Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (537)
I recently completed my Bachelor's in Health Care Administration. When I first started at Ashford, I was so excited and I was receiving calls every other day from the staff (financial advisors, student advisor, etc) to ensure my experience with the online courses. After about 2, maybe 3 months, I didn't receive any calls and it was hard to contact staff when you had a problem with online classes, financial aid, etc. I had to repeat two classes and now I have to pay out pocket for financial aid being disbursed before my VA benefits had a chance to post. I was so excited that I graduated because this school sucks and I wouldn't recommend that anyone go to this school for any degree. They don't reach out to you to see if you adapting to online courses or any changes that may have occurred that you were unaware of. Some of the instructors grade differently from others, so don't be surprised if you fail a course and after you retake the course you pass with a higher grade. I'm glad that I kept pushing myself because there were many times where I wanted to quit, but since I've graduated, I can honestly say that my Ashford experience sucked!!!!!! Do yourself a favor and enroll with another school. (Some people have different experiences than others, but if you are just starting at Ashford, it will be good for a few months, but after that, look forward to the lack of professionalism when it comes to any problems you may have).
I have enjoyed my time at Ashford. The reps were always helpful and courteous when I called the school regarding any concerns that I may have had. Online schooling has been very convenient being that I am very busy throughout the week in my personal life. One concern would be the extravagant papers that we had to write. Writing 10 -12 pages on a topic is a bit much and makes me feel like I'm repeating myself. Other than that, the experience was great!
Started in March of 2016 so far everything has been great! I received my financial aid disbursement, everyone has been very helpful. excited about completing all my courses, Applied Behavior Analysis. However, I'm still waiting for my transcripts from the other schools that I attended.
This is one of the most disorganized places I have dealt with during the whole of my life. Each departments seems to exist in its own little world and they do not talk to the other departments so you as the student are constantly stuck in the middle trying to fix something they should handle at their level. The student advisors...I had three of them during my tenure at Ashford....were clueless and could care less about your concerns. The VA counselors for active duty or veterans...they won't even return your call if you have an issue. The class instructors were hit or miss, some were good, some were just horrible. Grading is all over the map. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Two of my co-workers dis-enrolled from Ashford because they were so frustrated.
If you enjoy going back and forth with admissions, student advisers (who are helpless and work in call centers), instructors who aren't familiar with the pre-written curriculum, and a collections company that calls itself their "financial aid department", then this is the school for you. Let's start with the curriculum: my program's curriculum was at least 4 years old. Since being written, changes in my industry were such that I was learning exponentially more from my job than I was from my classes. The classes are grossly overpriced for the attention you get and the information provided. A toddler could pass these classes. I was shut out of my classes several times for not having the proper documents signed or for having small amounts of money due to the university (after years of attendance) without notice from my adviser. They have raised my tuition EVERY year in the last three years. They change processes without feedback from the student body. They do not thoroughly qualify their students. This for-profit school was a terrible heartache of an experience that I feel I got nothing from but anxiety and a huge, huge bill. I am attempting to transfer their credits now. I'll let you know how that goes.
I have been a student for 7 months and still not received my financial aid money. Get the run around every time I call. It's ridiculous. But they sure take your money like lightning. This school really need to step up their game with military students. It's a shame
Ashford is a good school, period. They are not a diploma mill. They have standards. Their admission policy is liberal, which means that many people who enroll will not complete their degree program. However, the expectations are the same as at "regular" colleges - read the assigned material, follow the instructions, demonstrate understanding of the material.
Well first start by saying I love this school! I have had other online classes for my Associates at my local college and another school. The program the other schools used was confusing to navigate and the professors completely changed the way assignments were presented and worked every class so I never knew what to expect. But with Ashford there is uniformity as far as when things are due which you have no idea how much that helps when you have so much else going on in life. I never had to worry about keeping track of when assignments are due because it was the same for every class and I absolutely love that. The Website Layout is great it's also the same for every class navigating it is easy. What is really neat is that one class week on Tuesday to Monday instead of the traditional Monday to Sunday. This really helps me because my kids have a lot going on on the weekends with their extracurricular so trying to rush and do homework on a Sunday isn't feasible but having that extra weeknight at the end of the week is really helpful.
Okay. Let's clarify a few things. So many negative reviews about this school, but so much similarity to the complaints. "This is a trash school, because I got caught plagiarizing someone else's work!" Umm really, a school that doesn't allow cheating is a trash school? "All they want is your money!" Hmm, is there some magic college out that doesn't require you to pay for your education? "I can't find a job anywhere with my degree and they promised!" Name me one school online or otherwise that guarantees employment after graduating. "The professors are so mean! They expected me to turn in quality work on time!" Welcome to college ladies and gentlemen! "The professors are dumb and uneducated!" Really? I don't consider people with multiple PhDs dumb or uneducated. "My degree from here is useless! Nobody hires anyone with an online degree!" Again, really? I have an online degree in early childhood education and guess what? I work in early childhood education! And on that same topic, I have three friends with degrees from "legit" colleges as you naysayers like to say, and none of them can find work in their field! Seriously, I could go on and on with the ridiculous rants of these people who want to put this school down. Bottom line here is, yes, Ashford is for-profit. Yes, they are expensive. But what school isn't? They are an accredited university. Seriously. Feel free to look that up. The people that are putting this school down are just those types that want to find fault with everything. So all of your instructors don't send you daily e-mails to tell you how wonderful you are? So your academic advisors don't hold your hand and babysit you? Welcome to adulthood people! You are going to encounter this anywhere you go! Bottom line, if college is too much for you to handle, then please stay away. Don't discourage other people from attending Ashford simply because you failed to realize that school was going to take money and work. I apologize for the length of this, but I just get so sick of people complaining about the dumbest things or making up lies about this school simply because you want to be lazy and/or not pay for something you signed up for. And for anyone getting ready to accuse me of being a representative of Ashford, I can assure you I am not. Nor am I being paid to write this. Have a nice day everyone!
I had issues accessing the online college a few times. All my teachers were great & understood when I had an issue getting online. My biggest complaint was receiving too many phone calls & emails from the college. I received 5 emails the same day from 5 different people at Ashford telling me to register for classes. I told them I felt like they were harassing me, & I only needed to hear from 1 person - only. They called me non-stop to the point to where I blocked the main college number from calling my phone. This solved part of the problem. I told the academic advisor that I was not a newly graduate from high school-I knew when to register for my next class. So glad when I graduated. However, I still get many emails from them..