Student & Graduate Reviews
Ashford Student - 7/12/2017
Graduation Year: 2018
"I have been a student at this school for over a year. Overall, I have had a great experience. But there are a few things you should know before you apply to Ashford. 1. They will take out student loans in your name without asking you. If you don't want to take out student loans, you need to sign on to pay cash. That means you won't be able to take any courses until the tuition for that course is paid in full. You need to be very clear with the financial department about your intentions. The bright side is that they do an excellent job of getting you the best deal on loans and will push to get you Pell grants. 2. The school's calendar is very different from other schools. At Ashford, you take one course at a time and they are five week long courses. This can get confusing when you are using student loans to pay for classes. Basically, 4 classes equals a semester, so that's when the school will automatically "disburse" your funds to cover the cost of tuition. Then they will let you build up a balance until the next semester and pay off the classes with the next disbursement. The good news about this set up is that if you're a pay-by-cash student, you can pay for your courses as you go (if you can afford it) instead of forking over a large sum all at once. 3. Prepare to write an 8-10 page paper every five weeks. Ashford's program is relatively easy to incorporate into the life of a full-time employee. All of the assignments are due on Mondays and Thursdays, so you don't have to stress so much about whether or not you forgot an assignment. Mondays are papers and quizzes, and Thursdays are discussion posts. Every point is worth a percentage point of your grade, 100 points total. It's been consistent for all the classes I've taken. But at the end of the five weeks, there is a final assignment that is usually an 8 - 10 page paper that is worth at least 25 percent of your grade for the class. 4. They are accreditation shoppers Ashford is accredited, but only because it bought out a failing university and then drastically changed the curriculum into the format they have now. 5. They have a high drop out rate for a reason. And it's not so sinister. The main reason people drop out of Ashford is because they don't get through the initial process. The school is very bad about communicating how things work and orientating new students, so a lot of people are shocked when they find out it's so different from a regular university and they rage quit. The second reason students report for dropping out is they think they are "too old to go back to school." In other words, they've been out of school for a long time and struggle to learn the material. The school has many successful alumni. Ashford has been a tremendous tool for me to be able to work full-time, study full-time, and still get A's. I'd like to see more schools embrace the flexibility of online education. I would recommend Ashford to a friend."
James Powell - 7/1/2017
Graduation Year: 2016
"I'm working on my second Master's Degree in Education, after having earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Language Learner Studies and a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology. I have nothing to say but good things about Ashford. The Instructors and the Academic/Financial Advisers work diligently to ensure my success. The materials are also excellent!"
Judi Jones - 6/7/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2017
"I attended Ashford University for my Bachelor's in Social and Criminal Justice. I have nothing but good things to say about this college. All of the instructor's were very helpful, as was the enrollment, financial, and student support offices. I never had any trouble receiving funds and always received responses in a timely manner. I am now continuing my education at Ashford in order to receive my Master's in Forensics. If anyone is thinking of attending this college, rest assured, you are making the right decision."
MSN - 5/31/2017
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
"Ashford University has good instructors and teaching materials. But when it comes to finances the school is very terrible. The business office and some students advisors are very misleading. I have had some many lies and misinformation about finances and finacialaid which put me into debt. I have two courses left to complete my BA in Health and Human Services with specialization in Healthcare Informatics. At the beginning of my second to the last course they said I am owing and they withdrew my classes. I am trying to get money to pay and complete my balance courses and graduate with my degree. I DO NOT THINK I WILL EVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO THIS SCHOOL."
Jessica - 5/31/2017
Graduation Year: 2019
"I love Ashford University. I have been in the Psychology program for a year almost. I expect to graduate in 2019. This school is WASC accredited and the classes are very in debth. I would recommend this school to anyone who is a motivated self starter. You have to be able to keep up with a fast paced class. The instructors are very knowledgeable and these classes you learn a lot. I work hard to get a good grade and you definetly need to stay on top of your studies. My counselors are very informative and supportive. This school is a little expensive but it is worth the quality you are paying for. Overall I rate this school with 5 stars."
Heather H - 5/26/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"DO NOT GO TO ASHFORD! Not only will you be accepted and start classes but soon after you will be required to prove 19-20 documents proving who you are and then when they dont feel you sent them in on time you will be pulled from any completed classes you may have gotten through, your credits erased and you have to start all over again! This school is a joke! now im stuck in it! I filed my fafsa again this yer and have to go through another 19-20 documents to prove to the college who i am! and now im 18 credits in and at risk of having it all erased! and having to pay for it at my own expense. its a rip off please save yourself the time and hassle. i go to school online bc i am disabled and cant make it out of the house and now have to try and find a way to have papers notarized and sent in when i am house bound and all the staff does is say oh well... its a waste dont bother go to another school one that isnt getting sued left and right because im completely out of luck now!"
Kenneth Trusty - 5/24/2017
Graduation Year: 2020
"My company is paying for the entire process, and I'm not sure if I would have chosen Ashford if that weren't the case. However, I'm not sure if I would have ever perused my degree if they hadn't offered to pay for it. Staff is professional and tentative, courses are easy to understand, and I enjoy the flexibility. I am on my 6th course and have yet to feel challenged. With that being said, I would say I'm not a moron but I wouldn't classify myself as very bright person, yet somehow I have received all A's. Ashford from my point of view is a do it, try your personal best, and get a good grade program. Since my company is paying for my education I have no worries about them accepting the validity of my degree. However if I do decide to leave my current place of employment, I'll have my fingers crossed that they take into consideration my experience along with my degree. Just beginning my education with Ashford has gotten me a promotion and a nice pay increase, so I would say do it! Enroll! But with that being said, make sure you finish what you start. Simply paying Ashford does not guarantee your degree; you have to get your work done on time, and follow directions. Grind now. Shine later"
Theresa Conkle - 5/19/2017
Graduation Year: 2018
"This college charged me for classes I was not enrolled in and they also changed my grade for classes I took. I wish that I had printed my information instead of trusting this school. My problem now is that I have a 10,000. dollar loan that this school has turned in and is on my credit. They are also taking my income tax for this loan that I should not have to owe. If I would have known about the lawsuit that was taking place I would have added my name to the list. So with all of this said I believe if they would clear my loan and dismiss it I would remove all of my comments that are negative against this college."
Jazmine Tokalautawa - 5/17/2017
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"Ashford University made returning to school less of a hassle being a single mother as well as working full time. The staff and Professor that I had dealt with on a daily basis throughout my education were always understand of personal circumstances that would arise due to my sons health. In addition, they are fast at responding to email and phone calls regarding my education and always willing to help the best way that they could. Even with being an alumni of Ashford I am still contacted by staff in regards to potential job offers and career events and training."
Brooke - 5/6/2017
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I was nervous to start an all online program but I did it anyways and I'm glad I did. I have read reviews of teachers and staff not being very helpful, but honestly when I first started I received one call a week from my advisor checking on me and making sure I was understanding things. I felt like it was too much for me but I know that they were just trying to be helpful. The online classroom is really easy to understand and I am able to work school around my busy schedule. It is more expensive than going to a local community college but this is the only way I could manage getting my degree. I am excited that they also have a real graduation ceremony and that I will get to visit San Diego! I live in SC and have never been that far west!"
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