Ashford University Reviews
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I can't even remember when or how I got hooked by Ashford University, but all I can say for me and my future: it was the best decision I could have made. I was a recently divorced mother of four, only having an AA degree, I decided that I would take the leap of faith and go back to school.
Ashford accepted a large majority of my credits from my previous college and that made my road towards graduation a lot better.
It was not easy and the classes are a challenge, being an online student, a single full time working mother of four was in itself a great challenge but I did it. I finished my last class in Dec 2011 and started my Master's degree in Feb 2012. The doors that have opened up for me since I received my degree is one that I truly appreciate Ashford for. Every college has its positive and negtives but as I always say, "Once you have that paper no one can never ever take it from you".
Thanks to Ashford and its staff for helping move forward and find the real me.
I enrolled then dis-enrolled. This school sounds good as far as academics . My biggest problem was that the FA depatment is horrible. Also the wouldn't tell me in a timely manner how many credits they accept from my associates degree. Anytime you are subjected to taking loans out you should know how much it costs and the proper amount of excess funds left over! Come on, I've been to college before if you enroll on campus you already know what classes they accept, how much tuition is, what you excess funds are if there are any left and when they are distributed, and book purchase policy with loans or FA. To me Ashford is too messy!
Ashford definitely has its pros and cons. The university, I feel, would work wonderfully for a professional person trying to get a leg up or switch careers.
It is not, however, a place for someone looking to do serious research and academic work. I tried out the MA in Education to see if I wanted to in fact continue a traditional path for my higher education and decided four classes in to my Ashford experience that it is not the school for me. I went to a traditional undergraduate institution and will be attending a traditional Master's program in the fall.
As far as instructors go, its an absolute crapshoot as to whether or not they will take the course seriously. Some of my instructors were fantastic-others I think could have done better as a retail sales assistant than being a teacher. The financial side of Ashford seems great at first, but their financial department is absolutely horrible. Upon stopping classes and active membership at Ashford, it took them three months to decide I had a balance on my account, then demanded I pay it that week or they would send me to collections. This was after receiving my first notice that I had a balance, three months after I was no longer a student there.
All in all, Ashford is an affordable school, and you get what you pay for. Do not expect top quality education or work. At best, attitudes of staff and professors pass as professional, at worst amateur and ignorant. Overall, while I did have some acceptable instruction, I would not recommend Ashford to anyone.
Ashford has been a life-saver for me. I do not have the time after working full time to drive somewhere to a brick and mortar campus to attend classes although I did it in the past. Ashford has offered me the opportunity to work hard for the education I am receiving while staying at home in the evenings.
I am very happy that I am graduating soon and will be able to show what I have learned in my own classroom. Online classes are not for everyone. You have to be self-driven to keep up with your work and be responsible for turning things in when due. This is not something for those that think college classes are a walk in the park.
I want to thank Ashford for offering me the opportunity to show myself and others exactly what I can accomplish when put to the test. Forever purple and gold!
It appears as if a vast majority of negative reviews on here are focused on the financial aid complications that arose - as they unfortunately often do. If you think working your financial aid through Ashford is a nightmare, try working with a state university. Think that having your account put on hold because you're overdue on your tuition payments is bad? Try having your tax refund snatched by a state school or have your driver's license suspended because you're late on a payment. Ashford was everything I wanted it to be. I needed a degree. I received a degree. I needed to be given a topic and the time and resources to generate a paper on the topic without interference. I was granted that, always. I had the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.
Disclaimer - I paid for my degree. I did not take loans, but have in the past. I spent a great deal of time researching the school before I agreed to attend. I spent a great deal of time researching my instructors before I agreed to sit 'in class' with them. When the inevitable conflicts arose, I dealt with them. I am also relatively familiar with professional writing and have never been put on the side burner because of atrocious grammar or spelling (as it appears some reviewers may have been).
Take control of yourself first, your path to success second, and remember the cliche you get what you put into it. If you're reading these reviews as a prospective student it might be wise to consider that not everyone has the intellectual capacity to succeed - even if that sounds callous. We should all have the opportunity, but it is not the schools failing if the students don't manage their own future. This is not Bush's No Child Left Behind - this is where you approach the world that is (as Hobbe's put it) "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". High school is over.
Good luck to you - win or lose no one is more responsible for our end than ourselves.
I just recently attended Ashford, I started in Jan of 2012 and I finished in Feburary of 12. Yes one month because To me this school is horrible with teaching the students the materials they want you to learn. It's basically like here is your assignment now go do it.
Me personally I like seminars or at least a teacher that is will to help, with this school I got neither. I will call the teachers during their business hours and they wouldn't answer and I would email them it took three to four to get a reply. I just couldn't work with this. But if you are good with teaching yourself than by all means this is the school for you.
I have been attending Ashford since May 2011. They took some of my old credits and have been very nice about my transtion from one profession to the MBA program. My admissions counselor was awesome and not pushy at all. I recently received a new advisor/financial aid dictator whom I greatly dislike-but I pay for this education and I am going to get what I want and pay for.
The classes are great overall, though a couple of professors need to stop treating the program like it's Harvard. Overall what I have learned has been enough to get me two job offers in my new field of business, which is a testament to the relevance of what is being taught. I find the same issues live here that did at the state college-colleges all have their issues. No one cares more about your education than you-so be proactive, be ready to work hard, and have realistic expectations.
The school is good for someone who is on a short timeline and would like accelerated courses. Each class is 5 weeks long, has a weekly quiz, as well as two weekly discussions. There is also a midterm per class (3-5 pages) and a final (10 pages). I thought it was a great school and often times your books are available online for free which saves you a lot of money!
I would Not Recommend Ashford to anyone!! Ashford is a waist of time and a joke, if your serious about your career and, education Ashford is NOT the place to go. I started the online courses and I experience the worst online education ever.
The Staff is very dishonest and they took over three weeks to get back to me about an unofficial transcript evaluation. On the mean time What Ashford was doing is buying time to lock-in my Financial Aid and Grants and later hit me with an introduction class that had nothing to do with my major; and to make matters worst I had to pay for it as well.
Ashford is the Worst School I have ever attended and wile I was there I learned stupidity and elementary level schooling. If you are trying to inquire a honest and fulfilling education (Not Just a Degree) look ells where.
I took one semester with them and they made me pay over a thousand dollars to them. I was supposed to get financial aid but I didn't continue long enough to get it. (They didn't tell me all this when I first started with them).