Sanford-Brown College Reviews

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24% of 51 students said this degree improved their career prospects
24% of 51 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 9/15/2012
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"A year ago my boyfriend and I went to the school because we got a phone call, he wanted to certified as a pharmacy tech....well they have lip (can definitely make people believe they are a "good school") they told us "oh Sanford brown is the bestof the best" and that they don't accept criminals and that they guaranteed we'd find a job with the education offered there. Well first of all, we had to pay for our certification $100 and plus tuition and fees for the PHARMACY TECH course which can be offered at any comm college for no more than $3000, and this gay school charged us $12000(as IF it was really worth it).....there were soo many people in that school who had murder charges etc. (now I'm talking about the one in hillside illinois) but yeah...people with tattoos people who came in late to class all the time and were never dropped. It was definitely not what we were expecting at all. At least not what we were they are paying for the certification (or so I heard) and we called because we believe we should get a refund since we are paying $12000 for absolutely NOTHING and they won't refund the money!!!! Yeah this school is full of rats who want to take all your money for an education that you can learn some place else for cheaper. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME....:( I regret ever going here soooooo much!!"
lisa smith
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2011
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"I have recently expressed interest in SB's Cardivacular Sonagraphy program. I have had enough bad experiences to research a school I would like to attend. So far, this school is not impressing me at all. I spoke to a representive (Crystal) at the Boston site. I let her know right of the bat that I did not wish to waste either of out time. I was certain this program was something I wanted. And I asked her " How many credits does one need to qualify for this program?" Easy question right? Her response: "What do you mean?" I don't have that information in front of me right now." My 2nd question; "Is your program accredited be the CAAHEP?" Her response; "I couldn't tell you there is no one here to answer that for me right now." Right off I see from her short snappy responses that this is not someone who is either qualified for her job or adequate customer service skills even to work at...I don't know say...MCDONALDS!!!! I agreed to meet with her next week just because I am ready to make a change in my finacial situation and realize that I need a an degree fast! I am going to go armed with some of the reviews on this site. I agree with one thing, and thats you get out what you put in! It sounds pricey but I'm willing to do it."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2011
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  • Graduation Year: 2011
"The lies began as soon as i walked in the door. Admission lied to me about everything. They said my credits would transfer and that school would only cost me 11,000. In the end im stuck paying 15,000 back! NO school will take my credits because sanford brown is a curse! I've had NO help from them in finding a job, that they promised! No employer will hire me because of sanford brown! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!!!!!!!"
Jenni T.
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2011
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"I was very excited to start school and start a new life. Sanford Brown made it seem like I would fly threw school and get a job right away. It has been nothing but problems. I am all done with my classes and I have started my clinical but they have made it very difficult to complete my program. Very money hungry school. They don't care about the students what so ever."
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2011
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"I just wanted to say that I just completed the Associate of Applied Science Medical Assisitng program at Sanford-Brown College in Mclean, VA. I have to say that i received a 4.0 GPA and still no job. I had so many problems when I dealt with my externship because the office could not get the timesheets right when I faxed or e-mailed them. I never understood why the personnel dept will call you about being out of class 1 day because I could not get to class because my commute to my externship site to the school was almost 1 hour. Called me for that? Now, they do not tell you about the expense of the externship that is posted on your student account which is more than the tuition itself. When I had my exit interview and had a balance on my account the financial aid office gave me information on taking more classes for medical billing & coding. I am still paying for the 2 year loan for the school now worth too much....$28,000, down the tubes. I have no job and a lot of debt. Their television ads say it all - we cannot guarantee you a job or salary. They do no not tell you about the loans and debts to them you have to pay and the harassment. Thanks for nothing!"
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2011
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"I have been a student here at Sanford Brown College for 6 months now and this place is a joke! The entire staff runs around not know whats going on. They spend more time trying to figure out who's doing what or what they are supposed to be doing and no one really worries about the students. Now the admission staff is VERY misleading because they will make you believe this place is amazing. But seriously what was I thinking? The first floor of this "school" building is a bank, the 3 floors abouve it are continuouly under construction (which is very loud and heard in EVERY classroom), and then there are a few floors designated for classes. Don't make the same mistake I did! Go to El Centro instead!!!! They are WAY cheaper and a much better school!!! This place is RIDICULOUS!!!!"
Lorene Proctor
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2011
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"After completing the Medical Billing and Coding program at Sanford Brown College late last year, I will entering school again this summer to pursue another major. As an institution this place sucks. I had a total of 4 teachers. Two were good, one wasn't up to par, and the fourth one was terrible. The admissions "counselors" will descend on you like a pack of rabid wolves when you show up to tour the school and obtain program information. After your tour, they will most likely try to dissuade you from attending the program you're most interested in. They're there to SELL SEATS IN CLASSES. So they have to fill up classroom seats in the least popular programs. It's a numbers game. Don't bother making any complaints about your program to the administration - nothing will ever be done about them, and your concerns will be swept under the rug. After 10 months of less that adequate schooling, I have been left with thousands of dollars in debt, and no new career in site. Oh - the "career counselors" are the worst of all. They provide absolutely NO help in finding you a job. I'm not quite sure what they do - but they definitely don't actively look for job leads or potential positions for you. I graduated with a 3.77 average, have a background in healthcare, and still can't find anything. Don't waste your time, energy, or money."
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2010
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"I just wanted to write a warning to perspective students looking for information about this school. I went in one day for some information about the Medical Diagnostic Sonography Program. I spoke with admissions counselor Ebony Gantt. Because I did not have the collective college credits required to go directly into the sonography program, I given a list of various other programs I could take as a pre-requisite to qualify for the program. I chose the Medical Assistant course. I was told by Ms. Gantt that the course was nine months long. It is in fact a year program. I was also told that once the course was completed, I could go directly into the sonography program. That is not true, once the medical assistant program is completed, I would still be five credits short of being allowed into the sonography program. Those five additional credits are NOT obtainable at Sanford Brown Institue. I was additionally told by Ms. Gantt that their sonography program as well as the medical assistance program were ACCREDITED programs. This is also false. The ONLY accredited program offered by Sanford Brown Institute is their Surgical Tech program. Upon hearing the programs were falsely represented to me, I decided to go to Keiser University. Their program IS accredited, the site link to Tallahassee accredidations supports this. It also clearly shows Sanford Brown does not hold any of the accredidations their counselors maintain, the only exception being the surgical tech program. There was alot of resistance given when I requested my application fee be refunded as the 3 day period to change my mind had passed. I pursued this with the Director of Admissions who agreed the program was falsely represented by admissions, and he agreed to refund my application fee. I am still waiting for it. Word to the wise- DO YOUR RESEARCH. Know where you can find information on your own so that you do not fall victim to the admission counselors of this school."
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2010
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"Honestly, at every school you have to apply yourself. Also, it really goes without mentioning, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! This is especially trua about SBC.. I easily maintained a 4.0 in the school by just applying myself. Not worrying about how nice or mean the teacher was. That is called childish. All colleges have ignorant students that choose to waste their time on frivolous things like arguing and actually liking someone, when that particular point had NOTHING to do with their agenda. I didn't try to get along with teachers, I tried to understand the work. If you are complaining about how things are portrayed, how are you ever going to be successful in a career related position where you will run into the same type of person? And guess what, they will probably be over you.. So my advice to any prospective student trying to go to any college is you get what you pay for, know what your agenda is before you go back to school, and when you get there-focus. Who knows, you may even be successful.. I graduated from SBC with a starting position at Wellstar at $17.50 an hour.. And I run into the same personalities that I observed at school. The difference is, I am not going to let it hinder my paycheck...Do not let it hinder yours."
  • Reviewed: 6/24/2010
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"Thank you so much for these reviews to this school!!!.. I was about to make the biggest mistake that was going to cost me $13,000. I had this vibe with this school, it seemed to good. By reading this comments everything was true about this school and the recruiter. Once I told her I will not be attending and I wanted to cancel everything..she was upset..and she said that I was asking so many questions and just wasn't right. I was like " you serious" I'm not gonna sit here and just let you tell me what i want to hear and not have any questions!.. Just beware of this school!!!! and her!!!...Do your research first!!!!"