Penn Foster College Reviews

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60% of 208 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 208 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Rosaida Checa
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2021
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I had read enough negative comments, Penn Foster is not for dumbs, everybody complaint that there's more on the tests than on the classes, I guess that is what make the difference. That is why there are links, to investigate, not everybody deserve a high GPA. I finished my High School and currently assisting at Penn Foster. The experience? The best!!!"
Kyle Everett
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I won’t even call this a class cause it’s just a course. They ship about 15 binders each with 5-15 booklets that are filled with errors and just a waste of time. They spend 200 pages on the most basic topics then skim over the more in depth stuff, and then at the end of each booklet section you get quizzed, but the quizzes never cover anything that you just went over. Their refund program is supposed to be based off percentage completed, but you won’t get it back because they’ll just claim that it doesn’t apply to your program and all sales are final. There is no hands on, there are only like 3 short videos that explain the most basic of principles, there are no zoom classes, and there is no help. I would not recommend them to anybody for any degree"
Vincent Antonio Moorman
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2021
  • Degree: Hospitality Management
"This is the absolute worse route to go for an education. All they are concerned with is money. The material is not edited and full of grammatical errors. They should be ashamed of how they are scamming people on a regular. Do not go this route. Learn from my mistake. A total waste of money. These instructors are a joke and do not even know how to speak correctly -- nor, what they are doing. They go through employees like clockwork. Utterly terrible and offensive!"
Lisa Cabb
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2021
  • Degree: Business
"I love Penn Foster College. All these current "reviews" by the student with one name are a joke obviously, since they all have the same tone about then. Get real. This is college and college coursework. If you can't handle it, or you didn't read the enrollment info that's on you. Penn Foster College may not be for everyone, but it is a good, quality education. Do YOUR OWN research before you enroll."
Maddison
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"I can't speak for all the majors, but the Veterinary Technician one is absolute CRAP. The materials are very, very often misspelled and overly wordy. There's so much fluff to pick through I sometimes has to read the same sentence several times before it actually makes sense. The proctored exams are horrid. 7-8 questions constitutes the entire final. They are so random that you can study 98% of the material, and the questions on the test will be from the 2% you didn't study in depth. Also, their student services department is just about useless. They are never able to answer any of my questions, I get told I'll get called back and it never happens, AND they put a hold on my account without even bothering to tell me why, or that it was even going to happen. Don't waste your time here, all they care about is getting as much money out of you as they can while giving the minimum amount of effort on actually teaching you."
MaRei
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
"The worst experience! They use old, outdated material (2018) with current accounting programs that have no correlation. Instructor feedback is ridiculous and utterly useless. Most material and supplemental instructions I had to get elsewhere. What a waste of money and time."
Clara
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2021
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"Complete waste of time and money! The program teaches you things you will NEVER use in the real world. It is completely drawn out to take a very long time(something that should take a couple of months will end up taking close to 1 year). Grading of labs is a joke. Getting ready for externship is more strenuous than buying a house. Take your money elsewhere."
RajunCajun
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2021
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"I can only speak for myself, but I am an absolute nobody at Penn Foster. No one has ever reached out to me once they got the first payment. I am a money machine and nothing more. My academic questions have never been answered. The material has so many errors, I quit counting. Spelling, grammatical and pronunciation (AI) errors are common. Material can't be accessed because of IT glitches. Quizzes and exams are programmed with the incorrect answers so there is no way to make a 100. The school has acknowledged receipt of my emails with screenshots of the issues. Within 3-4 business days I receive a canned answer of "We will forward your concern to the IT department". I can not recommend this school to anyone."
Sarah
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2021
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Don’t go through Penn Foster. It is a joke of an online program!!!! No book for the Pharmacy Technician Program. Waste of time, and the program is not very good!!!! I have to buy a book on Amazon, and you can not access an instructor for days!!! I am sooo disappointed in Penn Foster, the online school should be called, “Penn Losser.”"
Lindsey
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Science
"The instructors dodge my questions, they are not familiar with the materials. They can't answer any of my questions about the coursework. They just say, "I didn't write the coursework, so I can't answer your questions." The materials go through a lot of detail and the tests are impossible. When I have trouble understanding something, the instructors can never explain it to me and they cam never answer my questions. They just say, "I would have to go through the course work and read it myself before I could help you." If we dont understand the material, how can we take the exams? The tests ask questions that I dont even remember was in the material. It goes through so much depth that you'd have to take a college course to understand it. They dont provide enough learning material to understand what is being read because the material is so poorly written. I've wasted money on it and will be looking for a different program. I feel like they set you up to fail. This is a poor program and I'm not sure why is was approved by the AVMA."
GeckoGirl
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"The program as a whole, is fine. You definitely get your money’s worth of material. The only thing that makes this review negative, is the externship process. I went through so many hoops trying to get my second externship in order. I live in an area where farming and agriculture isn’t big, so trying to find a large animal site was a nightmare. I called about every clinic in southern New England for months, and was rejected several times. The vet who finally agreed to help was two hours away, and also voiced to the school that she hated the skills we have to perform. A lot of stuff that you would never do in a normal circumstance, but they required it because it’s “AVMA” required. Some of the small animal skills are weird, too. Perform necropsy procedure? We don’t even do that at a normal small animal practice. When doing my large animal skills, I misplaced three tiny videos of me doing things to a goat. They wouldn’t except any alternatives.... seriously?! It’s a video! Why should I have to arrange a four-hour round trip to my large animal site again just to get three 30-second videos? They are so AVMA set, that they have absolutely zero toom for compromise or alternatives, especially during a global pandemic, where every school in the country has had to bend rules."
Chana Zucker
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"With zero study notes, I managed to pull a 3.75. The Computer Application Class is awful. I recommend just taking a computer application class from a traditional college. I wish I had, the instructor was as helpful as a white crayon. The material is sooooooo boring, can barely stay awake from just reading. With zero assistance from ghost instructor, spoke to her once, that was enough."
Corin
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2021
  • Degree: Interior Design
"This school is a joke. I'm still currently a "student". The courses are a joke, you can learn more by googling stuff on your phone. Its easier to contact the president of the U.S then anyone at this facility. You want to talk to your professors??? IMPOSSIBLE, don't even think about it because you will end up ripping your hair out. Nothing about this is a "school". Don't waste even a penny on this place. You'll get more education by going to your local preschool for a day. I will be taking my remaining semesters elsewhere."
Police Ofiver
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"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."
Kevin
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2021
  • Degree: Motorcycle Mechanic
"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!!!"
Elizabeth
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"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
"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
"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."
Anne
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2020
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"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."
Kylee
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"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."