Penn Foster Career School Reviews

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46% of 156 students said this degree improved their career prospects
46% of 156 students said they would recommend this school to others
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A happy Student
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2015
  • Degree: Accounting
"The school is excellent school the staff is very nice and very helpful...the professor was always available if you need help they even have a service where you can get tutoring this is a very nice school first class if I had to do it all again Penn Foster wOuld have been my first choice in schools"
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Art & Design
"My opinion is that Penn Foster Career School has great courses, a friendly and supporting community, is affordable and you get more than you pay.I would highly recommend that school only to mature and self motivated people, who are seriously have the intention and they really willing to learn .The exams are not just a few quizzes, in addition you have to complete written exams. So, it's not a diploma mill,because the school is both regionally and nationally accredited. Everything is well structured and my mails always arriving on time. I know that many won't agree, especially students who care only for the brand name including the word 'state'. If someone wants to succeed, then Penn Foster is a good option.Many graduates from well known schools, lacking skills, so enroll with PF and put more effort into your studies."
Omar H
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2015
  • Degree: Business
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2015
  • Degree: Business
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/17/2015
  • Degree: Electronics
"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."
Great School!!
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2015
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2015
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Great program. Staff support is awesome. Highly recommended. Can work on it on my own time."
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2015
  • Degree: Animal Training
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2015
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2015
  • Degree: HVAC
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2015
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"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."
Kylie Harp
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2015
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2015
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I completed the High school Diploma & Computer Support Technician Career Diploma and then I'm working with CompTIA A+ Certification right now, Penn Foster's programs and find them to be very informative and up to date. Penn Foster's Student Services is easy to contact and they will work with you to address any problems you may be having with the program, I decided to do some research on schools and found Penn Foster. It has everything I was looking for. Flexible schedule perfect for me, The books are super easy to understand too. I love it! A great experience overall!"
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2015
  • Degree: Hospitality Management
"This school is a complete scam. I regret the time I enrolled in this school. Even if I tried to cancel the program that I was enrolled still they charged me the full amount after completing only three lessons out of sixteen. So if you are thinking of enrolling to this school better think twice or you’ll regret it."
Penn Foster Student
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2014
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Penn Foster, like every school, has its pros and cons. I was assigned the most fabulous instructor who really stepped in the help me all the time. I'm a student at a different college and transferred almost half of my credits from penn foster. Penn Foster conveniently worked around my schedule, taking courses at night. I totally recommend Penn Foster."
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I am doing billing for OBGYN doctor for more then a year, but I need the certificate, that's why I enrolled in billing and coding classes online.The total program has 51 lessons, almost half of it is not about billing and coding! Its a lot of unnecessary material, which is good for managers, or somebody else only not for billing and coding. I didn' even get to coding classes yet, and i passed already 25 classes. It was about laws and ethics, maths, basic pharmacology, words and excell, stupid projects, english writing, punctuation and a lot more bull. I'm not saying that its not good to know, but you sign up to get classes for medical billing and coding!!! The only usefull lessons were body systems and terminology , which actually you'll have to know when you get to do billing. In general the program could be much shorter and not give you all this unnecessary study material. You'll waste a lot of time before getting to what you need to know, so if you find another school with a program which doesn't have all this extra material which you dont need, go with that one, dont go with penn foster"
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2014
  • Degree: Health Education
"This is the worst school platform I've ever been involved with. I started the class only read the first chapter then decided that it wasn't for me, So I called in to change my class I was tole that I needed to pay fro the first course plus a cancellation fee, then I could change classes. Only 1 chapter was touched. People change their minds all the time. this is and was ridiculous."
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2014
  • Degree: Private Investigator
"The lessons were all from the early 90s. Old block macs, polaroids, floppy discs. I just requested my money back and threatened with lawyer. Never was I told this data would be from the 90s. I finished most of the program but I found it hard towards the end to keep going knowing its all so dated and these peopke scammed me out of $800."
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I am currently enrolled in Medical Billing and Coding and I have to say it was easy till I got to the coding part. It isnt easy which is nice cause things shouldnt just be handed to you. I also went to penn foster for my high school diploma and never had a problem with them. The only thing I hate is how I cant transfer my credits over till my current course is paid for. I am trying to transfer my credits over to their MA program but cant. Minus that the school is great. I love that its all at my own pace. I am a mother of two and I cant always make it to a class but I can sit down at bedtime and do some work and the payments I can work with."
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2014
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I completed the program and made my monthly payments. I never received my certificate and was later told that I could not have it until I paid in full. I am a single mom and fight to stay ahead and this career was supposed to help me achieve that. THEY ARE RIDICULOUS!!!"