Penn Foster College Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
(193 Reviews)
61% of 193 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 193 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
LM - 10/8/2015
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm in my first semester of Penn Fosters Human Resources Associate Degree program and so far I love it. The online study guides are great and compliment the text books well. I received my 1st text book with in 1 week. While I was waiting for it to arrive I was able to read and study the study guide. So far the courses have been very informative and educational. I have learned a lot. Just like any program you choose from any school, you get what you put into it. I work full time, I have children who are active in sports and my husband works a lot of hours so having the ability to work at my own pace is perfect for me. Penn Foster also has a fantastic and supportive student community filled with wonderful people. I'm glad I choose Penn Foster and will probably pursue my Bachelors through Penn Foster"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Jenn - 8/27/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
"They managed to delay my progress every step of the way. They do not communicate changes to accounts with students. My paperwork was lost after I had sent it in a month prior and it was not until I contacted them that they looked for it and located it. Took me a year to get through 2 semesters because of all the delays. Very unhappy with how they handle student issues and keep track of their students materials."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Omar H - 8/19/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
"I just completed the second semester of the Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. I completed a certificate program with them a while back, so I decided to stick with Penn Foster. It is definitely a great school for people who juggle work, kids etc. The exams, and discussion boards correspond well with the textbooks and study guides. If your looking to transfer and lot of the courses are ACE reviewed so it helps, but do research with the school you want to transfer to first. Many regionally accredited schools will not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools like Penn Foster, Ashworth etc. They do not have graduations so if that is big deal then Ashworth college is similar in price, curriculum, and they conduct a graduation ceremony."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Atef - 7/23/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"At pennfoster Collge the instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question, I highly recommend Pennfoster to anyone specially to busy parents with Kids and work! Also very cheap compared to the other college look how much you $$$ in the semester!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 6/19/2015
Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
"I saw someone else's post both before I started with this school and also just now I completely agree. I came into some financial difficulties and I havent even complete 50% of my class and they are wanting me to pay more than 50% of the tuition. Unfortunately, no one expects to be thrown out of their parents house at 20 but that has happened to me and my husband and out 5 month old. I explained to student care and they have not yet replied to me. And the few replies I have gotten were disrespectful. I would not recommend this school to anyone simply because alot of it is online and anyone can pass the classes with that being said."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Marie - 6/10/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
"I wouldn't even give this school 1 star but unfortunely It made me. I fell into financially difficulties halfway through my first semester. When i called the student care to explain to them I needed to cancel my enrollment they were extremely rude and not the least bit compassionate. I was told to either finish the semester of pay the remaining balance of 1300. I don't understand why I have to pay for classes I haven't even taken. That is complete bs. I will never ever reccomend this ignorant school to anyone. They are money hungry and could care less about any of their students. STAY FAR AWAY FROM PENN FOSTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Debb S - 6/7/2015
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2012
"I enrolled with Penn Foster in 2008 by in the Computer Information Systems Degree program and completed my degree in 2012. I'm currently enrolled in the PC Maintenance Degree Program, in my final semester. When I look back over the past 6 years of studies, I'm still excited and proud of what I've accomplished along my Penn Foster journey. I've learned how valuable Penn Foster is to me personally, what it stands for, what goes on behind the scenes, the faculty, the instructors, fellow students, the Student Ambassador program, and the value of the community. Penn Foster has provided the means for me to succeed in life, one step at a time, one goal at a time, one dream at a time. I've found the instructors, Student Services, staff, and fellow students very helpful when I have had questions about my courses. I love the community feature because it gives students a way to interact with each other, plan study groups, meetups, and because it gives the students a sense of belonging. I highly recommend anyone looking to further their education, look into Penn Foster. You won't be disappointed. You can study at your own pace, all courses are completed online, it's affordable."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Christina - 5/29/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"I love PF. It is so easy to get my degree and work. The instructors and and student care are always eager to help whenever I call or email with a question! I highly recommend this school for anyone that has other priorities in their life that prevent them from attending another school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
cdperrio - 5/27/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"This program is not for everyone. It is a great program for sell motivated people who can study on their own and stay motivated. I love this school and the program!! Since day one, the staff has been very helpful and I have never felt alone on this journey. The classes are tough and you have to stay on top of things. There are webinars for most of the classes and they help give you the classroom feel. There is also a community to meet other students and get help with questions. This program is not for everyone and I do recommend doing your research before signing up. It fits my life and I am very pleased."
4.7 out of 5 stars
MIB - 5/18/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice."