Student & Graduate Reviews
valbee - 7/5/2014
Graduation Year: 2014
"I am completely satisfied with my bachelor's degree in accounting. I've found the education at Ashford University to be very challenging for this specific major, comparing to San Diego State University where I used to take classes. The only thing I didn't like about the school is the structure the virtual classrooms; indeed, the professors were mostly lazy enough for providing any videos or video lectures. Other than that, it was a quite pleasant experience, and I know what I'm paying for.I am not sure if online education is for everybody but I never enjoyed the classrooms at the State University, where it's usually packed, and people can skip the whole semester as long as they pass the exams. Actually, in most state schools the tests/exams in business programs are multiple choice, which is a very primitive way in education. I loved lots of writing and research at Ashford, looking at the IRS, SEC, FASB and other websites. By the way- it is a priceless skill for any accountant to be able to do a research, especially when the laws and regulations in business and taxation constantly change. I would recommend this school to people with an experience in the field or to those who plan to get a Master's degree afterwards at a more prestigious, classy school. Unfortunately, employers still look down at online degrees, but if you combine it with a decent Master's program- it is a great idea. Also, if your BA/BS in Accounting was online, make sure to pass CPA, then you are all set. Good luck!"
JClark21 - 5/31/2014
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2013
"I graduated with my degree in October of 2013 and since have been accepted to and offered scholarships at 4 law schools. The school requires you to work and if you don't have self discipline and time management you will not succeed. I think that the negative reviews on the school are from those who assumed an online degree would be an easy way to advance their career. If you work and really rely on yourself to extract the knowledge from the courses you will come away with a great appreciation when the degree finally arrives in the mail. I attended 3 years at a traditional university prior to finishing at Ashford, I am not saying that Ashford is a replacement for traditional education options because it is not, however for someone with work and a family it is a good way to still better yourself and your life."
MEB - 5/27/2014
Graduation Year: 2013
"Ashford University is the worst school I have ever been to... they Administration Department is a Joke. If you can choose any other online program, do it, and stay far far away from Ashford. Right from the get go I had issue after issue, now I am stuck where I cannot finish my degree due to a dispute with the University, caused by the University staff, and when I appealed to the University, the same staff members who caused the issue were the ones reviewing the dispute, and shockingly deemed no resolution possible. If I knew in 2011 when I signed up what I know now, I would have run in the opposite direction screaming. If you want to finish your degree with the smallest headache possible, stay away. The entire grievance resolution, dispute resolution, and financial aid services departments are run by morons, with Dr. P at the fore front as leading moron."
J.S. - 4/3/2014
Graduation Year: 2011
"I began my undergraduate degree in psychology at an on campus, 4 year university with a great reputation. However, due to health issues, I had to choose: I could either finish online or wait several years before I could finally complete my BA. I chose the latter and I am incredibly grateful I did. Ashford's programs, while not perfect (whose are?), were very comparable to the other online courses I took before entering the school. Basically, it was organized, straight-forward, and you got out of the class what you were willing to put into it, and I liked being able to just focus on one class at a time. I know Ashford has made big improvements to their degree programs over the past couple of years and as an alumni who receives the "Ashford Alumni" emails, the support and webinars for job-seeking graduates is great, more than I've seen at any school hands down. I am now enrolled in a Master's program at a highly-regarded university and I am well-prepared as I learned how to be an individual learner, how to seek out answers, and how to manage in an increasingly technological educational world. My advice: carefully evaluate your options, and if online is your best bet, then do the work and put the time in. Read, work to improve your writing, and learn to use available resources if you need help rather than settling. If you're not up for that, then this isn't a good option as this is a self-directed program. If you are up for it, this is a great way to go! Good luck!"
Michelle - 3/21/2014
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2013
"My experience was not so great at first. I transferred to Ashford with 96 hours and I had them to make sure and check to see would everything transfer because I really wanted to come out early. I was tired of college and just wanted to completed my degree. After three months of attending and doing great in all three classes they nocked me back down to fifty seven hours and I got with the transferring department and told them that they had transferred ninety six hours three month early and everything was fine. I was so upset but I stayed with them. I went on and later they told me that I needed a class that I know I didn't really need so they add three more hours to my degree, and I'm glad that I found that in which that was a plus for me one less class that I did not have to take. But the truth is if I would of changed my degree choice to Early Childhood or Physchology I would I graduated early than what I did. I was looking at a year but I ended up going twenty six months. At the end I was glad that I stayed with them it was only the two major problem that I had to deal with but it was hell just dealing with them lying to me, I did not want to transfer to another University and they might have been worse than what I was already going through, I'm glad that I had the opportunity to complete my degree and over all I would rate them with a 7 out of 10. It could of been worse like some of the other review that I had a chance to read. some good, and some bad. But try to make sure you check with other people and just remember that everyone is not going to have the same experience as you and really I'm glad that I did finally finish. They filling I can not describe what I felt to receive that degree in the mail. Just love it. So everybody out there good luck and make the best of the school that you choose and always be careful. I wish it would of been perfect but tell me what school is?"
Deborah Subbuoas - 3/9/2014
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"I truly had a great experience in my online education. Because it is my learning style. I started online in 2007 finished with my Masters Degree in 2011. If you do not like sitting in a classroom and your learning style is online go for it. I am ever so grateful for online education. Some people need someone to stand in front of them for learning and others do not. Depends on your learning style. I had a great experience through Ashford University and I have know regrets. Thank you good luck on your final decision."
H.J. H. - 2/17/2014
Degree: Organizational Leadership
"This is my third year at Ashford and am two weeks away from finishing the last class for my B.A. in Organizational Management. I have never had one problem with this school. I have had teachers that I did not like, and one actually killed my 4.0 GPA, but that was in my first year. There was one other class I did not attain an A in and that would have killed it for me anyway. That was all on me. This experience was smooth going, outside of some of the classes I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish homework, but that's part of it. They contacted me one time and one time only about continuing on with my Masters Degree. When I told them no, that was it, I have heard nothing since. No harassment, no constant calls. There has not been one issue with financial aspects either, in fact, they have always bent over backwards to assist in resolving any issues. This school is fully accredited, and within the past year received accreditation from the Western Region, so those who say they are not recognized are grossly mis-informed or are just slanderous. They also formed a partnership with Forbes School of Business. Forbes has a solid reputation to uphold, and if anybody thinks that Forbes would put their name on or associate with any unethical school, that person is out of their head. As for the "for profit" issue. Yes, they are for profit, but you know what, they don't get the hundreds of thousands of dollars from selling out 100,000 seat football stadiums, the universities the same ones that use college athletes to make millions of dollars from televised sports and the NCAA money. All of this is also free advertising. I took several online college classes from a public university and compared to Ashford, they were garbage. The teachers there may respond a week later - well after an assignment was due. Ooops, too late, guess who took the hit? I did. At Ashford, very rarely did I not receive timely responses from any of my teachers. There was a couple of times where it took a few days, but nothing like at the other university. These people are disgruntled for some reason, or they may be posers, just trying to trash talk. Some may have had valid complaints, but this school is dealing with 90,000 students, and I am certain there are hiccups in the system. As for me, in two weeks I will have my degree, and in May, I will walk across the stage an honor grad. It wasn't easy, it's not a diploma mill, and I certainly worked my butt off. Thank you."
ARW - 2/16/2014
Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2014
"First, I would like to say regardless of what expectations for a degree are, a member will only get what they put into an on-line degree program. There is obviously a decent amount of self motivation and accountability. If you fail to read the text, offer critical analysis, and this results in poor grades on assignments and discussion posts, that is not the instructors fault. I am in my seventh MBA course through Ashford and found the course work appropriate for a graduate level work (much harder than brick and mortar BS); however, at no point have I felt this degree is "automatic" or "guaranteed". I have certainly put in hundreds of hours of work in pursuit of this degree and learned quite a bit, my GPA reflects as such. It has been reported that Ashford has a high drop out rate and before we start pointing fingers at the Ashford staff, we should look at those numbers of students who find dropped from classes for such actions as; not citing properly, failing to meet minimum standards, and not showing the ability for such a degree. I accredit Ashford for holding a line. It is when we let "failure to meet" slip through, that the integrity in the system is lost and everyone gets a trophy mentality prevails failing to create high performers. I did have a rough patch with the Financial Advisor that was frustrating; however, not an issue that couldn't be worked through or dealt with like professionals. My student advisor has been amazing since day one and gone out of his way to assist in anything I've addressed with him. The instructors have gotten back with me on course work questions within minutes to no more than 24 hours. The tuition is higher than not for profit schools, but Ashford doesn't hide the fact they are a "for profit" school. Many of the negative reviews seem to be a lack of research on the students part in deciding life-altering decisions and investments. Everyone's situation is vitally different than the next, so the fact that one employer scoffs at a degree from a certain University doesn't mean another one won't accept it with open arms. Perhaps an employer is stating a degree is the reason someone fails to secure the job; however, it was the GPA or other resume fodder than drives that decision. We will never truly know. The issue is that much of this is subjective and should be looked at with an objective eye for real situational awareness. Do your research, dedicate your time to offer your best, and when "life" doesn't work out how someone promised you don't take the victim role, adjust and re-fire. If you paid for a degree you can't use, I argue that is indecisiveness and direction on your part and not the institutions fault to know what it is you want out of life. As an active duty mother of three, with an extremely taxing work schedule, I have plenty of reasons to complain (in case the news hasn't reported we are cutting over 25,000 active duty military by Jan '15 in already resource constrained organization), but have chosen to find success. Ashford holds the capability and ability to bring you along successfully, but not without personal sacrifice and dedication."
Natsuo, W. - 1/18/2014
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2012
"Ashford University provided me the opportunity to finish my degree while working full-time and raising a two year old child with my Wife. My experience with Ashford was a positive one. I greatly improved my communication skills, which in part also improved my leadership skills. I would definitely recommend this technology savvy university to anyone that is looking to improve their career prospects/outlook."
kymm - 12/29/2013
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2012
"Ashford is no different from any other online school such as phoenix, Walden or Capella,its hard to satisfy some people. I will be graduating with my Masters in 2014 and the work was difficult. All my professors were PhD leveled educators with a lot of experience. ALL THE COMPLAINTS HERE ARE PERSONAL (FINANCIAL AID ISSUES, BAD GRADES,STAFF WITH ATTITUDES). I read above, someone was mad due a bad grade. Hello! You earned it. I had NOOOOOO problems, my grades were earned, financial aid went smoothly and the staff was nice to me. In an online format it takes a lot of dedication and discipline. I worked 40hr/wk and studied at least 20hr/wk. One comment above: This school is not recognized in the US, REALLY!. If that was true, then why would the US dept of education (THE GOVERNMENT)allow us to borrow money to a non-accreditation school. It's a known fact, If a school is on the list at the dept. of education, then it is accredited. This school is accredited and they have a real brick and mortar in Iowa. I attended the ceremony for my BA at Ashford university. I've checked out many online schools reviews and each one has the same complaints, even top rated schools."
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