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Don't attend UMUC -

Mar 14 2014Accounting
Don't attend UMUC - you will regret it! It is nothing more than a money grubbing diploma mill that will take your money and provide a very poor quality education. Then if you want transcripts it cost $10.Harvard charges less!!!! Safe yourself the grief, and seek a real education elsewhere.
Male -- Class 2000
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I don't really get all the negative reviews

Mar 30 2014Computer Science
I don't really get all the negative reviews for UMUC on here. I have attended a number of universities online and brick and mortar and I have definitely been challenged the most by the curriculum at UMUC. I am doing the cybersecurity degree with a comp sci minor and am extremely pleased so far with the courses. To the individual that claimed he was in charge of 140 people and would never hire a UMUC grad (but for some reason he abbreviates it UofM, which is a completely different school) I hope you are joking because you are getting your degree via UMUC, a tad bit hypocritical. I actually am in a leadership position in the DOD cyber programs and would not hesitate to hire a UMUC grad that proved to be bright and aggressive. In fact The NSA and DHS have designated UMUC as a center of excellence. You have to be ambitious and a self-starter to succeed though, I would bet that is where most negativity towards the school stems from. The professors for the most part are polite, helpful and seasoned, every now and then you get a dud, but I would say far less common than most b&m schools.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Social Life: F

I've been attending this school online for over

Feb 16 2014Business - Management and Administration
I've been attending this school online for over two years and the quality of its education has been declining. The professors are too reliant on its technology that they mindlessly feed information into each course with little oversight and care. I figure they're just interested in collecting the check - go adjunct professors!! Actually, it's a brilliant scheme. They have you purchase online textbooks with student access, so that you can complete online assignments through the publisher's site. Essentially, you are playing extra to take quizzes and exams online that are automatically graded with no instructor interaction. The classes push more peer interaction (discussion posts, which are the worst thing to be partake in the whole galaxy) with very little instructor interaction. A lot of lazy teaching is applied here. You actually learn a lot more from YouTube rather from the actual class you PAY for, and YouTube is free. Too bad they don't offer degrees. Sadly, I've invested too much time and money into this black hole that I have no choice but to finish. If you plan to attend, expect to learn on your own and try not to keep your expectations high. Basically, you're expected to buy an overpriced book, read it page by page, take a quiz or exam from a test bank, write papers upon papers on asinine topics that relate to some technology you don't care for, and at the end of the day wonder why you keep putting yourself through the same ridicules cycle of perpetual frustration and hopelessness. It kind of fills like purgatory except you chose to be there. Enjoy!!!
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