I have been a student at the University of Phoenix since 2011 and will be graduating in October of 2013 with my Associates Degree in Human Service Management. I have to say, I have read all of the good and bad comments about the school and I agree with all of the good comments, but I have never experienced any of the bad comments that some have been posting. For those who say that they cannot find work after graduation; well I am sorry if this sounds rude, but that is not the school's problem. The... Read More
I have to admit, University of Phoenix is not for everyone. You have to be very well disciplined and able to manage your time properly. I recently read a review on another website where someone said that the school's students constantly cheat on exams/quizzes. Although some students may, not everyone does. In the over a year that I have been a student, I have never once cheated on an assignment, quiz, or exam. And why haven't I cheated? Because then it would not benefit me at all. Sure it would give me a good grade, but I would not learn anything from cheating. This brings me back to those who attend having to have self discipline. As long as you read your materials, do your work, response to discussion questions, and study (Yes study!), you will have no problems. At the rate I am going, I will be graduating with honors in October, and I am doing so through hard work and dedication.
If there was something that I could change about the school, it would be one of their teachers. The only reason I say this is because I am currently in a math course and my teacher is terrible. He is rude, sarcastic, and extremely cocky. In the time I have spent at the school, I have never felt so disrespected by a teacher in a response that he posted to me. I did contact my academic advisor and was told that the only thing I could do was save all of the rude messages I received, and slam him in the end of course survey (which I will be doing). But besides that one teacher, everything else, and every other professor has been great. The teachers are there to help you learn, and I have never come across a teacher who did not do their best to help you understand something. Also, for those who say that the teachers are "instructors" and do not have a background in the course they are teaching; you are completely wrong. At the beginning of each course, the teachers post a biography about themselves and encourage you to do the same so everyone can get to know each other. In their biography, they clearly state their degrees and each of them are extremely qualified to teach the course. The school would not hire them if they weren't! All of my teachers have had the Master's degree, or their PhD. in the type of course they are teaching. I do not know about you, but that sure does qualify them enough for me.
The last thing I would like to touch on are the financial aid, academic, and enrollment advisors. I have read reviews on this school that talks about how they never speak with their advisors. Well I am not sure who your advisors are, or were, but I speak with mine at least 1-3 times a month, if not more! They call me to check in, make sure I am doing okay in all of my courses, and they ask if I have any questions for them. They have always been there when I have had a question and they answer the question honestly. Even when I have called them, if they were not in their office or on another call, they call me back with 20 minutes. I do not know if I have lucked out with my advisors or not (because I have not had any other advisors), but I have never had an issue with my advisors. They have been great, willing, and ready to help.
Without a doubt, I would recommend this school to others. With the exception of one professor, everything is great with the school. You will get out of it what you put into it. If you are not a self disciplined, self motivated, or organized person, I would not recommend you attend this school, but if you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn, you will, without a doubt, be successful!
Once I graduate in October, I am returning within weeks to start my Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a specialty in Family and Child Services. I have to say, since I have yet to graduate, I cannot accurately answer yes or no to whether or not my degree has helped me with my career, but I know it will. One last note; I have not even graduated with my associates yet, and my school has already helped me find an organization to volunteer with that I will need for my Bachelor's program.