Penn Foster Career School Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
(155 Reviews)
45% of 155 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 155 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Omar H - 7/23/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"Penn Foster Career School is a decent school to learn a new trade or expand on knowledge gained elsewhere. I obtained a certificate in business security and now I am in the second semester of the CJ associates degree. The student portal is very user friendly, and the student care staff has been very helpful when a problem occurred. My employer gave me a slight pay raise once I completed the program. Some colleges may not accept the credits for transfer, but that should be addressed BEFORE enrolling."
4.3 out of 5 stars
sj1980 - 7/17/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"I just enrolled in Penn Foster's B.Sc. in Business Management program a couple of weeks ago. There was a glitch in the enrollment process but it was because I'm located in Canada and they accidentally enrolled me as a "domestic" student. We had to cancel my initial enrolment and do it a second time. A minor inconvenience but it was quickly remedied. I hit the course materials hard, averaging roughly four or five hours a day of study time. The information is interesting and informative, and up-to-date. There are quite a few exercises to do which make you really think about the material that you're learning. The one thing I do find rather annoying about the Information Literacy program is that there's no way to essentially "bookmark" where you've left off so you can pick up from that spot again. You have to basically scroll through all the screens until you find your place. I'm not sure if this will be an ongoing concern or not but if it is, based on what I've seen so far, it will be a minor irritation. The exams are all open book. That doesn't mean you won't have to study and really give some thought to the questions before selecting your answers. Some of the answers are buried within the material so just skimming through the information isn't going to cut it. You have to read the lessons closely. I really like that you can print a preview of the exam before you start each lesson. This means that you can get an idea of what information you really need to look for when you're reading the lessons. What I've been doing so far is ticking off the answers as I go, IF they stand out at me. Not all of them do. So far I've written three exams and I've only gotten 100% on one of them. I'm looking forward to continuing my program. I wasn't sure how it would go but so far it's been great."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Khuff - 7/17/2015
Degree: Electronics
Graduation Year: 2015
"The information is great. You can work at your own pace. They have a scheduler to keep you on track. I work as a field technician and part of my work is with electronics. I have never had any formal training. This course helped me better understand some of the things that I am doing. It has also taught me new information. I'm glad I did it. I am probably going to take another course. The only problem I found was some type errors in the online books."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great School!! - 6/26/2015
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2010
"I enjoyed my time with Penn Foster, and graduated less than a year.Once I graduated I took the state exam and now I am a Certified Coder. I plan on going back for my associates degree for the medical assisting program. I love that I can work at my own pace, this was very convenient with my busy schedule. I recommend this school to all my friends, and family."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nina - 6/18/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"Great program. Staff support is awesome. Highly recommended. Can work on it on my own time."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sharon - 5/27/2015
Degree: Animal Training
Graduation Year: 1992
"Took the pet grooming course several years ago. Waste of time and money. Don't do it......go somewhere accredited. The "tools" they provided were the cheapest available, as were the "text books". I should have read the reviews before I signed. As it was, I lost a lot of money."
1.0 out of 5 stars
B - 4/23/2015
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
"If you plan on using this school make sure you have a perfect life and nothing will happen! If you have to cancel, even though they say it's not a big deal, they will charge you an arm and a leg! I took 1 exam and was charged $450 for having to cancel for reasons you cannot expect to happen! I highly advice not ever using this so called school!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
HVAC Tech - 4/15/2015
Degree: HVAC
Graduation Year: 2012
"I am very pleased. I have been working as a hvac tech for over 2 years. During my one year review my manager commented on how impressed he was with my knowledge in hvac. Thanks to penn foster. Great price as well. This is self study, so you also need to be a self motivated person, and stck to your studies. I learned alot about hvac. They also gave me the study guide for the epa certification, and a voucher to cover the cost."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Chelsea - 3/12/2015
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am a current student at this school. When I started this school was great, I loved it. They were very fast to get me enrolled and started. Now, I am very displeased. It takes 1-2 weeks for them to grade a project, 1-2 weeks to send you applications to continue with your degree and 1-2 months to send you the coursework. They are prided with letting you go at your own pace. That is not the case. They go at their pace, as it is convenient for them. Only apply for this school if you have months to waste on waiting on them. They take the longest time possible for everything. I am working on my associates degree, which is a 2 year degree. 2 years to them is actually 4-5 years. I am in year 4, going on 5 with them. This school needs to get their stuff together."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Kylie Harp - 3/5/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"My first semester at Penn Foster went great. My second semester was a going very well until I did my first practicum. I submitted everything. All my pictures, all my reports, and all my signed paperwork. After some time of waiting for my next semester I find out that I need to redo EVERYTHING because all of my materials I sent we lost. I had my postage tracked and has confirmation it was delivered but Penn Foster said it was not received. After all the stress and the headache of quickly trying to redo my entire practicum my teacher still has not graded any other my work to continue on with my studies!! I would not recommend Penn Foster to anyone who is trying to quickly get a degree or to anyone who has a difficult time studying online. The teachers at Penn Foster are VERY incompetent during my experience."