Strayer University

Strayer University

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Founded in 1892, Strayer University is a private, higher education institution which specializes in degree programs for working adults. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees at over 90 campuses in more than 20 U.S. states and online.

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Original review: Jan. 28, 2021

I have been going to Strayer for a long time. I went for my Bachelor's, which to be honest was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Then I decided to go directly into my MBA immediately after graduating my Bachelor's. All of a sudden, the Admin help went away completely. They messed up my financial aid every single term. I could never get a phone call past the first semester from anyone. Not about grades, financial aid, registration, technical difficulties, nothing. Everything was done by email and I had to include everyone possible and be rude just to get a response.

One of the terms, they just simply told me that I did not have enough financial aid and they could not help me, I had to pay. I know for a fact I was still eligible so I resubmitted my FAFSA and let the submission get processed automatically without contacting them, then all of a sudden I had a full term of financial aid available. I can't even update my address and phone number without it being a problem. They STILL have some of the wrong information for me that I can't get fixed. The classes and teachers are actually great, but they overcharge and will not actually assist you with any Strayer specific issues. Go somewhere else, do not take your graduate classes here.

45 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Jan. 12, 2021

THE worst decision you can make for your post secondary education. That is ESPECIALLY if you are paying out of pocket. There are more respected online schools out there that cost less and give you a higher quality education and learning experience. Please do your research! I wish I had done better. Strayer only wants your money. They do NOT care about the student. The admissions office staff are all so kind and that is where it ends. The Business deans' hands are always tied. There is never anything they can do to help you but of course they are all so sorry for your experience.

The instructors reply to your well thought out discussion posts and essays with general pre recorded videos that offer no real constructive criticism. Getting a hold of an instructor is nothing short of a miracle. Calling or emailing your success coach is futile. I waited literally 3 hours, no exaggeration to speak my coach and ended up getting someone I didn't even know. But guess who you can always get in touch with? Finance Department is always available to take your money. Do your research! You can do better than greedy money grubbing Strayer.

42 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 16, 2020

Those two names I have mentioned above, are the people that I dealt with. I don't know how people can actually promise to help you and do not keep their promise. You pay money for your education and you do not learn anything let alone getting some help to pass your classes. I should have known that Strayer is one of those schools that finance matters instead of teaching students. I should have done my research before registering though. Thank you Strayer. Lesson learned.

36 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 8, 2020

I absolutely recommend Strayer University to anyone aspiring to a degree. I am a current student. I've been with Strayer for 2 years, now and a President's list member. My favorite aspect is the classroom. It's catered to recent events, interactive content, and innovative instruction. The Strayer Stories are so great! They star celebrities such as Queen Latifah and Mannie Fresh, as well as local heroes. Communication is top of the line and honestly, as long as you try your best, complete your work, and don't have a sense of entitlement, you are going to go far with Strayer University.

After I complete my Bachelor's degree in Business Leadership and entrepreneurship, I'm definitely continuing on to obtain my Master's degree. One more thing before I go, the Leadership courses and programs have changed my life! The Joe Gibbs Performance management program and Finding Your Leadership Purpose are incredible. Don't take my word for it, call to set up an appointment with a coach today! You won't regret it.

10 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Nov. 4, 2020

Nothing but liars. I have been waiting since august so 2 months to get my clearance letter stating I have withdrawn. Because they are dragging their feet I have been tossed out of another school. They need to be shut down.

37 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Oct. 6, 2020

Suspended me for 1 bad grade and appeal twice. She told it was still processing and email again. She said start class in 10/6/20. But when that day came I found out I'm still suspended and the only thing she said sorry for that!!! "Can we reappeal?" I said. No. I'm done. And tired, exhausted, frustrated so I file complain to students affairs. They said they would look into it.

33 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Aug. 3, 2020

I completed my bachelors and masters degrees with Strayer. I took all but two classes online while working full time and raising my three kids. Strayer was so convenient and I had no issues with my financial aide, notably at the end of my bachelors I ran out of aide and was offered assistance that I was not aware of by my counselor. I had support from my instructors whenever I needed. I’d recommend Strayer to work adults hands down.

27 people found this review helpful
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Original review: June 13, 2020

While there is a small percentage of legitimate “professors” and capable students, the vast majority are a joke. It’s more so a business driven by profit margins at the expense of misguided students who receive a substandard education at exorbitant costs. Stay away!

50 people found this review helpful
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Original review: May 15, 2020

This unaccredited college is bias and has cause me some extreme stress to the point I am not able to continue with this school at all. It's not good for my psyche!!! I have been lied to and on, disrespected on numerous occasions, and to top it off this ** school has the nerve to throw stones and hide their hands. I don't care how many times you call me threatening me about being dropped and how I'll be forced to pay for the dropped class. Oh damn well!!! I can write a book about all the illegal BS this school has done to me with no care at all. Smh. Financial Aid will be doing a thorough investigation. So see you in court you ** false advertising fake review posting unaccredited college! ✌???

54 people found this review helpful
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Original review: March 26, 2020

I was enrolled with Strayer but not anymore after submitting the documents and all the information. They reject it after doing all assignments they take a while to upload the gradee they chose who they feel should get the grade. My success coach doesn't respond to me unless I have to call and complain at least 10x a week because of them not approving my documents. Oh and the refund money I never received a dime of it so before you apply to this school you better rethink they may act all sweet and nice but Hunny they can play you.

47 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Feb. 5, 2020

Strayer University is a great School. The instructors in the graduates program are informative and helpful. Essentially, I applied myself and received great results and experience. The business, management and human resource classes were relevant to my career. I took what I learned from my classes and applied the information to my project management duties. I enjoyed learning at Strayer University.

22 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Jan. 26, 2020

The truth of the matter is this school has POTENTIAL! While most are fussing about their financial aid & the ones who rave so they’re fussing about the refund, “I” can personally tell you that aside from the “REFUND” side of this, they all are telling the truth. I entered this college without properly researching it & I have my concerns!

1.) There is always some type of “glitch” going on. Even in the actual blackboard where you do the work at. You have to go into different browsers just to be able to complete the work. Their glitches & IT issues are frustrating. People are saying it’s the refund, but it’s more of them not addressing the issues & leaving their students hanging not knowing if they classes will be paid for.

2.) If you’re thinking you’re gonna get genuine feedback from your Professors, you will NOT. They do prepaid videos & just attach them to your work. If you reach out via email to them, you’ll probably rarely actually get them. You’re more than likely to receive a vague response by their teaching assistants.

3.) When you’re enrolling, you’ll hear from them every single day. Once you’re an official student, you won’t receive a response. The Success Coaches are almost nonexistent & your Dean only reaches out to you the beginning of school, midterm week & when the semester is over.

4.) The tuition here is quite high. I didn’t know this until AFTER I was enrolled & a few weeks had passed in the first semester.

5.) Little to no schools will allow Strayer’s credits to be transferred. What does that tell you?

6.) On a good note, you’ll have a forum where you can build some great connections with others. It’s refreshing.

7.) There really are some very enjoyable classes. I didn’t say them all, but there are classes & Professors I would never be mad about having over & over. They keep in contact even after you leave their class.

8.) Students sometimes want to enter because Strayer offers a free laptop. The deal about this, is something that is posted. The laptop is yours only AFTER you finish 3 terms with them. You’ll have to send it back or pay full price should you decide you don’t want to continue after the first or second term. That’s no more than right.

If Strayer would keep a genuine line of communication open, fixed their “glitches” & make their Professors actually TELL you in real time things & not send pre-made videos explaining absolutely nothing, the school would actually be an decent school. Also, if you could actually get a recognizable degree in the cooperate world, that would be even better. It’s one of those “is it worth it to YOU” types of situations. If you’re ok with the few slight cons mentioned, I’d say go for it.

57 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Jan. 12, 2020

So let me just start by saying I had issues understanding my financial aid and I was kind of annoyed and sent an email where you could tell I was annoyed. Erin ** is the woman who was assigned to help me and let me tell you how Patient and helpful she was even when I sent the email where I was so frustrated. She fixed everything for me ON A SUNDAY and made sure I understood everything about my disbursement and refund and payment plan upcoming for winter 2020 quarter. So so helpful. I am reading all these bad reviews but honestly I had a good experience. I think it really depends on who is assigned to you.

34 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Jan. 9, 2020

Strayer is a joke, me and my daughter attended the same year 2016. Let me start by saying my daughter was going for social worker, so I question the success coach man name Scott. He said yes Strayer specialize in that degree. Here it is 2020. I realize why he taking so many business class and not nothing to do with social worker. So one of the success coaches stated that they never had classes there for that. I e-mailed the man that use to be the dean at Lithonia campus. He ask for the name. Said he was going contact me back and look into the case. Never did. It's been 6 months now.

Another part to this story Strayer have pulled my 2017 tax information. Claimed something was missing, I been going back and forward from the IRS to my tax people. They said it's Strayer. They don't know what they are doing. Even IRS question it. So my daughter financial aid they claim she can't get until we continue to bring the same documents they have have took a million time up there. Every time I take one thing it's another one. I feel this school shouldn't even be in business, they pull the same thing with me, because they didn't want to pay the grad fund and my daughter suppose to be getting grad fund this semester. So I am fed up with them. I am transferring my daughter and will find a lawyer if I find out they took money from her financial aid, its something they are covering up.

51 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 26, 2019

I attended Strayer for 2018 fall semester. I for whatever reason wasn't given tuition disbursement until December. 2018. They never could tell me why it was disbursed two months after disbursement date. Then they start to send letters to my house saying I after only attending one semester, on behalf of the Pell Grant. They have now began to make false accusations saying I owe them money for courses. I wasn't even working at the time and wasn't receiving support from family so I couldn't even qualify for a loan. Plus my two courses I took there wasn't even 2500 for the semester which was why my disbursement amount was only 400 dollars after they charged me 600 for that cheap ** Dell computer which they said would be free in the beginning. I met Pell Grant requirements due to being a minority. Why is this school trying to destroy me for greed.

53 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 11, 2019

I graduated from there in 2012 with BA in Criminal Justice. They didn't do anything to help me find a job, academic advisor never contacted me after graduated or anything. I feel it was a wasted of money that I know how to pay back.

59 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Dec. 6, 2019

I attended Strayer University to receive a BA degree in HR Management as I was told by the Admissions and Guidance Counselors they had. I clearly stated I did not want a degree in Business as I was not interested. I completed my course work in 12/2011 and when I received my degree it stated BA in Business Administration. I immediately contacted the school and was told they would investigate and get back to me. Needless to say, if the school indeed did not offer a degree in HR Management, I should have been told when I made the call about receiving the incorrect major on my degree. This showed me that they concocted a story to provide to me advising me the degree in in Business with the minor in HR. How is that when I took very little to no business classes and all HR Classes. The school has deceptive practices.

48 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Nov. 22, 2019

Halfway through the semester I was nominated for verification. Now know I've done all this work up to halfway through and there's three weeks left of the semester. I'm told my financial aid isn't my official transcripts until the money is paid. Strayer needs to handle all financial aid documents and what's needed before a semester starts not till a student in the middle of the semester and expect them to pay thousands of dollars. They are out for money and if you do use financial aid I feel like they make it very difficult for it to be approved. Now we also know I was a transfer from a different University with the same exact tax here in financial aid. Strayer University is the only college I've ever had a problem with. I regret going with them as my school. If I were you I would think twice before attending.

40 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Oct. 29, 2019

I can't speak on the undergrad level but at the Graduate Level it is no joke. The teachers are extremely helpful but they'll also fail you in a heartbeat and if you GPA falls below 3.2, consider yourself dropping out. They make this very clear during orientation to let people know to take this seriously. When I first started, I had read reviews online and notice almost everyone is complaining about refunds and lack of resources, etc. I can honestly say, those reviews are not true in my experience. I got my refund no problem, the financial aid office even went ahead and schedule a interview with me to go over my financial aid. They basically tell you what your classes and course material cost and how much you can get from student loans. Even though they are for profit, they highly suggest against taking out the maximum amount you can borrow as they explain the interest rates and how much you could potentially be paying back upon graduation.

I feel a university that didn't care for you, would not do this. There are tons of resources available to you and clubs and organizations that you can participate in if you so choose. I chose Strayer University over Penn State world because my interview with strayer I wasn't seen as a number as Penn State world (their main campus didn't have the MBA concentration I wanted) only saw me as a number and reputation boaster in terms of my grades. Also, tuition at PSW was $48k (if I recall correctly). At strayer, at the time of writing, it is $34k. I have a cousin that goes to University of Bridgeport, a friend goes to LVC and another friend that goes to a university in Texas (I can't recall the name atm), All four of us are in MBA programs and we all take the same class they are name differently but the books are largely the same or a minor difference. The difference changes once we hit our concentration classes. I am a happy student and glad I made this choice.

37 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Oct. 25, 2019

I am absolutely in shock and appalled at more than half of these reviews. These sound like a bunch of entitled brats. They are completely biased. Half of these people are complaining about financial aid or how they failed classes because either "there was a death in the family" or " my kid was in prison". I attended NVCC community college for 4 years and only was able to accomplish 45 percent of my degree, it was incredibly expensive and they were MONEY HUNGRY.

200 dollars for parking, 5 dollars a day if you wanted to park in the parking garage. If you were a student who did not pay with financial aid they treated you like you were money bags or the money tree. They expected me to pay 400 DOLLARS for an IT textbook. The counselors wouldn't tell you there were ways to quickly get rid of your elective classes without having to pay so much and in much less time. they kept all this information from you, instead Strayer IMMEDIATELY tells you you can complete almost all elective courses via Straighter-line and Sophia, which does not record your grade that affects GPA, instead it just helps you get those credits you need.

This has been an absolute life saver for people who are busy with work. I was able to get a scholarship for knowing an alumni graduate at my government contracting job. I never thought I would be able to qualify for a scholarship in my life. People who say the content is too easy? Are we serious? I took 3 accounting classes online and by God was I struggling. I mean that content was extremely difficult, if you were off by 1 cent you got the question wrong...but the professors give you ample opportunities to pass with excess amounts of bonus points, which I see half the class not even utilizing.

I can finally say that a bachelor's degree and master degree are in my future. NVCC tries to keep you there with them until you rot. These non profit universities have extremely long acceptance process if you are coming from a community college. I would recommend this university to anyone serious about graduating and to anyone with hectic lifestyles. YOU CAN get a degree, IT IS attainable.

39 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Sept. 18, 2019

So far this degree is useless. Not even Strayer would hire me after I applied with them. To me this degree is so useless not even they take it seriously. After doing some research, I realized no one takes for profit universities seriously. I wish I had done the research before I enrolled, but I was so drawn to their format (online for working adults). My experience past the enrollment part (it was horrible trying to reach anyone!) was great. I enjoyed it. But like I said, not even they would hire me. I have a useless Masters Degree now. Do your research before you choose this school.

88 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Aug. 14, 2019

If you notice, most of the people complaining about this school is because of failed financial aid or failing of classes. Well, it's not the school's job to find you financial aid. And yes, if you don't withdraw from a class, you will be charged. Whether you take it or not. All of this IS IN THE NEW STUDENT HANDBOOK. And for the individual who said that their class was over 6,000, what class were you taking because mine are 1440 a piece. And the one that used his G.I. BILL, IT SUCKS THAT YOU HAD ISSUES BECAUSE I HAD ZERO. I contacted them one day and 3 days later got my approval from the VA and was enrolled in classes that are all paid for. So if you're bashing this place due to your lack of financial aid or pack of reading/understanding the student handbook, that is your problem, not this university's.

68 people found this review helpful
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Original review: July 18, 2019

Strayer is Liars. I don't know why Queen Latifah chooses to advocate for such a money hungry school. They have ripped me off for years, claiming to give me something at the end and a computer that tore up and locked up after about 6 months. I wished I never went to this school and racked up so much debt. I will assist my daughter in finding another school before she ends up like me with so much debt. I wish they would investigate this school and shut them down!!!!

83 people found this review helpful
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Original review: July 15, 2019

I went to school at Strayer for two years, and in that time, I was diagnosed with cancer. I could not go to school because I was getting treatments, and I withdrew from one class and failed the other. They suspended my financial aid, and I filed an appeal. I gave them every document they asked for and provided a note from my doctor giving me the all clear to go back. They denied my appeal, saying I did not satisfy the requirements for the appeal. Mind you this was over winter quarter when I withdrew and failed the classes. I was able to return the spring quarter and passed my classes and had my financial aid.

The kicker is that they waited until the summer quarter to take my financial aid and tell me all this. Then waited until the deadline passed before I had to call them and ask if my appeal had gone through. I asked what I could do so that I could attend class. The lady was very rude and said that if I did not have another way to pay, then I could not go back to school there and hung up on me. No explanation otherwise or if I could file another appeal or anything. My financial aid was approved through my FAFSA, but the school would not let me use it. Please look at other schools if you want to do online. I thought I had done enough research when I decided to go there. I am currently working on getting approved at another school. Good Luck, and please stay away from Strayer.

56 people found this review helpful
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Original review: July 10, 2019

I'm so done with Strayer University! If you are a veteran thinking about going there please do not! They just want your money and that is it all! They are lazy and worse than the VA when it comes to processing your papers or issues and it will cause you to so much stress and have monthly BAH issues and prevent you from the VA work study. I am done with this school and it is my last quarter. Take your money elsewhere when it comes to your GI Bill and your education and be careful of what school you attend period. These schools are greedy when it comes to making money...

56 people found this review helpful
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Original review: July 5, 2019

My experience with Strayer is a one star experience to date. I am not enrolled, but I view with interest the numerous soliciting emails in my Gmail account. I am dazzled by the fact that Strayer sets up business wherever there is an online internet connection. Throw in a Title IX "umbrella" & I see a fascinating topic for legal scholars.

By nature I am skeptical of the online university trade especially after the many years of "challenges" that I experienced in the "brick & mortar" contingent of higher education. #1 on the list is the assigning of grades in the 100% to 120% range- my impression is that Strayer does that. If I was a Strayer student & got a grade of over 100%, I would definitely appeal it. Their Student Code of Conduct is impressive, but I am flummoxed as to how Strayer could enforce it. With little research I would assume that they become an agent of an Orwellian, online Police State with no warning. I rest my case, God Save the Queen of England, an innocent woman.

22 people found this review helpful
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Original review: June 27, 2019

I would not recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an actual, challenging college experience. I completed two years at an actual university, and it was MUCH more challenging than the quarter I attended at Strayer. There are NO admission requirements for this school, no ACT/SAT score, no college essay, and it doesn't matter how you did in high school. Anyone is accepted. I don't know of another University (besides University of Phoenix, which is also a joke) that has admission standards that are so lax.

All tests or quizzes are open-book and have no proctors which means no studying whatsoever. There were no finals in any of my classes. The requirement for the "paper" that one professor had us write was a joke. The weekly discussions were awful as one put any thought or research into any of the topics minus a select few students. There are actual "Daily Bonus" questions in a lot of the classes where you can get an enormous amount of extra credit, which would never happen at a reputable school.

I put about 3% effort into the classes I took from Strayer and got an A in both. Had I put the same amount of effort into a reputable institution, I would've failed. So please, if you are on the "President's List" and have a 4.0, don't think it's because you actually earned it, as someone else has already said. The school is a joke and not an actual representation of a normal higher education institution. I started at Strayer because it was online, I am ready to finish my degree (halfway there!) and I have a friend who works there. After this upcoming quarter, I will not be returning and will be transferring back to my old university's online program.

Just a word of advice: employers do not take a degree from Strayer or University of Phoenix seriously. They will laugh in your face. Also, good luck getting your Strayer credits to transfer to any other school because they will not count. Other schools know this institution is a pile of BS and doesn't prepare you for their challenging programs.

The only way I'd say Strayer would be worth it is if you're older and just want to say you got a college education, however you will have to live with the fact that you cheated yourself out of an enormous amount of money for nothing, which brings me to my next point. Strayer is EXPENSIVE. You can go to a real university for half the price. Run, run away while you still can.

52 people found this review helpful
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Original review: March 20, 2019

The professors, specifically Dr. ** in MKT 100, uses standardized feedback. They just randomly select from a "bank of comments," and they assigned it to students. Videos are used for feedback, but as long as you have "8 sentences," you will get an A. This is an educational scam. If you have a 4.0, don't think because you earned it. They just give "A's" away at this university.

65 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Feb. 24, 2019

I've been enrolled at Strayer University since 1/2019. So far there's been no problem with teachers responding or financial aid. My success coach Akinola ** always answers my calls and helps to solve any issues within the next day. I give this school a 5 star.

28 people found this review helpful
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Original review: Feb. 11, 2019

I began classes at Strayer on 1/2/2019 and continuing. When I filed my FA paperwork, I was told that I was chosen by the Government for "Verification", which required much more Financial Documentation. Thankfully, I do ask a lot of questions and love talking to people, AND have a friend who enrolled with me that did receive his FA and had taken on-line courses before and was familiar with all the paperwork. This kept me going to complete everything, IN SPITE of the government SHUT DOWN (Thanks TRUMP). So, a few weeks from finish, I will receive my refund, HOPEFULLY.

I must say, I find the staff very helpfully and met our new Dean at the Henrico VA Campus, who went through on-line school to become Asst. Dean and completed his Masters and became Dean for the school. Thanks to him sharing that with me and my new found help at Strayer, I have a MUCH brighter future in site.

As I am disabled and had been very isolated, which tends to happen when you can no longer leave you home easily, not at all without assistance other than brief outings 4 times or so a month for grocery shopping and picking up scripts. Since starting at Strayer, I have developed excellent partnerships with my Professors and the ADA Department (which helps if Disabled) so that you can obtain the necessary resources to achieve your goals in school. I am studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology (App & Web Development/Design).

The first two semesters were chosen for me and are by Strayer Staff to ensure you understand the requirements. One benefit is that the first two classes I took were Foundations of Success and Intro. to Business. Both Professors allowing a few weeks for new students to settle in. Knowing new students to on-line college will or may miss deadlines and need assistance finding everything, they were more lenient with deadlines. Only the first couple of weeks though.

I have found this to be a very rewarding experience and Highly recommend Strayer University as your choice for continuing your education. As the new Dean told me, take advantage of all the help offered, you owe to yourself to get the most out of YOUR SCHOOLING and College choice. Whichever college you choose, Good Luck in your future endeavors, take advantage of what your school offers, you really do OWE IT TO YOURSELF, it's your money, your future, your success, and YOU must do the work for any Degree, get the most help you can, I do at Strayer University. Thank you, to the entire Staff!

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