Ashford University Reviews
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I have been attending Ashford for over 2 years now. I also don't know what people are complaining about. I remember the first day I walked onto a regular brick and mortar campus; nobody was there to guide me through the enrollment process or financial aid. I ended up taking classes that just sounded interesting. Nobody checked to make sure I was in class, and if I dropped after a certain amount of time, I still had to pay for the class. In order to talk to someone about my goals, I had to stand in a very long line just to talk to someone who handed me a bunch of papers and wished me luck.
The experience at Ashford is so different. They made my enrollment so easy and guided me through financial aid. They talked to me about my goals and recommended the degree programs that would bring me closest to those goals. They requested my transcripts and applied courses to my elective pool that I did not even think would transfer in. They also built my schedule for me to prevent the chance of me taking unecessary courses, and are happy to work with me when I want to move courses around in my schedule (I keep putting off a statistics course I have to take for my major/minor). Essentially, they are actually providing customer service, which is not typical at brick and mortar schools.
I have also changed my degree program three times, and it took one phone call and about five minutes of my time to complete these changes. I love the way the program is set up; I had given up the idea of going back to school since all of my time was already spent on being a single mother and working full-time.
Again, I don't know why people complain so much. It's as if they expect everything to be handed to them, which Ashford pretty much does any way. I challenge those who are unhappy to try a semester at a campus somewhere--they won't even know what to do with themselves and will certainly realize that they actually had it good after all. And if your biggest complaint has to do with a financial aid check, then you are probably going to school for the wrong reason.
I don't understand the negative reviews Ashford has received. I have been attending for a little over a year now and am very happy. I found it very easy to enroll - I got lots of help obtaining all of the required documentation by my enrollment advisor - she couldn't have been more helpful! I find the courses challenging - you certainly do not get handed a grade at the end of the course - you have to work for it! This is not a diploma mill by any stretch of the imagination.
Probably the only thing I find disappointing is that the classes are set up so much the same each time as far as the class format. I would like to see a little more variation - I don't think writinig papers and more papers is the only way to find out if someone is learning. The only other thing that is even slightly negative is that Ashford is slightly on the expensive side but not any more than the University of Phoenix which has a similar type of program. I will be continuing on at Ashford to get my master's degree.
I'm a current student of Ashford and just began my 3rd year toward my Bachelors Degree online.
While I appreciate the ease in taking courses and working on my degree from home I am experiencing a flaw of the University that I didn't expect. So far I have had a relatively good experience in classes with my fellow students, but many of the instructors seem to be stuck on a liberal kick instead of staying neutral as they should. Facts speak for themselves and don't need a political slant to make them more true or false.
I recommend this school for its programs and convenience, but I have to give a thumbs down to some of the teachers and text required for courses.
I love Ashford so much! I have been reading a lot of the reviews and I am very disapointed that some people had such terible experiences with AU. I attended UoP for almost two years before this and I did not have a problem with the, but I had a problem with the way their Bachelors programed worked and also when I asked if I could change my major, they said I would have to restart almost my entire associates program over, I dont think so!
So my friend found AU and I I contacted them and guess what? They accepted all of my completed credits plus withe credits that have nothing to do with my new major will go to the elective courses, so that knocks a lot of classes out. The team that works with me has very extremely helpful and if they don't pick up their phone when I call they call me back within a couple of hours or by the following day. I am very excited about Ashford and my husband is starting next week and my best friend who found this school is going in Jan 2012. Also my husband recieves the GI bill and they told him that if it runs out before he graduates they have ways to extend it AND the have a grant that they give to military students to will help them cover the classes.
Please do not get into too much deep thought about the negative posts you are reading - I have had a few things documents that got lost in transaction, but I also had this happen when applying for our mortgage! No one is perfect, sometimes things get lost and people don't communicate like they should. But you if are modivated you will assign yourself to be the middle man and get things done. I had to play with part with UoP and Ashford a couple of times to transfer and I also had to do this between my enrollment advisor and financial aid, but everyone is really nice and supportive.
This school is a joke. They transfer little to no credits and accept the same. Asked them to change my degree plan months ago and everyone is lost. They never requested one of my transcripts and because of that I am taking courses I have already taken. Their degree will mean nothing to employers for sure.
This school is excellent. Save the one or two days I have to log in for a minute per attendence, I can work at my own pace. I love this school and the opportunities it has and will continue to give me.
Though I cannot get my teaching accredidation there, I suspect that is the same way it would be if I want to a brick and mortar school out of my state. I cannot wait to graduate, start working, and go for my masters etc. at Ashford! GO TO THIS SCHOOL! I love it! :)
I had to write this because I really don't understand what a lot of people who are complaining are talking about. I have not had any problems getting in touch with any of my advisers. I send them an email and by the next day they have either called or emailed me back. I am about 6 months away from graduating and have found that I have learned a lot from my time at Ashford. I think that a lot of people expect things to be handed to them or done for them, in this school you need to take accountability for yourself. I would recommend this school to anyone who asks!
The reviews that are negative seem to have a central theme. And seem to be coming from people who do not have experience in a brick and mortal university. In my experience its the same in every university. I have attended VA Tech, UVa, and now Asford. I can tell you that I have had the same experience everywhere.
You cannot withdraw after a certain period, well you can but you are still responsible for the cost of the class. I have been enrolled for about 4 months and I am taking more than one class at a time.
I have no problems contacting advisors, financial, academic or otherwise. Yes you have to take classes you do not want to, but look at the cirruculum at any school, you have to meet certain requirements in humanities, etc. Not sure what the complaints about easy classes are all about. I want easy classes my goal is to get in and out as fast as possible, easier the better - I doubt when I enterview for a job my potential employer is going to care about how easy the classes were, all they care about is the paper that says your graduated.
I can say that classes do get harder as you move out of electives and into major classes, and the quality of your fellow students increases as well. Its not easy and its not cheap, but shop around and make your own decisions, regardless of where you go its your responsiblity to take care of you, no one else will do it for you.
Ashford University is a joke, the quality of the classes is very poor. The FA office will rip you off, they hit you with a HUGE bill before you graduate. I got my degree and I NEVER BOUGHT A BOOK. This school is a joke
I have been attending Ashford online now for close to a year. I haven't reached my major courses yet but so far, I'm loving the experience. The guy who helped me enroll in this college was not pushy. I called to ask them a question and he told me what they offer and asked if I would be interested. I told him I'm not sure and that he can call me in a few days. When he did, he never tried and forced me into this. He asked if I thought about it and was interested. This really stuck out to me because I also called another university to ask them about there courses and they had someone call me for months, even after I told them I didn't want to enroll there.
The classes are easy at first but have been getting harder. This is my first time in college and it has been fun. The instructors are very helpful and the staff of Ashford, my financial advisor and academic advisor, are really nice and have always been very informative with the pursuit of my degree. They even call like once a month to check on how I'm doing and see if I have any questions.
All in all, I would highly recommend this college.