Ashford University Reviews
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The journey to my bachelor degrees was anything but conventional. I started right out of high school and went to the traditional university setting. But I was not at a place in during that time to take my education seriously. It was not until years later that I realized that my education was extremely important and started looking for a school that would meld well with my life. Since my spouse is an active duty soldier in the Army, going to a traditional school was not plausible. So I began researching a strictly online program. I happen to run into Ashford University and as I did more research, I was really impressed with how their program was designed. It was set up that you could do one class every 5 weeks and they offered tuition assistance to military spouses which was so helpful financially. But the program for Political Science and Government was intriguing and pushed my ability to a point that was eye opening. There was very little memorize and recite in each of the courses, as most of what was taught was absorbed by applying the knowledge and using real life circumstances. And when "life" happened, the faculty and staff at Ashford University was willing to help me out. You could really feel that my success was super important to them as well! So to say the least, Ashford was a great fit for me and I would venture to bet that those students that are looking to balance a career and education would find it as beneficial as I did.
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 have been enrolled at Ashford since Jan 2016 (It was my new years resolution). Attending Ashford has been one of the best experiences that I've had. I am a mother of 2 kids, a wife, and a full time employee. AU has given me all the tools that I need to be successful. The teachers are always helpful, some of them will give you their phone # so they can speak to you about any issues that you may have with an assignment. In the beginning (the first year) the advisors checked on me just to make sure I was doing OK in my classes. My GPA is a 3.90, and I worked hard for it. Nothing in life is easy, so you have to be engaged in the discussion board, read your chapters (or you can download the book, so you can listen to the audio), and start your papers early so you don't have to rush through it. Enrolling in Ashford was the best, I chose to invest in my future, and you should too! If you are a serious student, then stop thinking about it and just do it. I am looking forward to walking down that aisle to receive my degree :)
I love Ashford University. This is my second degree earned here. The late night researching material, reviewing course documents, and typing long essays finally paid off. I complained a lot to family and friends because seem like I always had school work. The classes are challenging but rewarding and class interaction was a plus. I met some great people. I appreciate the advisors I worked with and some of the instructors provided great feedback and guidance. I think overall I had one instructor that was not good at responding. I would recommend this school t anyone. Keep in mind with any online school YOU have to be self motivated to advance yourself and do the research and reading the material provided. You get what you put in it. Good luck to all.
I enrolled at Ashford. 1 lady was so nice, and quite the professional.But, i just don't think Ashford, at least for me is worth it.I was not told when signing up, a 2 week long orientation(smh)is required when i have 15 yrs.,of legal studies expertise/professional writer,wrote multiple books(12)at this time, and expert researcher consultant,life coach,women/men motivator,extremely prudent and astute,well-polished when it come to such field of work,verbal,communicable and always ready to take on the world 1 class at a time. I also notice 1 of the teacher's, rather than during orient,to call me directly,or email me, she share it with the world,for all to view/see, about doing something over, insofar as the actual writing, to a topic that only receive either a "p" for passing or "np"for not passing, not even part of CREDITS for college, yet such queries had to be answered to this 1 teacher at the school "perfect."That is how i felt, hence, i can see this would not be a great fit. 2 other schools I love so far the coursework,and at TRULY my own pace are CTU is a great school(my sister in law graduated in 1/2 the time it took rather than 4 long yrs BA degree, little debt,doing well in life from Colorado Tech,and I am loving it already, and doing well since making the wise choice to say goodbye at this time to ASHFORD.(also I like PENN FOSTER COLLEGE,accredited,and i had prior no issue with them)nor my 2 cousins.)But I really love CTU,and they also offer immediate FTP(fast track program)in which this mean I get my B.A., and or Associate Degree in 1/2 the time or less.I love that. Just a better feel at the schools i've listed. Remember the ole' adage: If something doesn't feel right, it usually isn't. Check it out best you can first, before in life, committing to anything "permanently."I wish you all luck. Now I get to enroll in LAW SCHOOL with only an associate's! and multiple CALI law schools and TAFT are going to enroll me when I get the A.A.degree from CTU,and I am blessed or from Penn Foster, as I have in writing, with my L.S.A.T. score, or without.Thanks to CTU and a school my family member(now an engineer)thanks to PENN I am able to do this, the way I want and truly (at my own pace.)I know regarding mi future, leaving ASHFORD was the best decision in mi career I could've made. But 1 woman ASHELEY TAYLOR was nice,professional enrollment advisor. I have nothing bad to leave publicly at this time about her or ever. Good luck and #happystudies to you all, at the BEST school for you.People may give PENN FOSTER COLLEGE a bad name.But my family member make over 75k to start past year after he graduated from PENN COLLEGE so i seen it work up close and now I am taking some courses from penn, and still going to CTU as well." - Adios.
You'll get out of it what you put into it - period. If you want someone to hold your hand and give you a pat on the back when you get a good grade, this is not the school for you. If you want to take it upon yourself to make an impact and contribute to your company or society at a higher level... AU is fine. Honestly, I feel like a lot of these reviews have been posted by people who thought AU would be a "cake walk" and ended up being surprised by just how difficult AU's curriculum is. I work for one of the largest companies in the world and they think highly enough of AU's curriculum to participate in the Leadership Development program/grant. I can't speak for the undergraduate curriculum, however, the MBA program was challenging and incredibly insightful. I learned a ton about business and marketing... and everything I learned will most definitely help me with my career aspirations.
Great staff and awesome experience and I am better because of Ashford. I was having a difficult time pursuing a degree but the academic advisor team was friendly and cordial. Furthermore, the classes were applicable and engaging. I am currently working on finishing masters and thanks to Ashford I am able to do well in my program.
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!
After reviewing several comments, I can say that I had a much more positive experience while attending classes online at Ashford. I graduated with honors on August 28 and will be attending the commencement in October. Almost every aspect of school this time around was amazing and a much greater learning experience than I received while attending East Carolina University from 1986 -88. Now, 29 years later I have completed my education and goals that I started way back then. The classes and instructions were exactly what I wanted with the exception of one class. I believe that in most situations we have the one bad apple in the basket. This learning experience was much more than I ever expected from an online experience. Today, I am a graduate that truly believes that the education and instructions from Ashford are exactly what a person should expect when they pay good money for your education. I will recommend this online experience to any person that wants to work hard to get good grades and can manage the work and still work a full time job and be on call once a month. I did this for the past three years and will graduate with honors, as a Marine veteran, a member of an national honor society and mentor for students at this university. This has been the greatest educational experience in my life. Thanks to the university, the instructors and all the wonderful advisers that I made contact with while attending. Outstanding experience that I can recommend to those seeking a great learning forum. Semper FI,