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Trenton, New Jersey
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Universal Technical Institute is an absolute rip-off! The big line from their "salespersons" are that these kids will be Porsche and Mercedes mechanics and make $100,000+ a year. Problem is - I have not heard of one person who has "graduated" from this "school". they are very adept at filing for FAFSA and other loans for students, so they get their money up-front.

The "school" does not have dorms or housing facilities, so students have to rent apartments in the West Chester, Pa. area- quite pricey and usually have to sign a lease for a year, so the parents/students are stuck.

One needs to be very suspect of ANY proprietary school - this one should just be on the "skip it " list.

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Anonymous
#1030910

UTI school is way over priced.If go there You Will end up with a huge Loan in the range of $50,000 plus and they take all your Grants to be use for housing, travel, books, living expenses for themselves.

They promise job placement, but sent me to a shop and the owner wasn't hiring and asked me who sent me there? After graduation You'll be lucky to find a job (even part time) Mechanics are payed very low.

Go to a community college for next to nothing or free.-Me (3 years after graduation from Uti, working in construction because not enough jobs in car mechanics.

Anonymous
Sacramento, California, United States #961511

You should know what you're talking about before you slander a good name.I know personally a BMW and a Mercedes mechanic that received their training from this "terrible" school.

They also have a food closet for students who can't afford food. No, they don't have housing or dorms, but they do provide low cost housing where you room with other students. Of course they want their money up front, so does any other vocational school.

They are a for profit organization.And it's so easy if you have issues it's because you weren't paying attention.

patricia125
to wahburger Boston, Massachusetts, United States #1032227

my son wants to attend UTI in Jan, 2016, I want to know more about your experiences with UTI. Thanks Patty

m3m5m6z8tech09
Sacramento, California, United States #841264

Oh another thing.If he or she don't graduate.

Hum, blame the school or the student. Hey, this is how I see it. If he or she don't graduate. That's one less person we don't have to question why.

He or she is prob not meant to work on cars.

But then again.

Find the prob, diagnosed how it came about.And fix it.

Anonymous
#802209

After looking at the majority of these comments I have to question the intelligence of most of the people complaining.Therefore, to me, the argument is invalid.

I still plan on going.If I found at least three literate negative comments I may consider changing my mind.

Anonymous
#785269

From the comments I can see that I am going to take my post 911 GI bill and sign up at the near by community college that offerts an automotive course.

Anonymous
Houston, Texas, United States #778185

I graduated from the houston campus in 2010.I am still looking for a job.

While I was a student, I went to multiple job counselors, and none of them were helpful. In fact every time I got a list of places that were supposedly hiring, none of them actually were. The worst part is that the main job counselor lied to me about personally knowing the owners/managers of the places that were "hiring". I got the same response from them all "I don't know her." I know owe 30k+ in loans and can't pay them back.

Just today 1/25/2014 when I went to an auto shop to see if they were hiring, they asked me how much experience I have. I told them that I graduated from uti, their response and I quote "THAT'S NOT GOOD." This isn't the first time I have been turned away from finding a job because of uti. MOST DEAERSHIPS AND SHOPS DO NOT CONSIDER GRADUATING FROM UTI AS EXPERIENCE. I have been laughed at by potential employers just for mentioning that I went their.

The instructors are great, I learned a lot, and made a tone of friends.

But for the most part it was a waste of my time and money.I DO NOT RECOMMEND GOING THERE TO ANYONE.

Anonymous
Boston, Massachusetts, United States #772169

In my opinion, reading the post from people that have or currently are attending the "school" is enough for me to stay away.I will now quote some of my personal favorites:

"I can has $100K dollars a year fer realz now." - Cry a rivarr

"is it realy bad?

i haven tgone idk if i want 2 nay more" - josh tores

"I can assure you that we are not a scam" - difry_uti

"Tell me this people always come up to you saying don't smoke u get a random all the time so I quit just because of it is it true that they random everyone" - chris

"I had s3x with my teacher there, and gave him a b l o w job in the dyno lab.We were ghey lovers and my p00p got all over his *** and in the hot rod t-bucket." - p00p *** niggar "All you dumbasses talking bad bout the school are just a bunch of kids that never even porked your sister." - X Marine "Now I smoke a carton of Marlboros and sure as *** I ain't done raised a family in my trailer." - X Marine "If i try and do my best and applt myself." - not for sure

Anonymous
#753017

I am attending UTI currently and I am getting way more than my money is worth, if you gave it a try, maybe you could learn how to get that stick out of your butt, because I have heard and SEEN many successful student graduate and get into jobs that PAY THEIR TUITION FOR YOU thats 50k dollars right there, PLUS you get paid for working for them .... are you sure you arent talking about WyoTech?

Anonymous
#745808

I graduated Alpha Beta Kappa from UTI.I was student of the course.

I got the excellent attendance award. I applied myself and did very well in their program. I graduated in 2008, and have never been employed as an auto technician since then. The only jobs I've found willing to take on a beginning tech, are $8/hr floor sweep / oil jockeys.

That's not what you want to see after dropping $30k in tuition. UTI cares about two things. Recruiting, and getting that next payment. Some of the teachers REALLY do care, but they don't get to control the important things.

If you're thinking about going, don't.

If you insist, go to the one in Arizona.You used to be able to get an associates from them at least.

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