Student & Graduate Reviews
Tammy Lea Taylor - 8/11/2012
Graduation Year: 2014
"I have tried one other college online before Ashford and wasn't happy with it. I gave it a second try with Ashford and have loved my experience.. the staff is so helpful and the instructors are first rate. The website is easy to navigate and the course material is challenging and yet interesting."
Deborah Cooper - 8/9/2012
Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2013
"I was recommended to attend Ashford University over 3 years ago. Then, I was impressed by what the admissions advisor shared about the school. I reviewed some of the programs offered by Ashford but failed to see if it was a profit or non-profit school. I spent two years with this school exceeding well but realized as I spent many hours of study and writing research papers and realized that I didn't have much time to write essays for scholarships.However, I had direct loans and pell grants available until now. The academic advisor is also the financial aid advisor. I'm concerned about how Ashford University would assigned the same person to handle more than one part of the student's account. I have 25 credit hours to complete the bachelor's program in Public Relations.Right now, I'm facing some financial challenges because of mistakes I made in choosing to attend for profit schools. Some students are misled and left out because most of their time was place in a school that's under share holder's support. Some for profit schools value their name more than the achievements of their students."
Matt Hill - 8/7/2012
Graduation Year: 2013
"I will make this review short. I was very hesitant to attended this university due to many negative reviews. I am now on my sixth class and loving it! The first couple of classes were pretty much a joke but a good way to get back into the swing of things. I am not finding the classes challenging and that is exactly what I am looking for. My advisers have always been timely in their responses as well as the financial department. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking to go back to school.Hope this helps!PS The Ashford University apple app is awesome!"
noneya - 8/2/2012
"I attend Ashford for two years. Everything was going great until I delivered my baby six weeks early. I called the school to inform them that I had my baby and I need to drop the class I was in the middle of.Instead of dropping the class and giving me a leave of absence, they kept me enrolled. I fail both classes and was academically dismissed. The coursework was okay and the instructors were helpful but they lack compassion and humanity. Just know that Ashford is good school until you have an emergency and get dropped like a bad habit."
Lucy Mitchell - 7/31/2012
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"I have been a student at this school since April 2011. I have enjoyed myself so far and am 1/3 of the way done with my BA degree. I feel the coursework is appropriate (not to hard nor too easy) and out of like 13 instructors so far, I can't really complain about any of them. They respond to me in a timely manner and make comments on your work which at times is really helpful or motivating. I can say that my first academic advisor was a joke; he called me my first month of school and never heard back from him. The lady I have now I find very helpful and I appreciate her effort to check up on me even though I am doing just fine. I like that the courses are only 5 weeks long, this causes course to fly by.It seems to me that everybody who is complaining on here is due to financial aide and responses from faculty. Are you guys complaining because you only are going to school for your stipend? (what it sounds like to me) then I feel if you have to constantly ask questions to your instructors; maybe online learning is not for you and you should stick to the "traditional" classroom.ASHFORD UNIVERSITY ROCKS!!!"
Joel - 7/29/2012
Graduation Year: 2013
"The biggest issue that people seem to have with Ashford is the processing of their financial aid. I’m in the military and Uncle Sam pays for my school, so no issues there. Ashford also gave me about 38 semester hours worth of military training, so that was a plus.Some of the classes were pretty easy, and some were very tough. I can’t really say that I’ve had a bad instructor; the majority of them have been great. I did have a terrible student advisor at one point, but I requested to get a new one and the school accommodated my request. If you are the type of person that has to have their hand held with everything, then you probably shouldn’t take courses here. I’ve had a great time here!!"
Jordan Dollins - 7/25/2012
Graduation Year: 2011
"Well, it's difficult to know where to begin. The education at Ashford is ok, but if you want your credits to transfer to another school, they will transfer, but the majority will not transfer as the equivilant for what you need at your next school. For instance, most of my credits only transferred as general electives, and did not help my degree. It put me 1 1/2 years behind in my degree. However, that isn't my main complaint with Ashford, it's the complete lack of customer service when it comes to the financial aspect of school.I first had problems right before I graduated. I was notified 2 weeks before I graduated that I didn't have enough money in loans to cover my tuition, and they advised me to take out a different kind of loan, which I apparently qualified for. I was told that the loan had to be applied for before I graduated so they rushed the paperwork, and I was told that all of my finances were in order and the loan did go through. This was in mid December 2011. Then on July 19th 2012 I received a final demand letter stating that I owed $995, and that if I did not pay within 10 days I would start accruing interest rates up to 33.33%. I have been on the phone all week trying to find out what was going on and I was told that the loan I took out in December was not accepted and was sent back to my lenders. I have been transferred to at least 10 different representatives and none of them can answer my questions about this issue. Keep in mind, that I have already graduated, and have my degree on my wall which according to Ashford rules you cannot have your degree untill all financial issues are resolved. Because of this problem, I have now not been allowed to have my official transcripts sent to the school I was going to attend this fall. Also, I possibly may have my credit ruined if the situation is not resolved. I do not have an extra $995 sitting around to pay this all at once. If i did I would never have taken the loan out in the first place.While I'm on this topic. I also had another problem back in april with a final demand letter. They made ANOTHER mistake and refunded and extra $300 to me in a check, that I wasn't supposed to get. I had no way of knowing this, and I cashed the check, and put it in my savings account. Again, I received a final demand letter with no prior notice. I ended up just sending a check because I hadn't spent the money but it took weeks to figure out what happened in the first place. So please listen, I am not a person who doesn't pay their bills. I have very good credit and usually have very few complaints, but please if you want to save yourself a LOT of hassle and stress, DO NOT attend Ashford University! It is the worst experience I have ever had with a school. My mother and sister-in law also attended at the same time, and both had some issues of their own. Thank you for reading."
Alicia - 7/24/2012
Graduation Year: 2012
"When I first started in 2010 I was recommending this school to everyone. Well December 2011 I was dropped from a class for no reason because it was the Christmas break I could not reach anyone to find out what's going on until after the break.Well I finished in May 2012 received my dimopla. Towards the end of June I am getting emails about financial aid and the it would hit my account in July. Then I look in July and I am being charged full price for a class I have already paid for. I called about in july and I was told that they would call me back but I have not heard from anyone. I call I get the run around everytime. I don't recommend this school to anyone."
Taaron - 7/9/2012
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"I am a full-time Campus student at Ashford's one residential campus and I honestly love this school. It is small but all of the staff members go out of their way to help you succeed. Some more than others but they all make an effort.Some of the classes are extremely easy but this school doesn't just hand out degrees. Most of the professors expect your best and won't accept less. A lot of my classes push me and challenge me and my academic advisor has been there every step of the way to help guide me to obtaining my degree in the best possible way.A lot of the bad reviews are going to come from people who just want easy As or just to barely pass and get their degree. If you want a school like that then this is not the school for you. You actually have to earn your degree here. Ashford doesn't get the praise that they deserve. You have to remember, this is a fairly new school, online and campus. Competing against schools who have been around forever. It seems as though politicians and accredidation companies are seeking to make an example out of Ashford and to punish them for being a for profit school.Personally, I feel like I am earning my degree here. I work my butt off for my good grades and I feel like when I graduate, the employers should consider that and not what they hear about Ashford."
greg - 7/6/2012
"I hope my review is helpful because I read some that are so off-base, I felt it necessary to provide a personal note.Where do I begin? OK, for starters, this is not Harvard, Yale or the University of Chicago; but you will get a quality education, if you are truly committed to higher education. If you are seeking an education that is practical and valuable, then you should consider attending Ashford University.It is noticeable that complaints about this school are for the most part, related to financial aid. I have attended this school since 2010 and when I had a problem, it was quickly resolved as my FA kept me informed until its resolution.I believe that one problem is those who complain are not ready for an online learning platform because such a platform requires a prospective student to conduct proper due diligence before attending the school. The assignments are research driven, so if you are not motivated to conduct a lot of online research, then an online learning platform is not conducive to your goals.One issue to address is Ashford, as a for-profit institution, offers everyone an opportunity to earn a degree. That is not the best philosphy, but consider the people that run the college answer to shareholders. Therefore, it is important for the school to consistently earn income. On the other hand, they do not get the respect they seek to earn and that is unfortunate.I must emphasize this school is not a diploma mill. Some instructors are easier than others as in any college. But the tough ones can be very demanding. So,imagine the take-way of a prospective student who just wants to have a college degree and is told "you can learn at your own pace". You know, "hit the books when you are darn good and ready". Well, that person may incorrectly assume they can truly "learn at their own pace". This is not true, because the classes move quicker than you may anticipate and multiple written assignments are due every single week.If you care to learn to write, this is a heck of a good place.Initially, you will notice that the written skills of many new students are less than impressive. However, once you progress in the system, you will notice the skills of those who by the time they have completed their sixth or seventh course are much more efficient, as some instructors will take issue with your skills. The good news is the admonishments are, for the most part,done individually and not in view of classmates. Incidentally the school follows the APA style. Watch for plagiarism, it could land you in a heap of trouble.Finally, I believe that if a person can not follow-up on their financial aid and is simply seeking hand-holding and an income, that person will be disappointed regardless of which school is involved. Not only will their financial aid move slowly, so will their classwork and learning progress. You reap what you sow. Stay on top of your business and blame no one else if you do not. Follow-up is the key to the achievement of any life-long goal.Best wishes in attaining your goals,"
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