Ashford University Reviews
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I joined Ashford University because it sounded wonderful. They made it sound like most of my credits would transfer. Expecting over 80 credits, I only had 50. I have an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development, and was continuing for a Bachelor's. They were trying to make me retake Intro to Childhood Development and many other courses which I had credit for. The worst part is their Intro class offered far less information and course work than my Intro class I had already completed; not to mention the fact I already had an Associate's.
The work was disgustingly easy, and an insult to the hard work I put into my Associate's Degree with Belmont College. I graduated with Honors and was a part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
There was no contact information for the Registrar to fight for credit, and no one would give me information. This was a waste of my financial aid and hard work. I was very angry and disappointed.
There are a number of negative reviews about Ashford and I assume most of those are from students who should not be enrolled in college. The Masters program essentially has an "open enrollment" and some of the students in my initial classes could not write at a 5th grade level. I can understand how they would become frustrated with the program because Ashford is a test of your writing skills and dedication to the program. In no way is this an easy task, trying to complete an MBA. You are expected to have a certain level of comprehension and you are on your own to complete coursework and other required items.
I had zero issues with Ashford and felt they provided a solid program that challenged me throughout.
I've been attending Ashford since October 2011, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Organizational Management. Overall, it has been a great experience, and I honestly have not encountered any of the problems that others here have voiced concerns about. My advisor tends to change every few months or so, but all of them have been prompt and helpful in responding to any questions that I've had. I have had no issues whatsoever with my financial aid or the financial aid process. With the exception of one class, I have found the instructors to be very knowledgeable in their field, and genuinely concerned about the learning experience being provided to the students. The one and only concern that I have (which was voiced by a previous reviewer) is that in each class I tend to encounter one or more fellow students who have very poor grammar, difficulty forming coherent sentences etc. when posting on the discussion boards. I guess I would not expect to see a student pass a class when they have difficulty doing these basic things. Ultimately, this is not a school to enroll in if you are looking to "skate" by and get an easy degree. The classes and class work are demanding, and you truly will get out of it what you put into it.
Graduated from here after attending for two years. Thought it was a good experience overall and especially during the latter portion of my time there. I think They got too large too fast and many of the employees (not instructors) were very unorganized and poorly trained - but are seemingly doing a better job as of late. Expansive library and amount of tools supplied for students as well as a nice online platform. Make sure to be on top of your communication with advisors and you will enjoy your time here. Graduated and was promoted at work the next month, so it proved to be beneficial for me. Receive many alumni e-mails - from career services to events as well - which is nice. Coursework is laid out nicely and as long as you put your effort in, you will earn a very solid learning experience.
I graduate from Ashford on Nov 2011, with a B.A in Organizational Management with a concentration in Engineering for classes I took in another school and the Degree is well respected and accepted. Right now I’m attending the MBA program at Florida International University (FIU) and was no problem at all with the transcripts.
If the University is regionally accredited the credit will be accepted by other regionally accredited institutions. Who is saying that have a problem to enter a graduate school because he/her graduate from Ashford is lying.
What is true is the inefficiency of their Financial Department; they are a joke and push students to look for other alternative to achieve their academic goals.
Getting my first bachelor's Degree at 50 was not easy, but it was very rewarding! It was frustrating to see people who cannot spell and who cannot formulate a proper sentence go forward and onto more classes. I don't believe that they should have passed the basic English Coursework, but yet we did see them in nearly every class. I beleive that this would have to be my only complaint about this school.
Otherwise the coursework was challenging. I hated the critical thinking tests, but they really make you think and use parts of the brain that normally are not stimulated, so overall it was a good thing! I emailed my advisor towards the end of classes (when i was getting burned out) that I needed a break and they were very accomodating and encouraging. K. actually cares that you succeed and she cares that you finish what you started. She was also my financial advisor and she was on top of things every step of the way. no glitches, no hitches! She made this a great experience for me and I am forever grateful that she did not let me give up on myself or the degree!
for those who complained about financial aid and access to advisors, I would need to say, you probably did not stay with it and probably were not persistent. Part of arming yourself with education includes taking on the responsibility to be persistent, to ask the tough questions and to be resourceful. For those who have these qualities, you will do well in an online environment. For those who do not, I recommend you attend the brick and mortar classes.
Read these post carefully. Ashford is a great school. Just like anything else, you will get out of it what you put into it. You can graduate from this University if you EARN your degree.
Ashford is not a paper mill. If you are serious about your goals Ashford is a great place to start. My instructors where helpful and engaging. My financial aid was always on time.
Prior to Ashford I attended a traditional brick and mortar university and had many many many more issues with instructors and financial aid. Ashford was nothing like that. Good luck to all and do your research, don't base your choice on public opinion.
I was schedule to graduate Oct 2012. I did everything I was suppose as the student. I contacted my fin aid advisor numerous of time regarding mmy fin award. All I kept reading for his email , it will be ok. Hell no it was not okay. I can not get my degree, plus I still owe money when I had a zero balance prior to graduation. Let's just say all my hard work did not paid off.
I recommend you go to a university on campus so you can get one on one attention from fin aid. I had great instructors but it sad to say, the jobs I have been trying to get are waiting on my transcript which I can not get because I have been screwed out of 865.00 because of someone being to lazy to HELP ME. Also be careful because you for Healthcare Administration you better be careful because you should have a specialty when you graduate.
Healthcare Administration by itself mean nothing. TRUST ME. MAD AS HELL!!!!!
I'm sorry but this school has a terrible financial aid office. They cannot get their act together. They will call me and not have pulled up my records to see who I actually am. I started school in July and they have yet to process my financial aid. I think they prolong the financial aid process so you can rack up tuition fees and are forced to pay them even if you do not have financial aid.
I have filled out my fafsa and done all the loan applications and they stoll havent gotten their act together. Overall I would fail this school if I could.
Before attending Ashford I was assured my previous credits would transfer over. At the end of my first class, I reviewed my schedule. I found I was scheduled to take classes I had already taken at another school. I received a bill from Ashford sayiing I owed $500.00. When I looked at the transcript, it listed the classes I was scheduled to take but didn't.
I have called and emailed my financial aid advisor multiple times. Her response to my emails is that I can see the same thing she sees. She will not answer questions as to why classes I did not take are listed.
If you attend Ashford, be very careful with regards to your financial aid. Be aware they will avoid answering your questions and give you the run around. Contrary to previous posts, I don't want anything from Ashford except an honest answer as to what I'm being charged for. I am still waiting for an answer six months later.