Ashford University Reviews
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I have been attending Ashford University for a year now and it has been a pleasure working from my academic advisor, financial aid department, all my instructors, and classmates. If you communicate to them early enough, they will be flexible with your assignments or any other needs. They have a mentorship program that is awesome. My mentor reaches out to me once a week which shows the effort they put into their students. No complaints here. Thank you for everything Ashford.
I can't say enough great things about Ashford University! There is no hand holding and you absolutely must be intrinsically motivated to succeed in school in this school (and in life). If you are able to follow directions and complete the work, you will do fine. The courses are challenging and rewarding, but do not be fooled into thinking they are easy because they are online. You will get out what you put into your studies... that's on you!
I've been going to Ashford for about 4 1/2 months and have finished 3 courses so far (each 5 weeks long) and just started my 4th course, because I had to be put on academic leave for a month after my 2nd course for my financial papers to be put through (and I had started sending in financial papers the first day I started attending Ashford.). This is my only complaint. Several times, when I thought I had submitted all forms needed, they told me I needed something else, and many times, they kept telling me I needed something I had already turned in. The most ridiculous thing is, when I didn't check the box on my TPD Discharge Worksheet saying that I had attached my physicians letter because I sent it separately through email, they told me I had to resend the worksheet with the box checked, and come to find out, that's a big reason why it took that extra month for my financial papers to be put through. They were waiting for me to resend that worksheet with the box checked and didn't notify me of it until near the end of the month. If it took just a few days longer, I would have been withdrawn from the university and they would have tried to make me pay for the 2 courses I had already taken (I was told I could not take any more academic leave time off.). I'm finally through dealing with the financial papers and actually got my Pell Grant and Unsubsidized/Subsidized loans applied pretty quickly. That aside, I like the classes. It's challenging, as all colleges should be, because you're required to do 2-3 200+ word essays and 1-2 500+ word essays every week and sometimes a quiz or 2, as well, of 10 to 15 questions, but it's not too overwhelming. You only do 1 class at a time (You can apply to do 2 at a time, if you want.), and they're pretty lenient on late work. Usually, the teacher just takes off 10% off the assignment for each day late, up to 3 days late (After that, you could get a zero for the assignment. It's up to the teacher.)
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!!!