Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (536)
I am currently in my 5th class with Ashford and I love it. I have had my academic advisor switch at least 3 times, but I really don't need to contact this person anyway. I had one questionable teacher, but I still got the grade I wanted and deserved.
I am lucky, I do not really need to deal with financial aid since my tuition was paid in full.
My classes have really challenged me and I do not regret for one second going to this school. I do feel like I am getting my money's worth. I learn just as much from the other students as I have the teachers.
For those of you who hate this school, I'm sorry. I feel like I am getting a great education, and you deserve the same. Online classes and this school isn't for everyone.
First notice that people generally will post on these boards because the are impassioned. The number of people so enraged over this one school is troublesome. I now know why and I really wish I had seen the numbers before I enrolled.
It does appear that they are most interested in getting money from people. Their people, once they get you in are rude. Very rude.
I'm in limbo with this school for weeks now. ***There is absolutely no help for the student when you have a dispute. Beware!
If I did not have this issue, I am sure I could have sailed right through with nothing good or bad to say about them either way.
What a shame to go through this. I just want to go to school. Ashford just wants my money and doesn't care about much more than that.
Look at other schools. There are so many to choose from. This school seems to be having quite a bit of trouble caring about their students more than their money.
I hate Ashford soo much!!...B/c I didnt get enough financial aid i now owe the school over $2,000. They are basically making me pay them over 100.00 a month and if I fail to do this they are going to send it to collections!! I have perfect credit and b/c this stupid school wont work with me they are going to ruin it! To top it off they told me they need a payment in less than 2 weeks!!!
I have seen allot of reviews about this school some negative, and some positive. My experience with the school has been wonderful and in comparison to some of the other traditional colleges I have attended, I don't see a major difference.
First and foremost, let me point one thing out, and that is that the school is Regionally accredited, and was founded in 1918. I am not saying that there are no issues at this school, because that would be a lie, but I will say that the issues are no different at this school than any other school you may attend. Everyone at the school is wonderful and very responsive when you call or e-mail them concerning an issue.
This school holds you accountable for assignments, logging into the classroom, and taking tests. So if you do your part, which is to study and do all of your work, you will not have an issue excelling at this school, however if you are looking for an easy way out you may want to stick with one of those diploma mill schools or a strictly correspondence course type of school. The majority of those that are complaining have no discipline to do the course work and will continue to complain not matter what.
As much as I don't want to start this off bad, I first need to say something to all of those who claim to have such a horrible experience, you are the one who made the choice to attend the school. If you wanted to attend college maybe you should have thought about doing as much research as possible before making your final decision to attend to make sure it was the right fit for you.
ONLINE classes are not for everyone. If you are not the type of person who is self-sufficient and can think on your own without someone watching over your shoulder and telling you the answer because you are too lazy to do some work, then that is your own fault. Yes some classes may appear easy, but when you get further along down the line they are not so easy.
As for financial aid, there are problems with that no matter what school you attend. The government has very strict guidelines on information that is needed sometimes that the school has to collect in order to award grants and/or loans. Also, it seems most who complain are those who want the check of the extra money, well guess what financial aid is for school not just to go shopping with. And for those who say these random fees appears, guess what every extra fee besides tuition that the school charges for is listed on the application that YOU signed (so maybe you should read what you sign???).
On a happy note though, I love the school. I am going on attending for almost 2 years now and will be done next fall. I have enjoyed all of the classes. I have never had any problems with instructors. I am not a person who can sit in a classroom for a few hours at a time, it puts me sleep. Being in class online challenges me to think more and hold myself more accountable to achieve my goals. I never have a problem reaching an advisor..if my own is not available I know they will call back and if it is urgent I just talk to the first one I can in that department.
So, I say GO FOR IT, if you think online is the way you want to go!!
I ATTENDED ASHFORD UNIVERSITY AND I LIKED IT AT FIRST BUT WHEN I NEEDED HELP WITH AN ASSIGNMENT I EMAILED MY PROFESSOR AND NO RESPONSE WHICH THAN MADE ME FAIL MY ASSIGNMENT AND FAIL THE COURSE. AFTER SEEING I WASN'T GOING TO GET THE HELP I NEEDED I LEFT THE SCHOOL. NOW BECAUSE OF THE STUPID PROFESSOR THAT DECIDED NOT HELP ME I NOW OWE THE SCHOOL ALMOST 4,000 DOLLARS BECAUSE I FAILED THAT COURSE FROM THAT ONE ASSIGNMENT THAT THE ARROGANT MAN DECIDED TO JUST IGNORE. I'VE BEEN TEMPTED TO GET MY LAWYER INVOLVED IN THIS ASAP BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE I OWE THEM A THING!!!!! I HAVE ALREADY SPENT TO MUCH TIME AND MONEY WITH THEM TO EVEN THINK ABOUT GIVING THEM ANOTHER RED CENT!!
I have been to other schools where the advisers are rude, ignore you, and basically could give a crap less. Ashford advisers were amazing!! They always checked in on me frequently, if they noticed a problem with my account that I didn't catch, they tried their hardest to better the situation.
I'm not sure what everyone is talking about when they call Ashford "money hungry". They always reimbursed all of the over flow from my federal loans that they didn't use for my tuition (which was reasonably priced and I could always check my charges 24/7 online).
Sometimes the classes were harder, sometimes they were easier. The teachers grade on their own specifications, so sometimes you will get a teacher that grades you harshly and you might not understand why, and others will give great feed back and be helpful. Most of the time I found my teachers to be well versed and informative.
The students can be a little bit ridiculous at times with what they would post, thinking it was a decent grade, but I believe that the teachers would try and guide them and give them the grade they deserved for poor work.
I enjoyed Ashford University. I recently graduated with my BA in Social Sciences with Education Concentration, and they even helped me get along to my certification program!!
I think people are more prone to complain about something rather than say good things.
I finished my degree requirements last Monday, and I can now proudly say I am a college grad! I have a BA in Social Science with an education concentration, and I am now debating between teacher certification and Master's level work.
If anyone is concerned with Ashford's credits being accepted at "brick and mortar" institutions, there is nothing to worry about. I contacted an enrollment advisor for the teacher certification/Master's program at Lincoln Memorial University, and asked if they recognized my degree from Ashford. They do, and the advisor spoke highly of the Ashford program. The Ashford program is designed for self motivated adults that are looking for an opportunity to better their educational level.
I went to a traditional college right out of high school, but dropped out after two years. I am a married mom of two who decided two years ago to finish my degree. Since I homeschool my children, a traditional school was out of the question. Ashford was a great fit. My husband is in the military, so I received military grants.
My advisors were always available, and I couldn't be more pleased with my experience with the school. I have read comments that complain about the level of coursework. My answer to that is to say that Ashford expects its students to be self thinkers, and to come up with their own answers. As with any school setting, you will get out of it what you put in. I highly recommend Ashford to anyone.
After obtaining an undergrad degree at UoP 10 years ago, I decided to pursue my Master's last year. I didn't want another UoP experience so I looked for a real ground school that had expanded into the online environment. I thought I'd found that at AU, but no. The "real" AU was purchased by Bridgepoint Education, another big-business corporate entity with no apparent educational integrity. The coursework is essentially self-study with little to no instructor interaction.
The students in class can barely write a coherent sentence. I feel like I do busy work in order to get through, but learn nothing. I jokingly call it "Barnes and Noble U" since I could learn just as much by purchasing the books at my leisure.
You will not get an education at Ashford, just a degree. Choose carefully. (I had a 4.0 at UoP and I have a 4.0 here. It means nothing.)
At first this school seemed okay but as time went by I realized they were not here for the students but a money making scheme. These people are a bunch of crooks! They steal your financial aid money and use it on things they are not allowed to. I think that the staff may even be pocketing some of the money and pretending it is for charges.
I honestly did not have a good experience at this school. the academic advisors were mean and pushy and arrogant. I must have dealt with over 12 different advoisors over the course of two years there. It was a waste of time and money all together. Do not, I repeat DO NOT waste your time here if you are a financial aid student. By the time that I would have graduated they had me owing $100,000 in student loans.
I really would not want anyone else to have to deal with these crroks! Spend your time and money elsewhere! They even charge you for classes that you did not complete and sneaky ways that they do things will make you so mad at them. Pick an other school!