Penn Foster College Reviews

  • 195 Reviews
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60% of 195 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 195 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Police Ofiver
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"It's amazing, I am in the process of completing my bachelor's and I've already been accepted for an interview with my local police department once completed. I recommend everyone to complete this bachelor's if you want a career in law enforcement, social services, once completed I will pursue my masters in terrorism and security studies with the Charles sturt University."
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2021
  • Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"The school and the staff are a joke. The class was a poorly copied black and white book, with a couple of questions at the end. You would learn more from borrowing a book from your local library. The talk a good game, but it's a scam. They should not be allow to use GI Bills or VRE. STAY AWAY!!!"
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Amazing program. A lot of the reviews that I am seeing are people complaining about howe much work there is to do, or how much they are required to remember. This program is made for people who are going to be self motivated to finish. You do have a a lot of things to remember and go over, and yes you're constantly studying, BUT THATS WHAT COLLEGE IS!!! I suggest this program it is wonderful, I can work full time and study on my days off!!!!!"
Steve T.
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I attended and graduated from Penn Foster College in the Criminal Justice program with both an associates and bachelors degree. After graduating with the associates in 2013, I transferred in approximately two years of credits and began a slow process towards achieving my bachelors. The reason why it took so long to finish (2020) was twofold: (1) I owned and operated a business that consumed 50-60 hours per week and (2) unfortunately my late wife contracted cancer and I became a caregiver to her for approximately one and a half years, spending a lot of time at the hospital. Penn Foster worked with me during this especially difficult time and allowed me to resume my studies and continue towards my goal, something my late wife wanted me to achieve. Without the self-paced aspect I would not have been able to achieve the goal I had set for myself. Whenever I had a question, staff was responsive and thorough. The course work was challenging, especially intermediate algebra, which I had to reteach myself from my high school days, and the first statistics course. But the courses were relevant and I gained knowledge and skills that I use almost daily. And this is coming from a law school graduate that began taking these courses as a way to satisfy continuing education, and became so interested in the subject matter that I made it my objective to get two degrees in. If you take Penn Foster's college work seriously, and you do the work without excuses, realize that you have to work at a college level, then you can succeed. Penn Foster College was a good experience for me and it can be for you as well."
Alexus Ballantyne
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Don’t fall for it. I signed up and didn’t like it at all. When I tried to cancel they said I still owe over $300. I’ve already paid $600 and completed zero courses and received zero materials. The semester itself is under $2k so why must I pay for half a semester of courses I didn’t take."
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2020
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I signed up with Penn Foster a few months ago on a whim. I had been looking at local schools and it was outrageous what the cost was for a simple certificate program. I stumble upon Penn Foster and signed up that day. After I signed up I found horrible reviews and was nervous that I had made a terrible decision. I'm happy to say that it wrong. I love this course and the online learning. Being a single mom it's great to work at my own pace and have no deadlines for assignments. I haven't had to reach out for help thus far and passed all my courses with an A or B. I'm very happy with the cost and information I'm receiving from my course and can't wait to finish it and become a certified medical biller and coder."
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This school's testing is IMPOSSIBLE. I can't speak for other lines of study, but for the Veterinary Technician course it was absolutely ridiculous. As stated by another reviewer, there is a lot of content both in the online coursework AND in textbooks. Now, the length of the content isn't the entire issue. The biggest issue here is that they expect you to retain ALL information they give you. You are expected to learn sometimes 200+ terms and their definitions for just a single section. The questions for the tests and exams are just randomly picked from the entirety of the content they give you, so they set you up for failure. The questions are very random as well. You'll be tested on a whole system from bone structure, to parts of a cow's stomach, and then they'll ask you something arbitrary that seemingly didn't have much to do with anything. They are not flexible on grading either, and demand more money to retake these proctored exams. If you fail twice, they expect you to pay $400 to retake the same exact course that you've already paid for in full."
Mmathapelo Maine
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2020
  • Degree: Vocational
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I suspect Penn Forster College is a scam. I've sent several emails to withdraw from course but there has not been a response from this college. They are all about money and I advise anyone who plans to register with this college to think twice. Since my registration; I've not received any communication, mentorship, coaching or support from the college. I heard from them only when they addressed issues pertaining finances. I'm surprisingly at 23% but only completed one module out of seven and this is because their system is automated. The content of the course can be found for free on the internet so don't waste your money. THIS IS A VERY BAD COLLEGE."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2020
  • Degree: Office Management
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I just finished my certificate and I loved it. I completed my work as fast or slow as I wanted. If I did not do good on an assignment, I was allowed to retake it and try to do better. The tuition is also pay as you go. I paid $50 a month. One month I needed to cancel my payment and the representative deferred it for me. They also sent me emails giving me discounted opportunities on my tuition. All materials were relevant to the courses and program."
Diamond Landis
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"If you want an actual education please continue your search. Penn Foster college is the most expensive scam I’ve ever fallen for. It’s impressive how well they disguise themselves as a school when in reality it’s a scheme to take your money and give you the most basic definition of an education they can provide. If you decide to settle for this joke, good luck to you."