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A University to AVOID
University of Phoenix Online
University of Phoenix is what some might call the 'Walmart' of education. They offer lots of courses, advertise their products, and collect millions of dollars for the services they provide. What they don't and/or won't tell you is that their degrees are nearly worthless. The credits you earn at University of Phoenix/University of Phoenix online/Axia College equate to almost nothing in the University of California and California State University education systems. How do I know? Because I've tried it. There is no guarantee that any course you take at UOP will transfer to a school in either UC or CSU systems (which run on a lot of the same guidelines as other University of State or State Universities). The only way to find out if the classes will be accepted into a degree program of your choosing at those institutions is to apply to Department Chairs of the educational subject to have them evaluate the classes and see if they meet the course criteria. As an example, California State University of Sacramento (aka Sac State) will accept certain english and math courses from UOP for 'admission' requirements, but make no guarantee as to whether or not the UOP courses will be accepted towards degree completion or graduation. Sound like a good thing?
If you google University of Phoenix, or even go to Wikipedia and read what they've got on University of Phoenix, the first thing you read is that they are a 'for-profit' organization. Their budget is not provided by the state, local, or federal governments, but rather on the amount of income they make on their students. Why is this important to you? Because this means they have money-hungry business clauses in their student contracts that could end up costing you hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars if you make a mistake with the classes you take there. Say you sign up for 3 online classes, each of which cost $750 to attend, plus an additional $85-95 rEsrouce fee to use their online book materials. Now say you participate or post ANY type of comments during the first two days of each of the three 5 week courses you enrolled in. You are automatically obligated to pay UOP $150 for those two days of participation PER course if you decide to drop all three courses after those first two days of participation. In a normal community college you can attend the first 3-4 classes of an 8 or 9-week course, and not have to worry about it. You drop before a certain day, and your academic record doesn't even show you enrolled in the course or withdrew from it. Not only that, but you have an average 2-4 weeks to return your books to the bookstore for a full refund, and if you do drop a course at the community college before the deadline day, then you get your money back as well.
University of Phoenix, however, is coldly unforgiving, and leaps at every chance they can to keep your money. Not only that, but the degrees you earn at University of Phoenix equate to almost nothing on the outside. Yes, UOP is regionally accredited, but the quality of their products are just as good as they treat their students pocketbooks. UOP does NOT offer the same learning opportunities as state universities, and the degrees you get from UOP are a far-cry from the standards of state learning institutions. Do not expect a degree from UOP to be competitive with a degree from a State University, because the State degree will almost, if not 100% of the time, win out over a UOP degree. My personal reccomendations are to A. Don't take classes with UOP, B. Tell your friends to save their time and their money for a college that actually transfers to a State university and C. Boycott UOP for being an utter disgrace to the true purpose of a learning institution, and robbing it's students of their hard earned money.
Written by the husband of pageantgirl31413