Ashford University Reviews - Bachelor's in Business
Review of Business Bachelors Degrees
I feel like I was mislead again. I did everything that I was told to do by you and your staff at Ashford University only to be failed by your school just to increase my balance and get money. I was trying to make you aware that I did not want to start any courses until the balance of $6829 was cleared with my financial aid and loans. I was awarded over $9000 in grants, loans and fininacial aid which would have covered the balance due. No one went over the courses selected for me. I called financial services, student services, student advisor and yourself just to make you all aware of this. Your response was not to worry about any balance now, just do the work. I have done as told, with achieving an A average as my balance continued to increase weekly. I called many times to make everyone unaware that there may have been an error but I was passed around to different department. On August 1 my disbursements were applied to my account and it left a balance of about $2800 and I must pay it before I can complete any courses. I explained my situation to you and everyone else. I am a struggling single parent with only a part time job. My goal was to complete school so that I can get my degree towards getting a better job so that I will be able to take care of my family. I do not care if I do not receive any stipend. I just want a 0 balance so that I can complete school and you promised that. I am not in more debt and a financial bond. This has caused me much stress, depression, and I feel betrayed again by Ashford University. Getting my degree is my goal and my dream. You are taking that away from me. No one has returned my call since the monies was disbursed and your received you money. This is so unfair. What did I do wrong besides trust in you and your staff at Ashford University. Please refund or stop or any monies from my Financial Aid, Loans or Grants immediately. It has only been 3 weeks and your school is preventing me from continuing. Now they have that I owe $6000 after I cancelled my registration because they added more courses to my account.
The staff are not helpful and generally rude. I was asked to submit some paperwork and did a couple dozen times in three different formats. Over a span of several months I was repeatedly told they did not have the paperwork and did not know why I needed to submit it. When I was threatened with not being able to complete school I was finally told they had a dozen copies but it was not completed correctly. I fixed it and submitted but was so close to quitting. I did quit when a professor refused to accomodate my disability! Now they have sent me to collections. Biggest waste of time and money ever!
Don't waste your money. The school is misleading, the classes are a joke, and you're worse off than when you started. The classes are extremely overpriced and the online courses make you pay for books and materials you don't even use. I have been trying to work with the financial aid office for months to resolve a dispute over a balance on my account and have heard everything from "don't worry about it," to "well if you can't afford it, then you can drop out." The advisors also lie flat out when you start by telling you, you can work ahead in class and have time for your job. They don't tell you that you have to post something weekly regardless of if you've done all the work. They also don't tell you that some classes require you to post multiple days a week just to get credit. The online classroom is terrible since they made their "upgrade." It's a nightmare to navigate and you have to scroll through a massive log to find anything. Seriously, to anyone considering this school, run the other way!
My company is paying for the entire process, and I'm not sure if I would have chosen Ashford if that weren't the case. However, I'm not sure if I would have ever perused my degree if they hadn't offered to pay for it. Staff is professional and tentative, courses are easy to understand, and I enjoy the flexibility. I am on my 6th course and have yet to feel challenged. With that being said, I would say I'm not a moron but I wouldn't classify myself as very bright person, yet somehow I have received all A's. Ashford from my point of view is a do it, try your personal best, and get a good grade program. Since my company is paying for my education I have no worries about them accepting the validity of my degree. However if I do decide to leave my current place of employment, I'll have my fingers crossed that they take into consideration my experience along with my degree. Just beginning my education with Ashford has gotten me a promotion and a nice pay increase, so I would say do it! Enroll! But with that being said, make sure you finish what you start. Simply paying Ashford does not guarantee your degree; you have to get your work done on time, and follow directions. Grind now. Shine later
There are many mixed reviews about this college. I have been attending this college for a couple of years. I will graduate in one month with a bachelors in organizational management, and will continue my education at Ashford University. In my opinion this college is for professionals and people who get things done on their own. If you are not one of those people, and you constantly need support this college is probably not for you. Financial aid and advise for career questions is something you may need to pursue on your own. Prior to starting at Ashford University I had previously attended the University of Texas. There is much one on one support when attending large state colleges,. However, when attending an online school such as Ashford University do not expect that same amount of support. It would be unreasonable to believe that they would be able to give you the same amount of attention. The coursework provided at University is delivered in abundance. If you are not a self-starter or driven individual it will be a challenge for you to succeed. I have completed classes while working in a high-level management position at one of the largest all and gas service companies. This school required a lot of my personal time. The school in my opinion has been exactly what I needed in order to obtain my goals by accomplishing my bachelors degree. I will be pursuing a MBA and I will have it completed within the next year and a half. I hope this helps people who are considering attending Ashford University.
I've attended traditional brick and mortar schools. One of them being a state university. However, being a full-time employee and a full-time student is nearly impossible to make happen these days. At least if you value your health, time and money. So, I did a lot of research prior to enrolling in an online university and decided to go with Ashford. Like in most colleges, you will experience both good and bad instructors. Some were very helpful and some were anything but. Ashford has taken measures to improve its reputation and maintain its status as an accredited online university. This is very important if you intend to also follow up with a Masters and so forth. Be aware that online NOT for everyone. In fact, I would dissuade the majority of people from attending an online university unless they know for a fact they can be disciplined in their studies and not require face to face interaction to stay motivated. Some drawbacks were the advisors. They changed on me three times during my time at Ashford. That is NOT professional. Apparently, they have a high turnover rate. Not sure if that's still true today.
I have been attending Ashford University for a year now and it has been a pleasure working from my academic advisor, financial aid department, all my instructors, and classmates. If you communicate to them early enough, they will be flexible with your assignments or any other needs. They have a mentorship program that is awesome. My mentor reaches out to me once a week which shows the effort they put into their students. No complaints here. Thank you for everything Ashford.
Ashford is a good school, period. They are not a diploma mill. They have standards. Their admission policy is liberal, which means that many people who enroll will not complete their degree program. However, the expectations are the same as at "regular" colleges - read the assigned material, follow the instructions, demonstrate understanding of the material.
I do not understand why there are so many negative reviews. You most definitely have to work hard and believe me when I say the course "crunch" is grueling but at the end it is very worth it to pursue a degree with this school. I did have a couple instructors that were subpar but for the most part they were outstanding. As for the cost, my youngest daughter is considering a school that charges almost $1200 per credit so at $450 a credit it's a bargain... I graduated with a 3.74 overall GPA; 3.54 in Information Systems and a 4.0 in Psychology. I finished my degree on February 8, 2016 and am planning to return in a couple months to pursue a Masters in Psychology.
Ashford is a great school. My advisors were always available to answer any questions I had. I love the format and I felt challenged with the assignments. If you want to go back and further your education, you should check out Ashford. I'm a busy Mom of two young boys and I work full time. If I can do it, then anyone can.