Ashford University Reviews
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Ashford University made returning to school less of a hassle being a single mother as well as working full time. The staff and Professor that I had dealt with on a daily basis throughout my education were always understand of personal circumstances that would arise due to my sons health. In addition, they are fast at responding to email and phone calls regarding my education and always willing to help the best way that they could. Even with being an alumni of Ashford I am still contacted by staff in regards to potential job offers and career events and training.
I was nervous to start an all online program but I did it anyways and I'm glad I did. I have read reviews of teachers and staff not being very helpful, but honestly when I first started I received one call a week from my advisor checking on me and making sure I was understanding things. I felt like it was too much for me but I know that they were just trying to be helpful. The online classroom is really easy to understand and I am able to work school around my busy schedule. It is more expensive than going to a local community college but this is the only way I could manage getting my degree. I am excited that they also have a real graduation ceremony and that I will get to visit San Diego! I live in SC and have never been that far west!
Ashford University is a for profit school, that is the first thing that must be taken into consideration. Not always a bad thing, more often than not for profit schools are extremely flexible. Know what you are getting into and have a plan for finances. I am active duty military so I used TA and owned them a little so they appeased me to ensure I continued my education. For those who say it is easy great, then I am sure they graduated 4.0 or 3.97 like I did. Is it useless? I was accepted to Johns Hopkins for grad school so I would say that Ashford did its job. Now you also need to be a realist, if you are a waiter and you get a degree in hospitality management (I don't know if they offer it) don't assume that a BA will get you hired strait away as a manager. It would be beneficial to work in the industry you are achieving your degree in so you have a resume that is complimentary. So take always from this, know your finances and expectation management.
There are many mixed reviews about this college. I have been attending this college for a couple of years. I will graduate in one month with a bachelors in organizational management, and will continue my education at Ashford University. In my opinion this college is for professionals and people who get things done on their own. If you are not one of those people, and you constantly need support this college is probably not for you. Financial aid and advise for career questions is something you may need to pursue on your own. Prior to starting at Ashford University I had previously attended the University of Texas. There is much one on one support when attending large state colleges,. However, when attending an online school such as Ashford University do not expect that same amount of support. It would be unreasonable to believe that they would be able to give you the same amount of attention. The coursework provided at University is delivered in abundance. If you are not a self-starter or driven individual it will be a challenge for you to succeed. I have completed classes while working in a high-level management position at one of the largest all and gas service companies. This school required a lot of my personal time. The school in my opinion has been exactly what I needed in order to obtain my goals by accomplishing my bachelors degree. I will be pursuing a MBA and I will have it completed within the next year and a half. I hope this helps people who are considering attending Ashford University.
I was all for Ashford the advisor was amazing. They help and explained everything great. I felt very comfortable with going to school here I was enrolled and going to classes online, very easy, self explained. Enjoyed the program !!.....until life unexpected happened and I felt that it wasn't the best time to continue with school for the time being. Everything change at that point! I was told I was a quitter, a drop out and that I was running away. It went from guidance and helpfulness to being bullied into staying enrolled. I was literally in tears arguing with someone about me staying in school, I was made felt like I was doing the worst thing possible by taking step back from school. That one moment changed my experience. I have talked with other people with ashford and they were understanding and apologetic to my situation. I even talked to a counselor to make sure my decision was the best and there wasn't other options. Very helpfully. I cannot say weather ashford is a good or bad school to attend, I enjoyed the online setup of the class and the instructor that I had but My one situation tho changed my view on going back when time permits.
Ashford University is not a good school the advisors don't explain everything to you clearly are your either told one thing and it another I really feel like their unprofessional and not knowledgeable at all. The school is not a god school I repeat don't attend.
My experience has been absolutely wonderful. You get what you put in. For someone who is in their sixties, I have nothing but good things to share. You have to be dedicated and put in the time. If you are focused and work hard you can do well. It wasn't easy for me, but I did it. It took me quite some time to success, but I did it. I never gave up and never let anything stop me. The Adcademic advisors are there if you stay in touch with them. They are busy too. It really is what you put into it. I was very bless to work with everyone involved. Ashford is a good school don't let the negativity of others stop you from going after your dreams. Just give them a try, you may just like it.
Ashford isn't a bad school. However, good luck being able to speak with an advisor. Financial Aid office is basically a joke. Other than that I loved the atmosphere and online classroom settings. The graduation advisor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful as well as the instructors. For working adults and parents this online atmosphere allows you to gain the knowledge for a career. You do learn!
I am a fairly new student in week 3 of the "EXP105 Personal Dimensions of Education" (what others referred to as the "learning class") which I think is a fantastic way to help students see whether or not distance learning is right for them before they make the commitment. I have had no problem with the school, I have had great communications with my instructor, advisors and any staff member I have reached out to via phone or email. I will see how financial aid works out in March. So far everything is seemingly moving along as it should be. Their department has also been more than helpful. I do have the mandatory financial hold that is a natural part of the transition from being a conditional student to becoming a permanent student. This is meant to help STUDENTS because if they were thinking of only finances you would not have this nonobligatory period to see how it works for you. If it doesn't work, you cant expect to have attended for free. They have to fund the program, and it was all agreed to before papers were signed. If I don't make the grade that's on me, if it don't fit that's on me, so I should have to pay the fee for the class. EXP 105 builds skills to assist you in your academic journey should you succeed, and I have gotten well more than my money's worth already from this particular course. It is not a rip off or a way to get extra money, it is genuinely a course that will enrich your life and learning process. With that being said I am doing well, the class is engaging because I am engaged, Ashford will be what you make it. While I would like a little more predictability in numbers for my stipend, it is what it is. They cant tally numbers that aren't there in concrete, and they have made me no false promises. That is not my soul purpose for being there so I am not going to spaz out over it and post impulse reviews. If it takes a little while fine, as long as it is all on the up and up which there is no indication that it wont be. I love the school, my advisers have been amazing, and believe you me, if I do run into issues like those I have read about Ill be posting here and on every legal site I can find to make it known as well as recover damages. The fact is they have been simply amazing. It is college, it is challenging, and it is going to be an amazing journey from what I can tell so far. I look forward to a better future thanks to Ashford University and my willingness to put in the hard work to get there! Also, instructors, free tutoring, and a number of additional resources are in place to help people who want to succeed do so. In my opinion and from my brief experience at Ashford success is about research and understanding what to expect, asking questions and doing your part. If that is not something you are inclined to do then it isn't logical to be upset when your expectations were not met.
Ashford University is a FOR PROFIT PREDATORY INSTITUTION! Their counselors will tell you whatever you want to hear ; in an effort to lure you in... once there: They are like "Hotel California". To request withdrawal from a class (even if your in an automobile accident) is fruitless if the professor is needy. After 2 to 3 weeks of no communication they will then "Administratively Withdrawal" the student and process loan paperwork that will result in a 200% increase due to "Fees" and administrative charges!