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

3.7 out of 5 stars
Sommer - 3/24/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"So let me start off by saying that if you are the kind of individual who needs to be hands on, or tutored, then this should be an obvious opt out for you. It is very self paced, and simple, if you take it seriously, it takes no time at all. my instructor was very hard to get a hold of, but I was also working crazy hours so emails were the majority of our conversations. They do evaluate you, you are tested, quized, etc. you have a whole network of other students to reach out to for help if necessary, and if you apply yourself, the internship is a breeze. I would definitely recommend it, considering pre- diploma I was making 9.50/hr and I got a dollar raise within a week of being at my job just for completing the course and presenting my diploma to my manager. I was also offered another raise in the event that I go do the AVMA cert test."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Brad B. - 3/21/2019
Degree: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Starting out with the online training courses seemed like a great way to continue working and taking classes at my own pace. However, after completing a few courses, I have to change my mind. The first set of classes went great, but after trying to continue on to the next set of courses things got progressively worse. They changed my student number and now i am unable to view the classes I have already taken along with the scores I earned. I am unable to log into my new student account as well and am not able to get the issue resolved after a month of trying to contact the school. The only reason i am continuing with Penn Foster is the fact that my employer is connected with them for my apprenticeship course. i would not recommend this school if you have another choice."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nick M. - 2/6/2019
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019
"DO NOT APPLY. DO NOT ATTEND. I never write reviews but had to speak out on this one. Do not waste your time with this school. It cost nothing to get in and everyone qualifies. I applied and started my course work immediately. A week into it I realized that the course material was so easy a 5-year-old could do it. I breezed through the first course in a week. I realized that this college was a joke and decided to drop out of it. I contacted support and they dropped me through email without hesitation. They mentioned that there will be a bill because I went past a certain pertage of the course and would owe them. I got the bill in the mail. Let's just say I owe Penn Foster more than a month's rent and my apartment is not cheap. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME IN THIS NATIONALLY ACCREDITED FLY-BY- C*** SCHOOL. Employers will laugh at you and you will owe this school way more than the degree is worth!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Joanna M - 2/5/2019
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2019
"I should have read more reviews before signing up! This school is basically useless. I have not graduated yet, and probably wont. Just a waste of time and money. Everything is outdated, I couldve basically just researched everything online and it wouldve been about the same. Its almost impossible to get ahold of anyone also. I tried to get at least some of my money back, and all I got was a one sentence reply saying that I have completed too much to be able to get ANY type of refund at all. Go to an actual real college, not here. All they care about is taking your money and wont work with you at all."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Andrea S. - 1/24/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"This program is extremely outdated. If I had know that most of the activities involved manually drawing out the ledgers and journals, I would not have bought this program. Knowing how to format and align accounting journals should no longer be a part of any bookkeeping course, as no one does this manually any more. Besides that, the information I received was a good basis for learning bookkeeping."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Gregorio - 1/24/2019
Degree: Private Investigator
Graduation Year: 2019
"I've taken several formal private investigator courses over the years and I am a licensed Private Investigator. I took this course as a refresher and for continuing development. Overall this course was in depth a general (not state specific). I have 3 observations: 1) Some of the course material is outdated. I think we can move passed 3.5" floppy disks and very outdated computer technology that is introduced as investigative tools; 2)The study materials looked like they were made in the early 2000's and the self-check tests and exams were worded poorly in some areas; and 3) There were no videos or anything to catch the student visually. It was an OK class for what it was, and still a better than some of the in-class courses I've taken. This course does set a foundation but my expectations may be too high."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wking - 12/12/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2021
"Penn foster is a great college but it is definitely a real college in saying that it means you will have to pay a tuition every semester and you will have to study really hard. The material is hard material but not impossible to make good grades if you put in the time and effort. Some people that left bad reviews are most likely disgruntled because they thought they could just get a degree without putting in hard work and without paying. You can go to penn foster for pennies compared to other colleges what do you people expect ,its not free. If you are going to attend an online college get ready to do the work it sometimes can be harder than traditional college no one will be catering to you. You will need to know how to research and find other resources when needing help sometimes. I use you tube tutorials alot. Grow up and quit dissing penn foster ,I already have a couple of job prospects once I get my degree."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Shelster70 - 10/5/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"After reading some of these awful reviews, I felt I had to say something. I began the Vet tech program and have since transferred over to the Business Management program. Had NO PROBLEM whatsoever in switching programs. Staff were very helpful and polite. This is not a traditional school and some of us are glad it isn't. They are VERY clear about time frames and extensions. I saw quite a few reviews where people are complaining about that. You are an adult. Take some responsibility. And for EVERY class I have taken there has been an assigned instructor. I also attended ECPI (MCI) for a registered nursing program some years ago. THAT was a joke!!! This school is much more organized. If you want or need a babysitter reading a text book to you or holding your hand to make sure you complete your assignments, DON'T sign up for an online program that is self paced. I have had nothing but good experiences and I am glad I chose to stay with Penn Foster."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of money - 9/22/2018
Degree: Animal Training
Graduation Year: 2018
"I missed one payment and they sent my account into collections. I was still working on my course work. You pay $$$ for a book to read that you could easily learn from YouTube or by job shadowing. Don't waaste your time here. They are money hungry and that's all that matters."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of money - 9/22/2018
Degree: Animal Training
Graduation Year: 2018
"I missed one payment and they sent my account into collections. I was still working on my course work. You pay $$$ for a book to read that you could easily learn from YouTube or by job shadowing. Don't waaste your time here. They are money hungry and that's all that matters."