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Do not go here. This school is a scam. At first, Ashford seemed amazing. My request for more information about a bachelor's program was met within 10 minutes of an academic advisor's call. We immediately started the application process and things were going smoothly- my transcript was received and everything was in check. Then, Eric (my advisor) said classes were $1635- NOT INCLUDING BOOKS. For an online degree and 3 credit courses, that seemed like a stiff price. Then it gets worse. I asked if we could schedule another phone call for later in the week after I had time to think things over. We spoke again and I was hesitant after reading reviews of this school being a scam, so I asked if we could schedule a call for another day. I missed a call from him the next day and he left a voicemail saying he was able to get me preliminary access to a course to try things out- which seemed great. He called me 10 times in one day, 12 in another, and then the admissions department and financial department began calling me. At this point I found it amusing- my phone rang 27 times in a matter of two days and I had 11 voicemails from them. They were desperate to reach me, which seemed fishy. They began saying that I needed to provide a payment option to pay for the course which I didn't ask for nor even opened. After this, I received an email from my advisor, Eric, expressing his disappointment in me and that he "is at a loss for words and doesn't know what to say". Following that with: he "worked day and night and tried so hard to fulfill my needs" which is complete bullshit. This unprofessional school is a joke that wants your money. Don't fall for it!
This school is negative 5 in my book. I am currently enrolled in their International Business Program. It is a joke. My school is being paid for by a family member. IF YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY, DO NOT GO HERE. DO NOT TAKE OUT LOANS, DO NOT PASS GO. They have tried stealing my money on multiple occasions, aka charging me for classes I never took. I have sent my academic advisor 4 emails over the past month and I just now am getting an email from a different advisor stating she is taking over, but my old advisor has not scheduled me for classes. This means if I am not scheduled within the next week- I am wasting time and not working as hard as I can toward my degree. Bottom line, this school wants your money but suck at communication. No one knows what is going on, no one knows who is supposed to be helping who. You can spend your money somewhere else. Not to mention, these classes are like $1500 each and they STILL CHARGE FOR BOOKS. Go somewhere else. Highly recommended.
This school is terrible!!! They are a for profit school and do not care at all about the students. They want the money. I have had several issues with my advisors who when I asked for a break from class said ok we can do it for this long then the school sends me attendence warnings and tell me I am going to be dropped from the class!! When I call them out and send them the emails they sent me saying I could have the break they stopped responding!!! The last break I took my advisor told me I could have month off so I said ok lets do it. 2 weeks later I was called telling me the school is going to drop me for not posting in classes. I was not in a class at the time!!! It was ironic that my next disburstment of loans were going to hit a month later so instead I got schedule 2 weeks earlier to start and they cut my break short on their own!!!
This school only cares about how money they can extort from the students and do not care about your education. When I first started aside from the financial aid being a complete mess and no support form the financial aid department. Then I started taking their classes, and everything was great, and then I started to run into one teacher after another that hardly reply to questions and when they do they are rude and spiteful and sarcastic. I have found that they tend to give you a bad degree, so you have to re-take classes, so you have to spend more money for classes. The advisors are inconsistent and do not have your best interest at heart to guide you in the right direction. I had a 4.0 GPA, and the required classes are done, and my advisor refused to allow me to apply to honors college. As you get closer to graduating they require you to pay thousands of dollars to graduate or to transfer your transcripts. The mentality is here is your book, and your assignments figure it out. Which is fine with me but then when I get publicly ridiculed in discussion with my peers for not doing it right, I grow tired of the abuse and feel that there are so many other colleges out there that take much better care of their students. They do not care about the students they only care about money and how much they can extort out of students while allowing their teachers to grade on personal feelings and not on merit of work.
This school is a complete rip off. They cut your transfer credits down so you have to take more classes with them, hence more money. Also the Instructors, especially the ones that are so called Doctors try to fail you at every opportunity, so of course you have to take even more classes. Some of the Instructors are also insulting to students. Making snide remarks on papers. And some treat the papers like they are doctoral thesis, instead of undergrad weekly course work. Avoid Ashford, there are much better and more professional schools. I wish I could give it minus stars.
This school is the worst online university I have attended. The advisers and staff do not return your emails or phone calls in a timely manner. No one ever answers their phone and it will be days before you here back. Many times I had to call several times a day for a week before someone would return my call. The professors are not qualified to teach the material. My 10 year old has the same knowledge on subjects I was taught by Professors. I am a military wife and the school refused to update this in their system for over 2 years and finally at the end of that time demanded I pay them 6,000 to finish out my last semester. I would not recommend going to this school. They are unprofessional and will steal your money and pocket it. Keep copies of all communications with staff, because otherwise they will deny any issues you may have.
This college is a rip off. The financial aid office gives you the run around about your stipend and they tack on extra fees at the last minute. Your tuition increases its not worth the headache. If I could give it a negative 10, I would . I definitively wouldn't recommend anyone to this school.
The reason why I am sharing this negative review is because one instructor, Dr. G, and Associate Director of Academic Intergity, had absolutely no concern for the integrity of my grade in a course. Their online system, Waypoint, had been faulty to accept my class submission and absolutely no one assisted me in finding a solution to the error. I submitted hard evidence that I eagerly attempted many times to submit the assignment, but Waypoint would not accept it on my computer or other public computers. To ensure that I turned my final assignment in on time, I found an alternative by inboxing Dr. G. the FULL file of my assignment. She did not want to grade my assignment because it was not turned into Waypoint "on time", when the entire issue at hand WAS WAYPOINT! IT WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT...Then, I took the problem to appeals. The Director, came up with the conclusion on behalf of the entire University and said that he regrets to inform me that they will not be considering my case. He said that my computer had a virus and that it was for personal reasons that I did not get my assignment in.... As a straight A and B student in the class, I presented the question to Dr. G. and Mr. M. because neither one of them attempted to assist me with the problem concerning Waypoint (they have not even responded with a cause of ths reason why my assignment wasn't submitting): "Lastly, my question to you and Dr. G. would be, why would I complete an assignment and attempt to turn it in on time via email and not want to turn it into Waypoint for an acceptable grade, knowing that I am a straight A and B student?!".... Sadly enough, my experience has been ruined at Ashford, and until the day I graduate, my surveys and reviews will remain FLAMBOYANTLY NEGATIVE in remembrance of this infamous and grievous time. I hope that you don't have to experience what I have. PS: Once again, I still have not received an explanation why Waypoint has not been accepting my assignments, and why it has been faulty. I guess that they are going to sweep it under the rug.
Ashford University has a 14.8% Graduation rate for a reason...they only want your student loans. The classes are rudimentary in the knowledge they try to provide and most of the instructors are just phoning it in for the paycheck, or trying to impress you with their knowledge of the subject matter. You cannot teach "Database Management" in 5 weeks by posting 2 times a week and writing a paper every other. The database we were to build utilizing Adventure Works 2008....2008...not the 2012 or the 2014 version....but 2008. Why am I paying $1500 for a class that is using software that is 9 years old? The teacher responses to the discussions are so bland if they were a color it would be beige.... Here is a response to my 300 word post.."Nice description of your proposed database, P, and its data elements. How about relationships among these entity types? For example, what is the relationship between the Patient and the Equipment?"... Wow thanks instructor,,that really expanded my understanding,..... Do not waste your money on online BS, go to school on campus, even if it takes you longer the benfits of a classroom and face to face interaction with an instructor will pay you dividends. P.S. Average time for instructors to respond to you at Ashford for a question about homework 24-48 hours.. On campus in a classroom...as long it takes to raise your hand and ask " I have a question".
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!