Sanford-Brown College Reviews - CLOSED

1.88 out of 5 stars
(51 Reviews)
  • Multiple Locations
24% of 51 students said this degree improved their career prospects
24% of 51 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

1.4 out of 5 stars
Curtis M - 6/17/2015
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2011
"I went to Sanford Brown after my business closed. I was 48 years old and looking for a new career. I had always been interested in medicine si I inquired about the medical assisting program and was assured I was a "PERFECT" fit. I attended 11 months, maintained a 3.86 GPA and was a student ambassador, yet when I graduated no one would touch me. The best reason ever given was that I was a man, too old and not the "type". I have never worked one day in a doctors office and most of the people I graduated with didn't either. It is ALL about the money!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alexandra - 6/2/2015
Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
"Um, the Houston campus is shutting down and we all being treated like crap here, its not my fault they make the program so hard that they cant afford to keep her open bc everyone drops out, is discouraged, the wrong color. ahem not black and not chummy w the professors.I'm seeking legal help to get my loans refunded. the program chair is showing his true face and treating ppl how he wants. I came here to learn. Not drop out. Not make friends. I came here to make $. If I wanted to be treated like crap, I'd be married and a housewife."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anna - 5/28/2015
Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2010
"This school was a waste of money. Teachers don't have the knowledge they should. You can't transfer to a regionally accredited university but advisors there will tell you that you will be able to. Learning experience is not what you would expect from college. Many of my my classmates regret it as much as I do."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sara - 5/22/2015
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2009
"Please do not attend this school. It's a debt trap!!! They claimed they are accredited, but liar, liar! Please take the long road at a community college where your credits will always be transferable and you will obtained a job. Sanford Brown makes me a laughing stock at my job. I have a degree, but its worthless. Stay clear of this aweful school!!!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mandy - 4/14/2015
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
"The policy's at this school are ridiculous. If you have a death in your family, it is not an "excused absence". The Program Chair's are shockingly lazy and would rather say NO then take the time to help you with anything. Many of my instructors were incompetent, rude, made inappropriate remarks. Many of my instructors spoke broken English. There is nothing wrong with English being your second language, but medical terminology courses require medical jargon and some instructors could barely pronounce the words correctly or spell properly. Also many of the instructors were constantly speaking Spanish in classes. An institute is a business. If you are paying like I paid (cash in full), you expect to be treated with respect. Not the case with Sanford Brown Fort Lauderdale. I am immensely disappointed with how this school conducts their student relations."
1.0 out of 5 stars
M. C. - 3/17/2015
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2004
"This was a big waste of time and the worst waste of money I have ever experienced in my life. No one who was in my class got a job in the field after completing the program. No one from the career center answers the phone and no one calls you back after you leave a message. I now owe $25,000.00 for a worthless piece of paper a.k.a. a diploma. I actually had a potential employer to tell me my credentials aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Should have went to community college or at least someplace other than SBC!!! My advice....don't go here!!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
amanda b - 3/15/2015
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2015
"I attend Sanford Brown Atlanta since November of 2014. At first I thought the education was good my first two modules in keyboarding. But as the program went on, the quality of education went down. They have us learning two different course per module which is a lot. Now I am taking medical terminology and med law this month for two days a week each course. Which means your expected to learn each course in 10 days. Absolutely ridiculous. Especially for medical terminology. I went to another med school before and they gave us time to learn the material. I do not reccommend this school. I dont feel im learning anything but just trying to cram info in at this Point. On top of all this the school is kind of ghetto. Alot of the students have nasty attitudes and the staff members are only nice to you when you are trying to enroll. Once you get in your treated like a scrub! I am in the process of seeing if i can tranfer to another school."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Another Graphic Design Student - 3/6/2015
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"What a complete waste of time and money. Most class mates had zero talent and the school was obviously about just making money. The classes run so fast it is hard to learn, and 90% of what you learn, is what you do on your own with out the instructors, lectures or classmates. Save the money and do all of the free tutorials you can get your hands on, you will learn so much more. I didn't even get usable portfolio pieces out of the classes, as they go at such a fast speed, that you just are not producing the quality of work that you should but in a portfolio. Now I am finally going to a community college, and guess what? It looks like none of the credits will even transfer. Grrr. Please reconsider, if you want to go to this college, I wish I had seen these reviews before I registered."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Fall into this trap! - 2/16/2015
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2010
"Please, I beg you, take the time and go to community college. Do not waste your time going ot this school. The teachers are a joke, the faculty just wants to get paid, and the material is not sufficient. The turnover rate for teachers at the school in Texas was very sad. They would have a new person standing in front of the class almost every month. It is not work it. 20k in student loans and nothing to show for it. I did get a job right out of completing the course, but it was like I had to be trained all over again. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. If you go to North West Vista or SAC here in San Antonio, you can get the same certificate while on financial aid (if you qualify) and it is easier to transfer into SAC's nursing program. I had a friend how did that, 4 years later they have they are a practicing RN and no student loan debt."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Paige J. Schuller - 1/19/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2008
"When I first started Sanford-Brown College, I really didn't know what to expect. I had already taken a few classes at the community college and had a feeling that things would be different in terms of enrolling and class structure. I was interested in the veterinary technology program, but had little knowledge of what that meant in terms of my occupation. I went through the admissions process fairly smooth. It was as if once seated, the admission counselor would never let you go. We eventually completed my admissions and I felt that I was aware of my financial future as I agreed to a 28,000 tuition for an 18 month accelerated associate's degree. What I didn't know at the time of registering, was that this program was brand new and that it was not accredited yet. Later that semester, I learned of this and a tuition increase placing my total tuition cost at $32,000. The admissions counselor failed to mention that at the end of the program, students were required to complete a 240 hour non-painon-paid preceptor ship. My first instructor was nice, but lacked in confidence, patience and tolerance for a group of young, enthusiastic females. We were hungry for knowledge and wanted to ensure we received our money's worth. A few weeks into the program and this particular instructor left her position, practically in the middle of class. We were stunned. After some confusion and shuffling on behalf of the school, we landed ourself a teacher who really knew her stuff! Her knowledge came at a price, however. She was real. She was loud; encouraging and frightening all at the same time. Looking back, I can see how the delivery of her material was intended to engage our minds and stimulate critical thinking, just as one would do in a clinical setting. She wanted us to act, sound, look and react as a real-life veterinary technician. It was unnerving to have her watchful eye behind your shoulder while attempting a blood draw or when checking the foot of a horse, but it helped me gain confidence in myself and my ability to apply the knowledge I learned in class. Our classes were very long, ranging from 6 to 8 hours a day and 2 to 3 days a week. We had a 1 hour lunch and two breaks, it mimicked a real job, all the way down to the dress code. Hands on training with live animals was sometimes difficult to come across, as the school had kept tight regulations on the tech program. Since we were under a review process by the American Veterinary Medical Association, we had limited resources. The instructors and program director reached out to the community and we eventually gained connections, like visiting the Emergency Hospital, local barns and the humane society, where tech students could assist in the spay and neuter clinic. We eventually passed our accreditation, which meant our degrees would be honored in order to sit for our national boards after graduation. That was a relief for everyone! Overall, I felt blessed to have dedicated and caring instructors and I feel that my education over that time period was definitely beneficial to my life. I graduated in May of 2008, passed my National Veterinary Technician Exam and received my license in the state of Missouri. To this day, I am a registered technician and am currently practicing at a small animal hospital in Eugene, Oregon. I have met so many people, worked with hundreds of animals. It has become a part of who I am."