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I see so many people upset with how bad Ashford is, but all of the classes along with the staff were incredibly helpful. And yes, I have debt, but everyone does. I'm working on applying for my MSW and got a great job because of my BA. Graduation on stage in Iowa and seeing them gain accreditation during my time there showed they care. I also got to see the first class of campus students graduate. The only negative I saw (and this happens at every college) is that higher education programs force you do work and actually learn the material. Since it's all online, it really helps you gain a sense of passion and if you do it right, follow through as well. I'm incredibly satisfied and sad at the same time because they don't have an MSW program and my guidance counselor straight up told me, that he didn't want me to spend money on a degree that didn't necessarily set me up for positions I wanted. And for the record, I did 18 months at Ashford and a little under $20,000 in debt, which translates to less than a semester at my second school of choice for my Masters, USC, which can run you upwards of $50,000 a year.
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.
This is my second graduate level degree with Ashford University. I graduated with my MAOM in 2013 and returned for my MBA. The MBA program was challenging and at often times really hard. Online programs have this stigma that they are somehow easier. Technology has made it easier to ACCESS learning opportunities. The curriculum is just as challenging as a traditional in- classroom learning institution. You must be self motivated and be prepared to show off and improve your writing skills. Yes there are exams and tests, and deadlines. The online library is an outstanding resource at your fingertips 24/7. I believe they've won awards for the vast and in-depth availability of periodicals and scholarly journals. The instructors are incredible. Yes, I've had a couple duds, but I've also had the opportunity to learn from professors who graduated from top schools such as Stanford or Cornell and former CEOs and CIOs of top firms. The virtual classroom experience is incredible and focused on learning. All I see is a name when interacting with other students in the discussion boards. This is important because in an in-classroom environment we, as humans, tend to judge others, and then filter our interpretation of their discussion based on frivolous attributes such as their posture, outward appearance or voice. In an online environment those factors are removed and are not influencing how I'm perceiving their discussion or response. Instead I'm focusing on what they have written in accordance with the topic. Lastly - distance learning is not for everyone, but if you want the flexibility to work full time and/or raise a family and earn a degree then consider AU. It will not be "easy" the programs are accelerated. Be prepared to dedicate several hours a week to your studies and assignments. It will be worth it. It will go fast and it will help you advance as a person and in your career. Yes I've studied theories but each degree program is designed to help You understand how to turn theory into practice. I can say with full certainty that earning my degrees with AU have helped me excel in my career and helped me showcase my skills and earn promotions and raises. You get out of it what you put into it. If you think 6-10 hours a week sounds like a lot ask yourself how much time you spend on social media, playing games on your phone and watching TV. Sacrifice that for a couple years and make the time you spend in front of a "screen" with it. Good luck and congratulations in advance for choosing to better yourself!
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.
This is an awesome school, very interactive, lots of attention from professors and advisors. All of my work has been graded promptly, anytime I have had a question it was answered almost immediately. If I needed to skip a course, all I needed to do was communicate my needs. Great school, great staff.
I am currently a senior at Ashford and graduating this year. So far I love this school because t has allowed me to work while finishing up with my degree. The classes aren't hard if you are willing to put in the work. Since this is an accelerated program you have more work than usual that is due every week and if you fall behind you will lose your participation points. Your grade is really up to you. Only cons I have we're the initial process of transferring credits and selecting the appropriate classes. I felt that there was a lot of miscommunication with departments which was irritating. I also had an issue with one teacher which I dropped her class and took it with another and passing with flying colors! Also, I wish the tuition was lower and they didn't charge for dropping classes. I am very excited to graduate this year!!
I am about to start my last class here at Ashford and this has been the best experience of my life when it comes to education. Everyone here has been amazing from students to staff. I am using my military GI bill to pay for it and they made the process seamless. My advisors and other staff members have always been there for me if I need them. I would recommend this school to anyone.
I have been attending Ashford for a little over a year now and have had little to no problems. I am able to contact my adviser, change classes, request time off, contact student wellness, and financial aid easily. It is actually much easier to talk to an Ashford employee versus my first (on campus) college. I have been able to keep a 4.0 all this time and have only had one problem with a professor. This particular teacher did not like that I was given extra time by the school and marked me down. Instead of whining about it I dropped the class, quickly, and retook the class with a different teacher. I can tell you that at any school you will find teachers that will grade a student based on personal opinion, it has happened to me before. I love the curriculum and how wonderful it is to be home with my son and still finish my education. I transferred 69 credits out of 75 total and now I am only 10 classes away from a degree. I absolutely love Ashford.
Dont withdraw, they will change your grades.....instructor will also chage your grade if you question them about something. Ashford is a poor choice for a school. I went there two years and tuition changed three times. DONT GO HERE! FORGET ABOUT THE DEAN.....JUST GETTING PAID!
I am a Junior at Ashford University, and can say that so far it has been one amazing and challenging journey. I hear a lot of people down playing Ashford's accreditation, and just want to state that there are 6 major accrediting agents in the United States, and the WASC "Western Association of Schools and Colleges" is one of them. Ashford was accredited by the WASC in 2013 and came up for a review in July of 2015, and successfully passed the examination. Don't believe me, go to the WASC website and discover this for yourself. I have the letter from the WASC to Ashford saved on my desktop to show those naysayers that Ashford is a really good college to attend. Those who fail to succeed have to have someone to blame for their failures and who else better to blame than the school they attend, rather than their on lack of dedication. I am not one to brag; however, I have been very successful in college and think I have made the best choice in choosing Ashford to lead me to success. Yes, it may be a little expensive; however, I do believe you get what you pay for in an education. School is what gives you the tools to work with; It is your place to choose whether to use those tools or not, and whether you choose to initiate them. NO school can make you a 4.0 or a 2.0 student, only the student has the power over his or her success in college and after. I am a 4.0 student with Ashford. I am there to make something out of myself, and I did not know that I was capable of such success as I feel like I am the least smart of most; however, I study hard. First, you have to determine why you are in school in the first place? Are you there for the education, or the finance? If you are in school for a great education, I would highly recommend Ashford, it is very challenging and fulfills well-rounded educational goals. If you are worried about being financially taken care of rather than an education, go to human services for help because you will never get much further than welfare. Anyway, this is my moral and ethical opinion regarding most of the negative thoughts I have read against Ashford University.