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Ashford University Reviews:
131 of 157 people found the following review helpful
This Place is FRAUDULENT and a SCAM
March 17, 2012
I wish I can rate them as zero. OK here it is, Im going to tell you the truth, only cause Im losing sleep over it. I am an Admissions Counselor employee at Ashford. This place is so un-ethical and full of fake people its disgusting. So here's the deal. We pretend to care about you, like the snake that puts on a fake smile and stabs you in the back. An Admission Counselor's job is to "hold your hand" for the 1st 5 weeks. These are actual words used in training class. For new employees, you think you are about to enter into a career and the world is great. For old employees, its the "whoever pays me" and "puts food on the table" ideology that they are loyal to. I cant blame them in this economy, because a job is hard to come by.. but for they all know deep down inside what they are doing, but block it off or ignore it for the undeniable strong fact that Ashford pays, and they pay well. So we "care" for the 1st 5 weeks, WHY? well let's break it down as simple as possible shall we.. each unit is $390, making 1 class $1170. the technology service fee is $1290, there are many other fees but lets just start there to make it simple. so $1,170.00 + $1290.00= $2460. Financial Aid will give "ANYBODY", i mean ANYBODY, thats any US citizen, or legal resident with a GED or diploma who wants to enroll in college full time $9500 in loans and sometimes up to $5550.00 in Pell grants. Each class is only 5 weeks long, and Financial Aid takes about 5-7 weeks to process, so once you finish your 1st class (which a 5th grader can pass), they are already got you for $2500.00+. Drop out or change your mind if you want, this is now their money from the Financial Aid and now you owe the government. You feel so smart now so you enter your 2nd class, which is also a breeze.. by the 2nd week of your 2nd class, your charge for the technology service fee is $1290 is now in stone and unrefundable. Assuming your a genius and you finish your 2nd class, so now you owe $3670. so my job was to take care of you and make sure you show up and finish your 1st college course (what a joke), and once you finish, I hand you over to an Academic Advisor that is in chargeo of 400-600 students. WOW! get the picture yet? But what's really genius is the CEO. Damn, what a mastermind... GENIUS! What they are selling is the dream.. the dream that your dumbass can graduate college. They mainly target the South, because they know these are poor areas and if we can only get somebody on the phone, we tell them to close their eyes, and picture getting the degree. will it change your life? get you that high paying job you see in the movies? Sure you can, why not? Jimmy down the street graduated, so can you. All you have to do is click "APPLY NOW". Sure, these online programs will work for those who REALLY need this service, but notice the below 30% graduation rate? lol.. All the counselors here know what they are doing, we discuss it during lunch, after work, over the weekends etc... We all speak amongst ourselves how this place is a joke and its sad what we are doing to innocent dreamers but we do it anyway cause nobody is really hiring out there. We all know the deal, but we all turn away because he who feeds you has REAL control. OK, now lets look at the BIGGER PICTURE and what this is doing to America. They are selling debt to hardworking Americans. A debt that they wont get out of because school loans are forever, even if you file for bankruptcy. I used to have that attitude, that if they're dumb enough to sign up, I get paid. and gettin paid comes 1st, its the American way. That is after 1 year into the job, and I decided to call back most of the students Ive enrolled. Out of over 50 students, only about 2 made it past the 3rd class. So I checked up on them and all of them are now in debt. Some have newborn kids and no support system whatsoever. Some of my students were the sweetest and nicest people youll ever meet, but they're so nice that they get suckered by snakes like me with the gift of gab of "painting a picture" in your head. OK, im done, you can figure the rest out on your own. So much bullshit and politics in one building.. you have entry level employees who get promoted into managers, directors, and HR, who's EGO's suddenly got a lot bigger since theyre new role. Last year, they were square JOE who had no friends coming in, after the promotion, they all of a sudden have all the balls in the world since they basically determine the future of you being employed or unemployed. promotion, attitudes and egos... I get enough drama from this place that I dont even watch TV anymore. they should make a reality show about this place.
47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Don't listen to reviews with poor grammar/writing skills!
July 31, 2012
After reading many of the previous reviews, the negative ones are a joke! How credible is a review if the person writing it has no idea how to use a period, appropriately capitalize letters, spell, or use proper grammar (since it is an academic review, not a text message)! Not to mention, the many complaints based solely on finances. Apparently, if all a person has to complain about is how he/she dropped or failed a class, yet had to pay for it (of course), then he/she obviously should have stayed in school! Or, how about the ones who, most likely, only enrolled into school to receive stipends; then, want to complain for not receiving as much as they thought! My honest experience, thus far, at Ashford University: My enrollment counselor, accurately, answered all questions that I had, and remained very supportive in the enrollment process! My academic advisor has either had all of the answers to my questions and concerns, or used his available resources to find them! The first couple of courses that I've attended was filled with students who seemed as if they have never even attended middle school; they have either failed out, or dropped out (I wouldn't be surprised if they wrote one of the previous reviews on here)! My courses have been very informative, and will be useful in the professional world! As a reminder, a student must read the textbook chapters and other course material in order to actually learn something; once a student does this, he/she is less likely to post a negative review about not learning anything! For military students, the tuition discounts are awesome, and books are free! Ashford transferred in all 26 of my credits, earned from my previous "real college" (negative reviewers, 2009-2012)! I have loved, nearly, everything about this school, including the easy-to-access online Student Portal! Time management is everything, however, if you care about the amount of knowledge you obtain from your educational experience, anywhere! I just love the fact that Ashford requires each student to evaluate their current time management skills, then teaches each student how to improve them! I love that each course is only 5 weeks long; this really helps me get through the difficult ones! There are, also, so many educated, and supportive, instructors and professors who teach these courses! To make your Ashford experience a positive one, all you have to do is this: 1. Be self-motivated and driven to earn your degree 2. Utilize effective time management skills 3. Thoroughly read the instructions for course assignments and discussions 4. Log in and post at least once a week to maintain required attendance qualifications 5. Read, and turn in assignments on time 6. Maintain an open mind and a positive attitude about your progression in life! Everyone has the ability to succeed!
44 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Communication Skills are Vital
February 12, 2014
First things first... Read the negative reviews with a critical eye. How are the communication skills of the reviewer? If the person posting a review cannot communicate with decent grammar, spelling or syntax, there is a reason they are angry. They don't have the skills required for higher education. You are going to get out of your education exactly what you put into it. You have to have a working knowledge of Microsoft word, basic web navigation skills, and a mastery of basic communication skills. Online education is structured, you have deadlines to meet and you will be required to write a research paper at the end of every class to assess how much you learned. If you can't type an e-mail without typing in BINGO (B4 instead of Before for example) or chatspeak (LOL, FTW, LOL, :) ;), etc...), then you are going to struggle in the discussions every week and your final paper. If you don't know the difference between You, Your, You're, There, Their and They're do not bother to enroll yourself until you have educated yourself on your own and brush up your communication skills. Early on in my education I would cringe at what people were posting on the discussion forums! Pathetic grasp of English grammar being the worst offender. Nobody cares how my you love Jesus, your kids, your pets, etc... This is not social media it is a school. Keep your religion, politics and helicopter parenting offline. However, if you can self-manage yourself, stick to deadlines, communicate well and have great time management skills you will get a decent education. I've maintained a 4.0 GPA (The highest you can achieve at Ashford. They do not use A+ (5.0) as part of their grading rubric. Again, you are going to get out Ashford as much effort you put into your education. Now that the people not qualified to be in higher education have been thinned out of the herd, my classes are far more enjoyable and educational. It's really hard to take feedback seriously when you cannot understand what people are saying to you because their English skills are abysmal. I am now dealing with serious students with great communication skills as a senior and it is refreshing. I've not had any issues whatsoever. However, I knew what was expected of me before I went back to college for my second BA. I know what student loans are like, I have no illusions that I am going to be in debt when I graduate. You'd be surprised how many people think Student loans from the government are "free money". Apply for grants and scholarships if you are concerned about financing your education and remember you not NOT guaranteed a JOB after you graduate. Be prepared to apply to several companies before you are hired. Ashford is not going to find you a job, they only give you the opportunity to increase your salary potential through education. Don't go in with the mindset you are going to be handed a degree and a job. Be realistic. Nothing in life is ever guaranteed. Use your critical thinking skills, go in with full understanding and work. Getting a degree will require a lot of work. Work hard and you will do well.
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
such a horrible experienc
March 16, 2012
i enrolled @ this university as a single mother thinking it would b a gooD fit for me.This was four yrs ago i did a semster and am still paying for it. My financial advisor....horrible.My rep was nice and the minute my enrollment was completE she was yanked and was replaced with a not nice person.i got no tech support when i needed it.i got no responses from teachrs when i needed.i got no education the time i spent at this institution and was left to foot A BILL.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Not Harvard, but not a scam either
July 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, G
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Some clarity for those searching here
July 3, 2012
I've been a student here for years now and I'm finishing up shortly. I've read a lot of these poor reviews and honestly it seems like a bunch of BS. How is Regional Accredidation crap? Most of your local universities have the same thing!!! My credits didn't all transfer? Maybe that's because you changed your major in Junior College 5 times and your pottery classes don't count towards a Psychology Degree! Why didn't they tell me about the costs? Right, because when you spoke to them you diligently took notes on everything covered. And OH! Guess you missed the entire breakdown on the application on tuition and fees! If you are hard working and just too busy for campus classes like myself you should absolutely go here. The online format is one of the most convenient college routes you'll come across. Yes it's more then the community college. But a community college doesn't offer Bachelors Degrees people! Quit whining about your mistakes and learn from them. If you don't start now, you will just be a victim for life. I've enjoyed my time at AU and don't want you slandering my school because YOU were lazy.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
February 21, 2012
I graduated from Ashford in January 2011, having completed a bachelor's program in August 2009 and then the master's in January 2011. While Ashford was not perfect in every area, for the most part my experience was a good one. I've read many of the reviews posted here and it is my opinion that some of the reviewers looked at Ashford as a simple way to get a degree, and were frustrated when they had to follow specific procedures and rules. My experience was that as long as I did the work to the best of my ability, handed it in on time, and kept up with the class, things went absolutely fine. Sure, there were occasional issues with the finance department, but with persistence and professional attitude, all were handled. The bottom line is that within an online university setting, the student is responsible for reading the information provided to you about the program, the financial obligations, and even the stipends. Ashford gives you options and you need to understand those options and act accordingly. I kept the same advisor throughout my entire time with Ashford; generally you are required to change when you move to a master's program, but I requested that I be allowed to keep the same one, and Ashford allowed it. He was excellent and very responsive. You, the student, are the consumer in this scenario and it is your resposibility to make sure things are handled and completely. If you expect other people to care about your education as much as you do, you will have issues. But if you stay on top of things, do your assignments, network with the teachers and students, you will leave Ashford with a degree that you EARNED.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
April 11, 2012
I would like to start this off by saying I hope my review of Ashford University helps you make an informed decision. Don't not only take my word for it, sometimes you truly have to just try something to form your opinion, continuously reading reviews will only add to the confusion. With that being said, I must use this line that I read from another individual who wrote a review, "If you don't have the patience or attention span to read this review, then Ashford University is not the place for you." I say this because if you truly want to learn something you must: Read, read and read some more. You will get out of this school, as with any school, what you put in. Yes, sometimes it is easier to just not read the chapters in the book. If this is the case, then don't go to school. You are paying to attend, and it is not by force, so you might as well learn something. I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. I really worked hard the last two years (I came in with an Associate's Degree). With any online institution, there is a stigma. Look past this because that is how a lot of workig adults complete their education in order to advance or start a new career. In my opinion, working full time and going through Ashford University, or any online institution is more challenging than attending a campus. Classes in the BA Degree program at five weeks each. So they are fast-paced. Be prepared to write a paper almost every week. Some papers are 3-5 pages and some are 8-12 pages. Doing this method, has definitely developed my skills as a writer, reader and researcher. I am more confident in my abilities to produce a report that is high quality. Since classes are five weeks in length, also be prepared to go through textbooks at a fast pace. This is where time management and dedication come in. My suggestion is read! Some classes also have quizzes every week. Although this may seem easy, most are in a critical thinking format, where the answers are not directly found in the book. All professors were very helpful. Most responded to my emails quickly and some took their time. They responded to my questions, and were always able to clear up confusion. The classes are designed to have two discussion questions that had to be answered every week. Most professors made sure you have detailed answers and your work is cited properly. Even when responding to classmate's posts, most made sure you responses entailed more than just an agreement or disagreement. My advice, is to truly engage in these conversations, remember: You get out, what you put in. In reading some reviews, I have noticed a trend. This trend is the negativity placed on financial aid and the academic advisors. Some have legitimate concerns, and other feel as though they are the only student or the school revolves around their concerns. It is important to remember that thousands attend this school. I have had my advisor swtiched two or three times. My latest one, would take a while, but almost always answered my questions. I did have one negative experience that stands out from the rest. I had classes that were two weeks apart (end date of one class to start date of another class). So I had to fill out a leave request form. That was processed normally and I did not think I had any issue. I got a voicemail from my academic advisor reminding me about attendance. You have to log in and be active a certain amount of times per week otherwise you can be dismissed. I did not have a class to log in to because I was between them. I called her back and left her a message asking for clarification. I missed her call again and she left me the same exact voicemail. Now common sense would tell me to figure out why I am not attending, and you would be able to clearly see I didn't have a class at the moment. That was eventually straightened out, and I went through another advisor to do it. I have personally not had any trouble with financial aid. I still have not decided if I will be attending for my graduate degree, but I am definitely not ruling it out. I hope this review helps you in your journey.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your time or money
March 14, 2012
Although I began the program two courses in...my cohorts are VERY young students...very little real work experience. Boring and dull discussions with little to no interesting ideas from the instructor. Cut and paste feedback. Then real trouble starts when you want to withdraw from the program. I began the process over a month ago with almost zero communication from my Advisor. As a result, my financial aid was issued to Ashford in a (3) course block (9) credits and there it sits on my account as a credit balance. All attempts at getting ANY information out of Ashford have been unsuccessful. It's like being dropped into a black hole. Consequently, I cannot attend another school until this Ashford mistake is cleared. Do NOT do NOT do NOT attend Ashford.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great Overall Experience
January 10, 2014
I have read many of the reviews that seem to be saying that an education from Ashford University is not worth the paper that it is written on, I totally disagree with this in every way. I graduated with my Masters degree on May 5th, 2014. As with anything that is worth while the education you get from Ashford is what you are willing to put into it. I started my educational journey at traditional community college and then graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors in Communication Studies. It is true that any online program experience will be different then the traditional classroom, and for some people an online program is not the program for them. I will say having gone to 3 traditional schools and then Ashford, their online classroom experience rates right up their with online classes from my State University. As a matter of fact I might even say that the online experience from Ashford is better, then taking an online class from my more traditional schools. I am presently taken an online class from a local school here, and in comparison to the quality from Ashford, it is a joke. As it is very difficult to work through in comparison. I add this to my review because so many are saying negative comments. I choose Ashford University because my son and daughter in law were going to school at the time, since then both of them have graduated and have no complaints. My son received an education degree, in which he was able to get a job in local school system, and is finishing local requirements for his teaching license. Even those getting this kind of education locally must do extra work to get your teaching license. He would not even been given his present job without Ashford education. I hear many of the students feeling as if the education did not get them their desired results. The truth is that any degree is only a piece of paper and the rest of the opportunities that come your way is up to you. I am satisfied with the degree I recieved from Ashford. In order to be successful you must be willing to be disciplined and willing to keep up with your classes. I found the advisors helpful, and the teachers willing to work with you when challenges came. Yes the classes are extremely pricey, and make sure you are getting the degree you want, because the loans add up, and you will not be able to do another program most likely. Best advice to you after graduation is loan consolidation, and income contingent, especially if it takes a while to find work. As the job market is not easy right now. In my case my education was in a field different from my work experience. I would recommend finding experience in that field. Volunteering, and Interships are often helpful. As in my case I still have wound up taking other classes in order to get Practicum experience in field to get the job I really want. This is not Ashfords fault, but it is the one draw back I see for their programs. As employers want experience. A degree without experience is difficult to get the job you want. All in all I still feel that my education at Ashford was more than worth it, in the long run. I also personally attended the graduation ceremony, I would recommend it to everyone, as this is your time to celebrate your accomplishment. I found the graduation ceremony very wonderfully done, and when they sent the degree, it arrived in a wonderful frame with school logo. I did not pay extra for this. I would recommend Ashford to a student that needed a degree, that could not attend the more tradtional classroom. However, if you are able to attend a more traditonal school that includes Practical experience in your field of choice, you might want to consider this instead. As employers look for experience.
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