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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

In all honesty, a legitimate college with outstanding resources. However, it is apparent that the majority of the complaints stem from the veterinary program. Being blunt, veterinary program students complaining, you're all mundane and quite slow... Allow me to define... First, you should read the details of the program prior to enrollment ( this explains your current plight) secondly, if you're pursuing such career, most people seeking understand that there is going to be specific requirements for accreditation and training per your location (state you're dwelling) Third, you own your issue and should hold yourselves accountable, and refrain from passing the buck. To those seeking a legitimate reference... Many years back I attended a traditional regional accredited university, and earned a B.S. in criminal justice. I spent the common $400 per credit tuition and feel as foolish as veterinary students having done so. I ended up working in business management, and my boredom lead me to Penn Foster College seeking a business A.S. degree. My point, the curriculum is aligned well and this is a very very affordable program. I've spent more on a semester's dorm than you'll pay for a B.S. here! Certain careers care about regional and national accreditation. Again, mentioning this for veterinary students... Anyone who is planning on educating themselves for a career, should have been educating themselves about the possible career. Lastly, I have not had one problem with payments, support recourses, shipments, or proctored exams. However, I understand why you have. Good Luck... You'll need it.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Retail Management
Graduation Year: 2015

Penn Foster College is an excellent choice. Penn Foster College is The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) -accredited institution, and an affordable way to get a quality education with no debt !...Thank you Penn Foster for changing my life !

4 out of 5
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2019

As a student, I've been with Penn Foster for many years counting. I'm enrolled in the Vet Tech program. I have seen the College evolve for the greater good and they continue to meet my expectations. They listen to our concerns and always find the best solutions. When I do stumble upon an issue with service, Penn Foster makes sure to solve it with all their resources to make me a happy student. Not only am I a student, I'm also a 2nd year Student Ambassador, a Student Mentor, a board member of the program's advisory committee. I couldn't have made it to those levels without Penn Foster!! The VT instructors strive for student success! We have financial and success coaches to reach out to and help guide us through tough times. We have national veterinary leaders as guest webinar speakers who share their amazing knowledge and skills to help us pass the VTNE exam. I recommend Penn Foster to all prospective students wanting to chase their passion of becoming a veterinary nurse/technician! I'd be happy to assist with any questions you may have: ajn8729@pennfoster.edu (-:

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019

After completing Penn Foster High School and having a great experience, I have just signed up for Penn Foster College as well. Everything is going very well and will be graduating soon. One of the best reasons why Penn Foster is great is because of its self paced courses.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Private Investigator
Graduation Year: 2010

I enjoy taking a course at Private Investigation at Penn Foster.I have received my Diploma.And you have to be find a job in Security Public Safety or You have to work in Private Security were the company offer private investigation.I Don't understand why do people thinking that Penn Foster can help to received license.Penn Foster is career institute that offer Diploma or Certificate get a job in field.My opinion take a state exam to become a certified what that you may enjoy.Penn Foster is a great school.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Please stay away from this school. No one will accept their credit. Almost impossible to get a hold of anyone. I completed 2 semesters and tried transferring and was charged per semester per transcript. So instead of it being $10 for an official transcript, they charged me $20 because I had 2 semesters completed. I also completed a 3 unit individual course and they said they couldn't find it. I had 3 University request transcripts on my behalf and all 3 have still not heard back from Penn Foster. Its been 3 weeks. That's why I had to call. It took exactly 44 minutes to get official transcripts mailed. And they don't do official emailed transcripts. The school I am transferring to told me to stay away from Penn Foster.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2010

Ok. My experience with this school was excellent. I never had any major problems. I was able to work at my own pace and billing was exactly how I thought it would be. I never had issues with materials being late or anything like that. When you sign up for a program like this you have to be self motivated and you have to pay on time and in full. If you can not do that then don't sign up. My degree is framed and got me a good job. Think about your situation before you sign up here. I would take another course here. I would also recommend this course IF YOU ARE SELF MOTIVATED. LOL.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2014

Initially the program was difficult to get through, however once the program director was replaced with Dr.J. H. it was challenging however user friendly. It is not an easy way out but a good program. You will learn and pass the boards. I recommend it to anyone who can't not afford nor go to a brick and mortar institution.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016

I was told to contact the student services phone number, however they just hang up on you. I can not transfer to another program despite not being able to do the required externship on the CPhT program. No student services available and I can not even transfer my program. I guess, I will be contacting Phoenix to try there.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2016

I enrolled at Penn Foster and began my program on March 1st, 2016. As of now I am 30% through it and so far, I think it's the best decision I've made concerning my education. I have been wanting to learn medical coding for a long time and I had actually found a free program online through WHO. I spent about a month doing that but I found it hard to stay motivated. I never knew how I was doing because there were no tests or progress checks. There was structure to how it was set up, but for my tastes it wasn't structured enough. I liked that it was at my own pace, but I needed tests and quizzes. I entertained applying to an online college that was "traditional" in the sense that there were due dates, and discussion boards, papers to write, etc. That wasn't what I wanted. I realized that I wanted a program structure without due dates, but that had a shelf-life. I don't want to drag this out. I wanted classes to take and not have to worry about how long it would take me to work on something. If I got a roll and wanted to move forward at a quicker pace I wanted to be able to do that as well. After a lot of research I landed on 2 schools. PF and Ashworth. PF won out because of the way they break down the coding classes at the end of the course. Ashworth just seemed to throw you in after teaching some fundamentals. PF seems to walk me in slowly and not push me into the wolves. The payments are affordable. I haven't needed to contact the school for anything because the community pages have a wealth of information. Answers to 99% of my questions are answered right on my dashboard's home page. When I read reviews of how others had issues with classes or finances I kind of feel bad for them. None of their problems seemed to be PFs fault. They decided to not finish or they didn't like it, or couldn't pay. I also read about several people getting upset because they couldn't contact the school on a daily basis. What? It's not set up that way. They don't hold your hand and if that's what you require, you should probably go to a brick and mortar. Penn Foster is for people that can stay motivated and WORK ON THEIR OWN. I'm no pro, but I keep reminding myself of my plans and that keeps me motivated. I have an average score of 99 so far and I'm not having any problem keeping it up. I only wish it were 100 but not everybody's perfect! ;) You have to do your research on schools before you sign on the dotted line or click submit. Before you even do that you must search within yourself and know what you really want. School is just a tool to help you get to where you want to be. It won't magically put what you want in your life. You must work for it, but enjoy it along the way. PF has been around for a LONG time and not because they cheat people out of their money and deliver nothing in return. You get out of it what you put into it. Real talk. Once I finish my program I plan to take my certification test as a Christmas present to myself and hopefully, I'll have a new job for New Year's! That's just the tip of the iceberg as far as my plans go. Wish me luck and I'll wish you all the luck in the world!!

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