Ashford University Reviews
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I am not sure why people give bad reviews. I started Ashford in June of 06 and am finishing up my BA with a minor in Social & Criminal. Prior to coming to Ashford, I tried a different online school. After the first two classes, I knew that school would not work and I transferred to Ashford.
Everyone is age appropriate and goal oriented. Being an adult with life experience, I felt as if I were in school with teenagers at the other online University. I was wondering how half of the people even got accepted. Here at Ashford, the maturity is evident and I am enjoying communicating with others on the same level.
I would tell anyone to get an education at Ashford. Yes, it takes work, but I would rather work and learn over skating through without knowledge.
I cant say enough good things about Ashford, I have obtained 24 credits towards my Bachelors In Criminal Justice and the program flows...You know exactly where you are in your coursework at all times, no guessing involved, saves a lot of headaches. The books are on your dime, but there is always Amazon and Ebay so no worries there. Its been a great experience so far and I cant wait until graduation!
Ashford University is the worst college when it comes to financial aide. I was told I would receive my award letter in January. Here it is in February, and I still haven't received it. I've been calling every 2 weeks, and they keep telling me that it's in processing.
I finally fulfilled my goal of earning my BA at the age of 52! I had dropped out of college after completing 66 units due to life situations at the age of 21. Returning later to a traditional college was out of the question as I had to work full time to support my family.
I started looking at on-line schools and found Ashford U. I liked the self study much more than others, where you're teamed up with fellow students for projects, mainly due to the negative experiences of others who attended certain on-line colleges.
Anyway, I chose Ashford and started attending in March of 2006. I found the staff to be accommodating and the courses well planned. It does take discipline and studying (as with any learning situation)but the rewards are well worth the time and money spent. I graduated on June 30, 2008 with a GPA of 3.93 and was soon rewarded by a promotion at work!
Ashford is not a college where you can "pay the fee, get a B" as someone once scoffed about on-line education, but if you have the discipline and willingness to dedicate yourself to your education, Ashford U. is a great place to do it. My only regret is that I could not continue in the Masters program due to obligations at home and at work.
I am getting ready for my third class in the online Bachelor's Program at Ashford. All of my credits transferred, so I can't complain about that. My enrollment advisor's great, but my financial aid advisor takes a while to respond. But, since I attended a traditional prestigious university for 2 years, I can tell you, it can take longer to get things done.
The grading process is not really biased. I haven't had any problems yet. My wife was about to enroll in another online program (since Ashford doesn't have her field of study), but the books were included in tuition. They were waaaay more expensive than Ashford. Ashford isn't the cheapest school, but it is ok, but has a good reputation. That's basically what counts in the end.
All said and done, it's no devry. You get what you pay for. Do your work, use common sense, and I think you'll do just fine. That's my two cents.
I chose Ashford because I had specific program requirements and Ashford was one of the only schools that offered my degree online for what I thought was a reasonable cost. I really think that the courses offered in my program and the learning environment are top-notch. I think that this combination allows prospective students the opportunity to succeed in gaining a very good education. I also feel that I am enjoying a college experience and that I am a part of an institution that has a genuine desire to help me succeed.
I have been a Student at Ashford University since July 2007. Everything has worked out great for me so far. All of my credits from previous schools transferred over. They were not all transferred over as electives, some were applied to my required classes.
The books, in my opinion, are not that expensive. I have attended a traditional college and paid more for books there than at Ashford. The tuition is MUCH cheaper than most online schools (yes it is still a little pricey, but that is for convenience).
I have actually learned a LOT more from this school than the college I attended; the way the classes are designed you are required to read and use critical thinking. Blackboard is extremely easy to use. My only complaint is that I would like to at least see the title and author of my books so I have the option to buy them somewhere else.
My current advisor (the old one left) is not that great, I cannot get her to answer a lot of my emails or calls. But that is her, NOT the school itself. I would definitely recommend this school to others. And, for anyone questioning its accredidation, it is completely legit. (I had thought about looking into a program at a local college because it was a little quicker and they said that Ashford was in their list for transferring).
I have never seen a perfect school. My Sister-in-law did not like the University of Phoenix, and some people don't like Ashford. Its all in your own opinion. BUT I LOVE IT!!!!
As far as I'm concerned matriculating to Ashford University has been the best decision I have made in the last ten years. For an adult learner that has a family, job, and other responsibilities; Ashford's asynchronous format is perfect. I study when I want to and post my assignments any time within the time frame provided. The course workload can be challenging but it's manageable. I owe Ashford a debt of gratitude (not to mention tuition) because with out Ashford, I couldn't better myself with my hectic lifestyle. Thank you Ashford University.
I don't normally write reviews, but I feel people need to see this. I took classes at Ashford and appreciated the help from the advisor. The online classes were concise and regimented. The grades were posted promptly and there was feedback from the instructors. Unfortunately the instructors do not pay much attention to what they enter as a final grade and gave me an F. It has been over a year of vague return emails with no results. I am very disappointed with their communication.
In response to others that were disappointed with fees and other misc issues I feel bad that you were mis-informed. Ashford is one of the most affordable schools out there online and not to mention they are also a traditional university in Iowa they are not just floating in cyberspace! The technology fee is one time for the life of your program not every course (as someone mentioned above) also the books are very inexpensive as compared to buying 3-4 at a time when attending a traditional program. The ISBN #'s are available so you can find them cheaper you just have to do your own research! I attended another online university and Ashford far exceeds the experience that I had and the reputation. Ashford is a smart choice for anyone looking for a quality & affordable education.