UEI College’s Low Placement Rates

We are hearing some bad things about UEI College, a for-profit school with many campuses in California.  For one thing, UEI’s accreditor has expressed concerns about UEI’s low placement rates.   The accreditor has gone as far as to question whether or not UEI is fulfilling its vocational training mission!  If these things are true, then students who enrolled at UEI in the last couple of years may have been deceived about UEI’s true placement rates and outcomes.

Why do we say this?  We believe that students who are actually shown low placement rates have second thoughts about enrolling.  While most of us think that the statistics apply to someone else – certainly we aren’t going to be the ones who drop out, don’t complete the course, can’t keep up, etc. – this belief is tested when we are shown low placement rates.  Would you take on thousands of dollars in loans if you knew that less than 50% of the people who enrolled actually completed the program, and the rest ended up with a big debt and no job to repay it?  Probably not.  What about if 90% finished?  Probably so.  Placement rates are important, and presenting them accurately is an important obligation that every school has.

If you went to UEI, we would be interested in hearing from you as to:  1) whether you were shown placement rates; 2) if so, what they were; and 3) how these affected your decision to enroll.  Please contact us and let us know!

Comments

  1. Jessica Mcconnaughy

    Hi,
    My name is Jessica Mcconnaughy. My last day at UEI College is march 28th 2013. I was to be staring a job as a computer tech and was to receive a phone call to say when to be at the job site today (march 25th) and I keep being told i am hired and I will receive a phone call but I feel I am not receiving the proper help to find a job and feel that the communication between me and the school and the employer I was supposed to be hired for is not correctly handling the situation. My contact info is 818-967-7798 or july_02_06@yahoo.com
    Thanks

    • Deba minchew

      I went uei and graduated but my externship placement was a lie and a cheat and I didn’t receive any of the tools or hands on that I was suppose to and on top of it they wanted me apply for a job working on a assembly line for directtv make less then what I get plus not what I was trained for very up set cost me alot of money plus I’m a single parent

  2. Rio Delizo

    Hi,

    I went to UEI in 2011 in their Dental Assistig Program. I had to find my own intern placement and my own job. I was given fake certificates and I was under the impression when I signed up I would just complete the classes and get legitimate certificates that would be dental board approved towards my RDA. I have completed the RDA practical and written exams and passed however some of the certificates that i earned in the courses did not pass the dental board because they are not “dental board” certified. Now I’m stuck with a high loan and still working as a dental assistant whereas I could have been a registered dental assistant last year. When I approach the school they just keep telling me that it will be another few months before they will get accredited.

    Thank You

    • Celia St Germain

      I went to UEI San Marcos back into 2010. I was enrolled in the Dental program. I completed the program and graduated in June 2011. I had prior the job training experience prior to attending, but I needed the Certifications. I was informed that it was a board accredited and recognizedon’t school Nationwide and that upon completion of the program and graduation I would be given my certications that I could use to obtain a job in a dental office. I was fortunate I got hired at my extern site, so I was able to obtain a job. However I six months later was called back to retake the x-ray course and among other courses at a different school they contracted. I yet have not recieved my certifications that they were suppose to get to me. I recently moved out of state and found a job but when I went to look up my x rays license as well as recorded on the school for my employer the school is not recognized or accredited as they had stated they were. I am still paying on a loan that I owe over 8,000 on still, and now have to enroll in another school to get proper certifications or pay the state and challenge them or Danbu for National to avoided extra loans. Regardless it’s going to cost me more money either way and I’m still paying on this loan that I got nothing out of. Please contact me and see if you can help with at least getting rid of this loan.

  3. krystenn m

    I attended uei in 2009-2010 and I graduated I was told so many lies and rates and now owe over 14000 in student loans. I have yet to fond a job in the ekg technical field. I did not pass the license examthe first time due to the schools poor test set up dates and the very unprofessional testing edicts instructors were helping some students with the answers and the all around noise levels contribute to that. I paid to retake the exam and never was given a date
    I was also told that I would be set up for job interviews and this never happened I was led to believe they were a great school and they were not. I was given a certificate of completion and my transcripts which no one accepts. This has been a very big burden on me as I have a daughter with cerebral palsy and I cannot find work to make us a better life. If my story can help at least one person to carefully look at all there options and to not get lured into this crud then n my heart word feel better. If I could turn back time I would have looked more into the too good to be true side of the placement rates

  4. Angie Gonzalez

    I went to UEI in 2011 and completed the dental assistant program. First of all, I had to lear everything on my own because the teacher I had would talk about her life and the different boyfriends she had. She would talk about sex in almost every class. I had to go home and study the lecture that she was suppose to give. We had to get certificates for lectures that we passed like xray certificate, coronal polish certificate, etc. and they would never give it to us on time. I never received half of my certificates. They never helped me find a job or an extern site, I had to go out myself and look for them. When I was done with all my externship hours, someone from UEI told me that I would not receive my diploma of completion because I did not turn in my books when clearly I had been told that I would keep them when i was applying for that school. Now I am working retail and have a loan of 10,000 dollars that I will have to pay for life. Would you please help me in getting my money back and not owing them anything? My contact info is (619) 259-9510

    Thank You in advance,

    Angie

  5. nanette Blanco

    I went to UEI sometime in 2010. I sued in small claims and won some money. I think 1,400-1,600.00 They wrongfully made a false claim about me and dismissed me from the program. I was also sexually harassed by an immature 18 year old.( Innuendos). I was 40 years old at the time with a teaching credential completed.

  6. Zinhay

    Hello everyone
    i went to UEI in 2011-2012 and they told me the exact thing as theu did to all of you. I expected to be graduated with a certificate that till now they havent gave me. I asked the school for that certificate and they told me is not ready yet you will be getting it by mail. So far its been 2 years and no certificate. They were supposed to get me a job as a medical biller and my representative got me a job completely different from what i was supposed to be at. Since i was in need of a job i took the offer as a medical interpreter. Months later my school representative called me and she wanted me to lie to the school saying that i was working as a medical biller and that i had my own company, she even offered to make me some bussines cards so that she could have me on the system as completely out of school with a job and get her credit. My supervisor at the job she got me, was also told by this lady my rep. To lie to my school saying i was working as a medical biller and my supervisor got very mad at her and we never heard from her again. The sadest part is that im still working as an interpreter and paying my loan without even working as what i went to school for. Plus no certifcate yet.. UEI is very good convencing people but at the end they are just a bunch of liars. Be careful with thia type of schools. Theres a lot of public adult schools that are offering programs like medical billing for only a few hundreads and not thousands.

  7. NATASHA BROYLES

    I have attended UEI College in 2009 and can’t seem to get out of the high bill. They lied to me and said my credits were transferable to a college. I had UEI print them out and took them to SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE. The laugh and said we can’t take this I’m sorry. I was told I could pick my ex tern and researched around and found a couple. Instead UEI did not choose those places in place me in san bernardino where I said I didn’t want to be placed. My boss was horrible. Nice guy but, always left me alone. I felt unsafe. When I was working as an extern there my boss said they weren’t hiring because they going through things. A year later they were shut down. I to this day can’t find a job and are trying to clean this big mess up. I can’t believe it cost 9000 dollars to be unhappy.

    NATASHA BROYLES

  8. Justine G.

    Hello, My name is Justine. I attended UEI in 2009. I was in the medical assistant program. I never received my diploma. They never helped me find a job. I till this day have not been able to repay my student loan. This school will lie to you. Paint you a pretty picture and when its all done. . They do nothing for you. I will not recommended any vocational school. Keep in mind more than half of my medical assistant class did not get a job in the field. That says alot. The career service people dont care. Watch out. Pay attention to what your getting your self into. 5 year’s later uei still cant help me!!!

  9. mickey

    I attended uei college in San Diego California off Kearny villa rd.. I never received any certificates of anything from them.. I did the MA program in 2010 and still haven’t received anything but bills from my school loans.. uei is a scam and they didn’t help me with anything. I regret going there and now I’m stuck with school loans in the thousands that I cannot pay back.. As I try to contact the school, I cannot do that now that they have closed down.. The biggest fraud ever

  10. zayra

    I was about to start pharmacy tec. at the end of this month but now that I see all the bad comments about this school I probably won’t .
    I was having second thoughts that’s why I started to do a little research about the school the only thing that is bothering me is I actually kinda enrrolled school I just haven’t talk to the student finance associate but they have all my info “/

  11. Tierra Wallace

    I attended uei from 2007-2008 and I regret ever attending this ripoff school. When I first signed up my counselor glamorized every aspect of the school, for example high job placement, the job center helping you get jobs, “qualified instructors”. All I got out of going to this school was 13, 000 in debt they never gave me my diploma because I couldn’t afford to pay them. It has been over 5 years STILL NO JOB. The guy at the job center NEVER gave me any job leads, so they just make false promises on helping you find work.My internship was a waste they just used me to file papers I got no experience then they said they weren’t hiring and let me go. The worse thing about this is I now attend community college and I am disqualified from receiving financial aid because of my default for uei loans.Save your money and time don’t attend this school!

  12. Delane Smith

    I attended UEI in 2008-09 for massage therapy. I was promised the school could place me in a NICU unit at a hospital after I completed the course. After 6 months and tons of debt, one of the instructors laughed and said, “You better lower your standards. Think about taking a massage chair to the beach and charge people to do those 15 minute massages. You’ll make a lot of money that way!” Their “job placement” was printing listings off of Monster.com and Craigslist, putting them in a 3-ring binder. “You are free to browse the notebook at any time. It’s one of the many student benefits.” I had a 4.0 GPA. I aced the tests. Another girl that never passed a test also had a 4.0 gpa (Probably because she attended the instructor’s private “Animal Massage” classes. That instructor ended up leaving because he was going to sue the school for some reason. So, our class got split among the other 2 classes. It is a joke! One instructor lost a friend to drug overdose and she was so traumatized that she couldn’t teach. The last month I attended, we all spent the entire day socializing, nothing more. Maddening! Not one classmate has a job for their field.

    • Danielle Crow

      I went to the san bernardino campus in 2008-2009 for the massage therapy course. I had 3 different teachers in the 9 months I was enrolled there. Totally unprofessional…we Weren’t taught many of the modalities they had listed.

    • Danielle Crow

      Hey Delaine

  13. Renato Haro

    I atrended there facility in 2001 and shown there placement and was high. They did sent me to a externship in which they fail to inform me that the facility was a full aids clinic in which I was not confortable working thre to do my hours and they told me to just finish my hours there and I repeated that I dont feel safe and comfortable there and they basically told me tough luck. Ans at the end they never gave me my MA certificate.

  14. I attended uei gardena on redondo beach blvd i graduated june 2013 i still have not recieved my diploma they will not give me my bls card.I am still unemployed.Noone has really helped me.They lie to you about interviews saying u dont need experience and when you show up to interview they turn you away make a fool of you.I have a huge loan and these people need to be closed down for lies.

  15. Caroline balentine

    I attended UEI as well. I took the computer technician program and was shown a paper with a 100% job guarantee at the end of my training. I chose that specific program because it was the only one on the list with a 100% guarantee. This was located in van nuys, California. It has sense moved locations. What a mistake. Not only did I not get a job, my teacher himself admitted half way through my course that this so called”school” was a joke. I wish I had never gone. They forged people’s grades. The classes were a joke. They showed you basic everyday knowledge that you could simply view on you tube. I have so much date and it continues to grow. I found jobs on my own but have no relations to the training I recieved. Is there some way to get out of this debt? I barely make enough to survive let alone pay this loan off. The workers there were so rude and refused to give me copies of the papers I was shown to get me to sign up. This company is deceiving and has taken advantage of desperate poor people trying to get ahead. They should be sgur down. I also have a friend who went there and he experienced the exact same thing. This is no good for anyone. Never go and pass on the word. It’s a scam and they will never receive a dime from me. I also never recieved my completion certificate. I was told it was coming in the mail and it never came. What a coincidence. SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM!

    • Harry Shulman

      Caroline, if you would like to discuss this further, give me a call at 415-901-0505.

  16. Mercedes Thorpe

    The same thing happened to me that has happened to everyone else on this site. I went to the UEI in 2010 for MA in in San Diego on Kearny Villa Rd. My last 4 months I had different teachers each month. And the last month they announced they were closing their campus after the term ended. I never received my diploma and NOW they’re holding my transcripts hostage which will cause me to get kicked out of the school I’m attending now bc my VA will stop paying if I don’t get those to the new school. I never had any help with job placements that whole thing is a huge lie. I regret ever going there it didn’t help me at all in my future and now they’re still destroying any chance I have to move on and find a career. I wish there was a class action lawsuit against them for all the lies and misrepresentation they do with their programs. I’d definitely join in and sue them to pay off ALL the debt I have from that useless and non existent certificate. Ehhhhhh save yourself the time, money and hassle of EVER going to that school.

  17. Jessica Vahn

    Yesterday was my first day and I’m scared I want to get out, my friend said she heard of a week policy of you don’t like it you could get out but what if that isn’t true. The loans man the LOANS… What will happen to that .. If I have to pay I’ll just stick to that damn school but my gaaw..

    • Karen M

      I regret going to UEI. I studied MA in 1
      2008-2009 and tried hard to get a job but they constantly changed their staff helping me and none helped me with what I needed. I ALSO, asked for a second chance in going to their school so I would not forget what I had practice without being charge and they did not accept me and supposedly they do have that option. They have the option in which after graduating you can’t find a job they should let you go back to school so you won’t forget. No body helped me and ’til this day I still owe 5,000. I already had paid about 16,000 including taxes. Not including the car gas, my internship uniforms, my MA tools. Because of this fucked up decision my husband throws in my face by saying, “We could of had more money if you weren’t giving it away.” Now, im afraid of losing my job because I don’t want him to feel with the obligation of paying my loan. Or worst to leave me and feel he just wasted his time and money… :-(

  18. J.

    I also attended UEI for Medical Assistant (MA), the staff who was assisting job placement was a constantly changing. Was told “we are looking will have something soon, make sure you attend the job fair.” Only “placement” was an hour drive one way for 2 hours a week on different days to cover for someone while they had appointments…temporary. The various job fairs I attended on UEI campus had “no” health field companies. Companies, State Farm Insurance, Sheriff Dept., Ace Parking. And this was the job fair for Medical Assistants. I have a student loan I really don’t want to pay since the “lifetime” job placement couldn’t even place for one job. Most my class mates are not working as MA’s due to same circumstances. One class mate was told “no issues” regarding a personal event previously in her life but once graduated she was told due to that “personal event” she could not work in health care. UEI knew this but was selling..selling..selling. over 85% hire rate? No, after graduation I found out the hire rate was much lower, not even close. False advertising, false information, false! I would gladly pay student loan if I were in the field with a school that actually worked for you.

  19. Sandy McMullen

    I went to UEI San Marcos in 2011-2012. The school did not place me. I was able to get a job through a Temp Agency doing Order Entry at a Laboratory. The Medical Programs at the school was closed down for three years. I am trying to find documentation. If I can get documentation, my school loan may be forgiven. If anyone can find the documentation, that would be great. Since the school Medical Program closed down before they actually sent my Certification, the Certification is fraudulent.

  20. Joe Luis Rivera

    I told them I had a violent record time and time again before following thru now I’m jobless in debt

  21. Celia St Germain

    I attended UEI San Marcos back in April 2010, and was enrolled in the Dental Assisting program. I completed the program and graduated in June 2011. I had prior on the job training experience prior to attending, but I needed the Certifications which was my main reason for enrolling. I was informed by the school that it was a board accredited and was a nationally wide recognized school, and that upon completion of the program and graduation I would be given my certications that I could use them to obtain a job in a dental office anywhere. I was fortunate I got hired at my extern site, so there was no need for me to look for a job after for i already had one. However six months later was called from the school that I had to go back to retake the x-ray course and among other courses at a different school they contracted because record of my x-ray proofs were either lost or not submitted in a timely manner. I yet have not recieved my certifications that they were suppose to get to me and that was three years ago. I recently moved out of state and found a job, but when I went to look up my x rays license as well as
    record on the school for my employer. I found out that they are not recognized or accredited as they had stated they were. I now have to obtain proper xray certification to keep my job and be able perform required job duties. I am still paying on a loan that I owe over 8,000 on still, and now have to enroll in another school to get proper certifications or pay the state and challenge them or Danbu for National to avoided extra loans. Regardless it’s going to cost me more money either way, and I’m still paying on this loan that I got nothing out of. Please contact me back. I would like to help to get reimbursed for money already paid and not have to pay the remaining balance owed.
    Thanks

  22. gerald stidham

    Attended some kind of goofy interview and was shown the classes..I was confused as to why I did not see any students studying or attending any classes. Did not enroll, but they did represent a 100% job placement with their graduated students.

  23. David Aparicio

    I attended UEI in 2012-2013 I decided to take a dental assistance course, next day I decided to take a computer tech course , the president yelled at me because he had to change paper work me, at 53 years old wanted to do something for myself I was on public assistance and still am sometimes .the computer instructor was excellent but the curriculum was to fast, some of the others were picking it up but they were much younger than me, but I scored pretty good on most of the test’s. but still didn’t learn what I wanted to anyway! yes some of the office staff were either rude and or phonies.we had one printer in our class and it didn’t have ink! The teacher said he ordered it a long time ago . job placement was a joke , they send you to places that usually aren’t highering or they some wanted a certificate from Microsoft which will get u more money but the school doesn’t tell you about that at first! I had just got outta bankruptcy now im in debt again .I keep contact with my former instructor at times, he has been fired from UEI for going to his mother’s funeral services! That’s how much this school cares! He found a much better job at Everest College. Oh buy the way, this school is in EL Monte Ca. My niece also went to this school she now works in Jack in the Box!! What can be done, do I have a case? Thanks for your time for reading this. There was only two people in the class when I started.

  24. May Vue

    Worst School of all times… Everyone there including the Principal herself are bunch of Baloney! From reading everyone’s complaint.. it is accurate. Sad to say! Fell for this school because heard so much good things about it… now that I think about it… It could have been the STAFF making these comments…After graduating in 2011 from the Anaheim campus… received our diplomas, now i think they are completely fake.. Credits are nontransferable even though they tell you YES they are from the beginning… a couple months later after graduating… someone from the school called me stating I need to retake the “Radiology” class again.. I asked Why? No Answer. Also when I asked upon graduating… if I can have my “Coronal Polishing Certificate”, they told me they will MAIL it…Well, it has been 4yrs and NO SIGN OF IT!!!! After working with my office almost 4 yrs now…my boss tells me that I am UNLICENSED and I was SHOCKED! because I NEVER got an Email/Phone from the school itself that I am UNLICENSED. Luckily, I did not get fired on the spot. BUT i am ANGRY at the school for taking students money for no good reason.. I want my MONEY back.. paying for this useless school has put me in debt. I pray that this LAWSUIT will continue to fight and WIN!!

  25. santiago espinoza

    I also attended Uei College and was lead to a false promise!! I remember after high school graduation I spent 2 weeks thinking of my career then next thing you know Uei somehow found my email information and phone number and asked me what I want to work for. I told them I want to be a nurse and they offered me a medical assistant position. I can study for a year and I’d be working in a hospital in no time. I had no idea I’d end up in debt jobless and I still owe over $9700 I paid around $2200 and it just goes back up interest is too high!! I have been trying to study in a community college and it’s hard knowing I still have a debt… I wish I can somehow just get a refund they can have their diploma back I want my money back… It’s been 2012 since I graduated now it’s April 5, 2016 they never helped me at all..

  26. Po

    Hi Shawn
    I am inrollment in Uei college in San marcose .i am in the dental assistant program .i pocked with dirty instrument to my finger .director dental assistant and the instructure write lie on the paper to report .i didn’t have utility gloves in my hand ,they write it I was wearing utility gloves .the director told me :if you are not writing this you are going to trouble .i from another country ,i don’t know English very well and I scared and I write what she told me .my blood test anti body hep c is positive.the instructure doesn’t have good behavior with me .she is broken my personality in front of every student and I want to know what should I to do ?

    Thank you

  27. Santos B

    I wanted to know what ever happened to the lawsuit against UEI College? I went to UEI College in Chula Vista, CA and I want to sue them as well for false advertisement. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You

  28. juan gomez

    I attended this fake college in 2013 and enrolled on the dental assisstant ” program”. I finished a year later and was never able to get hired. Everything they claim was nothing but lies. Am still paying back my student loans. I was never helped because once they have your money you are on your own. Am working on a different field now, but going to this college was a waste of money, time, resources and a bad experience.

  29. Brittany

    I attended UEI back in 2009. They made so many promises its crazy how they are still allowed to be open. This loan is ruining my life and for no reason. I never got any job placement and the places I went to said that I needed to be certified or they dont hire from there. I also never got my diploma which I went down there several times.

  30. Rosalia Valdivia

    I’m scared I just enrolled in Uei? Is it too late to cancel? All I hear is bad things !

    • Brenda Ruiz

      Yup. Too late. They’re involved in a class action lawsuit for many reasons but the biggest reasons being their lie about their high job placement rate, low interest, externship programs hiring you after graduation…they’re ridiculous. Quit while you can! Or you will have false schooling under your belt with a load of debt! Time wasted. Ignorant “teachers”

  31. Nakesha Martin

    I attended UEI Chula Vista dental assistant program from 2011-2012 . I made great grades in class and was promised that I would leave the school with the right skills to land a job in a wonderful office making $15.00/ hr to start. While I did recieve all of my certificates, I was reciently told by someone that my xray certification was most likely fraudulent. When I got my externship, I was told by the dentists as well as office manager that students from UEI do not possess the skills necessary to be a good assistant. The equipment in this office wasn’t up to date, but I wasn’t even trained well enough to use what they had! I definitely wasn’t trained well enough in xrays. I was offered a job there because I showex promise and worked hard. However, I was only offered $8.50/hr and not the $15.00 per hour that I was promised from UEI. Moreover, nothing at school was up to date. Going from an A student to an incompetent assistant during my externship.

  32. Isaura

    Hello my name is isaura …I just started UEI in Huntington park as a medical assistant as before I started school they were rushing me to go i so far attended 2 days only i don’t wanna continue going because I notice they don’t help you out in nothing but for you to loose money and I don’t wanna go to school finish my career and end up without school and without a job and for something that I have to be paying for I just feel like there so full of lies and before this gets a lil more messed up I just stop

  33. Quartice Bryant

    Hi my name is Quartice and I attended UEI in 2010-2011. My campus was in Florida and I attended the Business Office Administration course.My campus closed down shortly after I graduated. I was told all kinds of lies starting with the replacement rate. I now have a $13,000 debt and have yet to fins a job in this field. I didn’t attend the Graduation ceremony; but I thought I would receive my Diploma in the mail…HA! There have been jobs that require my Transcripts/Diploma but I cannot provide it because UEI won’t send it to me. This has to be the absolute worst place ever and I would NEVER recommend anyone to attend this crappy place.

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