Ashford University Reviews - Bachelor's in Early Childhood EducationSee reviews of all programs at Ashford University
I attended Ashford in 2012-2013 for my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education after speaking with a entrance counselor that assured me I would be able to become a Elementary school teacher in the state of Georgia after completing their program. After attending a year I learned from other teachers and contacting the GASPC that even upon completion I would not be able to become a teacher as it is not an Approved program in Georgia and therefore I could not sit for the GACE exam. Here I was taking out thousands of dollars in loans to earn a bachelors degree that I could not even use.Upon learning this I withdrew from the school. Why take out more debt for an education that is useless? They then said I owe $1200. They will not release my transcripts so I can go to a legit college unless I pay up. I have 66 useless credits and over $30,000 in debt because of this bogus school! I am not the only person that has been a victim to this. Several lawsuits have been made against the school with the last being announced in November of 2017 by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Ashford University is defrauding students making them go thousands of dollars in debt promising them an education they cannot use and no ability to repay because you cannot gain employment with the degree/piece of paper received. Their admission counselors are nothing more than sales agent targeting low income and military.
let me tell ashford online not good college when start my online thought would be good for me due easy but once start they call me all time for no reason then when person working with call me she was rude to me she make fun my write when send to there writing center they said was fine then when ask my teacher if was missing any home work anything she said no so think they kind rude to students online I went another college in person they never ask for these never send to the college had me take other english class took in other college that past then degree put me was what want to do in my life yes like work with children but want degree so be teacher in day care center and head start then found out my fasa was used yet at that college it was on 2 weeks thing the class had me take were no class I ask to take at nothing due my degree at all was in for law she had me law class that had nothing due with early child hood I try to talk to person who enrolls me she would listern to me I think college does care for student online in person college has to take childern class that nothing due with degree so drop off I did not even graduate due was treat fair or right had me in degree that did ask to then need lot help with my writing skills know one help me i have learning problem mean take me ex help the help was getting in to college she yell at me for no reason due she was order me like she was my teacher she was not good thing was she did call me due i guess her phone when call me would go thew i think worse online college not good college i could get free training i bet in day care for free go free classes to be teacher they would treat me better not good college to me why drop out
Attending Ashford University online was an overall great experience for me. I was able to complete my BA in Early Childhood Education while working full-time and caring for my family. The online forum is very user friendly and provides many different learning tools for students to utilize to gain a better understanding of the subject matter. The faculty at Ashford was very helpful and had a fast response time whenever I needed to reach out to them.
I was nervous to start an all online program but I did it anyways and I'm glad I did. I have read reviews of teachers and staff not being very helpful, but honestly when I first started I received one call a week from my advisor checking on me and making sure I was understanding things. I felt like it was too much for me but I know that they were just trying to be helpful. The online classroom is really easy to understand and I am able to work school around my busy schedule. It is more expensive than going to a local community college but this is the only way I could manage getting my degree. I am excited that they also have a real graduation ceremony and that I will get to visit San Diego! I live in SC and have never been that far west!
I am in my final few months at Ashford and it has been a truly satisfying experience. The courses were challenging and I learned a lot. It was a long journey and admittedly I thought about quitting a few times. Not the fault of the school, just my own laziness. A couple of minor hiccups with financial aid in the beginning, but nothing that wasn't easily solved. I admit that I was skeptical in the beginning of my online school journey. As a full time worker who desperately wanted a degree but couldn't afford to be away from work I knew that online school was probably the right path. I went into Ashford despite the number of negative reviews online. I admit that I was hesitant but then I decided to really read into what these people were complaining about. A lot of them claim that Ashford is only out for your money. Well it may be true that they expect you to pay for your degree, but what college doesn't? College is expensive. While Ashford may be very pricey, and I admit I am nervous about having to begin the long journey of student loan repayment, the cost is clearly stated to every student in the beginning. Never once was I dropped from a course or forced to pay for things that I didn't need to graduate. Another complaint I looked into is people claiming that their degree is useless and nobody takes an Ashford degree seriously. Well Ashford has been around for several years. Decades. Do you expect me to believe that out of the thousands of graduates from Ashford, that not one of them has earned employment? Please. Another complaint. People claiming that Ashford is not an accredited university. All you have to do to debunk that lie is check on WASC. You will see Ashford University right there in black and white. Regionally accredited. Which if I am not mistaken is what you want. Some of the complaints i read where just laughable. One saying that Ashford is fake because they accept people with GEDs. Yeah? So do a majority of colleges in the United States..genius. One of my favorite complaints was a girl who apparently hated everything about Ashford and was embarrassed to be associated with it. Yet she clearly states in the beginning of her complaint that she is currently enrolled to earn her second master's degree from them. So she hates the school and is embarrassed to attend, but yet she is continuing to give them her money for a second master's degree, that I will bet nobody is forcing her to get. Yeah..I don't get it either. My advice is do your homework. Read the documents before you sign them. Don't think that online means easy and a free ride. Just read the fine print and do what is best for you.
Wow. Really don't understand the negativity about this school. Really kind of amusing though to read some of the ridiculous comments. But let's get serious. Ashford University is a legitimate school. It is in fact an accredited college. The professors are highly educated individuals who not only ask for but often times demand quality work. Some professors are fairly laid back and some are practically slave drivers. I took a film class thinking it would be a piece of cake...boy was i wrong. The instructor constantly wanted more and more and always demanded we turn in the best work. That is how college is folks. You are expected to work hard and also pay for your education. It is like that with any higher education institution worth anything. Ashford is great. Yes it is pricey. Yes there are a lot of rules and regulations. My advice, read the fine print. This is not a diploma mill. Would a name as respected as Forbes honestly tie itself to Ashford if it wasn't legitimate? Think about it. I recommend this school. But be warned..you will be expected to work for and pay for your degree.
I enrolled with Ashford University in 2013 and I have had nothing but great experiences. The course work is challenging and exciting, and I am only 7 months away from obtaining my bachelor's degree. I have truly learned a lot thus far and I have already been able to find a job in my field of study due to my knowledge gained within my program. You have to put in the work to see the results. It isn't going to be spoon fed to you, which is what a lot of people seem to expect. If you try hard and put in the time and dedication, you will succeed! Be prepared to write A LOT of essays, though. This can be quite challenging but it's a great way to learn about the subject you are in. Good luck!
I did not graduate. I was able to go back to work and my financial aide had ended. The financial aide department sent my funds back but still charged me for a class I did not take. I called their FA department and they would not/could not tell me what class I did not take, that I was supposedly signed up for. Now they have turned the cost of the class over to the collection agency. I was dropped from the class and did not attend. Very disappointed.
Okay. Let's clarify a few things. So many negative reviews about this school, but so much similarity to the complaints. "This is a trash school, because I got caught plagiarizing someone else's work!" Umm really, a school that doesn't allow cheating is a trash school? "All they want is your money!" Hmm, is there some magic college out that doesn't require you to pay for your education? "I can't find a job anywhere with my degree and they promised!" Name me one school online or otherwise that guarantees employment after graduating. "The professors are so mean! They expected me to turn in quality work on time!" Welcome to college ladies and gentlemen! "The professors are dumb and uneducated!" Really? I don't consider people with multiple PhDs dumb or uneducated. "My degree from here is useless! Nobody hires anyone with an online degree!" Again, really? I have an online degree in early childhood education and guess what? I work in early childhood education! And on that same topic, I have three friends with degrees from "legit" colleges as you naysayers like to say, and none of them can find work in their field! Seriously, I could go on and on with the ridiculous rants of these people who want to put this school down. Bottom line here is, yes, Ashford is for-profit. Yes, they are expensive. But what school isn't? They are an accredited university. Seriously. Feel free to look that up. The people that are putting this school down are just those types that want to find fault with everything. So all of your instructors don't send you daily e-mails to tell you how wonderful you are? So your academic advisors don't hold your hand and babysit you? Welcome to adulthood people! You are going to encounter this anywhere you go! Bottom line, if college is too much for you to handle, then please stay away. Don't discourage other people from attending Ashford simply because you failed to realize that school was going to take money and work. I apologize for the length of this, but I just get so sick of people complaining about the dumbest things or making up lies about this school simply because you want to be lazy and/or not pay for something you signed up for. And for anyone getting ready to accuse me of being a representative of Ashford, I can assure you I am not. Nor am I being paid to write this. Have a nice day everyone!
I was contacted by Ashford recruiting. I explained that I was looking for a program for earning my teaching credential for the elementary level and was guaranteed that their program would help me. Foolishly I trusted what I was told. As my senior year began I had still not taken any courses towards the elementary level of education. I had questioned why all my classes were geared toward preschool and was told over and over again that this was a beginning point and that the classes I was talking about would come later. The last straw came when I was assigned a course in preschool administration. I called my academic adviser (the 7th one in 3 years) and he finally got back to me the beginning of the third week of the course (too late to drop it). After that course, I called him again and was finally able to pin him down, "No, Ashford does not offer the credential program you need to get your teaching certificate". I accused him of lying to me and he said that he never promised me I'd get my credential, that he said I would get a bachelor's degree and that all you need in most states to teach. However; from the very beginning I wanted my credential and always mentioned it when talking about my future. When I found a new university and applied for my transcript, and suddenly had a balance due. I called the finance office for an explanation and the one they gave made no sense, but I can return to classes at Ashford immediately. They won't release my transcript until I pay the balance in full as long as I want to go to another school. So, I can return to taking classes from them, but they won't let me get an education anywhere else.