Penn Foster Career School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (120)
If you are young and looking for your typical "college" experience, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for convenient and thorough education without wanting to take out student loans, then come on in.
I am a single mom and I work over 50 hours a week to take care of my kids. I don't have the time nor the money to waste on frivolous schools or courses. I am also no longer in the position to finish my degree at the school I planned on attending, so I am beefing up my educational resume first with the SAC certification and then will move on to my AS until my kids are in school.
What's great about these programs is that they are at your own pace - I finished my coursework about a month after I started, which was about 6 months ago, but I am now just able to start working towards my externship.
They WILL stop your shipments/ability to access your materials if you do not pay. That is like expecting to be able to go into a restaurant and eat without paying. They are not "scam artists". They are a BUSINESS. They are a private, for-profit school, so, yes, they do want your money. Especially if you agreed to pay for their services. But what other accredited institution is going to allow you to get an associate's degree for less than 5k? Seriously? The best part is, they will take you no matter what your credit is or how many loans you have out for school. This is actually helping me to make more money to pay off my other student loans and to go back to school for my Master's Degree. I say, if you are dedicated and willing to actually work - and it IS work! - talk to an enrollment counselor. This is a great place to learn.
I am very pleased to say that Penn Foster is a great way to learn while already working in your field of choice. I am currently a certified technician and i recieved my diploma through penn foster! The program outlined for you is awesome! I am currently attending for med coding & billing to expand my horizon. Researching, and study materials can be found throughout the internet i.e youtube, wikipedia, as well as resources & library provided online from Penn Foster. GREAT SCHOOL! THANKS PENN!
I do recommend this school. I have never been harrassed. I receive all books on time. It's all at my own pace. The info in the books are deff. what I need to do the job as a travel agent. Why I say you get what you pay for is because it is just that. This is very inexpensive. With that being said it is for a reason. You are teaching yourself. Yes your supplied all of the books and aids, but you are teaching it to yourself. Yes you can call and ask for clarafication from an instructor and they will explain. It is much better than paying the crazy price that most all other online schools charge you to do the same thing! That is to teach yourself.
If you feel you don't need to be in the classroom then this is a great way to go. The real training in whatever job you do will ulimatly be gained on the job. With this program you will the tools, the knowledge to be able to understand what your doing when you finally get to do it.
I just finished my first semester in the Graphic Design program and while I will say the school is not for everyone I absolutely love it. See I have a newborn and a full time job so it is perfect for me. I finished my first semester in less than 2 months, not because it was easy but because I worked really hard. I took 2 semesters in Graphic Design at a local community college a few years ago and I will say that when it comes to learning the software (ex. Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver) I have learned a ton more at Penn Foster than I did at the other school.
All the shipments of the materials only took a few days to do. All my projects were graded within 24 hours of submitting them and my proctored exams were graded within 7 days of sending them in. I would definitely recommend this school. When I am done with my degree I will be getting my certificate in Photography.
This is not a school, it is a business. All they want is your money and don't care about how you learn. I've take online courses with other colleges and I can tell you that this self-paced stuff is a load of crap! I can't get my questions answered, the instructor's comments are misleading, and I'm getting grades that are way lower than I deserve. I have to dumb myself down to get a good grade.
This school (at least the Medical Billing and Coding diploma program) is a complete joke. I am a student, which means I am trying to learn something I didn't previously know, and I'm finding TONS of errors! Too many to excuse.
I email the instructors and they admit the error but do nothing to correct it. You can't tell me I'm the first to find these errors, yet I have never seen a correction sheet included with any of my text books. How many more errors are there that I'm not aware of (in other words, how much am I learning WRONG)? I have to pass a certification to get a job, how am I going to do that with this piece of junk education?
Student services is friendly but worthless. The instructors that I have encountered are of little to no help. I will be reporting them to the BBB, because they are not even coming close to giving me my money's worth (I paid in full, if that matters). Unfortunately, they were my only option for this course where I live. If I could go back, I would have given up on this career track rather than waste money on this school. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am with this school.
I first enrolled into Penn Fosters Wildlife/Forestry Conservation course in 2007, since my passions involve nature and wildlife, and graduated in about 14 months. I LOVED that course and was pretty bumbed when it ended.
The only problem with the Pharmacy program was the need for simultaneous hand-on training. After I finished the program I talked to a Pharmacist at my hospital, who informed me that the OTHER graduates currently hired on had one HUGE advantage over me. They went to local institutions, which allowed them to receive hands-on training (lab experience) that I did not receive through online correspondence. Basically we all had the education, but they also had hands-on experience and I did not. I would recommend that if you do anything healthcare related, that you go to a local institution, so that you can get that hands-on training, AS WELL as the bookwork. That will save you some disappointment.
The communication was prompt, the tuition payment terms were the easiest I've seen thus far and the shipment of my materials were amazing! This is a great school to enroll in for subject curiosity, personal growth, and if the job you want requires a CERTIFICATE only.....most likely a "technician" position. For professional fields that ask for degrees, you might want to look for a school with a more extensive curriculum. I plan on taking a few more courses through Penn Foster, just for fun, since I love researching and learning new things. Great school!!!
They claim you can advance at your own pace but that is not entirely true. I am ready to take the next four tests and they will not open them up until a shipment goes out. I can complete this program online with out the physical materials. I have been doing bookkeeping for more than 20 years but need to bring my education current. It has been days of emailing and I get canned answers - can not open exams until shipment goes out. No one will listen to me - I have a job depending on this. I can do it in three weeks if they would allow it.
This course was surprisingly challenging. Not a gimme at all. 20 modules/study units, each with tests (open book but difficult) and a LOT of very real-world applicable information.
Everything fropm Rangelands management to wildlife law enforcement, insect management, fisheries management, forest protection, fire control/prevention and management, wild animal and predator management and even tree diseases.
These are CE units, not transferrable college credits. But they do have several degree programs. This was a great course, there was plenty of student support, the finances were a breeze, the feedback and communication from the school were awesome...overall a great experience. If you're looking for top-tier university education, this isn't it, but then again try getting "top tier" online or for this price anyway. By the way, this is majorly accredited. Great course and very usable.Ten stars.
Im one happy PF graduate. I had finish HVAC course in 2007. Got my HVAC Technician Diploma. It took me about 1.5 to finish the course. Done it all while working as a Industrial Food Equipment Mechanic / Building Maintenance Technician. Had a lot of hand-on experience as helper to repair and maintain refrigeration systems. Have learn a lot in this course. Thinking about taking Electrician Technician course. In my opinion PF is good choice for someone who can get a hand-on experience as a helper or volunteer while taking classes at PF. Without the experience it will be tough. (this might be a reason why so many people leave negative feedbacks about PF.)