics. They should have created a 3rd harder java class, and just one visual studio class that covers all the content of the two. I found that the text books many times do not cover what they want from the essays, and you end up having to Google it, which is pretty lame. The text book is the learning material and students should be forced to learn it and answer the information that is in it. Instead I barely read them and still made A's on my Essays, why? Because again, the subjects were different and quoting from Google's articles are easy, and they do not look for accuracy. In a since though I have been happy about this because their classes provide way too much non-relevant IT information. Lastly, when you look at the curriculum, if it says "explain", "describe", or "Identify", its a writing class, and usually an Essay class, even if it is an IT class, if it says that, Essays. If the classes details say "Apply", this means you might actually do something technical. If you only see one "apply" down the list, most likely you wont apply anything, it has to be all the way down the 5 or so bullets. Like I said, they provide way too much information about IT, things that various IT managers might need to know, but for a bachelors degree in software engineering, they do not focus near enough on the actual discipline, and way to much on everything else that has to do with IT.
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Aubriannewagner (In Progress) on April 28, 2011

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LISTEN UP!! I’m a current student at UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX, El Centro campus. After dealing with our lame community college, I couldn’t be more then happy I happen to stumble across UoPx. I’m currently aiming for my Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Accounting. The way I see it, they hand you the proper material in order to learn what your suppose to regarding that subject.. Anything there is to learn can be read in a book, if you like to read that is. Then you get tested on the material handed to you over the 5-8 weeks, if you read it and actually followed the syllabus, you win.. you get an A. (just like any other high school or college) Just because the FACILITATORS are not certified PROFESSORS, doesn’t mean they aren’t qualified to guide you through those the weeks, doesn’t mean they aren’t qualified in that Particular subject... Some you'll begin to find actually have the same Degrees that you are aiming for others may work in the field you wish to work in. UoPx is not for a lazy person. Also just because they set your schedule, enroll you into classes & don’t have you pay up front for ANYTHING, doesn’t mean you'll get of scotch free... LISTEN TO YOUR ENROLLMENT ADVISOR, They go over EVERYTHING!!! Your loan…. is on you! Good Luck! --A Proud Phoenix
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Gilkerson (In Progress) on April 26, 2011

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Not bad, but spendy.... For me, the on-line environment is the best, due to my long work commute and my rural living area, going to a physical facility is just not an option. While there is quite a bit of discussion regarding for-profit vs. not-for-profit higher learning, I feel that most of the classes I have taken I have really had to work to earn my grades. That being said, there are certain elements about the classes I don't like, such as the learning teams, but I have been able to live with that. If I was looking at schools again, I probably would have researched a little more, as UofP does seem quite a bit more expensive than other on-line programs.
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Ddg71116 (Graduate) on April 22, 2011 (email verified)

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BSHS Program Grad OCT/2009 review Grad of BSHS Human Services 2009, my perspectives the school is run like a business so remember that you are not their priority, education is good and teachers have experience in their fields, must be a people person to succeed at this University teams are 30% of your grade.... in tough times and economy I'am still persuing a job in this field and the pay verse my education is not even close at least the postions I have applied, I would reccomend to survey companies and business profit and non profit if they are hiring Phoenix graduates there is tough competition in this field, but overall a good university I would say.
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Clfaw312 (In Progress) on April 20, 2011 (email verified)

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I am always receiving HELP from my academic and financial advisers I am finishing my first year with University of Phoenix and I have had a wonderful experience. When ever I call either one of my advisers they either call or email me within 24 hours. I have had no problems with my tuition being paid. I had to take a break and than started back into my classes. NO ONE hounded me for money nor did I get charged for those two classes. For me this is a wonderful learning environment. If you drop out completely, to those of you complaining, you have to pay any money owed. ALL colleges work that way. If you drop a class after attending more than twp weeks any college expects to be payed. It is not just U of P
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Great school, but expensive I have nothing but praise for UOP's Info System's curriculum. I had ABOVE EXCELLENT instructors. The work was HARD and a good personal schedule is REQUIRED. The information was up to date, cutting edge instruction from instructors employed by cutting edge technology companies. Value? Expensive no doubt! But if you work, have a family or an impossible schedule, the on-line option really works. Was it worth it? Overall, yes. I make great money, have had EXCELLENT opportunties and have started a company with some fo my class mates. Could they be better priced, sure, especially now. My husband is going to UOP and if the federal financial aid does not cover tuition and materials then that IS too expensive and just pure greed. So far we have not reached that point. Hopefully the university keeps the tuition at federal financial aid level. If it was above, I would NEVER have been able to get my degree (ground campuses over 200 miles away for me and at the time, only UOP was online - mid 2000). I graduated late... 2008 due to a ton of personal issues and the university graciously granted me the opportunity to take care of those and extend my education over many years. Do I think all schools are perfect? No way. UOP's financial counselors could be more helpful with grants and scholarship search information. When you are working, taking care of family and going to school, how much time is left to do this? ZERO.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 14, 2011 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix is a HUGE scam Choosing the University of Phoenix was the very worst mistake I ever made. They don't care at all about the students, only about racking in financial aid and payments. The financial aid team made so many errors in my paperwork it took months to receive any of my financial aid, and then the School itself wouldn't release it until they were damned good and ready. Don't ever expect a return phone call from an "academic advisor" or a "financial counselor", because no one at this University can be bothered at all with actual students and their concerns.
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Crazycarl (In Progress) on April 13, 2011

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a guarantee for financial trouble I’m unemployed now and missed / dropped one class due to medical issues. Well I guess you have to pay for the class if you drop it. These people are the worst, I think I had 5 different counselors and only took 6 classes and now owe 8,000 big ones on a student loan. I also have the 1800 from the class I dropped forwarded to the collections dept. I offered to pay 40 a month from my unemployment but the UOP dept. told me it would not be near enough and I could not return to school until paid. She then told me she would push out the bill a month so I could have some time to get the cash?????? Bottom line I owe o lot of money for 6 really bad classes, I think one teacher told me just show up for the c ? and the students all look like middle aged lost and taken advantage of. I hope more people speak out. they will also push a lot of paperwork on you its so fast your not likely to understand. c.c
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Musicmarketer (In Progress) on April 9, 2011 (email verified)

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This is a WARNING!!! What rip off I got from this place! I hope all that did will share it on FACEBOOK and other places on the internet because I was lied to, never given the academic help needed nor the financial assistance needed. As a matter of fact, I was told that because they recognized their mistake that they owed me for a class or would pay me the money. Instead they have been hounding me for two or more years for $2250.00. I am shocked that they get away with this crap. I read all of the bad reviews like this online and can't believe that someone hasn't done something about it. Just SAY AWAY and you wont have these problems to deal with.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 8, 2011 (email verified)

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Don't go looking for a challenge The classes do not require you dig deep and learn. It is a series of reading assignments and surface level papers. The only programming class I had the professor did not bother to post most days. It was obvious he had another job and the UofP was not his main, second, or third concern.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 6, 2011 (email verified)

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What to really expect I think many people get into an online school thinking it will be easy. I went in expecting a challenge and that is what I've gotten. Not because of difficult classwork but because of the focus on team learning. Learning teams are great in theory but in practice it is a mess for students. I'll be graduating from my program in September 2011 and I cannot wait to get done and out of this school. My learning team experiences have generally consisted of one to two members myself included working hard and carrying team assignments while other members turn in substandard work if they turn in anything at all to the team. Yes, students can inform the instructor that members did not participate, or take peopel's names off the paper, but that doesn't change the fact that only a few people are doing the work expected of a four to six person team. If I knew how things were going to be before I started my bachelors program with UoP I never would have started. Unless the school restructures their learning team model I would stay away from the UoP bachelors programs.
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Erickr613 (In Progress) on April 5, 2011 (email verified)

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DO NOT GO HERE EVER EVEN IF IT'S YOUR LAST CHOICE!!!!!!!! This school only cares about ONE THING $$$$$$$$ The Teachers are amazing and helpful Unfortunatly their financial aid department only cares about their paycheck. They will throw a stack of docs in front of you and once you sign them you're screwed. They will call you every class and tell you that you owe them more money because you didn't do something right. They're rude, inconciderate, and have no business dealing with people. They seem to forget about the fact that you are paying them. Please save yourself the headache and heartache and find a different school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 5, 2011 (email verified)

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Not a good place to try to get a degree There are VERY few things that I like about this school. I started in late 2008 and am within (I think) about 9 or 10 classes of getting my bachlors degree. I have had to quit school because I cannot afford to contiinue. Nobody had explained to me that I would reach the limit of finanical aid until after I reached it! DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!
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Dnewbern60 (In Progress) on April 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Don't Go To UOP to Expensive Don't Go! Please don't go to UOP. It is to expensive. Keep your money and the government's money and earn your degree at your local community college or find another real online college. The school places to much emphasis on learning teams which is not always indicative of real life work. There are some jobs that require you to work and think on your own. That is what I did not like about the school and the fact that I keep hearing that the degree is worthless. I had good teachers the short 4 months I was there and they interacted with the class and gave good feedback but it is not worth it.
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Mindyh435 (In Progress) on March 28, 2011

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UoP is great if you can hack it! It seems to me that the people that are complaining about UoP are doing so because the work is harder than they thought it would be. The instructors at UoP are well educated in the subjects they teach. The counselors are great both my financial counselor and my academic counselor are available to help during business hours and when ever I have left a message for them they call me back within 24 hours. The one time I needed help from tech support which is available 24/7 they helped me quickly and I did not have to wait on hold. There are no surprises at UoP regarding assignments and due dates everything you need to know for the entire coarse is explained in the syllabus. The University Library is very useful my favorite part is Write Point and the Plagiarism checker which scans your papers for errors so you can fix them. All in all I say this is a great school that I recommended to my friends.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 20, 2011 (email verified)

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MBA costs more than it's worth due to poor reputation As a 2006 UoP MBA graduate, I've found that the degree doesn't carry nearly the same weight as traditional programs and is scoffed at more often than not. While I certainly learned quite a bit from the program, I now realize that it would have been a much better investment of my time and money had I earned my MBA from a school with a reputable program. Don't let UoP's marketing campaign fool you. Their degrees cost more than they're worth.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 16, 2011

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The overall of University of Phoenix I have had an experience that was very stressing. UOP seems to thrive off of money. Yes, when the advisors call its only for their best interest. After they get you in you trapped. All I can say is to read the fine print and know that they can twist the words they say because they have done it to me.
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Akrulisky (Graduate) on March 7, 2011 (email verified)

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Thumbs up I graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Adult Education with a GPA of 3.9. I worked my tail off for that GPA. It is not a diploma mill in any form. Being an independent worker and self-starter is a must, because nobody is going to hold your hand. However, this should be the case in any graduate program. My degree was 100% online. The experience was mostly positive and the university worked out all of the financial funding without a hitch. With a few exceptions, as in any program, the quality of instructors was superior. I had one instructor in a web design course that had no business being an instructor. I bought that 3 credits. However, I had another instructor in a Probabilities and Statistics class that called me unsolicited when he noticed I was struggling with a concept and he talked me through it. The University of Phoenix requires that you work in teams and it is 30% of your grade, with each team member receiving the same grade. Theoretically, the team effort in the degree program prepares the student to work in teams in the world of work. However, the University of Phoenix does not execute nor properly facilitate the team experience so that it is a positive experience, in my opinion. In almost every course, there was one or more team members who did not adequately participate, or submitted seriously substandard work. The instructors, for the most part, did not monitor the team forum, or when they did, they did not intervene even when a team member was not participating in team assignments. In the last few classes, I just took the assignment and submissions and wrote up the assignment. It was impossible get “blood out of a turnip, or rather, team mate,” than to just do it yourself. I do not recommend this approach, but the alternative, was to receive a lower grade. In fact, towards the last few classes, the team members who did nothing, little, or low quality work, knew there was likely no negative consequences to doing so. They had even come to rely on the team member that will pull the assignment together. That said, the rest of the experience was top notch. I loved the coursework and appreciated that evaluation was done by writing papers, research, classroom forum participation, and projects, rather than exams or tests. This is what I do best, and I feel it was a fair evaluation of my abilities. I have never been a good exam taker, in the form of multiple choice, etc. I am contemplating entering a doctorate program in a few months and am evaluating what school/program I want to enter. If I had to do it again, I would pursue a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix again. However, I am researching other schools/doctorate programs, as I am not keen on the idea of suffering through the University of Phoenix’s team experience, again. Over wise, I would highly recommend an online degree from the University of Phoenix, as it is organized and presented in the same format from one class to the next. There is no relearning logistical issues in how the course material is presented and learned. You know what to expect from on class to the next. Also, the university library is high quality and as an alumni, I have lifetime access to it. I can still go into my student account and check out what is going on and even attend tutorials if I want.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 6, 2011 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix - A good choice! University of Phoenix (UOP), is a great school, especially if you are wanting to get your BS in Human Services. I have been at UOP for 3 years and have never really had any problems with the teaching methods. The classes can be very challenging in fact! I have to literally work at least 15 to 20 hours a week just to complete one week in one class. A lot of people think that they are going to online school and it should be easier than a classroom environment, in fact it is quite the opposite of that. If you think that because you are going to school online that the work will be quick and easy, think again! The reading is tremendous and the work is long and hard, but in the end it is worth the learning experience. The only people that seem to have problems with this school are the money seekers; AKA people who are going to college to get the money from loans and when they do not get it fast enough, they get irritated and become irrational.
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Todde30 (Graduate) on February 23, 2011

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The Facts Great school! I attended many years ago, and found it to be awesome. I found it to be more challenging once I got into the schol than I had percieved it would be. Yes, we had some bottom feeders, who would get with the team and continually not finish their portion of the assignments, but we also had some great, hardworking tema members too. I found this school to be a great value, but you can find cheaper schools avaliable. I have since gone on to another University and completed a Bachelor's degree and I found that is was not as challenging as UOP, but I as far as materials, instructors, on-line experience...UOP was the best I have seen. I have taken classes with 6 different Universities earning an AAGS, a BS, and an additional certificate, but will be going back to UOP to work on a Masters. As I have read in alot of posts, you can do the minimum and get by, or you can give it your all and achieve! You get what you put into it!
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Aleycat01 (In Progress) on January 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Good School I been in school since December 2009. UOP has taught me good things for my class, my first class is about to end and I recommend this school to anyone it's very flexible for a single parent like me. I really like this school it better than the other online schools, it has a good support team too.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2011

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Misleading Enrollment Information I enrolled in the University to obtain an endorsement in Instructional Leadership. After verifying with the state department of education that the University had an approved program, and speaking with 3 different counselors, I decided that the price and time requirements were perfect for me. Only after completing the courses did I find out the University would not complete the paperwork that I needed for the state. After several thousand dollars and months of phone calls and emails, I was just told that the University doesn't actually offer an endorsement program. Isn't this information that should have been given before I enrolled?
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Jnfithian (In Progress) on January 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Excellent School I am four classes away from earning my BSM with UOP. Years ago I experienced the traditional campus setting, but after marriage and 2 children I chose a school that would meet my needs. Having a FT job and being a parent didn't allow much room for me to attend classes on campus. I am proud to say I have enjoyed this school and for those who don't think it's the same as the traditional setting, that's your opinion. I have experienced both settings and this one was just as challenging as the other. It takes discipline to be an online student and I am glad I chose UOP to help accomplish one of my long-term goals.
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Lemit12 (In Progress) on January 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Good School I finished the BSM program two years ago at UOP. Recently I decided to go back for a Masters and after looking at many options returned to UOP. The teams can be a little frustrating, but the materials are great and the assignments generally provide me with new knowledge I can apply in my work right away. Last but not least, I really like the structure and the flexibility.
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Jeffjonesiii (In Progress) on January 7, 2011 (email verified)

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I quit this program and went to another online school I started this program and then left right away after some of the shady shenanigans the financial aid dept was pulling. The classes were marginal. From what others told me, and my experience, I left right away. I now attend another online school (will remain unnamed) that is WAY better, and regionally accredited, and cheaper. UOP is no good.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 6, 2011 (email verified)

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UOP I just graduated from UOP with a BSBM and now going for my MBA at UOP. I have worked hard for my degree and will continue to do so for my MBA at UOP. I dont like the teams concept but I have learned to deal with it. The tools and counselors at UOP are very helpful and engaging. I am 51, female and an Executive Support Manager. I have to say its been my experience the less professional younger students are less engaged with the team concept but I have also learned how to deal with younger co-workers. You get what you put into the program like in life.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 3, 2011 (email verified)

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Not worth it Just a note I was in the Associates of Criminal Justice program.. it just isn't an option above. Ok this school sucked. Plain and simple. First off they, like someone else mentioned, rush you through the admissions process, harass you once they think they are on your mind, and then neglect you once you are in. They will also tell you anything to get you going. Like that all your credits will transfer and you will have no problems getting another school to take them- LIE!!! Second, if you consider going to another college before they are "done with you" they do in fact send back a portion of your loan money so you are "in debt" to them so they don't have to give you your transcripts or release your credits. -so your damned if you do and damned if you don't. They don't inform you of this, they send you a past due notice and you are stuck scratching your head as to why you owe on a class from over a year ago. Some of the teachers are ok and are willing to work with you, others you can tell don't give a damn, you can explain situations to them and it will completely go over their head- they don't have that problem why should you. The assignments are monotonous; read the material, write a paper, read the material, post a comment, reply to other's comments, repeat. Once in a GREAT while you will find a teacher who wants a Power Point instead.. but these are RARE. If you think variety is the spice of life, then get ready for a very bland life for the rest of your academic career here. Lastly, your finance councilor will not contact you unless you owe them money, you can call, leave messages, send emails or whatever else but there will be no return calls. They have your money.. they don't care anymore. If there is a problem the only way to get through is to call and run through all the bs to get an operator, ask them to patch you through to your finance councilor, if they ask about leaving a voice mail tell them "NO" you will talk to someone else. This does two things, gets someone ELSE to look over your account, so that if your FC isn't doing something right they may notice it and be able to help, and if you insist that you can't get through to your FC they will make sure of it or they will give you the information to their supervisor, who hopefully will contact you and help you... don't count on it, but it's a better chance. To sum up; if you need human interaction, variety, fun, a usable degree, or usable credits, DON'T GO HERE!!
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Stu34 (Graduate) on January 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Can't say enough bad things about this horrible school. They still adhere to the group project. I don't know about others that have had to deal with the group, but there are plenty of idiots in these groups, or should I say system workers, that don't do anything, and let the suckers, or should I say hard workers, earn their A for them. The 'teachers' do nothing. UOP could give a crap about the education they're pushing. I feel like cattle. They stole my money. UOP is BAD. Stay Away.
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Buzpluck7 (In Progress) on December 29, 2010 (email verified)

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Trapped by the pay for profit. I have been at the University of Phoenix for two years. Since I have enrolled I have spent a ton of money attending courses. They held my funds on more than two occassions, I am guessing to collect interest. They messed up my schedule and I took a online course and a on ground course at the same time to catch up and they still took to long to release MY money. They are a pay for profit school. Most of the teachers are very nice and will help you, but as for their corporate, students are nothing but an IRN number and profit. The school is a joke, I have not read one book since I started there and i have a 3.65gpa. If I read or put forth an effort I would probley still have a 4.0gpa. I recently attempted to transfer and the good schools liek Western Michigan University and Davenport University would not take half of my credits. When I tried to leave school i found out that the University of Phoenix will send my student loan money back to the Department of education lender and then i will owe Phoenix. Does not sound right to me. I should be abel to send the money directly to the lender. Phoenix will not release my credits to the other schools until i pay them back. I did not ask or tell them to send their money to the lender. I would love to send the money back to the lender. The bad part is, when i enrolled they rushed me through paperwork and I probley missed the fine print. So with that said, avoid Phoenix at all cost. Your buying there name, not a quality education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Bad Experience... My experience at University of Phoenix, involves a very long story, but I will try to make it as short as possible. I enrolled in University of Phoenix for all the normal reasons; work, kids, and a tremendously hectic schedule, that wouldn't allow me to attend a traditional campus college. At the time I did not know much about online degree programs, but one of my sisters friends were attending University of Phoenix, and she highly recommended University of Phoenix. So I took her word for it, and enrolled. I wish now, that I would have done research on the college. *My enrollment counselor was somewhat helpful, but she sounded a lot like a car salesman, rather than a college adviser. I can understand this to a degree, since advisers get paid commission, but she went a bit overboard. She called me everyday, until I was enrolled, than nothing. I don't know how many times I tried to call. I left messages, and emails, and never received a response. *Decent instructors are a dime a dozen. Some of the instructors are a complete and udder nightmare. One of my instructors gave me a really bad grade on every paper I turned in, but wouldn't explain why I was receiving a bad grade, or how I could do better. I don't think I was the only one having problems with this particular instructor, because halfway through the course, we were given a new instructor. The new instructor regraded and submitted all of our previous work. In the 8 months that I attended University of Phoenix, I had one decent instructor. * I really liked the curriculum and materials provided by UoP. I think they should change the topics around a bit. Especially the material topics in the writing courses. Thousands of students have attended UoP, and each one has written an essay on the same topic, and because of this, any paper written by a new student will come back somewhat plagiarized, or similar to another paper. This is my only complaint about the materials. * I never had too much trouble with my financial aid. One time I received my FA a little late, but the financial adviser was very helpful. I did get get charged for materials that weren't needed, and I was never able to get a hold of anyone to straighten out the issue. * I had many reasons for leaving University of Phoenix, but the tuition increase, pushed me over the edge. In my 1st block of courses, I received an email stating that tuition would be increasing, and it did by $50, for each course. In my 2nd block of courses I received an email stating that the price of materials was increasing, and it did by $20, for each course. In my 3rd block of classes I received another email about the increase in tuition, and once again it did increase. The tuition and course material cost increased with each new block of classes. When I enrolled I signed an agreement, and the agreement states that they can increase tuition if needed in order to adjust to the students course needs. I guess I should have read the fine print. So here are just a few problems that I had with University of Phoenix. Just because I had a bad experience does not mean that it will be the same for someone else. I did learn a lot from University of Phoenix, while I was there. University of Phoenix just wasn't the school for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 22, 2010 (email verified)

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UoP is a bad call The team structure at UoP is flawed. Team projects are 30% of your grade and invariably you will have a few students that will not contribute, will claim a host of issues why they couldn't get online, or will turn in junk for work. If you are after a piece of paper and not an education then UoP is for you. I am taking my MBA elsewhere after I complete my BS degree in just a few classes. The University does nothing to track or counsel students that are repeat offenders and most instructors won't get involved in team issues. It is not worth the stress and aggravation if you want a good grade because you will do most or all of the team assignment and often the day its due because the other students won't tell you they plan on sticking you with the work.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 22, 2010

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Stay away from UoP The person that wrote the review titled Unbelievable is 100% correct. I am about to graduate UoP and am not going to UoP for my MBA. Half of the team members will contribute little or nothing and the University does nothing to them because they are chasing the money. The program is good and convenient but the team structure is 30% of your grade and dependent upon others that simply want their diploma without any effort. Save your money and go somewhere else.
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Denece (In Progress) on December 22, 2010 (email verified)

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Unimpressed I have been attending the university of phoenix for 3 years now. I got my associates degree in business last year and expect to recieve my bachelors of business administration next year (2011). The thing I am most unimpressed with is the way the college will let anyone in. Many times I am stuck with a teammate that cannot speak english, let alone write well. I know for a fact that my good grade carries many of my teammates to get good grades too when they should not. The problem with UoPhx is that you will be frustrated if you are there to actually learn because of the bottom feeders let in by a for-profit school. You cannot really do anything about that, and I hope that businesses start accepting UoPhx degrees because I am working hard for the degree I am earning.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 19, 2010

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Criminal Justice Major I think UofP is a great school and have had nothing but great experiences with all of instructors, classes, and schedules. I have almost completed my Associates degree and will be attending for my Bachelors as well. I know there are a lot of people who have attended this school and have had a bad experience, but here is a little advice, DO NOT change your degree throughout find what you are really interested in and STICK WITH IT! if you don't no matter what school you go to you will have a bad experience. I have had the same academic and financial advisors from day one, they are on top of getting me information that I request or that they feel is important. As far as the classes themselves, if you work well at your own pace and can handle teaching yourself online you will succeed and excel and have a good experience as well as ease of finding a job once you graduate.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 13, 2010 (email verified)

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This school said my AA degree was a high school equivolent I found out that my AA degree was basically a high school education equivolent. I am furious with Univ of Phoenix. They lied to me, chaarged me way too much, and then this!!! The financial aid folks are slimey salesmen as well. They'll tell you anything to get you to sign the dotted line, and then never talk to you again when you have a problem. I hate this school and recommend everyone think twice about attending.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 9, 2010 (email verified)

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Don't go there if you need financial aid I find I have been stuck with a financial aid "advisor" who does not know what he is doing. His supervisor is also demonstrating an attitude of not caring. I luckily have had one person who did help me, but I am still stuck with the know nothing one, and the supervisor. I know how financial aid works. I have been given a run around for almost three months, they refuse to give me an advance. Its MY money, not theirs. I do not recommend to anyone to go to this school if you are in serious need of financial aid. They used to not accept students if they weren't working. In today's economic scene, many of us are unable to find decent paying jobs. They don't care if you need FA. IF I get any decent money from a specific source, I will leave this school. I might start looking anyway, and I only just started with them in a "real" class this Tuesday. They hook you with the orientation, and undermine you over the FA.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Able to recommend I have been a student in the MSN/ED program since April, 2009 and plan graduation in February, 2011. The academic rigor of the program is not less because it is online. My instructors have been topnotch. Core nursing courses all had instructors prepared at the doctoral level. Most were practicing in clinical or research areas. Several had multiple degrees and were nurse practitioners. I have only had one instructor that was an UOP graduate and she was topnotch also. Admission criteria were the same as a ground campus program. The counselors are available and helpful as are the instructors. Funds were distributed as expected. Costs for the program remain as originally calculated. Do not enroll if you believe you will automatically graduate because you enrolled. You must work hard for this degree. The only detractors to the program are individuals with personal agendas against the university. I have met dozens of UOP students that are happy with their programs. Additionally, I have made friends from all over the country. Some are in my area. I have been privileged to meet a greater diversity of students than I would have on a traditional ground campus. Prior to starting I called nursing schools and asked about the acceptance of UOP degrees. Everyone recognizes UOP online degrees. I have recommended this program to many nurses and professionals.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Horrible This school robs you. It stole my my money. It ruined my resume. I am very unhappy. DON"T GO TO THIS SCHOOL
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 22, 2010 (email verified)

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read this I started my degree in August of 2008. I am 9 weeks away from graduating with my associates. I have read all the comments and reviews in here and would like to add. I was a single mother and had to work full time, so online school was my best route. I am all in all happy with the time I spent at UOP. Let me tell you the bad, then the good. I love the counselors, at times I would get frustrated because I couldn’t get a hold of them or they could not help me, but in the end what do you expect? Any other school will have the same problems too. Financial aid is a little out a whack, disbursements that are due to students get off track and getting your money is a headache at times. Classes are over bearing with reading and writing but it is an accelerated pace course this is the same as any other place that offers adult learning. OK so now the good cause that really is the bad. The counselors were willing to work with me at troubled times in my life where I needed to drop classes or were failing. They saved me thousands of dollars at one point in time I had to drop two classes because of personal problems and then taking them same classes again I was failing so they dropped me out of them so I did not receive a failing grade then retook them again. All of which a traditional school would never have done, and if so would have coasted major dollars to do. There is so much support outside the classroom that it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand damn Google it and you will find some sort of help. The flexible schedule allows you to work at your own pace most of the time if you have problems then all you do is talk to your instructor and they will work with you on a specific due date. It is expensive however if you need flexibility you will have to pay for it. I am not willing to sit in numerous amounts of classes a week for 4 hours a class followed by another, so this was my answer. I have looked into other schools and found one that offers one night a week for 7 weeks programs in my area. They are more money that UOP and also just as hard. So I am unsure what to do from here, all I know is that daily classroom appearances are not something I am willing to do. If you are in the same boat as me then UOP is not the greatest, but neither is any other school, I will say it was good enough to survive the 2 years and get my associates degree that I never would have had the time and strength to get from a traditional school. It is accredited nationally and the credits do transfer just depends on where you are transferring them to. I found two places that take all them which is good but there are schools even some local community colleges that do not transfer to your universities. It is a crazy world in college and if you are worried about money and transferring credits go to your local 4 year university and sit in those classes day after day and be done with it if you can do that then NO UOP is not for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 22, 2010 (email verified)

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All Schools Have It's Ups and Downs I can honestly say that the reviews I have observed are the same types of complaints that I have heard in a traditional brick and mortar university. My concern is the quality of students UOPX accept into their programs. When required to work in learning teams, this may be detrimental to one's education. However, I have learned in my professional and personal life we will observe the same complaints wherever we go. I have decided to reach out and attain an internship on my own because you cannot get into a career with 0 experience. My internship is as a recruiter for a healthcare staffing company. I speak with career services coordinators on a regular basis and even these coordinators make me doubt their intellligence. It is no myth when they say, "Common sense isn't common." Well as I have previously stated...UOPX students are not always the best, just like some professors are not always the best. However, I have found that it is our responsibility to master the material without someone holding our hand the entire ride. I don't mind helping, but I cannot teach them how to write a paper on a regular basis. Coming into a graduate program, I would assume this was already a prerequisite.
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Ronald.breese (In Progress) on November 15, 2010 (email verified)

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You have to work Ok, So I happened to stumble on this site and attending UOP is like anything else, you get out what you put in. I can't even say that you get what you pay for because there are individuals that pay but don't put in the effort. Each class is different, each instructor is different and each learning team you're assigned to is different. There are those that would coast along and those that dig in and are there to learn. To those, on the outside feeling liek you just 'pay for' a degree. I beg to differ. I've never worked harder. So to the comments of indivdiuals that they have been failed and the school did not work with them and the school wanted to keep the money...my guess is that the student wasn't holding up their end of the academic work. I've had no trouble other than possibly dealing with a counselor that needed to know that I was a paying student from time to time and not accepting a free handout. I'm not a fan of leanring teams by any stretch of the imagination. I'm impatient, and prefer to pull my own weight and have my grade be strictly dependent on me alone. But this methodology has taught me patience, how to work and play well with others. So to indivudls that say you're a sucker if you dig in and work hard and those that say they just sit back and go for the ride, I'd venture to say those are the indivieuals that are always looking for the short cut or easy way out, afraid of hard work. We see this type all the time. They hang around the indivdiuals that do all the hard work at the office, get thier names attached to the project and appear that they put in all the hours, but these are the individuals that if they're name and work was removed, the project wouldn't suffer at all. It's a slick and unfair move, but available if you want to take the short cuts in life. I will say that I've grown by leaps and bounds, currently I'm in the Master's of psychology program and will be completing that course of study early next year. The work and hours are hard, especially holding down a full time job and a family at home, but it works for me. Will this degree be fully accepted in the workforce? Probably not 100%, but I'm ready for that. All I need to do is let the degree crack the door open and I'll handle the rest. That's where those that really applied themselves and worked hard can overcome obstacles and those that took the free ride, just give the school a bad name. Quite frankly, I'm proud to be a Phoenix and not ashamed to let anyone know where I'm attending school. Considering the Dr. program in psychology...just considering. But in any event, as the title says, you have to work to make it and not be seen as a slacker by your peers and instructor.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 11, 2010 (email verified)

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Wow! I love it at UoP! Wow! I love UoP! It's hard work. You have to post twice a week in order to be counted for "attendance". Then you have to make 2 posts, 4 days a week for "participation". the participation is difficult. You cannot just say "I agree", you really have to contribute to your discussion. My instructors chime in often and give their opinions, facts, and keep the discussions going. I have learned a great deal from UoP and if I continue on to my Bachelor's, I will go with UoP!
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Csmudricks (Graduate) on November 5, 2010 (email verified)

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MHA Online - A mixed bag I graduated in 7/2010 with my MHA from UOP with a concentration in Healthcare Infomatics. Consider the following: 1. GIGO (garbage in garbage out) you only get out of the program what you put into it. Yes, you can pass without doing most of the readings, but then you are only cheating yourself. 2. You have to make your own opportunities. No one is going to just hand you a job because you have a MHA. I wound up with a promotion and 20K a year raise less than 2 months after graduation. Then again I work my butt off and probably would have gotten the promotion without the degree. 3. Any degree is useless without the experience and knowledge to back it up. If you have no experience in the field don't think you will go and get an online degree and jump into a high paying gig. You have to pay dues and develop your resume and portfolio. If you do have this then the degree will definitely give you a leg up. 4. If you are lazy, unmotivated, can't write, don’t know Microsoft office, always have an excuse why things don't go your way, etc. Don't bother. You have to do a ton of writing and a group project each class (more later). You have to put in a lot of work if you aren't motivated and can't keep to a work schedule you won't make it. They let anyone in and count on the rigor of the work to weed out those who shouldn't be there and for the most part it works. 5. This is an advanced degree and online to boot. No one is going to hold your hand. You are pretty much on your own. If you are not the kind who can figure things out by yourself once again don't bother. The teachers are a mixed bag, some are very good and some bad. If you learn nothing at all in the program you will be able to write and give presentations by the time you are finished. The materials are very good. the books are electronic in format and the electronic library is comprehesive. The customer service is not great. They did make the financial aid section very easy, but they should as the tuition is outrageous. The group projects are the main reason against the school. They are a joke and usualy you have at least 2 members you have to carry. if you complain your score gets lowered so you carry them and move on if you are smart. It sucks, but they are not going to change it, so deal with it or go elsewhere. The discussions require you to post 2 discussions a week on average and post responses to others posts twice a day for 4 days a week. The class sizes small. Afterwards I have found the degree to be well accepted within the government. You can find other regionally accredited programs like or upper Michigan that have the same accreditation at 40% of the cost. By the time I found these alternatives I was too far in to change. So, a little more leg work and you can get the same accredited degree much cheaper. Then again UOP has name recognition where other online universities may not.
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Asholdridge (In Progress) on November 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Give the School the Credit it Deserves!! My overall personal experience with the school is great. Nothing was handed to me I had to work hard for it. When I turned in my assignments late or they were poor quality I received a poor grade. When I did excellent work I received an excellent grade. I have read many reviews on how poor the teachers were, well let me tell you something the instructors there are great and everyone that I have had worked in the same field that they were teaching. I have had several Doctors and Biomedical engineers, Register Nurses, you name it. The teachers there are very qualified and anyone that says different is because they suck and couldn't be taught a thing. Many people are degrading UOPX because in the higher level degrees you are required to do Charters which means group work. You will be pared with a group and a group project is due!! My opinion on that is, Who in the right mind wants to work their butt off on a project while you have some slacker sucking up all the credit! I myself find this a little disturbing but the truth is all the different schools that I talked to require group work. So UOPX is not the only one. There is also ways around on not giving that certain slacker(s) credit. Take the initiative, proof read the paper before it get turns in. If those slackers didn't turn in their part be one step a head of them make sure your paper is complete and looks good. Be sure to take their names off the title page. The instructors know their grade as far as participation will not look as good as yours. In fact most of the bad reviews are people who couldn't handle group work. Its a learning tool for all you complainers if you can't learn how to take initiative then you really shouldn't be looking into a degree in any type of leadership. UOPX requires you to hold a certain GPA through out each degree program if your not disciplined then this school isn't for you.. You have to work for your grades and I can assure you that just because these are online programs they are not easier than your traditional class room programs. In fact they are harder depending on your learning concepts. Thank You, Amanda
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 2, 2010

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Not so sure I have been a student at UoP for 1 1/2 yrs and am seriously considering transferring (if I can). I have had good and bad experiences with them. The instructors that I have had are great and you really do have to do the work in order to pass. My son-in-law failed a class even though he was doing his homework so they do fail people. Many of the assignments are written (1,200- to 5,800 words) but there are labs that are required to take. They have free workshops which help in areas where you might have a problem. The major complaint that I have with them is their Fin Aid department. There are thousands of people that hare having a hard time getting the disbursements due to them although the school seems to make sure they get their money. As of now, the major complaint seems to be with Pell grants. I haven't heard a single person say that they've gotten their 10-11 pell grant yet. When you call the FA department you get a complete run-around, if you even get an answer at all. It took me 2 months along with a call to the FA manager and a serious threat to drop their school just to get a simple response to my voicemails or e-mails. Overall, I guess it would be a good school if they didn't keep messing with people's funds. I'm seriously considering transferring because the fear is raising with all the complaints I read about them, but then I constantly hear horror stories about them keeping all your money even if you drop out. At this point I don't know what to do.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 2, 2010

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good overall experience The UOP is not a bad online education. Yes, it's expensive but what education isn't? If you are an adult with a full time job and family, UOP is for you.
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Chronos2771 (In Progress) on October 30, 2010 (email verified)

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One year in I'm 39, enrolled in UOP for my first college experience. I'm coming up on one year and trying to withdraw now. I attend on campus. They sold me with descriptions of working with other professionals, collaborating, etc. I was excited at the opportunity to learn from others, and to finally meet my goal of obtaining higher learning. The curriculum and teaching is top notch. I only had one class I dropped because of a very bad teacher. He was inappropriate on several levels...not fit to teach. But he was outside the norm and they credited me for the class. As I began my program, I was extremely disappointed with the other students. I'm paying full price but it seems 80% of the others are getting a free ride and just go through the motions to get a degree. I'm trying to actually LEARN as much as I can, but that won't get you anywhere. The learning teams end up being just another exercise in doing the bare minimum. The students that have been there a little longer know exactly how to work it so they can put their work off on others. Not only put the work off, but then fault find and put pressure. It doesn't matter if you've stayed up all night working on the project because nobody else will, you'll still be scoffed at for not doing everything perfect. The teachers and counselors leave these bottom feeders in and guess what? They'll get the same grade as you, and they'll be in the next class, ready for you to deal with again, or you'll get a new group of losers. The only way to make it work is to not care as much as they do...do the bare minimum. I want to make every class count. I'm there to learn, not to go through the motions. If you are there to learn and not just get a degree, you'll be very frustrated because it's a culture of just going through the motions. I'll never hire anyone with a UOP degree. If someone actually makes it through a program, it means either they are a lazy bottom feeder too, or just an idiot. Now I'm trying to get out. Something tells me it's not going to be easy now that I've approved funding for the next year. I hate this school. I'm ashamed to say I go there. I'm going to spend top dollar to just go through the motions and support losers without learning a whole hell of a lot. Even the seniors, they don't care. All the ones I've talked to just want the degree. I can't believe I wanted to go to college my whole life and find this...very disillusioned.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 26, 2010

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Not sure if school is on the up and up I am starting to wonder if this school is for real. They refuse to give me my grants. When I began they told me that I would recieve a dispersment every three months but as soon as it came time to disperse the money they put me on probation. My sister also goes here and she had almost a 4.o GPA and when she finished the same exact class that they failed me in, they failed her in and placed her on probation. You do not recieve a dispersment check on probation so who gets the money from the government????? I believe that they fail people on purpose just to keep the grant money, they do not care if we graduate or not. I have a year left and I am not sure if I will transfer somewhere else yet or not. It is not a coincidence that this happened to me and my sister, we have differant names and live in differant states, they have no idea we are related.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Not a good learning experience There are 3 things a class should have, a tutorial, questions from the teacher, and answers with discussion. These online classes only have questions. The teacher just posts questions without any review. You are expected to learn by your readings. You would think that technology would be used, like video lectures, webinars, teleconferencing, the things that are used in business every day. But no, all you do is answer written questions from the teacher and when it's time to do the paper they won't help you because they think you should have learned the material from your reading. I have taken 6 classes so far, 2 online and 4 on campus. None of the teachers have been good. It seems they are there only for the extra money because they have full time jobs outside of the school. They just follow the curriculum that is written for them. The team projects are terrible also because the students just do their part and don't even try to work as a team. And it is true, if you want a good grade on them you have to do most of the work yourself. I would not recommend this college. By the way, I have earned all A's so far but I came to college to learn and I don't feel like I have learned much.
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Pastormm3231 (In Progress) on October 22, 2010

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No concern for students I attended the University of Phoenix for nearly three years. I even flew out to phoenix for their first graduation in the UOP stadium. My father got sick so it delayed my last class for a year. UOP has grown so large they are thoughtless to the concerns of their students. You are only a number. After trying to return to UOP they now want me to take another 14 classes to complete my degree. It's all about the money. Trust me! That another $25,000. You can go somewhere else much cheaper. If you are prior military they will not transfer the hours as they promise. My advise is to stay away from UOP. Try another online school that is in their start up process.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 21, 2010

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Adequate Program, poor School I am just a few classes away from completing my BS after 3 years. Most of the technical parts of the courses are good and mature. The online forums are polished and professional looking and work fairly well. I have had mostly good instructors with a few exceptions. I had one who gave me a poor grade because "that's what the book says" even though that answer was outdated and blatantly wrong using any modern metric. I would imagine bad instructors are a risk at any school. The primary reason I wouldn't recommend UoP is because of their emphasis on the learning teams. Each class has you doing a minimum of one learning team assignment (sometimes more). The learning teams are horrible. People don't do their work and the LT assignments end up only bringing your grade down. Sure if you're a dummy they are probably great, but if you are the one with the straight-A average doing all the work you will learn to abhor the learning teams. Further the school claims the LT serves to emulate the real world project teams you will encounter in the work place. Well they don't. I have never seen a real world team where no one was authoritative and no one could make a decision unilaterally. All project teams have someone in charge, but not at UoP. You have 3-5 people who, when they disagree, have to go whining to the instructor like children to get something to happen. You can't threaten or make anyone do their part. My suggestion is to go to a different online school which doesn't emphasize the team-based work as much as UoP does. There are plenty of them to choose from, there is no need to subject yourself to the UoP "learning teams".
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Johnbarbbersmith (Graduate) on October 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Money Grubbers, poor education This Company, ah I mean school, just wants one thing - Money. So the Apollo Group share holders will make money. Education is secondary. UOP doesn't even have their AACSB accreditation, so my MBA is worthless. I wasted my money, my time, my life. Zero job placement. No wonder they're under investigation. Hopefully they don't pay off too many congressmen with their lobbyists to fight off the investigation. Slimy. Stay away.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 14, 2010 (email verified)

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Horrible! Stay Away! This is the most non-responsive, lackluster university I have ever encountered. The academic counselors will enroll you in classes that you don't need, they will take several months to transfer your credits (this allows them to enroll you in classes that you've already taken at other universities). I have been trying for 2 months to get transferred from one University of Phoenix campus to another but my attempts have been unsuccessful! No one in the military department at the University of Phoenix is ever available to service servicemembers, making transfers impossible (they are the only people who can transfer servicemembers from one university to another) but without a response from them, how is it possible to transfer and enroll in the University close to you? University of Phoenix must either be too stupid to address these issues/concerns or just not need the tuition! Stay away from the University of Phoenix if at all possible! Strayer University is more responsive and professional!
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Johnc (Graduate) on October 12, 2010 (email verified)

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Glad I went UOP I got accepted into one of the top universities in the country for my masters degree in information systems. If UOP was a poor academic school believe me they would not let me into their program. They require that you hold a 3.2 adverage or you will be removed from the progam.If you want a job you need certifacations and experence along with a degree.I went to school with people who had families, held down full time emloyment and went to class. I do not believe these people wasted their time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 6, 2010

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A Gold digger College!!!! UOP is so money hungry,,,the classes are too high and the work is so easy...I felt bad for passing because I didnt try most of the time but as long as I showed up to class I was ok!!! I want a education not a paper with no knowledge!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 4, 2010

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Disappointed...Totally! ISSUE #1: Was earning a 3.5 average with Axia and then I submitted a final paper in MS Word as I've always done and it mysteriously did not go through. Wow.... but I submitted homework all week WITH attachments from MS word that transmitted just fine.....hmmmmmm would it have anything to do with the fact that I discussed this non-challenging course to my academic counselor two days before? I can't help but to think that him and my instructor were dating or something! The instructor gave me an F on the assignment which made my final grade a D even after all of my hard work in the course..of which I received straight A's and a few B's. I wrote a letter to the "Board" to appeal my grade and they did not approve my appeal because "technical difficulties" are not appealable. Oh and by the way, did I mention that the final assignment was to create a portfolio of previously graded work! All of which I received A's. Needless to say, this brought my grade point average down~!! ISSUE #2 I received my student loan refund and not too long after decided I could not continue taking a math course online...SINCE I haven't taken math in over 15 years! I talked to my AC and he kept trying to pursuade me to take this course which would further impair my grade point average which I refused to do. I started looking for another place to take the math so that I could just transfer the credit to Axia. In the meantime, I spent my refund......not knowing the hell I would have to face for doing so. Long story short, I couldn't take the math anywhere else because of the pre-requisites needed at these other colleges. I called Axia to see if I could get back in and they told me to pay in full (over 2,000) or pay in 3 installments. No can do any of these options!! That's why I'm on financial Aide in the first place! I asked if I can make a payment arrangement...they said "I could voluntarily do so but they will still report it to credit bureaus!" They also said they will hold my transcript...this leaves me with no options of finishing school any time soon. These folks are bullies!! They're only out for the money and don't care about your education because they have theirs.
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Claude0363 (In Progress) on October 4, 2010

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Save you money save your time Stay away. the courses start off good and challenging. How ever, the past few classes the University has hired instructors that want to collect a pay check and fail to teach. It is more read the lessons, write nasty letters and talk down to you if you do not do the assignment properly and when ask for help, they will not answer you or guide you to the right direction. Save your money and research for a better online university
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Dblatt17 (Graduate) on September 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Learned more than at brick & mortar schools I really don't know what some of the negative comments are all about. I attended multiple brick & mortar schools over the years and had to do a heck of a lot more work (reading and writing papers) at UOP than at other schools. There were people that didn't put in a lot of effort and definitely didn't have the skills to attend college in my classes. I don't know what grades they received, but I do know that I put in a lot of work to get my 3.95 GPA. As a matter of fact, I added up all of papers written for my 20 classes (Junior and Senior years) and it totaled up to more than a quarter of a million words. I learned a lot about time management, critical thinking, and how to research and write well. It definitely prepared me for my MBA.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 21, 2010

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Illegal disbursement of Direct student Loans I am in the final stage of completing the master's degree program at UOP, and this is the first time I have experienced an issue with UOP financial aid department. I am performing my student teaching (which means that I needed to quit my job in order to complete), and for the first time ever, UOP is holding up my funds. I have gotten the run around all summer long, have received all types of reasons as to why, always get financial aid advisor voicemail, only not to ever receive a return call or email, same goes for the so-called supervisor...UNPROFESSIONAL to say the least. I am looking to report this school to the Dept of Education.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 21, 2010

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2000 grad A good program for those seeking knowledge in this very specialized area. The amount you learn is up to you. The books and lecture materials are top rate. Not a good program for those who try to determine the minimum required to pass (you'll pass, but learn almost nothing).
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Still on the fence but not that impressed so far I am currently attending the University of Phoenix/Axia College and have been for 6 months. I am not that impressed with it. Let me start out by saying, there were no college requirements. Of course, this should have been a clue but I still gave it chance. Once I got started, I was switched to different financial counselors without even being told. I would find out by calling to speak to them and their number would be disconnected and I would have to get transferred to someone else. Very aggitating and unprofessional. The same went with the academic advisors. I did have one advisor who checks on me every now and he is not even my actual advisor. The classes are a joke. Very disappointing. I did alright in high school but was never one of those people who didnt have to open a book. I have never read a page from the "online books" at Axia and passed every test with a breeze. There is no way they are actual college lessons. With 99% in each class, I am aware of what is going on. Not to mention the price. It is very high and oddly enough, 100 less than what financial aid offers a student for an associates degree. I intend on using the high GPA to get into a REAL college after finishing up this joke of a degree. I recommend anyone serious about learning not to waste your time. The teachers are alright but the curriculum is a joke. The faculty sucks and the students in your classes are so incompetent. They dont even use correct grammar or punctuation which is why they should do requirements to enter.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Just Say No I was an instructor for Phoenix and have taught many years in traditional colleges. Although many of the instructors seem fine, I know with certainty that any instructor who could get a job somewhere else would NEVER teach for UoP. Why? Because they pay between 1/3 and 1/4 of what an instructor could make teaching the same class elsewhere. Each $1 in pay at UoP is equal to $3.50 to $4 at other schools. They get people no one else will hire, or the desperate. I was in between jobs when I worked there, and teachers don't get unemployment in the summer (in case you're wondering why I even taught there in the first place). Although, they do require a Master's or Ph.D. to teach (and they do verify the degree), a huge majority of instructors received their advanced degrees at UoP!! What does that tell you? I can assure you that legitimate schools avoid hiring many instructors who have attended their institution because they want to avoid the appearance of bias and want a diversity of ideas. I felt guilty the entire brief time I taught at UoP because I knew right away the students were being cheated and that students were shoved into classes they were not able to pass because the school wanted to collect money. There were many errors in the course material students were given, and no one cared when I pointed out the errors. Students were being taught incorrect, outdated information. Additionally, their online platform for teaching is the worst! It isn't even a platform, but more like an Outlook inbox. If you've never used one of the great online teaching platforms like Angel or Blackboard, you would have no idea how much better online learning can be. I get it that as a private business they don't want to pay for those expensive platforms, but there are free ones that are a million times better that other for profit schools use (Educator, Sakkai, for example). It's all about the profit for UoP. You might be lucky enough to get a good instructor, but you definitely will not get your money's worth. Don't walk, run, and don't look back.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 16, 2010 (email verified)

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This school ruined my resume - a stain Having this school on my resume made me the laughing stock by some of my interviewers. I got a lot of "oh you went there...hmm", and "ughhh...I'm not sure we're interested in UoP grads". This school has ruined education, and pretty much my life. I will never trust UoP. I recommend all to steer clear and go anywhere else.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 12, 2010 (email verified)

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bittersweet When I first started with this school I went in with high aspirations and was highly motivated. During my two years I went through so many financial aid counselors without my knowledge and when I called to ask why I was not reassigned a academic counselor there were no answers for it. I started out overseas because of my military affiliation but when I returned stateside nothing was updated on their end. The instructors I had were great and I did learn alot from them. At the same time I was highly disappointed and aggravated with the lack of communication between myself and the staff such as finance advisor and trying to find out who my academic counselor was. I was ill prepared for graduation and was very upset that I was not brought up to speed with what I would need to do to participate in graduation. Needless to say I completed my course with a GPA of 3.14 and had to get my degree mailed to me. I was also disappointed with the fact that in the associates program a high GPA is not honored. I believe any program should be honored when a student works as hard as I did and makes the grades. I personally would not recommend this school to anyone and hope that no one will have to endure what I did with this school.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 11, 2010

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Under Investigation This school is under investigation by the Dept of Education. I was dissappointed in the lack of PhD staff, the disfunctional team projects, and the questionable grading. Once the 'scamming' of the recruiting dept was discovered, I left immediately. I'm now attending another online with a solid rep. UoP is bad news.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 8, 2010 (email verified)

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You get what you put in. I first attended Axia College Online(a part of University of Phoenix)to obtain my AA in Paraprofessional Education. I enjoyed the classes, and the flexibilty to take my computer with me and do my homework anywhere. When I completed that, I moved on the my Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I am more than half way through my program, and I have to say I have no regrets. I slacked off after high school taking a class here and there, and was not getting anywhere. If I had not started attending UoP I still would be nowhere. The classes move fast, but if you read and do the assignments on a regular schedule, it will work fine. Teachers have given some constructive feedback. Also, the support group with the Academic counselor and financial counselor are always readily available. I work full-time and being able to "go to school" late at night or on the weekends is a perfect fit for me.
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Jbancr2 (Graduate) on September 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Happy with the experience I not only attended the University but was also an employee for over 18 months. I had been to several schools before settling at UOP and I truly believe that my experience at UOP trumped any of the other schools I attended. I was able to still work, travel and be with my family. I found the activities and projects were very applicable about 90% of the time. Yes, there is dead weight in the classes but there is dead weight anywhere you go. I only had one instructor that I felt was a complete moron and that suspicion was confirmed when I saw him working as a checker at Sam's Club several months later. You get out of it what you put in. Through my employment there I was impressed with the genuine concern of the staff in dealing with students. I never felt as though I was instructed to mislead a student or "sell" them on the school. I found a better work opportunity and left the school under good terms. I am currently working on my MBA through UOP and should graduate in a year. Yes, and degree from UOP may not be looked upon as highly as a traditional school but you would be surprised to see how many executives have taken classes at UOP and will not mock your degree. The perception of the school has changed over the years and I would say if you are on the fence to go for it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 29, 2010 (email verified)

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Not AASCB accredited Beware, this business school is not AASCB accredited. UoP is not a member, nor in the process of obtaining this accreditation, that would make their curriculum harder, and cost them millions. Your MBA from here is laughed at.
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Sonnypino (Graduate) on August 27, 2010 (email verified)

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Not true!! The teachers do hold Masters, we do have test, they are Regionally Acreditted (Highest credt you can get), work school around your schedule instead of working school around you job. No set class times or days but HAVE to be in you classes 4 days out of the week. Instructors go both ways tough (Had 1) and good/fair. I have my own financial counselor who I can call directly and an academic counselor who I also can call directly and my enrollment counselor who I can call directly. A lot of what these negative people said about UoP are untrue!! We do have test, teachers hold Masters and higher, and if they do not feel you would be good they will encourage the student by taking workshops to prepare them. This is the #1 privatly owned University in country and the BIGGEST with almost 500k std!!!!Dont just listen to the bad because on this the bad is untrue. They probably failed or didnt get Pell grant money so they want to bash this school. Shaq finished his degree here, Randy Jacksons (american idol) wife graduated hear a couple months ago, etc....
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2010 (email verified)

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Perfect for Full-Time Workers I work full-time as an RN; I also have a disabled husband. Believe me, University of Phoenix is perfect for busy adults in the real world. There are at least two weekly discussion questions that require references. There is a minimum of four days class participation per week. Students are also required to submit either a paper or PowerPoint every week. If you don't like to write, don't go to school through UOP. I have gained so much insight through researching for my discussion questions and writing papers. Everything I've learned so far has been applicable to my current job. If anyone says that the A's are handed out, they should think again. I have received many awards for writing throughout high school and college, and I've had to work extremely hard in some of my classes to get A's. UOP has been challenging but rewarding. The only thing I have a problem with is graduation. They don't recognize their graduates that graduate with GPA's of 3.5 or above. UOP recognizes a GPA of 3.85 (Summa Cum Laude by other college standards, but they only place it on your diploma. There is no mention of it during the graduation ceremony. I found that disheartening, as I have worked to keep a high GPA. recognition is important at any college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 24, 2010

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Doctorate in Business Administration The school should have a viable escalation process for student complaints. I have had some harrowing experiences at this school. The majority of the complaints I had were simply unbelievable. I was told by staff that the school sided iwth the instructor in all complaints and I can say that I have found that this is the truth.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Beware of this "university" This school is basically still funcitioning because it accepts anyone who has enough money to afford their tuition. People who are serious about obtaining a degree will not attend this school. This school seems to be intended for those students who can't make the grade at a real university. In my classes, I noticed a majority of my classmates weren't even aware of how to construct a proper sentence and almost all of them were horrible with grammar. If you're currently attending this school and you can relate to anything I've just typed, GET OUT NOW! You're too smart for this school. No joke. This school is only in business for those people who can't excel in a real university. Not all online/distance learning schools are like this, please do your "homework", and find a new school. Check PBS.org for a special concerning this school as well. It's a diploma/degree mill, that's it! Your "professors" aren't even holding a Master's degree or PhD. How are they able to teach you anything? Also, I'd beware of ANY school that doesn't require text books.
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Mom_of_2_1986 (In Progress) on August 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Unprofessional My financial aide was cancelled due to a mistake made in the financial aide department and, as a result, had me disenrolled from the school program. I still owe $3,000 and the university of phoenix will NOT see a penny from me; they sent back the money that was to pay for the semester I was unable to take. THIS IS THE UNIVERSITY'S FAULT AND THEY WILL GET NOTHING FROM ME! I was very unhappy with the lost time and money I had to endure from a school that helped me in NO way.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2010 (email verified)

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BSHA I'm disappointed with this institution. It is profit driven and seems only to care that it enroll anyone with the means to finance their education whether they can test ot of high school or are even coming directly from high school. I find many of the instructors to be substandard. The curriculum is made too easy. The learning-team concept is ridiculous because smarter students have to spend too much time teaching less-educated. Too many have trouble understanding assignents and concepts, and because the learning-team effort counts for 30% of a student's grade, not only do we get stuck teaching and explaining things to other students, but we often have to carry the team projects to get adequate grades. This school, misleads, even lies about financial oportunities and the way the program works, to increase enrollment. Complaints are never dealt with properly, and overall the experience is substandard, lacking any excellence--except for the ocaissional instructor; however, the good ones are few.
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Jmak (Graduate) on August 3, 2010 (email verified)

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You Get Out Of It What You Put Into It I graduated from UOP in 2005 with an MAEd. I found that the quality of education really depended upon what I put into it. I was no slacker, and I worked for my As. My husband is a veteran teacher who graduated from a reputable institution, and he found the class expectations to be in line with his experience. I had quite a few PHENOMENAL teachers that I remember to this day. I had teachers who graded papers very hard, but most were reasonable. I had one teacher who was completely worthless, but I didn't let that stop me from learning. The learning part was my job. I know there are those out there who expect the institution to motivate them, but I think my experience with UOP was better because I was self-motivated. My host teacher commented often about how prepared I was for the student-teaching experience, which affirmed all of my hard work. I know there was room for improvement in the UOP MAEd program I went through, but overall I think it was solid.
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Carol.gasper (In Progress) on July 28, 2010 (email verified)

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Riding the Coattails... I received my AA in Criminal Justice from Phoenix and was quite happy with the classes and faculty. My opinion DID NOT remain the same when I started my B.S. in Psychology classes. For the bachelor’s classes students are required to work in teams. However, the reality is that only 1-2 people on a 4-5 person team will put forth the effort needed to earn above average grades while the others ride the coat-tails. Throughout 30 weeks, a total of 6 classes, I had hoped the situation would improve. Instead, it became intolerable so I withdrew and am now searching for a new university to attend. The most common strategy suggested by the academic advisors to deal with this issue is to approach the classes as if I was completing the assignments alone. A workable and tolerable approach if I was also earning the grade alone. The team members work, lack of work, or lack of effort always put my grades in jeopardy and in order to maintain my GPA I had to put an extraordinary amount of effort into completing assignments meant for an entire team. The problem is that the large majority of team members are not actively engaging themselves in the team assignments. Along with the many excuses like a busy work week and last minute personal deadlines the other most commonly posted statement of the rationalization of an individual’s lack of effort on a team assignment is (and this is my favorite!), “Being on a team means that people should work together and help whoever needs it.” ***This is code for - I ignored my assignment until the last minute because I didn't feel like doing it so I pounded on some keys to create several inconsequential sentences for you to rework and make sense of. *** Of course apologies will be dispersed along with the standard, "It won't ever happen again." Of course, it will and repeatedly. This is almost always followed up with the ridiculously insincere question of, "Is there anything else I can do to help out the team?" I have posted to an instructor or two regarding this issue but as far as I know, these people received the exact same grade as I did. I believe this is the case because I have seen these same individuals in the next class. It is a very disheartening experience to pay tuition and, literally, earn grades for others.
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Thekatana09 (In Progress) on July 23, 2010 (email verified)

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It's what you make of it! Hi, my name is John. I don't understand where all the strong hatred for University of Phoenix stemmed from. It's true that University of Phoenix has its major flaws, but what college doesn't? I am a former student of University of Phoenix, and I must point out that the instructors I had are comparable to any decent professor at any well respected college. The people who flamed University of Phoenix for not having ANY TESTS, reading materials, and QUIZZES must have been attending another college. In a criminal law class I attended at University of Phoenix, the instructor gave 15 to 20 question multiple choice quizzes EVERY week. The quizzes were based off of the reading and lecture materials covered in class. The instructor also had my class do class activities, such as playing Jeopardy, to further test our knowledge on the reading and previous lecture materials. The team that won the class activity games received small extra credit points. On top of the quizzes every week, the instructor also assigned to the class research papers, followed by a presentation, every week. The research papers ranged between 1200 to 2500 words, and had to be in APA format; the instructor was tough on grammar errors and sentence structures as well. As for the presentations, every classmate was also graded individually for his or her part of the presentation. Recently, I transferred to Chapman University to finish my undergraduate degree program because I felt that the learning team structure utilized at University of Phoenix has more cons than pros. Every instructor at University of Phoenix has the power to individually grade classmates during presentations, but not every instructor does so. I had a few negative encounters with slackers in some groups I was in; this involved me having to work harder to pick up the slack for such group members, and left me disgruntled when the slackers still passed the course. The slackers would barely pass with a C, but the situation still left me feeling cheated in some ways. My main point in my rant here is: Not all professors at University of Phoenix are terrible as to what all a lot of the comments are saying. Similar to any college or school out there, some professors just care more than others about academic integrity and their students' academic work. I'm not trying to say that I'm completely satisfied with everything or most of what University of Phoenix does. I'm not terribly fond of the institution itself and the administration faculty staff, but I feel that I must stand up for the wonderful professors I had for all my courses taken at University of Phoenix; I learned a great deal from them. Like what someone said here in a post: it's what you make of it!
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Kimiw6969 (In Progress) on July 9, 2010

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Ok, but not reccomended I just recently decided to go to a different school because of several issues. I was working on my Associates degree and decided that I wanted to change it to a B.S. They told me that I could not change my program. Anyways, the main reason that I decided to leave was because the instructors are not on the same page as the student. On several occasions I would ask a question and the response I would get would have nothing to do with my question. You would ask one instructor for extra time on an assignment and one will say yes, the other will say no because it is Axia's policy to not allow extra time. I just found it very difficult to get through classes with instructors who did not care about their students. My advisors were awful, they never called me back, getting a hold of them was almost impossible, and by the time they got back to me the issue I had didn’t even matter anymore because it was too late. They "act" like they are sorry for not returning your call, but they could care less. I had trouble in both of my recent classes and knew that I was going to fail because my instructors would not address my questions, so I fell behind. My advisor told me if I failed I would have to pay $2,000 before I could continue! WTF?! I have been a good student with a good GPA of 3.8 and this was the thanks I got? I don't know, I am not trying to put down the school but it just seems ridiculous to me how they run it. The instructors are always on different pages then the students and the advisors are great "actors" when it comes to compassion and conveniently they are never available with you need them.
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Kem30 (Graduate) on June 23, 2010 (email verified)

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UOP is a great School University of Phoenix is a good school. My views are the learning methodology is acceptable. The MBA program particularly was quite promising from the beginning, and met my expectations at the end of the program. The program is recognizable by my Job, which subsequently reimbursed me the total cost of the program. I am happy I undertook the program.
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It-cc (Graduate) on June 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Never thought I'd be writing this When UOP first came to my area in 2003, a friend at work told me about it. I began taking classes on campus while it was still under construction (was a different business previously). The classes were small as the school was new to the area. It was a new and different experience for me as I'd never taken an 4 hr long class ( once a week) and never worked on a team (met team once a week). I can honestly say I hated it. My team was horrible and I was bored to death. Like with any new thing, it takes time to get it just right. Well, after two classes, as a single mom I felt I'd have to stop attending. I spoke to my counselor and was introduced to online classes. It was a dream come true for me. Unfortunately, someone somehow messed up my paperwork and had me owing UOP funds for taking time off from class while transitioning to the online class (why wasn't I told). So, I paid them off after giving several department heads a piece of my mind for not explaining how this worked. After paying off UOP I began attending UOP Online and have yet to regret it. Yes, the classes are time consuming, and yes, you work in teams an sometimes you have slackers, but I've learned a lot and honestly don't see any differences than attending the community college or state college I attended before attending UOP. Without their online program, I would not have my Masters. I'd probably be just completing my Bachelors. Did I have problems with staff members? Yes, but I also had issues with the other two schools I attended where the staff members were rude and unprofessional. I've sent five people (friends and family) to UOP since I've started. Some have finished while others find it too hard. I love to read the online books for the knowledge and I read a post earlier that stated they didn't learn anything. I have to wonder did they do any reading or research to gain or access information. Nobody can make you. UOP has done wonders for this single mom and I wouldn't change it. Absolutely no regrets.
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Markrrivet (In Progress) on June 15, 2010 (email verified)

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You get out what you put in. I will finish my bachelors degree in IT with a concentration in software engineering in June of 2010. I transferred my two year degree from a community college, and needed two years more from UOP. I learned more from University of Phoenix that I did in the traditional community college where I live. At Phoenix, you are responsible for do the work, so you get out of it what you put into it. Of course they can improve, but what school can't. Look, unless you are in your twenties with your whole career ahead of you, University of Phoenix is OK, and they constantly make improvements. The school is regionally accredited and the government will give you loans; So the US Government is telling you it approves of this school; what more do you need to know. If you don't like it, blame the government.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 6, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Experience I had a wonderful experience and would do it again if I had to. I think that if you are a serious student, the experience will be great, but if you don't care, you will run into problems. My instructors were caring and knowledgeable. The program provided me the time flexibility that I needed.
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Joedadi27 (Graduate) on June 2, 2010

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University of Phoenix saved me! As a military veteran, father, and a loving husband. I was able to maintain my full-time job and complete my Bachelors and my MBA here within 4 years. One class at a time is definitely worth it and at least I didn't have to pay for swimming pool, gym, parking, and landscaping fees, etc.!!!! The books were always less than $100 per class too so it was almost the same overall price to go to a public school!!! I NEVER had a problem finding a job yet, probably a result of never having a gap in my employment :)
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 30, 2010

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On HONEST Review from a UoP Graduate I recently graduated from the UoP with a BS in Management. Prior to enrolling in the school, I was already an established and successful business owner with a decade+ of executive management experience and a corporate background that’s second to none. I completed 3 full years of college, at a well respected B&M school, before leaving the program 13 years ago to pursue my business ventures. It always bothered me that I did not finish. Since then, I got married and had a child. I recognize the value of having an education and plan to hold my son to a very high standard with regards to attending college and even graduate school. I couldn’t hold him accountable for that if I hadn’t done it myself so I decided that I was going to earn a Masters degree from a reputable university and I wanted to get into graduate school as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish that goal, I had to come up with the quickest and easiest route while still being able to receive credit for the previous university work I had completed. I basically didn’t care where I got my BS degree from because BS degree’s these days are about as valuable as HS degrees were 15 years ago. The University of Phoenix fit the bill perfectly. They accepted my transfer credits. CHECK The curriculum was easy. CHECK They are regionally accredited and the degree would be accepted at virtually any B&M school. CHECK I could acquire my BSM in less than 12 months. CHECK So, I signed up and I have to tell you, every single one of my objectives was met. Sadly, the school’s reputation is warranted. The courses are a complete joke. With the exception of ONE finance class, I passed every course without reading any formal text. There are NO TESTS. How the school has regional accreditation is beyond me, but, I could care less. I applied for the MBA program at Florida International University as soon as I finished my BSM at UoP and I was easily granted admission. In lieu of my outstanding cumulative GPA (3.8 – thanks again to my straight A’s at UoP), I didn’t even have to take the GMAT for acceptance to FIU’s business school. With two letters of recommendation, a short essay, and my UoP official transcripts --- SHAZAM, I’m attending one of the Top 25 business schools in America. The UoP did nothing to prepare me for the challenge I will face acquiring my MBA but I understood that from the beginning. I’m an intelligent adult with enough business experience to rival that of most or all of my future professors. In the end, schools like the UoP can serve a useful purpose as long as you know exactly what you’re getting from them. They provide you with a paper that can open doors at any legitimate school in the country. In exchange, you give them your money and complete a bunch of busy work. If you expect anything more than that, you’re a fool.
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Spicer911 (In Progress) on May 27, 2010 (email verified)

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No Quality If you look for quality, then stay away from UOP. Instructors are border line incompetent, cannot solve simple problems, waste student time, do NOT adhere to published syllabus .... Administration will NOT support the student on academic issues, will change policies to their desire, sweep the issues under the rug totally unprofessional. only thing they care is that the student will get through the program i.e. pay the tuition. $$$ is the only thing they care - you are buying your degree. Ask yourself the question - " if someone that can barely speak english, has no math skills, no logical skills, etc. that gets the same degree as you then what value such degree has?" ITS A DEGREE FOR SALE!!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 25, 2010

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Waste of time & money I looked for 6 months prior to attending UoP as to what they would accept versus other schools. I had been out of school for almost 10 years and most schools wanted me to start all over. I really would have been better off that way. I finished my degree from UoP, and its worthless. I have since pursued my Masters from a reputable school, and have stopped putting UoP on my resume. It does adversely effect your ability to get interviews with it on there. My experience with their "advisers" grew worse as I got closer and closer to graduation. Financial aid was a joke, there was always one more fee that they forgot to include, and I needed to pay $1200 for this and $1600 for that. Don't even try to speak to a supervisor about why one person says one thing and someone else says something completely different. UGH! I haven't attended the school in 3 years and I'm still upset at them.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Irritated I completed my associates in criminal Justice with Axia, my experience was better than expected. I am now working on my Bachelor's and the only problems I have is when I question funding. I am using student loans which means I am responsible for paying these loan in the future. Don't I have the right to ask questions if I have them? I do not like being transferred around or getting different answers from each person I talk to. Everyone needs to be on the same page.
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Mcbre1 (In Progress) on April 22, 2010 (email verified)

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Bad Setup I completed my Associates Degree with Axia College with the University of Phoenix. It was an excellent program and I was extremely impressed. If I where to rate that experience I would have given it very high scores. Unfortunately, the Bachelors Program was totally unexpected. I'd spoken with others who'd started the program and where not satisfied but I did not let this deter me from starting. From day one I noted that lack of interaction, poor communication between teacher and students. The setup was poor and consequently I have decided to try other online programs to complete my degree.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Associate graduate of UOP - enrolled in Bachelors Excellent school. A bit pricey, but they have extensive resources, are the oldest online university, and offer so many tools and workshops for making the learning experience as easy as possible for an adult-learner going back to school. They provide online books with audio capabilities and applicable content to the degree area. UOP offers countless video feeds, self-evaluations, and resources for students taking the dreaded math courses that learn better in more unique ways than the traditional lecture format. They understand that people learn in different ways and excel in providing multiple learning resources to understand new content. The Instructors are knowledgeable and accredited in their field and often have full-time jobs in that area. The learning teams are not always fun, especially when you have lazy students, but neither is working in a team at a business always a piece of cake. It is an experience that is a must though, to prepare you for the rising trend of companies incorporating teams at work.
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Steve (Graduate) on April 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Too Expensive, but adequate I recently finished a bachelors degree in global business mnagement. I had completed my first 2 years of traditional college at community and state schools. I found that the UoP prorgam was as demanding as far as workload as the traditional schools I had attended. I had received A's in the courses at traditional colleges and A's at UoP as well. Generally the work at UoP was very demanding. The courses required a huge amount of reading and writing. Each class averaged two full text books and 5 to 8 (some team oriented) research papers. I will say that because of the condensed class schedules that in some cases materials were not adequately covered, but if a student completed the large number of reading assignments, the relevant topics were represented. Working in an environment where there are no standards for enrollment can be very frustrting indeed, but I noticed by senior year (last 7 or 8 classes) these individuals either improved enough to continue or left the program. Instuctors or facilitators were hit or miss. Most I had were knowledgable and tried their best to create a learning environment. Like any school, some don't care and give out A's like water. The expense of UoP given the return was prohibitive. If you can afford the cost and have the time you might want to cosider a state school of more traditional environment especially if you are younger and just starting out. I returned to school at age 47 and was already working in the business environment for over 25 years, so the UoP coursework was just to augment my existing skills. I had no problem with couselors or payments. They were all very helpful and responsive.
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Phillip.freres (In Progress) on April 2, 2010 (email verified)

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You Get What You Give I have nearly completed the MBA/GM program and have to say that I am pleased with the level of instruction and overall quality of the program. I started my adventure in 2004 and had to take a break because I was deployed to Iraq. I restarted in March 2009 and have three course remaining. After reading all the review, both positive and negative, I have to say that my experience with UoP has been very positive. Not only has the institution itself provided great service - the facilitators have been, for the most part, outstanding. The only issue I have is with the use of Learning Teams - that it's one of the factors that can negatively impact the whole experience. Fortunately, most of the teams I was on have worked well - Out of a dozen, only two were sub par. Overall though, I firmly believe that you only get out of any program what you're willing to put into it. If a company is unwilling to consider me because I earned my MBA from UoP - it's their loss as far as I'm concerned.
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Shainia97 (In Progress) on April 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Quite Pleased! I have been a student at UOP for 8 months. The main thing I want anyone considering online education to know - it is NO walk in the park! I am a 48yo RN working full-time, mother of a 4yo, & sole support for our household, including my disabled spouse. UOP challenges me in ways my prior education at community college & a traditional state university never did. You get out of it what you put into it. Weekly discussion questions require reaching beyond just looking up answers in a textbook. Posting reqs mean you must interact & try to see other viewpoints. There are tests & quizzes & workbook assignments. I hope you like to write or can tolerate it because there is an APA-formatted paper due every week. I admit this can be a hassle & I just do NOT always feel like doing it, but I expect more work when 3 cr hrs is crammed into 5 weeks! The only actual complaint I could make is the dreaded learning team! They are easier to deal with if the instructor allows you input into your teammates - only one so far did not. Generally, there are folks who follow you through the same classes & you learn who pulls their weight. I never hesitate to ask NOT to work with someone (and why) & to work with someone I respect. Instructors DO pay attention to what the team says & peer evaluations! I had one class in which a teammate kept asking every few days what she could do to help, but never followed up with anything suggested. This class had a learning team discussion question every week - most have one project the team works on from the 1st week & turns in the 5th. After a few weeks, we all started complaining - outright to the student & to the instructor. Finally, when we were doing final revisions to the major team project due week 5 & she had done nothing the entire class, our instructor stepped in. She disappeared, but not before getting in a last jab - how awful we were to her & did not support her & how now she had to quit school because she was failing the class. So, they DO listen. Advisers are amazing. Initially, their calls every few days to check on me were annoying when I am smart enough to figure out a few things on my own, but they were trying to help. Some students might need the extra support. I am just NOT one of them. Now if I need them, I call them. I have had the same academic adviser the whole time & he calls me regularly to see if I need a break. Before registering for my current class he nearly insisted that I take one, but I want to get this done so I can have a life again! UOP has been very good to me. Beware if you think because you can go to class or study anytime you can party down! Online education is NOT for anyone who cannot be extremely self-disciplined. UOP tells you this right up front! If you want a quality education that will take you far, you will get it here. And no, I am NOT a UOP employee, just a hard-working/barely-sleeping student.
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Diana.chika (In Progress) on March 22, 2010 (email verified)

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A Terrible Experience I've had such a horrible experience in this school I would never reccommend it to anyone. My first class started out great with teammates that kept in touch and an excellent instructor who was organized and open to preparing us for what was expected to pass the course. After receiving an A I was in my second class. The instructor put everyone to sleep and was totally unorganized. My third class, the instructor did not even lecture on the chapters, he spoke of his personal life and wouldn't even prepare us for the final 3-hour exam. All he said was that he never saw the exam questions. Wow, what feedback!!!!! My teammates didn't even contact me for team assignments. Nobody in class seamed to care. No wonder there were less than eight students with so many dropping every 5 weeks.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 21, 2010

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No admissions requirements There aren't any admissions requirements for this school, unlike a traditional college, which asks for SAT scores, a GPA, and a writing sample. U of Phoenix students only have to write a check and sign up. So, they accept anyone who wants to go to college, regardless of their lack of ability. The majority of students are remedial and lack the basic study skills, and can't write a grammatically correct sentence. Note: students do 1/10 of the work required for a degree at a traditional college. The classes are super easy, and anyone can pass them. There is very little reading and writing, and answer a couple of discussion questions a week. This does not even slightly compare to the amount of work required at a real college. It is just a waste of time, and is more like a public high school than a college.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Better Than Traditional College/Uni I completed 160 units at Chapman College/University back in 1987. In 1997, I picked up from where I left off at UOP. I found courses to be much more relevant to what I was experiencing in the real world which in turn motivated me to complete my degree. Unlike the "career" professors at traditional schools, UOP employed experts in the field with ACTUAL experience working in senior management capacities (i.e. CEO, CFO ect.) While course options were somewhat limited at the time, they all served a specific purpose and left little question as to what was needed to graduate. I have since advance in my career and, trust me here folks, I am able to hold my own with the "big boys" who proudly display degrees from top schools.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 19, 2010 (email verified)

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Very pleased !!! Last week, I completed my BSIT after three years of hard work. However, not all of those three years was active attendance. There were times within those three years that I took breaks in-between classes (like a week or two off to recover from a tough class) and a few months off here and there for other reasons. Examples of those were, a four month trip to Afghanistan in '08 (which ended up as a 6 month break from UPX) and time off in '09 when my mother-in-law died and then a few months later in '09 when my father died. During all of these examples, UPX staff was more than accommodating and adjusted my schedule to fit my needs. I had three years of traditional school from 20 years ago and all of those credits transferred in. That left me with 24 classes to accomplish with UPX. Sure there was a facilitator here and there that I did not care for but that is anywhere. Fore the most part, they were great and very attentive. As for the learning teams, yes there are classmates that will try to get by with doing little to help but you have to address that with them and use conflict resolution which is what the whole thing is all about. UPX identified a need that was addressed to them by companies in the business world, "We are getting college grads but they don't know how to work in a team environment." By the time you finish UPX you will know how to work and play well with others. UPX is a great school and I am very happy with my experiences at that school. I finished with a 3.92 GPA and that is because I spent four to five hours a night studying. I took my time at UPX very seriously and it paid off. During all of this time at UPX I also had a full time job in law enforcement and a family life to take care of also. It is a matter of desire and motivation. Your grade is directly related to the time you put into your studies...just as in anything in life. I see people dogging on the UPX and every time I read one of these, the real problem is always written within the person’s complaint. It is normally something they did or did not do, that caused the problem. Take responsibility for your own actions or inactions and do not blame your bad experience where it should not be placed. So in summary, if you are willing to work hard, study hard and put in a lot of time, you will not only have a great UPX experience but you obtain the knowledge you are seeking and will be rewarded with good grades. And you better like writing papers because you are going to be doing that. A LOT!!! But I think that is a good thing because when you are writing a huge paper on ‘whatever’ if you do not know the material and do not do your research, the facilitator is going to know it and your grade will reflect it.
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Timandbriana106 (In Progress) on February 17, 2010 (email verified)

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No Compaints Here I will have my associates degree in June this year. I have no major complaints all though I do know someone who had money problems with them. Some of the teachers are terrible(but what college doesnt have those). They hold my money for ever and when I call my advisors I sometimes get different stories but this college is fully accredited and I have no regrets siging on with them. I love the flexibility. It has been so a great experience for me my wife is now enrolling to get her teaching degree(which we have only found a hand full of online colleges that even offer this program). I would and do recommend this college to anyone willing to work hard for a good degree.
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Candymom24_7 (In Progress) on February 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Not worth the money they charge At first I was extremely excited to be going back to school. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years and wanted to receive a diploma to match my experience. My excitment was quickly diminished when I realized the teachers did not "teach" and the students did not learn. A few of my fellow students began emailing each other off-line and found out we were making the same grades. The students who could not write proper sentences were achieving the same grades. I prepared a test for the school and guess what....they failed. My final project was way below my normal standard. In fact, I could say the final project was in the mid 60's to low 70's, but I received a grade which allowed me to keep my 4.0 average. From this point, I completed the set of classes and told my "advisor" and financial "counselor" I was withdrawing from the University of Phoenix. Low and behold I received an email from a new counselor asking why I was not attending classes. DUH!!! I withdrew. No one told me that I had to do a formal withdrawal and now I am being told I owe $150. DO NOT ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX. The process is a diploma mill and the "counselors" change as fast as the commercials on TV.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 6, 2010

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Terrible Experience I attended this school at both the Associates and Bachelors levels. Half way into my Bachelors degree I had to change schools because my academic adviser had neglected to register me for over 3 months, and sat on her duff as I was leaving. They simply do not care about anything other than your money. Now because of her negligence and lack of accountability I owe the school $450!?!?!? WTF?!?! The ONLY thing great about this school is the fact that all of the books are offered free online to download. THAT'S IT!!! Teachers treated me poorly because I work in LE, I had a very close person in the family almost die and the school would not help me with my grades-they only told me "when my brother died I kept at it and didnt go to him"....WOW! Heartless I'd say. I had another counselor call me at home regularly, and she treated me as if we had been dating or something which I thought was very unprofessional. I think overall this school is best avoided. There are better options available out there. Keep looking.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 28, 2010 (email verified)

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This isnt college If you have ever gone to college you get to pick your classes, Phoenix does not do this. I transfered 140 credits, they took 60. They made me take classes I already took. The teachers did no teaching, they were very slow to respond to questions and if you asked a question you were referred to the book.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 25, 2010 (email verified)

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Better than I expected I was referred to University of Phoenix (UoP) by a family member who is a Director of Human Resources for an international firm. He told me that I should look into UoP for my bachelors degree. I expected it to be a diploma mill but I looked into it anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. The faculty and staff at UoP has been outstanding. The advisors generally work 11 hour days to accommodate students from multiple time zones and are nothing but courteous and knowledgeable. Whenever I have had a problem or a question, they have answered it swiftly and gotten me back on track. As for faculty, most of them have PhDs with a few who have only a Masters. All of them are very experienced and eager to help you succeed. However, if you are doing poorly or not completing the work you can and will fail or receive a poor grade. The faculty will try to reach out to you and prevent this from happening but if you do not grasp the material (or do the work) you will not pass. I do wish they offered lectures in podcasts or word documents but most Professors don't. Generally they rely on the free PDF textbooks that are downloadable (or you may purchase the physical books) and discussion questions to get the material across to students. The website and library are phenomenal. Every time I think they have succeeded in perfecting the site the University rolls out a new update that adds more power to an already impressive interface. I have absolutely no regrets about earning my Associate's and Bachelors degrees at University of Phoenix. My employer (the largest bank in the world) has stood behind me and paid for much of the degree, and there is even talk about a promotion for me now that I have graduated!
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Angelbez (Graduate) on November 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Exceed my expectations Im a 2008 UoP MBA program graduate and completed a Bachelor of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from a traditional B&M School. If you are a non-traditional student I highly recommend this program. Classes were challenging and the international perspective of the learning teams was an excellent experience.
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Tiawilliams (In Progress) on November 17, 2009

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BS I wished that I would have checked the status of this school before I started. I have been attending here for a year and a half. When I first started everything was good, I recieved calls every week from the counselors. I had a 3.7 GPA. Everything was going great up until my last two classes. I had a death in the family in the second wk of my class, so I let the instructors and the counselors know what I was going through and instead of them trying to sympathize with what I was going through the first thing they told me was if you drop the class then you would owe us money. Despite what I was going through I finished those two set off classes and started two more. I started these two classes and it seems as if the instructor was confused as to what she wanted us to do. In our first wk we had a assignment where we had to define the terms but, the defintions had to be in our own words as to what they mean to us. She gave me a incomplete because she said those were the incorrect terms. What I don't understand is how could my defintion be wrong if it is how I understand what the word to mean. Two weeks after this assignment we had a paper due. I read the materials that they provided us with as our online books. I wrote my paper and recieved a 0%. I was told that I searched the internet and copied 47% of paper from someone else and I tried to turn it in as my own. Me and the instuctor had words about this for two weeks. I contacted my academic counselor and explained everything to her and she told me that if I started another class or drop the class that I would have to pay for the drop class and or the new class and the dropped class. I let that go because it was like a back and forth war that I was the only one playing far in. I sent an email on friday to find out what I need to do to drop my other classes after I am done with these two classes. I get a call on monday from the Finance department talking about I owe them money because they gave me back to much money for refund. The lady was being very rude and customer services skills was very bad. She told me that if I didn't give them the money back that I couldn't start my next set of classes. I told her that was fine because after I was done with the two that I was currently in I was done with their school. Now she tells me that I would have to pay them for my current two classes that I am taking now plus the next two. I just don't understand how all of a sudden I owe them money once I let them know that I was going to with drawn. People beware of that school because it is just another rip off. I won't every tell anyone else to go there.
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Pjohn555 (In Progress) on October 1, 2009 (email verified)

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Excellent I'm three months out of completing my program. This has been an incredible experience. UOP has the distance model down. In fact, I'm creating a program, locally, based on UOP's model. Love the fact that I can apply the new WWW (whatever, whenever, wherever)! Highly recommend this program!! Concerns about rigor can be dismissed! I’ve worked harder here than I ever did sitting a class for my undergraduate program. Though I’ve had no life for a year and half it’s been well worth it!!
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Baldwinsm0101 (In Progress) on September 25, 2009 (email verified)

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In this case, you DON'T get what you've paid for.. Perhaps I should take full credit for not researching all my options for online schools before I enrolled in UOP (University of Phoenix). I completed one year at this school and have now transferred to another online degree program. When first signed up for UOP, the customer service was impeccable—truly second to none. Once I was enrolled, that all changed. I was never able to reach anyone when I had questions or problems. I had to send multiple follow-up emails to my academic and financial advisors before I would receive a response. I was trying to reach my financial advisor for a month and, as of the day I withdrew, still haven’t heard back from her. In addition to the poor service, I had many problems with the classes. For starters, the prices were positively ludicrous. I was able to find about 12 other online colleges that were at least half to a third less in cost than UOP with better course content and layout. The long and short of each class was basically to complete a few discussion questions each week and write a paper…every week! There were no real assignments, quizzes or test at all, just papers. The instructors gave little to no feedback on the papers I wrote and rarely knew what they were teaching. They simply gave me a “check mark”—all in all an automatic A for effort. There was nothing that actually gave a reason to read the textbook(s) in depth. I was not the least bit challenged here. When I withdrew, I explained to my academic advisor that for the price I was paying, I expected to learn something that could be applied to my career and in my life. A piece of paper stating that I’ve graduated means nothing to me if I haven’t learned anything.
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Consma3304 (In Progress) on September 23, 2009

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Great School I am about to complete my associate program in education. I have had a great experience with UoP. Like all other schools you get out what you put into it. If you work hard and push yourself you'll get more than if you simply look in the text for the answer you need or look for the answers online. I love having the books on the site and not having to buy books every 9 weeks. The two classes I was required to buy books for I was able to find them on amazon for under $10. Some teachers are better than others, but I have had no bad ones. I have only needed to contact my advisors once or twice but got immediate responses. I do not agree at all with the postings stating that the advisors are only concerned with getting students enrolled. I spoke with my advisor this morning about enrolling in the bach. program. He recommended I research other schools to make sure UoP was where I wanted to continue (I am not set on what I'll be majoring in). Its like Santa in Miracle on 34th Street, sending me away makes me want to come back. I am sure that if i do attend another university for my bach. I will be back at UoP for my masters.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 20, 2009 (email verified)

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Great School but Unfortunately Bad Reputation I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida which was phenominal. When I started UoP I must say that I didn't feel challenged until I started taking the accounting and finance classes. Those classes were taken on ground. I must say that had it not been for some of my team members I would not have understood what I learned because some of the instructors really were not that great, but I can say that for some of my undergrad courses as well!!! Thank God I had no slackers in my advanced classes. I am worked hard but I can't say that I really learned or retained any information in those harder math based classes, but then again I can say that about many undergrad courses I took at UF!! Now, I am finishing my classes online and it is so much better because there is less focus on the team learning and I feel more responsible for my work and I am working very hard. I do have to say that I almost quit when I first began because of so much bad publicity UoP was receiving and I didn't want to be associated with that university. I wanted people to know that I had a REAL degree. I am finishing my MBA because I am too close to finishing and I don't want to be known as a quitter. I guess time will tell after I earn my degree if I do get that desired position. I think that online degrees are getting better reviews nowadays. I only wish that UoP would stop advertising so much. It does appear to be a degree mill in that sense but it is not. I am working HARD. I know that I am earning my MBA and that my degree is REAL!!! I think that many haters of UoP are lazy dropouts who want an easy way out and make it bad for the rest of us hard working students. It is a shame, but when there is a university as big as UoP, there are going to be many critics as well.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 18, 2009 (email verified)

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Two Weeks of Hell I went to school for a whole two weeks!!! Not a quitter at all but I was being made to take classes on how to take classes. Instructors were a disaster. No help at all! No definite instructions on syllabus (the instructors now provide there own). IT WAS THE WORSE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD. I would never refer University of Phoenix to anyone.
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Patricklduncan1 (Graduate) on September 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Overall - Positive Experience Overall, enjoyed the experience. Recently completed my BS/Psych online. While the learning teams often left a lot to be desired - The content was more than adequate. Specific to the Psych program: This is a BS in general psychology. Out of 20 core courses, only 1 facilitator offered real-world, NON-therapeutic experience. For those of us already working in a business environment, and who don't plan to pursue graduate education in counseling/therapy - It would be great to see non-therapeutic applications for psychology.
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Veronicaq (Graduate) on July 31, 2009 (email verified)

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Great School, great program I completed my degree in July, 2009. This school might have its problems just like any other B&M schools and other online institutions, but is a good school. The price could seem high but it saves time, money in gas, in parking fees that some colleges charge to students; even in food if you attend classes after work or over the weekends. With UoP you have access to all books for 75.00 dollars, is up to you if you want to save them in your computer, print the material you need. Books are very expensive; therefore UoP system saves you money. About learning teams that was my biggest complain with the program, but let’s face it in real world most of the time you have to work with teams; therefore UoP gives you a good foundation on this respect. I believe most of people who have complained about this university had a different idea of online education, and never thought that online programs could be as demanding as UoP programs are. In regard to instructors, you will find good and bad even in the best universities of the country; same goes for counselors and or administrative personnel with whom you need to work during your life as a student. In my opinion, regardless the type of school you decide and are able to attend, at the end is your own responsibility how well prepared you will be by the time you graduate; because it will be you the one who will decide the time you dedicate to your studies just because you attend a regular school that does not guarantee that you will receive a better education, you still have to do homework, go to class, participate in class (I would assume). On line you participate even more, you have to expose your ideas, you have to read and be ready for discussions; same as if you go to a classroom. I wonder if those people who complain about this school, has been able to find a school that fits his or her needs, I hope so. Speaking on my behalf UoP is a good school, where I worked hard, I learned a lot of real world situations; and believe I was not an straight A student; meaning that classes were not as easy as others have commented. I wish the best to each one of you who are trying to obtain an education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 30, 2009 (email verified)

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2nd year student Excellent school overall. The online system is much better than the other schools I have tried and examined. The courses are challenging and very informative to real world situations. The instructors are very motivating and very responsive. This type of education works well with my schedule.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 28, 2009

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No Way I went to UOP from Sep 2006 to March 2008 and it was interesting. I noticed that I got an A in every class and I did not read any of the textbooks I just got my information from the internet. In high school I was never a straight A student so I was amazed. I went to a community college for a semester and I was struggling. So what does that tell you? I think the instructors passed you just for making the effort to complete the coursework. My comments for my assignments were always, excellent, good job, great work etc, but never detailed feedback. I would not recommend this school because it does not look good. I work in Human Resources and when we review applications someone from UOP will be overlooked before someone with a degree from any tradional school or even an online school that many people have not heard of. Sometimes it is better to go with a school that no one has heard of rather than one that has a bad reputation.
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Forheavensake44 (In Progress) on July 13, 2009

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thieves I took two classes at this school because my work would pay for half of all classes. the school told me I had to pay first and then when my work paid they would refund me half of what I paid for each class. I have been trying for over 6 months to get my money back. Everytime the school plays stupid. My second class they dropped during the second week. I said not to enroll me in any future classes and they did. So I said take me out of the next class I will not give the school another dime. Instead they dropped me from the class I had just paid 1620.00 for. 4 days ago they finally admit they owe me 1420.00. I check my bank account online today and they have taken out 972.00. my last class was in july I'm not even enrolled in anything. If you attend this school as a cash paying student they want access to your bank account but do not do it. I filed fraud charges and a small claims suit today. check the BBB. I am not the only one this has happened to.
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Ange_1960 (Graduate) on July 9, 2009

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Research Research Research While I worked my fanny off to maintain a high GPA while working full-time, the cost of my AA in Accounting is out of whack with what I can do with the degree. I found the on-line environemnt has its perks as well as its drawbacks. In the end, I feel as if my educational journey was self-taught. I also found much of the course content out of touch with current reality. Some of my classes had had the same syllabus for two years. The text books were outdated in my opinion also. The 60 credit program ended up costing me $21.5 thousand dollars (as of today's date). Ouch for credits that do not appear to be transferring to other universities. Additionally, if you are considering continuing on with the UOPx bachelor program and you are transferring from Axia, take a look at any of the course that being with a (2). I had already taken (5) of these at Axia. The numbers are different on the UOPx side, but the couse descriptions are almost verbatim. Even though I will have to take additional classes at a different university because none of my (1) classes transferred (except Algebra), the cost is so much lower I will end up spending half as much money on my bachelor (even with the additional classes and prereque's) as I did my AA. My suggestion is to research reasearch research and ask lots of questions. Remember YOU are the consumer. Demand is currently high for on-line degree programs so supply has greatly increased since I began my Axia program in July 2006.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 30, 2009 (email verified)

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Professor at UoP It is important for students to know what they are getting for their money. In my opinion, some of the students, who are admitted, may be individuals who would not get into another institution. The university forces students to complete projects in a learning team manner, which means that some students may do more work than others (but all receive the same grade). The course shells were provided, but each instructor could modify the class after the first unit. This means that students in the same program would not receive the same education. In addition, each instructor was responsible for creating what he/she thought would be important. For the price of the education (and the declining reputation) it is important to evaluate whether the degree is worth the paper it is printed on.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 23, 2009 (email verified)

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Research MORE Materials: Copied and pasted from the internet. Could improve with "real" courses (the first two are train-to-learn courses) Teachers: One was slow with grades, and gave 100% to idiots, other was reasonable. Typical school. Institution: Mixed feelings, so they luck out. Support: At least half of my questions were ignored / unanswered. They pretended not to understand questions like "Why did you enroll me in class after I specifically said not to?" answering with, "I'm sure you'll do great. Have a nice weekend." Value: UoP is one of the most expensive online degrees. I found the same online degree at another Regionally Accredited school (same as my current uni)for about $20,000 less. Tech: Okay, but they make it painful to switch between classes or to materials. I needed dozens of windows open to do my homework when they could have made it two or 3. To each their own .. I am a veteran who researched before applying to UoP; I felt most of the complaints typical of any school, so contacted them. I told them I didn't want enrolled until I knew what credits they would accept, and until I had a ballpark estimate of out of pocket expense. They said they needed info, fafsa, etc, which I gave. Red Flag #1: "AXIA COLLEGE" Red Flag #2: They immediately signed me up for classes, which I had to force them to remove me from. Red Flag #3: They were continuously giving me more paperwork. Red Flag #4: "Oh, you know the GI Bill? well your program isn't approved yet, so we're changing your degree temporarily for undetermined amount of time." Red Flag #5: You have to enroll in classes NOW because... Red Flag #6: Submitted "Official Withdrawl Form" apparently was misspelled from: "Request for skilled Retention Officer contact ASAP" This isn't football, it's school. I paid like $150, which is reasonable for their efforts on paperwork, etc, but what about mine?
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Rebekkah_30 (Graduate) on May 20, 2009

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GREAT SCHOOL I have been going to UOP for 4 years now. First I went to WIU which is their sister school to recieve my Associates degree and then transfered to UOP for my bachelors degree. I will continue on with UOP for my master's program and my PhD program. I LOVE UOP! They have always treated me with respect, dignity and with a feeling of family. I would and have recommended UOP to anyone.
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Degreereview (Graduate) on May 16, 2009 (email verified)

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U of P is getting better all the time I chose University of Phoenix Online for the convenience. I was able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree without losing career momentum or a few years of full-time salary to attend school. That is worth the premium tuition price to me. Yes, it is expensive. U of P is a private university. They don't have financial support from the government (as state schools do). So, you're paying the full amount for your education. Yes, you have to work hard. It is certainly not a diploma mill. It is an accredited university. However, you are responsible for learning. Of course you aren't just passed without earning it. That's silly. I failed my first computer programming class and had to repeat it. My grades tended to be right in line with my performance. At first, the learning teams really got on my nerves. They get on everyone's nerves. That's the point. The idea is to learn to function within that irritating framework because most business requires that you find ways to get along with all kinds of folks. The U of P learning teams help teach how to get things done in the real world. It's better to make all your novice political/teamwork mistakes in the relatively consequence-free world of college, yes? Everyone has to start somewhere. U of P is a *very* young school. They have been around since the '70s and that's not long in the world of academia. Many of the less generous remarks about this school are from people who really don't know what they're talking about. In particular, the sneers about online degrees are really dated. There are plenty of companies who recognize that a degree from an accredited college is acceptable. I graduated in October 2008 and was accepted into the distance learning program of a traditional brick-and-mortar school (Norwich) for my Masters. They didn't have any problems whatsoever with my U of P degree. However, I came running back to U of P after one week, when the other school revealed themselves to be far less supportive of *working* adults. For example, we were expected to post to their classroom M-F only or your grade suffers. U of P doesn't restrict the hours/times you may post. Believe it or not, this was huge for me. It's just so much more convenient. Also, that pushiness in the financial aid office is an *asset* folks. It means less work for me. They treat me like a paying customer. That means that if they don't ensure I get my paperwork done right, they don't get paid. At a traditional school, if you don't do your paperwork perfectly, too bad. Anyway, check 'em out. If you're willing to work hard, it's a good choice.
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Ingrid2005 (Graduate) on April 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Bus / Marketing major 2007 This is the worst University. I felt UOP was nothing but a cash machine, they sign you up and you are on your own. I was treated horribly by the financial counselours. I had 7 different financial counselours and 6 different academic counselours during my two years there, the confusion was of the charts. UOP does not have any qualified teachers, they hire some executive who has a job and a degree and no time to help the students. It is a shame as this University has state of the art technology and this could be one of the best Universities, but as anyone can attest by the excessive marketing of UOP that marketing themselves is the only thing they are good at. I have succesfully talked a few people out of attending this joint. There are several good on-line Universities out there, UOP just happens to be the worst with one of the highest price tags.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 22, 2009

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On-line MBA Terrible, not worth the time, effort, or money. I was told by three HR departments that their companies do NOT hire people with on-line degrees. Left UofP on-line off my resume and found a job in a month. I wish I had known better.
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Dblatt17 (Graduate) on April 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Great degree program I really hate it when people knock the University of Phoenix. When you get a degree through UoP, you learn 2 things...How to write a lot on a dry subject, and how to work with others on a team. I got to know more about my fellow class mates and communicated more with my professors at this school than any brick & mortar school. Sure, as some have said there are people who coast by and don't put in the work on team projects but with peer evaluations, you get to make sure the professor knows who worked and who didn't. The only thing I missed about going to UoP is that there are no sports teams to cheer on and getting drunk at the frat party is out of the question too. Nope, it is all studying all the time.
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Soldierwife075 (In Progress) on March 23, 2009 (email verified)

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Really a good college....but I was sceptical! At first I really didn't want to take the step to attend UOP, I had heard a lot of bad reviews. I heard it was too expensive too. I'm can't vouch for the price because My husband is active duty and I get the discount so it's reasonable for me. I have been attending for 2 years and I'm over halfway to my BA in Elem education so far I haven't had ANY problem whatsoever. Of course some teachers are better than others and you would get that no matter where you go. The course material is good and if you actually read your text and do you assignments you will learn a whole lot. It's all about self discipline here and if you don't have it then this place is not for you! I really feel that I am working hard for my degree and will be so proud to flaunt it when I get it!
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James.hampton (In Progress) on March 3, 2009 (email verified)

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Ouch I was actually one of the people who had the computer problems etc. I thought I got a pretty raw deal from UOP. I wasn't aware from the start that I had to have MS Office. I bought a new laptop to go to school and it didn't have the actual copy of MS Office. So, my trial of the program ran out, and I was unable to submit assignments. I didn't have enough money to purchase it, either. Basically my enrollment counselor just railroaded me through the sign-up process without explaining to me everything I would need to have. He also tried to get me to use my expired military ID card to get further discounts... Basically when I explained to UOP my situation, they kept putting me off, etc. I filed a greivance, and no response yet. This was over a year ago now, and I'm out $750 cash for tuition, which bought me what, other than a hard lesson. They really don't seem to care whatsoever about the students as long as they are gettin' paid!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 9, 2009 (email verified)

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Shocked!! My degree is in progress (Bachelors in Psychology), and I have to say that I was skeptical at first about UOP. But once classes began, ALL my skepticism was erased! This is HARD WORK!! There is NO WAY that this is a "diploma mill".. if it were, how would there be a failure rate??? Like the one before about high raters being liars.. how did he bottom out if this place is fake? I believe that person feels like a victim and they are upset because they didn't apply themselves and dropped out. With everything in life, you get out of it whatever you put into it.. this goes for EVERYTHING in life. So for these people that cannot handle the rigorous studies, the papers, working with others and end up dropping out because its not as easy as they think, they will quit everything else as well.. Once a quitter always a quitter. Good luck.
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Wtmink (Graduate) on February 5, 2009 (email verified)

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Ed.D. Graduate I finished the Doctor of Education in 2007 and could not be more satisfied. The program far exceeded my initial expectations. Although it was very challenging, the experience changed me in many positive ways. I left the program with many actionable strategies , which I have since begun implementing at work. Looking back over the two years since I finished the Ed.D., I am amazed at the growth I achieved in my professional and personal lives. Kudos to UoP for such an excellent program. Dr. WTM
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 3, 2009 (email verified)

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Worthwhile Experience I began my Master's program with some scepticism but it was quickly removed. My instructors did an excellent job of challenging me to deliver products with a higher level of writing quality, as well as critical thinking supported by the course concepts. I'm a solid self-starter so I was able to keep up. The only downside I can think of is the learning teams. Most of them were stocked with people who could carry their load and work will with anyone. There were a couple of exceptions though that made me want to quit the program. I can honestly say that in one serious case the instructor stepped in and dealt swiftly with the antagonist, who was clearly out of line. Overall, I'm quite proud of my accomplishment and my salary has increased by 35% since. Not a single HR manager or hiring manager or director, nobody, has scoffed at my degree. Why? Because once you explain how you got your degree on your own time over 2.5 years while juggling work, kids, bills, and the world in general they can't think of anything negative to say. If they did I'd question whether or not they had their MBA. Most don't. The course was worth it!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 28, 2009

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Add to "High raters are liars" I rushed into school to beat an enrollment deadline, I was whisked through the financial aid and later received a bank loan for edu with some magical powers of UOP. Just look for the listing with the title high raters...liars.. I did not receive anything that was helpful, explanatory as a returning to college adult, I worked my butt off, and ended up with 2 D's and an F. My self esteem bottomed out, penalties for not posting in correct forum, heck I had to figure out what a forum was and how to use it. I do believe its an enrollment push. I did recommend the school to a stay at home mom and she is doing well. Not for the BUSY working person who has family to tend to. I feel really bad about even signing up, and the school sent the bal of loan back to lender and stuck me with over a thousand I really tried and did my assignments. OMG, don't dare have a slow, old or get a virus on the computer, I asked for time and got a F. All courses are preceded by 6 courses from hell that really don't make sense, Why all the same for each degree...hmm why SIGH, disgusted and searching for online or correspondence education that is for working folks.
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APRIL (In Progress) on January 15, 2009 (email verified)

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A HOT MESS I PLAYED INTO ALL THE ADVERTISEMENTS. THIS WAS A BAD CHOICE FOR ME. MY MOTIVES MAY HAVE NOT BEEN LOGICAL OR REALISTIC. I WANTED TO EARN (YES EARN NOT BUY) A DEGREE. THIS IS A TERRIBLE WAY OF JACKING OFF FEDERAL FUNDS AND STUDENT LOAN MONEY. I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT MY DECISION TO QUIT BECAUSE THE DEGREE IS A JOKE ON A RESUME AND A EVEN BIGGER JOKE ON THE WALL. NO ONE TAKES IT SERIOUS. I AM NOW RESEARCHING DISTANT LEARNING PROGRAMS.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 23, 2008 (email verified)

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It is what it is.... Personally this school worked for me. I had a couple two year degrees, already had worked in IT for 15 years, and needed a bachelors and this format clinched it. Married with kids, the on-line format and 5 week classes were perfect. Finished in a little over two years. There is little or no testing; that may be good or bad depending on who you are. Lots of reading; I'd suggest buying the books from Amazon as opposed to the on-line library. Good for reference later on too. Lots of papers to write and participation; you can learn alot from your classmates and instructors; who are really just people like you that work in the field. Learning Teams are hit or miss; find a good group and stick together from class to class, and don't put up with free loaders. It is what it is. Not for the kid right out of high school, but for working adults who need a degree; and have tuition reimbursement benefits; not a bad choice IMO.
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Where to go from here? I will be finishing my BSM in Feb 09. After that I am at a loss as to what this degree will be able to do for me. I entered the program with very little knowledge of what to put in, to get what I can get out of it. I got into the program because all my years of managing health clinics in the military amounted to nothing without a degree under my belt. Yes, there are alot of papers to write for this program, but if you have a good learning team, support and work load is fair. I had no classes that I struggled with. I think it was "to easy", as I tended to be a C-D-F student in high school and now I am pulling A-B's. I think the mentality is that since I am paying for the class, the teacher is under some obligation to pass me. The subject material was interesting, but I dont think I read maybe 10% the required reading assignements and just participated fully in all class room discussions. There were no hard final exams to be taken. Each class was 5 wks long, once a week for 4hr sessions.So sometimes classes seemed to breeze by while others dragged on. Regardless, I am still unsure how to apply my degree into finding a better career. That is my dilema I suppose....but the UoP at least provided me the means to do so. ( A piece of paper putting my military experience into something tangible for the civilian world)
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 22, 2008 (email verified)

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Unbelievable! I am so glad I am only going to University of Phoenix for a certificate program. I am on my 3rd out of 6 classes. I have spent way to much money to stop now so I am forced to finish or consider the money I spent as a donation to UoP. My complaint is the caliber of students UoP admits to the class. I resent my hard work benefiting team members that have absolutely no participation or contribution to a team paper, and yet get that A that I spent hours on the week before. Why do I do it? Because if I left it up to some of these team members they simply would not do the assignment or be fine with a D. Right now I am so mad because I just got an email from an instructor who wanted me to know he was going to give a team member full credit for a team paper that she did not contribute to. I am not saying she contributed a little, she did NOTHING. How does a college continue to be accreddited for that? This student is also a UoP employee. I am sure if she did all of the work and paid the high price of the course she would be upset as well. If I had this experience, I am sure many others have too. As an executive I will no longer recognize a candidate with a BS degree from UoP the same as the local state college. Accredited does not mean same quality of learning environment. If a student can do nothing and get credit, what does that tell you? I will not pursue any other education with UoP once my existing program is completed, and am so thankful this is only 10k and 6 classes of my time and money. I dislike the feeling of being chained to a d or f student on team assignments. It is like dragging a dead body around. And if I don't, I personally go down. Based on other postings, it is clear UoP wants to entice those low level students to bring their money over and succeed with a "pay UoP, get your degree" plan. The only positive thing I can say is the online courses provide flexibility for a professional. I do feel like I have learned from the courseware and instructors. I know I put in twice as much time in these UoP classes just because of all the dead weight that I have to carry on team assignments!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 12, 2008

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Its all true Everything negative that has been said about this school is true. I am a former employee of UOP and as such, I can tell you that their main goal is not "graduating students", as they like to tell employees right from the get go. Its recruiting them. Hit your numbers or take a 10% pay cut. The incentive is, if an Enrollment Counselor gets a fair number of students to enroll every month, he/she is eligible for up to a 30% pay increase in their first 6 month review. This is no joke. Ask anyone who works or worked there. I worked there for over 3 1/2 years and I never saw any of my students graduate. My manager did not care about that. All he cared about was that my students stayed in class for the first 5 weeks so they would count as a "REG" for me in my review, thus making his numbers look good. It is also true that a lot of companies will not except a UOP degree holder. Blue Cross Blue Shield is one company that I know of that absolutely will NOT hire someone who holds a degree from UOP. There are several other colleges and employers who feel this same way. I would NEVER recomend this school to anyone. The VPs and CEO's better get a business strategy plan going or UOP will be closing its doors very soon.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 9, 2008 (email verified)

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Group projects not for me! I completed 4 courses in the BA Accounting/Business Administration program. I received 3 "A's" and 1 "B". I did not like the group projects at all. I ended-up doing most of the work because of other group members that were slackers. You could not work at your own pace or on your own time when a project was due that week. (for each 5 week course, we had 4 learning team projects (a paper or Power Point presentation). There was no guidance from the instructor about what do do if a team member did not pull their own weight and do their share of the assignment. My first team project every member of my team either dropped out or did not finish their part of the assignment - very frustrating. I can deal with one team project per class, but not 4! Also, you cannot depend on the instructors getting back to you in a timely manner to answer a question. It usually would take 2-4 days (if that) to get an answer by e-mail. The instructors set the tone that they were not available at a moments notice (most had full time jobs). I never dared called the instructor because I got the feeling that might affect my grade negatively. I did get a different perspective from the other students- what it was like working in their field which was interesting. There were some top-notch students with interesting professions, as well as students that had trouble constructing a readable sentence. I am looking for an on-line program that is accredited and that does not have team projects. I'm at a point where I almost have all my credits and I've had enough experience working in teams. Also University of Phoenix is very expensive - I need to find a more affordable university.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 23, 2008 (email verified)

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WOW Wow, I cannot believe all of the great reviews that University of Phoenix has. It is WAY over priced for the level of education you are actually receiving. The instructors are awful but for those rare few. The learning teams are rediculous and one of the major reasons that I obtained my degree and then searched elsewhere for my Bachelors and masters program. The instructors did nothing to those who did not participate regardless of what our evaluations said. The projects large and meant for a team, more often than not, were done by meself or the rare chance that another person cared as much as I did about my grade. It says it is military friendly, however, it really only brings the prices down to where they can lure you in. Awful instruction, awful price, awful environment; I really have nothing good to say. Everything I did learn was a result of putting forth the effort as in anything you do. In one class I waiting 4 weeks, yes 4, before getting feedback from week 1 assignments. Absolutely take your business elsewhere if you can. There are many other schools to choose from.
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Jenni_22_99 (In Progress) on October 23, 2008 (email verified)

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I don't recommend it Not a bad school and the teachers seem to be qualified and well-spoken. However after a few courses I didn't feel like I was truly benefitting from the program, and it seems like everyone passes for just showing up and contributing basic input. In addition, the cost of the UoP courses are double and sometimes triple what other state universities with more recognizable programs charge. Unfortunately after almost three years and more than 20K in student loans I am now finding that many of my course credits are not going to transfer to another school. I just enrolled in the University Of North Carolina and was told that instead of needing 30 credits (with Univ of Phoenix) I would need 74. The sad thing is, I could repeat the entire program for less than what I have paid UoP. I would advise anyone considering the UoP to really research all the alternatives unless you have tuition assistance and are looking for a diploma from just anywhere.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 8, 2008

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It's decent Before I signed up for UOP, I did my research. I knew what to expect from an online school, what not to expect from an online school, and also the praise and complaints that have been raised online in regards to most of the major online schools. I then contacted not one but five different online schools for more information on various programs (at the time I wasn't really quite sure which program I wanted to go with, as there were several that I knew I would enjoy and be good at). I figured since I couldn't make up my mind about which program to go with I might as well try requesting information for a different program with each online school so I'm not only checking all these programs out but am also checking out the schools. UOP stood out above the rest, as the "adviser" that contacted me was very professional and honest about what exactly I was getting myself into. The fact that UOP was probably the least complained about school had me interested, but the representative had me sold. The other schools I had contacted all had pushy, salesperson-like representatives, and I have always preferred that a person like that just be straight with me about what they're selling. I have been rather pleased with my UOP experience - it has turned out to be more challenging, more educational, and overall has had more quality than I ever expected it to. You take two classes per "block". Each block is nine weeks long. You average about five assignments each week. It usually takes about 1-2 hours to read the material and do the corresponding assignment. The material is very targeted towards working adults, not only in what it talks about but also in how it approaches what it talks about. There is no breezing through classes. The assignments are usually essay format, and the assignments are designed in a way that you actually have to think about them and can't just grab stuff from the reading material. The instructors and staff are actually more supportive and attentive than I expected them to be. I have seen no indication of my work not actually being reviewed - the instructors give feedback specific to my work and my grades reflect any mistakes or failures in understanding the material that I may have. I expected my online education to simply consist of standard college material, standard college assignments, and no hand holding or support. I expected the instructor's expectations of me to be low, therefore making it a lot easier for me to get an A. I've well been proven wrong. While I seriously doubt I will be returning for my BA, I do think I have made the best choice in regards to my AS.
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J_burczyk (Graduate) on September 4, 2008 (email verified)

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Bad rap but good college I graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration. UOP has its problems, but I found my courses interesting and difficult. Yes, the learning team is a pain, as is working with different people in real life, but college is suppose to be challenging. Thankfully the USAF paid for my degree, otherwise it would have cost me $30,000. The web support is good, and the instructors are very good, mostly from the upper echelons and many have 20+ years in criminal justice experience. I think many people who hate on UOP only took one class and realized it was not a diploma mill or an "easy" way to get your degree. I hate the stigma attached to it, but most people who talk bad about UOP don't even have a degree anyways, so their laziness in proof enough to me that they do not understand a quality school when they see one.
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My_elastic_eye2003 (In Progress) on August 26, 2008

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Financial Advisor No Help at All As I entered my third year with the program, I was handed over to a new financial advisor whom of which was located about 350 miles from my location. As you can imagine, this made it very difficult to get in touch with her, especially when my organization needed signatures and information when it came to my continued funding. I left phone messages and emails when my funding company needed just one signature from her. For the next month, we ended up playing phone and email tag. Finally, the day before my deadline for the signature arrives, she emails, me and simply states that all I had to do was log-onto the university's financial website and fill it out and then she would sign whatever it was I needed. It takes me 3 minutes to do the online university's FAFSA. I email her back to let her know that it was done. This was her email response: "Our system won't see the results of your FAFSA until after 45 days. Unfortunately, you will miss your deadline for your company's funding! I need to know how you are going to pay the remaining balance of $480. Have a great day!" I was cut from student rosters for the next class. She had all month to tell me one simple request: Get online, complete FAFSA, and wait. And because of this she has inspired me to take my money elsewhere. If you are looking at the UofP as an option don't do it. I would check with a community college or other traditional college. You'll get more bang for your buck there.
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King8531 (Graduate) on July 30, 2008 (email verified)

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Just Finished There are a lot of haters out there for the University of Phoenix. There are many rumors about online degrees period. All I can say is that I have just completed my program and had no issues being accepted into a highly respected graduate program. That is the proof for me that if you apply yourself and learn from your degree program, you will succeed. Pros - I loved the use of adobe formatted books that could be downloaded rather than waiting for a textbook in the mail. That was the selling point for me on this school. The curriculum is applicable to the real world. Some instructors have extensive experience and can assist with your future career and make recommendations or mentor. My writing skills improved dramatically during the time I completed my degree program. Cons - I do have to admit the school is expensive and you may find a more affordable solution. But the selling factors for me were the books and the 5 week classes. And, as with many schools, you will find the occasional lazy instructor or burned out instructor. Oh, and this is not the best PA degree out there, but I did not know that when I started. If you really, really want a PA degree the look for one that is NASPAA accredited. Overall - Good experience, gained useful insight, accepted into a prestigious grad school, but had to pay the price of tuition and time to do so. Your choice...
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 24, 2008 (email verified)

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UOP BSHA I just completed my BSHA at UOP and found the experience to be excellent. I met many students online who shared various experiences in their work, this helped me to think differently and with an open mind. The program at first seemed intimidating because I worried I would not be disciplined enough to always be on line. I found I studied harder, worked harder, and learned a lot more than in the traditional classroom setting.
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Cscales2 (In Progress) on June 27, 2008 (email verified)

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Currently Matriculating I am currently in my 2nd year of this program. I find the ability to research on my own time with the guidance of my mentor and committee members very rewarding. The committee members are similar to your instructors who motivate you to excel and to push the envelope a little further to think critically. I am proud to be a UOP alumni!
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Cookies1959 (In Progress) on June 11, 2008 (email verified)

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I transferred out. The instructors were good, I had no problem with them or the method of learning. I did learn. The problem was that nobody takes a degree from UoP serious. I want to get into a good graduate program, so I decided to transfer to a more respected university. It's unfortunate.
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Wadelifehouse (In Progress) on May 10, 2008 (email verified)

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Unbelievable I have had experience enrolling in an online college only to barely get out with my finances still intact. I have a friend who lives in phoenix who decided her and her husband should do UOP classes online. They went 2/3 the way through and found out their grants were suddenly revoked. They are now thousands in debt and due to the grant being revoked their classes were locked. They were unable to come up with the $6k backpayment and were unable to finish. They went through so many classes they weren't eligible for tuition re-embursment or withdrawl so they must pay the complete tution. But they are also unable to make up the missed classes so, they have paid for their degrees but will never see them.
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Chilezone (In Progress) on April 26, 2008

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UOP I have been with the University of Phoenix for 2 years and I love it!!! My wife is in the military and we are located at a European base where I can not work. So my choices are very limited as to what I can do. All of my counselors have been helpful, I have maintained a 3.75 average and have enjoyed the experience; as a matter of fact so much so that I am going to finish my Masters with UOP. I was even offered an opportunity to come to Phoenix to work for the UOP. Just remember this type of learning environment is not for everyone, and it is not the most prestigious school in the world, but if you were able to attend Harvard you would be there instead of here complaining about UOP! The cost is a bit high but, you are paying for education, and convenience.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 16, 2008

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BS in Finance I graduated from UOP with a BS in Finance in the summer of 2007. I liked the instructors there, and they did seem and prove that they knew very well what they were teaching and had much years of past and current experience to prove it. The learning teams were OK; there were pros and cons to it. But overall, I think I paid way too much for an education and it's been hard for me to advance in my career field for such an expensive education. I'm considering going back to school to get my MBA, but I'm sure that I will not be going back to UOP for that. I want to get an education from professors that focus more on teaching and education - not on profit. And also go to school that is "respected" more. I've gotten so many reject letters from companies that won't even give me an interview, and I believe the biggest reason is because I got my degree from UOP and not a "better" or highly established college.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 4, 2008 (email verified)

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Accreditation My experience has been outstanding. It is possible to start an AA program (pick one of 17) and finish in only a year and a half working full time! For working adults, to me, this is the best Associate degree program going - hands down!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 18, 2008

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Agree with Worthless Ok I will grant that they have a decent use of technology, but that is only because the classes are offered online. UOP charges way too much for tuition. The support from advisors or financial aid officares is crap. THey change or get fired every month. The e-books are very difficult to go through and find what you need. I was able to complete my degree with only having to crack the books to answer an occasional homework problem. The team learning sucks since most people do not do their part and the teachers don't seem to care. I think I have one maybe two instructors who had an idea of what they were teaching. Now that I am trying to get into grad school there are some that see my UOP degree as sub-par and want a higher GMAT. I graduated with a 3.2. I understand not the best, but after awhile I got to the point that it really did not matter what work i did.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 12, 2008

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Great School I feel that UOP was a great school to attend. My doctorate program allowed me to finish my doctorate degree in 3 and half years when it would have taken me close to six years at a traditional college. I wish I had used it for my other degree since I could have cut out more than three years of schooling. Hey the cost is higher sure but think about it that extra three years of school the cost would have been the same. Learning teams suck but teams at work suck too they do the same thing there is always a slacker!! Those of you whining about cost etc. think about the reality of time times money to see the cost was about the same!! My enrollment and academic counselor was great!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 15, 2008 (email verified)

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MM/HRM With 15 hours from the University of Minnesota under my belt, I found the switch to a virtual environment, due to relocation/promotion to another state, to be even more challenging. I could no longer rely on an instructor or teammates to spoon feed me information I may have missed through a live lecture. I believe the UOP presents an added skill which drives the need for the ability to think abstractly. The UOP experience cultivated communication skills that reach beyond the traditional board room.
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Kierstin6 (Graduate) on February 10, 2008 (email verified)

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REVIEW I graduated from UOP in 2005. This school is very structured and will keep you in busy work. I had a few really knowledgeable facilitators once I was in the specialized health care management courses. Before the HCM courses it was a living hell! The individual course work can be challenging but when compared to the team work it is easy. Teams at UOP had no accountability and the professors seemed (at the time) to do little when poor performance was reported. BUT, since then, my sister attends for her bachelors and has found that people who do not do their work disappear from the class. Apparently, UOP had enough complaints that team accountability is better. But, she is in the BSN program not, in the MBA business administration program. Although, we have had some of the same facilitators due to the health care overlap. TIP: If you enroll in UOP. There are "sections" you can request from your academic adviser. But, you will have to go through a few courses to find out who "works" best on teams. Then what you do is get with those folks and register together. This way you can get into the same courses thus removing the "team stress" factor.
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Romancewriterforever (Graduate) on February 5, 2008 (email verified)

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On the wall At the end of the year 2005, I received by mail my Associates Degree from UoP. It was with a very heavy heart that I opened that very expensive degree. I entered the University with the goal of obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Marketing to then attend Certification Courses for Teaching. However, after two years I realized that I wanted my Bachelors degree to be IN Education. I decided to contact a Brick and Mortor (B&M) University to find out what I needed to do to "transfer" my credits. After speaking to the Dean of Students in Education I was told that the majority of classes from UoP were not transferable. Obviously "shocking" considering my ENROLLMENT advisor told me differently. Before considering UoP, I thought I researched substantially. Everything I read mentioned that it was an accredited school. However, it's very important to know through WHO it's accredited. When I contacted UoP after my conversation with the B&M school, they couldn't tell me much. It frustrated me. I counted my credits and told them... I want to change from a 4 year degree program to a 2 year degree. I want my AA and I want OUT. To which I receive varying responses. At one point I needed to take "other" courses. Which meant spend more money. Though, I was well over the necessary Credit hours for an AA. In the end, I paid my "graduation fee" and ran out with my AA. It was my hope to transfer into a B&M university holding a degree rather than just "credits". This year I will test that. It was not until a few weeks ago that my husband purchased a frame for it - in hopes that perhaps if I respected the degree enough something will come from it. My experience within the classroom was well enough. I stayed with the same "Team" for the two years I was there and am still friends with two of my teammates. Several good things that came from my experience: I can give an AMAZING PowerPoint presentation. I can confidently articulate my thoughts. I have two good friends.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2008

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Sponges If you attend UoP, you know who the sponge people are...those that contribute zero to the team project but they get the same grade as everyone else who worked for it. They claim their computers broke, they have a family crisis, they were sick, anything to get out of doing the work and you know the excuses are made up because they use them from class to class over and over again.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 23, 2008

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Super expensive school..find somewhere else to go! I am about halfway through my degree program, and I'm appalled at how much my student loan debt has risen. It cost me less to get both my AA and BA than it does for MBA here at Phoenix. The class curriculum is mediocre, and the learning team assignments are just ridiculous. Having your grade based partly on someone else's work is frustrating. I get very little help from instructors, and my student counselor support is even worse. I have attempted to contact him many times and I never hear back from him. I have tried to transfer to a different school, but no other place accepts their credits. Essentially, I'm unhappily stuck here unless I want to start the program all over again somewhere else. My advice is to find a program that focuses more on you as a student and not so much on your checkbook.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 22, 2008 (email verified)

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One more class to go I am attending my 22nd class at the University of Phoenix. I have one class left before I earn my BS in Business/Management. I feel that the courses are comparable to those at traditional B&M schools. In fact, Stanford used the same text and their syllabus was almost identical for my Organizational Behavior class. You get out what you put in at the University of Phoenix. If you don't like writing papers every week, you won't like this school. If you like 3 hour lectures and professors holding your hand, you won't like this school. The learning teams are as frustrating as everyone says but you face the same challenges at work. There are always people trying to do the bare minimum and then attempt to take full credit for the work. I have already been interviewing for new jobs within my organization and the degree I will be receiving is well regarded. I have not attempted to market myself outside my current organization. The cost of attending the University of Phoenix was prohibitive to getting a degree fast. I am attending on my employer's dime so it has taken me four years to finish my degree since I ran out of money half way through each year. Everyone I know that has attended the University of Phoenix got completely fed up with the school about the fifth class for one reason or another. I was ready to call it quits at that point. There were so many writing assignments I thought I would go crazy. I channelled that energy and created my own little system for each classs that made the experience much more tolerable. A B&M school would not have been an option for me as a working parent of 3. I know there are cheaper schools out there that may enjoy a better reputation but the University of Phoenix fills the needs of working adults. If you can afford the tuition and like the online environment - the University of Phoenix could work for you.
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Gnanney (In Progress) on January 22, 2008 (email verified)

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I graduate in 2 weeks I have had a great experience with UOP. I attended Rider University for two years and when my life changed I thought my chances for a degree and a better life were over. Then I found UOP and I was able to attend school on my schedule. I caution anyone who is entering the online or distance education realm, there is a great deal of writing and as you will find at any school, you get out of it what you put into it. That said I would have liked UOP to have a better system for downloading books without DRM and in their entirety instead of chapter by chapter as is often required.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 21, 2008 (email verified)

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2007 UOP MBA Grad My experience at UOP has been quite rewarding both on a personal and professional level. Here is my two cents with regard to the MBA flexnet program. I graduated in September of 2007 at the Western Washington campus. The majority of the instructors in the graduate business program were very good to excellent, however at any institution (top ivy league institutions included) there are bound to be a few bad apples and UOP is no exception. Even in a city like Seattle, recently ranked as the #1 educated city in America. Therefore, you must realize this fact exists at any institution, so grow up and get over it. You must be stubbornly determined to stay the course and finish the program. Yes, the learning team environment has pros and cons, but what learning model is perfect? I was fortunate to have stayed with two members of my learning team for most of the program and one relocated for an outstanding career opportunity after about 85% of the program was complete. I believe what set our team apart from others is newcomers had to prove themselves, otherwise they were provided an exit strategy upon course completion. Sounds cruel? Well, that’s part of life and perhaps the individual learned something in the rejection process that is reflected in the working world. Otherwise, you are crippling them in the educational process and the future challenge of life. Additionally, our team kept each other accountable through constant contact and meetings. If you expect the professor to manage your learning team, they don’t have the time and your team is responsible to assume ownership. Brainstorm a process and use it or you will be disappointed and discouraged. In terms of promotional opportunities, I interviewed for an internal position with my company and I received a substantial increase in salary (double digit) and responsibility. After graduation, I still keep in touch with many colleagues and the student alumni association at www.phoenixalumni.com Networking is perhaps the single most powerful tool one can use to uncover career possibilities. There will always be negative people, especially with the current paradigm shift occurring in academia. This pattern is typical of new issues that arise with the advent of technology and education is no different. Initially change is resisted, evolves over a period of time and eventually become a standard policy or procedure. Furthermore, at minimum verify the online program is regionally accredited. UOP now enjoys both regional and ACBSP accreditation. I wish you the best of luck in your future education. My graduate education at UOP has served me well thus far.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 17, 2008 (email verified)

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Good Learning Experience First of all we all need to take responcibility for ourselves. UOP is not here to hold your hand they are here to give you viable information. I received my undergrad in accounting at UOP and I am now in the last class for my MBA (ground campus)and I must say that before UOP and all of the papers I was only a bean counter and I knew nothing of writing papers. UOP has taught me to get along with team mates as to get the work done and it has taught me how to articulate myself correctly and how to present myself to groups and large crowds. I am currently an employee of Capital One Bank in Consumer Lending and working in learning teams has helped me tremendously. So to all who have complaints about financial aid, keep up with your own progress, do not rely on some one else to do it for you. You are an adult! To the ones who do not like the papers neither did I but when you are looking to become a member of that upper management team you will need to know how to correctly write a report. All in all we all need to grow up cause the CEO of a company will not hire someone who can not handle responcibility and multitasking. Lastly to all who felt it was unfair not to have homework extensions, try raising two kids alone, working a full-time job and going to school and let me know how you make it. I DID TWICE!!!!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 8, 2008

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Not worth it I took 8 courses at UOP and really got quite a bit out of the curriculum. However, the school is too big. My advisor wasn't helpful. My financial advisor was even worse. I was a reservist getting Tuition Assistance and she kept telilng me something different from my education office. (Turns out I was right). I agree with everyone that this school is only concerned about money. The classes are ridiculously priced for both on ground and online. Plus, I believe that a UoP degree still isn't as highly regarded as a B&M school. For those who want an online program that is flexible, try Fort Hays State University, Touro University, Park University, Colorado University or American Public University's online programs. They are much more AFFORDABLE and still quality education. In addition, they do not boast being a for-profit university. I wish I would have knew of the other schools before I wasted so much money there.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 7, 2008 (email verified)

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I am done now.... I was the one who wrote the 3 classes left review.... I finished in April.... I have since started teaching at a community college. I feel that I learned a lot in this program. The benefits of learning in a more globally minded and tech savvy industry/institution is a plus. This is where education is headed and how can we expect instructors to teach on this front who have not experienced it. The school has become much more "legit" in their accreditations and advertising. I tend to see the negative stereotypes less and less about this school and online learning as a whole. While this is a great school that is on par with many mid major programs in the country I would look around before going here....the reason being that there are now many alternatives to this school that cost far less.
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Biggerbadderbetterwolf (Graduate) on January 5, 2008

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MBA UOP I think the most important thing you must consider as an adult learner is time. Does a regular campus program fit into your scehdule? For myself I did not want to stop or put aside a job for education, so an online program from University of Phoenix was perfect. I found the program a great and challenging program that had very knowledgable instructors that understood the challenges of adult learners. I am happy with the program and likely to attend UOP for future education.
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Kshek1 (Graduate) on December 30, 2007 (email verified)

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Great School I graduated in January 07 with an MBA from the UOP. It was a long three years as the work is very difficult and time consuming, but so worth it. I think I am still having dreams of all of the research papers I had to write. I enjoyed every class and every learning team. Masters programs by their very nature need to challenge the student on every academic level. If they were easy, anyone would do it, only the best of the best will finish. I would encourage anyone contemplating earning their MBA degree to do allot of research. I researched many schools and decided on UOP due to their accreditations and their structure. Do not take this lightly and do not rush it, it is a commitment not only for you but for your family as well. You will spend many late nights in front of your computer doing your work and interacting with your class/teammates. Online degrees have taken some criticism, but things that are not fully understood typically do. I received my BS in Management degree at a traditional ground campus and after my online experience my opinion is earning an online degree is actually more difficult that earning a degree from a traditional ground campus. You have virtually no support base except for your family, so I think those that earn their MBA's online have even more wherewithal. I am a big fan of education, but it must be earned. I have heard of some online programs giving favorable grades if you show up and submit your work on time. UOP has very strict rules and guidelines regarding this in their Masters level program, the work must satisfy all academic criteria. GPA's must stay above 3.0 or you are on academic probation. Cost is high but so is the level and respect of the degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 15, 2007 (email verified)

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Don't do it UOP does not care about graduating students and their graduation rate is 4%. There is a high turn over in advisors, I have had 3 academic advisors in 4 months. If you decide to leave, they will STALL YOU. Ask for a withdrawal form and delay or not send form out to you meaning you have to continue. In addition, they will try to take you off the roll but not totally withdraw you so you will not be able to enroll elsewhere. If you have a problem and can prove the "facilitator" violated the rules, he or she will still get away with it. UOP places little value on retention. Lastly just too much writing, sometimes you have 4 questions to answer in one week(300-500 word count minimum), two papers to write, one with learning team and one individual. If you go here, you need to be unemployed because of all the work required. The low graduation rate shows they do not focus on retention but recruitment.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 9, 2007 (email verified)

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You get what you put into it I just completed the program and have, for the most part, positive reviews of the program. I am a mid-level executive who has progressed in life without the degree and decided to finish it up after 25 years. I can say that the material is up to date and spot on, and you will get what you put into it. The teachers are hit and miss. I did not rely on them to teach rather just to use their comments on the material. I detested the learning teams as many members where there to just do what it took to get by and no more. I could tell who was just a kid slacking through without the effort. Many members would not participate and it galled me to see them pass the class with sub-standard work. The admin and teachers could care less about those students. As long as we kept taking classes. I did find that teachers were okay if you told them in advance of travel. I don't expect teachers to grant extentions after the fact and those who expect that, do not understand what they are in for when they graduate. Overall, it was worth it and I'm glad I did it. For those who complain, I imagine they were looking for an easier ride.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 29, 2007 (email verified)

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Amazing! I had an amazing experience with UoP. I am very excited and proud to have my BSM. I think that many of the people who complain received exactly what they put in to it! I am now a student at Harvard! Best of luck to all!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 4, 2007 (email verified)

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Is this a school or a money machine? I haven't been attending the University of Phoenix that long but I spend more time handling administrative issues than I do with actual coursework. My recruiter really pushed hard for me to start as soon as possible. They assured me that my financial aid and VA provided financing would be fine and I could start right away. I had plenty of questions and concerns but I fell into the trap. I've finished a number of my courses and still my financial aid is in limbo along with my VA assistance. I have to call each group almost on a daily basis to ensure thing are still moving foward. I can never reach my academic or financial advisors and when I do, I discuss an issue and receive little help. I always ask them to send me an e-mail with the answers to my questions during the call. I usually get one of the canned e-mails which have nothing to do with the conversation we just had. The courses have been basic learning, which will work for those looking to get their 'paper degree'. Some of my teachers have been good and others make their own rules. I guess it is their only power in the world and they thrive from it. Overall I would have to say what I've seen so many others state. Plain and simple, they want your money. Essentially you are teaching yourself and paying an extremely high amount of money.
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Michael10904 (Graduate) on October 29, 2007 (email verified)

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Knowledge is knoweldge The people who have given poor reviews or complained would probably do so even if God was trying to educate them. The online experience is all about flexibility of a physical nature not time. Of course, there needs to be a balance to make up for no physical encounters or tests or quizzes etc. Enter the learning team model. Though I agree that the learning team model could use some reprogramming, the essence of its purpose is sound. It is designed to meld course concepts with the crazy notion of collaboration. Again, I would love to see how some of these negative people interact with colleagues at their current work environments. I was never more focused and driven about my education before enrolling at the UofP. The writing requirements are demanding, but that is what makes the UofP/online experience different, unique. If you want to sit in a classroom for three hours once a week and take pop quizzes and final exams, go to a traditional college, university. Besides, I want my personal credentials, qualifications, expertise, skills, experience, and yes knowledge, to land me a career - not the name recognition of where my degree is from. I went back to school to "earn" knowledge to better myself personally and professionally, not to buy a $30,000 picture to hang on my office/den wall that does nothing but collect dust....
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Stvnbon (Graduate) on June 22, 2007

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Good Education Exist Here If you have the capacity to learn; you only need the desire/money (money can be found in grants and government student loans). UOP delivers excellent resources and knowledgeable educators to the students. Most of the individuals I have heard /read complaining about UOP never finished the program. The university delivers a good program that is the sum of its parts. By the end of the UOP program, most individuals are washed from the system due to the inherently difficult process experienced in attaining a degree. If I was only exposed to a fraction of the classes of the full degree, I would probably feel disgruntled. Yet within the full scope of the degree, I believe the education delivered in the degree is worth the money spent. Good luck with your choice of education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 7, 2007 (email verified)

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Excellent School! I will be finishing up my online degree with University of Phoenix, and I have learned more through my online experience than from my traditional college experience. My teachers were exceptional, my classmates' employment experiences added real world situations to the classroom discussions, and I had to read and study the textbooks to prepare myself for the rigid work requirements. I would recommend this school to anyone!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 2, 2007

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Won't recommend it... won't return! Just graduated and I am still working on a complaint I had against an instructor almost 4 months ago. Many instructors are quite helpful, but there are quite a few who aren't and unfortunately those FEW really affect your experience! -I was out having a child that came early and an extension WAS NOT GRANTED. Offered doctors not and everything. Still nothing. Most of the time the instructor just simply ignored me. If I had known she wasn't going to be flexible... I would have dropped the course. I contested the extension policy (would think the school in general would have a particular set of rules and guidance, but nope.... I was informed that instructors have the right to grade any way they choose and they do not have to grant extensions, even legitimate ones! So, the grade grievance process is a band-aid. It is only there to let you think you have another channel to work through. -Flexible? Geared toward working adults? Military friendly? Nope, not in any way, shape or form. I find it hard to believe instructors have a FULL week to provide feedback to students in a five week course. If you have a follow up assignment and haven't received the feedback from the first assignment, how do you move forward? My advisor was HORRIBLE. Once again, he ignored my emails, didn't return voice mails, and failed to provide me with the assistance I needed to rectify this course. I should have graduated with a 3.95, but due to one class, where I received a C+, I graduated with much lower. Ridiculous. The school ONLY cares about money... not the students. When things are great, you can talk to your counselor all day. When things are bad... you can't ever reach them!!! Find another school that is a better value. At least if they screw you over, you wouldn't have handed them over a grand for each course you take!
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Ambdad (In Progress) on May 16, 2007 (email verified)

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BSHA I'm nearly finished with my HCA degree. I've done most of my course work in a flex-net setting so there may be some differences. I think the class sizes are small which is good as it allows you to develop cohort groups. The material is up to date and the instructors do a good job. We had the same instructor for several classes and while she was talented, I feel that I would have learned more by hearing from a variety of instructors. On the downside is the cost, and the amount of time. I had more time tied up in team projects and answering discussion question so it was difficult for me to accomplish all the readings. I don't feel that I didn't learn the material, simply that I only had an overview of some of the subjects due to the other requirements. It isn't a bad course or college, but it does take quite a bit of work.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 9, 2007 (email verified)

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High Rater's are all LIARS I'll sum it real simply: 1. Poor communication: -Teachers were very unwilling to help me out with assignments, and/or didn't not post their "help" until after the assignment was due. -They don't negotiate or give you an extension on homework even if your on a business trip (oh the counsellors and or syllabus will say so, but don't expect that to happen) -I've had 2 different finance counselors and only found out about 2nd one because I was sent an email. I've called her, but I've received a call or response back -Online Syllabi are different from pdf versions (pdf has more information) -Don't expect a walk-through of how to use the online system 2. They don't deliver on promises they make--take your pick 3. Don't believe those reviews that say "Phoenix works with your busy schedule." -Days are as follows: Day 1 - Day 7. Example: If you don't get a chance to turn in an assignment by Day 3 , you get docked a full grade. Regardless of good work. -There are NO practice assignments. You can spend 4 hours on an assingment and still get an F. Why! They don't explain the assignments adequately and don't provide examples to help you - If you are out of commission for 1 week, you're screwed. Bottom line: They're not interested in education, just your money.
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Ssteinke (Graduate) on April 25, 2007 (email verified)

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MAED, E-Education I found the majority of the faculty to be exceptional, professional faculty. Many of the faculty taught at other esteemed colleges and universities and were published professional educators. Any faculty issues I did encounter, I know I would have encountered far more at ground campus'. I would never have had the opportunity to meet such wonderful and professional fellow students as I did with UOPHX. I did not have any other qualified options to complete my Master's in my home state, at the time I enrolled. With UOPHX, I was ahead of my field of collegues. My experience, as a cohort, was very good. I am very tired of hearing so much negative press about UOPHX because in the MAED program, I received a high quality education. I continue to remain in contact with fellow classmates and faculty. We have developed life-time relationships.
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Comments (In Progress) on April 4, 2007

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Worthless worthless degree program. I completed two years of my bachelors program here. I then tried to transfer to a traditional school and they accepted precisely NONE of my credits. I was told by UoP that all their credits were transferable. I was told by the traditional school that UoP is considered a substandard program. After enrolling at the traditional school I understand why they say UoP is substandard. Avoid at all costs
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 4, 2007 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix - MAED program I'm currently studying for my Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I find that overall I've learned quite a bit along with improving my writing skills - UoP students have several writing assignments per week. I'd have to agree with some other posters in saying that I find the entire "learning teams" thing to be very annoying. Most of the people I have worked with on my learning teams have not been slackers at all - they are very capable people. With my schedule I just don't want to have to worry about the schedule of my teammates as well.
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Egomez (In Progress) on January 23, 2007 (email verified)

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UOP BSHA I have done classes both online and on-ground and it is a good program with excellent materials. The technology is a little outdated with Outlook newsgroups. Hopefully, UOP will be upgrading to newer systems. Overall the experience has been really good. I have three classes left and am looking to do my MBA with UOP.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 19, 2007 (email verified)

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please upgrade your approach and technology Overall, U of P provides a minimally decent program. Two main complaints: -Please stop your reliance on group work!!! I have talked to many other UofP students and it seems that that most/all of the programs require this. Come On! This is purely undergrad stuff-been there, done that. And, at the grad level, it smacks of Profs not wanting to do their work (someone else doing it for you). It also almost totally removes the 'flexibility' I was looking for in an online program - just how do you expect people to 'get together'? -also please use some of your profits to purchase a proper online learning environment (ever hear of WebCT?) - using Microsoft Outlook email for discussion groups is very low class (although I realize it costs the school nothing)
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 22, 2006 (email verified)

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$50,000 in debt for a BS, Regretting it I think UOP is a decent school, but from everything I am reading after the fact, there are ALOT of better and cheaper ones out there. The outlook express newsgroups they use are ancient technology and not very user friendly. I also think the courses are TOO accelerated to truly grasp and retain all the concepts even if you put in the work. I guess if fairness, it is accredited and allowed me to sit for the CPA exam in my state.
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Skluin (Graduate) on December 20, 2006 (email verified)

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Spring 2006 Masters CIS 1-The technology and technology support is grade A. 2-The group work is the biggest problem in the online programs. Grading by the Group should be stopped immediately. Grading should be based entirely on individual participation/communication, & most importantly on the individual's work in their assigned section of the project. I spent tortuous periods at the end of each project researching, writing, rewriting, citing, and referencing sections not submitted or submitted at a high school level. Students with English as a second language should not depend on others to correct the language in their sections. 3-It is an expensive education give that I have no Private one on one face-time with a professor. 4-Some professors were very lax in providing their feedback. There should be standards and requirements set for them also. 5-I am considering the UoP for a doctorate but am unsure at this point (particularly when I think of those group projects!).
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 12, 2006 (email verified)

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UOP Online The UOP delivers an outstanding online education. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning and believe I learned more online than in a traditional classroom because everyone was required to participate in discussion groups. I also had more time to reflect on what I was going to say in an asynchronous environment. This was an advantage over face-to-face learning where many students do not share what they have learned. The only negative approach involved group projects and it seemed like there were too many slackers willing to let others do most of the work which resulted in the slackers getting the same grade. This was a burden to students carrying the bulk of the load who wanted to do their best. I believe the UOP should grade on individual contributions in group projects and give the slackers what they deserve. Overall, the group discussions and individual projects were designed to greatly enhance learning. If you choose online learning at the UOP, be prepared to do more work than in a traditional classroom.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 12, 2006 (email verified)

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Expensive Program without the Name Recognition When I looked to continue my education and earn a Bachelor degree in Management, I did not know how many schools out there offer degrees but I did know of the University of Phoenix. I ended up getting my degree at UoP as a result of not investigating other alternatives. The program in itself is good; the professors are for the most part knowledgeable; the course materials are good except that I did not like getting the books on pdf as I prefer to read a physical book and not the electronic version. Yet the concern I have with the school is what I would call its willingness to pretty much graduate anyone. There were some participants that clearly were not learning yet were advancing in the program. I believe that by graduating these individuals, the UoP degree is cheapened in the workplace.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2006 (email verified)

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3 classes left Pro 1.I think that this is a good program. There is a lot of reading and writing involved, group work and research..... 2.The text books used are the same ones used by a local state school here in IL. 3.The problems people had with outlook express should be squashed now that UoP has a new blackboard program. 4.The teachers are as good as any I had at state schools Con 1. I would like to see them do less marketing or somthing to improve what people think about them in general......
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 10, 2006 (email verified)

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Too much $$ for a bad delivery system I equated "biggest" online university with best. The cost is just absolutely outrageous. The professors are usually very competent and give great effort to provide quality courses. The books and materials are good, but using Outlook Express Newsgroup is very tough for all persons involved. Bad value, Bad Technology. There are worse places to go, but I had expected a state-of-the art Blackboard suite or something similiar to use.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 9, 2006 (email verified)

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UOP - Good education but at a price I chose University of Phoenix because it fit well with my schedule and allowed me to complete my bachelor's degree realtively quickly (3 years) compared to night classes at a local university. The format was good, I got a lot out of the class discussions. The downside is the cost (expensive). In addition, UOP has been making some bad publicity lately which I hope doesn't tarnish the value of my degree over the years. I would also like to see them tone down the advertising some, as I think this takes away from their perceived educational value. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have went somewhere else...not because the education was bad, but because there are so many more programs and schools available online now compared to back when I started. However, if you're considering UOP, it might be right for you. It's not right for everbody, but it does have its value.
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Gbowdoin (Graduate) on August 5, 2006 (email verified)

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Curriculum and Technology, UoP Online University of Phoenix is a for-profit institution, so the prices are much higher than other programs. That being said, the program was much more rigorous than the online programs chosen by many of my colleagues. Because of this, I learned more than I ever dreamed I would. If you want the skills needed to become a leader in Instructional/Educational technology, you will find that this program will help you to develop them, but it is by no means the only option.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 4, 2006 (email verified)

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Masters Administration and Supervision The program is fast paced and challenging. The use of Learning Teams is a large part of the online experience. UOP fits in my schedule without the worry of attending a classroom. If you are used to doing online courses you might find the use of Outlook Express as the communication portal bothersome. I prefer Blackboard or Webcast. You definitely need a good computer and a great internet service to keep up.
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Shannon121 (Graduate) on August 3, 2006 (email verified)

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University of Phoenix Online Program To begin with, I wouldn't choose any other format for attending school in the future. I completed my BSB/Accounting degree at University of Phoenix (UOP) in November 2003. The Online format is a great way to learn, especially for busy adults working full-time. I was able to access my classroom through Outlook Express or the web from any computer at any time of day or night. I was able to schedule my studying at my convenience without having to spend extra time driving to class and finding a place to park. At that time we still used physical textbooks in each class. However, UOP was in the midst of transitioning to online textbooks and resources. Class size is much smaller than attending a physical classroom so we had more personal attention from instructors. I belive I received a quality education without extra time away from my family and work. The only down side was the cost. Because UOP is a private University the cost is already higher than a public University and the cost of online classes was higher than traditional "ground" classes. However, I do believe, in my case it was worth it.
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Bewald2002 (In Progress) on August 3, 2006 (email verified)

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UOP I find this program to be easy and well organized. I did find that facilitators all teach differently but do follow the guidelines of the school. It was frustrating at times when the servers where down and when the school was updating to a new system. After the new system was put in place the frustration of emails not posted and assignments not posted was lessened. I found the online books to be easier to navigate then to have a book on hand. Overall I would recommend this program to anybody that can afford it. I have found that I can still work full time and still have family time even though I am at school everyday. I have enjoyed this program and will continue on to my master degree after a short break.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 23, 2006

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UOP Health care Great program, up-to-date material! You get out of it what you put into it. If you are organized and read all the material, you will be able to use what you learn. Don't believe the negative hype from those who could not hack it. I am a recruiter and think online degress are becoming more accepted in the business world.
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