Ashford University Reviews
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This is not a good college at all. They lied to me when I enrolled. They changed my coursework several times. They tried to drop me because they would not send me the paperwork I needed to fill out. Then they changed my fafsa paperwork so I would stop getting aid and had to pay them out of pocket before I could get my two BA degrees. And finally they decide right when I get my two diplomas in the mail that I have one degree and two diplomas. They lied and jerked me around for 4 1/2 years. It was insane. Do not go here. They are terrible to students and rude and over priced.
I found Ashford University to be an excellent online degree program. Thier student portal which was also accessible from mobile devices was very user friendly and professionally run. The online library database and option for e-books made it easy to access reference material or study anywhere. The five week classes with discussion posts due on Day 3 of each week, a 3 to 5 page paper or quiz due on day 7 of each week and a 8 to 15 page paper or research project due at the end of every class, greatly improved my research and writing skills. I have taken 35 classess with Ashford and have writen over 150 papers.
I had a fine experience with Ashford. I had attended community college previously and most of my credits transferred. I had also took a financial certification test through my job and was able to receive transfer credit for it as well. Ashford was beneficial for me because it allowed me to complete schooling while continuing to work. I actually wanted to attend a traditional on campus school but many of their classes are daytime and are designed for the "traditional" college student. I guess I could say that I was born during the right time because this option wasn't always available. The classes challenged me. I think like with anything you get out of it what you put into it. It takes self discipline. I had taken a hybrid online course at community college so this wasn't my first experience with distance learning. As far as degree credibility I have not had any problems. I applied for classified jobs with the school system. Some positions required college credits or verification of a degree. I submitted transcripts and it was fine. In instances where the pay was more for a bachelors I received more. I worked in 4 different districts. I also was accepted into an alternative teacher certification program with this degree. So for me I have not had any problems with the degree being accepted.
Ashford online is a wonderful school to attend! I am a sophomore nearing my junior year, and have had some wonderful experiences with the staff, counselors and professors! Of course, every now and then, you are going to run into those that are not so attentive; however, the good overcomes the bad. Any time I have a financial situation, my financial advisor is always prompt in answering all my questions and getting the ball rolling. If I have something I don't understand, my professors have always been prompt. The work is hard, yes, but if it weren't, I would not be accomplishing anything. You definitely have to have a desire for an education when you go to Ashford, without it, you will be one of the sooth-sayers like you find on here complaining because it's always somebody else's fault other than your own. And, Ashford, I guess, is the perfect one to lay your failures on, huh? Ashford is a wonderful school if you are will to put everything else aside, and make your studies top priority. It's not putting your family aside, it's securing a future for your family. Do not let negativity cause you to lose what Ashford has to offer you! Those complaining are just needing someone else to blame for their failures.
I attended Ashford University from 2009-2013 and thought that my learning experience was terrific. Going to Ashford is like anything else in life, if you put the effort in you will succeed. Ashford University offers a lot of people a chance to succeed but some of these people do not put the proper effort into their studies and then complain when they fail classes and lose the money they invested. As a student of Ashford I turned in every assignment in a four year period and received help from instructors whenever I needed it and as a result I graduated with a 3.83 GPA. In my four year journey at Ashford I was fully aware of the attack on the university by Liberal senator Tom Harkin, which resulted in me writing him a letter. After watching the assault come full circle over my four years at Ashford I formed the hypothesis that liberals (so called progressives) hate online, for-profit education because they hate profit, and they no longer control the monopoly on higher learning that has allowed them to indoctrinate America's youth for the last 75 years. Ashford University may make a profit but profit creates competition in the marketplace therefore making the university better in the long run. Also we must remember that schools like Harvard have endowments upwards of 2 billion dollars, that's not profit? In the end I would recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education, but specifically those people who have to work 40 hours a week to support a family, Ashford gives you a chance to learn and work.
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.