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Graduation Year: 2014
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Horrible. I stopped attending because the professors and classes were awful. I now attend a new school and just received a $3,000 bill from Ashford. AWFUL do not go here. They are happy to take your money and not tell you. I was often more educated than the professors anyway.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I enjoyed my studies overall. As with any school some instructors are better than others. However for 95% of my classes they were nothing but helpful and encouraging. I had a great experience however you are left to your own as far as absorbing and understanding the material. For math related classes this gets difficult. I finished (just this week) with a 3.62 GPA

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
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From day two, excluding day one because I assumed I was where I should be, they put me in wrong program, took money out of my acct without authorization, lied to me and told me if I wanted to be in another program to pay $50 and they would do it. I am thinking of taking them to the BBB because I was going into the Bachelor of Psychology when they told me that if I started out in the A.S. degree I would get one semester free. I was happy, until I found out the one I was in was incorrect for transferring over and I would need additional classes. They have been rude, unethical, not customer friendly, and it took me forever finally asking another student, how to request my next set of books.

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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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month ago

Good to know I was hoping this degree held weight

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Ushi asanti - about 1 month 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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susie - 12 days ago

You got lucky then. I have over 20 years of teaching experience; with several years at Ashford. The organization is poorly run but worse than that -- it exploits their students and teachers for profit.

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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 - about 1 month 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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polly - 12 days ago

good advice. Coming from an instructor, yes - AU's main goal is making $$ I too should have long long ago. Ashford is an unethical, money making enterprise. There are much better and more affordable options in the USA.

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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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month ago

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

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Phyllis - about 1 month ago

Ashford is a fully accredited university.

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

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cj - 29 days 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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Preacher man - 25 days ago

I graduated in 2012 with my masters in reading literacy and I', doing well atmy current position. Ashford has made a tremendous positive difference in my life. two thumbs for Ashford. The negative comments does not reflect Ashford Universitry.

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Endo - 12 days ago

CJ and Ryan, not necessary to be hostile elitists. "Someone" is absolutely right and I hope he? follows through with a compliant. As a past Instructor for AU, I agree with all the concerns stated in 'someone's' comments (except that the school is accredited. Nonetheless, AU is a money making enterprise NOT a respectable institution of higher education. Enrolling students, current students and past students have been, and continue to be, scammed every day.

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Ryan - 11 days ago

In response to "Endo"--First of all, I'm not some "elitist" trying to cause trouble for others (I have better things to do with my time and I actually care about helping others by giving them the right information). Second, I would not go around promoting that you are an instructor considering the many grammatical and syntactic problems with your post (it seems there is a reason why employment at AU is no longer an option for you). Third, while I do agree that Ashford is a "money making enterprise," I still contend that their degree is worth something and I will add that most employers don't care where your degree comes from as long as you have one. Lastly, most of the negative people on these review sites should not be going to school in the first place (whether they just don't have the ability or they lack personal motivation) and are only spreading bad rumors and making problems where none exist. The problem is within the individual.

Everything in life is based on effort and a willingness to follow through with things. My point was simply this: STOP COMPLAINING AND START DOING SOMETHING THAT CHANGES YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. Our society breeds complainers and promotes an entitled attitude, but there are some of us out there who grow beyond this simplistic degrading nature and aspire to be something more. The question is, which side of the tracks will you choose?

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Jessica - 5 days ago

That's interesting because I talked to a couple of colleges near me and the both said they accept transfer credit from Ashford University.

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