Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (588)
I have been attending Ashford for about 2 years as a transfer student and have not experienced any problems with the courses, instructors, financial aid department, or student advisors. Everyone's experiences are going to be different so no one should rely on the negative posts about Ashford. I have had a few different advisors since attending Ashford and they are more helpful than the actual advisors that I dealt with when I attended a physical campus at another institution.
Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Therefore, the school is fully accredited and many have complained about the cost but most online schools are very expensive (I know because I did the research). If others would have done their research too they would have known that Ashford is costly, just like most colleges, and if that was something they knew they couldn't afford then why did they sign up??? It seems to me most people are complaining due to a lack of research and plain old fashioned laziness.
My only complaint about the cost is that it has gone up every year, which is frustrating but many colleges around the nation have been experiencing the same thing. In addition, they rejected more credits than I thought they would when I transferred. For all those people complaining about how they hound you over the phone to sign up, well guess what you are grown!!!!!! No one is putting a gun to your head. Arizona State University did the same to me and they are top well known college in the United States. They all do it because it is about making a profit!!!!
Your education is what you make of it and yes the education I have received so far has helped me get jobs, contrary to what others have said about Ashford degrees being a scam, and I haven't even graduated yet. For all those people who are working parents like myself and do not have the ability to attend a college in person then I recommend attending Ashford because some degree is better than no degree and regardless of the cost you should never put a price tag on your education because it is forever and in this day in age it is critical to have an education to fall back on. Best of luck to all.
When I was looking for a university, I was seeking a place where I could do everything online. Because of my crazy work schedule, trying to go to classrooms or webinars just wasn't the thing for me.
Ashford allows me to do what I need to do when I need to do it. I know that there are some who feel the online learning environment is not for them, but in my experience, if you're willing to do the work, then online learning can give so much.
Expect to get what you give in! I love this school and highly recommend it to anyone who is self-motivated and seeking a purely online education!
I am a student at Ashford University and I have been attending since 2009. Some classes have been great and others not so great, but it really depends on how much work and effort you are willing to put into it, and what subjects you like, or dont like. however,so far all of my instructors have been extremely helpful, and clear about their expectations.
I was reading one persons comment about attendence and I have to say I dont really see the problem. Most people are simply to lazy or unwilling to read the expectations which are clear and concise. If for some reason you dont understand then it may not be the school who has the problem. Are they expensive? Yes, they are a for profit school, but this is to be expected, and for those of you who are saying they just want your money; your right but then you must want a degree and if your incapable of achiving one through Ashford move on and quit complaining.
Ashford is a great school, and I have learned a lot from them. Every school is different and if you dont like Ashford go somewhere else but by all means dont complain. The mere fact that you are complaining without expressing other options tells me that your complaining about somthing that is probabl not true. I love Ashford, and i want to thank them for everything. Had it not been for ashfords effort to recruite me I would still be 4 years from a BA today I am 11 months away. Again thank you so much Ashford for being such a great school with a great schedule that fits mine.
By the way for all the fiancial aid complaints I wanted to say this; I went to a public Jr college and they handed me a stack of papers about 3inches thick and said complete this and they did not even offer to help me even understand financial aid and Ashford tehy held my hand the entire time. If you do complain dont make it about how you didnt get your fiancial aid!!!!!
This is a good program. Many of the reviews are just angry students who have a self arrogance and believe the world must bow down to them. I attended UCLA for my undergraduate and now Ashford U. for my grad work and I'm pleased with both schools
My efforts determined my outcome at both schools and I find them equally valuable. Of course to get the most from your school, you have to stop crying and complaining and starting getting engaged with your studies.
Actually UCLA had less student services and counseling then Ashford but I'm not going to run around telling the world how horrible UCLA. That is just silly and immature. Ashford University is a good school and very respectful.
Please don't get in this trap. Their degree is worth nothing. Classes are joke. Most graduates,if there's any are jobless. They are money hungry
I enjoyed the classes and instructors during my online experience with Ashford University of Iowa. I finished my required classes and was preparing to graduate when the financial aid office notified me that I owed over $2000.00 due to an accounting error. Their business office apparently didn't submit the paperwork to FAFSA on time to have my first two classes paid for using my financial aid.
I asked for a paper bill showing me what classes I owed for and an explination of why I should pay for their office mistake. They have refused, but they did turn me over to collections and are withholding me BS in Psychology. Their accounting office has ran me in circles, lost paperwork lost contact information so my husband could talk with them and refused to provide me with proper documentation of what I owe for so that I can verify it with FAFSA.
I did a Google search and found other students in a similiar situation where they are billed for classes and having their degrees withheld. I see a troubling pattern here and I'm considering legal action. If anyone has information on lawsuits against Ashford it would be greatly appreciated. K.
I have been to many colleges and universities through my travels as a military wife. I would highly recommend Ashford University. The classes are great for anyone who has to work around kids or work. Their curriculum is well layed out and the instructors are quite knowledgeable.
Of course, no road to wisdom is easy. Taking classes online takes a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. Yes, some classes are more difficult than others. If you have difficulties with self-taught courses, then online courses are not for you. I have to say, that I've never had a problem with Ashford instructors. I've always asked for help when needed and the instructors were full of knowledge.
I've read many reviews, but I would like to address the cost of books. Books are expensive no matter where you go. I purchased most of my books on Amazon and saved hundreds of dollars.
The person who complained about their Finacial Aid Department. Common sense should of told you that it doesn't make sense what they were trying to tell you. Most Universities will try and do anything to get you enrolled. It's just the nature of the beast. They are sales people.
I have been an on-line student for Ashford and have NEVER encountered problems with the. I feel the curriculum is well-written, the majority of the instructors have the knowledge and expertise to teach a class.
To the people that complain that there isn't anyone to hold their hand, most universities rely on you to learn and be self-sufficient. If you can't do this, you will not succeed when you go out into the workforce.
My instructors have always provided a phone number. If I have a question, I call them and it gets answered.
I had the same experience at the University of Phoenix when I went for my Bachelors.
Learning is not easy. It is what you put into it. I brag about my accomplishments and my success. If it wasn't for UOP and Ashford, I would not have a successful business right now.
Was looking into transferring to Ashford. Was quoted tuition by adviser that proved to be false. Was also pushed into beginning first course before Financial aid was complete. The adviser also told me I was eligible for benefits that I was not even after I told him I was not he kept saying he found a loophole and not to worry, just begin class right away.
I asked several times to delay my classes until everything was in order, but he kept trying to convince me everything would be fine. Finally he told me that if anything went wrong I could withdraw within the first few weeks and not owe anything. Well after 8 days the extra benefits were denied just like I told him and my tuition was MUCH higher than I was quoted. So I withdrew after 8 days and was ruthlessly pursued by collections that would not give me ANY way to appeal the debt.
For your own good, please look to anywhere else but Ashford and DO NOT believe what the advisers say because they don't give you any way to fight it when things prove to be different.
I have been a student at Ashford for just over 18 months. I decided to return to school online for convenience after leaving a traditional college several years ago. Like most online Universities, I truly believe that you get out of it what you put into it.
However, Ashford has a complete lack of support for its online students. There is no tutoring available, no homework assistance, no call center to help with homework or material questions, no vidoes, no additional text or work books, etc. Their e-books are not user-friendly like other e-materials and contain many errors from spelling/punctuation to the material itself. The textbooks you purchase for the classes are very expensive and are made for in-person classes; not on-line classes. When you learn online, you are essentially teaching yourself. This works fine for many classes or if you have a background in the field of study, but some classes just require more and the University doesn't provide it.
I suggest looking at another University that offers more. I am going to start looking at others. And, I am considered an excellent student with a 4.0. I just want more from a University that is charging me $12,000 a year.