Ashford University Reviews
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Hi, I wondered about the online environment and wanted to return to school but work and family obligations made it difficult to attend a traditional college. I found the online at Ashford to be a worthy investment. I liked that it was also a brick and mortar school established in 1918. Also, I have a few very good and extremely smart friends that attended for their MS program in HR. This was enough for me. Now, I have had to do a lot of work and remain focused over the past four years and I highly recommend Ashfor for others; as long as you are focused and ready to put in the work. It is necessary to be able to provide good feedback to some that aren't at the same level as you. I say this in response to one of the posts I just read regarding Ashford. The post is from someone in Maryland (as I am) and the complaint is written in a way that suggests the person should have continued in the program. I had a lot of frustration with people that weren't putting in the work and I did challenge these individuals to not only think about what they were doing, but to pay attention to what they are writing -- I give no credit to the post that I mention given they have no credibility simply because of how poorly the post was written! None-the-less, I found my time at Ashford to be helpful and rewarding, a lot of work and a lot of time but certainly worth it to me. I plan to attend another online program for my MS degree and the school change is only for variety! I hope this helps -- do the research but weigh all the information. I can say, after some time at Ashford I was pleasantly surprised by the Forbes joining the University. I think it adds to the legitimacy of the program.
I am very disappointed to see the negative comments about Ashford. Every member of staff I ever spoke to was very friendly and as helpful as possible. I have attended for four years and never had any problems with staff or instructors. My advisers always responded in a timely manner and I feel I have received a quality education at Ashford and will most likely go on to get my Master's there. The problem is that many people are not disciplined enough to supervise themselves through life. A college degree is you responsibility and no one else's. If you do not take care of things the right way, bad things can happen such as some of the ones I have seen mentioned on this site. I kept my ducks in a row and managed four years of online schooling with this university with minimal technical difficulties. Their prices are in line with every other similar college I checked in to. I would highly recommend Ashford University to any and everyone!
I would not recommend Ashford University at all. The professors are rude and disgusting. The will insult you on your feedback about your paper or journal. Also you might get insulted about your posting on the discussion board. Also if they ask you question in your discussion post don't answer cause some will get insulted. For instance I responded to the professor reply to my discussion and he was upset with me. The professors feedback on my paper was basically calling me stupid. his Exact words----Don't you think . Not to mention the recruiter who lied.
For starters, I am upset to see how many people had negative comments about this school. While I have been enrolled at Ashford since June, 2012 I have had nothing but great experiences. I read a comment in which someone noted that the scheduling is done by a computer, I did not know this. When I have a question or when I chose to add minors, I let my advisor know and he scheduled them right away. As for the financial aid people, whenever I need their assistance I email them, and they seriously call me within that same day and email me in case I miss their call. The student portal is so easy and useful in keeping track of everything, not to mention that the instructors are amazing. Some even offer their phone number so we can call them for assistance since they cannot be glued to the computer and respond to emails as quick as they would like. I am very sorry for those who received some type of negative experience because I am sure that that is what kept them form really appreciating the education they received. I love Ashford and will probably be signing up to the Masters program. Oh and lets not forget that this is a school designed to let you work as you can as long as you meet deadlines. Having three little girls, I enjoy and appreciate the time I have to raise them all while still getting my education.
I was contacted by Ashford recruiting. I explained that I was looking for a program for earning my teaching credential for the elementary level and was guaranteed that their program would help me. Foolishly I trusted what I was told. As my senior year began I had still not taken any courses towards the elementary level of education. I had questioned why all my classes were geared toward preschool and was told over and over again that this was a beginning point and that the classes I was talking about would come later. The last straw came when I was assigned a course in preschool administration. I called my academic adviser (the 7th one in 3 years) and he finally got back to me the beginning of the third week of the course (too late to drop it). After that course, I called him again and was finally able to pin him down, "No, Ashford does not offer the credential program you need to get your teaching certificate". I accused him of lying to me and he said that he never promised me I'd get my credential, that he said I would get a bachelor's degree and that all you need in most states to teach. However; from the very beginning I wanted my credential and always mentioned it when talking about my future. When I found a new university and applied for my transcript, and suddenly had a balance due. I called the finance office for an explanation and the one they gave made no sense, but I can return to classes at Ashford immediately. They won't release my transcript until I pay the balance in full as long as I want to go to another school. So, I can return to taking classes from them, but they won't let me get an education anywhere else.
I am about to finish my Bachelor's Degree at Ashford University, my experience with Ashford (Online) has been nothing but positive, every single staff member I had contact with has demonstrated excellent professionalism and promptness. As graduation time nears, I am almost sad to leave the online classroom and seriously considering signing up for a Master's in Education because I am not ready to stop learning just yet. I recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education one class at a time. I am sorry to learn there are some unhappy customers and really hope Ashford does everything possible to keep everyone at a good stand as they (Ashford) have done with me. Best of luck to all
Great experience. I truly gained the knowledge and writing experience needed to enhance my current career in education. While any online program is demanding the consistent course structure was a great support for an online accelerated graduate program
Wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy. They lied to me and messed my credit up and made it to where I couldn't go back to school till I had there's paid off I'm now almost 30 and finally going to nursing school to start my career. I recommend you not to do online schooling.
I have been with Ashford university for over a year now and I don't like how they have their computers make the schedule. The computer scheduled me for a class that wasn't part of my degree plan and then it changed my degree plan to match it a few days later. I emailed my advisor about it and the only response I had gotten was that it was. I responded that I was angry about the change and willing to leave the college if they enforced this change from the computer. My schedule did get changed back, but it's been a day and a half since I responded and never got any communication from them about it. This isn't the first time the computer scheduled something incorrectly and I had to address it myself. There is no checks and balance system for their computer system and the advisors only do a little bit of the actual scheduling. It's up to the student (which has to pay full attention to the changes made in their degree plan/schedule) to ensure that the computer is doing the right thing. I would not suggest this college to anyone because they treat you as a number in their system and they will only call you if you are late on your assignments or have paper work to fill out. If it's something that they own you, good luck receiving any information on it from them unless you ask. The only reason why I'm staying in this college is because I only have 1 year left and the college I received my Associates from doesn't have a Bachelor's degree program in education.
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.