Aspen University Reviews

  • 156 Reviews
  • Denver (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $3,920
79% of 156 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 156 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Merlisa Alexander
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"As an international student, I graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2006 and had not been actively involved in any further studies because I was always fearful of not being able to study online due to lacking computer skills and time management and financially not being able to afford payments. Researching schools in the later part of 2019, I came across Aspen University and was satisfied with its accreditation and affordable fee. With an entry GPA of 2.62, I knew that I was now more focused on my profession since I graduated from nursing school almost 12 years before wanting to achieve my BSN. The facility believed in me despite my entry GPA and in January 2020 I began my journey which took me 18 months to complete the RN- BSN program with a completed GPA of 4.0. Yes!!!! I know this was a big improvement with my grades and I am so proud of what I have accomplished. Devoting time to my assignments and having the support of the staff at the university all made it possible. Although there was only one professor who responded to emails more than 48 hours, most did reply within 24 hours and my academic advisors would call just to find out how I am doing and whether I needed assistance. The course material provided every 8 weeks was manageable despite having to work 12 hours shift, and the monthly payment was indeed affordable. Although everyone's experience will not be the same as mine, I would recommend this University to anyone. I am looking to begin my Masters in Health Administration and Management come January 2022 with the hope that I receive the continued support and level of professionalism during my BSN program. If you are willing to put in the time then undoubtedly you will succeed in anything you want to achieve. Thanks to Aspen University for allowing me one step closer to achieving my professional goal. If I was able to make it though then anyone reading this review can do it just the same. I am 37 years old and I am a proud product of Aspen."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"The biggest concern I have is the final exam. The platform when writing was not working appropriately. Into my third paragraph the formatting was off. It showed and extra letter that was not there and so when you tried to correct spelling the cursor was never in the right spot. It took me about 45 minutes during the allotted 4 hrs to figure out how to correct things. The formatting never was correct again. I literally cried at how frustrating it was. There was no way to change any of my thoughts or change my direction because I risked it never being correct. It was actually awful. It should be allowed to write in Microsoft Word and then copy/pasted over into the platform. I was very discouraged. Otherwise my classes were just fine. Some instructors took more time to review papers and give feedback, while other simply posted a grade and it didn’t look like they had ever looked at a word. As you can imagine, it was more beneficial to receive the feedback to grow and get better on each paper. Thanks for the studies."
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"At 58 years old, I was able to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. It took two years, and there were definitely many, many late nights writing papers, but in the end it was definitely worth it. Can not disagree more with those who have negative comments. Life, as well as education, is only dictated by the desire to improve yourself. Congratulations to all of you who have successfully completed a degree at Aspen University."
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is a complete joke. Take my advice and DO NOT ago here. I’m learning nursing from YouTube and paying 45k for it. I repeat, DO NOT GO HERE. Every other school is back in hospitals/in person except Aspen. DO NOT GO HERE. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY."
Catherine Mobley
  • Reviewed: 6/17/2021
  • Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
"My study of choice was Psychology and Addiction Counseling. Although, I already had a Psychology degree Aspen gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in the study of Addiction Counseling. I was very impressed with the online format, my professors/Instructors, and the amazing academic counselor as well as other staff I was assisted by. I always received quick responses to my questions via phone as well as email. The selection of text books required were extremely useful in my field of study. I was able to work full-time in the field of education which in itself was quite challenging while attending Aspen University as a full-time student. It takes quite a commitment but I can promise you nothing worth having is easy. You will get what you put into your studies. I am glad to say that I excelled in my studies and graduated with a GPA which represents my commitment to my education. I highly recommend Aspen University!"
James G
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Aspen was a breath of fresh air. I originally started at a local college and my employer would have paid 100% of the RN to BSN program. Once I started, I found it was not adult learner oriented. So, after some research I found Aspen. It is out of my own pocket, but it has been adult learner oriented. Having a busy work and home life, I was still able to get my Aspen work done every time. The interest free payment plan has also very appreciated. Aspen is about $11,000 versus nearly $30,000 like some other schools for the RN to BSN program. Couldn't be happier!!!! Thank you Aspen!"
Ken Williams
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2021
  • Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
"What a joke! This isn't a real school. You want the same level of "education"? Go to Amazon, buy some text books on the subject you want to learn about, skim the book and write a paper on the highlights. There you have as Aspen "education" to have a true Aspen experience don't open half of the books you purchased, because the syllabus and required texts aren't actually something your "professor" will know about. Also if you have any issues, questions, or concerns be confident in the fact that nobody at Aspen will respond to you or will actually care. As long as you made payment that is all they care about."
Karen Kitchens
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I had a wonderful experience with Aspen. Everyone has been helpful. The course load was manageable. The instructors where accessible and answered questions in a timely fashion. I am please with my overall experience and would recommend this program to others."
Lisa Cripe
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excellent experience from start to finish. Classes were appropriate and aligned with the Core competencies required of a masters prepared nurse. Instructors were knowledgeable and contributed to the learning environment. Very supportive faculty and advisors. Monthly check ins by advisor very helpful and appreciated. Any and all questions answered from online content or by Aspen staff. I would highly recommend Aspen for any nurse pursuing a higher degree!"
Mario C
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Aspen fundamentally changed how to approach learning, for the better. The BSN program was organized and challenging. One class that stood out was Genetics/Genomics-A+++. Thank you Aspen University for educating students and perpetuating growth in the various fields of study."
Mae Tyler
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Earning my BSN in nursing was an excellent experience at Aspen University. The professors are very knowledgeable and available to meet the needs of every student. The monthly tuition plan worked well for me and I highly recommend Aspen for continued learn."
RN Bucs Fan
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I put off my BSN for 14 years. I was scared to DEATH of starting. It took me a few days to fully understand how the on-line classroom worked but I quickly called my student advisor and all of my fears/questions were resolved. I worked full time (4 days week, 12h shifts) as a clinical supervisor in a busy ER and had no trouble being successful! I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and completed in one year. I have recommended several friends who are doing great, too! Do it! Don't put it off. The comprehensive final is VERY manageable."
Michele Robison
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I will graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors. I obtained my RN to BSN. It was not easy, but it if you set aside time to do your reading and research you will succeed. Follow the rubric and assignment content material. Be patient with yourself. Do not allow yourself any excuses. Take a break when you need to, and I suggest you schedule it in as a necessity. If you can not figure out something YouTube or Ted Talks are great references to utilize for people like myself who learn by listening. I, often, listened to a topic while walking my dog in the mornings. The professors are great in helping, you have to ask! During the courses I would communicate with my professors and simply tag a note about my week when I submitted my papers. It made it seem less disconnected and more like they could get to know me as a student. If we were in a brick and mortar school they would know me, right? You, would and will learn a little about them, too. My last professor, S. Kalb, was so compassionate in regards to my father's passing and my need to be with my family. He guided me through the extension process, answered my emails, texts, and extended his compassion/empathy towards myself and my family. This is my experience with Aspen University. It can be yours too."
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I like that the assignments are done on your own time, yet there are weekly deadlines to prevent students from becoming procrastinators. You can see all of the assignments so you can work ahead if you like. I like the fact that you can register for classes on your own time and take more than one class if that works for you. I was totally able to work full-time, take 2-3 classes at a time, and manage a busy household! Definitely recommend!"
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I very much enjoyed taking all my courses in Aspen University. I had this idea that getting your bachelors in nursing would be so difficult but it actually was not as bad as I thought. All my professors were great and helpful. I have nothing but positive things to say about this journey. Thank you!"
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have just completed my MSN, and I feel like I earned the degree. There are several advantages to Aspen University - cost is very reasonable, and students can make payments without interest every month. This removes a barrier for many students and provides a huge benefit to working nurses. Aspen also offers a very decent military discount. The courses use current textbooks and have assignments that are relevant and evidence-based. Be prepared to buy books and keep them until you complete the program as you may need them for your final exam. Students can see they are meeting NLN and AACN's master's in nursing education essentials throughout the program. A disadvantage for some students is the level of self-study and independence that these courses required. While the instructors responded quickly to questions and grades were based on a rubric and expectations were clear, there was no faculty-led instruction. Every class has a paper due every week formatted in APA 7 style. This program is heavy on research and writing. By the completion of the program, you should be able to write a professional paper with ease. While you may be able to double up courses - this is challenging and students should expect to spend about 20 hours a week on each course. If English is not your first language ask for help and try to connect with a student in the class that may be able to offer some guidance because you may be at a disadvantage in this program due to the emphasis on written communication. The bar is high for passing grades. This is not a degree factory - this is the real deal. Be prepared to work hard. It will be worth it!"
Prince Worthington
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2021
  • Degree: Information Systems
"I promise I'm not an employee of this university posting a fake review. This school has its pros and its cons--I'll elaborate on both. Pros: For a for-profit school that is nationally accredited and charges incredibly low tuition, they seriously put you to WORK and see to it that you are actually learning the material as opposed to reading books cover to cover and "parroting" information in end-of-chapter questions. I took the Information Systems degree program and learned MUCH more than I thought I ever would because their programming classes had included projects that required research and experimentation. I had previously attended 2 other non-profit and regionally accredited online schools and was gravely disappointed by their learning format of simply reading books and writing papers--and MAYBE sometimes writing a simple program here and there. With this class, whether it was with programming or with other courses such as information management, they used a very "hands-on" approach that requires students to truly think and do research. I am so pleased with the amount of information and skills I acquired in my master's program here. Another pro is that staff and instructors are very professional, understanding, and easy to negotiate with. Calls and emails are always returned in a timely manner, extentions on classes always granted, and student advisors will always check in with you to make sure you are satisfied with your studies. Now onto the cons. Cons: This program is LARGELY self taught, with instructors really there just to answer any questions you might have. I was a bit disappointed that there are no recorded lectures, and about 90% of the information I learned came from doing further research on my own. With that said, I'll have to use the cliche and say that if you aren't putting much into your work, you're not going to get as much as you want in the end. The second con is that with some of the IT classes, the books were very outdated, and I had to complain to the dean about this. This is something they really need to improve on. 3rd con is that some of the teachers are a bit TOO generous with the grading and will happily give you an A for effort, even if it's obvious your work could have been better. While it's kind of them...I would want my grades to reflect the quality of my work. So in summary--I would say go ahead and give this school a shot! You'll probably be pleasantly surprised. They seriously do make an honest effort to give you a quality education for half the cost, and that is why I find so respectful about them. They might be "for profit"...but in the end, they really do care about you as a student."
Sherita E King
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2021
  • Degree: Substance Abuse Counseling
"Aspen University has been a pleasant learning experience. The Bachelors program is designed for those who work and want to advance their career and the benefits of Aspen Univerity it is possible to be employed full time and earn a degree. I rate this school 5 stars and plan on continuing on for my Masters degree! Thank you to the wonderful attentive instructors and reliable staff!"
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Books used were sometimes 2 issues outdated. Teachers did not always respond in a quick fashion so you can make necessary changes before your next assignment was due. Need to have at least some face to face Zoom time with your instructor each class you take. During COVID pandemic, Nursing Practicum advisor was not very helpful in helping me understand how things would work. There needs to be a section that students can upload there final practicum paper into for upcoming students to view. I feel this would be very helpful in a student who has never seen this process have a decrease in anxiety about writing it. There should be an area that students can "opt in" to allow there email to be seen so communication among students can transpire should they choose to. It was a hugh struggle to obtain 180 hours for the Capstone project. This should be a 10 week class, not 8, especially during COVID."
Christi A Aarvig
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Thanks to Aspen's online program, I was able to complete my degree on my time, while tending to a busy family and work my usual hours at the hospital. As an ER nurse, with years of experience, I added my bachelor's degree to my resume and applied for ICU jobs online. I applied for three ICU positions on a weekend. By the end of that week, I had completed interviews, and even had a strong offer by Friday of the same week I applied. I had 2nd and 3rd interviews scheduled the following week; and by the end of the second week, I had completed multiple interviews with 3 hospitals, and had 3 strong offers for employment. I have the position I wanted, with an award-winning organization, control of the hours I work, and improved wages. I practice my skill set with a high level of autonomy and respect of physicians and mid-level providers who work by my side."