I want to get my B.S. from university of Phoenix online, please give me your opinion!!!!?
I already have 2 years complete from a community college, so all i need is two more years to get B.S.
However, because i work full time and i don't have time to go to a campus anymore I am considering univ. of phoenix online. Gonna cost me about $25k for two years, but that's the way to go it seems if you want a job that pays $60k/year.
Does anyone know about this school, is it good or not? What do you think? Please give me your opinion/advice.
- XLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Please heed my advice. Once you finish your degree, you will be so glad you did.
Do NOT finish your degree at U of Phoenix. It is a for-profit business, and its degrees are only acceptable in certain contexts, like certification for elementary and secondary school teaching, and then, only in certain school districts.
MANY real, brick-and-mortar universities offer courses through distance learning. Coursework toward a degree conferred by a *regionally* accredited, reputable, nationally-known university will help you SO much more than a U of P piece of paper.
Look at state universities first. (University of YOUR STATE.) A distance learning degree program from the state university where you live will be LOTS cheaper than the U of P. If your state university does not offer the distance learning courses you need, then look at other state universities. I promise you will find a suitable program, and the degree from a REAL school will benefit you so much in the long run.
In case you get confused about accreditation, the school you choose should be accredited by one of the following agencies:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA)
Accredits schools in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
Accredits schools in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
Accredits schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Accredits schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, and other Australasian locations.
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)
Accredits schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Best wishes to you.
- DianaLv 44 years ago
Recent surveys have indicated that business owners are generally less impressed by online degrees if they recognize that they're online--which of course they will for Kaplan and Phoenix. To be honest, though, businesses in places like IA and MN might let it slide. In general online isn't regarded too well on the coasts, at least not for prestigious jobs. The RN below is right, but not totally right. Her profession is in serious shortage across the US, and the shortage is worse in the red states (her posting location). In such a situation, for a life-and-death job, any credentials will tend to be accepted. I guarantee you, though, that if she had a traditional RN from Johns Hopkins she'd be making a lot more money. Just the way it works. There are two kinds of learning: training and education. Training involves learning specific tasks to do a job. It's fine for what it is, but high-level jobs tend to be a function of education, which is about "soft" stuff like interaction with your peers, learning how to think instead of just learning facts, building connections and being mentored, etc. This is why so many hotshot investment bankers have Ivy League degrees in English...and boss around the person with an "MBA" from Kaplan. Remember. It is in their interest for online degrees to claim "they're just the same." They're not. You are also not able to judge, since you do not have the education. (What a racket, eh?) Sure, you might be able to do just fine with an online degree. That's not the question, though. My advice: identify a *specific*, high-demand, low-supply field in your area that appeals to you and get qualified to do that. You might want to work traditionally at a local public night school--it'll probably be a lot cheaper, for one thing. Remember the RN, who picked a good field in a place that needed that field. The world does not need another "MBA." It almost certainly needs another accountant specializing in estate taxation rules.
- imask8rLv 41 decade ago
I can't tell you about the B.S. program, but as a middle school teacher have taken U of Phoenix classes for recertification credit, with no problems...which had to pass the ok of Colorado state government people...so yes they are legitimate. However, the amount sounds high to me...aren't you able to attend a state university with lower tuition???
- 1 decade ago
if you don't have time to go to a campus the university of phoenix is not for you. not all of their classes are strictly online based. my husband attends graduate school online with a school based in minnesota. he goes to capella university you can find them at capella.edu all of their classes are strictly online and you don't have to worry about showing up for classes. whatever online school you choose make sure they are accredited for what your major is. for example my hubby's going for a master's in mental health counseling and his school is accredited by the american counseling association. he heard a while ago that university of phoenix was losing their accreditation and I don't know what ever came of that or what major it was for. just make sure to research your options really well.
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- 1 decade ago
If you live in California then there are many universities which offer night courses or online courses cheaper and which will probably look better on you wall.
Of course, you did not tell us what major you are interested in.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
that's high, but if you know you'll get a job sure, why not?