Ashford University Reviews
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Ashford has been a life-saver for me. I do not have the time after working full time to drive somewhere to a brick and mortar campus to attend classes although I did it in the past. Ashford has offered me the opportunity to work hard for the education I am receiving while staying at home in the evenings.
I am very happy that I am graduating soon and will be able to show what I have learned in my own classroom. Online classes are not for everyone. You have to be self-driven to keep up with your work and be responsible for turning things in when due. This is not something for those that think college classes are a walk in the park.
I want to thank Ashford for offering me the opportunity to show myself and others exactly what I can accomplish when put to the test. Forever purple and gold!
It appears as if a vast majority of negative reviews on here are focused on the financial aid complications that arose - as they unfortunately often do. If you think working your financial aid through Ashford is a nightmare, try working with a state university. Think that having your account put on hold because you're overdue on your tuition payments is bad? Try having your tax refund snatched by a state school or have your driver's license suspended because you're late on a payment. Ashford was everything I wanted it to be. I needed a degree. I received a degree. I needed to be given a topic and the time and resources to generate a paper on the topic without interference. I was granted that, always. I had the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.
Disclaimer - I paid for my degree. I did not take loans, but have in the past. I spent a great deal of time researching the school before I agreed to attend. I spent a great deal of time researching my instructors before I agreed to sit 'in class' with them. When the inevitable conflicts arose, I dealt with them. I am also relatively familiar with professional writing and have never been put on the side burner because of atrocious grammar or spelling (as it appears some reviewers may have been).
Take control of yourself first, your path to success second, and remember the cliche you get what you put into it. If you're reading these reviews as a prospective student it might be wise to consider that not everyone has the intellectual capacity to succeed - even if that sounds callous. We should all have the opportunity, but it is not the schools failing if the students don't manage their own future. This is not Bush's No Child Left Behind - this is where you approach the world that is (as Hobbe's put it) "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". High school is over.
Good luck to you - win or lose no one is more responsible for our end than ourselves.
I just recently attended Ashford, I started in Jan of 2012 and I finished in Feburary of 12. Yes one month because To me this school is horrible with teaching the students the materials they want you to learn. It's basically like here is your assignment now go do it.
Me personally I like seminars or at least a teacher that is will to help, with this school I got neither. I will call the teachers during their business hours and they wouldn't answer and I would email them it took three to four to get a reply. I just couldn't work with this. But if you are good with teaching yourself than by all means this is the school for you.
I have been attending Ashford since May 2011. They took some of my old credits and have been very nice about my transtion from one profession to the MBA program. My admissions counselor was awesome and not pushy at all. I recently received a new advisor/financial aid dictator whom I greatly dislike-but I pay for this education and I am going to get what I want and pay for.
The classes are great overall, though a couple of professors need to stop treating the program like it's Harvard. Overall what I have learned has been enough to get me two job offers in my new field of business, which is a testament to the relevance of what is being taught. I find the same issues live here that did at the state college-colleges all have their issues. No one cares more about your education than you-so be proactive, be ready to work hard, and have realistic expectations.
The school is good for someone who is on a short timeline and would like accelerated courses. Each class is 5 weeks long, has a weekly quiz, as well as two weekly discussions. There is also a midterm per class (3-5 pages) and a final (10 pages). I thought it was a great school and often times your books are available online for free which saves you a lot of money!
I would Not Recommend Ashford to anyone!! Ashford is a waist of time and a joke, if your serious about your career and, education Ashford is NOT the place to go. I started the online courses and I experience the worst online education ever.
The Staff is very dishonest and they took over three weeks to get back to me about an unofficial transcript evaluation. On the mean time What Ashford was doing is buying time to lock-in my Financial Aid and Grants and later hit me with an introduction class that had nothing to do with my major; and to make matters worst I had to pay for it as well.
Ashford is the Worst School I have ever attended and wile I was there I learned stupidity and elementary level schooling. If you are trying to inquire a honest and fulfilling education (Not Just a Degree) look ells where.
I took one semester with them and they made me pay over a thousand dollars to them. I was supposed to get financial aid but I didn't continue long enough to get it. (They didn't tell me all this when I first started with them).
I am currently enrolled at Ashford University, and I love this school! Ashford's courses have helped me regain confidence in myself, and confidence that I will become successful!
The only issue I've had was that I started out with an admissions counselor who was excellent, then was switched to a different one who was average. However, I would not blame the entire school services on one rookie counselor's flaws.
I think that the curriculum is actually very informative, and not too complicated nor difficult to understand; this makes it a lot more simple for students to actually learn and retain the information. I love that I am constantly challenged by the discussions and assignments, and with having to write papers every week. I was an B,C average grade high school student, yet I am a straight A college student at Ashford! I have attended campus colleges in the past, and I would still choose Ashford's online schooling for it's convenience. I think that the ability to view your degree progress is a great feature, as well as the success stories that help keep me grounded.
Do not hesitate to enroll at Ashford University online, for it is truly a great school! If you have goals you want to strive to reach, don't give up; Ashford will help you reach those goals, and make your family proud. While completing an assignment, I ran across this awesome quote that can keep everyone driven and motivated:
"I have learnt that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
2/28/2012 I recently decided to attend college full-time online at Ashford University. My experience with them has not been good. Although the instructors were good, they failed to process any of my financial aid. The day of the disbursement, they continued to make excuses why they had not did anything. Very poor quality experience. D.S.
I have nearly completed my first year at Ashford University and it has been not only hard work, but a worthwhile and exciting experience. I have read the nightmare stories as well as the complaining (usually from people who thought they could just skate by without applying themselves) but I personally have had a wonderful experience that has not only boosted my self-confidence, but has also given me hope...something that I haven't had in quite awhile.
I realize that there are probably legitimate problems at this school just like any other but I have had hard working advisers from day one and they have jumped through hoops to make my time at Ashford a positive experience. They do take awhile to return phone calls because they have to answer them in the order that they receive them but they told me early on that emails are answered quicker so I just started using my email instead of calling.
Absolutely the only problem that I have had is a couple of times when my next class was due to start and there was no class to enter but they fixed the issue the same day and I suffered no problems. They were able to transfer most of my credits and the classes are relevant to the degree I am striving for. The work is so much more detailed and you really have to dedicate yourself to it in order to succeed...I have a paper due every single week, along with the regular work because they really want to make sure that you understand the class. Since the teachers are not right in front of you, they compensate by requiring A LOT of writing and research. I have learned so much and now all of the things that scared me are second hand and I don't even give it a second thought!
I have had no problems with my financial aid and although I have had a couple of instructors who have some sort of "God complex", overall the instructors have been extremely helpful and dedicated to my success. I also have plenty of interaction with my classmates not only in the virtual classroom but they also have another area for personal interaction. I am now on the Deans List as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and I couldn't be prouder. You have to apply yourself, be willing to give 110%, and do your work or you will not be one of the successful ones. This is not the school for slackers...it is hard work!
I have not regretted my decision to attend this school whatsoever and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants a quality education at an affordable price with the bonus of pride and self respect. GO ASHFORD...WOOHOO!