Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (629)
I would not chose this college again. If I wasn't almost done, I would transfer. The classes are basic and don't require a whole lot of work. I feel as though I am basically paying for my degree and to write a few papers about 3-8 pages in length. Some of these classes are a joke too. Just a way to make money in my opinion. The finances are crazy and trying to get your disbursement, well you better just sit back and wait for it becauase it's not coming soon. I was signed up for a class that required a pre requisite and bought a book and then the day before class began, I was told I couldn't take it! Wouldn't recommend.
Horrible. I stopped attending because the professors and classes were awful. I now attend a new school and just received a $3,000 bill from Ashford. AWFUL do not go here. They are happy to take your money and not tell you. I was often more educated than the professors anyway.
Excellent program for three reasons: it allowed me to tailor my 'class time/study-time' to what worked best for my work and travel schedule; it is truly a 'you get out of it what you put into it' kind of program'; and the overall level of tasks and requirements for the courses was more than appropriate for what the course was really about. Yes, it is is distance learning, but unlike a campus setting, it is about doing the work, not dealing with the ego issues of a face to face professor and the stress that can create. The Forbes School of Business is a good program--you learn new things but you you learn, most importantly, how to THINK about new things--and that is what an executive needs to be able to do in order to effectively lead teams and manage new situations. Finally, at the end of it all, one has to take the (relatively new) National Comprehensive Examination for MBA Candidates. I admit a great deal of trepidation because this is the same exam that all of the folks at the "real" business schools take: how would I do? How well was I really prepared? I scored in the 99th percentile--not a brag, but it shows that I really had learned what I needed to do to be competitive with other MBA program graduates. Do I wish I had gone to a 'big league' B-school? Sure--but time and circumstances did not allow me to do that given my job and career status; given that, the flexibility made the Forbes School a great alternative for me.
I enjoyed my studies overall. As with any school some instructors are better than others. However for 95% of my classes they were nothing but helpful and encouraging. I had a great experience however you are left to your own as far as absorbing and understanding the material. For math related classes this gets difficult. I finished (just this week) with a 3.62 GPA
From day two, excluding day one because I assumed I was where I should be, they put me in wrong program, took money out of my acct without authorization, lied to me and told me if I wanted to be in another program to pay $50 and they would do it. I am thinking of taking them to the BBB because I was going into the Bachelor of Psychology when they told me that if I started out in the A.S. degree I would get one semester free. I was happy, until I found out the one I was in was incorrect for transferring over and I would need additional classes. They have been rude, unethical, not customer friendly, and it took me forever finally asking another student, how to request my next set of books.
I just graduated in July, 2015. My overall satisfaction with Ashford is good. All my instructors were intelligent and had there doctorates. Enrolling was easy and I had 74 units transferred from my JC where I got my AA. The cost benefit analysis is positive, less then $20k overall to get my bachelors including my JC costs. You get settled in to a rhythm pretty quick, rotating classes every 6th week, which I liked. I had my worries about if I made the right choice on a college but Ashford has everything that matters accreditation wise. Im just starting my job search so I will see if the degree pays off. You get out what you put in, I busted my butt and never missed an assignment and put quality time into my studies and I got a 3.91 g.p.a. I made the dean's list every semester and was invited to the Golden Key Society and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda.
Wow, these negative comments will really discourage someone who wants to further their education here. My time so far has been awesome! The teachers, admission reps. And everything have been great! I havent shared any of these bad experiences as others claim they had, but so far so good. Now it is alot of work so you have to be determined in order to be successful because it is not easy. Oh yea, and O. G. (admissions rep)is thee best!!!!
I am shocked by all the negative reviews here. What school did these individuals go to? It definitely wasn't Ashford. I received my degree back in 2012 and I landed a great job because of it. In fact, I am so happy with my original experience that I am actually going back to finish my MBA. I had started going to Northeastern University (and did really well there), but I was treated horribly after a family emergency. I had a few emergencies (I am disabled) when I was first attending Ashford and they were always accommodating. Faculty and staff members were reachable almost any time of day (try getting hold of your instructor at a brick and mortar school) and they were genuine with their support and help. I know Ashford has had some negative publicity in the past, but they are definitely on the right track and will most likely surpass most other online programs if they keep up the good work. Ashford is by far one of the cheapest institutions out there (look it up) and they are regionally accredited among other certifications (I don't know why I keep seeing postings about Ashford not being accredited?). The only problem I see with Ashford is that they aren't as selective as they could be. I believe most of the negative reviews come from individuals who probably shouldn't be going to school in the first place. Going back to school is a big decision as well as a time-consuming one. It isn't easy either. People who think Ashford is a "diploma mill" or that they will somehow get their degree with little to no effort are gravely mistaken and it will show when push comes to shove. If I've learned anything in life, it's that you have to put effort into things that you want. Nice houses, fancy cars, great jobs, and shiny diplomas don't just fall into your lap if you're one of the less fortunate types--they're all earned. Let me say that again...they are EARNED! Stop griping, stop complaining, and start using some good old-fashioned elbow grease and work ethic to get to where you want to be. And why? Because, if you don't, there are millions of other human beings out there that will be more than happy to get a degree and take that nice job you want while you're sitting around hoping a degree falls in your lap by accident. There are no accidents in life when you're in control of the outcomes. Ashford is a great school and the degree is legit. Highly recommended!
I am proud to be a part of this school. I graduated 2014 and it has been a rough journey for me. With a full time work and family to take care, Ashford University was the least of my worries. The staff are incredibly helpful and so are the Professors. If you're the type of person that wants the easy way out of school, then good luck on that.
I should have left two years ago.There are some good instructors here.There are more bad ones.The school seems all about money.The Wellness Program is great for disability,giving extra time.That is the main reason I stayed.I do like online studies.I would recommend go to a community school for general Education then transfer to a university.It will save you about $20,000.