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Please understand that this review only reflects my own personal experience with Ashford University. I am halfway through my Maters degree in Education at Ashford University and I don not have any complaints. I actually am working abroad and they have been fantastic with getting in touch and understanding the logistic difficulties I may have and time difference issues I can face. The fact that the entire course is online including ALL books and resources is a life saver for me. My husband did his Masters through a "better known" university and we had to have all of his books send via DHL if they were not available online and often times they came a 1-3 weeks after his course started. I am completely satisfied with the online format as well. It is easy to navigate and offers a plethora of information outside of your courses. The school is accredited nationally and regionally which is a huge bonus and the classes are both relevant and demanding so I feel that I am being challenged and improving my practice. It has been a professional and efficient program and definitely legitimate educational experience for me. Regards
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.
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!
Like every university in the US they are focused on making money. I would like to address the QUALITY of classes and teacher. Very strict on plagiarism, classes are tough and teachers are very demanding. It's a lot of work, requiring you to always work on material, manageable unless you reach the last year, when you are mentally exhausted. teachers are very quick in answering your demands, questions, etc, and the office staff is decently reachable. I am thinking to start my master degree at Ashford.
I finished my bachelor's and master's with this school, and next month I am starting on my second masters. I've been completely happy with my experience here. There have been a few minor annoyances, like a few teachers (out of about 40 that I've had) that were not great, and I thought the initial enrollment process was excessive. But it was totally worth it and most of the teachers are awesome. The work is challenging but not stressful. There has never been a problem with my financing in my five plus years with the school, and the advisers are extremely competent and helpful. I don't understand the reviews saying there are financing problems because that's the opposite of my experience. If you read the negative reviews closely, you'll see that most of them are written by people who haven't grasped basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and really just don't belong in college. This is why they are having bad experiences. It is not a reflection of the quality of the school. My bachelors degree from this school literally doubled my income.
Ashford was a good experience in the beginning but as I got on down the line they started saying that my financial aid didnt pay for me to attend school then they kicked me out of school because they said that I wasnt in attendance but I wasnt able to do anything because none of my final assignments were graded so I was kicked out then they started emailing saying that I would have to pay them a large amount then I might be able to get back in so Ashford is not a good school they only want money.
I would like to give you my perspective of my search for a good college, my experience and where I am now because of Ashford. I have my Bachelors degree in in Health Care. I am currently a retired Physical Therapist. My organization/agency was strongly recommending Masters and Doctorate level pursuits. Since I was towards the end of career as a therapist is was not interested in further my PT Degree but was leaning toward Management. I started with School who claimed to cater to military personal. But during my first class I was deployed for Disaster Relief and could not attend evening classes because we did not have electricity. This school would not consider this as a hardship and I failed the class for attendance at full cost. After a year of searching, still gun-shy from this experience, I found Ashford. I enrolled and began classes. I found the learning and interaction with Faculty and Classmates very stimulating. I finished with my Masters degree and applied for a position as a CEO for Health Care Center, and now I oversee Six Hospitals and several Ambulatory Care facilities. My education through Ashford was a great investment.
Listen to this review. I got my breakthrough at Ashford University. The school is reliable but expensive. There is a lot of work that is required, but most of it is writing. Ashford is an equal opportunity school. Meaning it generally lets anyone attend that applies. The real issue is that most of the negative posts are from people that should not be going to college in the first place. The students that post negative comments holistically cant fulfill the rigorous standards and are upset when they have to return their precious government funds. Remember that this University is regionally accredited which is the gold standard in academia. I am now enrolled in ta graduate program through a respected University. Thanks again to Ashford University.
My Ashford experience was almost exclusively excellent. I was exceptionally pleased with the intake by eight wonderful counselor. The instructors were almost always helpful. The resources provided were very good, especially for my exclusively online degree path.
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