Ashford University Reviews
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I graduated from Ashford in June of 2013. I still have no job because employers will not hire me with an online degree. One thing for certain is that I'm now in major debt after the con-job Ashford did on me. Never take classes at this university. They're in it for the profit only and absolutely do not care if you are employed once you graduate. Stay away from this joke of a university.
Ashford is a school like any other school: you get out of it what you put in. Professors will guide you, but will not hold your hand. So many negative reviews stem from the fact that people think that distance learning will be "easy". It is not. In fact, it is MORE work than a traditional classroom. You're fitting an entire semester into five or six weeks. You must have good time management. You will be given a syllabus, discussion boards, tests, and plenty and I mean plenty of papers. I completed my AA in Business in 2009, my Bachelor's in Organizational Management in 2011, and my Master's in Human Resources Management in 2012. I also minored in Political Science and Government. These degrees prepared me to sit for the Praxis II test in Business education which I passed with flying colors. Also, this degree served as a requirement to become a licensed school teacher (did not know this while in the program, so it was highly beneficial). Not only did I take many business classes, but also liberal arts and Social Studies. My education has vastly improved my life. While my degree does not apply to my current occupation, it does serve as a route towards employment in another sector. These degrees provide me with multiple employment opportunities. I am glad I did it!
I have been at Ashford for a little over a year and a half now. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do so I have changed my studies 3 times and now have settled into BA Health Education. As with all school, online and mortar, you have your good classes and bad classes. Your tough teachers and the cake walks. Nice thing about that is at the end of every course you get to rate your class, the material, and the teacher. I love that each course is 5 weeks, keeps it from getting boring. I have had several different administrators or I call them "my crew" that I have talked to a lot. I did have one lady that wasn't the greatest but it wasn't long before I had someone else. They are always changing them around. The financing is cut and dry. You go get government funding as soon as they get an approval letter your up and running. From the moment I said yes, signed up on the government site, it was two weeks till I started my class. You do have to follow their steps so a little back and forth, faxing and signing; nothing out of the ordinary. From what I have been reading on her the people having the biggest complaints are the ones looking for a free cake walk hand out. I have busted my butt, and this being the second college type school I've gone to, I feel I am actually learning something. This is a full time basis and you have to put in the work. The teachers that you can't make "happy" are there to challenge you so step up. They are real teachers at real colleges. One small problem I have is the degree choices. They halved them scenes I started. And I do wish I could get my bachelors of the science instead of art. This is a fantastic school, that you have to work. So sharpen your pencils and grab some paper, it's worth every minute. Good luck!
Very military friendly, I attended Ashford for just over 2 years to complete my BA degree. Emails and phone calls promptly returned, grades posted within 5 days after submission, usually 2-3 days. Military TA covered tuition 100%
The worst student advisor ever = E. P. This she won't answer any of your emails. The courses you take online are a joke and they play good/bad cop in the teacher role. They will strip you of your money by giving a "'bad" teacher who is hard to please and force you to a failing grade making the university more money. Nothing but greedy people who don't care.
They took $14,000.00 from me in a student loan and I only was allowed to take 2 classes. They drop me from the program and kept the money, please future recent students make sure you understand about those student loans that they keep pushing you to get because now I owe all the money to salie Mae and I don't have a degree to show for. I have contact Ashford university but they do not want to help me. Please learn from my mistake find a better university.
I want to say that I had a wonderful experience going to Ashford University, and attending online classes. My Academic Advisor was very helpful in pushing me to be a success. I've had experience going to school in person as well as online. I loved studying online the best! I was able to receive my BA in Early Childhood Ed.Admin because of Ashford. I plan on enrolling into the MA program, this school is great for people who are trying to work fulltime, and just don't have time for hard exams,lectures, getting to school on time, trying to beat traffic,etc. At Ashford I learned discipline, you just have to set aside a few hrs a day for study time, turn work in on time, read alot, and you will do great! My only problem was with financial aid, it was always confusing to calculating what my stypend check would be once books,tuition, and other fees were paid, I never understood why such a big secret??? Because all loans must be paid back from students, not them. But I finally got this problem addressed and straightened out, so overall my experience was great, and I love studying online versus going in person.
I would advise anyone and everyone not to go to Ashford online! It has been the worst experience of my life! I have been going to Ashford since February 2014 and I still have not gotten any funding for my classes! It has been an on going fit to get disbursement of my monies. I have been handled by several different advisors and tossed around. No one helped me with any of my forms to fill out for anything. I have been completely on my own through this whole process.
Ashford's Organizational Management program provided me an opportunity to improve my position with my current employer. Ashford's online program provided technology that assisted my studies "on the go" where ever I might be. Communicating with teachers, discussions with classmates, researching subjects, and submitting assignments, were all made possible with the up to date technology that Ashford provides. With the addition of the authoritative Forbes organization, I believe the program is even better! Put in the hard work and you'll get what you need!
I am completely satisfied with my bachelor's degree in accounting. I've found the education at Ashford University to be very challenging for this specific major, comparing to San Diego State University where I used to take classes. The only thing I didn't like about the school is the structure the virtual classrooms; indeed, the professors were mostly lazy enough for providing any videos or video lectures. Other than that, it was a quite pleasant experience, and I know what I'm paying for.I am not sure if online education is for everybody but I never enjoyed the classrooms at the State University, where it's usually packed, and people can skip the whole semester as long as they pass the exams. Actually, in most state schools the tests/exams in business programs are multiple choice, which is a very primitive way in education. I loved lots of writing and research at Ashford, looking at the IRS, SEC, FASB and other websites. By the way- it is a priceless skill for any accountant to be able to do a research, especially when the laws and regulations in business and taxation constantly change. I would recommend this school to people with an experience in the field or to those who plan to get a Master's degree afterwards at a more prestigious, classy school. Unfortunately, employers still look down at online degrees, but if you combine it with a decent Master's program- it is a great idea. Also, if your BA/BS in Accounting was online, make sure to pass CPA, then you are all set. Good luck!