Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (535)
I too had doubts about my education until I started attending my graduate level classes. These classes hold a CACREP accreditation. (Look it up.) Missouri requires this level of accreditation for all online schools at this level of education. I am well prepared, and able to obtain great grades at Capella; this is all due to the level of education I received at Ashford. You get back what you put in. True, there is very little hand holding and in reality this type of education in not for everyone. One needs to be a self-starter, dedicated and willing to go beyond sitting in a classroom with an occasional repeat after me parrot test. This system of education turns out thinkers, movers and shakers. In doing so it has upset the balance of what education was and what it is becoming. While it is true that everyone could earn an education, not many do and even fewer know how to use one. Lastly, as I stated above I lack for nothing at the graduate level. Thank you Ashford!
Highly frustrating school, If I could give 0 stars I would. I had well over 100 transfer credits and was forced to waste time taking an introductory class on 'how to learn'. They refused to evaluate my transfer credits until I had taken several classes, so they would automatically enroll me for classes I had already taken, causing me to need to manually update things after each class. I am active military so we can only get funding for 6 classes/year, which essentially means taking classes part time since a class is only 5 weeks long. Ashford requires an academic leave request after being inactive for a week or two which means that after every class I had to fill out a leave request even though I was already enrolled for a class starting in 3 weeks. Course work is a joke, in one of my assignments in the middle of it I started quoting Dr Seuss green eggs and ham and the instructor never even noticed and got full credit.
This is absolutely the best university that I had the pleasure of attending. I read the reviews about the degrees from this school being worthless; to this I say, I work my butt off in this school. I have attended four other traditional colleges and universities, and the education that I received from Ashford far surpass those other schools. My first experience with AU was back in 2012; unfortunately, I had to stop attending school in 2014 for personal reason. I always knew that I would attend classes again and I thought of attending other schools. However, I absolutely love the learning experience that I received at AU, and I knew that no other school would do for me. Is it a tough school? Yes indeed, it is. The only way that one can succeed in this school is to work extremely hard; you will have to turn in a 10-page research paper or some other difficult project every 5 weeks and you would have to work hard to turn in your assignments every week. Each weekly assignments consist of, 2 discussion boards, an assignment, a journal and or a quiz. The final project in week 5 (10-page research paper or project) is the toughest to me, but I manage to get them done. My advice is to stay away from this school if you are not willing or able to work extremely hard. However, if you are up for the challenge, and you want a great learning experience than this school could be for you. Still, I would suggest that you check with your employer to see if they would recognize a degree from AU.
I enrolled at Ashford in 2012 and I graduated with two bachelor degrees; Psychology and Sociology. The overall experience for me as a student was very rewarding. If I ever needed to talk to any advisors they were there fro me. I liked the idea of doing one class at a time at my own pace however there are deadlines that had to be met. If I were ever to be late with assignments I was contacted my instructor and they were totally understanding of my situation. To learn and obtain a degree you must work hard for it. I am continuing my education here at Ashford to obtain a Master's degree in Psychology. I will start next month and only have to be enrolled for a year and a half which was awesome. As for as financial aid is concerned I never had any issues with that. My financial aid was always disbursed when it said it would be. I have really enjoyed being a student and I recommend this school to anyone. I love the flexibility and the convenience of online learning. Between work and family life you have to learn good time management skills which they teach this to you in the beginning and it has definitively paid off for me. It is hard to see the bad reviews that others have experienced at Ashford but mine was awesome and rewarding and I can only say that this is a great school to learn from and you get out what you have learned the effort that you have put in it. I will say that when you are at the last few classes fro completion they do teach you how to prepare you for a career for example on how to do a professional resume, and show you the tools on how to research your choice of career options with your degree.
I took one course at this university; a bs course in "how to learn". I am three classes away from completing my degree from years ago, I do not need a class in how to learn. What a crock! Also, I wasn't told how much the class would cost or how many credits it was. I had to take out a loan, even though I didn't want to, just to complete registration. Imagine my shock to discover that this bs course cost $1400. My loan paid for $1175, leaving me a balance of $289. They never told me and these fools sent me to COLLECTIONS!!! I'll pay the $289 ASAP and slam the door on Ashford University. My advice: attend at your own risk!
I truly enjoyed my classes. I obtained my MBA from a University where I attended campus classes. In comparison, I worked harder (checked in daily, reading posts, writing responses, writing papers, etc.) with my online classes than when I attended my campus classes. One thing that stood out to me was how many classmates were in the military. I found myself reading and responding to their posts because I wanted to, not because I was required to. The demand on my time was intense, but that's exactly what I expected and would hope for nothing less from any Masters program. I maybe had 1 instructor that I didn't care for, but the others were great. I particularly enjoyed the law classes, and asked if there were additional classes I could take the from the instructor. If you are on the fence about attending AU... I say go for it. Make sure you're prepared, set a schedule for completing school work, stay focused, and don't give up even in hard times. Persevering will make your success that much sweeter.
Ashford University is a good school and you will learn a lot. The professors are strict and you must turn your work in on time or they will give you a zero. There are some that might bend if you email them and let them know the problem but most goes by the policy. I graduate in 3 weeks and I'm glad this will be over. The school is too expensive but financial aid, grants, and loans are available. My advice is be serious about your studies, keep up with your assignments, and ask for help when you need it. Class of 2016!!!
I would not recommend Ash U. 1st I have made mistakes with docs that are my fault. I take response for that. But when I enrolled my advisor called me daily, he sent me emails, gave advice, and promised he'd always be available. Fast forward to after my probation period and my money was locked in. He disappeared. I emailed him 4 time the past 3 months, I called him 4 times, no returns at all. I asked someone else why and she said I have a new advisor who after 5 months of school never reached out or told me of her. That fine sort of, but why was the 1st guy promising to help me through my entire 4 years and doesn't even respond to me. They will put you in a column and you will only be a number to them. The problem is if I'm a just a number fine, just don't pretend to always help and respond so quickly until you get me locked in money wise only to be so unreachable. It's been a week and I still haven't heard from my new advisor since leaving her a voice message. I am having troubles and no one cares enough to invest a little extra time to help. I'm sure they will help eventually, but on their time and terms. only wish they showed true colors from the start. SO if you don't ever plan on running into trouble this school might work for you. But if you need transcripts, financial aid docs, or class assistance be weary. I am 1500 miles away from ash U. I would never let anyone go to a school you can only reach by phone again.
I did learn a lot at Ashford. It was perfect for my schedule and it allowed me to obtain a degree while working two jobs. It definitely requires dedication and the ability to be a self-starter. You do not get a lot of breaks along the way either, but it is nice to only have to concentrate on one class at a time. I would highly recommend this school for those who are looking for a way to get their degree while working or caring for children and for those who are dedicated and willing to put in the work that is required, as it is no small feat to obtain a degree online.
I began Ashford in 2013, I was apprehensive about an online college, but everything seemed legit. While I have had bad experiences (that occurred from no other person than myself) I would have to say this has been the best way I could earn a degree and work full time. The courses are what you make of them. I have had friends tell me that some of the curriculum is more challenging than attending a standard university. I highly recommend Ashford if you have the discipline to meet deadlines in a timely manner. If I knew I had to turn an assignment in late I would email the instructor and always received a timely response. Ignore people who leave negative reviews, as I have seen from reading discussions in my classes there are people not cut out for this kind of work. Trust me you can always single them out by their use of grammar.