Penn Foster College Reviews

3.13 out of 5 stars
(190 Reviews)
61% of 190 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 190 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
JenZ - 10/7/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year:
"I love this school! Penn foster gives me the ability to work and study at my own pace. It is a fully accredited school. I had no trouble when I needed to extend my time. I am getting a quality education. They do not give any slack because you are doing it online. At this point I am fully satisfied that I am getting a quality education, fully accredited, and for a fraction of the cost I paid at Indiana Wesleyan University for my first degree. This one will be paid before I am finished and my employer has reimbursed my tuition. I could not be happier. They even gave fair or better on credits for classes from my previous degree. Jen"
3.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/17/2013
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"I just recently received my Diploma. I had a great experience with this school. It is affordable, the materials and books arrived quickly and the assessments were well explained. What I like the most is that you could work at your own pace.The instructors were helpful as the student support services. I am glad I found Penn Foster, I had tried other online school but should not finish all of my assignments when they were due because of my schedule."
5.0 out of 5 stars
paulsmith - 3/26/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2011
"PF was better than I expected. I completed my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. I am know enrolled in the Bachelor's Degree Program. Everything is going extremely well for me. Everything is at your own pace, and you get what you put into it. If you don't do the work, then obviously you're not going to get anything out of it. I enjoy this type of learning. Decide how you learn to decide if this school is right for you. You will have to put forward an effort if you want to graduate from any school.The pricing is awesome compared to the other universities and colleges. For my degree, it's going to be around 4800 total for my entire program. Which is not unreasonable at all. They offered more than enough time for me to complete my studies. They gave about a year per semester to complete. Much more than most colleges and universities. Every experience I have had with Student Services has been pleasant and very helpful. I receive my books within 8 business days of the day they were shipped. If you're going to attend an online college you need to be self motivated, and willing to put work into it. If you actually put forward an effort into achieving your goals then you will. GOOD LUCK!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 2/5/2013
Degree: Vocational
Graduation Year:
"I just want to warn everyone to STAY AWAY from PennFoster. This school has given me nothing but headaches. You don't get up-to-date information for your class. You get old school hand me downs about 6+ years old.At first when i started contacting a professor it seemed like they wanted to help but as time went on it seemed like a chore to the and that they really didn't want to help at all. I even sent in one project and their "5 year old system" corrupted my file and they only got part of it. Then they argue with me for over a month and say its my fault and that i had to re-do it. I did re-do it 3 times and still nothing.Their email would only receive my messages part of the time and they wouldn't do anything. They kept saying its not our fault. Give us your money and suck one. So i will make sure everyone knows what kind of school this is and save you the headache and pain that i went through."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lana - 1/31/2013
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2016
"The online school has helped me a great deal as I have a busy schedule and have little time for scheduling class time at a campus. I researched Penn Foster before beginning classes with the Dept. of Education. The organization in which they are accredited (Distance Education and Training Council-DETC) is accepted by the Dept. of Education as a legitimate college for obtain degrees.I found the monthly installment payments to benefit me. I pay ahead a few months, to be advanced on my payments. Less worries for me. I have had NO problems with Webinars, The online system or anything of technical issues. I gather some people may have an old computer, or a system that requires updated software, or perhaps they don't know how to operate a computer well. However, I do.I also obtained a certificate in Microsoft Office 2010 before beginning my studies in Business Management. When my software arrived I attempted to download it to my operating system. As it was trying to overwrite my current software I was finding my laptop to be troublesome with the new program. So I called Penn Foster. I only had to speak to ONE agent before I was transferred to the Professor to instruct me further. He was tremendously helpful and extremely kind. I enjoyed his help and found that my problem was actually a simple one, which I was able to fix myself, with his guidance.I save the best for last. I am thoroughly impressed with the materials I have received from Penn Foster. The Introduction to Business is thorough and concentrated. The study guides have proved to be necessary and do help focus on areas that WILL be on the examinations. I am preparing to take a Proctored Exam.Proctored Exams are a way for the school to prove its own credibility and yours as a long distance student. Proctored exams, under the monitoring of pre-approved proctors (who have a degree) simply help to monitor students as they take important examinations without the help of the internet or online materials; or any help from outside individuals with the answers for the questions on their Finals. I'm excited to finally take my final exam.For anyone who has had technical difficulties with your laptops or computers while taking webinars, I am certain that no one can aid you if all you need is a new computer, java or flash script ability. I believe the school will do all they can to assist you with your technical issues as they did me.Too much blame and finger pointing on the school. Sometimes it is the student late with payments or getting their classes accomplished. Just because it is a Distance Learning Institution doesn't mean that we can just neglect our classes, webinars or payments. There still must be a schedule, I believe, to obtain goals. I rank Penn Foster highly among Distance Learning institutions."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Michaela - 1/31/2013
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year:
"I enrolled about a month ago. I love the classes. They allow you to work at your own pace. So, if work has you tired or the kids are screaming, you don't have to worry about doing any work.The testing is easy. Just read and highlight the important stuff and you'll be ok.I'm so glad I decided to come here. With a little dedication and some study time, you can make this program work PERFECTLY for you!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nang Noi - 1/10/2013
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"You know what sucks about this school is they don't tell you anything I pay 1200.00 for this school... I have to call them to find out whats going on... you think you would of contact you and help you out if your fail a subject.... NO you got to call them fools! How is that a help? They can't help you much BECAUSE their on the phone!OH yea if your failing a subject you have to pay more!!!! for each of the failing subject! I don't have the money to pay again!!! and I wish they would tell you these things in the beginning but of course not they want your money any way and any how they can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not going to give you guys a good review!!!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
pat - 1/8/2013
Degree: Medical Transcription
Graduation Year:
"I switched programs which was not a problem. The reason I switched I was told by major employers that penn foster would not help in med. admin. that I should go to DSC. So I switched to med. transcribing.But later when I wanted my grades transferred over all I got was attitude from an "instructor' what a joke. She informed I didn't need med. admin. to get a job. Was told if i can anwser phones I could get an entry level job. WHAT??????????? So when I was switched to another ignorant idiot I told them I just wanted to quit.I was told pay them 319.00 and it would be done..They were so nice before they had my money. I am stuck now with a useless course and crappy support from penn loser. PLease do not attend penn loser. Awaste of tome and money."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 12/27/2012
Degree: Management
Graduation Year:
"I have had nothing but great experiences with Penn Foster, both the Career School and the College. They are very flexible. When I call about anything I get a response quickly. I would recommend this education to anyone who is on a budget, but still wants to get ahead and educate themselves."
2.0 out of 5 stars
nikki - 10/7/2012
Graduation Year:
"I enrolled in Pennfoster because it was supposed to be a do it at your own pace school. I enrolled when my son was 8 months old because I thought that I could do it a my own pace. My son is now 2 and they have kicked me out twice because I am studying to slow.When I have tried to contact them about the situation they have never responded. They say that I owe them payments, when I paid them. The courses were okay. When I had questions about assignments the instructors were not there to help me."
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