Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (631)
The on-line portion of this school is only for highly disciplined individuals. There is no hand holding here, you read (study) do research (study) and write more than you would have ever imagined. This school is not a diploma mill, please don't let on-line learning, be confused with easy. You do the work, you get good grades, you get a diploma and you actually know something.
I knew that online college was not going to be the exciting, challenging educational experience I crave, but I at least thought that a school would be more selective in the admission of students, making sure that they had at least minimal writing skills and the intellect to handle the courses. I was mistaken. Discussion posts, when understandable at all, are so poorly written (in the vast majority of cases) they are nearly impossible to respond to in a meaningful way. Cheating is everywhere. Everywhere! And it is incredibly easy to get A's with minimal effort if you have the intellect of a 16 year old.
I am so disappointed and frustrated to have wasted almost a year, only to be looking for another school at this point. If you want a real education that you can be proud of, go into debt and go to a real school.
There was a person who wrote a review stating they would not be able to go to grad school if they had a degree from Ashford. My question to them is: "Did someone pay you to write such bull?" I graduated from Ashford with an MBA and I am now enrolled in a PHD program with Capella University; Ashford is a great school.
Don't get me wrong, instructors will vary (some are very fastidious and some are lackadaisical), but you will get that with any school. I know Ashford has recently come under intense scrutiny, however, I have found my experience rewarding and relevant. To say that one cannot get into grad school is a farce. Where were you trying to apply, Harvard?
I wanted to share my experience at Ashford University in response to the recent scrutiny in regard to their accreditation. I have attended both traditional & online learning platforms and have nothing but the best things to say about my experience at Ashford. From start to finish all the advisors, teachers and assistants were extremely helpful and focused on nothing other than my success.
In addition to the support I received the knowledge obtained was extremely valuable to my life and career.
Graduated. Received great job, been there for 2 years.
I attended this school for a year. The classes were ok. Some instructors better than others but you'll find that at any school. When I realized I could not get in to ANY graduate schools with a degree from Ashford I decided to transfer.
If you just want a degree, fine. However, if you need a degree for a job or want to go to any grad schools, find another school. There are many not for profit schools that offer 100% online degrees and are reputable.
I have tried one other college online before Ashford and wasn't happy with it. I gave it a second try with Ashford and have loved my experience.. the staff is so helpful and the instructors are first rate. The website is easy to navigate and the course material is challenging and yet interesting.
I was recommended to attend Ashford University over 3 years ago. Then, I was impressed by what the admissions advisor shared about the school. I reviewed some of the programs offered by Ashford but failed to see if it was a profit or non-profit school. I spent two years with this school exceeding well but realized as I spent many hours of study and writing research papers and realized that I didn't have much time to write essays for scholarships.
However, I had direct loans and pell grants available until now. The academic advisor is also the financial aid advisor. I'm concerned about how Ashford University would assigned the same person to handle more than one part of the student's account. I have 25 credit hours to complete the bachelor's program in Public Relations.
Right now, I'm facing some financial challenges because of mistakes I made in choosing to attend for profit schools. Some students are misled and left out because most of their time was place in a school that's under share holder's support. Some for profit schools value their name more than the achievements of their students.
I will make this review short. I was very hesitant to attended this university due to many negative reviews. I am now on my sixth class and loving it! The first couple of classes were pretty much a joke but a good way to get back into the swing of things. I am not finding the classes challenging and that is exactly what I am looking for. My advisers have always been timely in their responses as well as the financial department. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking to go back to school.
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I attend Ashford for two years. Everything was going great until I delivered my baby six weeks early. I called the school to inform them that I had my baby and I need to drop the class I was in the middle of.
Instead of dropping the class and giving me a leave of absence, they kept me enrolled. I fail both classes and was academically dismissed. The coursework was okay and the instructors were helpful but they lack compassion and humanity. Just know that Ashford is good school until you have an emergency and get dropped like a bad habit.
I have been a student at this school since April 2011. I have enjoyed myself so far and am 1/3 of the way done with my BA degree. I feel the coursework is appropriate (not to hard nor too easy) and out of like 13 instructors so far, I can't really complain about any of them. They respond to me in a timely manner and make comments on your work which at times is really helpful or motivating. I can say that my first academic advisor was a joke; he called me my first month of school and never heard back from him. The lady I have now I find very helpful and I appreciate her effort to check up on me even though I am doing just fine. I like that the courses are only 5 weeks long, this causes course to fly by.
It seems to me that everybody who is complaining on here is due to financial aide and responses from faculty. Are you guys complaining because you only are going to school for your stipend? (what it sounds like to me) then I feel if you have to constantly ask questions to your instructors; maybe online learning is not for you and you should stick to the "traditional" classroom.
ASHFORD UNIVERSITY ROCKS!!!