Ashford University Reviews
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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.
After completing college programs at four colleges, including a BA at Ashford online and an MBA this year through Ashford, I have some perspective. Those that think they can get full-time support 24/7 from an online school charging 50% less than traditional universities are kidding themselves. If you want to have that level of service you will need to attend classes on campus for 70k annually at a place like Boston U. And even then, good luck.
I can say I did not have any issue at Ashford that would have derailed my 3.9 GPA at program completion. Many just blame the school for their own failures. Ashford is the best deal out there for the money and is a quality place to learn real world skills that directly apply to today's careers.
I have been enrolled at Ashford since 9/2011. I love it. My student adviser is always there when I have a question. I have had not issues with the financial aid. I wish I would have done this sooner.
The classes are challenging at times. But they are also fun. If I have a question about anything I e-mail my instructor. They are quick in responding to me. I even have my husband taking classes with Ashford.
I have read many of the reviews for this university and must say that the majority of complaints have come from individuals that are unhappy with the financial aspect of the college, or were disappointed with the online learning experience as a whole.
This is a wonderful and easily traveled online program that offers excellent quality courses. What potential students, and students alike, must realize is that, "You are expected to be the teacher and the student". While I agree there are instructors to guide the students, they are not the classroom instructors that many students expect.
In the online college experience motivation, responsibility, and self awareness are all key to the success and happiness of your college career and Ashford University, in my mind, is the perfect choice!
I have been enrolled in Ashford University for 10 months now and will not earn my Bachelor's Degree until approximately 2015.