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Went to the Orlando campus from 2010 and graduated in 2012 with the Ford program. Decided to go here after 4 years in the military working on trucks and loved doing it. Thought this would be ideal. My main goal was to use my GI Bill for funding and ultimately wanted to own my own shop in the future.

When I got there, I found out my GI Bill did not cover tuition and only got a lump sum a month(UTI was using the old version of the Bill before converting to the new one that covered tuition....that happened right after I graduated.....go figure!). So then I was stuck having to take out student loans to make ends meet Financial Aid advised me to do Sallie Mae and that requires having a parent as a co-signer......OH *** NO! A veteran in his mid 20s isn't asking his mother in another state to co-sign nothing for him!

As for the classes, some were very decent and informative. There wasn't much hands-on, bout 70% lecture and 30% lab. Lab time pretty much playing around with cars, testing voltage, and getting on the computer to look up service bulletins. Classes were 6 hours long half the time consist of pure boredom. Some of the teachers were a lot of the "back in my day" types who never teach to begin with.

After graduating with high honor and excellent attendance, it took 3 months to land a job at a dealership where I was taught some shady practices and short cuts in order to make flat rate. I'm an honest guy and I don't like to having my moral compass bent so I left that place after a couple months and working for an independent shop during the summer. I was laid off from that job and decided the only cars I'm working on is my wife's and my own.

To anyone reading this review thinking about going to UTI, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Chances are a local community college has an auto program where you could get the same training for a *** of a lot less(paying up 30k for one year is not worth it.). Better yet, you can learn it on your own and go work for Pep Boys doing oil changes, tires, and brakes, same stuff UTI grads do.

Now about 4 years later, I'm still paying for this mistake and I blame it on myself. I have a decent job now and going back to school, using up the rest of my GI Bill. I don't even list UTI on my resume and have torn up the diploma they gave me. Not worth the time or money.

Monetary Loss: $30000.

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Anonymous
Orlando, Florida, United States #995371

Classes of 30 and one teacher and to get lab done on time when teacher to busy to get to everyone and some students want to over talk the teacher about nothing to do with the class only got 2 classes done dropped last week in 3rd class can not hear teacher because some students want to play around i feel that they just here to get as much money they can and do not care if you make it or not

Anonymous
San Diego, California, United States #818552

Yes jokerh067, come to an UTI campus.Come over and see what they can do for you.

Then just sign here and give us your money.

I'm fribee_uti

If you need anything don't hesitate to contact us.

Anonymous
Altadena, California, United States #815285

this place suck ****** dont do it its a trap just like the death star, *** *** uti:] current student, hate my life considering blowing my head off. :) :) :cry :( :x

Anonymous
La Mesa, California, United States #799406

im a highschool student interested in going to UTI Avondale.. is it really not worth it?

difry_uti
to jokerh067 Scottsdale, Arizona, United States #818366

Hello joker067, please don't allow a few bad reviews alter your decision to attend one of our campuses!Decide for yourself!

Have you been out to tour the campus you are enrolled at? We do pride ourselves on the fact that 4 out of 5 UTI graduates do get jobs. To back up this statement, you can view our statistics on the Disclosure page on the Universal Technical Institute website (found under the Student Services tab). Give us a fair chance.

At UTI, our extensive partnerships--many of them exclusive--with many of the world's most well known manufacturers are important to your career as a technician. Manufacturers equip us with the latest vehicles and technology to train you to be their next generation of employees. They don't have these relationships with other schools. they choose UTI to train their future employees.

If you are basing your decision off of reviews - I would suggest heading over to view our profile on the College Niche (formerly CollegeProwler) website. You will be able to connect with current students and alumni who share their experiences organized by campus and department. The website is not owned by us, nor do we encourage students to write reviews - all feedback from users is strictly authentic! Also, check out our Online Yearbook found on our Facebook page.

You can hear first hand from graduates who have submitted their personal stories including their experience while attending one of our campuses along with updates on...

My name is Diana Fry and I am the Social Marketing Specialist for UTI/MMI.You can reach me by email at difry@uti.edu

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to jokerh067 Naperville, Illinois, United States #931602

Hey Jokerh067

Do not let this uti flunky talk you into doing it.Go find you a part time job within the industry and go to a community college.

Nothing these people tell you at uti is true. Any tech or community college with an accredited automotive or diesel program can get you ASE certified.

This place is really not worth the 30-50K you are going to spend here.I really do not know why the Government is really allowing this place to stay open.

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