The University of Houston
The University of Houston - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||45|
|Avg years at University||2.9|
|Research Quality||B (6.6)|
|Research Availability||B (6.8)|
|Research Funding||B- (6.5)|
|Graduate Politics||B (7.1)|
|Not Errand Runners||B (6.8)|
|Degree Completion||B (7.1)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B+ (7.4)|
|Sufficient Pay||B (6.8)|
|Education Quality||B (6.9)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B (6.9)|
|Useful Research||B (7.1)|
|"Individual" treatment||B (6.6)|
|Campus Beauty||B+ (7.8)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (7.7)|
|University Spending||B (7.1)|
|Scholastic Success||B (7.1)|
|Surrounding City||A- (8.7)|
|Social Life/ Environment||B (6.9)|
I fully gave every intention of what I was doing with the classes I was taking for the Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020. In fact had to submit a SAP appeal for financial aid in the middle of the Fall semester, because I had maxed out on classes with financial aid. After submitting (1) My class schdule of the Fall of 2019 semester, (2) Master Degree Program, (3) SaP Appeal form, I was granted an additional four semesters of financial aid, Fall of 2019, Spring of 2020, Fall of 2020, Spring of 2021.
I had to change my whole years plans, now that I was going back to school for a bit. I turned down a job that paid $6,000 minimum pay up to $9,000 a month (Depending on hours). Instead I remained at a nearly dead end job, that barely pays more than minimum wage since I wanted to keep a flexible schedule.
My bank account was hacked for multi thousands of dollars. I wanted to reduce my monthly bills by someway, and was wondering if I could lower my class count to 10 credit hours and keep financial aid. Hence, i went seeking advice from Briget Jans (stay away from her, she will sabotage your entire account). I was under many false impressions with the eligibility of hours and financial aid. I was informed 9 hours, 10 hour, and 12 hours was required to maintain financial aid availability. HENCE, I reached out to Briget Jans from my school account, asking her this. She ignored the question for almost a week.
During that week I was informed by financial aid that 10 hours would be sufficient. Jans, then waited until the semester started cancelled my financial aid, stating that I needed 66 credits to graduate and it was mathematically impossible to obtain these credits. According to the MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM I only needed 9. That is three classes in four semesters. I called her out on this. A month later she finally stated that you need 12 credits for financial aid. I was already informed by the financial aid office, that 10 would be sufficient.
I remained in 10 credits.
Eventually Briget Jans starting ignoring my emails. I kept reaching out to restore my financial aid with overwhelming evidence. She issued a "no contact order." I was never even aware of this. She then reported me to the police for sending another email.
No one wanted to help. I was reported to the police for trying to reacquire my financial aid. This is quite ridiculous if you ask me. Hence, why I am leaving such a bad review. Honestly this is the worst experience of my life, and the worst University I have ever attended. I would honestly avoid this university in general at all costs. I have had issues almost this severe ever semester with this university. Go anywhere else. Save yourself the trouble.
STAY AWAY from BRIGET JANS!!!!!
She is the devil in disguise.
When I stated I had one semester left, I indicated that because I had three classes left. This is based off the fact that 12 hours is four classes and is typically considered a semester. I needed 9 hours. That is less than one semester of classes.
Once the discovered my amount of transfer classes, I was forced to submit an appeal. THE SAP APPEAL WAS TO OVERRIDE THIS (caps lock for emphasis). I was forced to submit my master degree program 2 weeks into the semester of the Fall of 2019. I was granted 4 semesters of financial aid AFTER they figured out I had over 170 credits.
Looking at a base of 170 + 4(12)= 170+48= 218 credits
I have 6 credits of chemistry fit inside that huge gap of credits. Obviously I would have filler classes. Hence I was taking Japanese 1501 and Chinese 1501. I informed the financial aid office I would continue with these classes in the Fall of 2020. They gave me the okay for that. So my Japanese 1502 and Chinese 1502 class was approved. The then claimed 10 credits would be sufficient with the Spring 2020 semester, while Jans was ignoring my first email I sent to her in January.
I did nothing wrong here.
I still have two more semesters to take 6 classes.
She stated in this email I had over 60 credits to graduate. Clearly in the master Degree program I have 9. Actually, I took one of those courses last semester. Hence, it would read 6 credits, not 60+.
They said I only took 1 chemistry class over the Fall of 2019. Yes, I did. They knew this. They looked over my schedule BEFORE they approved the SAP appeal for four additional semesters. Hence, this was acceptable
Also, I only need 3 classes in 4 semesters.
Jans said I was not enrolled for any chemistry course for the start of the Spring of 2020. No for several reasons. I was awaiting on her answer on 9, 10, 12 credits to maintain financial aid eligibility. I was told 10 credits by the financial aid office. Hence I stuck with my ten credits, awaiting Jans to email me. I was going to further ask if I should take my chemistry courses that semester or the next, since I still had two more semesters to take two classes.
I had no reply from Jans. Hence I stuck with my Japanese 1502 and Chinese 1502, ten credits, already approved from the previous semester. They knew these would be some of my filler classes.
Point #6Yes, I do want a degree, I didn't come here to not get my degree, and end up a few classes shy. I didn't see any of the needed classes that I have remaining. Hence, I can't take them. Though one is an elective, so I was going to take an elective online over the summer. Which would leave 1 class.
Unless you're an Engineer and there is just high demand for them.
But that's the least of it.
I was THREATENED TO HAVE MY DEGREE TAKEN FROM ME.
For the reason that I complained about the student loans being way too high and ending up paying twice the initial cost.
Also How can I pay a High Student Loan if there are no jobs offered for Scientist Graduates.
And trust me the jobs offered are temp, overnight shift, and No JOB SECURITY.
You mostly have nothing. You're better off being a blue collar worker at a plant.
Unless of course you are hooked up with a job like I was for many years and made lots of money just unfairly.
I am REPEATING I WAS THREATENED TO STEAL MY DEGREE, for complaining about my student loan payment.
Dr. Bott the "Advisor" Told me to "GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY OFFICE, DON"T YOU SEE I"M BUSY" when I was asking where I had to go to for the advising session.
Of course I was told to go in his room by the receptionist.
That is the real face of University of Houston.
They not one research group in Chemistry worth anything on any research level.
One big Shell Scam. I'd say on the level of Trump University. I think Trump University is better than this.
Their only saving feature is Engineering and that is only because we live in an Oil town.
All THEIR EXAMS ARE STOLEN AND LEAKED PURPOSELY BY THE PROFESSORS.
SO YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE WHO WILL GIVE YOU A COPY.
OTHERWISE< YOU WILL FAIL.
The Lab reports are leaked too as long as everything else.
You speak out against this. They punish you by lowering your grade arbitrarily.
This is the Saddam Hussein Family University.
SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN and do yourself a favor and go to A&M, UT, or Rice.I am trying to save your LIFE here. I have no reason to hate them I have a good grades. I am just trying to save as many LIVES as possible
Here is a list of yearly expenses-
Rent $ 10200
Health insurance $2096
Car insurance $ 960
Ph bill $300
Gas $ 1200So, I am left with only $90 per month to do the rest of the things, or do not live a decent life at all. Should I feel lucky that at least I have a roof on my head?
After my experience at UH-ChBE, I can definitely say that US News rankings of this program don't reflect the program quality. The NRC rankings (that put this doctoral program in top 20) do a better job at accessing the real potential that this program has. While landing a suitable job requires some effort, most of the doctoral candidates have an offer or two before walking at the commencement ceremony. If you have a background in Chemical Engineering, I don't have to explain you why Houston is the best place to be. I myself had a summer internship at an Oil & Gas super-major, and later on found R&D position in Houston.
Ph.D. life isn't easy... I guess that's how it's supposed to be. Ask any graduate student nearing graduation and you might hear a lost of reasons why you should not be doing Ph.D., but that feeling does go away. What really matters is the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment you get when you look back at all that you did during those years. I really feel proud for all the publications and research that I have done and for that I am thankful to the support provided by the UH ChBE Professors and peers.The UH-ChBE doctoral program is an underdog, usually rated much lower than it actually deserves to be. If you are considering doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering, I'll unequivocally recommend you considering University of Houston - Main Campus.
- Great research opportunities,
- Kind and helpful staff,
- Amazing recreation center (it has the biggest gym I`ve ever seen) and lots of activities,
- Employment opportunities, etc...
And the good news is UH is getting Tier-one research school very soon :)
Stay away from Dr. Yuasa. He doesn't speak English. It was a struggle. You have to take one class from him to graduate.
It is true that you get what you put in, but I don't know whether that makes things better. I would only join this program if you get a T.A. job and then never work for Yuasa. I graduated just fine and made good time. I'm still looking for work. I've applied to 12 jobs in two months and I'm still waiting to get a first interview. Hope this helps someone out there:)
one faculty actually said once: you must not take courses that prepare you for the future or you feel interesting you should take what we tell you to take!!
2nd most of trhe faculty here dont have money! I guess because they are self absorbed and crybabies that they cant follow whats going on in research to get grants but instead keep on cursing NIH because "the director is an MD and doesn't understand research" how pathetic is that?
now the department if full of politics and turf wars even though its a pathetic department with such a bad overall ranking among departments!! you can check out the statistics.
three new professors are now in charge of the graduate committee and again all that they care about is proving they are better than previous profs and controlling students. plus they, and thats from personal experience, will twist the rules lie and bully junior faculty into doing whatever they want just because they dont like you or feel they need to teach you a lesson!! its scary I am not kidding
pay is the lowest among all Texas schools!! and most probably you have to teach because most profs are bad at what they do so they don't have money, and yet they expect you to be in the lab all week!!! and weekends, which is fine if you were at a decent school or doing decent research or even if you feel they care for your general welfare but they dont give a damn!
overall it was bad decision to come here but when I joined things werent as bad, the department is headed in the wrong direction because of the "new management" so if you can find a place anywhere else do yourself a favour and dont join here unless you very desperate and cant go anywhere else, because in this department its all aboutthem and you or your future career isnt wortha nickle to them.
Don't even ask me about TA. They ask you to work like a slave for a monthly TAship of $1650. And moreinterestingly in a year you have to end up paying $3000 approx for tution fees. Now you understand what they pay............
The profs are as expected with there junk projects have no grants for years and they are not bothered about. They are all tenured and old FUCKING guys sucking the salary of prof and have no output.
Well they have two qualifier as if it is Harvard. And if u can't satisfy your FUCKING prof you are more likely to go out with a MS.
So if you are`planing for a PhD then please don't join here. Life sucks here. Believe me.
this place reeks ghetto. the student body is diverse. but all the students are extremely trashy and ignorant. all they care about is partying and getting drunk. just take a walk aroiund campus you will see what i mean.
the course work here is extremely easy if you have any iq at all. Its designed that way to keep these trashy ghetto students from failing. my friend was a math teacher and he told me about some guys on foot ball scholarships not knowing how to use a calculator in their junior year.if you want any kind of successful career stay far away from this place. except for the law school and perhaps optometry the rest of the programs are way below average. IF you want a career at walmart or target as an assistant cashier or any other low paid job then this is the place for you.
In terms of the administration of the whole school, I'll give 6 out of 10. I remember only for the school ID, I went to UC for 4 times. Almost took me whole afternoon. Don't mention other chaotic situations. Only one thing, if you are an international student, you might want to come, since they have very good international center. Very nice people over there. So, my main point is if you have other schools to go to, don't come here.
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