Ashford University Reviews
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I'm almost fifty and I returned to school to receive my bachelor's in psychology with the intention of going to grad school at another university. They don't have a program designed for MFTs. Even though I'm older and have a learning disability (encoding, decoding, memory) I've maintained almost straight A's. The instructors all have PhD.s and most of them are pretty helpful. Bare in mind their help is very limited because they are teaching online and running who knows how many courses at a time. I only have two more classes until I graduate. I found it challenging but doable. If you're a self starter and willing to apply yourself, you will earn your degree. The school is quite expensive and I would do my first two years through a community college if possible. They will transfer 60 to 90 units for the bachelor's program depending on your courses and the criteria of the state requirements you have. I'm in California, so out of 134 previous units only 60 transferred (FYI) In my opinion I've obtained a pretty good education and enjoyed the challenge seventy five percent of the time. Ashford has very low math requirements for their bachelor's in arts programs. This was a deal breaker for me since I absolutely cannot do higher levels of math. There is a statistics course, but I survived it with an A minus. Be mindful that Ashford University is a private school and a business. My only complaints were that I was kind of mislead by the recruiter regarding my units and the financial department took almost a year to get my scholarship working right. What they say on the phone is not set in stone. Get everything confirmed by email. Ask as many questions as you can. Make a well informed decision. All things said, I've had a great overall experience at Ashford.
I found the classes challenging, the instructors helpful, and my fellow students engaging. Ashford prepared me to continue on to a State University graduate school, where I became a licensed social worker. I highly recommend Ashford university. .
I would have to say that attending Ashford University was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. I cant put into words how helpful my instructors were, how much I've learned about my field and just how happy I am to have received my degree.I truly believe that if anybody had an issue with this school it is because they did not apply themselves. Because of Ashford I have my degree, the first in my family!
I'm on track to graduate in June of 2018! Ashford accepted most of my college credits that I earned from other colleges and they gave me a good chunk of credits from my military service. This school is a great for people like me that have a full time job, family, and not a lot of time on my hands. I have completed 12 classes at Ashford University so far and will say I have been very satisfied with the way they do business. The classes have been challenging (in a good way) and I find myself learning something valuable from every class that I take. What I like most about Ashford University is there are so many resources to help me be successful. There is a lot of writing involved so be prepared to type! I'm currently taking "Introduction to Algebra" and I was so intimidated and scared that I almost dropped it. However, I gathered up the courage to try it and I have been acing the class so far. The best part about taking this class is that I have access to a math tutor 24/7! No kidding, you can call anytime on any day and a tutor will be there to assist you with whatever problem you have.
Ashford was an outstanding experience for me. Don't understand why so many negative reviews. This is a legitimate and accredited school. They do NOT just take your money and run with it. They expect you to work just as any college worth anything does. It isn't run like a traditional brick and mortar school. It is online. You cannot expect to have a traditional college experience here. If that is what you want, then stay away from this school. You must be highly motivated to succeed here. You don't get face to face interactions with professors. You don't get traditional lectures. Expect to read a lot. Expect at least two discussion posts, a quiz or two, and a writing assignment each week. This is hard work. It is demanding, you will spend a good chunk of your week doing school work. This is because you are cramming about 12 to 16 weeks of learning into 5 weeks. Online degrees are just as legitimate as a traditional degree. Some online schools are fake. Ashford is not. If it was, then why in the world would all of these highly educated professors want to have anything to do with it? Every professor I had held multiple degrees. I am talking Masters degrees and PH Ds. Some of them Ivy League taught. Some professors I had were published authors, professionals in their field. Online schools are not a joke. This is the world we live in. More and more people will be pursuing their education with some type of online learning. More and more colleges are offering online degrees. If you are ready to work hard and learn, then this is the school for you. However, if you lack motivation and drive, then do not sign up for this or any other online school.
As a full time mom, wife, and teacher's assistant, the program at Ashford University fit into my lifestyle. I am not a disciplined individual so the strict, concise 5 week courses helped me stay on task. The cost of the school is comparable to other colleges except state run schools. I am still a teacher's assistant,. however because if my degree in HR I have been given other tasks, such as: summer school administrator, textbook purchasing agent, and yard supervisor. Fortunately, I was able to attend my graduation from the Ashford campus in Iowa. It was a lovely and emotional event because this school helped me complete my degree after a 20 year gap. PS I am still a teachers assistant because I love the kids, the hours, and my coworkers. I have had other opportunities related to HR but decided not to take them. I completed my degree for my own bucket list.
I've attended traditional brick and mortar schools. One of them being a state university. However, being a full-time employee and a full-time student is nearly impossible to make happen these days. At least if you value your health, time and money. So, I did a lot of research prior to enrolling in an online university and decided to go with Ashford. Like in most colleges, you will experience both good and bad instructors. Some were very helpful and some were anything but. Ashford has taken measures to improve its reputation and maintain its status as an accredited online university. This is very important if you intend to also follow up with a Masters and so forth. Be aware that online NOT for everyone. In fact, I would dissuade the majority of people from attending an online university unless they know for a fact they can be disciplined in their studies and not require face to face interaction to stay motivated. Some drawbacks were the advisors. They changed on me three times during my time at Ashford. That is NOT professional. Apparently, they have a high turnover rate. Not sure if that's still true today.
Wow. Really don't understand the negativity about this school. Really kind of amusing though to read some of the ridiculous comments. But let's get serious. Ashford University is a legitimate school. It is in fact an accredited college. The professors are highly educated individuals who not only ask for but often times demand quality work. Some professors are fairly laid back and some are practically slave drivers. I took a film class thinking it would be a piece of cake...boy was i wrong. The instructor constantly wanted more and more and always demanded we turn in the best work. That is how college is folks. You are expected to work hard and also pay for your education. It is like that with any higher education institution worth anything. Ashford is great. Yes it is pricey. Yes there are a lot of rules and regulations. My advice, read the fine print. This is not a diploma mill. Would a name as respected as Forbes honestly tie itself to Ashford if it wasn't legitimate? Think about it. I recommend this school. But be warned..you will be expected to work for and pay for your degree.
This school is the absolute worst!!! I would never recommend this school to anyone. First I had paperwork that needed to be completed before I could start okay I did it all. It seemed like almost every day my advisor would be calling telling me he didn't receive anything when I would email it directly to him. After 4 or 5 times of this I became extremely frustrated but I still continued against my better judgment. After taking a class for 4 weeks I was told I was dropped from the class because all of my financial paperwork was not completed and I would have to fill out everything again. I agreed with no complaints. My advisor said he would send me the link, so I waited but it never was sent. All of a sudden I received a email that stated the financial department found all my paperwork and that the reason it couldn't be located was they were looking at the wrong file. They should have double checked everything before dropping me from my class. He also goes on to ask me if I would take an orientation class to be reinstated but I would have to take the class over. NO WAY!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! This is very unorganized.
I do have to say I was very surprised at the comments that former students have written about Ashford University. I had a few issues with the financial aid department, but nothing so significant that someone did not fix. As for the coursework, it is not easy (I was pretty sure this was college though). You have to be dedicated, yes they want quality work, and want it on time (Again, it is college). I would be afraid if they did not. Every one of the professors I had, had Ph.D.'s. I might not be a graduate yet, but someone who has worked that hard does not qualify as "stupid." If you are posting negatively on the school, it should be done in a fair manner and not because you are the one who messed up with school, i.e., Not turning in quality work, plagiarism (come on folks there is a lot of ways to plagiarize you have to read assignments before you turn them in), not turning your work in at the specified time (I am actually shocked at this for example this week 12 of the 28 people who are enrolled in the class turned in their assignments on time, if you do this at any school your going to fail). Make sure that before you decide to take advice from people that you do so with caution, you never know why people are posting such negative remarks. I would recommend this school and I wish everyone the best of luck!