Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (537)
Enrolled at Ashford in 2010 for a BA in Organizational Management, graduated in Dec 2011 and started my MA in the same field in Feb 2012, finished June 2013. I found the online courses interesting, and enjoyed the discussions. Access to the online library makes research and preparing papers easy if you apply yourself. The majority of the instructors were very good and remained engaged with the class.
The only change I might make, not guaranteed, is to switch my MA concentration from Organizational Leadership to Project Management. Plenty of options available, just a matter of selecting what seems to be the best fit going forward.
Do your research first and find a school that will fit your needs. Once that is accomplished, do whatever it takes to get the most out of your education.
I have wanted to complete my college degree for years but always had excuses as to why I couldn't. I enrolled and attended two other colleges before Ashford. Both of those colleges were brick and mortar schools and I always ended up quitting because I just did not want to spend hours sitting in a classroom and the classes always seemed to be at inconvenient times. When I started considering school again, I was immediately drawn to the online experience and it has worked very well for me.
Online classes are not for everyone. It might seem like this would be an easy way to get a degree but believe me, it is not. The instructors expect participation and critical thinking in every aspect of the classroom and the five week courses can at times be overwhelming because there is so much to do in such a short time. Several of my friends are pursuing their degree at the local college in my area and when I tell them the amount of classwork, quizzes, and papers I am required to write, they are surprised. I think this is because this is the only way the instructor can really judge whether the student is understanding the material. Each person has to decide for themselves if this will work or not, but for me it has been the only way to finally accomplish my goal of getting a degree. For anyone who is considering Ashford University's online program, keep in mind that the instructors are not there to GIVE you a degree, you have to earn it. This means there will be times when they will expect a lot of you and you will have to make sacrifices of your time to be sure to give your assignments your all. I am sure, like with any school, there are instructors who are tougher than others but I have found that while some instructors have been very demanding, they are all fair. Everyone's situation is different so if you are having problems, email the instructor one on one, and get clarification, extra attention, or whatever is needed. Finally, be proud of your accomplishments. Do not let others try to make you feel like getting an online degree is "less" than getting one from a brick and mortar classroom. As many of my friends have told me, they would not have been able to do the amount of work I have done to get my degree. I am looking to graduate soon and am very proud to be finally reaching my goal.
I have attended Ashford for over three years and have never experienced any issues. I am very pleased with the support and interaction that I have received from the staff and instructors. If you are not a self starter or have the discipline to read instructions and complete the required work without someone telling you to do so.....this school or any other on-line school may not be for you. You must have realistic expectations and realize that you have decided to pursue your degree through an institution that lacks the respect and reputation as compared to a top tier University. If you are looking for a quality education that can be beneficial and allows for flexibility, then you can find it through this school.
I was one year away from graduating with my Bachelor's when I had to stop going to college due to child care issues. I was devastated. I thought I would never get my degree and a coworker introduced me to Ashford. I had my reservations about an online education but I did my research and found that I could get into many Master's programs at typical brick and mortar schools. I really thought the online environment would be different. I have read many of the reviews and while I know nothing is perfect I do know that some people just do not put forth great efforts to achieve results. I read one person say that you can buy your work online or just reword another student's responses. Well I'm sure you could but what do you get out of doing that? NOTHING...at a brick and mortar school I could pay someone to do my work and I can still get a degree but I have still learned nothing. I believe you get what you put in. I was determined to graduate at a specific time and so I doubled up in classes (I would not recommend this). This was a major challenge for me but I did it and still passed with A's. I will say that I did fail two classes but that was my own fault. The teachers were very understanding of my situation when things came up and sometimes allowed me to make up work. Some teachers have rules and policies and will not budge but I will not say that this is a bad reflection of the school. Rules are rules. As for financial aid and advisors, I did have a few issues here and there but nothing a phone call or an email could not take care of. The staff was always very polite and very helpful when I needed them. My financial aid was never an issue and I received my disbursements as planned. The online experience can be very difficult if you are not disciplined and self-motivated. You do not have anyone holding your hand to get things done but this is college and I don't know any college that "holds your hand." The programs was quite vigorous with their 5 week classes. They were very quick but insightful for me and not everyone participated in discussions as I would have liked but I experienced the same thing in regular school as well. Attending graduation was a very proud moment of mine. My children and family were able to see me walk across that stage in cap and gown and it felt wonderful. I am now applying for my Master's and I would have attended Ashford if they had what I was looking for. I think that you can only make the decision that is best for you so while people will speak negatively of Ashford keep an open mind and be true to yourself. In the end it your education, not theirs.
I took the online program and it required a lot of time and dedication. You must be self disciplined and self motivated in order to maintain passing grades. If you do the minimal required work and do it on time you will pass with good grades. I completed my Masters with a 3.55 and am very happy to have completed it. I was also able to meet faculty and other students at an event in Orlando where they treated us to food and deserts. I recommend Ashford University but only if you are intelligent and self disciplined.
So I decided to attend Ashford because it had the program I wanted and online learning was convenient for me since I work full time and have an active lifestyle. I have to say that the whole experience was much better than I expected. I heard some negative things about online learning and for profit schools before enrolling but honestly I found the whole online process pretty straight forward with AU, my student advisor was awesome and helped me out several times and I was able to get a pay increase at work when I graduated.
I attended Ashford for 3.5 years and received my BBA. I noticed in reading one of the other reviews that it was stated that Ashford was a sham, but it is far from being a sham. First of all, as soon as I graduated the company I work for started noticing me. I am not going to post publicly all the good that came my way since I graduated, but it has really given me the edge I need. While reading this person’s review I noticed that the student was upset because of the bad grade he received, but I never received less than a B and that was only when I did not give it my all. Most of the time, if I turned in the work on time, I got an A. The grades are not given to you, they are earned. If you are trying to go to Ashford thinking you can pay the tuition and the grade will be given to you, you’re wrong. It’s all about what you put into it. Besides, I would not want to go to a school that just gave good grades out without them being earned; it would put the validity of my degree in question. By the way, I’m dyslexic, with 5 kids, a wife, and a very demanding job so getting my degree would be harder then for most, so stop whining about my school and trying to lessen my degree by calling it a sham. My studies were more then worth it. Ashford alumni GPA 3.86 (It can be done)
This school was a waste of my time. I had to withdraw after 6 months due to arrogant and vengeful teacher giving me a non-passing grade, which dropped my GPA tremendously. I tried to appeal the grade but my appeal was rejected, even after the Academic Advisor stated that I shouldn't have received a failing grade. Due to the non-passing grade, I was informed I would have to retake the course, although I completed the course two months before. When I sent a email to both the academic advisor and appeals clerk informing them that I was withdrawing from the school due to this situation, no one responded back. It's been three days. This school claims to care for their students, but if there is an issue between a student and an instructor, the student will be left in the cold!
As many have pointed out, this program is exactly what you put into it. If you need someone to hold your hand and walk you through every detail in your collegiate experience, then Ashford may not be the place for you. They can help you, but only to a point. You need to be able to help yourself, which is the way life works as well. My issues with Ashford stem from the variable way in which instructors are allowed to apply the rules of APA formatting. Some instructors are not going to award an A no matter how well your paper is written. Another issue is the lack of requirement to encourage discussion in the classroom. I post and must respond to 2 classmates, but there is no requirement for the OP to respond to responses. This does not encourage discussion. Ashford is a relentless program. You are teaching yourself and proving to a qualified instructor that you understand the content of the course. It is no different than a traditional college in that sense. As Ashford grows, it will improve. I completed my MPA in February and actively started looking for jobs in City Management in April. I have had two interviews so far and expect to have more in the near future as the positions across the country become available. My MPA from Ashford wouldn't normally qualify me for these positions, but my history in municipal government, which I used during my coursework at Ashford, certainly does help. You get out of it what you put into it. This is not an education in which you will be spoon fed.
I started Ashford in 2009 and received my Bachelor's in Behavioral Science in 2013. I must say Attending this University was not a walk in the park. However it was a great journey for me; I am now attended Ashford for the second time to receive my MPA )Masters of Public Administration. I am looking forward to achieving my goals that were set.
Ashford is the type of school that you will get out of it what you put into it. I have learned quite a bit from this school and all the staff was a learning experience. As I stated before no walk in the park but my education is worth it. What a great accomplishment for me and it can be for you as well. Your destiny is all on you and you should only attend this school if you are serious about your education!!! Good Luck