Ashford University Reviews
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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!
Ashford University (A for profit school) enables students to complete their degrees while finding time for family, work, etc. The undergraduate courses are 5 weeks long. The counselors and advisors were excellent and check in periodically to answer and questions the student may have. The quality of instructors varies as with any institution, albeit it is average. The curriculum engages the student and will require multiple papers. Do note that since courses are only 5 weeks long, students can expect at least 2 thought provoking papers ranging from 3-12 pages in length; not including the title page and references. Courses were diverse which brought together the views of different races, ages and genders. The courses were satisfying and will make the student feel as if the degree plan applies to their respective degree. Upon graduation, the school offers several career advising opportunities to help vector students into their respective career fields. I can personally say that my degree has helped prepare me for graduate school and helped to further my career.
Ashford University is a great school. I went there for 4 1/2 years and received a dual degree in Psychology and Early childhood development. If I could do it all over again, I would because this was a great achievement for me. I would tell others about this school. Especially if they have a family to take care of. It is perfect, because you can work around your families schedule. Meaning, you can choose day or night to do your homework and even interact with your instructor as well as your classmates.
It doesn't surprise me to see some great reviews and some bad reviews like any opinion based review site but I will tell you, My experience here at Ashford University has been stellar and exemplary. I would recommend this University and the online program if you fit the following mold ... you work hard, you are dedicated, you are self driven and you can adapt to the different instructors and what they are looking for in the curriculum. My academic advisor was more readily available in the beginning of my journey and then as time progressed they would always get back tome within 24-48 hours if not the same day. The instructors always were willing to help and instruct give guidance whenever needed. I would recommend this school to people that are NOT looking for an easy ride though .. if you are, then keep walking because it is not an easy ride and I got both my bachelors and MBA from here. Best decision I could have made.
So far so good. Finishing up with my AA this April however I am transferring to another online university with s campus. My director has her BA from ashford so that is very motivating! I know two people that have successfully graduated and got a good job. No complains here!
I absolutely loved going to Ashford! Another military wife introduced me to Ashford. It was by far the best and most adaptive school for military life that I have ever seen. I had moved several times while my husband was active duty and was constantly losing credits that would not transfer to other schools. Ashford accepted ALL of my previous credits. They honored the military sacrifices by giving me all of my books for ALL of my classes for free. Wow, what a tremendous savings that was! My online classes were only 5 weeks long and it aloud me to make up lost time from following my husband all over the world! Mini papers were usually due during week 3 with the final longer papers being due during week 5. The consistent format for every class aloud me to plan my family activities around that so I didn't have to feel like I was sacrificing my valuable family time. The instructors were very helpful and made a genuine effort to ensure you understood the course work. My only regret is that Ashford did not have the degree program that I wanted to pursue for my Masters. Otherwise, I would have happily continued on with Ashford. I will forever be grateful to the other military wife that introduced me to Ashford. One of the hardest things about being a military spouse is that you often sacrifice your personal goals to keep the family stable as your spouse focuses on the mission. Ashford allowed me to reach my goal of a Bachelor's degree. Finally, instead of feeling like I was sacrificing, I felt a great sense of accomplishment! I could have given up but Ashford helped with everything from enrollment, helping find cheaper tuition possibilities, setting up my classes, to assisting with the graduation process. They also sent a beautifully framed diploma rather than just the diploma itself. If you are considering Ashford, don't hesitate! Good luck on accomplishing your own goal! Hoorah!
Ashford is a great school , all the resources are provided for you to achieve your goals . If you are looking for a easy way out Ashford is not the school for you. You must put forth and effort to achieve your goals . Hard work leads to successful results ! 2 discussion post and assignment due once a week is simple .
I was really satisfied with my education at Ashford University. I was very nervous about going back to school at my age at the time I enrolled and worried about if I was going to be able to follow through. The enrollment counselors were very helpful and once I started taking classes I knew I had made the right choice in schools. The classes and instructors were above what I expected. The structure of the classes and when assignments were due made it very easy for me to study at my own pace while also taking care of my family and working.