Ashford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (631)
I have read many reviews and it definitely seems to me that the individuals that are complaining must have not completed the work or did something to cause the financial issues. I earned my Master's degree without so much as one issue. My advisor called me every month or so to check in with me! I called a few times and she always called back. My professors were all pretty good with the exception of one. They always commented on my papers, so it was clear they read each one. The work load was heavy, but not a problem for a dedicated student. It sounds as though some individuals are looking for easy street when they decide to take on-line courses. In fact, it is often the opposite with on-line degrees. They expect you to be able to work independently and make the deadlines. I had no problem getting funds back from Ashford and they told me I could send them back to lending agency with no issue and that was the case. My experience was so flawless that these complaints seem unwarranted. I did not experience anything similar to some of the comments in the reviews. Usually complainers complain because they failed the process themselves or couldn't cut the mustard so to speak. All I know is I had no problems and was very happy with the school.
All I can say is please anyone who is considering this school get everything, absolutely everything in writing in a email or something because this is surely a FOR-PROFIT organization that will tell you lie and try to bamboozle you for all the money they can.
I am currently attending this school and so help me I would not lie about how it is exactly like the reviews that tell you what they are. These people are not angry they are telling the truth. I am a student there and I am going to break my neck trying to make my grades so that this greedy school can not get me worse than the other University did because they absolutely do have hidden charges at Ashford University.
I did not know none of the materials are included in the courses that are needed. The technology fee is now $1290. some pay it and some don't. I think the government should investigate this ponzi scheme for what it really, really is. They should rename it Madoff.
I have been enrolled in Ashford University online for 3 weeks and I am beginning to believe that I am in a continual nightmare. It is true that the enrollment advisor is a great talker and tries to tell you what you want to hear. However, try to withdraw from their school in the first or middle of the second week and see how far it will get you. When I call my student advisor and told him I wanted to withdraw, he put his manager online that pretty much dismissed the fact that I had the right to withdraw. I have read the reviews about financial aid problems on here and I think they are trying to rip me off too on my financial aid. I believe that they refused to allow me to get the top financial aid due to my income because I told them I needed my excess cash after they took out their expensive tuition so I could by their expensive books. I don't even know if I will be able to afford my books now. Some people at Ashford like to tell their students who read bad reports about them that the ones writing the reviews are just angry students and they run into financial difficulties because they did not turn in their paper work on time. Yeah, right. Any lie is better than no lie at all. I wish I had never even heard of Ashford University online and on campus. I want to get the heck away from this money hungry school. By the way, I am pissed off because I allowed myself to get sucked in by a smooth talking cassanova.
Hello to everyone. I currently attend Ashford's Online Program. I have had the utmost respect from enrollment advisors, finance advisors, and also academic advisors. Anytime I have had a question I have received an adequate response within 24 hours from any one of my advisors. I was informed upfront before agreeing to sign any papers that there would be the one time techinal fee.
My instructors answer all of my questions. The coursework is challenging but if you make sure to post any questions before the last minute, and do your assignments in advance then you should not have a problem. I am someone with only a high school diploma. I am working on my BA in Health Care Administration. I never thought it would be easy. Anything rewarding in life takes dedication and hard work. Overall I am very satisfied.
I graduated with an MBA in Supply Chain Management, I can understand why Ashford has a low graduation & retention rate, the course work is the mother of all work loads. That being said, it was much more rewarding than my experience at The University of Central.
I have to admit, one can be stunned by the meaning of the term, "work at your own rate." This rate or quantity of work required was much more than I expected, but well worth it. The advisers and instructors were always available, sometimes to the point of being a hassle with all the support they are trying to offer. Like a previous post mentioned, if your not a 100% dedicated to bearing down and putting in the hours, find a babysitter somewhere else.
Well so far I have really enjoyed it I am only in my second course but, I have trully enjoyed it. A have read a lot of people dog this school and the advisor but hey they had probems before coming hear. My first advisor helped me a lot in fact he still calls me. So all you people with negatives will I only hope you find what your looking for.
I'm sorry, but those who are complaining about this online school sound like a bunch of cry-babies to me. If you read the course materials, turn in your assignmets on time, and interact with teachers and classmates via the posts like you are supposed to do, then you should not have any problems at all.
Understand that an online education is NOT for everybody. But do not blame the school because you are not getting the attention you want or failing the class because you don't get it. Online schools are for independent, disciplined, dedicated, and serious students, who enrolled into this program to learn, strive, work-hard, and earn their degrees.
I completed my first year at Ashford, I did what I was supposed to do, and it worked for me. Some classes were challenging, others were fun, and others I did not enjoy. Either way, I learned a great deal, kept me interested, and now I'm looking forward to my second year at Ashford.
I have been enrolled here for over three years and I am close to graduation with my BA. I will be pursuing my Masters here as well. I have had a tremendous experience at this school. The education is challenging and the rewards is great so far.
This format requires a lot of extra work on my part. Working full time, having a family and going to school creates a bit of a struggle to complete everything when needed but school is never designed to be easy.
I love the format. I have no trouble with my advisors and my financial aid works as it is supposed to.
I do not like the cost of books at the EdMap store but rather than complain, I use my resources to track ISBN numbers and purchase my books through other sites. I never pay more than $60 and most of my books are brand new.
Anyone who has issues is not putting in the amount of work they expect to get back. This could not be an easier process. I renewed my FAFSA in less than 20 minutes online last night and my courses have always gone seamless.
Of course, I am an academia nut and I have straight As in the classes (25 so far) that I have taken. It can be done but no one is going to do it for you.
Good luck. I love this school and I thank everyone at Ashford for helping nearly reach a lifelong goal.
I have been reading a number of reviews that have not reflected highly on Ashford. I have been a student of 5 different Universities or colleges do to traveling with my job. I have found Ashford to be an excellent educational experience and well worth the money you are paying. I would recommend you compare it with other schools closely before you decide this is not a good choice.
The cost per credit is very competative, some classes books were provided at no cost, the flexibility of taking classes has been excellent. The financial aid office has made my experience enjoyable, no worries or stress other than learning.
Ashford is a great school. I have been to several other colleges on campus and online and I have received the best treatment from Ashford. My enrollment advisor was clear and got to the point. He helped me sign up and ready to go quickly.
During my first year at Ashford I talked to my enrollment advisor about my classes because I also thought he was my academic advisor as well. He always was positive and willing to help. Now I talk with my academic advisor and financial advisor because my enrollment advisor became a teacher.
I have been at Ashford for nearly 3 years. I have enjoyed almost every class accept for statistics but that is a subject I dislike anywhere. I have had great instructors who have graduated with a masters or PhD degree from great schools. This school is flexible but like others have said you have to put hard work into it because there is a lot of writing and reading. I am a psychology major so I am doing discussions and responses, written assignments which are 2-6 pages long depending on the instructor or class, quizzes, and my final papers which are 8-10 pages long due at the end of your 5 week class period.
All discussions, assignments, and final papers are required to be in APA format and it has to be done correctly or it will show on your grade. The classes are compact since you are finishing each class every 5 weeks. I am currently taking concurrent classes. Concurrent classes is when you take two classes at the same time during the 5 week period. It is harder because you are doing a lot of writing simultaneously but I am finishing my degree a little sooner by doing this. It's harder to keep high A's by doing this but with hard work it can be done.
I am married and have two kids and my wife is also attending online school from the University of Maryland. Thats another tough school. People that say your degree isn't going to be worth anything or saying that employers will trash your resume when they see you are from Ashford is a bunch of crap and if that's the case you probably don't want to work for those type of people anyway. Get your education, that is what is important.