Student & Graduate Reviews
Upper-Grad-Graduate - 5/17/2011
"However you look at it, all schools and even non-profit organizations need profits - about 10% over their prior year's earnings, to be precise. They teach you that in business schools everywhere. So whenever you read somebody saying "All they care about is your money..." you are reading the emotional rantings of a disgruntled person - not a rational review of an educational institution. I went to a brick-and-mortar campus in the mid-70's. They didn't care any more or any less about my degree than Ashford does. This is because it is not their job to care about your educational career. That's your job. It's their job to process payments and answer questions. I loved the Ashford experience because I'm a working adult who needed to formalize my years of experience with a graduate degree. I put a lot into my education, and feel I got a lot out of it for my time, trouble, and money. My advisors did a great job, in my opinion, and I did my best to partner with them rather than expect them to "serve" me. I did a great deal of research before choosing Ashford and took responsibility for getting all the facts I needed to make my choice. I have no regrets and believe my education (MBA/IS) will help me advance to the next level in my career."
Deborah S - 5/12/2011
"It does seem that the people who view this college negatively, and the supposed 'former enrollment advisor' - they're full of it. Ashford is a great place. Not all of the professors are wonderful, but some of them are, and some of them are passionate about what they are teaching.If you don't do your part, you won't get anything out of it. All colleges consider texts an out-of-pocket expense.Getting in touch with your advisors can sometimes be challenging, but it's best to attempt to get ahold of ANYONE while they are in the office, instead of leaving voicemails. These people are busy, just like you are, so take that into consideration. In college, you are a face among many, and unless you work hard on your studies, and work hard to make yourself heard, no one will hear you, or care.The financial aid works, you get your money after the 7th and 14th week of classes. All of the people from ashford have been extremely helpful in all aspects of getting me into their program, and helping me get my traditional college credits transferred.Remember, not everyone is perfect, and not everyone is good at what they do. Maybe those who have complained merely ran into people who were just learning how to do their job, or they just weren't good at it.I find most of the coursework easy, but I was attending a private university and they set the bar pretty high. I think a majority of the professors are too lax on due dates, because i work hard to get my assignments in on time whereas someone else may not, but we end up with the same grade.Ashford is a great place if you have the motivation and the self-discipline to learn something on your computer."
Kia - 5/12/2011
"I have nothing but good things to say about this school. The enrollment advisor I had was awesome. My student advisor keeps me up to date on things and responds to my emails in a timely manner. I have had NO issues with finanical aid at all. And um, THIS IS COLLEGE, it's going to be challenging!I actually was concerned I was not being challenged enough but one of my TA's help me see it from a different perspective.I had been out of high school for over 15 years before enrolling at Ashford. I am just finishing up my fifth course.Some professors are more interactive than others but they are not there to hold our hands, they are there to guide us.I would HIGHLY recommend Ashford University!"
Susannah - 5/11/2011
"I have read many reviews and it definitely seems to me that the individuals that are complaining must have not completed the work or did something to cause the financial issues. I earned my Master's degree without so much as one issue. My advisor called me every month or so to check in with me! I called a few times and she always called back. My professors were all pretty good with the exception of one. They always commented on my papers, so it was clear they read each one. The work load was heavy, but not a problem for a dedicated student. It sounds as though some individuals are looking for easy street when they decide to take on-line courses. In fact, it is often the opposite with on-line degrees. They expect you to be able to work independently and make the deadlines. I had no problem getting funds back from Ashford and they told me I could send them back to lending agency with no issue and that was the case. My experience was so flawless that these complaints seem unwarranted. I did not experience anything similar to some of the comments in the reviews. Usually complainers complain because they failed the process themselves or couldn't cut the mustard so to speak. All I know is I had no problems and was very happy with the school."
Linda - 5/6/2011
"All I can say is please anyone who is considering this school get everything, absolutely everything in writing in a email or something because this is surely a FOR-PROFIT organization that will tell you lie and try to bamboozle you for all the money they can.I am currently attending this school and so help me I would not lie about how it is exactly like the reviews that tell you what they are. These people are not angry they are telling the truth. I am a student there and I am going to break my neck trying to make my grades so that this greedy school can not get me worse than the other University did because they absolutely do have hidden charges at Ashford University.I did not know none of the materials are included in the courses that are needed. The technology fee is now $1290. some pay it and some don't. I think the government should investigate this ponzi scheme for what it really, really is. They should rename it Madoff."
Jenna - 5/6/2011
"I have been enrolled in Ashford University online for 3 weeks and I am beginning to believe that I am in a continual nightmare. It is true that the enrollment advisor is a great talker and tries to tell you what you want to hear. However, try to withdraw from their school in the first or middle of the second week and see how far it will get you. When I call my student advisor and told him I wanted to withdraw, he put his manager online that pretty much dismissed the fact that I had the right to withdraw. I have read the reviews about financial aid problems on here and I think they are trying to rip me off too on my financial aid. I believe that they refused to allow me to get the top financial aid due to my income because I told them I needed my excess cash after they took out their expensive tuition so I could by their expensive books. I don't even know if I will be able to afford my books now. Some people at Ashford like to tell their students who read bad reports about them that the ones writing the reviews are just angry students and they run into financial difficulties because they did not turn in their paper work on time. Yeah, right. Any lie is better than no lie at all. I wish I had never even heard of Ashford University online and on campus. I want to get the heck away from this money hungry school. By the way, I am pissed off because I allowed myself to get sucked in by a smooth talking cassanova."
Julie W. - 4/15/2011
"Hello to everyone. I currently attend Ashford's Online Program. I have had the utmost respect from enrollment advisors, finance advisors, and also academic advisors. Anytime I have had a question I have received an adequate response within 24 hours from any one of my advisors. I was informed upfront before agreeing to sign any papers that there would be the one time techinal fee.My instructors answer all of my questions. The coursework is challenging but if you make sure to post any questions before the last minute, and do your assignments in advance then you should not have a problem. I am someone with only a high school diploma. I am working on my BA in Health Care Administration. I never thought it would be easy. Anything rewarding in life takes dedication and hard work. Overall I am very satisfied."
Ron McLaurin - 4/11/2011
"I graduated with an MBA in Supply Chain Management, I can understand why Ashford has a low graduation & retention rate, the course work is the mother of all work loads. That being said, it was much more rewarding than my experience at The University of Central.I have to admit, one can be stunned by the meaning of the term, "work at your own rate." This rate or quantity of work required was much more than I expected, but well worth it. The advisers and instructors were always available, sometimes to the point of being a hassle with all the support they are trying to offer. Like a previous post mentioned, if your not a 100% dedicated to bearing down and putting in the hours, find a babysitter somewhere else."
Lorrie McCarty - 3/11/2011
"Well so far I have really enjoyed it I am only in my second course but, I have trully enjoyed it. A have read a lot of people dog this school and the advisor but hey they had probems before coming hear. My first advisor helped me a lot in fact he still calls me. So all you people with negatives will I only hope you find what your looking for."
Nannili - 3/4/2011
"I'm sorry, but those who are complaining about this online school sound like a bunch of cry-babies to me. If you read the course materials, turn in your assignmets on time, and interact with teachers and classmates via the posts like you are supposed to do, then you should not have any problems at all.Understand that an online education is NOT for everybody. But do not blame the school because you are not getting the attention you want or failing the class because you don't get it. Online schools are for independent, disciplined, dedicated, and serious students, who enrolled into this program to learn, strive, work-hard, and earn their degrees.I completed my first year at Ashford, I did what I was supposed to do, and it worked for me. Some classes were challenging, others were fun, and others I did not enjoy. Either way, I learned a great deal, kept me interested, and now I'm looking forward to my second year at Ashford."
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