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Ashford University
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great time at Ashford university
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Degree: Alternative and Complementary Medical Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2018
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If using Post 911 save your benefits. You are a number, that is all. Look back at the time you served. Remember the recruiter needing his/her quota. Same goes for Ashford university. Once you begin you'll be told that all your military experience will count toward your degree.... I won't post all my schooling but was not happy to see it was only worth 10 credits. I know basic and AIT alone are worth roughly 10 credits. Then on top of it financially hopefully you save money from now until your GI Bill runs out (it will) to cover the remaining one to three years for your BA. It's sad to see that I've been enrolled the same amount of time as my dad (both using GI Bill) and he now has an associates and I have 20 credits. We both took time off from school due to MY medical issue and I contacted the school to explain what was going on. No communication between the instructor and the school about my situation. The school had me as withdrawn with no idea what I was facing and ending paying 1400 back for a class I wasn't supposed to do. SAVE YOUR MONEY. LOOK ELSE WHERE. this school doesn't I repeat DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!!!!!! You are not a student you are a consumer.

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Go Saints!
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Degree: Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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Ashford is a great school for someone employed full time. I was active duty military during my entire enrollment period. The coursework was challenging but not overwhelming. There is quite a bit of writing involved, so be prepared for that. For the most part the professors were engaged and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and my degree was definitely a factor in finding a good job after I retired. Do not go into this school if you are looking for an easy ride or a degree that does not require a lot of work, but if you are looking for a flexible, nontraditional education and are willing to invest the time and effort, go for it!

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Leroy Washington - 14 days ago

Pure scam, nothing but a scam to steal your money, anything positive written by an alleged student is a stooge scam artist employee trying to shake you down for your money. Just look at the pathetic accreditation.

Please go to a regular accredited school and don't fall victim to thieves !!!!!!!!

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theotis Jackson - 14 days ago

Scamming liars all of them, stay away from this pack of criminals. Go to a real school with a full WASC accreditation please!! Don't be another victim

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Craig Gold - 14 days ago

Ashford University is regionally accredited by WASC, to say otherwise is untrue. Their status is a matter of public record viewable at www.wascsenior.org.

Judging by the tenor of your comments, I suspect that any bad experience of the University on your part was a result of being unprepared for the academic rigors of a college education. I completed my undergraduate degree with Ashford, which helped me get a management level job in my field and prepared me for graduate studies which I am within a semester of successfully completing.

If you have anything of substance to contribute to the conversation, my suggestion is to back it up with facts, and make an attempt to string together a cogent sentence as opposed the the barely intelligible word salad which you pounded out of your keyboard.

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Corina - 7 days ago

thanks for the feedback, time to drop them and move on...they have made my life difficult, not the courses, but the faculty...once they see you getting As and Bs, they do everything in their power to bring you down like asking for documents that they know are time consuming and hard to get...not taking into consideration your long discussions because your one day late and their policy says otherwise..its just the little things that is causing a domino effect to failure..the courses are not hard at all, but I guess they expect people not to read and cheat.....

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Melanie - 6 days ago

I do agree with Craig that this school makes you WORK HARD, and for this reason, I also disagree with him. I was able to maintain good grades until my senior year, when several classes required thesis writing (this used to be reserved for Masters level classes) and the detail required was mind boggling IF: 1) you work full time, and 2) you DON'T want to have a life outside these online classes and your job.

I had to finally take a whole session off because I was so burned out between the demands of the classes and working on the assignments seven days a week, and spending weekends when I could spend at least 8 - 10 hours on assignments both days. You must constantly be checking ahead on what future assignments involve, such as powerpoint presentations with screen casts or web cam video assignments that require a great deal of research to put together.

One thing I am taking away from this experience is learning EXCELLENT research skills, since classes require heavy research outside the text to do the assignments.

Ashford is a for Profit school that prayed upon...
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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ashford U. is a pushy school that cares about your money and not the student. They will pursue you if a faint interest is drawn from the potential student. The "recruiter" even said he was a former Marine but didn't care to talk about his service in the Corps. About 70 percent of the professors are open for questioning via email. The other 30 percent of my experience could not be reached by email at all, and it seemed though it was a disruption of their day to assist where I had questions. There are different expectations from different teachers, on totally different sides of the coin. This is a quick paced five week course school in which you will write a paper every week and have to do 2 or more discussions, in which everyone seems to say the same thing. Most classes I started, as I took 34 hours with them, dropped about 25 percent of the class. The worst dropout rate from a class I seen was around half of the students. Remember these are five weeks classes. They use turnitin.com to check your papers, and if you want a precheck you will not get your paper back on time, atleast in my experience. The Ashford writing center has been the only true supporting part of this process, but do not do enough for your paper to make a difference. It's almost just a peer review. I did withdrew once from there and they called me 11 times in two weeks wanting me back, this continued with "higher" level admin personnel calling me. My main issue with them personnel, that I miss cited a paper and was given a grade of 0 with no breakdown of the issue. The paper review just said Plagiarism. I've never had anyone call into question my virtues, ones like integrity in my last 16 years of the Army, why would I be judged so quickly, no question asked, by someone that is suppose to instruct and guide me? Recently I've learned that this school went to a several Warrior Transition Units, these units house Wound Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, and prayed upon them. Some of these men and women were severely injured with many memory issues and they still signed them on. A minority of these student/soldiers could not remember the name of the school they were attending but knew they were in school. After these facts were presented along with a few others I've decided to withdraw from this university, as I see them as an issue for the scholarly process in which they pride themselves on. This school is a clear example of why a degree will not help you achieve more in life, as they have diluted the point of education by the greed of money. Bottom line please save your money for a place that deserves your attention and will treat you as what you are, a future asset to your family, business, and community. As Ashford U is not a home for the student but a overpriced cheap hotel in a neighborhood that you don't care to be affiliated with. Thanks and hope this helps you select your school.

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elvie - 7 days ago

I totally agree with you, Officer, very well said and I hope everyone will pay attention. I think this course is for young individual, I am planning to withdraw this course also, I wanted MBA just for paper but I am so sorry. I'm educated and experienced enough to question my integrity and ability, " I've been there done that". It is a lot of money to paying someone that in reality you are the one that work hard and get nothing but zero and no explanation. I hope you read my comment because I am running too.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Ashford University has been the best online educational experience for me, with helpful instructors that are there to help make sure you succeed and learn how to take what you have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. I would highly recommend this online university to others. Go Saints!

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jada wilson - 15 days ago

how much effort did it take you to get in this college?

what grades do have to get

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Pam - 14 days ago

Jada,

I went through an Admission Counselor and I highly recommend her, Cyrstal Cassidy. ( it is as easy as making the call). She made it super easy, and she was like the "big sister" push I needed to get me started back in school. I had two years left on finishing a degree, I started almost 20 years ago and my college credits transferred, so I knew I was looking at 2 years to complete my degree. You can do it and I wish you the best!

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jada - 2 days ago

thanks

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
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My experience at AshFord University was great!! I have no complaints, some instructors challenged me and some didn't but I still gained/retained knowledge from each course.

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Degree: Marketing Research
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been tremendously disappointed with Ashford's online program. I specifically asked if the courses had video teachings every week that would help to teach the book/class/etc. The classes that DO have videos, have 5 minute videos for an ENTIRE week's worth of teaching (and these are hyper fast classes that only last FIVE weeks to begin with). Sometimes there will be links to YouTube clips but there is never any teaching to help show HOW the clips are relevant to what we're learning. I am spending twice as much time on homework as what they told me to expect and I am literally learning NOTHING. The courses are so fast you don't have time to really learn them, as soon as you just start to understand the basics of the course it's practically over and you have to write a 7 page report on what little you've actually learned. I am extremely frustrated and disappointed with Ashford. I feel they promised a lot more than what I am getting. I have attended real schools twice before and I learned SO much more. I can easily see why online degrees are worthless, there is no time to learn and the only "learning" is reading the assigned book and doing a ridiculous amount of homework. I can read books without paying $1200 a pop. I've been attending Ashford for 6 months and it is not getting any better. If there is ANY WAY at all that you can manage to go to an actual REAL school with a physical location DO IT. DO NOT do online schooling unless you're incredibly talented at memorizing books. I am sure it is not as hard for those who are not visual/auditory learners... but for those of you who are PLEASE take my advice and do not try online schooling. I am too wrapped up in loans now and I have no way out of this. If you can attend a local college during the evenings and weekends it will be so much more valuable. Even if it takes you twice as long, its WORTH it. I'll be done in 2 more years (I'm a credit shy of being a junior), but I would give anything to get out of this and go to a REAL school and simply take twice as long to finish my bachelors (I work full time).

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Degree: Real Estate
Graduation Year: 2014
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I enjoyed my two year experience at Ashford University more than a brick and mortar school and most of my credits transferred. The only negative experience I had was their Prior Learning Assessment because I wasn’t any credits for experience due to a technicality on how my state named their training. The packet to submit was quite intensive and I would not have wasted my time if I knew they wouldn’t have given me the credits. I researched many schools and Ashford was the most affordable option and I’m gad I choose it because I have seen other online schools my friends were enrolled in and Ashford’s online classroom is easier to navigate and dependable. For a busy professional, it was awesome being able to squeeze in school work any time of the day or night. I even went to a different country during my statistics class and had no problems completing my assignments and participating. The bookstore pricing was reasonable compared to other schools my friends were in. Most books were about $100 or less but I found them for pennies on the dollar on Amazon. The library was great but if you are in the real estate track please know there is not many subscriptions and real estate resources so you will need to diligently familiarize yourself with the NAR, HUD, and other real estate publications. The real estate program was challenging. The 5 week classes are set up that each week you complete 2 discussion posts equivalent to a half page essay each, an online test 10-20 questions, and/or a 4 page paper. It sounds like a lot for a short period of time but it is really manageable, my schedule was Mondays I read the 3 chapters and external references, Tuesday I wrote my discussions, Wednesday I responded to 2 classmates, Thursdays I would research for the paper, Fridays was my off day, Saturdays I would write my assignment, Sundays answer follow up discussion questions. I would spend at a max 14 hours a week on school. Most of it on lunch breaks honestly so I still had free time to enjoy my life. For an online environment there was a lot of school pride and organizations to join. I know it sounds weird but there were volunteerism day and other incentives where students participated in their local community wearing the school colors. The only real negative was an instructor who had no idea about the industry and had no business teaching and that really annoyed me because I learnt nothing. I wouldn't blame this on Ashford because my first year at a traditional and prestigious college, I encountered more than half of the professors were less than competent in teaching. Overall my education from Ashford was worth every penny.

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Good, positive experience.
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I contacted Ashford to finish a degree I started several years ago. They were helpful in guiding me to a degree program that would maximize the most credits - Organizational Management. After graduating, I re-enrolled into the MBA program. I just attended commencement last weekend and have to say I would recommend this college to everyone. The Instructors for the most part were excellent, and towards the end of my program , they became better - more critical and more involved. One Professor was cutting and pasting answers that were not relevant to what was being discussed, and within two weeks he was replaced. At first, I was upset because his replacement was very critical and demanding. By the end of the class, I was appreciative of his persistence to drill APA into our brains...something we should have learned in the beginning. My next and final Instructor was just as hard. I was mad at first, but again was appreciative that she wasn't letting us off easy. I wanted to blow off my last class, but had maintained a 4.0 throughout, and couldn't let myself do it. My Manager applauded my ambition during our staff meeting this afternoon and made an example of me to my co-workers. I am shopping for a DBA program and wish Ashford had a Doctorate program. I wanted to write this review because I have not had any bad experiences at Ashford and have always had a response from someone within 48 hours. I feel that they are on a path towards continual improvement, as I have seen marked improvement over the past 6 years that I have attended. When they say Quality Matters, they mean it. Thanks for reading my post, and I hope it helps in your decision to pursue your education...whatever you decide. Regards, ML H.

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Horrible Experience As A 6 Month Student
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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My second review for this university. This is relevant in that everyone knows if you make the finance department angry they will drop your grade for no reason and thats what happened in my case. I'm an all A and B student and in my last class I passed the final exam and had a grade point average of 85%. The final paper I did was accurate and correct as well in correct format and the instructor gave me a 0% and my grade point average dropped from a B to a C. My instructor didn't even bother grading the paper and at that same time the finance department called several times to harass me about money I owed. I have a tuition that pays for college but, the university refused to accept the tuition and instead have me apply for financial aid which I was not interested in. The financial aid department basically demanded I use financial aid instead of my tuition. I called my tuition and they confirmed they would pay the full cost and I finally after several phone calls and telling them I would file a lawsuit, the finance manager gave me a copy of my invoice. You have no idea how hard it is to get a copy of an invoice if your account is placed on hold you can't view files online. I asked if I could access my account after the tuition was paid and they still said they would determine if I could which makes no sense at all. I wasted 6 months of studying and improving my GPA for nothing if I can't even get a copy of the transcripts. I worked so hard and I put in so much effort with this university and they treated me like an outcast once I had a bill that I was able to pay but, again they refused to accept my tuition as payment and wanted hard cash instead. Just doesn't make sense. I told my advisor Benjamin Eddington that I was upset and thinking of leaving the university because of all this and instead of him advising me and being an inspiring and helpful academic advisor like he should be, he tells me he already started the dis-enrollment process and will be removing me from the university. It's like he couldn't wait to get rid of me. Never work with this advisor because if he treated me this way then hes sure to treat more people this way. At this point I had no one helping me. My military advisor refused to answer the phone calls or emials, my other advisor same issue there, and the finance department kept forwarding my calls and placing me on hold. No one was helpful at all.

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jennifer - 7 days ago

This is so similar its scary. I was misinformed from day one. I decided on my birthday that i was going back to school and as a full time mother of 5, online is my only option. Well, they sure do make it sound good. I never had people send me so many emails that proved MY point then when i call ,the people that sent the emails didnt exist or were always busy, transfered from dept, to manager to diff dept, its crazy. They got their money i have yet to get my stipend for the lap top i need to continue, plus pay some bills. Point is it is my loan. I am paying it back...why is there any hold or any EXAMINATION time..lol this place is a joke. Im going to finish the credits that i started and that i am paying for, but after that i will never fill out another financial aid paper again. I came looking for reviews so i could let people know there has to be a better school, with a better staff. Is this an actual campus?

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Degree: Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014
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Agree that it's very expensive and your financial business is NOT well managed. Three months before graduation they told me that they "accidentally" sent me too much money in my stipends for LAST YEAR and that I would not get my degree or transcripts until I paid back $1300. Are you f'n kidding me? I took classes that were 80% the same as other classes but still had to lay out hundreds for the book, took classes that were so lame with a "professor" who barely participated I felt like there was no one teaching anything, my final "Capstone" was NOTHING like a capstone and was a complete waste of time but couldn't complain because it was being taught by the head of the department. I was taking classes for almost 6 months before someone clued me in that I was enrolled in the wrong major so I wasted all of that time and money. I'm glad my time is over here and I probably would not recommend AU to anyone. My experience was not as I had hoped it would be. Very disappointed.

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