I attended UIW for only one semester and was utterly underwhelmed. I was recruited for their MBA program and eventually enrolled as a grad student in the spring of 2012. The business school even said they?d waive the GMAT for me because my undergrad GPA was so high (I later found out they waive almost everyone?s GMAT, and even if it is required, their average score is a shockingly low 440). I, like many others, was suckered into believing that paying more money guarantees you a better education. NOPE. |
The curriculum was and boring and unchallenging to say the least. I sincerely felt like my intelligence was being insulted. I did my undergrad work at UTSA and can honestly say that it was far more engaging than anything I ever did as a grad student at UIW. The program I was in targeted business managers and seasoned professionals, yet we had students who were employed at Chili?s and the Disney Store in my class.
That being said, the staff and most of the professors were very helpful. It?s obvious that the university has some very bright minds, but I think they just have to dumb down their curriculum since their admissions standards are so low.
The price is unreasonably and inexplicably high. I felt like I was merely paying for my degree instead of earning it. Their lax admission requirements should have warned me, but again, I was initially so enthralled with the idea of getting my MBA that I failed to see any of the red flags. I withdrew from the program and sought a more challenging, highly ranked MBA program. The cost for a MBA at UIW (that isn?t even ASSCB accredited, mind you) is roughly $40,000-45,000. For that price, I decided to pursue two degrees from Texas A&M (MBA/MS), a much better value with a high ranking and name recognition.
UIW is a tier 3 school for a tier 1 price tag. You?re paying your way through school and not even receiving a quality education along the way. For what they want you to pay, you can easily get 4 quality undergrad degrees from recognized schools. Weigh out your options, avoid debt, and earn a degree that you can be proud of.
| Feb 22 2012 || Business - Management and Administration |