Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (146)
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.
I enrolled about a month ago. I love the classes. They allow you to work at your own pace. So, if work has you tired or the kids are screaming, you don't have to worry about doing any work.
The testing is easy. Just read and highlight the important stuff and you'll be ok.
I'm so glad I decided to come here. With a little dedication and some study time, you can make this program work PERFECTLY for you!!
You know what sucks about this school is they don't tell you anything I pay 1200.00 for this school... I have to call them to find out whats going on... you think you would of contact you and help you out if your fail a subject.... NO you got to call them fools! How is that a help? They can't help you much BECAUSE their on the phone!
OH yea if your failing a subject you have to pay more!!!! for each of the failing subject! I don't have the money to pay again!!! and I wish they would tell you these things in the beginning but of course not they want your money any way and any how they can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not going to give you guys a good review!!!!!!
I switched programs which was not a problem. The reason I switched I was told by major employers that penn foster would not help in med. admin. that I should go to DSC. So I switched to med. transcribing.
But later when I wanted my grades transferred over all I got was attitude from an "instructor' what a joke. She informed I didn't need med. admin. to get a job. Was told if i can anwser phones I could get an entry level job. WHAT??????????? So when I was switched to another ignorant idiot I told them I just wanted to quit.I was told pay them 319.00 and it would be done..
They were so nice before they had my money. I am stuck now with a useless course and crappy support from penn loser. PLease do not attend penn loser. Awaste of tome and money.
I have had nothing but great experiences with Penn Foster, both the Career School and the College. They are very flexible. When I call about anything I get a response quickly. I would recommend this education to anyone who is on a budget, but still wants to get ahead and educate themselves.
I enrolled in Pennfoster because it was supposed to be a do it at your own pace school. I enrolled when my son was 8 months old because I thought that I could do it a my own pace. My son is now 2 and they have kicked me out twice because I am studying to slow.
When I have tried to contact them about the situation they have never responded. They say that I owe them payments, when I paid them. The courses were okay. When I had questions about assignments the instructors were not there to help me.
Loved everything about this school! Great staff, affordable tuition, no waiting, prompt shipments-would recommend it to anyone!
I saw the bad reviews... but I thought my experience would somehow be different. I thought these were just flukes and people didn't take the time to write about it if they were having a good experience. But nope, it really is as bad as they say! I'm doing the Vet Tech program. I'm in my 1st semester and there are already a ton of problems.
For instance, they don't have record of me attending the webinars, then when I ask what I need to do to fix that they send me to another, and then another, and then another person, none of which can actually give me an answer on what to do. Finally someone told me to call the webinar company, which I did, and they said they arent allowed to give that information out due to confidentiality. So now I can't move on in my studies until I RETAKE the webinars.. and I guess this time just *hope* they will register.. what a joke.
Not to mention each and every person I talked to was super rude and short.. and led me to yet another dead end. The only people who work there that are nice are the people who get you signed up. Then get ready for logistical details that will have your 2 year grad goal end up being more like 4... Run for the hills!
Emails to student services were not helpful and missed the point.
Webinar 2 hrs. of back strain, so...why don't you cover a serious volume of material. I have a forum and an audience forced here so; BLAH...BLAH...BLAH, could make more constructive use of class time.
2 weeks late to a class discussion board due to a shipment date, not aware for another week, problems posting, problems with student services not understanding what difficulty in posting means. BOOO! Hire a third grader, a little more computer savvay. Most likely, would understand what having a problem posting would mean. It is a tech. issue.
Never met my peers, it is a computer based independent study course. Do use a discussion board. Most of the feedback is, "I agree with you." Run-on sentences, typos, bad grammer, poor punctuation, and so on. Also, not following the directions. No real pleasent knowing this is generation next. Why are people still rubber stamp, next through the education system. Functionally illiterate and passing. Go elsewhere for your educational needs, if you don't have any standards go to PF. Graduate with honors. You deserve it for dealing with all the hoops you had to jump through prior to graduation.
I started the medical assistant program at Penn Foster. When I got to my second semester, there were courses that required webinars, some that were in 2 parts. For one of the courses, I did part 1, and kept waiting for a part 2 so I could move on with the course. They kept scheduling times that were inconvienient for me.
I emailed the instructor quite a few times before receiving an answer. She said that they scheduled the webinars around a majority of their student's schedules. Well, I am sure I was not the only one who needed an evening webinar because of my work schedule! When I withdrew, she tried to be all nice and want to know when a convient time for me was. A little to late for that!