Aspen University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (68)
First and foremost it’s a business – if you learn great if you don’t they don’t care! I was made to feel that they were doing me a favor by allowing me to be their customer (BTW I have received an A in every course I completed). Be careful - they change their policies with little notice and no student involvement. My student advisor is not very knowledgeable and regularly sends me to others in the business for answers instead of finding the answers on my behalf (hey guys great idea! fire the advisors and pass the savings to your customers). The Bursar’s office and Registrar’s office maintain a non-customer attitude (once they have your money they know you have no alternative). They state one rate and magically you are required to pay another rate. They use the term University Policy a lot – yet fail to have adequate documentation to inform you of those policies. Some of my teachers have been poor quality - they refer you to the text / web for assistance rather than "teaching". I’m about half way through and regret my decision.
Aspen is definitely an affordable school. I work full-time and make my monthly payments. Yes, it's all online so there is a lot of reading, researching, and writing. However, it's doable with effort and commitment. I'll be graduating at the end of 2017 debt free!
I am currently a student at Aspen University and I love this program that I am in. As a nurse I know a lots of coworkers that struggle at local nursing schools and yet they do not get to enjoy the program itself as I do mine. The professors are experts in their areas and are very tactful with their guiding. I have personally learned a ton of things I am able to use at work.
A JOKE. A complete joke. I am so incredibly disappointed in this program. Instructors don't show up for discussions. EVER. The books are outdated. The examples are from 2007. You ask for help, and the instructors point you to websites. Aspen University is a money making machine, housed under a corporation. The Department of Education should be investigating their practices. I will make sure that they know this.
I have been an online student at various schools for over ten years. I earned my bachelor, masters and now almost completed my doctorate online. Aspen University is a good school. You will definitely need to be a self-starter to complete the work because it is A LOT of papers in the EdD program. The instructors are great, they give good feedback and grade papers on time. The school i transferred from (NCU) was not as timely and there were lots of complaints about the dissertation phase. I didn't want to get stuck in dissertation so I moved on to Aspen. So far, I have had lots of feedback from my instructors and counselors. It seems like a pretty decent school, no real red flags but i pay out of pocket and through employer reimbursement so not sure about some of the financial aid comments on here. I did have a run in once about them reporting to the clearinghouse to defer my loans while attending and that was a headache but it got settled. Other than that, I have not have an problems! I'd recommend it.
I am amazed that so many people are writing negatively about Aspen. Thankfully the Dean of the program and the instructors were all very clear as to what I should expect -- especially having just transferred from a hand-holding PhD program at Capella. They told me that Aspen encourages "individual research" and will do its best to allow you to have as much room to grow as you want. Tuition is paid to give you a structured environment in which to basically do everything you can in a week to take that chapter or course content and apply it to your individual research interests. I think it's wonderful. One example of this is a mathematics class. I am a software engineer by trade and a lot of the discrete mathematics chapters didn't really apply to anything I am researching or working on. So for each chapter, I get to basically pick out the concepts that I like and use those for my discussion and assignment. Interestingly enough, that's part of the challenge: how can I take this seemingly unrelated piece of this textbook and apply it, even tangentially, to my individual interests? It requires discipline and self-motivation. It demands individual ambition and drive. If you are not able to teach yourself, if you require constant hand-holding, or if you are more comfortable with a more structured instructional delivery method, please don't attend Aspen University. If, however, you are the type of person who thinks it's fun to spend an afternoon with a textbook, teaching yourself the concepts you need more help on and engaging your friends and colleagues about content that really interests you, then do yourself a favor and attend this little diamond in the rough.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go elsewhere. This school is horrible. You have been warned...wished I hadn't wasted my time trying to see if it would be different for me... the reviews are correct. ..go elsewhere! This school is for profit and for self not for the student ...the moment you have an issue they will screen your call and avoid talking to you. In relation to financial aid they will scam you until mid semester and say you are out of pocket student. .. please find a different school. I hate I wasted a semester.
I would not recommend to full-time working students. The content seems like busy work, and the instructors wrote the same questions class after class. It started out as a great experience, but the closer I became to graduating, the worse the busywork became.
Aspen has a great Nursing bridge program. If you are a RN wanting or needing to obtain your BSN you can complete it with 10 just classes! I already has 120 credits which was more than necessary to get into their program. I have been a critical care RN for 20 years and find the program very pertinent to current nursing topics and practice! Lots of research and writing APA formatted papers....not difficult, but it is time consuming if you put in the work.
This school is best school for someone who is looking get flexible quality education while working at a minimum price. My overall experience had been very good. The course was challenging; finance assignments were very difficult. Moreover, the program is designed to meet the requirements of the industry not academia. This course is basically designed for professionals and it was very pragmatic. I will recommend this Aspen University to anyone who is looking get flexible quality education while working at a minimum price.