Student & Graduate Reviews
Deceived - 3/24/2015
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"I was contacted by Ashford recruiting. I explained that I was looking for a program for earning my teaching credential for the elementary level and was guaranteed that their program would help me. Foolishly I trusted what I was told. As my senior year began I had still not taken any courses towards the elementary level of education. I had questioned why all my classes were geared toward preschool and was told over and over again that this was a beginning point and that the classes I was talking about would come later. The last straw came when I was assigned a course in preschool administration. I called my academic adviser (the 7th one in 3 years) and he finally got back to me the beginning of the third week of the course (too late to drop it). After that course, I called him again and was finally able to pin him down, "No, Ashford does not offer the credential program you need to get your teaching certificate". I accused him of lying to me and he said that he never promised me I'd get my credential, that he said I would get a bachelor's degree and that all you need in most states to teach. However; from the very beginning I wanted my credential and always mentioned it when talking about my future. When I found a new university and applied for my transcript, and suddenly had a balance due. I called the finance office for an explanation and the one they gave made no sense, but I can return to classes at Ashford immediately. They won't release my transcript until I pay the balance in full as long as I want to go to another school. So, I can return to taking classes from them, but they won't let me get an education anywhere else."
alyak - 3/23/2015
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am about to finish my Bachelor's Degree at Ashford University, my experience with Ashford (Online) has been nothing but positive, every single staff member I had contact with has demonstrated excellent professionalism and promptness. As graduation time nears, I am almost sad to leave the online classroom and seriously considering signing up for a Master's in Education because I am not ready to stop learning just yet. I recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education one class at a time. I am sorry to learn there are some unhappy customers and really hope Ashford does everything possible to keep everyone at a good stand as they (Ashford) have done with me. Best of luck to all"
Graduate student - 3/23/2015
Graduation Year: 2011
"Great experience. I truly gained the knowledge and writing experience needed to enhance my current career in education. While any online program is demanding the consistent course structure was a great support for an online accelerated graduate program"
Jennifer - 3/11/2015
Graduation Year: 2009
"Wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy. They lied to me and messed my credit up and made it to where I couldn't go back to school till I had there's paid off I'm now almost 30 and finally going to nursing school to start my career. I recommend you not to do online schooling."
Treated as a number instead of as a person - 3/10/2015
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have been with Ashford university for over a year now and I don't like how they have their computers make the schedule. The computer scheduled me for a class that wasn't part of my degree plan and then it changed my degree plan to match it a few days later. I emailed my advisor about it and the only response I had gotten was that it was. I responded that I was angry about the change and willing to leave the college if they enforced this change from the computer. My schedule did get changed back, but it's been a day and a half since I responded and never got any communication from them about it. This isn't the first time the computer scheduled something incorrectly and I had to address it myself. There is no checks and balance system for their computer system and the advisors only do a little bit of the actual scheduling. It's up to the student (which has to pay full attention to the changes made in their degree plan/schedule) to ensure that the computer is doing the right thing. I would not suggest this college to anyone because they treat you as a number in their system and they will only call you if you are late on your assignments or have paper work to fill out. If it's something that they own you, good luck receiving any information on it from them unless you ask. The only reason why I'm staying in this college is because I only have 1 year left and the college I received my Associates from doesn't have a Bachelor's degree program in education."
Jay - 2/26/2015
Graduation Year: 2013
"I hate this school. It is absolutely terrible. They screwed me over completely multiple times. The last straw was when I failed a class and had to pay them back before I could even move on to any other classes. So I was working on a payment plan with my financial adviser. We started figuring something out and all of a sudden my balance/"Case" got sent to collections by some other idiot in the financial aid department. My financial aid lady said there was nothing she could do about it. (I WAS LIVID) You have somebody sitting there willing to pay you, not trying to get out of paying you and you send my my account to collections???? They suck at communicating with each other. Its ridiculous...I would have one person call me for something and the next day someone would email or call me about the same thing. (This was throughout my time there and didn't just have to do with me paying them back- which is all the cared about) I honestly felt like i was just a number to them and all they gave a crap about was the money I was paying them. I obtained 36 credits and i am 17,000 dollars IN DEBT. I know some people who obtained their bachelors degrees for under 20,000 from junior colleges/state schools. I know it is more expensive to do online schooling (I'm quite aware) but really, that much more expensive? Its absolutely mind blowing and ridiculous. WAY TO EXPENSIVE on top of it being a crappy school. They don't care about you, so don't let them fool you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, i feel like i did't learn anything. You could scoot your way through doing the bare minimum and pass. If that sounds like the right education for you, go for it. ASHFORD IS A JOKE. Btw, no I did not graduate from Ashford."
Arlam - 2/20/2015
Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2015
"On the surface Ashford is rainbows and butterflies. They love military students because they pay for the courses. The Admission shark is hot on that and sells the "discount" to you. You get enrolled and have to take prescribed courses to start then you may choose some of the schedule as you go. 1. Instructors are not on the same sheet of music. You learn the APA style in your early class work then as you go the instructors all interpret it differently and the student loses. When you ask questions 80% of the instructors who do respond write to you as if you are a burden on them and make you out to be not competent. 2. When in my last class I asked my instructor if there was an issue with an assignment since it was two weeks since the work was submitted. There was no response just a harshly graded paper. This then went to the final project as well since the instructor was upset he was asked a question. Your advisors are not always the same nor available when you need them. Sometimes it takes over a week to get a response. However, if they need something they are all over you like bees on honey. Now as I seek employment in my field of study I am being laughed away. They see Ashford on my Resume and my body of work goes from hero to zero. It is obviously not a respected University by the vast majority of America and now I must pay the price for a second , actually respected degree."
D. Floyd - 2/17/2015
Graduation Year: 2013
"A friend told me about Ashford University and I was a bit weary about attending at my age. I decided one day to give it a try and I am glad I did. I received my degree in Early Childhood Administration and now I am seriously thinking about working on my Master's Degree at Ashford University."
CharJay - 2/14/2015
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2014
"I attended Ashford University for a little over 3 1/2 years, received a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration, minored in Psychology and specialized in Public Administration. It was the best college I ever attended. The instructors, advisory and curriculum were great. I learned tremendously."
Al Gasbarra - 2/6/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
"As a military member, I found Ashford to be incredibly user friendly. As with anything, you have to take the good with the bad and no school that you attend will be 100% perfect. The professors that I had were all knowledgeable, and each had their own way of teaching and presenting material. I am not ashamed to say that I was never what you would call an "exemplary student", but the drive and determination that I had combined with the instruction and course material allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude. I am very proud of my accomplishments and would advise anyone seeking a college education to check out Ashford University."
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