Pros: hmm??? ...maybe the short classes
Cons: cost, worthless degree, cost, learning teams, cost
Too bad I can't leave zero stars, The University of Phoenix is a horrible school and the degrees are worthless. While I only took one class here, I've actually had employers tell me they would flat out not hire someone with a UoP degree! I don't know why I was tricked into it especially after reading all of the bad reviews on it. I guess I just liked the short classes and the admission staff seemed to be really nice(of course they did this school is the largest private, for-profit school in the country).
The admissions process overall was a hassle, the consolers seem just like salesmen working off of commission, in fact I think they are. The courses are ridiculously expensive($1200 for one class) and then on top of that you have the application fee $110, "Student Resource" fee(every class) $70, plus you have to buy some books along the way. The Student Resource fee is complete BS, all it's paying for is access to this student website, does not cover books, lab fees or anything like that. There are some somewhat helpful tools on the website like being able to view/print all your assignments and worksheets. There is a library feature with various articles from magazines/newspapers/ect it's ok but very hard to find what you need. The most useful feature was probably the Writing Center where you can go in and submit the final draft of a paper and have a tutor review it and make corrections before you turn it in for a grade. A total rip off for $70 each class though.
The campus was nice, clean, professional feeling enviornment. The professor was awesome, very smart guy, kinda wondered why he wasted his time teaching for UoP. Classes are 99% lecture and power point slides. In class material and discussions was simple, it felt like I was in special-ed or something. The workload was very heavy though, sure you only go to class for a few hours once a week for 5 or 6 weeks but you surly make up for it on your off time. Hope you like to write because on top of normal assignments you'll usually have a 750-1500 word paper due each week. Plus there were a couple presentations ranging from 3min to 15min. On top of that you have group assignments with your 'learning teams'. I don't see how this is a school for working professionals at all. The teacher was pretty lenient on grading though so as long as you put a little effort into something you shouldn't have a problem passing. Some may say that UoP never has any real exams or finals, this depends on the teacher, I did not have any exams myself.
One of the things that makes UoP different is that it really focuses on group study or 'learning teams'. This concept of learning sounds good but does not really work out as well. In addition to the four hours of class each week you are expected to meet with you learning team for four hours each week as well. Like anyone really has the time to do that; luckily all my teammates lived in the same general area as each other so it wasn't too hard to meet. The bad thing about learning teams is that you will probably have some lazy people who do not want to share the workload. My team was a great example so I'll share, we started off with five members, two of the members did not really do anything except sit around wasting oxygen, another could hardly even speak/write English. Right in the middle of class, when we had a huge team paper and presentation coming up, two of our teammates decide to drop out without any warning so the remaining three of us got stuck with all the work, one was the one who could barely speak English so really two of us were kinda screwed over and stuck with all the work.
The class was kinda large, like 30 people but after the first class about 10 people dropped out(I dont blame them). By the end there was probably like 12 people total left. I had to stay for the full term or else my tuition assistance would not pay for the class. The school is supposed to be for 'working professionals'...it's actually an admission requirement... but dont worry, if you are a fry cook at McDonalds you are considered a working professional by the UoP. We even had two people in our class who were unemployed, what a joke! Proof that as long as you have a pulse and a credit card you can get into the University of Phoenix. The only thing thats more worthless than a University of Phoenix degree is a University of Phoenix online degree. Trust me, I would not have taken the time to type all of this unless I truly wanted to stress how bad this school was.