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I was advised to go back to school by a supervisor who said a bachelor's degree would probably be the only way to advance my career. I checked out a few schools and landed on Ashford at the referral of a coworker. My first impression was from the interactions with an admissions counselor, and that was not pleasant. Felt like I was talking to a sleazy car salesman. I looked up some reviews online and that also worried me, but all the schools I was considering had bad reviews and Ashford did have accreditation and a better schedule than any of the others so I applied. I am glad that I did, the majority of my credits from my previous time in college transferred and my academic adviser gave me the good news that I would earn my bachelor's in just a year and a half because of all my credits. Just like traditional universities the classes are hit or miss. Sometimes you get a good instructor, sometimes you don't. I would say more times than not I had an involved instructor who replied to inquiries and offered great feedback on assignments. I felt like some of the discussion were just busy work while others were quite thought provoking. Most of the papers you write (and you will write a lot) were for the most part helpful in assisting my learning of the material. The academic adviser I was assigned to was wonderful and always returned my emails or calls within 24 hours. He also would check in with me about once a month to make sure I was doing OK. He even got me out of a class from an instructor I wasn't a fan of and enrolled me with a better instructor. I think a lot (not all) of the negative reviews I have seen came from people who attended Ashford prior to the last two years. From what I've seen AShford has improved themselves greatly due to the criticism they've received. I don't think Ashford is for everyone, but is a great place for working or busy adults. I'm very happy I chose Ashford and my degree has already helped me advance in my career. ***I wanted to note that I did not use financial aid in any way. My employer had a tuition reimbursement program so I lucked out. I cannot speak to the financial aid aspect of Ashford University.
I personally found Ashford University to be a great online school. From the start, they helped me get everything together to enroll (from credits to be transferred to my financial aid). It was hard work. I say this because many people I know thought that just because I wasn't in a traditional setting that it would be easy. I also say this because if you truly want a degree without having to go to the school, you will definitely have to work for it! As I worked through my courses, I felt challenged and engaged with both my work and my virtual classrooms. Even though I do not have a job at this time, I know that one will come my way (I only graduated two months ago). I highly recommend Ashford University! I must also say that I personally worked for my degree in Business, so although I attended Ashford University, I also received my degree from the Forbes School of Business. Thanks to Ashford University's online program, I am sitting here today feeling as if I have accomplished something great in my life! I just received my degree in the mail today and have never been more excited!!
I really believed that I could attend an online school to obtain my bachelor's degree with all the hype my admissions counselor gave me, with call after call; they really wear you down. I agreed even though I thought the cost was too high. Now here I am, 8 days from graduation, and they decide that I have been over-awarded, said they refunded my financial aid back to the service lender (BS), my crossover Pell was a partial, and a part of that was taken away. I call the financial aid department at Ashford and all they tell me is contact your advisor. Trying to get ahold of my advisor is like trying to meet with the Pope! And all the financial information I have received in the past 4 months has been more BS. I have been threatened that if I don't pay what is owed I will be pulled from class, not graduate or allowed my transcripts. I am beyond furious and frustrated with the complete run around. All the information from FAFSA, NSLDCS, Dept. Of Education and my lenders all say different things, as well as the multiple award letters from Ashford; none are on the same page. I am angry and want to know why at this late juncture that now I owe money that I know full well Ashford received and now want more. Disgusted and will NOT recommend this school to anyone. I will be attending a brick and mortar school for my Master's degree.
Ashford University is a joke and a half. When I enrolled I told them I wanted to finish my Early Childhood Degree. They assured me that that would be no problem. I started classes and the subjects I was taking, had nothing to do with Early Childhood teaching. When I was about done with my degree I contacted them about my student teaching, and they informed me that the degree I was getting was not an early Childhood Degree. Wasted time and Money stay away from them.
Even though I am a graduate from the online degree program, every advisor I spoke with in the phone genuinely cared about me and my success as an individual. It motivated me to excel and graduate with high honors. Advice I would give to prospecting students would be: if you are thinking about which accredited school to choose, online or on campus, Ashford University is a great choice when it comes to graduation rate and success for those alumni. One thing that really stands out besides the statistics is how the advisors make you feel special and help you make your dreams a reality in the best way possible.
Disliked the school and had problems with Financial Aid. They made an error on my financial aid and then requested the amount due after graduation. No problem except every time I called in they gave me a different reason it was owed. After they sent to collections I disputed the amount and finally got a solid explanation of what happened. Happy to pay what is owed in payments; however, collections wants me to pay 3x what my school loan payment is and they are still going to report it as in collections. Thanks Ashford! A perfect end to an already horrible experience.
I have enjoyed my experience at Ashford University. Being an online student with a reputable university allows me the freedom to work around my schedule and to know that my degree backed Forbes School of Business. I have enjoyed my instructors and my advising staff. They are there to work with me when I have questions. The quality of materials is excellent.
Ashford has great student advisors, they're always helpful but I have an issue with the instructors and the degree program. First of all, I was able to CLEP two classes and was told that these classes would go against my degree program, these classes took but my graduation date was pushed back. Then I received an email from my student advisor stating my two classes were not sufficient for my upper division classes and had to two more elective classes. Please note, before I transferred those credits and before I started at Ashford, my electives were already taken care of. So, it just seems really shady and seems as though Ashford is trying to receive more money from me. Not only that, the instructors are really poor, one instructor will accept your homework late as long as you tell them weeks prior and others will still deduct points from you even if it's late. I had an instructor deduct points from me even though I just had major surgery and was bed rest, drugged up on meds. I asked the instructor why and he stated he had to, he also stated I didn't tell him in time. When in all actuality, I told him the day before the class started and told him I was having surgery that Thursday and will be on bed rest for two weeks. I also sent him a doctor's note but apparently, none of those sufficed. I did receive an A in the class so I didn't want to fight with the instructor but this is an example on how Ashford's instructors work. The only part I like about Ashford is the accelerated classes. Other than that, I do not advise prospective students to go to Ashford.
Going to Ashford was very different because I have never finished a degree online before. When I applied I was just finishing my second Associates degree and I was changing from the medical field to the Education field so I decided to go to Ashford because I was looking for something different and I was looking for a complete change in how I got my education. There was so many different things I was looking for in a school to complete my undergrad degree. And now that I have completed my degree I am very happy to share my story with anyone who is willing to listen.
Overall Ashford University was so easy to work with. I struggled to find consistent grading amongst the different instructors, but overall did not have any serious problems. I had an Associates Degree that transferred and I chose Ashford because the accepted to most credits out of any other college I looked at. However, due to the difference between regional and national accreditation I ended up retaking a few classes I had already done for my Associates Degree. I do wish that they had job placement assistance, because I have really struggled finding quality employment. Their career services do help with resume building, I just don't think that's enough. They also do well at finding and building partnerships with employers to help with tuition assistance or reimbursement. There were always announcements about who they had formed new partnerships with. It would also have been beneficial to have more of an open forum for all online students to network other than those that we were in class with. Overall, they were easy to get ahold of when I had a question or needed a pointer, didn't have any significant problems, and were pretty up front about everything. I would definitely recommend them to others and I already have.