Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (586)
Overall I am pleased with Ashford. The classes are well designed and the five week schedule is great. As to some of the complaints about deadlines, that is the case in all academic and professional environments. Anywhere you go to school, or work you are going to have to meet deadlines, deal with it. The instructors seem knowledgeable and the teaching assistants are very helpful. Your assignments are graded fairly (even if they don't agree on your position) and I have always been given advice and well deserved criticism. If there is something wrong with your assignments, they will tell you what you need to do improve for your next assignment. To me, that sounds pretty fair.
To the points made about not finding a job, I hope that is not true. From the research I have done here in Indiana, all companies I have contacted will accept a degree from Ashford, as well as any regionally accredited institutions.
Also I had no problem what so ever with my enrollment advisor, Jesse. He was very helpful and not at all pushy. He answered all of my questions and told me everything I needed to know up front, even the technology fee (which by the way is a one time fee). Now this talk about having to buy books, what legitimate school do you think you are going to attend without having to buy books. The books are your responsibility, but that would be the case even in a traditional on campus environment, it is all part of your education. Now the negative. Don't waste your time trying to reach your financial advisor. I am on my second one now, and I have yet to receive a return email or phone call. I have sent email after email and left voicemail after voicemail, and have never, not even once, received a response. On the upside, I have never had trouble reaching the financial aid office itself (aside from a few minute hold waiting for a representative). They have been able to provide all the assistance I need and answer all the questions I have had. So I would recommend starting there, don't waste your time with your financial advisor. Now to the Academic Advisor that I have seen a lot of complaints about. I have had mixed experiences with mine. Sometimes I can call and she will answer right away and help me. Other times I leave a message and she gets back to me in a day or two. Then there are other times I have to leave multiple messages for days before I get a response, so it is kind of a guessing game on whether or not you will get an answer at any given time.
All in all, I am pleased with Ashford. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to further their education and attain a degree. There are some negatives, but where are you going to go that there aren't issues. The bottom line is the education and degree you are seeking, and this school is the right place to do that. I hope you make the right decision.
I'm enrolled at Ashford as we speak. I'm finishing the class I'm paying and stopping all my funds from being dispersed to them when I am done. I was rushed into signing up by an academic advisor who didn't even bother to show me how to use the blackboard until my class had already started. Getting YOUR money, yea right! The checks, when they do come, come from Ashford LLC. Last time I checked, that's not a bank.
So, they are making interest off of every sucker that signs up with their sorry program. I highly reccemend that you look into any other school that will treat you like a human and not a dollar bill, or thousands of dollar bills rather. You are just another number. I am doing well in the school too, so take it from someone who is not just angry because she can't hold her program down, this school is a joke.
Before signing over your life to this college look else where. For starters they give you the run around when you have questions, if questions are answered nobody ever has the same answers. Some of the teachers that they have at this school seem less knowledgeable about the subject they are teaching then you are. And do not think you are going to get any help from them either, they say they will respond if you need them within a certain time, but it never happends.
Half the time the only way you know your doing good or not is when you see your grade. Even though the admissons state to you that its small classes and the teachers will interact more with you then other schools its a bunch of lies, most of the time you never even hear from the teachers. All that may be reading this might think I am only writing this because I failed or what have you, but to assure all of you, I was top in my classes, despite all the negative words I am saying about this school.
I was promised something in the beinging when I signed up and to my surprise nothing was true. The only good experince that I had was the help that Bonnie, my addmissions advisor had given me through out the time I was a student. So again before you sign up look for other options.
I've been a student at Ashford University for, officially, one year now. Initially, I was quite trepidatious about going back to college. Moreover, I was all the more ambivalent about an online university. So, with great care I researched Ashford. At one point I became afraid (due to some of the overly critical reviews on this very site).
In my opinion all of the explicitly hostile reviews are unwarranted. Deciding to attend Ashford was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my life and career. In addition to the subject matter in which I'm studying I've also learned a great deal of self discipline, motivation, and research/study skills (part and parcel to my major of course).
First of all one person (N. I believe)stated that Ashford did not require transcripts from other universities. That is a blatant lie. I attended two universities, prior to Ashford, and that was the first thing the enrollment advisor said that I would need. It took them a little while to transfer my credits in; however, they were required (as well as a highschool diploma).
Others have stated that the school is overprice and that they had to pay for their books. Well, that was not my experience. I only wish that I had done this sooner than later. Ashford has been the most cost efficient university I've ever attended. Moreover, every student has to pay for books (that is why you get residual money from your financial aid disbursements. Stop using it to go shopping and buy your books). If you want a tip buy books from online merchants at Amazon.com. I've saved hundreds of dollars on college literature just by putting in the effort to search.
Furthermore, Ashford--like all schools--is about having discipline and work ethic. You get in what you put out. Since attending Ashford University I've made the Dean's list three times and I'm going to recieve my BA in November.
If you don't do your work and don't make the effort to get in contact with your professors then it is up to you to contact your counselor and enrollment advisor and they'll nip it in the bud. However, unlike some of you, all of my professors have been nothing but professional and courteous. I've not had any of the nightmare horror stories. Sure, Blackboard did go down sometimes but that is every school that utilizes online learning. It happens. They understand that it does.
My initial ambivalence about online learning was unwarranted. As I said before I'm glad that I attended the school. As an adult learning this was the best, and only, option for me.
I highly recommend this for the student who is willing to put in the term and effort to treat themselves to a wonderful education. If you are making bad grades some of the onus goes on YOU.
I just finished my Bachelors at Ashford and although it wasn't easy, I did it. Ashford demands a lot of papers, in fact an 8-10 page paper every 5 weeks and this can be challenging.
You will have to manage your time very carefully because these professors stick to the APA style format to the letter, no exceptions. They are hard but fair and I learned so much. I am now enrolled for my Masters and enjoying my first class. Once again, it is proving to be quite challenging but I'm up for it.
I have had a very bad exspierence with Ashford. I believe this school is a scam. Pushy advisors thats for sure. I should of ran the first day I signed up. I was told that my fee would be waived and they ended up charging my debit card. I told my advisor that I had $2.00 in my account and could not afford any charges at the time. She assured me that everything would be okay and I would not be charged. 2 days later I got a letter in the mail from my bank stating that I was overdrafted. I contacted my student advisor and she told it was a mistake and that there was another student that attended classes with my same name. The school did returned the money to my account but did not cover the fees my bank charged me. My advisor knew from the start that I am a single mother and had no job and was doing what I could to survive.
I did continue classes and really regret it now. I want out and not sure what steps to take. I failed my last class and contacted my advisor through email because I could not reach her on the phone. She finally reschedules my class but that has done me no good. I can not post my work in the discussion group every group says access denied. I am now a week behind and I can not reach anyone. I have sent several emails and made several calls. I stayed on the phone for over a hour waiting for tech support and no one ever came to the phone.
Far as I am concern the school is out for money and once they get it they set you up for failure. I still have not recieved a check and I been in the classes now over 90 days. Books are exspensive and you have to pay for them out of pocket. With me having no income I had to beg borrow and plead my family and promised them when I got the money that was owed back to me I would pay them back. Thanks Ashford for kicking me!
Ashford University has been a wonderful experience for me. All in all the folks are very helpful in all respects. Classes are engerizing and cohort of students are great. I can hardly wait to go to Clinton Iowa to attend graduation and meet many of the people I've interacted with during my classes as well as instructors and actually seeing the campus. After earning my BA degree I intend to continue at Ashford for my master's. By the way, their corporate offices are in San Diego not Los Angeles!
I am in the middle of my fifth class at Ashford and am having a GREAT time! I was absolutely scared to death to go to school on-line as I am "very old school" however, the advisors and teaching staff have been very helpful and professional. I really like the ability to fit my continuing education into my very busy schedule. Ashford is definately working for me!
Ashford offers a great MBA program online. The enrollment advisors are very helpful, sent very specific instructions with deadlines and clearly stated who was responsible for each item, called me each week to check up on me and to make sure that all my questions were answered. I couldn't have been happier with my experience. I didn't plan to attend Ashford and had just started researching programs and am very happy that I found this one. I love that classes start every Tuesday. It made it easier for me to take a break and go on vacation. The classes are intense and require a lot of work but so far I've been able to apply most of what we've learned to my current job. I'm glad that I found something flexible and set up so that I can complete my MBA fast so that I can move on with my career. Please consider Ashford for your online MBA, it's a great program!
I have been attending Ashford University since July of 2007. I had attended 2 and a half years at other colleges before looking to something online so I could work full time. I did my research on this school and it seemed to meet all of my needs. My enrollment adviser was very professional and answered every question I had. No one was ever pushy toward me and wanted me to feel as though I was making a good decision. I absolutely love AU. I will graduate in December 09 with my BA in Psych. You must be disciplined to attend online classes. All of my instructors have been very helpful when I needed extra help with an assignment. They would respond to my emails in a very timely manner, and if by chance I was going to have a late assignment, they would usually understand and tell me to turn it in as soon as possible. They do not put up with not logging in to your classes. You do get counted absent if not logging in within so many times a week. I have been to 2 different on ground schools and I learn more at Ashford than I ever did at the other colleges. My husband is in the military and once he went active duty they paid for my books. I realized that they would have done this all along had they had my military id. But that is partially my fault. I like how Ashford makes sure you have so many college hours under your belt before they accept you in their accelerated online programs. They want to make sure you have the maturity and determination to complete you classes without someone constantly guiding you along the way. I do not feel that Ashford is all about making money. They certainly haven't acted that way toward me at all. If you are not up to par in your postings, your instructor will ask you to please meet the requirements. Also, in each of the 5 learning blocks your instructor posts weekly guidance that elaborates more on the topics taught that week. The instructors also really know their stuff and are more than qualified when it comes to making sure you learn and understand. I look forward to graduating with my Psych. degree in just a few short months. I would definitely recommend Ashford to anyone looking for a challenge. Many students that I have my classes with are very bright individuals and we learn a lot from one another. Good luck!