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I enrolled with Ashford University Online after being financially raped by DEVRY online in 2010. I was granted a military grant that discounted my tuition 50%, free books, and technical fees waived. I couldn't go wrong and I didn't.
After 2 years, I am 3 classes away from graduation and don't regret by decision for one second. I have been on the Dean's List every semester I've been enrolled, a Golden Key member, a SALUTE member, and the Ashford honor society. It is a lot of hard work and takes a ton of dedication but if you take it week by week you'll find that is not overwhelming and you'll be satisfied with your progress.
Ashford University was a great school for me. I graduated with my AS in business administration 2 days ago. AU offers an accelerated program in which classes are in five week intervals. Classes are fast paced due to the little time you have in each class. you must be able to read at least a 300 page text book as well as do the assignments with in a five week period. there are no final exams for any of the classes, rather there is a final essay due at the end of each class. You will interact with the instructor often during classroom postings, and are required to interact with you classmates.
When I first talked with the admissions advisor I did not know anything about online schooling and he was very informative. He did over exaggerate about how much greater the school was compared to other online universities though. Since graduating with my AS I have found many different schools offering the same program style for around the same price or more. I have also found there are more rigorous schools with extensive testing as well as group projects, and actual real time video lectures from the instructors. AU's instructures use a writen lecture format, and most provide outside sources and power point presentations to provide their students with additional information. There is also a ask you instructor tab that allows you to ask questions and recieve asnswers within a day or two. All of the instuctors also provide their personal email address so there are definantly ways to talk one on one with your instructor but sometimes it is hard to get exact answers in a short period of time, but this goes with just about every online format.
The school starts out easy to let you adjust to the format and as you progress through your classes the work load seems to gradually increase. This made it easy to adjust to the online format. You definantly have to be dedicated to your studies, although I have seen students turn in work full of grammar errors or did not pertain to the questions being asked in the assignment. I honestly cannot tell you what their GPA's looked like but I can tell you that I personally turned in work that reflected my best efforts and recieved a high GPA. The school only has a low success rate because they accept just about anyone into their school, whether or not you can complete the work and the classes is on you. It is a large school and the learning format will never be a problem for you because it is made to fit the busiest of schedules.
there textbooks are mostly all published by McGraw Hill so they are of high quality. which is good because your text book is going to be your best friend. The student service's are great, My academic advisor called me about twice a week during the first month. Since that time I probably had about 4 different academic advisors, they were all very informative and never left me waiting for a return call. my financial advisor was not the best at first but the next one around was good to me. I honestly did not need to seek out very much information from any of my advisors because they always kept me up to date on new information via email.
They offer a career center to help you find a job and build you resume. There are some very informative videos and instructions on the site for resume building. Some of the resume building videos are low quality and try to present resumes that are completely blurred out as an example for buiding your own resume. As for helping you build up a unique identity so that employers will want to hire you as oppossed to another graduate students they do not help you at all. Some other online schools integrate portfolio buiding into their classes and help you to build confidence in what you have learned. AU does not do this, you have keep track of what you have learned and do this for yourself. Although they do help you to find a job after you graduate, which many schools will not help with this because their name is on the line if you mess it up. Which is true, but their name will also be on your degree and resume so I believe that is just a formal way of dropping you after your done paying them. AU will not drop you you will beable to continue to access their reasources and personnel after you graduate.
overall I had a great experience with AU and I recommend in for all of you who have busy schedules and cannot make it to a brick and mortar school. You working adults, stay at home moms or dads, those of you in the military or dont like restrictions, in small towns with no avalible schools near by, and of course those of you who like to manage your own time, this may be the school for you. As for those of you looking for an afforable school I recommend attending a community college online or on campus for your associates degree and then moving on to a university for your BA it will save you at least a good 10 grand or more.
good luck in you academic endeavors
They lied about my tuition costs and stole my money, they are all about money and nothing about the students. I didn't even have a computer yet they kept encouraging me not to drop??????? i don't g et it. and then they kept telling me I should get some money back from my loan and then my tuition was upped and I didn't receive squat they are deceitful.
I began online classes with Ashford in February of 2011 after an advisor came to my work to recruit people. I was hesitant at first as I have been out of high school for 10 years now. The advisor was pleasant and I did not feel forced into anything which was nice. I am in the middle of my second year and i couldnt be happier with how it has gone for me. The classes are great, the textbooks are incredible and the professors are very knowledgable and helpful. I feel as though I have learned some amazing things and I feel like more o an intellectual now. I am not thrilled to tell people that I am earning a degree online because of the stigma around it. However working on my degree online has really helped me to learn more about who I am and what I want in life.
The hardest part for me is balancing school work with my personal life but it has been so rewarding and keeping my GPA up has been motivating me. I would reccomend this to anyone who can work on their own with little to no assistance since this is online. Hope this helps.
I will write a review probably a year after completion, however, I have four courses to go until I graduate with my double major bachelors. I was just compelled to point out that the overall rating on this site reflects the "graduation" percentage from the university; meaning that it also reflects the percentage of drop outs. What I have noticed in the poor reviews are people who dropped out or people who haven't been there long.
Unfortunately, people who probably are not cut out for college are attempting to go to Ashford, because they think it is easy. These people plagiarize have, have poor grammar and spelling skills, and lack motivation. They also have no reading comprehension. I assure you, these people get weeded out, but while I shared courses with them they were infuriating! If a few of them seem to be getting by the advanced courses put them off. I've run into people I thought were slackers, but they may just be having a difficult time with a new subject, or family/personal issues that they have talked to the school about and are getting assistance from faculty. I've had my personal ups and downs at this school and the staff have been accommodating.
People also do not have an understanding how financial aid works. The University's online Facebook page is plagued by people asking about their disbursements, because they "need" the money. Ashford enables you to work and go to school, you shouldn't depend on financial aid disbursements to subsidize your income.
As for the "easy" beginning courses that have "nothing to do with my area of study" are general courses, but they also attempt to introduce you into a less conventional way or learning. The "distance learning programs" or "online" courses are not the same as traditional schools. These courses are also accelerated, so sometimes it may seem that you skip information that you end up learning in another related course.
As for online learning in general, keep up your social life off the of the computer. It is weird not seeing faces and generally the people you start with are not in the same program with you. At the end of my Environmental Studies courses we were all the same people so it was easy to keep in contact as well as assisting each other with assignments; we would call or email each other. However, these people are not in the same state as you, in different time zones and have different family lives. Four years sitting on a computer is pretty tough.
When I first decided to enroll at ashford, i had an advisor that called me almost everyday. He made is seem like this was the best school out there. I later found out that he lied. after I enrolled, I never heard from him again. I have had about 4 financial aid\academic advisors in the past 6 months. Each one gave me different information. As far as the classe, they are ok. Most coincide with eac other. I only had problems with one f my instructors. My GPA is good. The financial aid department is not very knowledgeable.
I have had some problems but not major ones. I only have about 6 classes left so it makes no since for me to quit now. At the beginning of this academic year, I was told my classes would be paid for with my financial aid, I just learned today that I may not have enough to cover my classes. I also was told I owed but received a stipend in my account. You have to stay on top of things. Most of my advisors called me back within a day. One of my academic advisors didn't care. When we talked he would often yawn during our conversations, so I stop calling him. If I had known some of these thing before I started, I would have never enrolled. But I"m here now, so I deal wih it. Just read different reviews and decide for yourself.
I hope my review of Ashford University assists you in making and informed decision. I received my Bachelor's in Public Administration. For those who have not taken an online course or program, I am sure you have been reluctant due to the stigma that comes along with online learning. As with traditional learning, you get out what you put in. Sure, you can skip the reading, or turn in sloppy work just to pass, but remember: You are paying to attend. If you plan on getting a job with your degree, you should some concepts right?
One who chooses to attend Ashford should be prepared to do a lot of reading. Classes are five weeks long. You are getting through an entire textbook during those five weeks. Of course, reading is accompanied by writing. Be prepared to write papers. I wrote an average of 2-3 papers in each class. Most papers have to be at least 5 pages, and the final paper was usually required to be at least 8-10 pages. Of course with online learning, it is not easy to just walk into a counselor's office if you have a question. Remember that these advisors have hundreds of students to deal with. My advisors switched a few times, and I will admit I had one in particular that was not so pleasant. And would not return any emails for phone calls. I had good experiences with instructors. They were knowledgeable, and provided great additions to discussions. And of course, there were those ones that were just too hard to please, no matter how hard you try. Answering discussion questions will be a big part of each class. You will answer two every week and be required to respond to classmates. This is where you should really bring something to the table. Engage in discussions and learn from each other. Most instructors will deduct points for not providing detailed answers or responses.
This is a campus-based university and it is regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is the single most important thing you should look for when considering online learning.
Financial aid seems to be a trend when reviewing this school. I have personally not had any issue with financial aid. It seems that people that complain about financial aid were very dependent on those excess funds to be dispersed to them. I did not need that income, so it did not matter to me if the check came or not. If you are relying heavily on that check, maybe an expensive school should not be a priority of yours.
Overall, I am very satisfied. With all the reading and writing I did, I have definitely become stronger academically. I have thorough knowledge about what a good paper or research paper should look like. I hope this review has been helpful.
I have not had a problem yet. The first class is much easier that the remaining. I read reviews before I applied and was nervous about it not being good enough. I am getting a lot out of it. Even more that I would in a community college. It is challenging. But the great part is I can schedule around my life rather than around my school. I would recommend it. My BF is even thinking about going.
I have been with Ashford for 12 of 14 classes over a year and a half. I found the student services excellent, curriculum challenging and highly recommend it. Looking at continuing my studies with a masters program.
I like the schedule. It's not hectic like most colleges these days. They are willing to do a lot to help you.