Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (573)
When I first started at Ashford the instruction was great and I had several instructors with doctorate degrees. My academic advisor was great, but then things seemed to change. The new advisor never answered his phone and would return the call to my home when I specifically left my work number, which resulted in playing phone tag.
I had some instructors that did not interact with the class and others would respond to your weekly posts with an additional question, but couldn't or wouldn't add to our learning experience. The best instructors had doctorate degrees and a few had Master's degrees that were very good instructors; their responses to student's posts were very informative. I also had an instructor that was very rude and one that didn't respond to student's questions.
Some of the student's posts were based on personal experience only, and not connected to the reading. There were some students that clearly should not have been allowed to enroll in a college course.
I understand the negative comments because I've become very frustrated with the caliber of instructors and the lack of feedback and clarification of assignments. I think the texts that are required by Ashford are great, but the instruction doesn't match. Just because someone has a degree and works in the a particular field doesn't mean they are qualified to teach.
I don't know if I would recommend Ashford. About eight months ago I wouldn't have had a problem referring someone to them.
I am currently an undergraduate student at a university in NC. I will graduate in May this year, and then I will go straight into the graduate program of aother unversity. However, I found out in February that I had to take a statistics course and complete it before May 15th. Fortunately I found Ashford University and I was able to enroll in an online course. That was about the only thing that I was please with about Ashford University (the fact that they offered a 5 week online course).
My enrollment advisor was very helpful until she told me that the online course could be paid for in a payment plan. I tried to get in touch with my financial advisor to confirm this and he was out of the office for an extended period of time and did not return my phone call until the day before the course began in which he told me that the payment for the course was due in full by 5:00 that day! I was furious.
I paid for the course in full and was able to take it, but toward the end I became frustrated. I emailed my instructor 3 separate times to which I only got 1 response. The course has been over for almost one week and the isntructor still has not posted grades for a discussion 2 weeks ago!
I tried to contact my enrollment advisor to ask when final grades will be posted and I never got a response. So I contacted my academic advisor who informed me that my enrollment advisor didn't work there anymore (THANKS FOR TELLING ME!) I have since tried to contact my academic advisor twice, but have not heard back. I am waiting for my final grade so that I can send my transcripts in and go to grad school.
I have found my whole experience with Ashford to be unreliable, frustrating, and stressful. Communication with them is terrible, which is something to take into consideration when they offer online courses! I would not recommend Ashfor University.
I must say that I am surprised at the negative comments. I am plased to say that the good outweighs the bad. I have not had any trouble with any advisors not returning phone calls. I have received a lot of support for them. Any question I have asked has been answered.
To the people that post about disbursments. School isn't free. Ashford's policy is to send 30% of the extra financial aid money after 7 weeks and the remaining 70% after another 7 weeks. This is to avoid mistakes with your funding. The extra $990 tech fee was explained to me when I enrolled, so it was no surprise. Another person claimed that the work wasn't challenging and that the profs handed out A's all the time. I know this to be untrue. Both my husband and myself are enrolled. We have had the same classes so far. Sometimes we have the same instructor and sometimes we don't. But we receive different grades. I excel in English classes while my husband struggles. We recently finished our Eng Comp 2 class. We had the same instructor for this one. We both worked hard, but I managed an A while my husband fought to maintain a B. I have found the instructors to be readily available for help. Its not immediate like asking them face to face, but they tend to answer all of our questions within 24 hours. The work has been challenging and I feel like we are gettign a really good education.
When I decided to go back to school, I wanted a degree that I could work towards through distance learning. I am a mother of 5, and it would be impossible for me to further my education any other way. However, I wanted an accredited school with an actual campus. I found that with Ashford and I have loved every minute of it. Online learning isn't for everyone. Before posting negative comments, ask yourself is some of the anger could be self directed because you could have done more on your end of things.
People who know how are the classes in Ashford will never accept a degree from that university.
The teacher teaches nothing. The site have assigned a weekly task that seems not have changes for years.
Teacher interventions are something like
"I see some learning going on here .. Give me a YEE HAW!"
'Tell me about how this discussion has aided you in understanding the materials more?"
"Good work ... never let down!"
"Do these discussion find there way into your business and how so?"
Discussion courses is among the students because the teacher just makes stupid questions.
Each of the examples is not a summary of what he wrote!! That's all he writes!!
And students also answered
Professor: "I just wanted to say THANKS for the activity and to let you know that learning is the best way to overcome ALL! Never stop Learning!"
Student: "Yes Sir."
This is not lie. I have evidence.
The very good is the enrollment system, the says a lot of lies and then not deliver. In my case I was told that they will transfer more clases than any other university, and end they do not transfer any.
Ashford is an expensive joke.
I have had a wonderful experience at Ashford. I am one class away from graduating. The class assigned to me is Math. This is my last course, I will not graduate if I fail this course. My question is, why, was a course that most people find difficult assigned at the very end. I feel that a difficult course should be assigned in the beginning of classes. This way, you know if you can move forward or not. After spending upwards of 10,000.00 for tuition, if I fail I am without a degree and bound by needless debt. Has anyone else had this experience?
All I know is that Ashford University out of Clinton, IA has been a great experience that allowed me to obtain a BA degree while working full time. Conventional classes might be good for some but for me, online was the only way to go. Next, it is off to MBA land through Cal State, Monterrey Bay....... Online
Thanks for doing a good job Ashford!!
I AM IN MY THIRD CLASS AND LOVIN IT EVERYONE IS GREAT AND AWESOME . I WILL NEVER GO TO NO OTHER ONLINE SCHOOL EVER.
The financial aid department DID NOT do their job as financial aid advisors and advise me, the student, of what to expect financially before I graduated. I was not made aware of the balance until I checked!! I made numerous attempts to speak with my financial advisor who did not return any calls or did his manager. This is not what I call advising! DO NOT USE THIS SCHOOL IF YOU NEED TO USE FINANICAL AID OR LOANS TO PAY FOR CLASSES! You will be highly disappointed!!
I graduated from Ashford University with a BA in Psych, with an online course of study, December of last year. It was a very good experience. I actually made friends which I still stay in contact with even now. The experience taught me time management and gave me confidence as well as giving me a broad scope of understanding. The most difficult class was Environmental Ethics. However, it was very thorough and offered a lot of theory which one could apply to any real-world scenario. I would recommend Ashford to anyone. By the way, the degree I earned there has provided admittance for my degree program in counseling.
Prior to graduating from Ashford with a BA in Organizational Management in 2009, I attend the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University but could not finish due to job transfers.
I researched many different online schools and decided on Ashford. I see that people have complained about this and that but you will find the same issues even in the larger universities.
I found it much easier to communicate with my advisors at Ashford than the other two schools I attended. I was able to call or email them and received a prompt response most of the time.
At one of my previous schools I was told by my advisor to just take whatever I wanted to take and we'll work out the details later.
I knew exactly what classes I needed, when the classes commenced and what materials were needed weeks and even months ahead of time.
I work full time and have a wife and kids and found this atmosphere to be very enjoyable and educational. I highly recommend Ashford to anyone considering an online education.