Ashford University Reviews
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The reviews that are negative seem to have a central theme. And seem to be coming from people who do not have experience in a brick and mortal university. In my experience its the same in every university. I have attended VA Tech, UVa, and now Asford. I can tell you that I have had the same experience everywhere.
You cannot withdraw after a certain period, well you can but you are still responsible for the cost of the class. I have been enrolled for about 4 months and I am taking more than one class at a time.
I have no problems contacting advisors, financial, academic or otherwise. Yes you have to take classes you do not want to, but look at the cirruculum at any school, you have to meet certain requirements in humanities, etc. Not sure what the complaints about easy classes are all about. I want easy classes my goal is to get in and out as fast as possible, easier the better - I doubt when I enterview for a job my potential employer is going to care about how easy the classes were, all they care about is the paper that says your graduated.
I can say that classes do get harder as you move out of electives and into major classes, and the quality of your fellow students increases as well. Its not easy and its not cheap, but shop around and make your own decisions, regardless of where you go its your responsiblity to take care of you, no one else will do it for you.
Ashford University is a joke, the quality of the classes is very poor. The FA office will rip you off, they hit you with a HUGE bill before you graduate. I got my degree and I NEVER BOUGHT A BOOK. This school is a joke
I have been attending Ashford online now for close to a year. I haven't reached my major courses yet but so far, I'm loving the experience. The guy who helped me enroll in this college was not pushy. I called to ask them a question and he told me what they offer and asked if I would be interested. I told him I'm not sure and that he can call me in a few days. When he did, he never tried and forced me into this. He asked if I thought about it and was interested. This really stuck out to me because I also called another university to ask them about there courses and they had someone call me for months, even after I told them I didn't want to enroll there.
The classes are easy at first but have been getting harder. This is my first time in college and it has been fun. The instructors are very helpful and the staff of Ashford, my financial advisor and academic advisor, are really nice and have always been very informative with the pursuit of my degree. They even call like once a month to check on how I'm doing and see if I have any questions.
All in all, I would highly recommend this college.
There is so much wrong with this school, I dont know where to begin. I could write about five pages worth of bad remarks, but I am sure most of you wouldn't read it. If you look at the yellow the top and how it describes the way Ashford accepts military training as credits, it's not true. I had 41 transferable military credits, they gave me five of those. They seem helpful at first, but once they get you in, all they want is your money. Go somewhere else. Military service members, if you want trasferrable credits to be applied, go to American Military University.
I've been attending Ashford for over 2 1/2 yrs to get my Bachelor's in BIS and I absolutely love it. I cannot believe how lazy some of these people sound on here. Did you expect college to be easy? Did you expect financial advisors to make sure your financial aid goes through? YOU ARE A GROWN ADULT...no one does your work for you. Stop hating for being ignorant.
As far as coursework, yes the first couple courses were simple, and some of the basics...but once you get into your actual major, it is a different story. Some professors are helpful, some suck, some you hate, some you love...but that is no reflection on the school. That is a reflection of college in general. If you ask me, the workload is ALOT for 5 weeks, so if you are a procrastinator, then this is not the school for you.
This education experience has well surpassed my expectations and I will be going on to get my MBA here because I love Ashford.
To the admitting person that said they used to work here...that is total crap. My admitting girl still keeps in contact with me and bestfriend who she enrolled. So to everyone else, that former employee is lying.
At Ashford University the instruction (Professors) are great. The cost in online tution and books is the best you can find anywhere. It is a regionally accredited university.. the same agency tht accredits state and ivy-league colleges and universities. The college's inception was 1918. It is just a great catholic university. Come join us.
To be fair, I learned a lot about writing at this school, but that's it.I had high hopes when I joined Ashford University, now I see it was among the worst decisions I've ever made. I had my sister call to ask the University a simple question and before I knew it they had an advisor on the phone asking to speak with me. He used his great people skills to talk me into an appointment (which he stressed the importance of). Up until the day I was officially signed up with the University he called me everyday. I couldn't get away from him. I started out in my first course very enthusiastically. I thought that I was taking one of the biggest steps in my life, it turned out to be the biggest stumble ever. It was only a matter of time that i realized that most of the material was so simple that a student could complete it without even reading a book.
As a part of the curriculum every student is required to give a positive in-depth comment on at least two other students work. The only problem is most of the students there write like high school students, most of them can't even get close to following instructions. These aren't their worst problems, at least not in my situation. The reason I was driven to write this review was because of their advisors. I mentioned that the guy trying to recruit me wouldn't leave me alone, it was just the opposite once I was signed up. For the past four months i've tried to get my financial and academic advisor to answer the phone or call me back. They always seem to call when i'm nowhere near the phone. When I try to call them back they never answer. I can hardly get them to tell me anything through an email, and when I set up an apointment, they won't keep it. I'm supposed to be on the phone with them right now, but they are doing what they do best.
Now they've withdrawn me from the university because my financial aid wasn't done properly and I couldn't get them on the phone to tell me what to correct. I wouldn't recommend anybody to this university. I now owe thousands to this college with nothing to show for it. Please don't waste your time and money with Ashford University.
I just completed my BA in Psychology at Ashford. For me, the logistics with student aid were fine. The classes and instructors were very informative, nice and understanding people.
Now.. For those reading these reviews please understand that the first couple classes I had at Ashford (General Ed) were almost laughable. Not because of the subject matter -but because of the students.
It is real clear from the first class onward that the attrition rate is VERY high. People came expecting to earn a BA but imo they should have set their sights a little lower first -like actually finishing the 6th grade. So when you read these reviews, please understand that from what I seen at least 70% of the beginning students I can almost guarantee never made it beyond class five.
The teachers were very patient with this lot. Almost TOO patient imo. And as far as the financial aid. Yes, the process isn't 100% clear. But that goes for all higher education schools. A big part of earning a degree like those offered at Ashford is to learn to interact with people and NOT expect everything to be done for you. If there is a confusing situation with your financial aid.. CALL THEM.. Hell, my representative called me every other week (Almost too much) just to see how things were going and to ask if I needed help.
So, with anything, school is what you put into it. If you want a diploma handed to you while you are unable to write a complete sentence -seek life elsewhere. If you want all your problems with financial aid to go away... Pay in cash or go have your mother work out your finances. -OR learn to work through your problems like an adult.
This is by far the worse school I have ever attended. At first every one was nice and that acted as if they were so concerned with helping me continue my education.
Once I got to my financial aid I started to pay attention to the fine print and when I asked about the remaining balance of my financial aid they stated that they would keep it and send me 2 different disbursement but I told them that I wanted them to send me all of my money and thats when things started to go down hill.
I have been in class for nearly 10 weeks and still have yet to receive a award letter. The communication with the advisors and the financial department is horrible you have to call and call and send about 100 emails then finally you might get a response.
The financial aid department stated that I needed to fill out a withdrawal clearance form because I was still showing that I was enrolled at a previous college which was a lie because I contacted the department of education that showed that I had no pending financial aid that that I was not enrolled in any other college. The w/d form had nothing on there about me being enrolled in another school they wanted to know if all about my financial when i last received it was I over paid how much i received that had nothing to do with me showing that I was enrolled in another school. Then the form was actually called a Financial Aid form. Then I had my previous school fax it to the number that was located on the form and they told me that they could not access that fax machine because they were forbidden to go near it. Now why would you have the fax number on the form if you are unable to check it for the paperwork that they requested.
They have been giving me the run around and I am stressed out behind this school I spend so much time going back and forth and back and forth with them that I am at the point where I just want to say to heck with it. PLEASE SAVE YOURSELF A HEADACHE AND DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH THEM THEY ARE ONLY AFTER YOUR MONEY THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS!!!!
Ashford has been amazing so far in helping me obtain a BA. I started off at University of Phoenix, taking online classes, and they were not helpful at all. I have a disability that may, on occasion require me to turn in assigments a day or so late. When I started at UofP, they said that it would be no problem, but when I tried to get in touch with the disability dept, UofP passed me around from voicemail to voicemail when I was trying to explain my disability and what would be required. Finally, looking at other schools online and being frustrated with the lack of structure in the online classes there as well as the student services depts, I came across Ashford.
They helped me out right away with my disability. The instructors were even helpful, and called me on the phone to let me know that they received my accomodations required and had no problem in helping me. On top of that, the classes are tough, what I would want for the money I'm paying. It's not an easy A like some online schools, and the classes are just as strict as many college campuses. The students who think they'll just float through since they are online classes soon realize it's not that easy and you are expected to do something for your degree.
Also, When I went on leave due to becoming pregnant, my advisor continued to email me for the entire 9 months, checking on me and asking if I needed anything and when I thought I would return.
Overall, I think it's a great school, slightly more expensive than other online universities, however, you get what you pay for.