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My experience at AshFord University was great!! I have no complaints, some instructors challenged me and some didn't but I still gained/retained knowledge from each course.
I have been tremendously disappointed with Ashford's online program. I specifically asked if the courses had video teachings every week that would help to teach the book/class/etc. The classes that DO have videos, have 5 minute videos for an ENTIRE week's worth of teaching (and these are hyper fast classes that only last FIVE weeks to begin with). Sometimes there will be links to YouTube clips but there is never any teaching to help show HOW the clips are relevant to what we're learning. I am spending twice as much time on homework as what they told me to expect and I am literally learning NOTHING. The courses are so fast you don't have time to really learn them, as soon as you just start to understand the basics of the course it's practically over and you have to write a 7 page report on what little you've actually learned. I am extremely frustrated and disappointed with Ashford. I feel they promised a lot more than what I am getting. I have attended real schools twice before and I learned SO much more. I can easily see why online degrees are worthless, there is no time to learn and the only "learning" is reading the assigned book and doing a ridiculous amount of homework. I can read books without paying $1200 a pop. I've been attending Ashford for 6 months and it is not getting any better. If there is ANY WAY at all that you can manage to go to an actual REAL school with a physical location DO IT. DO NOT do online schooling unless you're incredibly talented at memorizing books. I am sure it is not as hard for those who are not visual/auditory learners... but for those of you who are PLEASE take my advice and do not try online schooling. I am too wrapped up in loans now and I have no way out of this. If you can attend a local college during the evenings and weekends it will be so much more valuable. Even if it takes you twice as long, its WORTH it. I'll be done in 2 more years (I'm a credit shy of being a junior), but I would give anything to get out of this and go to a REAL school and simply take twice as long to finish my bachelors (I work full time).
I enjoyed my two year experience at Ashford University more than a brick and mortar school and most of my credits transferred. The only negative experience I had was their Prior Learning Assessment because I wasn’t any credits for experience due to a technicality on how my state named their training. The packet to submit was quite intensive and I would not have wasted my time if I knew they wouldn’t have given me the credits. I researched many schools and Ashford was the most affordable option and I’m gad I choose it because I have seen other online schools my friends were enrolled in and Ashford’s online classroom is easier to navigate and dependable. For a busy professional, it was awesome being able to squeeze in school work any time of the day or night. I even went to a different country during my statistics class and had no problems completing my assignments and participating. The bookstore pricing was reasonable compared to other schools my friends were in. Most books were about $100 or less but I found them for pennies on the dollar on Amazon. The library was great but if you are in the real estate track please know there is not many subscriptions and real estate resources so you will need to diligently familiarize yourself with the NAR, HUD, and other real estate publications. The real estate program was challenging. The 5 week classes are set up that each week you complete 2 discussion posts equivalent to a half page essay each, an online test 10-20 questions, and/or a 4 page paper. It sounds like a lot for a short period of time but it is really manageable, my schedule was Mondays I read the 3 chapters and external references, Tuesday I wrote my discussions, Wednesday I responded to 2 classmates, Thursdays I would research for the paper, Fridays was my off day, Saturdays I would write my assignment, Sundays answer follow up discussion questions. I would spend at a max 14 hours a week on school. Most of it on lunch breaks honestly so I still had free time to enjoy my life. For an online environment there was a lot of school pride and organizations to join. I know it sounds weird but there were volunteerism day and other incentives where students participated in their local community wearing the school colors. The only real negative was an instructor who had no idea about the industry and had no business teaching and that really annoyed me because I learnt nothing. I wouldn't blame this on Ashford because my first year at a traditional and prestigious college, I encountered more than half of the professors were less than competent in teaching. Overall my education from Ashford was worth every penny.
I contacted Ashford to finish a degree I started several years ago. They were helpful in guiding me to a degree program that would maximize the most credits - Organizational Management. After graduating, I re-enrolled into the MBA program. I just attended commencement last weekend and have to say I would recommend this college to everyone. The Instructors for the most part were excellent, and towards the end of my program , they became better - more critical and more involved. One Professor was cutting and pasting answers that were not relevant to what was being discussed, and within two weeks he was replaced. At first, I was upset because his replacement was very critical and demanding. By the end of the class, I was appreciative of his persistence to drill APA into our brains...something we should have learned in the beginning. My next and final Instructor was just as hard. I was mad at first, but again was appreciative that she wasn't letting us off easy. I wanted to blow off my last class, but had maintained a 4.0 throughout, and couldn't let myself do it. My Manager applauded my ambition during our staff meeting this afternoon and made an example of me to my co-workers. I am shopping for a DBA program and wish Ashford had a Doctorate program. I wanted to write this review because I have not had any bad experiences at Ashford and have always had a response from someone within 48 hours. I feel that they are on a path towards continual improvement, as I have seen marked improvement over the past 6 years that I have attended. When they say Quality Matters, they mean it. Thanks for reading my post, and I hope it helps in your decision to pursue your education...whatever you decide. Regards, ML H.
Agree that it's very expensive and your financial business is NOT well managed. Three months before graduation they told me that they "accidentally" sent me too much money in my stipends for LAST YEAR and that I would not get my degree or transcripts until I paid back $1300. Are you f'n kidding me? I took classes that were 80% the same as other classes but still had to lay out hundreds for the book, took classes that were so lame with a "professor" who barely participated I felt like there was no one teaching anything, my final "Capstone" was NOTHING like a capstone and was a complete waste of time but couldn't complain because it was being taught by the head of the department. I was taking classes for almost 6 months before someone clued me in that I was enrolled in the wrong major so I wasted all of that time and money. I'm glad my time is over here and I probably would not recommend AU to anyone. My experience was not as I had hoped it would be. Very disappointed.
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.