Ashford University Reviews
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I have seen allot of reviews about this school some negative, and some positive. My experience with the school has been wonderful and in comparison to some of the other traditional colleges I have attended, I don't see a major difference.
First and foremost, let me point one thing out, and that is that the school is Regionally accredited, and was founded in 1918. I am not saying that there are no issues at this school, because that would be a lie, but I will say that the issues are no different at this school than any other school you may attend. Everyone at the school is wonderful and very responsive when you call or e-mail them concerning an issue.
This school holds you accountable for assignments, logging into the classroom, and taking tests. So if you do your part, which is to study and do all of your work, you will not have an issue excelling at this school, however if you are looking for an easy way out you may want to stick with one of those diploma mill schools or a strictly correspondence course type of school. The majority of those that are complaining have no discipline to do the course work and will continue to complain not matter what.
As much as I don't want to start this off bad, I first need to say something to all of those who claim to have such a horrible experience, you are the one who made the choice to attend the school. If you wanted to attend college maybe you should have thought about doing as much research as possible before making your final decision to attend to make sure it was the right fit for you.
ONLINE classes are not for everyone. If you are not the type of person who is self-sufficient and can think on your own without someone watching over your shoulder and telling you the answer because you are too lazy to do some work, then that is your own fault. Yes some classes may appear easy, but when you get further along down the line they are not so easy.
As for financial aid, there are problems with that no matter what school you attend. The government has very strict guidelines on information that is needed sometimes that the school has to collect in order to award grants and/or loans. Also, it seems most who complain are those who want the check of the extra money, well guess what financial aid is for school not just to go shopping with. And for those who say these random fees appears, guess what every extra fee besides tuition that the school charges for is listed on the application that YOU signed (so maybe you should read what you sign???).
On a happy note though, I love the school. I am going on attending for almost 2 years now and will be done next fall. I have enjoyed all of the classes. I have never had any problems with instructors. I am not a person who can sit in a classroom for a few hours at a time, it puts me sleep. Being in class online challenges me to think more and hold myself more accountable to achieve my goals. I never have a problem reaching an advisor..if my own is not available I know they will call back and if it is urgent I just talk to the first one I can in that department.
So, I say GO FOR IT, if you think online is the way you want to go!!
I ATTENDED ASHFORD UNIVERSITY AND I LIKED IT AT FIRST BUT WHEN I NEEDED HELP WITH AN ASSIGNMENT I EMAILED MY PROFESSOR AND NO RESPONSE WHICH THAN MADE ME FAIL MY ASSIGNMENT AND FAIL THE COURSE. AFTER SEEING I WASN'T GOING TO GET THE HELP I NEEDED I LEFT THE SCHOOL. NOW BECAUSE OF THE STUPID PROFESSOR THAT DECIDED NOT HELP ME I NOW OWE THE SCHOOL ALMOST 4,000 DOLLARS BECAUSE I FAILED THAT COURSE FROM THAT ONE ASSIGNMENT THAT THE ARROGANT MAN DECIDED TO JUST IGNORE. I'VE BEEN TEMPTED TO GET MY LAWYER INVOLVED IN THIS ASAP BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE I OWE THEM A THING!!!!! I HAVE ALREADY SPENT TO MUCH TIME AND MONEY WITH THEM TO EVEN THINK ABOUT GIVING THEM ANOTHER RED CENT!!
I have been to other schools where the advisers are rude, ignore you, and basically could give a crap less. Ashford advisers were amazing!! They always checked in on me frequently, if they noticed a problem with my account that I didn't catch, they tried their hardest to better the situation.
I'm not sure what everyone is talking about when they call Ashford "money hungry". They always reimbursed all of the over flow from my federal loans that they didn't use for my tuition (which was reasonably priced and I could always check my charges 24/7 online).
Sometimes the classes were harder, sometimes they were easier. The teachers grade on their own specifications, so sometimes you will get a teacher that grades you harshly and you might not understand why, and others will give great feed back and be helpful. Most of the time I found my teachers to be well versed and informative.
The students can be a little bit ridiculous at times with what they would post, thinking it was a decent grade, but I believe that the teachers would try and guide them and give them the grade they deserved for poor work.
I enjoyed Ashford University. I recently graduated with my BA in Social Sciences with Education Concentration, and they even helped me get along to my certification program!!
I think people are more prone to complain about something rather than say good things.
I finished my degree requirements last Monday, and I can now proudly say I am a college grad! I have a BA in Social Science with an education concentration, and I am now debating between teacher certification and Master's level work.
If anyone is concerned with Ashford's credits being accepted at "brick and mortar" institutions, there is nothing to worry about. I contacted an enrollment advisor for the teacher certification/Master's program at Lincoln Memorial University, and asked if they recognized my degree from Ashford. They do, and the advisor spoke highly of the Ashford program. The Ashford program is designed for self motivated adults that are looking for an opportunity to better their educational level.
I went to a traditional college right out of high school, but dropped out after two years. I am a married mom of two who decided two years ago to finish my degree. Since I homeschool my children, a traditional school was out of the question. Ashford was a great fit. My husband is in the military, so I received military grants.
My advisors were always available, and I couldn't be more pleased with my experience with the school. I have read comments that complain about the level of coursework. My answer to that is to say that Ashford expects its students to be self thinkers, and to come up with their own answers. As with any school setting, you will get out of it what you put in. I highly recommend Ashford to anyone.
After obtaining an undergrad degree at UoP 10 years ago, I decided to pursue my Master's last year. I didn't want another UoP experience so I looked for a real ground school that had expanded into the online environment. I thought I'd found that at AU, but no. The "real" AU was purchased by Bridgepoint Education, another big-business corporate entity with no apparent educational integrity. The coursework is essentially self-study with little to no instructor interaction.
The students in class can barely write a coherent sentence. I feel like I do busy work in order to get through, but learn nothing. I jokingly call it "Barnes and Noble U" since I could learn just as much by purchasing the books at my leisure.
You will not get an education at Ashford, just a degree. Choose carefully. (I had a 4.0 at UoP and I have a 4.0 here. It means nothing.)
At first this school seemed okay but as time went by I realized they were not here for the students but a money making scheme. These people are a bunch of crooks! They steal your financial aid money and use it on things they are not allowed to. I think that the staff may even be pocketing some of the money and pretending it is for charges.
I honestly did not have a good experience at this school. the academic advisors were mean and pushy and arrogant. I must have dealt with over 12 different advoisors over the course of two years there. It was a waste of time and money all together. Do not, I repeat DO NOT waste your time here if you are a financial aid student. By the time that I would have graduated they had me owing $100,000 in student loans.
I really would not want anyone else to have to deal with these crroks! Spend your time and money elsewhere! They even charge you for classes that you did not complete and sneaky ways that they do things will make you so mad at them. Pick an other school!
All the post are so true, this school is awful. If you do make contact with your FA be sure to ask every question you ever thought that you'd have. And yes the classes are way to easy. Yes, everyone learns on different levels but really, this is work my 4th grader can complete. I've been attending the college since March of 2010, needless to say this is my last course at this university. The CSR are so rude and they must get paid to piss you off rather then assist you. If you are considering attending this school please pay attention to these post, beware of what you are about to committ to. Also, this is my second online college I also attended UOP and I'm transferring back to them after I complete this course. More money but much better. As always you get what you pay for!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been attending school at Ashford for about 4months, and so far I am hating every second of it. When I agreed to sign up, I was told that the school would only cost about $9000 a year, the books were very cheap, and I would have finiancial aid kick back check, sent to me after, my past classes were paid for. The finiancial aid advisior told me that I would recieve a check in about 1-month---- its been 3-months, and no-one has returned my phone calls or e-mails, and whenever somebody does answer the phone, they have more excuses, and delays.
I thought going to college would in some way improve my skill level, but so far I haven't learned anything that I did not know already. I would not recommend this college to anyone, they are friendly in the beginging, but once you fill out your finiancial aid documents, your relationship is immediatly over, I think that this school is just money hungry. (Think about it-- you will be using your electricty, your computer, your printer,ink ,and paper, and there isn't a actual teacher that comes over, you will have to pay for a un-nesassary costly book, and what-ever else they can think of) by the way I recently found out that I will be actually paying $12,000per year for attending this college---- I feel like a complete sucker!!! Please take my advice and, never, ever attend this college unless your are super rich, and have money to waste. I am going to transfer out, after I talk to my lawyer.
I am highly insulted by the negative comments that I have read here about Ashford University. People writing comments to bash this school must be ignorant!!
I graduated Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.5 from a brick and mortar school about 3 years ago. I am also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. I did quite a bit of research before choosing an online school for my Bachelor Degree in Psychology.
Ashford University turned out to be a perfect fit. This University is in fact rated in the top 25 online schools. I am very happy with my choice!! I remember feeling anxious when I started my first class. I wasn't use to taking classes online. But, I have since become very relaxed. The material for my classes is down-loadable in both Audio and Text format. I really like this since I can listen as I read. It helps to reinforce what I am learning.
Each class is only 5 weeks long and you take one at a time while being considered a full time student. I currently have a 4.0 GPA. The Professors I have had thus far are very professional and competent, as well as, the students I have met through my classes. If I have any issues or questions, I simply call the college, leave a message and receive a response usually within 24 hours if not sooner.
I receive financial aide and haven't experienced any problems with applying or receiving the funds. In fact, I knew what I qualified for within 4 weeks of applying. My only complaint is that I didn't consider Ashford for my Associates. I could have completed my education a whole lot sooner. Thank you, Theresa Dehnert