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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.
For the most part I had a good experience especially with the counslers as they were very helpful with my needs. However some of the instructors did not give very good instruction as they had a hard time articulating what they wanted. This made it hard to understand how to deliver an assignment to the quality and standards that were expected.
I enrolled with Ashford in 2011, and have never regretted the decision. I never had a problem and am surprised by some other's view of the school. From the time of application to completion everything that I experienced in the classes, the work, the faculty and financial department was on point.I graduated in April with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a GPA of 3.48, and am now Studying for my Master of Organization Management. I love it! A couple of things that I would suggest for students looking at online courses is to have good study habits already, because there is no one to partner with as in study buddies unless you know someone already. Additionally, reading is a must, as well as writing skills which is 99% of any college curriculum. Finally, have your financial aid app in before you enroll that way everything will go like clock work. Other than that, expect greatness and greatness is what you will receive.
I attended Ashford University for 3 years and obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration. I was able to transfer in credits from a technical college. I found that the overall experience there was just like any other school. I have since attended Clemson University and North Greenville University on the graduate level. The financial aid department was ridiculous just like any other school and the work was challenging just like any other school. Prior to attending Ashford I sent the information on the school to several people I knew that work in local hospitals, several of which do the hiring. I was told from all of them that as long as the school is regionally accredited, they were fine with it. I can say that my degree gave me a raise at my job as well as got me into the MBA program at Clemson University. For this school to be a "joke" as some have stated, they sure have the US Board of Education, major schools like Clemson, and the business world fooled. If you have not found a job "because of your degree", you should probably look at what your degree is in or take a look at yourself because everyone else recognizes them as a legit university. Also, if many of you have not noticed, there are a lot of people with graduate degrees without jobs and most are likely more qualified than you. These people are putting in for the same jobs as you. Experience in the field also plays a major role in the hiring process. So keep that in mind. Their business program is also accredited by the IACSB. They are for-profit therefore they are charging more and more driven by money but, which school isn't? Have any of you actually looked at the ridiculous prices schools are charging all over the country? I can assure any one looking at this university that their work is no less than any other, including the work of Clemson University. I can make this statement from personal experience. Anyone who says they failed because of a "bad teacher" is full of it, they did not put in the work therefore they failed and are throwing a temper tantrum and blaming the teacher. I didn't fail a single class because I put in 6 hours or more a week and actually studied. I really think that you will get what you put in. If you half heartedly try, you will get half hearted results and that goes with any university. If you want a degree with no work, go to a diploma mill and buy yours. Like I said before, I would recommend this university however, I would also tell future students to look at other schools as well because there are a bunch out there that are online for way cheaper. If I could go back, I would probably try to go to a public school to try and save on the bill a little. This school is just like any other for-profit or public university in the country. They are all out to get as much money as possible and they all have a joke of a financial aid department. Don't believe all of the whiners on here. There are a lot of people who actually did what they are supposed and have had success with their degrees.
I graduated from Ashford in June of 2013. I still have no job because employers will not hire me with an online degree. One thing for certain is that I'm now in major debt after the con-job Ashford did on me. Never take classes at this university. They're in it for the profit only and absolutely do not care if you are employed once you graduate. Stay away from this joke of a university.
Ashford is a school like any other school: you get out of it what you put in. Professors will guide you, but will not hold your hand. So many negative reviews stem from the fact that people think that distance learning will be "easy". It is not. In fact, it is MORE work than a traditional classroom. You're fitting an entire semester into five or six weeks. You must have good time management. You will be given a syllabus, discussion boards, tests, and plenty and I mean plenty of papers. I completed my AA in Business in 2009, my Bachelor's in Organizational Management in 2011, and my Master's in Human Resources Management in 2012. I also minored in Political Science and Government. These degrees prepared me to sit for the Praxis II test in Business education which I passed with flying colors. Also, this degree served as a requirement to become a licensed school teacher (did not know this while in the program, so it was highly beneficial). Not only did I take many business classes, but also liberal arts and Social Studies. My education has vastly improved my life. While my degree does not apply to my current occupation, it does serve as a route towards employment in another sector. These degrees provide me with multiple employment opportunities. I am glad I did it!