Ashford University Reviews
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I've attended traditional brick and mortar schools. One of them being a state university. However, being a full-time employee and a full-time student is nearly impossible to make happen these days. At least if you value your health, time and money. So, I did a lot of research prior to enrolling in an online university and decided to go with Ashford. Like in most colleges, you will experience both good and bad instructors. Some were very helpful and some were anything but. Ashford has taken measures to improve its reputation and maintain its status as an accredited online university. This is very important if you intend to also follow up with a Masters and so forth. Be aware that online NOT for everyone. In fact, I would dissuade the majority of people from attending an online university unless they know for a fact they can be disciplined in their studies and not require face to face interaction to stay motivated. Some drawbacks were the advisors. They changed on me three times during my time at Ashford. That is NOT professional. Apparently, they have a high turnover rate. Not sure if that's still true today.
Wow. Really don't understand the negativity about this school. Really kind of amusing though to read some of the ridiculous comments. But let's get serious. Ashford University is a legitimate school. It is in fact an accredited college. The professors are highly educated individuals who not only ask for but often times demand quality work. Some professors are fairly laid back and some are practically slave drivers. I took a film class thinking it would be a piece of cake...boy was i wrong. The instructor constantly wanted more and more and always demanded we turn in the best work. That is how college is folks. You are expected to work hard and also pay for your education. It is like that with any higher education institution worth anything. Ashford is great. Yes it is pricey. Yes there are a lot of rules and regulations. My advice, read the fine print. This is not a diploma mill. Would a name as respected as Forbes honestly tie itself to Ashford if it wasn't legitimate? Think about it. I recommend this school. But be warned..you will be expected to work for and pay for your degree.
This school is the absolute worst!!! I would never recommend this school to anyone. First I had paperwork that needed to be completed before I could start okay I did it all. It seemed like almost every day my advisor would be calling telling me he didn't receive anything when I would email it directly to him. After 4 or 5 times of this I became extremely frustrated but I still continued against my better judgment. After taking a class for 4 weeks I was told I was dropped from the class because all of my financial paperwork was not completed and I would have to fill out everything again. I agreed with no complaints. My advisor said he would send me the link, so I waited but it never was sent. All of a sudden I received a email that stated the financial department found all my paperwork and that the reason it couldn't be located was they were looking at the wrong file. They should have double checked everything before dropping me from my class. He also goes on to ask me if I would take an orientation class to be reinstated but I would have to take the class over. NO WAY!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! This is very unorganized.
I do have to say I was very surprised at the comments that former students have written about Ashford University. I had a few issues with the financial aid department, but nothing so significant that someone did not fix. As for the coursework, it is not easy (I was pretty sure this was college though). You have to be dedicated, yes they want quality work, and want it on time (Again, it is college). I would be afraid if they did not. Every one of the professors I had, had Ph.D.'s. I might not be a graduate yet, but someone who has worked that hard does not qualify as "stupid." If you are posting negatively on the school, it should be done in a fair manner and not because you are the one who messed up with school, i.e., Not turning in quality work, plagiarism (come on folks there is a lot of ways to plagiarize you have to read assignments before you turn them in), not turning your work in at the specified time (I am actually shocked at this for example this week 12 of the 28 people who are enrolled in the class turned in their assignments on time, if you do this at any school your going to fail). Make sure that before you decide to take advice from people that you do so with caution, you never know why people are posting such negative remarks. I would recommend this school and I wish everyone the best of luck!
I have been attending Ashford University for a year now and it has been a pleasure working from my academic advisor, financial aid department, all my instructors, and classmates. If you communicate to them early enough, they will be flexible with your assignments or any other needs. They have a mentorship program that is awesome. My mentor reaches out to me once a week which shows the effort they put into their students. No complaints here. Thank you for everything Ashford.
I can't say enough great things about Ashford University! There is no hand holding and you absolutely must be intrinsically motivated to succeed in school in this school (and in life). If you are able to follow directions and complete the work, you will do fine. The courses are challenging and rewarding, but do not be fooled into thinking they are easy because they are online. You will get out what you put into your studies... that's on you!
I've been going to Ashford for about 4 1/2 months and have finished 3 courses so far (each 5 weeks long) and just started my 4th course, because I had to be put on academic leave for a month after my 2nd course for my financial papers to be put through (and I had started sending in financial papers the first day I started attending Ashford.). This is my only complaint. Several times, when I thought I had submitted all forms needed, they told me I needed something else, and many times, they kept telling me I needed something I had already turned in. The most ridiculous thing is, when I didn't check the box on my TPD Discharge Worksheet saying that I had attached my physicians letter because I sent it separately through email, they told me I had to resend the worksheet with the box checked, and come to find out, that's a big reason why it took that extra month for my financial papers to be put through. They were waiting for me to resend that worksheet with the box checked and didn't notify me of it until near the end of the month. If it took just a few days longer, I would have been withdrawn from the university and they would have tried to make me pay for the 2 courses I had already taken (I was told I could not take any more academic leave time off.). I'm finally through dealing with the financial papers and actually got my Pell Grant and Unsubsidized/Subsidized loans applied pretty quickly. That aside, I like the classes. It's challenging, as all colleges should be, because you're required to do 2-3 200+ word essays and 1-2 500+ word essays every week and sometimes a quiz or 2, as well, of 10 to 15 questions, but it's not too overwhelming. You only do 1 class at a time (You can apply to do 2 at a time, if you want.), and they're pretty lenient on late work. Usually, the teacher just takes off 10% off the assignment for each day late, up to 3 days late (After that, you could get a zero for the assignment. It's up to the teacher.)
I too had doubts about my education until I started attending my graduate level classes. These classes hold a CACREP accreditation. (Look it up.) Missouri requires this level of accreditation for all online schools at this level of education. I am well prepared, and able to obtain great grades at Capella; this is all due to the level of education I received at Ashford. You get back what you put in. True, there is very little hand holding and in reality this type of education in not for everyone. One needs to be a self-starter, dedicated and willing to go beyond sitting in a classroom with an occasional repeat after me parrot test. This system of education turns out thinkers, movers and shakers. In doing so it has upset the balance of what education was and what it is becoming. While it is true that everyone could earn an education, not many do and even fewer know how to use one. Lastly, as I stated above I lack for nothing at the graduate level. Thank you Ashford!
Highly frustrating school, If I could give 0 stars I would. I had well over 100 transfer credits and was forced to waste time taking an introductory class on 'how to learn'. They refused to evaluate my transfer credits until I had taken several classes, so they would automatically enroll me for classes I had already taken, causing me to need to manually update things after each class. I am active military so we can only get funding for 6 classes/year, which essentially means taking classes part time since a class is only 5 weeks long. Ashford requires an academic leave request after being inactive for a week or two which means that after every class I had to fill out a leave request even though I was already enrolled for a class starting in 3 weeks. Course work is a joke, in one of my assignments in the middle of it I started quoting Dr Seuss green eggs and ham and the instructor never even noticed and got full credit.
This is absolutely the best university that I had the pleasure of attending. I read the reviews about the degrees from this school being worthless; to this I say, I work my butt off in this school. I have attended four other traditional colleges and universities, and the education that I received from Ashford far surpass those other schools. My first experience with AU was back in 2012; unfortunately, I had to stop attending school in 2014 for personal reason. I always knew that I would attend classes again and I thought of attending other schools. However, I absolutely love the learning experience that I received at AU, and I knew that no other school would do for me. Is it a tough school? Yes indeed, it is. The only way that one can succeed in this school is to work extremely hard; you will have to turn in a 10-page research paper or some other difficult project every 5 weeks and you would have to work hard to turn in your assignments every week. Each weekly assignments consist of, 2 discussion boards, an assignment, a journal and or a quiz. The final project in week 5 (10-page research paper or project) is the toughest to me, but I manage to get them done. My advice is to stay away from this school if you are not willing or able to work extremely hard. However, if you are up for the challenge, and you want a great learning experience than this school could be for you. Still, I would suggest that you check with your employer to see if they would recognize a degree from AU.