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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.
This University is totally not an credited University. The Advisors are not even associated with the Instructors, which makes you wonder why? 62,000.00 just for a BA degree is over the top. I don't really think that this school is concerned if you pass or not, it's all about the money, they can care less if you achieve your goal or not, I will be filing a compliant against them for a whole lot of mistakes. If you are looking forward to attending this collage, think long and hard about it, and look into everything its trying to offer you...............
They told me I could get a job doing what I wanted to with this degree. . According to the unemployment office no employer will hire me because they do not see any people with degrees from this school actually having the skills or knowledge to do the job. I am in so much debt with zero opportunity to pay it back I would love a full refund. Wasted my time. I wish I had went to a state university so I could do my career Choices. Now I can't even transfer the credits to go back. Which means more debt.
Had a fantastic experience with Ashford University. I initially started my degree while still on active duty military (using tuition assistance) and then finished my degree a little over a year after I got out using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Had a couple changes to my academic advisor in my 3+ years of study but each change was very seamless. Each time, I was adequately informed and kept in the loop on everything that would affect me and my studies. Entry was seamless as well and they knew exactly how to process my military status and any special requests or needs I had as a veteran. Collaboration and communication were always very important, at least from my perspective. Overall, I would recommend Ashford to anyone who is looking to enhance their career path, especially adults with children/family or have full-time jobs who can't just drop everything to pursue higher education!
Ashford is a great school! I just want to warn you if you are planning on becoming a teacher! I went there for my Bachelors & Masters in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated, I call to find out how to get certify for my teaching license because I knew Ashford told us that we will had to get certified on your own. I thought that would not be a problem! Ashford told me to get in contact with SC Department of Education. SC Department of Education told me that Ashford was not an "Regionally Accredited School", so I would have to go to another school that offers Teaching License for students after graduation for at least 2 more years! In other words, they would help you get certify in your state as well as set you up for student teaching as a part of your coursework. When I enter, I knew that they were accredited, but did not know the difference between regionally accredited and accredited at the time. Now I feel that I have wasted all those years with 2 degrees, that will most likely want help me to become a teacher! Just go to a school that is regionally accredited for example: University of phoenix, WGU, Walden or Liberty University. Please read small print and everything!!!
I will graduate in January 2016 with my BA degree my experience with Ashford has been excellent. The staff has always been helpful and answered any questions I have had. My advisor changed once in four years and my first advisor let me know she was leaving for a better job and introduced me to the new one. Those that are complaining must not have put any effort into their program, maybe they thought it would be handed to them. I have and will continue to recommend this school to others.
I transferred from a brick and mortar school to Ashford in 2010, realizing that I needed a college that was more flexible with my schedule. The professors were very helpful and available to answer any questions you had. Unless given special permission, you take one class every six weeks, which helps you focus solely on that class. This also means that you learn a great deal of material in a short amount of time. If you have gone to a brick and mortar college, think of a summer class. Many of the books are electronic, so you cannot return them. Some of the books have an audio version, while others are strictly digital. (You can always buy IVONA or something similar.) I found that as long as you have your degree, you are just as marketable. Just make sure you research your field to ensure there are a plethora of jobs available for you when get out. Of course, you don't want there to be a negative reason for all of these job openings either, like poor working conditions, low wages, etc. It is a little difficult to find out where to send financial aid. Get that figured out straight away. I lost one of my scholarships because Ashford couldn't figure out where to have the money sent - their online division (Cali) or their physical location. (Yes, I tried multiple times to get this fixed. I just ended up accepting defeat. It was a small scholarship, but even little bit helps.) The school is crazy expensive. Save. Save. Save. Find out where to send the scholarship money and get scholarships. Be careful though because alot of them won't send to online schools. Stinks, doesn't it?! Best part about going to Ashford besides getting my degree: I actually was able to go to graduation!!! (Well, there was a little fiasco at mine because of a storm, but I still went!!) Also, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and am now part of two honor societies!
I feel like I must warn people of this university. I have completed 95 credit hours with Ashford and yesterday they placed a hold on my account. After several (around 3 phone calls and 2 e-mails sent) I finally got in touch with my advisor. He told me that I needed to take another English class (eng122) or I wouldn't meet graduating requirements. I was told when I started that all of my English credits transferred when I began to take classes. Don't get me wrong, if another English class was required from the beginning I would have done it. The point here is that they waited until I was almost ready to graduate to tell me that I had to pay another $750.00 for this class. I feel like they tried to ripe me off. This is just the most recent issue I've had with Ashford and the one that finally got me fed up. I've had issues with being dropped from classes because the TA office didn't process my TA in a timely fashion, then they would blame it on me for not sending it in on time. Fortunately for me I keep all e-mails and I would send the message I sent them and they would say sorry we must have over looked it. Then I've had issues with most of my advisors (they change a lot) not returning my calls or e-mails for several days. This university has also been on the diploma mill site, found that out yesterday. DO NOT ATTEND Ashford.