Student & Graduate Reviews
Catherine Green Ellis - 2/11/2020
Graduation Year: 2019
"I entered Ashford Feb 2018 taking educational courses to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Education. I completed my program with high honors Oct 2019. Every time I inquired about taking courses pertaining to my content area I was rerouted to someone else, but was never answered. August of 2019 I received an email from academic advisor with an after graduation action plan. As I went through the action plan it kept rerouting me to other schools to obtain my licensing. When I finally spoke to someone about my degree and licensing, I was told I have to get an alternative license from the state I live in. It's now four months after my graduation I am told have to go back to another school in my state to obtain another 32 hours to get an alternative teachers license. This was a complete waste of my time and money. I was told today, Feb 11, 2020, that none of their degrees lead to licensing, that they lead to alternatives to licensing. THIS SCHOOL IS FRAUDULENT. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO OBTAIN A DEGREE WHERE YOU NEED LICENSING, THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL FOR YOU. Disappointed Student, Catherine Green Ellis"
Christina - 2/11/2020
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2024
"This school is awful! Let just start by stressing the cost for credits! They are a rip off.... I am paying half the cost at another university for better education. They act like they care yet every time I called regarding my back financial aide they said I wasn’t able to get it because I owed 1300 for failing a class which is fine but they charged me and took that from my credit refund so it didn’t make any sense why I still had a balance. So they sent it to collections and I withdrew from the university immediately. It’s rather upsetting that I pid $300 on this bill just to find out that they had no intentions on reimbursing it in the first place like they ensured me that they would. Anyways it’s a confusing story but the moral of the story is they took 300 from pocket plus they kept 1300 out of my credit refund. And on top of that sent a bill to collections stating that I owed them 1300!!!!!! Sad excuse for a school and shame shame shame for ripping off people like that!"
Linda Nguyen - 1/18/2020
Graduation Year: 2023
"I was shocked at all the negative reviews for the University. Mostly about billing and debt. I was never one to focus too much on reviews because there's so many good and bad reviews that would confuse me. Glad I didn't. I have a 20% discount through a business relationship Ashford has with my employer, as well as waiving the tech and book fees. Which I am blessed and so grateful for, but even if I did not have this, it would be okay. These bad reviews need to realize that degrees cost money, it could cost a fortune. There are people that end up in debt for decades because of student loans. That is normal, that is why scholarships and grants were created. There are cheaper school options! Go there instead. My experience at Ashford so far has been pleasant. The process was simple. They even reimbursed me the amount my old college was charging for my transcript. It is 'easy to manage' classes and workload if you have proper discipline. I have maintained 4.0 GPA."
Bridget Mitchell - 1/17/2020
Graduation Year: 2019
"I can't say enough positive things about Ashford. My daughter convinced me to apply in the Summer of 2017 because she had graduated, from Ashford,with her Bachelor's. Upon my first contact to the end, I had always been treated with respect. My academic advisor and instructors were top notch. I had a bad flu before starting one of my courses and I knew that I would not be able to concentrate. My AA helped me fill out an academic leave form so that I could start the class later. I really appreciated her for that service. Online education is not for the undisciplined. The work is quality and hard. If you don't like to write papers, then maybe you should attempt to do online education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude on October 13, 2019, made the Dean's list every term, and was in the honor society. Ashford University was the best experience in education for this non-traditional student, and now alumni."
Romina Mallea - 12/13/2019
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2023
"At first, Ashford seems like the perfect school. The admissions people are friendly and make the whole process so simple. The platform online is easy to use, though a bit glitchy, but easy to over look. They provide you with free Microsoft Office and Grammarly. Where they fell short with me is when the enrollment advisor, Ana Monroy, dropped the ball big time. She failed to submit the form that SHE had me fill out that would apply my 20% off tuition discount from my employer. On top of that, the $115 and $95 fees were to be waived as part of the corporate partnership they had with Ashford. These didn't get applied until just last week. That's almost 6 months after I started my FIRST class. This might not sound like a huge deal, but it snowballed into student debt that screwed me. See, if everything had gone the way it should have, the discounts would have been applied for the 4 classes of the term, plus my grant and student loans, my balance with Ashford would have been $90. I would've paid that and I would be at $0 and I could then submit my tuition reimbursement to my employer to help pay off those loans, that's just over $3,400, I was eligible for up to $5,200. Fast forward to now, I no longer work for said employer, so now because of Ashford's huge screw up I have some very unplanned debt, slowly accruing interest. The icing on the cake was 2 months in when I tried to talk to my advisor, Nicholas Schleicher, and the person in charge of the corporate discount disbursement, made me feel like I was crazy and that I needed to submit this form. I humored them and did it. It got declined because I wasn't eligible. Once they finally figured it all out, it took them almost 4 months to backdate everything and fix their mistake. I have officially de-enrolled from Ashford as I have learned they are not trust worthy. I do not recommend them. If you're considering Ashford, please be very very cautious and be persistent or you'll get no where. If I had just accepted the declination of discounts, I would be in a bigger hole. The amount of stress it caused is immeasurable. The way it affected me at work, was the worst, my boss saw me bawling after I finally told him why I haven't been myself that week. Now because of all this, my ex employer can't/won't honor my reimbursement. In summary, Ashford University sucks. They just suck."
Tamara Pacheco - 12/5/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"Ashford University was a fantastic school option. As a military member, Ashford University was able to be flexible with my schedule, able to accept my Tuition Assistance, as well as offered military grants and support networks for veterans. They offer accelerated classes, only five weeks long. This made achieving my bachelor's quicker, easier, and overall great experience. The advisors were fantastic and very knowledgeable. I have no complaints about any of the professors. Every professor was knowledgeable in the course they were teaching, very helpful, accommodating, and easily reachable. I was able to contact my instructors easily and always received a timely, respectful, and helpful response. Since leaving Ashford, the university has been active in trying to recruit me to further my education, they have been very active in notifying me of scholarship and grant options, as well as enabling networking and connecting. Although all my courses were online, I feel such a sense of community and connectedness with my peers. I feel prepared and excited to take on the next step of my career and begin utilizing the information I learned from Ashford University and its staff. Although I did not choose to continue my education with Ashford, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to further their education and gain knowledge in any field. Especially those in the Armed Forces, as Ashford will go above and beyond to ensure you can receive a proper education and skill by the time you complete your degree. I feel better prepared to take on my next step in my education because of Ashford University."
Jamie Kouba - 9/30/2019
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019
"I loved everything about Ashford University! I was really nervous to be going back to school after taking an eighteen-year hiatus to raise my daughter. I was also working part-time and didn't know if I'd be able to manage it all. As it turns out, I excelled! I ended up graduating Summa Cum Laude in English and in Cultural Anthropology. I finished two bachelor's degrees in just four years! The teachers were great. The classwork was challenging. I loved the flexibility of the online format. I was a bit thrown off to find out that the classes were only 5 weeks long, but quickly adapted to that. I really liked the financial aid office and the advisors too. Everyone was always very helpful. My advisor checked in with me about once a month, for my first year, and then once several months for the rest of the time that I was in school. When I did have a problem, which wasn't often, I heard back from him practically the minute that I sent an email saying that I had a problem. The only issue that I ever had was that because the teachers weren't local to me, they didn't have any advice on local connections to make for internships or future career moves. Luckily, I saw that as a potential problem going in and used some of my course work to make connections with the local archaeologist. Which, coincidently is how I ended up picking my Master's program, that I got accepted into because of the great letters of recommendation that my teachers at Ashford wrote!"
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE!!!! - 9/23/2019
Degree: Other Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please go to a community college this place is a ripoff!! This place is terrible and they will not do anything but take your time and money. Save yourself while you still have time and go elsewhere. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111"
Anne - 9/20/2019
Degree: Library Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"I had filled out their request for information while doing research on colleges I can attend for my Bachelors and Masters in Library Science but after looking at some reviews I decided not to pursue Ashford and I said this to the person that called me. I was kind but honest upfront. I am no longer interested. I was very upset when for the next three days I kept receiving phone calls from them. I gave them a chance and heard them out. The guy on the phone passed me over to an adviser but before that he assured me that they had the program I was pursuing....The adviser literally said '' I didn't know you needed a Masters Degree to be a librarian.'' and had little to no knowledge on the program and In fact I had to educate him on MLA and ALA credentials. I asked to just send the information to my email (Mostly to just get him off the phone) and he agreed...He never asked for the email and then hung up. So an adviser doesn't know the programs they have or have any recommendations that would be helpful????"
Candace - 9/19/2019
Graduation Year: 2022
"I failed a class and had a balance of $3000.93 due for it. I had to make a payment in full or make a payment on it or else, my classes would have a hold on them so I withdrew (I was unemployed at the moment because my car was out of service and didnt have money to pay for cabs). One representative was very rude to me telling me it takes two people to communicate and you should have checked your emails regarding this matters and other things, since I told her I took the class in December and wasnt notified about my classes being on hold until May 2019. Had I known about this policy, I would have never applied. People fail classes all the time and retake them. Luckily and thankfully, I am back in school, going to the school I initially wanted to attend (Ultimate Medical Academy) and is excelling. Everyone doesnt have a negative experience which is great but I did."
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