Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (135)
For anyone considering Penn Foster please do your due diligence before you pursue an education with any college, for profit or non profit. Some states will not accept nationally accredited degrees for law enforcement positions (i.e. Texas) however there are many that do. I am somewhat of an older student and have no desire to pursue an LE job but want to get into security management. PF offers the AS degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in security studies. This was right up my alley and that's why I chose PFC. I also know that my options would be somewhat limited with an associates and that's why I've re-enrolled for my bachelors in CJ with Penn Foster. So needless to say I was satisfied with the program. Everything was up to date and whenever I had a problem or a question I could call or e-mail and get my problem resolved or question answered in a very timely manner. Most of the complaints you'll read on this forum are from those that are either poor distance learners or underestimated the amount of work of online study or both. Distance learning is not for everybody. You must know that you'll be able to push through with the program--mentally, physically and financially. That said, I had a good experience with Penn Foster and continue to in my bachelors program.
I enrolled in this school because I thought finding practicum sites would be okay. When I finished all four semesters and had to do practicum 2, which entailed large annals, I was unable to obtain a site. I looked all over different states and whenever I said I was going to Penn Foster they refused to help me. The school had a bad rep. Unless you have a relationship already with a large animal clinic you are better off choosing a distance learning school who had an on site facility to do these skills or you will be very disappointed in the end. Many students have had this problem and the school will say otherwise. The courses are good but you are left on your own in the end and the school does not care. They already got your money
I was skeptical, like everyone else, about Penn Foster at first. I was worried about whether or not it was a college that could be taken seriously to receive a degree from. I have researched it many time and found that it a good, accredited school. I love the curriculum. I love the course work that I am given. Everything is at your own pace which was what mainly won me over. I went to a traditional technical school for one semester and dropped out because maintaining a 40+ hour work schedule with due dates for assignments and classes were too much. I am pleased that I can do this work at my own pace, on my time. All my assignments have been graded within a couple days. The material that they mail to you comes quick in the mail, but it's not even needed because they put the material online for you too, and I just mainly use that. The instructors are helpful with questions, and they have even helped me out when I didn't understand one of the assignments. Very pleased with the school. I am currently enrolled for associate in Vet Tech. I wish they had a bachelor program for it, but at least I do hope to enroll for their bachelor program for Business Management. I hope that it all pays off in the long run.
I have been employed as a paralegal for more than ten years; however, I have never finished by college education. Two years ago, I decided to enroll in the Penn Foster College program. I have been completely satisfied with this experience. I have found that the materials are excellent and, if a student is dedicated in his/her studies, this program will prepare you for an entry level paralegal position. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who would like to enter the legal field . . . an area where there is almost always well compensated employment available.
This school is a joke. They move like slugs. They have CVT employees grading English papers, who have no idea what they are doing and each exam so far and I am through semester 2 I have had to have them correct but it was graded wrong. Very sad when you have to go back and correct your own tests because the instructors got it wrong. My English composition papers are still waiting to get graded after being submitted over three weeks ago. Doc Jim hides and doesn't deal with any of the conflict. I have reached out and emailed and called them 32 times to get past just this English Comp class....really scared to see how poorly they handle the next two semesters. Also....none of their credits transfer to other colleges....just beware!
I love this school! Penn foster gives me the ability to work and study at my own pace. It is a fully accredited school. I had no trouble when I needed to extend my time. I am getting a quality education. They do not give any slack because you are doing it online. At this point I am fully satisfied that I am getting a quality education, fully accredited, and for a fraction of the cost I paid at Indiana Wesleyan University for my first degree. This one will be paid before I am finished and my employer has reimbursed my tuition. I could not be happier. They even gave fair or better on credits for classes from my previous degree. Jen
I just recently received my Diploma. I had a great experience with this school. It is affordable, the materials and books arrived quickly and the assessments were well explained. What I like the most is that you could work at your own pace.
The instructors were helpful as the student support services. I am glad I found Penn Foster, I had tried other online school but should not finish all of my assignments when they were due because of my schedule.
PF was better than I expected. I completed my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. I am know enrolled in the Bachelor's Degree Program. Everything is going extremely well for me. Everything is at your own pace, and you get what you put into it. If you don't do the work, then obviously you're not going to get anything out of it. I enjoy this type of learning. Decide how you learn to decide if this school is right for you. You will have to put forward an effort if you want to graduate from any school.
The pricing is awesome compared to the other universities and colleges. For my degree, it's going to be around 4800 total for my entire program. Which is not unreasonable at all. They offered more than enough time for me to complete my studies. They gave about a year per semester to complete. Much more than most colleges and universities. Every experience I have had with Student Services has been pleasant and very helpful. I receive my books within 8 business days of the day they were shipped. If you're going to attend an online college you need to be self motivated, and willing to put work into it. If you actually put forward an effort into achieving your goals then you will. GOOD LUCK!!
I just want to warn everyone to STAY AWAY from PennFoster. This school has given me nothing but headaches. You don't get up-to-date information for your class. You get old school hand me downs about 6+ years old.
At first when i started contacting a professor it seemed like they wanted to help but as time went on it seemed like a chore to the and that they really didn't want to help at all. I even sent in one project and their "5 year old system" corrupted my file and they only got part of it. Then they argue with me for over a month and say its my fault and that i had to re-do it. I did re-do it 3 times and still nothing.
Their email would only receive my messages part of the time and they wouldn't do anything. They kept saying its not our fault. Give us your money and suck one. So i will make sure everyone knows what kind of school this is and save you the headache and pain that i went through.
The online school has helped me a great deal as I have a busy schedule and have little time for scheduling class time at a campus. I researched Penn Foster before beginning classes with the Dept. of Education. The organization in which they are accredited (Distance Education and Training Council-DETC) is accepted by the Dept. of Education as a legitimate college for obtain degrees.
I found the monthly installment payments to benefit me. I pay ahead a few months, to be advanced on my payments. Less worries for me. I have had NO problems with Webinars, The online system or anything of technical issues. I gather some people may have an old computer, or a system that requires updated software, or perhaps they don't know how to operate a computer well. However, I do.
I also obtained a certificate in Microsoft Office 2010 before beginning my studies in Business Management. When my software arrived I attempted to download it to my operating system. As it was trying to overwrite my current software I was finding my laptop to be troublesome with the new program. So I called Penn Foster. I only had to speak to ONE agent before I was transferred to the Professor to instruct me further. He was tremendously helpful and extremely kind. I enjoyed his help and found that my problem was actually a simple one, which I was able to fix myself, with his guidance.
I save the best for last. I am thoroughly impressed with the materials I have received from Penn Foster. The Introduction to Business is thorough and concentrated. The study guides have proved to be necessary and do help focus on areas that WILL be on the examinations. I am preparing to take a Proctored Exam.
Proctored Exams are a way for the school to prove its own credibility and yours as a long distance student. Proctored exams, under the monitoring of pre-approved proctors (who have a degree) simply help to monitor students as they take important examinations without the help of the internet or online materials; or any help from outside individuals with the answers for the questions on their Finals. I'm excited to finally take my final exam.
For anyone who has had technical difficulties with your laptops or computers while taking webinars, I am certain that no one can aid you if all you need is a new computer, java or flash script ability. I believe the school will do all they can to assist you with your technical issues as they did me.
Too much blame and finger pointing on the school. Sometimes it is the student late with payments or getting their classes accomplished. Just because it is a Distance Learning Institution doesn't mean that we can just neglect our classes, webinars or payments. There still must be a schedule, I believe, to obtain goals. I rank Penn Foster highly among Distance Learning institutions.