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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
This school started off wonderful. I had a great academic advisor, she was so helpful and nice. I must say it ended there! The course work was way too easy and I had been in college before, but for some reason my work was getting docked unnessarily points.
I proofreaded it, got others to check over it and I would get like 6.50/7 because of some un-true lie. I really didnt care about that because I was still maintaining a A. Well I was asking a question about my financial aid, and my advisor took 3 weeks to answer me. I ended up calling and speaking to someone else. When my advisor finally decided to answer me she was rude and said "F.Y.I you don't need to fail any classes" and look into a private loan.
Now first off this is a financial advisor not academic and I had an A already and she was just plain rude. Then I wrote her another email when I thought I knew what was going on, but due to her always being mia I called the school and her co-worker was so wonderful to me she answer the question and I understood.
My advisor later that day calls me at 8:00 pm that is too late! I ignored the call because she is rude, and she leaves me this message with all this informal grammar putting # instead of number and just not how a school official should be. Then she writes, you need to do the math you are not entitled to what you thought you were and posted some data I didnt understand......Okay I am the student her job is clearly to answer my questions but instead she gets mad, she is going down.
I saved all the emails and my mother emailed her as well, she is going to wish she was more professional!! This school is money hungry and they wait till the last min to tell you whats going on.
After I started at Ashford, almost right away I received an email telling me my credit hour charges were being raised, they said it had something to do with a program Obama came up with. Thanks for nothing Obama, anyway I wanted to start out with a Associate degree but they made it sound like I could not attend Ashford unless I started out with the Bachelor degree.
I signed up and then they gave me no choice of the classes I was going to start out with, no choice in anything except that fact that I wanted my degree to be in accounting. Most of the time it took 2 to 3 days to get a respond from any of them. I failed a class, they charged me for it of course then signed me up for it again, then put me out of it 2 weeks later, started me in a different class, which I was doing great in, during the second or third week put me out of that class and started me in the class I failed.
I failed it again, they started me in another class I got into the 4th week of that class, was doing great passing it and next thing I knew I could not get into the class, so I sent an email to my accademic advisor and she said I had been suspended for failing that class twice which caused my grade level to be to low.
They didnt even tell me I had been suspended no phone call, no email, nothing, until I asked. I thought it was a technical problem. I was also told they are not fully accredited, I don't know if that is true, but I was told by people at other colleges.
I am really surprised by all the degrading of this school. Most all of the people who complained had problems with financial aid? I have been at Ashford and not had one problem. In fact they inform me of things before I can catch it. The fact is they are an accredited school with both on-line and campus option.
Why do people think you have to be a rich kid who can drop everything and attend school. We all have jobs and priorities these days, I have worked construction the last two years well spending every night doing homework in order to earn my degree.
Also, I attended community college and had more problems with the campus then at Ashford. I find many of these reviews offending, at least graduate before you start saying negative comments and discrediting thousands of hard working people.
OK, I HAVE READ ALL THESE POST ABOUT HOW ASHFORD IS SUCH A TERRIBLE SCHOOL. FIRST, ASHFORD HAS THE HIGHEST ACCREDITATION POSSIBLE A UNIVERSITY CAN RECEIVE. SECOND, IM THE IN THE MILITARY AND ASHFORD HELD A SEMINAR ON BASE. DO YOU REALLY THINK THE UNITED STATES GOVERMNET WILL HAVE A DIPLOMA MILL SCHOOL COME ON BASE? YOU PEOPLE REALLY ARE IDIOTS. I SUGGEST THOSE PEOPLE IN QUESTION ABOUT ASHFORD DO THERE REASEARCH ON THE SCHOOL LIKE I DID. IT'S A GREAT SCHOOL AND I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING.
ALSO, ALL THIS TALK ABOUT HOW EASY THE COURSES IS IS BS REALLY. PEOPLE LEARN AT DIFFERENT LEVELS YOU IDIOTS. IT MAY BE EASY FOR YOU BUT NOT THE NEXT PERSON. I WISH THESE IDIOTS CAN GET A LIFE REALLY. THEY COME ON HERE AND POST ALL THESE FREAKIN LIES
I am a single parent of a son and I have been attending Ashford University and all I have to say is that it gives me much hope, there is nothing wrong with this school. People are so negative about things. I feel that the coursework was great and improved my skills, the learning tools also helped me learn how to write in new formats. I'am a major in social in crimnal justice so far great experience.
It's sad when many of us are struggling financially due to greedy CEO's and crooked politician's, employers, then have to face the same greed and deceit from an institution. Ashford University is all about peoples' money, and they try to screw you out of every red cent. I'm already into course two, but will refuse the remaining financial aid and use it at a cheaper school that's just as good, if not better.
I have no faith in this country anymore, because it's all about greed, not people. No wonder this country is soon to be owned by China....blinded by ignorance and money.
I am sorry to say that I do not recommend this school to anyone. I was initially excited when I discovered Ashford and the idea of 5 week courses. However, halfway through I began getting nervous because the courses seemed too easy and it seemed everyone was doing well. I graduated in June 2010 and was inducted into their honor society in 5 minutes worth of clicking around.
They send you lists of people on the dean's list every "semester" and it looks like every student possible is on that list. It has literally thousands of names each time. Oh, and don't ever ask for a letter of recommendation if you plan on furthering your education.
It has now been 8 months that I have been waiting on it. I kept nagging at them and they say, "it's a delicate and long process." Eight months!?! And I even started EARLY! Little do they know that I gave up relying on them, but I'm curious to see if I will ever get it. I asked a coworker to write one and it was done in 10 minutes. Eight months versus 10 minutes.
AShford has a form for it and everything, but yet they can't seem to figure out how to do something so simple for their students. Oh, and I have yet to be able to find a job and be hired since graduation (with a 3.96 gpa). I'm pretty sure employers laugh as soon as they see "Ashford" on my resume. I guess I'll have to wait till I get my master's from a respectable university in order to land a job. Thanks for nothing!
I will be finished with my Associates degree on July, 4th. The only problem I have had is that the financial aid office sometimes sends me the same e-mail time and time again. For instance, I get an e-mail saying that I have to sign a new MPN even though I have already done it. The class work has been challenging and fun to do. It makes you think critically.
The instructors always have good feedback and remind students to call or e-mail them with any questions. Most of these people just want to blame the school, becuase they could not finish their education. If you can not think critically and learn independently then do not take any online classes.
Anybody else I would highly recommend Ashford University. Oh, and another thing this school is accredited. I have already been informed by Northwest Missouri State University that all of the credits will transfer without a problem.
I am very confused about many of the reviews I have read. Ashford has been nothing but a wonderful experience for me.I have a bachelors degree from my state university but a change in career made me enroll in ashford for a bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I have had nothing but great experiences here.
The coursework has ranged from somewhat easy to very challenging. Each week, I have given ample amounts of work and assignments to prove my dedication to the course. Anyone who calls the school easy is not taking their work seriously enough. I am currently about to graduate, am on the dean's list, and have a GPA of 3.98.
I think it is absurd that people would imply that the education learned here is not comparable to other universities. I attended the University of MD, College park, a top ten state university and have a bachelor's degree in English. I can honestly say that I have learned more at Ashford than I ever did at UMD because the online format has forced me to delegate my time and responsibilities. In addition, the course load is more intense due to online atmosphere.
As for the finance department, I am not sure what you all are dealing with. I have paid my tuition on time, every month, and have never experienced any issues. I think the people who are complaining are the people who do not pay their bills. As for the $900 electronic fee, this is normal of any online school, and my academic adviser informed me BEFORE signing up for classes.
For those of you considering Ashford, I think it is a great school. If you are lazy and just want to breeze by, this is not the school for you. A degree needs to be earned.