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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.
I graduated in 2011, yes I have significant debt but I am happy to have the degree. I am now poised to enter a graduate program. I will choose another on-line school because of the flexibility offered in this type of education. I liked the pace, there was a rhythm predictable two responses to my classmates posts and one every week written by me, two 1000 word papers and a final paper. I have attended class on campus at other schools and I realize there is a difference, you must be disciplined to finish a degree on-line.
I obtained both BA in Organizational Management & Accounting and MA in Organizational Management. Throughout the years of study my academic advisor, financial advisor and instructors were informative as well as assisted in keeping me on track. However, often times we encounter individuals who are not good fit to our personalities and/or needs. There was a few times one of the staff members was not a fit in handling my situation. The result of the matter was immediately rectified either reassigning a staff member or switching a course. My overall experience with Ashford University was rewarding. The coursework applied to today’s global workforce, economy, and daily living.
I thought Ashford was a very good school. While I have no complaints about the staff, I do think that the educational material should go more in depth into the topics. Of course, some teachers were better than others, but overall the school was good.
First of all I loved Ashford. It may be a bit expensive , but college is. If you are in an online program, expect a stigma, but times are changing, more and more universities have online programs, this is a fact. I transfered classes from junior college and a SWAC university, all the professors had master degrees and my advisor never changed. I received all they promised, my advisor even advised on the cost!!!! I am proud to say that I graduated from Ashford with honors and my employer does not look down on it, I put in the blood, sweat and tears to get a degree, period!!! I could go on on, just wanted to add that some of the Negativity is not founded. Remember that folks that have a negative experience are more likely to voice an opinion, For me it was great and now I am experiencing the rewards of my hard work.
I felt compelled to write a review on behalf of Ashford University as a student and not an employee. All the negativity I have read is far from the opposite to my experience. My student advisor may have changed a few times, but who cares--as long as I have one. Secondly, people complaint of cost; well, one should be smart enough in this day an age to do a little research on school tuitions before enrolling like I did. I loved the rep that helped me enroll in school, if it were not for him; I would not have known that my work offers tuition reimbursement and since they are accredited; my company pays up to $5,000 of the cost. Yes, I agree that the tuition cost is excessive; but then again,. so is the cost of technology. One can pay hundrerds of dollars for a smartphone (yearly), but is complaining about their cost for their future. I am nearing my junior year and I have nothing but good things to say about the staff. The instructors are quick to answer my questions and have even praised me on several occassions for my excellent work. I have not been in a school setting since 1996 and so, I was freaking out; however, Asfhord helped be get through it. I work 10-hour days----5 days a week and so, this has become a very flexible way I can learn and further my academic and professional career. My theory is, if you cannot follow the simple instructions and questions of an instruction, than one is not putting in their 110% effort. I say this because I hate math with a passion, which I always failed math; but yet, with the help of my teacher, classmate, and resources, I was able to pass the class with a 94% since I gave more than 110%. Moreover, because of this school, I have been inducted into 2 different well known honor societies since so far I have aced all my classes because of my drive for success. I find it interesting that people can complain when in fact, they have the choice to do whatever they please including how they spend their money. I do agree with the positive comments that unless you put your best foot forward and strive for success, you will fail in anything you do in life. In order to face the easy road to life, one must face turbalance and hardship to get there. Life was never meant to be easy, look what Jesus Christ (if you believe) endured for our sins. Overall, I am loving this school for getting me to have some college courses under my belt in oppose to just a high school diploma. Since I enrolled in school, my grades have granted me two HUGE raises. Therefore, for those that say that this school is not worth it, well it was to me because I get paid more than double than I was before beginning this school and it is not as hard as many make it out to be. If you have apurpose in life, than make it happen. #PlainAndSimle
Ashford University seemed to be the only online college that offered a degree to obtain my career goal. The enrollment adviser was great. I attended for a year, every week or so they change your Academic Advisers, Either Instructors do not care or are just idiots. I have not learned anything going to this joke of a school. The Library is a joke, you are required to use Scholarly Resources on all assignments including discussion post and they must be from the Ashford Library, however, none of the links in the library ever work. I got so tired and frustrated of trying to find an article that there is access to. You spend more time going to broken links than writing your final paper. The only person seems to know anything are the enrollment advisers, they are con artists and their goal is to get you stuck in courses and waste your money. They do a great job, everyone else working for Ashford got their degrees out of a cereal box, because if you write with any sign of intelligence they accuse you of Plagiarism even when you prove it is not through Turnitin.
Ashford is a great school. For me it was my first college experience and I was able to advance my career. The classes are interactive and the instructors/professors are very knowledgeable. The strong points of Ashford is the student services, the interaction of the classes and the help you get from the instructors/professors. The weak points is Ashford is a bit spendy, overall the cost is comparative to most online classes. I felt what you get far out weighed the cost. I recommend Ashford for the student that wants flexibility and enjoys the online class environment. Good luck all.
After reading several negative reviews regarding Ashford University, I thought I would finally write and send in a review of my own. I found access to the site very safe and reliable. The staff and administration was always there for me. In order to complete an on-line education, one must have initiative. I believe that all of the complainers are lacking is some areas, and therefore; have problems that eventually escalate, causing frustration and/or failure. Ashford is pricey, but because of the convenience, very well worth it.