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Ashford University
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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I hate this school. It is absolutely terrible. They screwed me over completely multiple times. The last straw was when I failed a class and had to pay them back before I could even move on to any other classes. So I was working on a payment plan with my financial adviser. We started figuring something out and all of a sudden my balance/"Case" got sent to collections by some other idiot in the financial aid department. My financial aid lady said there was nothing she could do about it. (I WAS LIVID) You have somebody sitting there willing to pay you, not trying to get out of paying you and you send my my account to collections???? They suck at communicating with each other. Its ridiculous...I would have one person call me for something and the next day someone would email or call me about the same thing. (This was throughout my time there and didn't just have to do with me paying them back- which is all the cared about) I honestly felt like i was just a number to them and all they gave a crap about was the money I was paying them. I obtained 36 credits and i am 17,000 dollars IN DEBT. I know some people who obtained their bachelors degrees for under 20,000 from junior colleges/state schools. I know it is more expensive to do online schooling (I'm quite aware) but really, that much more expensive? Its absolutely mind blowing and ridiculous. WAY TO EXPENSIVE on top of it being a crappy school. They don't care about you, so don't let them fool you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, i feel like i did't learn anything. You could scoot your way through doing the bare minimum and pass. If that sounds like the right education for you, go for it. ASHFORD IS A JOKE. Btw, no I did not graduate from Ashford.

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2017
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I'm in school now, the instructors are very helpful and caring. They do take the time and reach out to you when you need them. I remember not being able to complete my assignment, I emailed my instructor and told her my situation and she help me until i got it right on my own.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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If you are disciplined and understand the business world then I recommend AU for your educational needs. Although the Financial Aid Advisors are not the most customer service oriented people around the Student Portal is user friendly and the Instructors do respond in a timely manner (usually within 1 business day - keep in mind they have day jobs too). The degree(s) coupled with market experience will land you a six-figure salary with a very good organization. Do not let the academic advisors pressure you into admissions. They are held to quotas so make sure you are in control from the beginning and do your research before selecting a program that is right for you.,

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Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2015
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On the surface Ashford is rainbows and butterflies. They love military students because they pay for the courses. The Admission shark is hot on that and sells the "discount" to you. You get enrolled and have to take prescribed courses to start then you may choose some of the schedule as you go. 1. Instructors are not on the same sheet of music. You learn the APA style in your early class work then as you go the instructors all interpret it differently and the student loses. When you ask questions 80% of the instructors who do respond write to you as if you are a burden on them and make you out to be not competent. 2. When in my last class I asked my instructor if there was an issue with an assignment since it was two weeks since the work was submitted. There was no response just a harshly graded paper. This then went to the final project as well since the instructor was upset he was asked a question. Your advisors are not always the same nor available when you need them. Sometimes it takes over a week to get a response. However, if they need something they are all over you like bees on honey. Now as I seek employment in my field of study I am being laughed away. They see Ashford on my Resume and my body of work goes from hero to zero. It is obviously not a respected University by the vast majority of America and now I must pay the price for a second , actually respected degree.

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CharJay - 9 days ago

Hi Arlam,

That is unfortunate you had difficulty attending Ashford University. I noticed you posted you're graduating in 2015. I do not know if your potential employers are looking at the fact that you haven't graduated or attended Ashford. If you haven't already go to Career Services and get some assistance on your resume' and it's presentation. I had a great experience with Ashford University and hope the best for you. Take what you have and use it to the max.

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Arlam - 8 days ago

C.,

I have graduated and employers see the school and ask "why didn't you attend a respectable university? ". Career services is not helpful at all. I sent my resume to them explained what it was and got in the reply what I already told them. I have already told friends early in their programs there to bail while they can

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CharJay - 7 days ago

Perhaps it is due to your major. I have never experienced that.

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Kristin - about 21 hours ago

Hi Arlam,

I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with Ashford. I completed my entire MA there and did not have one issue. In fact, my instructors were amazing and prompt on their replies. I made sure to observe their individual response time turn-around as to manage my expectations. I also have not experienced an employer question Ashford's reputation. I'm sorry you are experiencing that and I would not want to work for an employer that disrespected any of my colleges, just a personal note. Maybe you are applying for jobs that require specific training in homeland security. If that is the case then you should have looked a specific job or field and investigated what degrees were necessary and then worked backwards to ensure you have the correct education. I encourage everyone to do the same if they know exactly what career path they want. Good luck to you Arlam.

Please do your research before complaining
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Degree: Criminology
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am in awe at the utter stupidity of some of the "students" on here making reviews. If you have ever been a student here, why are you questioning why you have to pay for classes that you took and failed? Are those supposed to be free when you dont pass? In what world are you living in? You take a class past the drop/withdrawal date and you are financially responsible. Maybe read your enrollment agreement before you enroll because its in plain english. Also, financial aid consists of loans AND grants, unless you are at a school where tuition is lower than the $5730 max available on Pell Grant (which is not available to everyone)...do your homework. If you go to a school where the tuition, with books and tech fees is $11,000/year and you are eligible for $4500 in Pell Grant, then who do you think pays for the remaining costs? God? If you dont have a scholarship or other rant, or tuition reimbursement, and are just using financial aid, then LOANS is what will help you. Ive had to use a combo of Pell and loans all except for my first year when I was in community college and it was $2300/yr. The Pell paid for it all and I had money come back. But you are at a University. Its very different. Stop freaking whining. Ashford has been a good school for a lot of people.

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RENE - 9 days ago

THANK YOU! I cannot believe the stupid comments that I have read concerning Ashford; I agree, do your homework and read!!!!

Great School
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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2013
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A friend told me about Ashford University and I was a bit weary about attending at my age. I decided one day to give it a try and I am glad I did. I received my degree in Early Childhood Administration and now I am seriously thinking about working on my Master's Degree at Ashford University.

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Ashford was a Wonderful Experience!
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Degree: Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I attended Ashford University for a little over 3 1/2 years, received a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, minored in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It was the best college I ever attended. The instructors, advisory and curriculum were great. I learned tremendously.

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Lisa j - 10 days ago

Please tell me if you found employment after graduation. I want to follow in the same degree/field as you have done. Please respond back..Thanks

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CharJay - 9 days ago

Hi Lisa j,

I am at a local university now for my Masters degree in Human Services Administration. I am glad I chose Healthcare Administration, minor in Psychology not only due to it being of great interest to me, it opened up a lot of opportunities for employment. When I first graduated I went for positions that were on the executive level (home health administrator),which I did have experience in yet I had difficulty landing employment. After about 4 months I applied for positions on a professional entry or management level. Once I did that I received more responses. I am now employed as a supervisor for an organization that assists adult living with developmental delays. I have learned it is best to be open to all facets of your degree. Ashford's Career Services are awesome, my resume' is well put together and provided me with interviews. Where ever you reside look into Career Fairs that are held at local colleges, that's where I had 3 offers and had to pick which one I wanted the most.

I hope all goes well!

CharJay

Great school....very military friendly!
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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As a military member, I found Ashford to be incredibly user friendly. As with anything, you have to take the good with the bad and no school that you attend will be 100% perfect. The professors that I had were all knowledgeable, and each had their own way of teaching and presenting material. I am not ashamed to say that I was never what you would call an "exemplary student", but the drive and determination that I had combined with the instruction and course material allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I am very proud of my accomplishments and would advise anyone seeking a college education to check out Ashford University.

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Ashford University is a great school
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Degree: Behavioral Aspects of Health
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ashford University has been wonderful I really like the faced pace, five week courses because i get bored really fast. There are several things you ned to know to determine if the school is right for you. First, you must be a fast learner who has extensive comprehension skills. Next, academic level writing skills for any online school are required because everything you do is written unlike face-to-face brick and mortar courses. You must be semi computer literate to navigate the classroom, and internet to conduct research. Procrastinators need not apply, time management skills are critical and the instructors hold you to the time frames unless you request extensions with penalties. Ultimately it is your responsibility to complete the work in a timely fashion. Ultimately if you put in the work, can work autonomously, and enjoy learning Ashford University will be for you. On the other hand if you just do enough to get by expecting to get a quality education shame on you. The four years flew by and now I am considering a Masters Degree in Organizational Development (OD). I could not have asked for more from a school. I would highly recommend Ashford University to any one who meets the criteria above.

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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ashford has helped me in every way possible. When I call they answer the phone and actually answer my questions. I'm close to graduating and I love this school

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