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

1.4 out of 5 stars
Alexis - 5/9/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"I would not recommend this program to anyone. I have had so many issues. The classes are easy however they do not help you find an internship at all. The teachers are knowledgeable but the school is awful. They are horrible communicators and take forever to approve the internship."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Debra - 5/3/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program. This program IS accredited. The bad reviews are mostly disgruntled people who didn't pay what they signed up for or weren't ready to put the work in. Yes- you have to make payments or pay in a lump sum. But if you're receiving services like say electric and don't pay what happens? It gets shut off! Electric companies don't care if you had a financial hardship! So why would you expect for a college to? You sign an agreement and if you didn't read that agreement before signing it- that's on you. Yes, this program IS challenging which it should be. It's a college course, accredited by the AVMA (which allows you to sit for the VTNE exam that certifies you), and it has a lot of content you NEED to know for on the job. If you aren't willing to put the work into it or pay for your tuition, then this isn't for you. Penn Foster may be online but the teachers and even students are so helpful and welcoming. The Vet Tech program has a Facebook group- if you ever have a question, a TON of people respond and help you out. There are so many resources on the Penn Foster site alone."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Edward Evans - 4/30/2016
Degree: Animal Training
Graduation Year: 2011
"I received my certificate for the program very informative. You have to get experience on your own I volunteered my services at local asap and groomed my friends pets. I know have my own successful business. I called pen foster for advice the were helpful, but they don't have any plugs it's all up to you very easy program."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Karen, RVT, LVT - 4/24/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 1914
"I learned a great deal from the program and was very prepared for my licensing exam. I am now making top dollar wages for an orthopedic surgeon. The only drawback to the school was, I did not receive a lot of help finding internship hospital's. I would recommend the program."
1.4 out of 5 stars
PK - 4/23/2016
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"I thought I did enough research on Penn Foster College before I enrolled. I have read both good and bad reviews on that institution, but decided to give it a try anyway, because I just could not afford a traditional college and I thought I had the convenience of studying at my own pace. My 1st month into the course was really good. Some courses have a discussion group where at the beginning of your 1st lesson, you have to post 1 main post (minimum 250 words) and 3 peer posts (minimum of 125 words) that are on topic. Every week a there's a new topic and you have to submit those posts until you receive a final grade for all course work. Now I completed my final course work (A research paper) and was waiting on my instructor to post my grade. It took almost 4 days for my grade to be posted. According the PF policy, once you receive your final grade, you have to email the group discussion instructor letting him/her know that all courses work are completed and they in turn give you a grade for class participation (which is in the form of the Group discussions) Anyway, I sent the email 2 times but got now response. After not getting any response, I called student care and I received an email from my instructor saying that I have 9 peer posts outstanding and I can only add 1 post per day. With that I would have to do 4 additional posts as there would be a new topic for the week. All of that work because Penn Foster instructors don't communicate well with students. Also, the online study guide and my text book had so many grammatical errors, it's unbelievable. I was so upset about everything and decided that I would continue my studies else where. Now, this is the part that I found very shocking, I live in Oregon and I called a few colleges to know if they accepted PF credits and certifications and none of them did. So to everyone who is reading these posts, please do thorough researches before you enroll at Penn Foster. What fooled me was all these accreditations on PF website. BUT, I you look deeply into each, you know that their DEAC accreditation is only for Arizona (you can find that info on the DEAC website and do an institution search). Also, on PF website their's a list of all the course that credits can be transferred, again not all states accept those credits. So before you jump on board, do your research."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Donna K - 4/21/2016
Degree: Animal Training
Graduation Year: 2016
"I signed up for an online grooming certification course on 04/13/16. I started the course that same day, after completing the first "study unit" the program offers (this unit just goes over basically HOW to use Penn Foster's online program, how to get help if needed, etc). After completing the first unit, I tried to start the second. The second lesson will not load on my computer (which meets all necessary hardware requirements as listed by Penn Foster). On 04/13/16 I started trying to contact Penn Foster for assistance to get the program to work. I have spent the last week trying to get tech support or a Student CARE supervisor to contact me back to resolve this issue. Everyday since the 13th I have been told that I would be contacted the next day or with in 24 hours. The information I have gotten from various employees with Penn Foster has been VERY inconsistent, each person I talk to tells me a different story. The only consistency has been, every one of the staff members has told me that I would be contacted with in a certain time frame and EVERY time no one has contacted me. The team members in the Student CARE area have spent hours trying to offer tech support but they are not the staff trained for this and they have made it very clear that I need tech support, however I am just given the run around every time and tech support will not reach me, I am not allowed to be transferred to tech support or contact them directly. I am also not allowed to speak to a supervisor in the Student CARE area even though I have made multiple requests and I have been told multiple times that they would contact me. After almost a week of this treatment and not being able to access the program that I am paying for this entire time, I called on 04/19/16 to cancel my enrollment and get a full refund. I was told at this time that I could not receive a refund on the money I had already paid because I had had the program for 6 days now and missed my "trial" period. I explained that my whole "trial" period has been spent with me trying to get someone from their company to contact me to get the program to work. I am not paying for ANYTHING since I have not been able to do anything in the program except learn how the program works, which since it doesn't for me, is completely useless. I have every copy of every email I have sent them, they have not responded to them. I have documentation of the number of phone calls I have made to them to resolve this. They have never once called me to solve it. I feel I have done everything that I can to work with this company and try to continue in this program and Penn Foster has just given me the run around. Anytime I ask is this normal that you do not contact your clients/students for over a week when they need help, no one will answer that..."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anne - 4/6/2016
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"Please do not waste your money on this so-called school. It is not a real degree and employers will laugh at it. Please go to a community college or state university. PF does not give you textbooks, just online "study guides" written at about an eighth-grade level. What kind of school allows students to "preview" the exams before they take them? All you have to do is look up the answers then log in and click them on the test. You also get two chances to take exams. It's ridiculous. Instructors are rude and unhelpful. Their favorite line is "call Student care". Speaking of student care, the reps are clueless and unable to answer simple questions. This is a business and you are buying a worthless piece of paper. A degree costs about $4000 total so if you are paying $50 a month it will take you EIGHT YEARS to pay it off. Don't do it!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Not happy - 4/1/2016
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"This was a complete waste of money, do not take this class. It would have been better to take an online college course - it counts toward your future. Only a certificate, no hours toward CEUs or LPN schooling enrollment it does not count. AVOID AVOID"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 2/11/2016
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2016
"Absolute rip off. Student services is a joke and rude. Don't waste money on this non accredited school. Your better off going to library. Not worth it at all. I can't even get in contact with corporate. I'm trying to report to better business bureau. I paid in full up front. They might care more if your doing monthly payments. Learned not to go to school online. I'm surprised they are still open."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Keith - 1/31/2016
Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"I recently graduated from the Penn Foster career school pharmacy technician program. Their materials were very spot on and in depth. Aside from the very low cost they also help you find a 120 hour externship with either CVS or Wallgreens,your choice. They have affordable monthly payments which really helped. I would recommend this school and program to anyone. The career school is both nationally and regionally accredited. Check them out."