Aspen University Reviews

  • 170 Reviews
  • Denver (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $3,920
79% of 170 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 170 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/20/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am currently in my 1st year at Aspen, and am completing my pre-reqs. At first, I was extremely satisfied with my experience, I was being challenged, I was able to catch on to what I needed to do quickly. However, I am in my second term and am finding that there is no standard amongst classes. Every instructor has a different idea of what APA7 requirements are, which seems odd considering we utilize the APA7 book. One instructor marked me for using headings, as it “wasn’t APA”, while another marked me for not using them. One marked me for not using page or paragraph numbers in my references, where others never mentioned this requirement. Some will mark you for the slightest mistake, while others will appreciate the effort, address the mistake, but give you the deserved grade. Some will say that “Retrieved on (date)” in the reference is wrong and mark you on your entire essay for it, while others view it as correct. Some utilize the Thursday / Sunday discussion deadlines, while others are okay with your work as long as it is completed before the next module begins. These inconsistencies have left me confused on what is expected of me. Some won’t mark you for one of these “discrepancies” for weeks, and then randomly decide to mark you down for it. This makes getting a 100 on an assignment or DQ almost impossible in some classes. Another thing, is you are not informed that this is a year round school. I was under the impression that I would have at least holidays off (because who has time for school work on holidays?), however that is not the case. You take 2 classes for two months, and then another 2 classes for 2 months, back to back, before getting a 2 week break and the cycle begins again. I can tell you that it is a struggle to not only work but to also celebrate holidays when you have up to 4 DQs, 8 DQ replies, 2 quizzes, and two 1,500-2,700 word essays all due that week. They also don’t give you much extension on things when you are sick. I got covid, bronchitis, sinus infection and pneumonia. Was bed ridden sick, couldn’t stay awake, couldn’t do much of anything let alone think straight, and wasn’t given much wiggle room for completing assignments at a later date when I was better and able to think. I am currently in my second term, which means I have completed 4 classes and am now in the process of completing my 5th and 6th. I found that my first four classes were invigorating, kept me engaged and struck me with interest. These new classes however, have left me feeling like all I do is repetitive busy work, so my motivation to do it lacks. I have no interest in writing a 10 page double spaced essay describing 8 soft skill… it’s easy, it teaches me nothing new, and feels like a waste of my time which kills my motivation to do it at all. I find that though it allows me to work full time, it is not as easy as it sounds. Currently I am required to research and reply to 3 discussion questions a week (250 words each), reply to 6 of my classmates with referenced research (100 words each), and complete one or two 2,000 word essays or 20 slide PowerPoints (with a written script) all in a single week on top of working 40hrs a week. Completing all of this with work, is quite the struggle, and quite frankly leaves little to no wiggle room for a personal life. I think the cost is great, and the flexibility has potential, but it is certainly accelerated and has no tolerance for falling behind. Overall I think the school has a lot of potential, however I think there needs to be a standard of what is expected of us, rather than winging it and hoping for the best. I also think that they really need to stress that it is a year round school, that you won’t get time off for holidays or being sick. I was painted this pretty little picture of what to expect and it certainly has not met those expectations by any means."
Rachel Nyambuka
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Aspen university has very good instructors especially the ones I had.The online program is awesome!. The library was very useful to me. All resources to make you do your studies are easily accessible online. The tuition payment plan made it easier for me to complete and earn my degree."
Deb Russell
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I do not recommend this school or its MSN programs. I should have trusted my gut early in the program and left but the low cost kept me enrolled. The program was very "cookie cutter" and I did not feel that the instructors were utilized appropriately. I did complete 10 of the 12 required courses but could not find a preceptor for the practicum course due to lack of agreement between the organization and Aspen, lack of regional accreditation, and/or Covid restrictions. When I contacted the practicum coordinator (several times) I was told to "think outside the box" and "keep looking as we do not find placement for students." I was not looking for Aspen to find me placement but wanted the coordinator to be aware of my situation and delay in completing the program and to see if she had any other ideas. I continued my practicum preceptor search for at least eight months and exhausted all prospects due to the above reasons. I decided to cut my losses and leave the program and Aspen. I am currently enrolled in a university in Pennsylvania that is both nationally and regionally accredited. Do your due diligence prior to attending Aspen University - cost is not the only important aspect to consider when considering higher education. I have wasted two years and $$$$$$ in the process."
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am nearly finished with Aspen's Bachelors degree in Nursing and I would advise anyone who is interested to steer clear of it. Since I am nearly finished, it makes more sense financially to continue however, if I knew then what I know now I would not be at Aspen. The first 4 or 5 classes are nursing related and nursing focused, however, the last few classes are all about your computer skills. You can have your nursing information and knowledge on point but you will get a zero for all assignments if your computer skills are not spot on. It got to the point where I had to hire a computer tech just to help me get through certain assignments. Even if you go into management, as a BSN nurse, you will not have to possess half the computer skills that Aspen requires. My opinion is that this is something Aspen includes in the program to give an otherwise mediocre nursing program a level of difficulty to give the student a feeling that you are "working hard"."
Connie Nicely
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Fantastic program! I enjoyed being able to do my online education at my own pace while working. All of the advisors and professors were helpful and encouraging. I also learned so much from the other students. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to further their education."
Chasity Withrow
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Having the opportunity to purse my next degree though ASPEN University was a fabulous experience. Enrollment was simple and your advisor was available for questions. Financial Aid department was always helpful, answered emails in a timely manner. Majority of the Professors were great to work with, answered emails quickly, offered fair feedback. RN-BSN program was a great program, I would recommend to anyone pursing their BSN."
Krista Jeffries
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Aspen University has provided the way for me to obtain my Master's of Nursing Degree with as little disruption to my work-life as possible. Completing the classes online was beneficial for me in that it fit with my schedule and work/home life balance. The cost of the education could not be matched. It does require you to be a highly motivated learner and to be able to be self-directed. As long as you have a high work ethic, you will greatly add to your knowledge during the Master's classes and learn how to produce professional papers. I am 46 years old and have graduated with a 4.0 GPA and am very glad that I took that first step to further my education. If you are thinking about taking that first step--do, you will not regret it!"
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I graduated from the RN-BSN program with honors in October 2021 with a 3.97 GPA, and I am incredibly proud of this accomplishment. Honestly, the classes are time-consuming and challenging. However, nursing is a formidable career that requires discipline. Hence, I was prepared to work when I entered the program. Our patients deserve well-educated nurses equipped with the knowledge to care for them appropriately. Aspen University provides nurses with an excellent education to accomplish this goal. Therefore, Aspen is a great path if you want to enhance your practice and become a better nurse. However, if you're looking for an easy way to put a title behind your name, you may consider a different school. Some things were straightforward about the program. Navigating the courses was simple. Technical support is always available. The instructors were precise in the expectations in their posts. The key to success is reading the instructions and following them to the letter carefully. There are also videos with specific instructions on each week's modules that you must listen to if you want an A. If you read them, they also provide you with resources that you can reference in each paper. They give you all the tools you need to do well if you want to put the work in for your success."
Laura H.
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Thanks, Aspen University for allowing me to complete my BSN! It is a great program for adult learners able to maintain self-direction and discipline in their academic studies! I have previous online college experience and would never want to sit in a classroom again! Your professors were really encouraging and assisted in coaching my starting writing ability also with the added bonus of teaching how to do power points and recorded presentations as weekly assignments. I am sure these skills will come in handy in the future!"
Sammi Wortman
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Not all schools are perfect and you choose the school that best fits your needs. The BSN program was pretty straightforward and the best thing I learned was how to write a kick butt APA paper! The monthly payments are affordable and made this within reach. There were a few glitches- one teacher was wildly picky and too harsh. One didn’t even read my papers. But there will always be outliers. In all, for the cost, the convenience was very good, I felt like it suit my needs. It’s a legit school. I would recommend Aspen."
Dale Gaviola
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"First of all, thank you all for your help. All the faculty were very helpful and very good! They will always help you succeed . Support staff were very responsive and are ready to help if you have questions and concerns. Classroom is easy to navigate and simple. Library was superb. Tuition is one of the lowest out there!!!"
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Although I just graduated and have not found a job that reflects me having a BSN, I do believe more doors will open for me now in leadership or education. Thank you Aspen University for providing me with such a wonderful learning experience. The instructors and the curriculum are top notch and I feel better prepared now to continue with my journey in nursing. I would not change a thing."
Leah Walker
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school and the instructors are an incredible opportunity to advance your career I am a better nurse after this program, I gained a wealth of knowledge. The only downside is the exam at the end, but it is a small part to a beautiful journey I am encouraged for many doors that are now opened"
Jennifer samah
  • Reviewed: 10/8/2021
  • Degree: RN to BSN Campus
"Awesome school, I would recommend to all. Aspen gave me credit for a lot of classes. I only enrolled in the nursing classes only and no prerequisites. No time wasting at all on unnecessary classes. It’s affordable and no group projects. Thank you aspen for making my dreams come true 🙏"
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!"