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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.
I will be graduating from Ashford next month. I have attended 4 different colleges/universities over the 20 year span to get to my degree (I got sidetracked along the way raising a family ect...). I have done a community college,private university and a very large well known online program. I can say that I have been very happy with my experience at Ashford. I have had very good support and have found the setting perfect for my busy lifestyle. edit
I recently got a BS degree from Ashford University Online. The overall experience was very good. My teachers were knowledgeable and helpful. The coursework was tough but fair and was easy to fit into my busy lifestyle. Using a web browser and email to get a degree was incredibly simple! My classmates all felt the same way.
I am in my sixth class with Ashford University. All of my previous credits transferred in from my AS degree at another school. They do not require any "group" or team project which I prefer. I love the school. I have attended AIU which I felt was a ripoff and then University of Pheonix another grand ripoff. I then went to Herzing College online and they were wonderful. I chose Ashford for my BA because they offered what I wanted to study. Do far my experience has been great!
I already received an AS degree and wanted to finish a BS degree. I don't have time for traditional school and found Ashford through a buddy. Next time I see my buddy, I'm going to kick his rear end. Before enrolling I was told that more than 80 units would transfer to Ashford. *After* enrolling, the school went from transferring 59 units, switching it to 31, then deciding on 56 units. Obviously a far cry from what I was told. You can find help when you're looking to enroll, but I have received no responses from the academic adviser nor the financial adviser (I needed to check on the status of my loan...no response). Plus they could not seem to straighten out my personal online data and their blackboard program is subject to failure. My advice is to find a school other than Ashford, unless you like being lied to.
I have been very pleased with Ashford University. Their program was similar to the one I was enrolled in a few years ago at a different university so it was easy to transfer my credits. I especially like that there are no group projects. Group projects worked at my other university when I was attending classes and the members were local. I tried their online program and did not find the group experience to be as beneficial. I am finishing up my fifth class this week at Ashford and getting ready for the next class. Things are going well so far and I don't have any complaints with communications with advisors or anyone else I've had to contact. I highly recommend Ashford to anyone seeking a quality education.