Is “University of Phoenix” a real deal or a scam?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

They are regionally accredited and valid. However individual programs – IE. Nursing, Education, Law are not.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have a nursing instructor with her doctorate or something from U of P

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s NO scam for sure. They have online and campus programs. I know people who have degrees from there and also who work there.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the major difference to take into consideration is the University of Phoenix is a for profit institution. They hire marketing folks as their admissions and academic representatives. A traditional public or private uninversity is a non-profit institution. I think at the end of the day this is the most important distinction. UofP’s bottom line = profit and money for the company, traditional U or College bottom line = education. Other differences vary by school and program but typically U of P instructors have masters degrees and are not nessecarily active in their field. Traditional university’s have PhD’s teaching the courses with most actively conducting research (to me this means a major increase in quality of education at traditional schools). UofP courses tend to be more flexible for those of with jobs/family/lives that don’t make a traditional college schedule possible though traditional schools are starting to offer more online/night courses. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

They are an accredited school and you get real degrees from there.  However, I think they are for-profit, and those do have a bit of a reputation that you will definitely get your degree as long as your checks clear.  Also, some employers might look down on applicants with a degree from there.

Are you thinking about inquiring there?  I once inquired at Walden U. The second I pushed the ‘submit’ button on the online contact form, they started harrassing me. Calling me constantly, even at work, bombarding me with email about how the application deadline was coming up soon so I MUST apply now. All I wanted was a viewbook or some other info material on a specific program. I never got my information, mind you, but they were pushing really hard that I apply to a program I knew nothing about.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t call it a scam per se, but it is definitely a for profit diploma mill.  They take in more federal aid than any other school, have a 16% graduation rate, and a low employment rate.  My understanding is most people end up dropping out because of all their debt.  If you google University of Phoenix Scam, you can read about all the complaints against them, lawsuits, fraudulent practices, and senate hearings.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have worked for employers who will not even read resumes that include U of P degrees.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MrsTVLover: Unfortunately they also attract many low income families who use the guise that they want to get an education when really they want the FAFSA refund check…

DH works at one and some of the stories I hear are just tragic.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The military uses them for college degrees for soldiers. It was the school that the army sent my brother to for the prerequisite degree for going on to OTS. I have to admit that most of his freshman courses were twice as hard as my state university program which was a big joke. He got a better education than I did.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@tksjewelry: I thought the Army had a deal with U Maryland?  That’s where DH took courses when he was in the Army.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@AprilJo2011: Where DH works service members gets something crazy like an 80% tuition reduction. I believe armed forces have deals with just about every college.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s not a scam. I work for another major online university (not U of P – they are our rivals essentially) and I can tell you they and us are not scams. But for profits are definitely differenty than regular brick and mortar schools. You can PM me if you have questions!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I know people who take classes online (or in person) with University of Phonenix. It’s not a scam. But like other people have said, certain degrees that need to be accredited most likely won’t be through UP. I know my degree (Master of Social Work) definitely is not accredited through UP. They may have law programs, social work programs etc, but when you try to get your license in these degrees you won’t be able to.

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