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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Great staff and awesome experience and I am better because of Ashford. I was having a difficult time pursuing a degree but the academic advisor team was friendly and cordial. Furthermore, the classes were applicable and engaging. I am currently working on finishing masters and thanks to Ashford I am able to do well in my program.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

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Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2017

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!!!!

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Degree: Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Graduation Year: 2018

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.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Graduation Year: 2017

There are many mixed reviews about this college. I have been attending this college for a couple of years. I will graduate in one month with a bachelors in organizational management, and will continue my education at Ashford University. In my opinion this college is for professionals and people who get things done on their own. If you are not one of those people, and you constantly need support this college is probably not for you. Financial aid and advise for career questions is something you may need to pursue on your own. Prior to starting at Ashford University I had previously attended the University of Texas. There is much one on one support when attending large state colleges,. However, when attending an online school such as Ashford University do not expect that same amount of support. It would be unreasonable to believe that they would be able to give you the same amount of attention. The coursework provided at University is delivered in abundance. If you are not a self-starter or driven individual it will be a challenge for you to succeed. I have completed classes while working in a high-level management position at one of the largest all and gas service companies. This school required a lot of my personal time. The school in my opinion has been exactly what I needed in order to obtain my goals by accomplishing my bachelors degree. I will be pursuing a MBA and I will have it completed within the next year and a half. I hope this helps people who are considering attending Ashford University.

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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2022

I was all for Ashford the advisor was amazing. They help and explained everything great. I felt very comfortable with going to school here I was enrolled and going to classes online, very easy, self explained. Enjoyed the program !!.....until life unexpected happened and I felt that it wasn't the best time to continue with school for the time being. Everything change at that point! I was told I was a quitter, a drop out and that I was running away. It went from guidance and helpfulness to being bullied into staying enrolled. I was literally in tears arguing with someone about me staying in school, I was made felt like I was doing the worst thing possible by taking step back from school. That one moment changed my experience. I have talked with other people with ashford and they were understanding and apologetic to my situation. I even talked to a counselor to make sure my decision was the best and there wasn't other options. Very helpfully. I cannot say weather ashford is a good or bad school to attend, I enjoyed the online setup of the class and the instructor that I had but My one situation tho changed my view on going back when time permits.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2016

After looking at many options, I was referred to Ashford by a friend and although I did run into a few professors that were at times hard to deal with, I was able to battle through it and finish up my degree. Having three credit courses every five weeks lead to a lot of work at times, but if you just use the resources available and complete your assignments, you will get a lot out of Ashford. I have read many reviews of horror stories, but I have to say that most of my instructors and advisors were willing to help me through the process. I have three jobs, a new baby, and one child with a disability so it was very stressful and made it hard to sometimes get assignments completed on time. I really feel that because of the challenges I had, it made it that much sweeter when I finally finished up my degree. Anyone that is thinking about choosing Ashford, be ready to write a lot of essays but if you are not a great test taker like me, this is a great alternative.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

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.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2014

As a full time mom, wife, and teacher's assistant, the program at Ashford University fit into my lifestyle. I am not a disciplined individual so the strict, concise 5 week courses helped me stay on task. The cost of the school is comparable to other colleges except state run schools. I am still a teacher's assistant,. however because if my degree in HR I have been given other tasks, such as: summer school administrator, textbook purchasing agent, and yard supervisor. Fortunately, I was able to attend my graduation from the Ashford campus in Iowa. It was a lovely and emotional event because this school helped me complete my degree after a 20 year gap. PS I am still a teachers assistant because I love the kids, the hours, and my coworkers. I have had other opportunities related to HR but decided not to take them. I completed my degree for my own bucket list.

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