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I am a former student of Ashford University and I am so happy that I chose this school to get a degree from. I am 56 years old and when I set out to obtain a degree it was my goal to graduate by the age of 55 and I did it. I worked full-time, had two back surgeries and five deaths in my family and I still graduated with honors. This school is for those people that are self-disciplined and dedicated to working hard in order to achieve their goals. If you do not have these characteristics you may want to consider going to a community college otherwise I highly recommend this University. I graduated with a double major and wouldn't have it any other way.
STAY AWAY FROM ASHFORD!!!! Don't waste your time with Ashford University. I have had nothing but trouble for over a year now. This is not an embellishment. They sign you up automatically for 4 classes and don't warn you, they make up some nonsense that "the government requires you to do this within a certain time" its all bs they don't want to lose you after you've dealt with their crappy teachers, for one who don't teach, They send you to you tube links that are sometimes Ashford, and then sometimes its other schools teaching a subject (last week in accounting it was Loyola) The worst ones are the ones who sign you up for classes because they are very very ambiguous in explaining or answering your questions. Now I didn't want to take a loan so i was paying for classes by myself(at 1500 a pop) I said look I will pay everything up front each class but I work two jobs i can get time in between classes right? "sure of course" was an answer by one rep named D. then I go to take a few months off as im really busy. Nope D. calls me and for a half hour tries to goad me to continuing. I had it in writing and on phone recordings to please take me out of the class. D. says "well now you owe 800 dollars" Now I had a nice rep named email take the 800 dollars off, until I went to try again in the fall. It took them three months to get that balance off. I could have walked from NY to San Diego and probably had it done faster than they did. Now I'm in a class which I'm too far into to drop and get my money back and its just not working out. Oh did I mention I had an associates degree and they transferred classes from my comp sci degree but i had to fight with them to remove the Computer Literacy Course? Its always a headache good luck don't go to Ashford University
I completed my MBA at Ashford (for free) and I don't even put it on my resume anymore. I don't care what accreditation they get, their reputation is horrible. I worked there and was disappointed at the level of knowledge the online professors had. I was an IT Manager and professors teaching anything IT was horrible.. You want a degree, go to a state school, its the best advice you will read online today! Don't go to any online school that is for-profit. Its for-profit, they are in it for the money. I am currently a hiring manager and I throw away any resume I see with an online degree. Its absolute garbage. Just stop right now, and go enroll in your local community college and transfer to a state university. Go to your local state university! I cant say it enough. It is not better to have an online degree than nothing at all. I look at resumes without a degree over someone who has an online for-profit degree. Trust me, just stop and go to a state college! Work hard for your degree, that's what shows on your resume. I no longer put my MBA on because it diminishes my resume. I completed my undergrad at a state university, which was much better. Online for-profit University, complete waste of time, money, your efforts, and it makes you look bad on your resume, Trust me!
I am in my final few months at Ashford and it has been a truly satisfying experience. The courses were challenging and I learned a lot. It was a long journey and admittedly I thought about quitting a few times. Not the fault of the school, just my own laziness. A couple of minor hiccups with financial aid in the beginning, but nothing that wasn't easily solved. I admit that I was skeptical in the beginning of my online school journey. As a full time worker who desperately wanted a degree but couldn't afford to be away from work I knew that online school was probably the right path. I went into Ashford despite the number of negative reviews online. I admit that I was hesitant but then I decided to really read into what these people were complaining about. A lot of them claim that Ashford is only out for your money. Well it may be true that they expect you to pay for your degree, but what college doesn't? College is expensive. While Ashford may be very pricey, and I admit I am nervous about having to begin the long journey of student loan repayment, the cost is clearly stated to every student in the beginning. Never once was I dropped from a course or forced to pay for things that I didn't need to graduate. Another complaint I looked into is people claiming that their degree is useless and nobody takes an Ashford degree seriously. Well Ashford has been around for several years. Decades. Do you expect me to believe that out of the thousands of graduates from Ashford, that not one of them has earned employment? Please. Another complaint. People claiming that Ashford is not an accredited university. All you have to do to debunk that lie is check on WASC. You will see Ashford University right there in black and white. Regionally accredited. Which if I am not mistaken is what you want. Some of the complaints i read where just laughable. One saying that Ashford is fake because they accept people with GEDs. Yeah? So do a majority of colleges in the United States..genius. One of my favorite complaints was a girl who apparently hated everything about Ashford and was embarrassed to be associated with it. Yet she clearly states in the beginning of her complaint that she is currently enrolled to earn her second master's degree from them. So she hates the school and is embarrassed to attend, but yet she is continuing to give them her money for a second master's degree, that I will bet nobody is forcing her to get. Yeah..I don't get it either. My advice is do your homework. Read the documents before you sign them. Don't think that online means easy and a free ride. Just read the fine print and do what is best for you.
Ashford advertises that you can learn at your own pace. This is untrue. Your class week starts on Tuesday. Your discussion posts are due Thursday. In order to write them, you must have finished the required reading, usually four chapters. Also, usually several online articles, and multimedia presentations. So in three days you have around twenty hours of requirements, and usually two papers to finish. Throw three eight hour work days on top of that, and it becomes unmanageable. Then you will often have quizzes and assignments due on Sunday, plus a paper, normally at least three pages, with several references, from their unmanageable library. Plus you are also required to respond to at least two classmates on each discussion post, in at least 250 words. You get no time off, except a two week winter break. They require so many general education classes that less than half of your credits will transfer to another college. And the price they quoted me for my degree is more like per year. Add tothat the fact that my classes have in no way prepared me for a career in my chosen field, but instead seem to be geared toward a career in social work, and you can imagine that I am not at all pleased. Go to a community college instead.
Overall attending Ashford University was a blessing. The scholarship opportunities they offered was substantial. The school being smaller with small class sizes and that was one of the many benefits. The instructors were very helpful to provide services for any students to be successful. Overall, being a part of the last class to graduate from the campus was such an amazing experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed my study at Ashford University. Being online, I was able to complete coursework and learn at my own pace. I had a baby and chose not to miss any classes, since they were online (so disregard my "Safety On Campus Rating). I earned my degree being a full time Corrections Officer, full time mom, and wife. I would definitely recommend this University, especially to military families that need a financial break. I love Ashford.
First off when my mom passed away they didn't care at all. It took me almost a year for them to not charge me for a class I had to drop because of this. Second, they would not work with me when the IRS missed up my papers and told me to reapply when I get it all worked out. Now they are telling me that I own the money when I don't. Just be warned if you are considering this school
The curriculum is engaging and challenging. In order to get an A, a massive amount of reading/study and application involved. However, if you work hard and communicate with your instructors and advisers when you need help, you can succeed. Online programs typically involve an accelerated learning pace. Therefore, if you don't have 20+ to devote to study, its easy to fall behind, and almost impossible to catch up. Because all online communication is in writing, it helps to utilize a grammar check or citation assistance, if writing is not your strength. In this college there were numerous resources available to aid you in your success. IE. monthly webinars on library usage, writing centers to help with work and even a peer mentor program in my first year. I got more out of my education that I thought possible in every course. However, you get out of it, what you put into it.
I'm almost fifty and I returned to school to receive my bachelor's in psychology with the intention of going to grad school at another university. They don't have a program designed for MFTs. Even though I'm older and have a learning disability (encoding, decoding, memory) I've maintained almost straight A's. The instructors all have PhD.s and most of them are pretty helpful. Bare in mind their help is very limited because they are teaching online and running who knows how many courses at a time. I only have two more classes until I graduate. I found it challenging but doable. If you're a self starter and willing to apply yourself, you will earn your degree. The school is quite expensive and I would do my first two years through a community college if possible. They will transfer 60 to 90 units for the bachelor's program depending on your courses and the criteria of the state requirements you have. I'm in California, so out of 134 previous units only 60 transferred (FYI) In my opinion I've obtained a pretty good education and enjoyed the challenge seventy five percent of the time. Ashford has very low math requirements for their bachelor's in arts programs. This was a deal breaker for me since I absolutely cannot do higher levels of math. There is a statistics course, but I survived it with an A minus. Be mindful that Ashford University is a private school and a business. My only complaints were that I was kind of mislead by the recruiter regarding my units and the financial department took almost a year to get my scholarship working right. What they say on the phone is not set in stone. Get everything confirmed by email. Ask as many questions as you can. Make a well informed decision. All things said, I've had a great overall experience at Ashford.