American Sentinel University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (53)
You will always hear mixed reviews about DE schools and I think I can tell you why. Normally, to be successful in DE you must be disciplined, motivated, hard working, and willing to sacrifice a lot of free time with friends and family. You MUST be ALL of those things, otherwise your DE experience will be a bad one.
I thought ASU was a great school. The materials were 90% sufficient and the instructors were normally responsive and helpful. As with any human endeavor, there are always exceptions to the rule. I would recommend the school to anyone.
Hopefully this is not too vague, but I can not really stress enough the importance of being the four things I mentioned above. If any do not apply to you, do not expect ASU to be the right mold for you.
I am a current student of ASU and did not have any bad experience with them. I always also got quick response from staff and faculty members. Faculty members are also well qualified.
This is an online university and we (students) have to study by our own anyway. The advantage of online university is you can choose you own time and place to study. Text books are good. Tests and assignments are relevant too. Most of the courses have proctored final exams, which gave me a feeling of going to a real school They offer plenty of courses every month. Each course is either 8 weeks or 12 weeks long. Students can go on their own pace. We can also finish the course before the scheduled date and start a new course.
The only thing I missed was class/group discussion. There is a forum where students can go and post discussions, but everybody is does not work at the same pace so discussions are not worth.
ASU really worked for me since I am working and mom of two boys.
I chose Ashford because it began primarily as a brick and mortar school. The tuition is relatively inexpensive. The enrollment specialist were very nice, however, they disappeared once I paid. The financial aid is outsourced to a foreign country. You have a financial advisor who works for the school, but all they do is collect the Financial Aid information and cannot offer you anymore help then paperwork collection and approximate dates.
The classes go through blackboard, like most online schools, and thus far I like the "educational environment". The fact that Ashford has gone under numerous names in the past makes it hard to fill out online forms that ask for you college, because Ashford is never listed.
The educational faculty is very helpful and are mostly experts in that field. The book store is a third party and is very shady. I try to buy my books elsewhere, but sometimes I run into courses that requires a Ashford collaborated text.
Their admission policy is very lax. This leads to a lot of individuals being in a class that do not belong. I am sure that they are weeded out as the courses progress. I was a horrible under grad student, but I now receive a 4.0. So I will say that Ashford does give opportunities to those who may not have taken work serious during their undergrad work.
They are accredited, which is very important, but I am not sure I would choose them if I had it to do over again. It is not a bad school, but there are still a lot of areas that need to be ironed out. Relatively speaking, it is a very young online school. I would not recommend against Ashford. Education is ultimately the most important thing, and Ashford does offer a decent one. However, the other areas may turn off some individuals.