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Degree: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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I just graduated in July, 2015. My overall satisfaction with Ashford is good. All my instructors were intelligent and had there doctorates. Enrolling was easy and I had 74 units transferred from my JC where I got my AA. The cost benefit analysis is positive, less then $20k overall to get my bachelors including my JC costs. You get settled in to a rhythm pretty quick rotating classes every 6th week which I liked. I had my worries about if I made the right choice on a college but Ashford has everything that matters accreditation wise. Im just starting my job search so I will see if the degree pays off. You get out what you put in, I busted my butt and never missed an assignment and put quality time into my studies and I got a 3.91 g.p.a. I made the dean's list every semester and was invited to the Golden Key Society and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda.

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Ida - 3 days ago

I am a student in the Health and Wellness BA. I have just started, but I am loving it so far.

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Phyllis - 1 day ago

The negative comments are from those who don't understand that obtaining a degree is hard work, and no one is going to babysit a college student. Most Ashford students are completing their degree through the online modality. There is a learning curve for online students; I have taken both traditional and online classes, and by far, online is more challenging. Why? Because you must be self motivated, and there is also a degree of isolation you might feel if you prefer traditional classes.

Concerning the cost, Ashford is a private, for-profit school, and if you want a less expensive alternative, there are some available. However, you have to find the schools, then compare the cost. I chose Ashford, because it is the only school that offers the degree I want via an online program.

I will graduate from Ashford next year with a bachelor's in English Language Learner Studies (TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and already have job offers. I work hard, make the Dean's list consistently, and will soon join the Golden Key International Honor Society.

I love Ashford University and its caring and intelligent professors and staff!

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Degree: Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Othe
Graduation Year: 2019
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Wow, these negative comments will really discourage someone who wants to further their education here. My time so far has been awesome! The teachers, admission reps. And everything have been great! I havent shared any of these bad experiences as others claim they had, but so far so good. Now it is alot of work so you have to be determined in order to be successful because it is not easy. Oh yea, and O. G. (admissions rep)is thee best!!!!

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zaire - 8 days ago

Good to know I was hoping this degree held weight

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Ushi asanti - 7 days ago

My experience was great one as well, everyone staff there need an award for being awesome. I went through a hard time in my life and every teacher and advisor help me through it with no loss gained. I graduated last year and I tend to find myself wanting to thank them more in more everyday! I learned about wesource4all.com through a online communtiy and completing the short four years was a breeze!

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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2012
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I am shocked by all the negative reviews here. What school did these individuals go to? It definitely wasn't Ashford. I received my degree back in 2012 and I landed a great job because of it. In fact, I am so happy with my original experience that I am actually going back to finish my MBA. I had started going to Northeastern University (and did really well there), but I was treated horribly after a family emergency. I had a few emergencies (I am disabled) when I was first attending Ashford and they were always accommodating. Faculty and staff members were reachable almost any time of day (try getting hold of your instructor at a brick and mortar school) and they were genuine with their support and help. I know Ashford has had some negative publicity in the past, but they are definitely on the right track and will most likely surpass most other online programs if they keep up the good work. Ashford is by far one of the cheapest institutions out there (look it up) and they are regionally accredited among other certifications (I don't know why I keep seeing postings about Ashford not being accredited?). The only problem I see with Ashford is that they aren't as selective as they could be. I believe most of the negative reviews come from individuals who probably shouldn't be going to school in the first place. Going back to school is a big decision as well as a time-consuming one. It isn't easy either. People who think Ashford is a "diploma mill" or that they will somehow get their degree with little to no effort are gravely mistaken and it will show when push comes to shove. If I've learned anything in life, it's that you have to put effort into things that you want. Nice houses, fancy cars, great jobs, and shiny diplomas don't just fall into your lap if you're one of the less fortunate types--they're all earned. Let me say that again...they are EARNED! Stop griping, stop complaining, and start using some good old-fashioned elbow grease and work ethic to get to where you want to be. And why? Because, if you don't, there are millions of other human beings out there that will be more than happy to get a degree and take that nice job you want while you're sitting around hoping a degree falls in your lap by accident. There are no accidents in life when you're in control of the outcomes. Ashford is a great school and the degree is legit. Highly recommended!

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Ida Matilda - 3 days ago

I agree with you. Though I have not been in the program very long, I like the fact that I am on a probational basis. I have to earn my place to get my BA. I like that they give the EXP105 class first. I love learning how I learn.

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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2014
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I am proud to be a part of this school. I graduated 2014 and it has been a rough journey for me. With a full time work and family to take care, Ashford University was the least of my worries. The staff are incredibly helpful and so are the Professors. If you're the type of person that wants the easy way out of school, then good luck on that.

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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
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I am proud to be a part of this school. I graduated 2014 and it has been a rough journey for me. With a full time work and family to take care, Ashford University was the least of my worries. The staff are incredibly helpful and so are the Professors. If you're the type of person that wants the easy way out of school, then good luck on that.

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Graduation Year: 2016
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I should have left two years ago.There are some good instructors here.There are more bad ones.The school seems all about money.The Wellness Program is great for disability,giving extra time.That is the main reason I stayed.I do like online studies.I would recommend go to a community school for general Education then transfer to a university.It will save you about $20,000.

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Degree: Healthcare Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2015
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This University is totally not an credited University. The Advisors are not even associated with the Instructors, which makes you wonder why? 62,000.00 just for a BA degree is over the top. I don't really think that this school is concerned if you pass or not, it's all about the money, they can care less if you achieve your goal or not, I will be filing a compliant against them for a whole lot of mistakes. If you are looking forward to attending this collage, think long and hard about it, and look into everything its trying to offer you...............

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Ryan - 12 days ago

Your ignorant comments reveal why you probably didn't graduate and why you probably never will if your bitter attitude doesn't change. Degrees require research and it is offensively obvious that you haven't even glanced at a Wikipedia page in your life. If you go to their main site and navigate to http://www.ashford.edu/about/accreditations_and_associations.htm you will see that they actually have quite a few very noteworthy accredited alliances and partnerships. I received my degree from Ashford back in 2012 and it has helped me land jobs left and right. It's all about what you put into it. A degree, online or otherwise, is not going to be dropped on your lap. You have to work hard and do well in your classes in order to get that coveted diploma. Stop complaining and stop expecting handouts. Ashford is actually one of the cheapest colleges in the nation, but it isn't free (nothing is) and, if that's your biggest gripe, I'm afraid you're going to hate other institutions far more than Ashford. Bite the bullet, do the hard work you're afraid of doing, and stop spreading your bitter poison to others who want to actually get ahead in life.

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step mother - 3 days ago

If this school is not credited, why can we get PELL government grants?

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Phyllis - 1 day ago

Ashford is a fully accredited university.

http://www.ashford.edu/about/accreditations_and_associations.htm

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cj - about 4 hours ago

"an credited University" Huh? I'm worried you may never find a degree. Everyone with an education can interpret your review as NULL!

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2009
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They told me I could get a job doing what I wanted to with this degree. . According to the unemployment office no employer will hire me because they do not see any people with degrees from this school actually having the skills or knowledge to do the job. I am in so much debt with zero opportunity to pay it back I would love a full refund. Wasted my time. I wish I had went to a state university so I could do my career Choices. Now I can't even transfer the credits to go back. Which means more debt.

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Degree: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Graduation Year: 2012
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Had a fantastic experience with Ashford University. I initially started my degree while still on active duty military (using tuition assistance) and then finished my degree a little over a year after I got out using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Had a couple changes to my academic advisor in my 3+ years of study but each change was very seamless. Each time, I was adequately informed and kept in the loop on everything that would affect me and my studies. Entry was seamless as well and they knew exactly how to process my military status and any special requests or needs I had as a veteran. Collaboration and communication were always very important, at least from my perspective. Overall, I would recommend Ashford to anyone who is looking to enhance their career path, especially adults with children/family or have full-time jobs who can't just drop everything to pursue higher education!

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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2013
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Ashford is a great school! I just want to warn you if you are planning on becoming a teacher! I went there for my Bachelors & Masters in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated, I call to find out how to get certify for my teaching license because I knew Ashford told us that we will had to get certified on your own. I thought that would not be a problem! Ashford told me to get in contact with SC Department of Education. SC Department of Education told me that Ashford was not an "Regionally Accredited School", so I would have to go to another school that offers Teaching License for students after graduation for at least 2 more years! In other words, they would help you get certify in your state as well as set you up for student teaching as a part of your coursework. When I enter, I knew that they were accredited, but did not know the difference between regionally accredited and accredited at the time. Now I feel that I have wasted all those years with 2 degrees, that will most likely want help me to become a teacher! Just go to a school that is regionally accredited for example: University of phoenix, WGU, Walden or Liberty University. Please read small print and everything!!!

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James - 29 days ago

Actually, Ashford University is regionally accredited. They have the same accreditation that major west coast schools like Stanford and UCLA have.Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Ashford Alumni - 17 days ago

I agreed with James that Ashford is "Regionally Accredited". I guess you need to read small prints and everything. :)

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AU Alum - 11 days ago

SC Dept of Ed is incorrect. Ashford is definitely regionally accredited. If you transferred some courses into Ashford, that might be where the accreditation issue is. The Senior College and University Commission lists this quite clearly. Someone misinterpreted your transcripts. Ashford has always been regionally accredited. Schools always list their accreditation quite clearly on their websites, typically under the about section. Additionally, the various accrediting bodies have directories of schools, or you can call them and ask when a school was accredited. You can view online here: http://www.wascsenior.org/institutions/ashford-university Ashford is going through a fairly typical review with WASC (since they used to be NCA), getting a 5 year accreditation with visits in between. Assuming all goes well, they'd be re-affirmed every 10 years. You can also view self-disclosed info from Ashford: http://www.ashford.edu/about/accreditations_and_associations.htm

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Ryan - 2 days ago

I wish to add another tidbit of good info to this thread. I keep seeing people complaining that Ashford is only "Regionally Accredited" and not "Nationally Accredited". Hello people! A regional accreditation is actually the best one to have. It means the credits are transferable to almost any college anywhere in the nation. A National accreditation always gums people up because it sounds better, but it's not.

Here's some basic facts about why National is bad:

-Credits not widely accepted in transfer if you later attend a regionally accredited college

-Coursework and degrees may not be widely accepted for professions that require licensing after degree attainment, which might affect those in licensed careers such as teaching, accounting, engineering and healthcare

-Sometimes excluded from corporate tuition plans

-Sometimes provide self-study courses without instructor-led course sessions

(compliments of geteducated.com)

The bottom line is that Nationally accredited schools generally have easier classes, less instructors, and have lower requirements for program completion.

They really should swap the names, but that's the way it is. So, in summary, Regional is best!

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