Stevens-Henager Independence University Scam

  • Last Post 08 November 2018
jcsmitty2 posted this 07 August 2014 - Last edited 25 February 2016

I JUST found this site today after searching for online masters of health promotion degrees (No GRE) and stumbled on this site. I've been researching several schools over the past two weeks and came across one called Independence University. I noticed the admissions person's email ended with steven Something told me to google that name and I was shocked that they are the center of a lawsuit at their main Idaho campus. I'm still learning about them, but apparently the program that I am interested in is at their Utah school. There's articles from the Hunnington Times and even a local news station in Utah interviewed two whistle-blowers! I'm really concerned. Does ANYONE out there know anything about either of these institutions? Thank you so much!

Kayleigh posted this 28 August 2014 - Last edited 22 October 2015

Hi there,

After some digging it looks like Independence University operates as the online extension of Stevens-Henager College, a for profit university based in Idaho.

Stevens-Henager College is indeed involved in a lawsuit for illegal student recruitment practices. More information.

High five for you cautiousness, however, as diploma mills do often change their name and/or location once they've encountered trouble or bad press.

But, Independence University is a real online institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) which is approved by CHEA and the U.S. Dept. of Education. It is based in Utah.

Accreditation is the first thing to check when you are researching online school options. In this case, Independence University is a fully accredited vocationally-geared online school.

However, there are many complaints against Independence University documented on the Better Business Bureau's report. You will want to review these carefully so you know what you'd be getting yourself into.

Check out our list of the Best Online Master's in Healthcare for some affordable, reputable options (whose accreditation is verified for you). Click through each school's link to see whether or not they require the GRE and to read student and reputation reviews.

Best of luck!


jcsmitty2 posted this 16 September 2014 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Kayleigh: Please forgive my delay. I was brand new to the site when I first posted. Thank you for your welcome email (I got ill shortly after joining and just catching up).

My concern was not so much the accreditation but that Steven Henager and Independance U were/are one in the same b/c they both have one of the same universities in common.

YES, I saw the documented complaints/lawsuit. They even made the news a couple of times in Idaho. Those complaints weren't in Health Promotion, but still concerned me.

I wasn't aware that they had BBB complaints (I.U.). I was almost going to register when I found you all, then got hit with severe sinuses that had me down up until a few days ago--maybe it was a blessing in disguise! :-)

The admissions guy was sweating me out calling me while I was @ work (even though I told him I couldn't talk then and gave him times, called me when I first got sick and STILL kept sweating me, emailing, even texting).

Thanks so much! :-) -JC

pure7angel posted this 03 August 2017

I know this is a very old post, but do you by chance remember the guy's name? (the recruiter)

Aaliayah posted this 27 November 2017

Independence University and/or Steven Henager College are in fact a fake school they scam students for grant money and a real college doesn’t have two names they are not a real school the electronics they send u do t hardly work I think it there should be a lawsuit against them

Aaliayah posted this 27 November 2017

Independence University or Steven Henager Collge is indeed a fake all they do is scam students for grant money and they send you electronics that have already been used and think about it a real college doesnt have two names

AccreditationAly posted this 08 November 2018

Stevens Henager is not a scam nor is it fake. Independence University is an affiliated school or a sister brand. This is common for many colleges, even state schools such as the University of Utah. This school is a online based school versus Stevens-Henager has actual campus's. Both are accredited members of Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). College degree programs are accredited by national accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These are schools for people who don't thrive in a traditonal learning enviroment. We are all different humans, therefore there needs to be different options of learning. Not everyone learns the same and Stevns-Henager gives hope to the hopeless student and I think that is incredible.