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Ashford is very good at financial services likely because they want your attendance and money (especially GI Bill). I had three amazing instructors during my degree. That's it. The rest could care less if you could coherently explain an idea using proper spelling, punctuation or grammar. A lot of content is superficially covered at a quick pace and is repetitive throughout the degree with very little being expounded on. Many of the instructors in the environmental degree were of a "group think" mentality and consider you disruptive if you voice an opinion or share facts contrary to their teaching material (which was heavily slanted). I used Ashford online after several relocations rendered my 100+ credits nearly useless (colleges picking and choosing which of my courses were comparable to theirs). Ashford was great about accepting my previous studies (90%) but in hindsight I understand why. One year into my degree with them it became apparent that attendance and minimal participation were the only requirements for passing. If all you care about is a participation trophy piece of paper, this college is for you. If you care about your education and it's viability in landing you a job, look elsewhere.
While continuing my education with Ashford, it was difficult to get ahold of anyone in any department! I would constantly get a run around with them. Now that I'm trying to attend another college, I am getting same run around with my college transcripts! I would not recommend this college to anyone and please by all means attend anywhere else but here!!!
Ashford University is a great school that has a lot of options. In my opinion, it is very organized and they also challenge you and provide a curriculum that will assist in advancing your career. I rarely had any problems and I do recommend this school.
I just graduated with a Bachelor's in Behavioral Science. When I first started, my graduation date seemed centuries away, but it got here in no time. Time really flies when you're busy. I must admit, when I decided to take online courses, I was a bit skeptical. I'm what some refer to as "old school," so obtaining a legitimate degree while in the comforts of home seemed a bit ridiculous, not to mention a waste of time and money. Luckily, I opened up my mind, realizing this is the wave of the future, and went with it. Whoever thinks online learning is a cake-walk, I beg to differ. I missed out on a lot of social occasions because of academic commitments. Some of the courses were difficult, and some of the instructors were really difficult, but I noticed I learned more from the ones that made you tow the line. I felt like I really earned my grades from the tough instructors; that they didn't just hand out A's willy-nilly. If I had any complaints, it would probably be the continuous changing of academic advisers. It seemed like as soon as I was comfortable with one, he or she would jump ship. Fortunately, every single one of my advisers was extremely helpful. Although I can't speak for everyone, I loved the whole experience. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend commencements, but I just received my diploma, which aside from my children and grandchildren, is the most beautiful thing I have ever held!
Don't waste your money. The school is misleading, the classes are a joke, and you're worse off than when you started. The classes are extremely overpriced and the online courses make you pay for books and materials you don't even use. I have been trying to work with the financial aid office for months to resolve a dispute over a balance on my account and have heard everything from "don't worry about it," to "well if you can't afford it, then you can drop out." The advisors also lie flat out when you start by telling you, you can work ahead in class and have time for your job. They don't tell you that you have to post something weekly regardless of if you've done all the work. They also don't tell you that some classes require you to post multiple days a week just to get credit. The online classroom is terrible since they made their "upgrade." It's a nightmare to navigate and you have to scroll through a massive log to find anything. Seriously, to anyone considering this school, run the other way!
I am a single mother working fulltime. Ashford was able to provide me with the education I lacked to grow within the health care field. I was able to stay at home with my children and receive my education. I did have a few issues with financial aid, but was able to resolve them.
I have just graduated with my Bachelor's Degree from Ashford. I have to say overall I am very pleased with my experience. The work was no joke, especially when it came time for my 300 and 400 level courses. I had some issues with the financial aid department. But quickly realized that when I calmed down, had all my paperwork in front of me and asked for a supervisor I received the information I was looking for. My advisor was not as quick answering me, but she was helpful when I talked to her. The woman that enrolled me into the school was AMAZING, she checked in on me all of the time, with no pressure, just seeing how things were going. When I could not get a hold of my advisor she came through for me. Overall this was a very good experience, and I have just received a promotion at work due to having my degree. I am quite happy!!!!
I attended Ashford University because my work schedule and home life were altered in such a way that online was the only option. I can tell you that Ashford has prepared me for my now graduate school at University of Miami. They are a good school, and if there are people out there that think you can't be challenged and educated via distance learning, I encourage you to give it a try.
I received a very good education here. I do feel as though the cost is over priced and students should not have to pay so much for a good education and the organization when it came to clinicals was bad at times. But overall the school gave me a guaranteed BSN in just 4 years and had small class sizes which made learning much easier and plenty of hands on opportunities in their state of the art simulation labs.
I have been a student at this school for over a year. Overall, I have had a great experience. But there are a few things you should know before you apply to Ashford. 1. They will take out student loans in your name without asking you. If you don't want to take out student loans, you need to sign on to pay cash. That means you won't be able to take any courses until the tuition for that course is paid in full. You need to be very clear with the financial department about your intentions. The bright side is that they do an excellent job of getting you the best deal on loans and will push to get you Pell grants. 2. The school's calendar is very different from other schools. At Ashford, you take one course at a time and they are five week long courses. This can get confusing when you are using student loans to pay for classes. Basically, 4 classes equals a semester, so that's when the school will automatically "disburse" your funds to cover the cost of tuition. Then they will let you build up a balance until the next semester and pay off the classes with the next disbursement. The good news about this set up is that if you're a pay-by-cash student, you can pay for your courses as you go (if you can afford it) instead of forking over a large sum all at once. 3. Prepare to write an 8-10 page paper every five weeks. Ashford's program is relatively easy to incorporate into the life of a full-time employee. All of the assignments are due on Mondays and Thursdays, so you don't have to stress so much about whether or not you forgot an assignment. Mondays are papers and quizzes, and Thursdays are discussion posts. Every point is worth a percentage point of your grade, 100 points total. It's been consistent for all the classes I've taken. But at the end of the five weeks, there is a final assignment that is usually an 8 - 10 page paper that is worth at least 25 percent of your grade for the class. 4. They are accreditation shoppers Ashford is accredited, but only because it bought out a failing university and then drastically changed the curriculum into the format they have now. 5. They have a high drop out rate for a reason. And it's not so sinister. The main reason people drop out of Ashford is because they don't get through the initial process. The school is very bad about communicating how things work and orientating new students, so a lot of people are shocked when they find out it's so different from a regular university and they rage quit. The second reason students report for dropping out is they think they are "too old to go back to school." In other words, they've been out of school for a long time and struggle to learn the material. The school has many successful alumni. Ashford has been a tremendous tool for me to be able to work full-time, study full-time, and still get A's. I'd like to see more schools embrace the flexibility of online education. I would recommend Ashford to a friend.