Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (216)
Recently completed my criminal justice degree at Ashworth college... I am so happy to receive my college degree! It was 3 years well spent. I sort of slacked off for a few months but I was back on it.
It's the cheapest, fully accredited college online. DETC is recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA, making it absolutely legitimate. I picked Ashworth as my college of choice not only for the unbeatable tuition, but the convenience of studying when I can - I work three jobs, I would never have had time to make for school if it was scheduled. I looked into other Universities online regarding transferring for my Bachelor's, but why would I? Most of the cheapest colleges online are equally accredited by DETC/CHEA, so why would I pay a bit more to go to another college with the same accreditation and the same degrees? I know Regionally Accredited is the "bee's knees" regarding education, but the truth is that a lot of us don't have the finances (nor the desire to) take out a loan or make huge payments per month. This college is a godsend to those of us who are struggling to get by, who want an education to help us out in our career goals. On a side note, ever since obtaining my education, I've received numerous county job interviews. I'm currently being processed as a Detention Services Officer with the county I'm in, in California. If anything, Ashworth College is not just a quality education, it looks great on your resume to employers showing you took the time to even get a degree in the first place!
I am currently enrolled in Ashworth College working on my BA in General Business Studies and I LOVE IT!! Ashworth is considered self learning and they are very upfront about it upon enrollment. I have noticed a definite strengthening of academic requirements since my initial enrollment in 2012. I am currently taking my Gen Ed Biology and I have 2 4-page essays to write for this course! I am impressed. I started college back in 1987 as a college prep school graduate---but quickly burnt out. I am finding self learning at home with Ashworth more rewarding and more informative and educational than any brick and mortar school I attended. I love that Ashworth offers a graduation ceremony and I fully intend to walk across that stage in cap, gown and honor cord. I highly recommend Ashworth for the self motivated person who prefers to learn on their own without having to attend classes, lectures etc.
I currently attend this school and there is a lot of debate over whether its worth it to go to this school, I have to say i have never had issues with the staff or advisors, the advisors have been polite and professional from the beginning explaining every step of my education to me, and as for the price, I think you have to know what fits your needs. I was willing to pay a little more than what I would normally pay for a community college because it allowed me to pursue an education from home, and not compromise the quality time I spend with my children. This college isn't for everyone, you have to asses your own needs but it definitely benefitted me by allowing me to get my education at home and not compromise the time I spend with my kids as a stay at home mother :)
I have attended Ashworth College since 2012 to get my bachelors degree in criminal justice. I have had no problems and the school has been very helpful. My employers who have regionally accredited degrees had no problem with the school being DETC accredited. I have nothing but good things to say about Ashworth and it has been a great experience for me.
So far I've been enrolled in this school for about 3 months, and I realize it may be isolated, but my experience has been very poor. I was very motivated initially and spoke with a academic adviser and was very displeased with the car sales high pressure approach to selling the program. I wanted to be enrolled in the Retail MGR associate degree program and duel with the certificate program. I told the rep I wanted to do this because I wanted to graduate fairly early and she agreed this would be an excellent idea, what I wasn't told was that its not possible to do both at the same time. So somehow our call was disconnected and when I called back I couldn't get a hold of my first rep just more salesmen either very rude or dismissive altogether. I however enrolled into the Retail management program and called to cancel my certificate because i has not pleased with the school. Anyway I never was enrolled in the coarse I wanted I ended up in the Career diploma program. Oh well I suppose, they told me I lose my down payment to switch over so why would I give them more money. I did have a very kind person try to help me when my next 2 payments magically doubled but other than that its been miserable. My first book took over a month to receive, so they priorited me another which I appreciated but they said my address wasn't valid. My book however did eventually arrive a week or so after they said it couldn't? The material isn't bad I suppose very very easy but theirs alot of conflicting information which can dock your test score if you don't guess the right ideal. There is also several misspelled words and bad references, which hurt one of my scores. Anyway it cheap and probably not worth much, my employer doesn't care but it could help one get a quick jump on job skills but probably not secure one itself. My original tuition raised slightly as well, all this place seems to be is a quick money school and I really, really wish I did have a better experience with them. I didn't want anything extra, just the mistakes corrected on their part so ill finish my current coarse and never ever do another through them.
I am living proof that this school is legitimate. Ashworth college is accredited by the US and its DETC program is recognized nationally by the US dept. of education. I am have been a law enforcement officer for over 10 years and have moved up the ranks because of ashworth college.
Ashworth College enabled me to secure a job making $12,000 more than I was making in my current job. The course material enabled me to learn a lot about the program and be useful in the workplace. Very usable for my career.
I've beena attending Ashworth since 2006, I've graduated from Ashworth with four Career Diplomas in Forensic Science, Private Investigation, Computer Repair, all with Honors, and another in Locksmithing. The Associates degree I earned from them was in Criminal Justice w/Honors. I am currently taking there Undergraduate Certificate program in Computer Information Management just cause I got it for a cheap price. There student services in my opinion use to be better than today, before 2010-ish, you could call and get someone on the phone, now, they call back in "24 hrs" at THERE conveinvience. So if you work full time, like EVERYONE that goes to there school, you can't be in a place for them to reach you unless your boss doesn't mind you talking on your cell phone while working if possible with text books in hand. Who has a call back service for an online college for working people, that calls back at there convenience? It thought they were all about it? Anyway, my experiences as a majority have been good, I could have finished my programs sooner, but I was lazy. I would recommend them to anyone, not just people on a budget, I have had many positive experiences because of ashworth, Locksmithing: I actually transferred depts within the company I was working for after receiving this diploma and went from making $12.35 to $13.21. I worked alone and at my own pace, the diploma paved the way to building BEST master core systems for General Motors. Forensic Science: Helped me getting onto a local police department, where I could give back to the community, also helped me HATE the show Bones, lol. Computer Repair: I did this just for self improvement, I took some computer repair courses in high school, but never finished, this helped bring me closure for that. Private Investigation: I did this for future prospects in opening my business later on, and as a backup plan, since there is a large calling for PI's in my area, Why? I dont know. Associates in Criminal Justice: I really wanted this degree to help myself better understand the Police Science. And of course to get on full time with a dept, which it did help. Computer Information Management: I did this because I wanted to know about networking so I could not seem so nieve when talking to family who does this as a profession, & have some type of knowledge and background in Networking as a backup plan to the job i'm currently working, in case of layoff, etc. Also I got it at a ridiculous price. lol. $35 a credit hour! You probably don't believe me, but I did get it at that price.
I finished an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice through Ashworth. It took me about 4 years because I didn't focus on it, but that was entirely my fault. Although I didn't use my degree, I did learn a lot. All the textbooks are included with the price of your tuition. Your education at Ashworth is what you make of it. The Associates degree programs are easier because all the exams are open book and multiple choice. I am currently attending Ashworth again pursuing my bachelor's degree in Marketing now and it's challenging! For the bachelor's degree programs, you have to do a lot of research and written assignments in addition to the multiple choice exams. The assignments are graded by a course instructor, and there have been many times where I've had to re-do written assignments because I didn't get it right the first time. This isn't a cake walk. You'll have to do some real school work with the bachelor's program. I can't wait until I finish and have my bachelor's degree from an accredited college. I love the education I'm receiving through Ashworth.