Ashford University

Review Averages: 6.7 out of 10 (540 reviews)
Ranking: #40

Technology changes everything® Now school comes to you, making earning your college degree a real possibility. Ashford University is where higher education meets technology. Ashford students can earn their degree online while accessing information and interacting with fellow students from anywhere they can take their smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Experience a new way of learning through the innovative online experience at Ashford University. Earn the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree you’ve always wanted. Your Ashford University experience brings you:

Relevance: Choose from online college degrees in some of today’s in-demand fields including health care, education, business, and liberal arts.

Technology: The world is your campus. The tools available to you through Ashford University, including a mobile app, coursework content in the cloud, a portal for students, and much more lets you keep in touch with your courses and classmates while on-the-go.

Support: You’re never alone. Your team at Ashford includes advisors, faculty members, mentors, writing consultants, librarians, career services specialists, and more. Get the support you need to be successful in earning your degree.

Community: Join a diverse student body where you belong. Students, faculty, and alumni interact and support each other from across the country and the world. Social media allow everyone in the Ashford community to connect and network whenever you wish. At the end of your journey, meet your fellow graduates at commencement. Thousands of students from across the country gather to celebrate.

If you had your degree, would it change you? Join Ashford University. Enroll today.

Ashford University’s Mission: The mission of Ashford University is to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, and innovative, educational programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing advancement in their lives, professions, and communities.

Accreditation: Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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Country: USA
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Social and Criminal Justice - August 31, 2017
I enjoyed my experience at Ashford and found the school to be challenging and fun. I took classes with many of the same people. Having received a Bachelor's on-line at Troy University I can compare the academics to say that Ashford was just as qualified and challenging as Troy was. The only issue I had at Ashford was that your financial aid doesn't help pay for books and you have to buy them cash.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Choice, No Regrets
Bachelor of Arts - July 7, 2017
I've read a lot of the reviews for Ashford and have to say that I don't agree with them at all. I attended Ashford U from 2011-2013 and received a BA in English Literature. For all the people who say that the degree is worthless, this is not true as I have been teaching high school English for 4 years. I got a job within 6 months of finishing my degree. I went in lateral entry, having to take pedagogy classes through U. of Phoenix (a certification, not a degree program) and take the state's tests. Extra things, yes, but my county reimbursed me the whole way. I see it as worth it as I have a job, which was my goal in the first place. When making decisions regarding your future and your money, you have to research, ask questions. Ashford is a for-profit university, which mean you are PAYING for your degree. Essentially, buying it. This is stone one and you should base your expectations off of this. Don't go in thinking that they owe you something. They don't. They can get your money from someone else if needed. And honestly, this is the mindset many colleges and professors have. This isn't high school or below. They don't hand hold. You're an adult. You take care of your own business and do what you need to do. With that being said, I understood the process from the get go. I made sure I read everything on their website, asked questions of the admissions dept before even accepting enrollment. They have a live chat feature on their website and there's no excuse not to use it. If you're worried about being scammed (as with any business) retain records for yourself of communication. I used some of my own money but mostly the Pell grant at Ashford. There were times when we were strapped for money and could have used the reimbursement in a more timely manner, but again, that's not what they're there for. They aren't a bank. They're a college. I had no issues getting my classes paid for before the start date (no different policy with Phoenix by the way!). My admissions and academic advisors called and emailed me frequently to check in, almost to the point where it got annoying. But at least they tried. They would even email me reminders to complete assignments or make sure my weekly attendance was taken care of. They don't HAVE to do that. Again, a business. To me, this exceeds expectations. I was also attending Ashford during my first pregnancy and when I delivered my daughter, Ashford actually gave me a "break" of 3 months before they expected me to continue with my courses before having to take me off of enrollment. I was very grateful for that and it helped my family immensely. The classes are online classes. Be prepared to do everything almost 100% independently. You don't have a teacher in front of you to ask questions of. Be aware, these online teachers have "office hours." They're online at a specific time and that's when you ask questions. Otherwise, don't be upset if they don't answer your email in what you deem as a "timely manner." As a teacher now, I totally understand this. No, I'm not going to answer your email regarding an assignment 3 weeks ago over my weekend. It's not happening. You can ask me during class hours. They have lives and families too and aren't at your beck and call. I only had 1-2 teachers I didn't click with and that's just personality differences and miscommunications. Everyone else was wonderful, knowledgeable, and supportive. I felt challenged in my classes. As it was English, it was almost entirely writing based. The discussion questions were tough and required serious thought and analysis of the works in the textbooks. As far as materials go, I loved them. I thought the texts chosen were well thought out in accordance with the class assignments. I even still have these books in my classroom now for my AP students to use. I loved my British lit. classes. I even use my final papers from these classes to help teach my AP students their course material and how to write college level essays. I will say the 5 week course length was insane and definitely overwhelmed me at times but it was as advertised. It helped push me through my degree program more quickly but it was intense so be prepared to do a lot of work. Overall, I would recommend Ashford to others and have done so in my area. My daughter's 2nd year preschool teacher even had her Early Childhood degree from Ashford. Another example of their degrees not being useless. It's tough, intense, expensive, and you have to stay on top of everything from admissions, to academics, the professors, your assignments, to financial. But, that should be done at any higher level institution. Again, I recommend Ashford and don't regret my decision to go there. My husband will be finishing his history degree there in the next year as well due to my experience.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's worth the work if it's accredited in your state.
B.A. Psychology - June 22, 2016
I agree with the person who said it is up to you. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed and I'm pulling an 3.85 GPA. I'm almost finished with the bachelors program. The financial department is a train wreck and it definitely is a business. The recruiters are kind of misleading, so save all your emails or phone conversations. It costs a little more than other private schools, but has very minimal math requirements and you don't have to take the GRE to get in. These are the reasons I chose Ashford. Their support has been pretty good in my case, which is cool because I have a learning disability. The five week semesters keep you on the run, but generally speaking, the content is not extremely difficult. If you struggle with math and are OK with taking tons of humanities, this is a great school for you, albeit a lot of work and self-discipline. I'm pretty happy overall.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommend - Challenging cirrculium well worth it.
MBA - February 24, 2016
This is my second graduate level degree with Ashford University. I graduated with my MAOM in 2013 and returned for my MBA. The MBA program was challenging and at often times really hard. Online programs have this stigma that they are somehow easier. Technology has made it easier to ACCESS learning opportunities. The cirrculium is just as challenging as a traditional in- classroom learning institution. You must be self motivated and be prepared to show off and improve your writing skills. Yes there are exams and tests, and deadlines. The online library is an outstanding resource at your fingertips 24/7. I believe they've won awards for the vast and in-depth availability of periodicals and scholarly journals. The instructors are incredible. Yes, I've had a couple duds, but I've also had the opportunity to learn from professors who graduated from top schools such as Stanford or Cornell and former CEOs and CIOs of top firms. The virtual classroom experience is incredible and focused on learning. All I see is a name when interacting with other students in the discussion boards. This is important because in an in-classroom environment we, as humans, tend to judge others, and then filter our interpretation of their discussion based on frivolous attributes such as their posture, outward appearance or voice. In an online environment those factors are removed and are not influincing how I'm perceiving their discussion or response. Instead I'm focusing on what they have written in accordance with the topic. Lastly - distance learning is not for everyone, but if you want the flexibility to work full time and/or raise a family and earn a degree then consider AU. It will not be "easy" the programs are accelerated. Be prepared to dedicate several hours a week to your studies and assignments. It will be worth it. It will go fast and it will help you advance as a person and in your career. Yes I've studied theories but each degree program is designed to help you understand how to turn theory into practice. I can say with full certainty that earning my degrees with AU have helped me excel in my career and helped me showcase my skills and earn promotions and salary increases. You get out of it what you put into it. If you think 6-10 hours a week sounds like a lot ask yourself how much time you spend on social media, playing games on your phone and watching TV. Sacrifice that for a couple years and make the time you spend in front of a "screen" worth it. Good luck and congratulations in advance for choosing to better yourself!

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Financial Aid
MBA - October 19, 2015
I really like this school, but I do not like the way they handle student's financial aid & disbursements. It seems like every time I have a stipend due, I go through these same issues. They want to ensure we turn our work in on time and ensure we have no outstanding financial holds, yet you take your time with issuing refunds when they are due. My thing is, if I don't owe you any money then why should it take so long to release the excess funds?? Then with the new company they use, there is no consistency as to when they decide to process & release your stipend. I am upset because it seems like I am "begging" them to release money that is rightfully mine, and it seems like they try to patronize me by sending me the same email about 7-14 days... They never give a straight answer. They keep sending the same generated email. And when I call I get the runaround.

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Horror Show
Organizational Management - September 2, 2015
My Degree from this school is no longer even recognized in my state. All that money for a useless degree which is essentially toilet paper. This school boasts about its excellent education degrees. Not one education degree is N.C.A.T.E accredited or recognized by the Department of Education. None of them lead to certification either. Total waste of time and money. RUN DO NOT JUST WALK. Keep googling there are some good schools out there.

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ahsford is a good school
B.A. Psychology - June 4, 2015
I have nearly completed my BA in psychology with Ashford and as a military student I will graduate debt free with the help of Pell Grant. I have three classes left and I am considering a MA of Psychology with Ashford. I will say that online course are challenging because it is much easier for professors to express expectations verbally than with a few paragraphs online. Some professors at Ashford will express their expectations by docking your grade on an assignment and telling you what you should have done as if you should have already known. Most professors that I have worked with are fare and offer valuable feedback though. I will say the one negative I find in Ashford is the accelerated 5 week courses. Many courses will have two discussions, a quiz, and an assignment (some have two assignments) that are due each week whilst also requiring the student to read two or three chapters in the text book, and recommended articles or watch recommended videos. On top of this the student is required to do research for papers. This is might be okay for someone working part-time. I work full time, have three kids, and a Air Force Reserve commitment making it difficult to read all that is required and complete all of the work, whilst absorbing all of the information. I feel like if the classes were longer and less congested I could get more out of each class. Despite that I have a 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale and feel like I have a much better understanding of psychology.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Glad I got my degree
Organizational Management - May 25, 2015
One of the best decisions I ever made was deciding 8 years ago to get my college degree. For those that believe that an online education is easy, think again! You don't have professors holding your hand. You have deadlines to meet, multiple assignments at once, lots of research, just like you would have on a job! I completed an Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degree from Ashford. There are weekly discussions, papers, and tests (mostly during undergrad). You have a course syllabus and due dates for assignments. A typical (Bachelor's program) week would include two disussions, a short paper and perhaps a test. At the end of five weeks, a final paper is due. The Master's programs are six weeks with mostly research. APA format is required and like any college/university, there is a grading rubric for papers. Also like any college/university, you'll have tough and easy going professors. Most of my professors were experts in their respective fields and most were pretty fair graders. I only had one bad experience with an English professor during my freshman year (glad I'm done with him). The library is not the best and you'll have to use online resources, but the library does automatically format the resource for you. And yes, Ashford hours will transfer to other colleges. They've transferred to four other universities for me (three brick and mortar, two of them major universities). Ashford is regionally accredited, which is better than national accreditation. Because of my Bachelor's, I was able to become a teacher, and because of my Master's, I will be getting a pay raise this year. I could have gone into the private sector, but I'm enjoying the benefits of education *wink*.

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great school!!!!
Bachelor of Arts in History - March 24, 2015
I am starting my last class at Ashford University. I think people forget it is also part of a brick and mortar school that has been in existence for many years(only the name changed). My aunt used to teach there when I was a little girl. Anyways, I like school. I found the classes engaging,interesting and sometimes difficult. This was not an easy degree,but I worked hard and did my work. You have homework every week that has to be done in a specific allotted time. Every week you have from Tues-Thurs to get your discussions posted,then everything else done by Monday. The norm is a few papers every 5 weeks, with a 8-10 page at the end of the 5 weeks. You need to be efficient with APA format and knowing how to research primary and secondary sources. In the last 3 years I have never had issues with my advisors or financial aid. With financial aid, if you pay attention, go to your portal and click the financial aid tab, it tells your financial aid breakdown. You also receive an award letter that get in email form and it's online. I am confused about all the people complaining about money on these boards. Read and pay attention to what is on your portal. Ashford is accredited and accepted everywhere. I learned a lot and will get my Master's Degree here. People who are reading these comments to decide, avoid disgruntled employees, bad grammar comments and people complaining about money. Great University, I would recommend this school :)

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ashford University's Online Degree Program
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting - February 23, 2015
I and am new to the online degree program and college. I am 47 and had a very easy FAFSA process but right before my first course my computer was used to download a few undesirable programs. Long story short my computer was infected with terminal MALWARE and Trojans which equals a laptop that was trash and not salvageable. Course drop. I buy a new computer, purchase Microsoft Office again and I have everything downloaded as far as required technology for Ashford and I opt for Mozilla Firefox instead of Google Chrome, MALWARE-TROJANS, second course drop. Through all of this disappointment my Student Counselor was wonderfully supportive and had great advice. He went above and beyond, with nothing less than impeccable phone etiquette and friendliness, we formed a friendship that has been very comforting. I am now in my third course and love it. If the cost is an issue pay attention to the paperwork. I am here for quality and you get what you pay for. I have read far too many reviews by individuals who seem to complain about credit transfers and/or Ashford not being accredited, Instructors are not competent, too expensive, and these people seem disgruntled, angry, unhappy, miserable, and/or not getting the grades THEY feel they deserve. I want to say TRANSFER and stop trying to make your complaining the authority on Ashford's credibility, ruin others chance to attend a fabulous college. I did my research and find nothing lacking in my expectations, in fact Ashford has exceeded my expectations. I am very happy and enjoy every minute of my Online Degree Program. I am here to learn and build a career outside of my lifestyle career. I wish luck to all who want to learn from the best.

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May 3, 2011, 3:21 p.m.
+5 votes/
It is unfortunate seeing those that speak negatively of AU simply because they didn't understand how to do online courses.  I have taken online courses at 3 universities and Ashford's are by far the most simple to understand.  If it wasn't for Ashford I would not be getting my B.A. right now. AU is a very affordable, flexible university that has allowed me to get back to college and finish what I started 20 years ago.  They make it easier to do online with a simple interface and concentrating on one class at a time.  You can buy used books through Amazon or Ebay and then sell them when you are done.  I have had a teacher or two that were slow to respond but the overwhelming majority are very helpful and quick to respond.  I have 1 year left and will probably even continue with a Masters.  Thank you Ashford!!
June 7, 2011, 4:07 a.m.
+5 votes/
I have read hundreds of reviews, mostly bad, for this school. I honestly believe some of the worst reviews were from either current or past employees. What I would love to read is a review written by a graduate that actually used their Ashford degree to obtain employment. I would love to read from just ONE person how their Ashford education actually benefited them in getting a job.
March 11, 2011, 8:45 p.m.
+4 votes/
Do a query on the internet for America's top ten greediest men of 2010.  Andrew Clark (CEO of Bridgepoint Education, Ashford University's parent company) was at the top of the list.  Literally the greediest man in the United States.  Do you want him as your principal/university president? effectively he is exactly that if you attend Ashford.  Working at Ashford is so bizarre and just low class that you are seriously waiting for candid camera to come out at any moment.  It almost can't be real that so many capable individuals in the San Diego area waste their time working there.  I would call Ashford a joke, but stealing money from the American people providing false hope to those that need hope the most just isn't funny.
April 18, 2011, 12:16 a.m.
+4 votes/
Ashford will never reject free money from people that have no business getting a college degree.
Feb. 3, 2011, 10:40 a.m.
+3 votes/
I am astounded at many of the comments I see here saying Ashford is not a legitimate school, a joke, etc.  I have been attending Ashford since 2009.  My husband and I live overseas, so online college is really my only option to finish my degree.  After speaking with several universities I chose Ashford, A. because they are accredited, B. because they are a Private school, and C. because they also offer MBA in my chosen field of study Organizational Management. To anyone who thinks Ashford is a joke--yes you can pass the classes with little effort.  However, I attended both another private university before Ashford as well as community college.  Essentially the education is the same except you are not sitting in the classroom.  You get what you put into it.  I do not have the ability to sit in a classroom and learn.  Nor was I ever one to excel in classroom learning because I have a lot of responsibilities and a life.  I am fortunate to be able to attend Ashford and gain a lot of useful knowledge pertinent to my career.  When I graduate I plan to work in public service.  My husband is in the military.  We both agreed a career for the government would be the best option for me. So far at Ashford I have a 4.0.  I have been inducted into Golden Key, and made Dean's List every semester.  I put countless hours and effort into my schoolwork though.  The post I read about not even reading a book and making all A's is bogus.  The course materials are the same quality as if you were at any other school.  The tests are not extremely hard, but I have had some that were moderately hard that required rereading text several times to get the answer.  I am meticulous about my papers.  I follow all guidelines by the instructor and I mean each instructor as preferences change with the course as well as APA format and I also use the writing center every time.  If you think you will just get A's doing nothing, you are sadly mistaken.  Your classes will challenge you to incorporate your real life experience with the material from the course.  I have learned a lot at Ashford.  Sure the staff changes frequently, but I am content with my progress towards my degree.  I have a year left and I will start my MBA hopefully at Ashford as well.  Do not be fooled by people who are sour on this school because of their mistakes. I have found the financial department meticulous when it comes to my aid and I had several contributing sources.  Never had a problem ever.  Just don't start this school thinking it is a joke or a joke of a degree.  Ashford is accredited regionally which is all that matters when you go for your job interviews after you graduate.  I think some posters on here work for U of Phoenix or other online universities and are only trying to drive up their enrollment numbers! 
April 6, 2011, 5:52 a.m.
+3 votes/
Alright. I work with Ashford University. My name will not be discussed for obvious reasons, if you have any questions, just ask here. I'll touch on a few things. First, anyone who says Ashford "steals" money is an idiot. Seriously, if you think ashford "steals" money, you know nothing. Seriously, you know nothing. Ashford University is a title 4 school and they receive title 4 funding, aka loans from the government (direct loans). There are many many guidelines that Ashford MUST follow or it will LOSE title 4 funding and go down the drain since 75% of the students use financial aid. Duh? 

Ok, verification. Again, blame the Dept of Ed please? It's not Ashford. The Dept of Ed selects 30-40% of all completed FAFSA for a "random" process called "verification". It's pretty much to weed out all the lazy people who want to sign up for 5-6 classes and take the money. I'll even tell you how. When you complete 60% of your courses in an award year, you have earned 100% of your financial aid. So basically, if you were packaged for the "full" amount of Financial aid, you're going to get about $15,004. 5500 in PELL, $3500 in Sub loans and 6000 in UNSUB loans. Direct loans has fees which is why the number is what it is. 

Processing. All of your faxes go into a fax server. They need to. The reason is because we receive around 5,000 or more faxes a week. Emails: sometimes some idiot "archives" all the messages and poof... 250 messages gone like that. So if you call and say "I sent it 3 times already!" .. yup.. some idiot deleted a ton of emails. We usually fish them out, which is why a month later, some students have the same file like 9 times. It's getting better. I will admit, some people, I'm not sure why they hire and don't fire because there are a lot of lazy-ass people who will just feed you crap so they can get off the phone. What do you expect though with 600 employees? Every once in a while you'll get a bad egg. 

Last thing for today, PWD's.. post withdrawal disbursements, people say "I left and I havn't received my money that I earned". Well, again, it's not our fault. Partly, but not fully. When you leave the school, the school has 30 days to complete your R2T4 (return to title 4 lenders). This is when they determine if you earned any money or not. Again, there is no "stealing money" here. There are guidelines that you MUST meet. They're not just gonna give someone who finished one class and got an F, remaining funds. You EARN that money. PELL funds have to be paid and again, DOE requirements, HAVE TO BE PAID within 45 days of the  date of determination. After so many screw ups they lose title 4 funding. LOANS however, can take up to 180 days for you to receive any funds. That is both Ashford's and the Direct loans program AND the DOE deal. Okay, well that's it for now. Hope that helped!
April 13, 2011, 12:26 a.m.
+3 votes/
two weeks of BS training and somehow these EA's are qualified to advise prospective students on what route they should take with their educational goals.  lolololol.
April 27, 2011, 12:37 a.m.
+3 votes/
I am truly sorry to say this because I worked for Ashford, but my god get a grip if you think this place is even remotely legit.  From an employee's perspective the best way to put it is that you are waiting for Ashton Kuchar to come out of the woodwork and say you were being punked the entire time. Honestly, you want that to happen because it would make everything make sense.  Some(and truthfully most) of the coursework that gets submitted by students is at a grade school level.  It is a miracle that the government hasn't stepped in yet to squash this blatant robbery of their funds.
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:13 p.m.
+3 votes/
I agree. I recently just ended my employment with Ashford.
April 6, 2012, 1:51 a.m.
+3 votes/
I worked for Ashford University as an Admissions Counselor and I must say I would never recommend this university to anyone! First of all, an admissions counselor calls a new lead 5 times per day if not more.  I do not know anyone whom likes to be called this many times within a 24hr period! Once a live person actually is reached, the job of an admissions counselor is to destroy the dream of the person on the phone by telling them they are worthless (in so many words) unless they choose a career path in which Ashford offers.  Management, Educators and Trainers of Ashford look down at and make unnecessary comments about potential students.  I would never want to attend a school in which I was looked down upon or stereo-typed.  The entire company praises themselves by stating they and or the Admission Counselor are "Changing Life's".  Each manager will go around and celebrate an enrollment of a new student by stating "Let's give it for _ _ _ _ she/he changed a life today!".   The only one whom can change a life is the student and God.  The Ego's at Ashford are large and unfortunately being educated does not make up for plain old common sense and actually having compassion for people; not by pretending to.  The mentality is; the more education makes you superior to everyone else. What a arrogant way of thinking!
Oct. 9, 2010, 4:25 p.m.
+3 votes/
I read through a lot of the negative comments and I have to say a few things.  First: Financial aid is not granted to every one. Secondly: The concept of on-line classes means that you will be doing a lot of the work yourself.  If you wanted a babysitter you should have went to a traditional classroom setting.  Third:  These people (academic adivsors) are not your parents, they do not have time to call you everyday and ask "how are you doing?".  This can be said for both on-line classes and traditional classrooms.  In fact, when you go to the academic advisor on campus, they do not fix your problem like Johnny on the Spot, they make you wait for an answer.  Sometimes this can take weeks.  Laslty: This is a college, not a trade school, elementary school or day care.  You are an adult and as such they expect you to be able to take care of some of your problems, follow directions, read an agreement and accomplish your own work without someone breathing down your neck.  So please, if you want a babysitter or your mom, if you want someone to cuddle you and hold your hand every step of the way, if you refuse to take responsiblity for yourself...  DO NOT attend college.  DO NOT attend an on-line college.
Feb. 2, 2010, 6:06 a.m.
+2 votes/
Any school is going to have issues of one type or another. Some are more expensive and all have some ridiculous fees.
If you can't afford a traditional brick and mortar school and if you want the convenience of the online environment, then this school is just as good as any other online school. Better than some, maybe not the best but it still provides a decent education. You get back what you put into it. I have put in 16 classes now and 1 1/2 years. It works for me but might not for you. I personally think the program is fine and I am learning a lot while I maintain a full time job and my family life. I couldn't get it done any other way.
April 8, 2010, 8:53 a.m.
+2 votes/
I am a current student at Ashford Uni. I graduate in Dec 2012. I would like to say a few things for everyone so that you may understand this school a bit better. I did all my background checking I could about this school.
1.If you are looking to become a teacher in California this online school is not in the list for credentials. There are ways around this. Applying for credentials based on an out of California School degree is one way.
2. If you take online courses understand that the class atmosphere is not there. if you can not handle a class with little to no instructional help do not take online courses. 3.Most of my instructors were quick to respond to me, I did however have one that not only confused me on her instructions but did not clearify enough to where I recieved a grade less then I thought was apropriate. But remember all classes have a chance of having a teacher that cares little for explaining themselves and cares more  about the ole mighty dollar.
4. Before I entered into online courses the first thing my Academic Advisor had asked was whether I could handle teaching myself and learning from a book alone. I told her ofcourse, which is true. When it comes to online courses ask yourself the same thing. If you can not then online courses are not for you. You can not expect every teacher to be extremely attentative and answer you every hour of the day. It is not realistic. Most of these teachers are teaching classes at schools at the same time as these online courses. So if you can't handle not getting an answer when you want it or in the time period you want it then do not take online courses.
5.With every school there are good and bad teachers. acknowledge this and be sure to fill out your end of course survey to help the schools to improve there online courses and get better teachers to teach us.

In the end each college has its bonuses and downfalls. I particularly did not like Pheonix College due to the one helping me refused to help me find out if I could get a student loan instead of some loan he recomended. I thought this very suspicious and walked away. I have been extremely happy with Ashford from the moment I spoke with Jessica Eddings, my Academic Advisor. I am sorry that not everyone has had as possitive an outcome as I have. But as I have said not every school is good for everyone. Just be sure you can handle what they offer and go from there.

Good Luck!!
(Thank you Jessica for pointing me in the perfect direction for what I needed to get done and answering my calls so promptly every time I was confused)
Aug. 4, 2010, 11:52 a.m.
+2 votes/
I took two classes from Ashford and was incredibly disappointed.  It seemed too good to be true and it was.  The "professors" were terrible, the assignments were boring, and I didn't learn anything.  They are a for-profit school and it shows, once they have your money they forget you exist.  However, as soon as you disenroll they somehow remember your phone number to try to get you to take more classes.
I learned my lesson, no more for-profit schools.
Aug. 26, 2010, 5:40 p.m.
+2 votes/
The reason Ashford University is regionally accredited is because they bought out a struggling private Catholic college, in turn, buying the accreditation and "1908" history. LOL

That is how all the "Diploma Mill" for profit universities get their start.

Watch Frontline's College Inc and all will be explained.

You will graduate with a useless diploma and tons of federal debt. Did you know that you can never escape Federal loan debt. They will garnish your wages, your Federal tax returns and you are not eligible for social security.

Guess who loves Ashford's parent company Bridgepoint Inc?

Wall Street!

All that yummy federal loan money to play with.

Bridgepoint/Ashford spends more on advertising d than on their education department.

BEWARE

Google Frontline's College Inc and Watch the program. It will turn your stomach.
Sept. 8, 2010, 6:28 p.m.
+2 votes/
When I decided to go back to school, I checked into several schools and felt that I had made a quality decision; I could not have been more wrong.  I would avoid going to this school, just as others on here have commented they are very deceptive, this is probably  not illegal but it is definitely unethical.  I had student loans and I was told about a month prior to graduation that I everything was paid and all I had to do was complete the classes I had left.  As soon as I graduate, I get an email stating that I owe them money.  I called and finally spoke with someone who would answer some questions, a difficult thing to get done at this school, I was told that my academic advisor provided bad advice by advising me to re-declare my major (which I questioned at the time and was not told that it cost money to do so) and the school messed up and sent me too much money.  I was told that they would check into fixing the problem and would be contacted back.  I had to call them every time and when I began to press them on why it was taking so long; I was told that if I did not pay I would be turned into collections.  All they were doing was stringing me along until they could turn it over to collections they had no intention of helping me out.  The lady who left me a message claimed she did not know what I was talking about.  I ask for proof and continually am told that I have to check the finance tab in the student portal.  It does not give any information about why I owe money.  I paid the money because I do not want my credit destroyed but I have contacted the Better Business Bureau and an attorney.  I would avoid this school!!!!
Nov. 7, 2010, 4:57 a.m.
+2 votes/
Don't go there.  I worked there and I know what I'm talking about.
March 2, 2011, 3:34 a.m.
+2 votes/
Wow!! All the mixed reviews here. I am currently a student (online). I have had my problems with them, mostly finacial aid. I would agree with just about all of the negatives that I have read about that department.If you don't mind hounding folks in a polite/rude way then you can get answers.  However, I have also read how it is supper easy and eventuallybooks are not needed. Sure for some classes, it was common sense stuff, as with any college there are easy classes and hard classes, instructors who are there to teach and instructors who just want to get paid. That being said I have had my share of all of them. I can't say that I have learned a great deal, I am not a naive 18 year old either. I didn't expect to learn from all the classes, because of life experience. I did however, learn many things from the major courses I took. Ashford will be what you make of it, there is much you can learn if you want. Online classes are for the self-motivated so if you are not willing or able to put in the time to learn then you wont. You may still be able to pass the classes but in the end thats all you have done and Ashford is not to blame. If you want the education you can get it, if you just want the paper well you can get that too, just like many have done at many other colleges that are deemed "good".
March 14, 2011, 2:58 a.m.
+2 votes/
Ashford does the exact same thing.  Ashford has a separate division for the enrollment of military personnel.  When you really think about it, it should make anybody want to vomit.  It is the very worst part of the human makeup that allows for crap like this to happen.  It is astonishing that the government hasn't put a stop to it yet.

what I am about to say is fact......and should make any prospective student of Ashford University want shyte down the collective throats of Bridgepoint Education.  I was once taking a poop on the ground floor of Bridgepoint's Sunroad location. There was a meeting for divisional leaders on the ground floor at the time.  Sure enough two divisional guys that shall remain nameless come in to the bathroom to take a piss.  they were discussing how badly they needed to piss as well as sharing some details about their sales figures for the month(of course by that I mean how many student applications they had thus far for the month.)  "man I got like 880 or something like that, I can't enroll anything lately."(I guess 880 was bad).  I will never forget what I heard next.  word for word, "It seems like it is harder to find chumps these days, and without chumps we a f-ed."
March 30, 2011, 5:12 p.m.
+2 votes/
I read all the reviews and some are true, while others are dramatized. True: Advisors do change frequently. Initially, my advisor changed with each course, so I decided to complain. After my complaint, I continued with the same advisor until I completed the master's degree program. Though, the advisors changed often, each one was pleasant and concerned about the progress I was making. I just got tired of speaking to different people.  I had no financial aid problems, as I did as I was instructed.  I even postponed a couple classes because of family emergencies.  My financial aid was not affected because I followed the instructions of the financial aid counselor.  The classes were intense and not for the lazy. I did homework, posts, reading and wrote papers each week. It was way more than I anticipated as a full time employee. Overall, I would attend Ashford again. I have no complaints about my education or the online MPA program.
April 8, 2011, 5:10 a.m.
+2 votes/
The funniest part i think about ashford university is that the enrollment counselors dont even have degrees.  They are trying to "motivate" you to get into class but yet they work there and "believe" in the product and have an opportunity to go to school for free through ashford but still dont. ANYONE can get into ashford, people who cant use a computer or even spell ashford go there.  And it is supposed to be equivalent to a brick and mortar state college/university? HA
April 8, 2011, 5:30 a.m.
+2 votes/
haha, This is true. I receive transfers from enrollment advisors on occasion and they sound like they live in a fantasy world, very chipper people. I ask them a question and they kinda just laugh it off.. kinda annoying actually....
April 26, 2011, 1:37 a.m.
+2 votes/
All I can say is that the level of educational you will receive at Ashford is elementary at best.  It is definitely a way to get a degree and check the box on your resume but I honestly feel like I'm throwing my money away and wasting my freaking time and effort.  I'm seriously debating going back to UMUC.  I found the program much more challenging and you might not believe this but you actually have to take midterm and final exams.
May 9, 2011, 7:01 p.m.
+2 votes/
ali= Ashford Graduate.....LOL
May 19, 2011, 3:21 p.m.
+2 votes/
I am surprised to see all of the negative reviews about Ashford University. I am not going to judged anyone's opinion because every experience is unique. In regards to my experience here at Ashford, if I had to rate them on a scale of 1(negative) to 10(positive), I would give them a (9). As a fulltime working wife and mother of 4, I appreciate the convenience and flexibility that Ashford offers in order for me to meet my goals. I have looked into many different universities and none of them suited me as well as Ashford. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first about whether or not I would be getting a quality education or not. I am happy to say that I am very satisfied with the outcome and how much knowledge and skills that I have acquired. I communicate with people better, I understand certain things better than I used to, and I've become more interested in learning new things. I have made a grade of 'C' in a couple of classes which I am not happy or proud about. But, I simply picked myself up off the ground, stayed level-headed, asked for advice/help, and believed in myself. Since then every grade has been an 'A'. Overall, I believe Ashford has the ability to supply relevant and meaningful knowledge to students with real desire and determination. I don't know if their agenda is to take my money or if they truly care about how successful I turn out to be. I just know one thing, what I have taken from Ashford University is far more valuable than what they can take ($$) from me. I am not looking to get a promotion at work(although it may happen), I simply wanted to increase my business skills and knowledge and hopefully be able to hang a degree in the office of my own business one day...Just my opinion.... 
June 26, 2011, 7:01 p.m.
+2 votes/
So much hate on these chat sites, jeez. Working people just trying to finish their degree. Nothing wrong with Ashford or any other accredited online school if it fits your needs. They aren't claiming to be MIT. No one is forcing anybody to do anything. Lighten up people.
July 24, 2011, 4:21 p.m.
+2 votes/
Some of these comments are some of the most RIDICULOUS and ignorant things i've ever heard. To all of those claiming that Ashford is taking your money.... you are seriously the most delusional person ever. YOU are doing something wrong if you owe the school money. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. You should really just stop now and save yourself the agony because if you are dumb enough to think its the school's fault and not your own then you are a lost cause at this point! Do a little research on how college works. Its called... pass your classes, do your FA on time, and don't drop out of courses leaving you responsible for the charge. If you do that, you will never ow money. Apparently, you aren't doing that.
July 26, 2011, 2:48 a.m.
+2 votes/
I am in 1st semester for this online college. I had transferable credits from a SUNY University that I could no longer attend due to my schedule. It's taken me 4 years to come back and this still seems like the best opportunity for me. Financial Aid covered everything and I had money that was given back and I'll be using it for books. I really enjoy how everything works. I checked the courses and credits with the University I was attending and everything transfers, so it's legit. I really do not enjoy comparing my 100% work to people that start off discussion posts with "these two is the most like me because I do get frustrated..." There is no feedback for people that can not comprehend sentence structure and it's really demeaning when the Instructors can't write that well either. I look forward to pushing through cause it seems like my classes will be easy credits. I just hope the students that write one sentence for a paragraph will get better over time. There is one other person in my class that knows how to write.
Aug. 24, 2011, 9:38 p.m.
+2 votes/
I have enjoyed ashford so far.
Aug. 26, 2011, 8:57 p.m.
+2 votes/
I will be transferring in to AU from another "well-known" university. I visited this site to get some unbiased, real people reviews on AU (I was not at all disappointed, by the way), and I must say that many of the complaints lodged here are quite similar to those of almost every distance learning institution: problems with financial aid, the advisors, curriculum, staff/facilitators, other students, etc., etc. Allow me to share my experience and why I chose AU over all others. 
To begin, the "other" university became too big for their own good. They raised their tuition costs for the Bachelor's degree programs to almost $600 per credit! For that amount of money, I would think that there would be more interaction with the facilitators such as video conferencing and 24-hour-a-day availability!!! I was four classes in before I was directed to review my financial aid figures on the NSLDS (National Student Loan Data System for Students). Guess what? I would have ended up having to pay out-of-pocket for three courses - and my finance advisor NEVER shared that with me UNTIL I ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
After shopping around with a host of schools to include Kaplan, Walden, Argosy, AU, and others, AU was the best deal for me - not only financially, but academically (plus, they accepted ALL of my transfer credits, so I did not lose the time or grades I made with the "other" school). I am a realist and already know there is no higher education institution that does not come without its challenges. I am a very outspoken person who asks the right questions to get an honest answer and I will never be happy settling with the first answer I receive.
Like others have recommended, do your research before making a commitment that has a huge bearing on your future. I wish everyone the best with whatever school they choose.
Oct. 18, 2011, 5:53 a.m.
+2 votes/
Don't listen to all of the people out there saying that AU is not a good school because they are lying.  I attended AU and they are a wonderful.  You take one class every 5 weeks and 6 weeks if you are working on your Phd.  I dis enrolled because I had to much going on at the time and I was not able to focus on my classes and to my surprise when I tried to return so idiots from Mississippi have been doing something illegal and now there is a legislative ban on AU that is barring all students from MS from attending.  I wish that I had never left because I have been in to other schools since then and they are not worth the money that I have spent.  They just pile work upon you weekly with no regard as to you finishing it.  AU is nothing like that, you have a chance to focus on one class at a time and this helps you to complete them without having to go from course to course completing work from different instructors.  I would give anything if I could go back and finish my degree. btw the other two schools that I meantion or Rasmussen and Hodges, hopes this helps 
Nov. 3, 2011, 1:11 a.m.
+2 votes/
I requested information from Ashford U and recieved a phone call from them 5 minutes later. That put me off. I told the recruiter my work hours and politely asked him not to call me at work. The next day, he calls me at the exact same time as the previous day. Once again, I told him not to call me and that I would call him if interested. He ended up calling me five times or more every day for the next two weeks. He finally stopped when I yelled at him. My boyfriend was wondering who this strange man calling me was and had trouble believing he was a school admissions counselor. Thanks for harassing me and almost getting me dumped, Ashford U...
Nov. 23, 2011, 10:23 a.m.
+2 votes/
I graduated from Ashford this year with my bachelor's in sociology. I can tell you that I feel that I received a top-notch education at Ashford. I never experienced any trouble with my advisor or financial aid. There is a question on the student portal which asks the student for permission to save excess funds instead of returning them to the student. I checked no on this option and had no problem in this regard. I would never suggest letting someone hold your money for you. I found my instructors to be helpful and responsive. Instructors were good to apply experiences out of their own education and lives to issues discussed. This applied real world situations to the concepts we studied and enriched our learning. I did find that some students are lacking in grammar, sentence structure and punctuation but I have found this to be the same at a different online university also. I had a very rich learning experience at Ashford. The discussions and papers inspired me to do my own personal research on issues that came up in class discussions. I learned much more and on a higher level here at Ashford than I ever did at my previous community college. Ashford is awesome and the bad media is ruining their reputation just because they are a for-profit school. Don't let the negative reviews stop you from getting a great education at Ashford!
Jan. 20, 2012, 10:32 p.m.
+2 votes/
I'm not suggesting that you don't enroll. I'm suggesting that you don't ever click on their name! Get off this page, and as far away from Ashford as you can. 

I was terminated from work today. Want to know why? Ashford would not stop calling my phone. I explained on numerous occasions that they needed to call me after certain hours. They don't care. They started TEXTING me! I know a lot of you may be like.. "wow, why not just silence your phone?" Well, I can't. I have children. 
I'm looking at my missed calls just from today. 14. Seriously? 14!! 

At first, I thought my boss was overreacting. But now that I'm sitting home all unemployed-- I realize she was right. Who the hell needs to call you that much, email you that much, text you so much in one day???

It's like a desperate boy from the bar who just can't understand that you were just drunk that night..

They are pushy, and rude. They call at ALL hours. 6am, 11pm. 

Maybe Ashford is a great school. I might have really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I won't know now. No job, no money, no school. 

Thanks Ashford.
Feb. 20, 2012, 8:16 p.m.
+2 votes/
WARNING: This college online is boguss. It is a corporate business that uses the name of Bridgepoint Education, LLC.. out of San Diego, CA. It is a big office building that is after military, students/youth and the low to moderate income folks to scam off of there Financial and government aid and grants. Look up the Fraud investigations into Ashford University there is 35 of them. The attorney General is involved and so is the governmental agency governing financial aid. Ashford online IS NOT accrediated they have only applied for it two years ago and still do not have it. They are not nationally accrediated either. So therefore your degrees and certificates, classes are non transferrable and Ashford/Bridgepoint takes the financial aid they hold from students and put it in a interest bearing accounts until you run up a bill in classes to the same amount or over it and then they will claim you owe them more monies. You also cannot possible withdraw or cancel out of this college crap without them causing havoc to your financial aid and making it impossible for you to attend another accrediated college without paying them off first even though you dont owe them.. they trap you into this college and others..Kaplan, DeVry,UofP and many more are just money making scam artists. Oh and you financial aid is also used on the stock market to make them money off of stocks and bonds at high interest rates.. So when considering this school.. dont they are jerks that dont care about your college education they care only about lining there pockets with billions of funds from you and the government. Including the military and there educational grants. They stole almost eight grand from me. I was charged a outrageous amount for only four classes and given my aid waaay too late after it had been in there money making account for over three months time. Someone needs to stop them from frauding the students/consumers and the govt. Sincerely Disgusted and appalled .. anonymous student of OREGON
Feb. 23, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
+2 votes/
Hello, 

I have my issues with the school too, and I don't mean to come across as rude, but if one fails a class, of course the person has to retake it to EARN their degree.  Its the same for any school, traditional or online!

I mean seriously, stating that you are a single mother of 3 has nothing to do with the school and earning your degree!  Are you implying that you should get an easier pass than me because I'm single and have no children?  

On a side note, Ashford University is very expensive, so for those "stupid classes" you need to take, it would make more sense for you to expand your "search" and check the articulation agreements that Ashford University has with local community colleges.  You'd be surprised just how much you can save by taking an online course at a local community college and transferring it in.

Best of luck Danielle.  Please don't teach your children that should they fail a class they should feel sorry for themselves and expect to take the class for free as it isn't going to happen.!
April 10, 2012, 11:35 p.m.
+2 votes/
In Jesus name, Do not go to this school! We as God's children are to be the head and not the tail, well with this school you will never get ahead. This is a waste of time and money! If you go to this school no job will accept your degree as credible no matter how hard or how many A's you get! You will be better at a community college which will take longer but at least you will learn! At least your degree will hold a much higher value over this elmentary school they call a university! I plead with you DON'T DO IT!
April 27, 2012, 8:15 p.m.
+2 votes/
Dont be fooled by ashford and their slick sales tactics.All they will do is rip you off and take your Money!!!The Goverment needs to be informed about that university!!!Stay away from them.
May 12, 2012, 2:09 a.m.
+2 votes/
I am in the process of finding other students that have had a financial issue with Ashford University in the past year. I am a former student and experienced nothing but lies and deceit from Ashford's Staff. And as far as getting help with your courses, its a freaking joke. The first five weeks are awesome and they help you a lot but once they drag you in and get your financial aid money AND your loan it's a wrap. No help at all. Everything is tellamated and I understand they have thousands of students but when you need help what are you to do? The INSTRUCTORS are no instructor at all. This school is a joke. I told these ppl I had no computer or phone to continue to go to school, and I became homeless and my two young children where taken away from me and all he could tell me is to use a pay-phone to call him and walk to a library to get my work done. Like seriously? They don't care about anything but their paycheck. P;EASE RUN AWAY!!!!! ANDS THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR TO GET YOU STARTED, ITS A SALES PITCH, AND I KNOW A PITCH, BEING AN OUTDOOR SALES PERSON FOR A FEW YEARS. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL PLEASE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU DONT HAVE THE MONEY, OR A YOUNG MOTHER. GO TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THEY USUALLY OFFER ONLINE CLASSES ALSO.
June 1, 2012, 3:51 p.m.
+2 votes/
Obviously you haven't taken a class at an Top 20 school.  You'd be surprised at the difference in quality.  Perhaps even more importantly the peers you collaborate and network with.  
Feb. 23, 2007, 6:10 a.m.
+1 vote/
Anyone who want's to become a teacher should really look into this school's BA/teaching certification program. This is so awesome and I am able to use Financial Aid when I was told by other schools that I do not qualify. I'm going to be a teacher in 2 years!!
Sept. 9, 2009, 9:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
I was doing some research on online universities for a couple of days and have found that Ashford scored the highest (from a student feedback perspective).  Yesterday I completed a "More Information" form on Ashford's website and within an hour I received both a phone call and follow up e-mail from the enrollment advisor.  I did not answer the phone or respond to the e-mail.  2 hours later I get another phone call.  We spoke about my interest and he answered some of my process questions.  He didn't seem very professional on the phone and at times I felt like I was being "Closed" or going through an "Assumed Close".  I'm familiar with these tactics because I have some professional background in this.  Towards the end of the call I told him to just e-mail me the information and links to the website and I would get to it later.  The very next morning I get an e-mail with a subject line of "Have you changed your mind?".  At this point it became clear to me that these guys make a commission for enrolling students.  After some additional digging, I discovered a recent press release (9/2/2009)to this effect on their holding company's website (Bridgepoint Education --> Investor Relations --> New Releases).

The school is currently under investigation by the OIG for its compensation policies and practices relating to its enrollment advisors among a host of other financial compliance issues.

So based on my recent experience and this press release, I will be holding off on enrolling until the outcome of the investigation/audit and I would recommend that anyone that reads this take caution as well.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:16 a.m.
+1 vote/
I think this school is great. They transferred 72 credits of my community college degree plus they let me take 2 more classes at the cc while I attended Ashford to save money.  They are the cheapest that I saw and I did research this. I have been attending since fall of 2008 and I will be done April 2010; I am in my next to last class now, yeahh. Some of the profs were great, some were less than adequate (same as the cc), but I still learned and did my work. I got most of my books through the bookstore but then I went to Half.com and got them really cheap used from there. Technology fee was a one time $990, a bargain compared to other schools. No other fees other than tuition.  While I know nothing is perfect, I can't think of anything that would prevent me from going there again. As a matter of fact, I may go for my Master's at Ashford after I get a bit of a break, cause I'm getting burned out from doing papers.  Great school, but you must be motivated and be able to work on your own. If you aren't, then online education is not for you. I give it 2 thumbs UP!
March 1, 2010, 2:19 a.m.
+1 vote/
Just a warning. Most of the bad comments on here are from one disgruntled person named Joe who uses several aliases to slander Ashford's reputation. He had a problem with his financial aide and decided to destroy the reputation of this institution.
May 19, 2010, 12:29 p.m.
+1 vote/
Thought you might find this interesting... 
San Diego Reader | For-Profit. For Learning?
sandiegoreader.com
On May 4, PBS’s Frontline show interviewed a former recruiter for Ashford University, the online college that is part of San Diego’s newest corporate darling, Bridgepoint Education. She complained about the pressure to enroll students. ...Share
June 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m.
+1 vote/
I HAVE BEEN GOING TO ASHFORD UNIVERSITY FOR TWO YEARS AND AT THE END OF MY DEGREE (4 COURSES BEFORE GRADUATING)I RECEIVED A WARNING EMAIL THAT MY AGGREGATE LIMIT FOR FINANCIAL AID HAD NOT ONLY BEEN EXCEEDED BUT IT WENT OVER BY OVER $2000.00. ASHFORD IS MAKING ME RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR MISTAKE AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS OF TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT MY AGGREGATE LIMIT WAS AND IF I WAS GETTING TOO CLOSE. THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE AT ASHFORD IS GETTING STUDENTS MONEY AND THEY ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR LACK OF ADVISING TO THEIR STUDENTS. I FILED A FORMAL COMPLAINT WHICH TOOK OVER 30 DAYS TO GET A REPLY BACK AND NOW I AM TWO COURSES FROM FINISHING MY DEGREE AND CAN NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR MISTAKE AND FAFSA'S MISTAKE FOR NOT KEEPING TRACK OF THE MONEY.
I AM VERY DISAPOINTED AND DONT THINK THESE SCHOOLS SHOULD GET AWAY WITH SUCH A THING THAT THE STUDENT ENDS UP BEING TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR IN THE END. I AM NOW OUT OF A DEGREE AND OWE THE GOVERNMENT A HELL OF A LOT OF MONEY!!
June 17, 2010, 4:54 a.m.
+1 vote/
As a former employee of Ashford University (who left by choice) who was not in the enrollment/admissions department, but in a parallel department I am well versed in Ashford University policies and the admissions process and department. I cannot in good faith recommend anyone to Ashford University and largely because of the enrollment process. Ask an enrollment advisor about Mako Mondays and ask them to quote Donald Trump. A Mako is a shark and on a handout was part of the enrollment numbers and enrollment goals that enrollment was given to meet. There is a lot of pressure on enrollment advisors. These stories are not anecdotal. Employees that arent disgruntled will attest, there is no hiding from the fact that Ashford University is purely a numbers driven agency as any for-profit company is. It is to the detriment of the student except for their focus on time to completion. That is commendable. However, otherwise Andrew Clark uses the term Best in Class to death. It sounds really pretty but ultimately its a marketing gimmick. It is a veneer over the enrollment department. Ask around you'll hear the negative stories more than the positives---theres a reason. Thats why these stories are not anecdotal. Do not enroll at Ashford. Its more expensive-- the only reason people go to Ashford is because Ashford doesnt' require SAT or ACT scores and you could just lie and say you graduated from any given High School-- all Ashford does is verify the school existed. They do not require diplomas. How they are accredited-- I dont know. But the worst part is the sleazyness of the enrollment team. Ask them on a Mako Monday what will happen if they dont make their numbers and you'll understand.
Aug. 11, 2010, 4:09 p.m.
+1 vote/
PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS UNIVERSITY!!!! Ashford University is a horrible excuse for an educational institution. They truly only care about your money. I took six classes there, made the Dean's list, and still had so many issues in that brief time, I have almost completely lost any remaining faith in the entire education system in this country. If you are not an expert at Ashford's policies and procedures and financial aid, you will not be able to function at this "university". I was not able to get a hold of my academic or financial advisor ONCE over the phone in the time that I was there, a HUGE downfall given that they specialize in distance education. Worse yet, often I could not even get anyone to respond to my email correspondence. They removed me from a class, IN THE MIDDLE OF A CLASS, and erased all of the coursework that I completed due to an issue with my financial aid (caused by Ashford) that I had no knowledge about. After ending my enrollment at Ashford due to the disrespect and disregard for my education that I was shown while there, they sent me an email with a 15 day notice that yet another balance appeared on my account without my knowledge, and I still could not get anyone on the phone to straighten it out. Once they have you in their grasp, they will not let you go! I am still fighting with this University today, and I will take every opportunity for the rest of my life to help any other upstanding students from having to go through an ordeal like mine. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS UNIVERSITY!!!!
Aug. 14, 2010, 2:20 a.m.
+1 vote/
I started attending Ashford in Oct of this year.. When I first start researching schools I put in for some info about the Social and Criminal Justice degree.. The calls never stopped after I put my phone number in.. Nathan the counsler wouldnt take no for an answer so finally I gave in and said Id attend this school. The financial aid department is awful and the trying to do this online is crazy.. I just dropped out this month after putting myself in so much debt for this "University". You cant even buy your books with the finicial aid that you are awarded.. The books are about 100 if not more and you can only get the Ashford Edition so theres no buying them on some other website. They also sent my loans back to the lenders so now I owe the school alot of money just because I decided to swich schools.. The teachers really arnt that fantastic either.. You'd figure paying 1130 for each class that you would get some quality education.. I would NOT reqremend this school to ANYONE!! Its honestly a bunch of bull s..t!!
Aug. 18, 2010, 1:01 a.m.
+1 vote/
Ashford is the worst school! The faculty are less-than-qualified and don't ever seem to know what it is that they are doing. Ashford should be shut down immediately due to incompetence on the faculties part.
Aug. 24, 2010, 6:08 a.m.
+1 vote/
Ashford is no different than any other online university.  Which is exactly why Congress is looking into them all.  This is a for profit money grab that is taking advantage of people who really don't know any better. 

This so called university has 3000 employees, 1600 of which are telemarketers (their names are listed for you when you choose your representative on their application!!!!).  These poor schmucks have been hired to get you to take out student loans. Each one of these "phone monkey's" are dialing to the drum of the CEO Andrew Clark who will one day be forced to testify in front of Congress for his intentional raping of the American tax payer.  If you don't believe me, ask yourself what other "Dean/CEO" of an American University pays himself 20 million dollars per year.

So if you want to go there, go!  But don't cry 12 months from now when you have 15k in loans and your credits aren't worth anything.  The only people who should attend this university are the same ones who had their homes repossessed because they felt cheated by their lender and didn't do any research at all. 

Online universities are the new subprime lending cheats.  It's the same formula.  Make false promises:  Qualifying is easy, don't worry about the loans that's 4 years from now, why wouldn't you do this everyone knows house ownership/college degrees always make money.  Sounds familiar doesn't it.

And guess what, these criminals are taking advantage of tax payers money to feed these lies, to line their own pockets.  My only hope is that Obama won't bail out all of you retards again!  

Here's the deal, you want to go to college, go.  But go to a real one.  College isn't supposed to be easy, it's supposed to be hard!, its supposed to be a sacrifice!  It's this process that changes your mind forever and creates a college graduate out of you.  

You can't get this tranformation by logging on twice a week and replying to two of your fellow classmates.  The only ones who will tell you that is what college is all about is either an alumni from one of these retarded schools or is getting paid to get you to go to one.  (Which buy the way is one of the main reasons schools like Ashford face losing their accreditation which will will really make paying back those loans tons of fun.....)

So take my advice if you're thinking about going, don't.  And if you are going tranfer out while your credits are still worth something.
Aug. 24, 2010, 10:02 p.m.
+1 vote/
Former Saint Telemarketer,
Your right on!

Also it's funny how the 'academic advisors' make more than the professors.....
Sept. 27, 2010, 7:45 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am finishing up my 2nd class at Ashford and I am very satisfied. I almost changed my mind after reading all the bad reviews, but thank goodness I decided to enroll. An online degree is the only option for me at this stage in my life and Ashford was the perfect choice. I needed the security of a school which also has a physical campus, like Ashford and I needed a Communications program. My 2 classes have gone very well and I am doing well in them. Classes are not easy and the instructors so far have been very hands on where communication and feedback are concerned. I feel I am receiving a great education at Ashford.
I hear alot of bad reviews about financial aid as well. I can only assume that whatever problems went on in the past, Ashford has fixed because my financial aid went through without issue. My first semester is paid for and I received my stipend check at the end of my 7th week enrolled. Be prepared to pay for the books for your 2nd class out of pocket, but my stipend check came in time for me to pay for books for my 3rd and 4th class!
I Love Ashford!
Oct. 15, 2010, 3 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am currently enrolled in my 12th online course at Ashford, as a Business Administration major.  I have had a great experience so far, and after reading a lot of these negative comments I question the validity of most of them.

I am receiving employer reimbursement for my classes and books, so I do not have to deal with financial aid.  As far as books, I always order the e-book version, which is about half the price of the text, and do not have to pay shipping cost, or wait for the book to arrive in the mail.  Once I buy the e-book, it downloads immediately to my computer and works the same way as a text.

The technology fee (was $990 for me a year ago) was mentioned by my advisor prior to me enrolling.  Again, since my fees, tuition, books, etc are reimbursed by my company it really didn't affect my decision to enroll.

Lastly, in my 12 courses so far I have had only 1 instructor who was difficult to work with.  This particular instructor didn't help much if you had a question, and was borderline rude at times concerning student feedback in the discussion posts.  Is this unusual?  I don't think so.  I am sure every university in the world has an instructor or two who is difficult for their students.  I was lucky to get a B- in that course and just moved on and have had many more wonderful instructors so I know that one was just a bad apple in the bunch.
Oct. 15, 2010, 11:19 p.m.
+1 vote/
Awwh Alayna that's all you could come up with.  No wonder you hated college so much.  You couldn't text your way through.
Nov. 17, 2008, 2:57 a.m.
+1 vote/
I enrolled at Ashford in June '06 and graduated in Dec '07 with a BA in Psychology. I had a wonderful experience. The 5 week intensive classes were just long enough to keep my attention. The only reason I did not continue at Ashford for my graduate degree is that my major wasn't offered. Now I have 10-week courses and find myself bored around week 6. Ashford kept me on my toes. I loved that I knew what to expect with each class because each class follows the same frame work (weekly quiz, discussion posts and responses, papers due in week 3 and week 5). It worked for me. Sure, there were classes in which the instructors were not as visible or available, but as an online adult learner, knowing how to work without supervision should be part of one's make-up anyway. This happens in B&M schools, too. I excelled at Ashford and was ecstatic to finally finish my B.A. with a 3.93 GPA at the age of 36. I earned every A. Ashford is no diploma mill. You study, do the work and put effort into it, you get good results. If not, well...then, not so much. I drove with 10 members of my family and close friends in a bad snow storm from Chicago to Iowa to the B&M Ashford for graduation and it was worth it. I truly accomplished something and am a role model for my kids and anyone who never thought they would have the chance to go back to school after making some bad decisions in their youth or just because life threw them a curve. I recommend Ashford to anyone who is computer literate, is a self-starter, and works well without supervision.
Feb. 8, 2009, 3:54 a.m.
+1 vote/
Under Title IV, the school is only allowed to delay your check by 30-45 days.  If it took six months for you to recieve it, then Ashford is in violation of Title IV and can be denied recieving federally backed student loans.
Feb. 12, 2009, 6:52 p.m.
+1 vote/
Ashford is only allowed to hold your money no longer than 35 days.  If they do so, they will be inelligable to recieve Title IV funding as they will be in breech of the rules.
March 3, 2009, 9:05 a.m.
+1 vote/
Most colleges award some life experience credits. CLEP can be a useful set of tests for people who do not require certain coursework.
July 9, 2009, 12:37 a.m.
+1 vote/
After reading all the good and the bad on the web about Ashford University, I have to side with those who have had a bad experience.  Despite reading the posts about the bad experiences, I enrolled anyhow.  I have attended both traditional and online schools in the past and have received my degree within them, but never have I experienced an enrollment tatic like the one I experienced at Ashford University.  Nor have I attended any school without knowing the awarded financial aid amount prior to the start of class or made payment arrangements.  Because of the uncertainties, I officially withdrew on the first day of class.  That's when the truth and lies began.  My enrollment advisor must work on commission, because when I informed him I wanted to withdraw, that's when he put on his high pressured super cape and tried to persuade me to log into class.  I feel if I had logged in, I would have been taken on a long ride to recovery.  After standing firm on my discision to withdraw, the advisor's cape then turned him into the grim reaper.  He became very unprofessional and stated he doesn't know how to withdraw a student.  Per Ashford University's Catalog, the steps of withdrawing are listed.  I'm not foolish nor uneducated by a long shot. Ashford University may very well be a good school or maybe not.  But it's the financial aid procedure of uncertainties and the high pressure enrollment advisors that ward off any perspective students.  "Enroll at your own risk" should be cited on their home page.
July 29, 2009, 4:42 p.m.
+1 vote/
Don't buy the bull the current AU advisors are trying to sell you!  They pretty much work on commission, so OF COURSE they want to convince people to enroll.  While they will make you feel that they are selective, really they accept anyone that can come up with the money to pay for their first class--whether it's with cash, TA, or FA--if youv'e got money they'll find a way to take it.  Don't let them use a free book stipend or waived application fee to reel you in--they offer these promotions every month.  Don't let them tell you you MUST enroll now--they start new classes every couple weeks.  Yes Ashford is attached to a real college, but if you want to see what the online school is about you should visit their "offices."  It's a telemarketing center people.  Most of the advisors aren't even college educated.  They are required to work through their list of leads, which is why people that don't enroll immediately will continue to get calls two or three times a day.  

How do I know this?  Because I used to work there.  I genuinely cared about my students, but it wasn't enough.  We had several meetings a day where our supervisors bullied and threatened us to try to improve our numbers.  I was once pushed to enroll a disabled woman who was hard to contact because her phone and electricity kept getting cut off.  I spoke to several former students who were furious because other colleges wouldn't transfer their AU credits.  If you want a degree to make yourself feel smart, then you should have no trouble passing AU's generic classes.  If on the other hand you want a relevant degree from a respected school don't waste your money here.
Nov. 17, 2010, 3:15 p.m.
+1 vote/
I was going to transfer Ashford next semester for BA Criminal Justice.  The advisor from Ashford informed me that I had to be 22 years old to get in the bachelors program.  Instead, she would put me in the AA program.  I told her forget about it! If I want to get an AA degree, I would just stay at community college right now! I didn't know there was an age requirement? I figured as long you are over 18 and have your high school diploma or GED, but I guess not.

However, I won't be 22 in 2 years.  I can't wait that long to get in the program.  I tried to tell the advisor nicely that I was no longer interested attending Ashford.  Guess what, the advisor keeps calling me non stop! 

That's the only complain I have with Ashford.  I am sure it's a great school and all.  If anyone under 22 is thinking about attending Ashford; either you wait till you're 22 to get in the BA program or go somewhere else.
Dec. 28, 2010, 2:11 a.m.
+1 vote/
My experience at Ashford was so much better than the stories I read here. I was a student that transfered in 90 credits and was there for a year and one month. My advisor was the greatest! She called me after every class to congratulate me for obtaining an A. I graduated with distinction (honors). I worked my behind off for it! when I would make honor roll she would call me and sing a quirky congratulatory song on my voicemail. I really liked her a lot. I will agree the financial aid reps are inept! IT's almost impossible to get an answer out of them. I grew tired so everytime I needed something from Financial Aid, I would call the office of the University President. I would complain and refuse to give up the line until I received the help I needed. After that happening a few times, my financial aid rep was VERY responsive. I graduated with my B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Education. I immediately started my Masters at another distance university to obtain my Masters in Education with a teaching certificate. The quality of the education was excellent, BUT the support office departments are TERRIBLE! My advisor has a thousand students, I spoke to him once, the day I started. Finanical aid seems to be a nightmare at every college/university!!!! I am so glad I have not had issues and I needed to speak to them. I called once. When they didn't respond, I called the office of the President to complain AND demand action. My financial aid person checks in with me regularly now. I began as a traditional student, now I am all for distance learning. It's new and challenging, but I really like it. 
Dec. 28, 2010, 9:02 p.m.
+1 vote/
My experience was fairly good up until graduation.  First, they fail to remind you that there is a fee and forms to submit to "request" to graduate. It's written in the catalog that I read two years ago when I began with Ashford...
 
Then, they put your status on hold until they get the fee, yet they FORGET TO TAKE IT OFF after you've paid it. I was told that it would take 6-8 weeks to get my certificate ten weeks ago.  I just called and found out about the hold they forgot to remove (see above).  Now I get to wait another 6 to 8 weeks for my certificate.  Pathetic!!!   Follow-through people...  Follow-through...  
Jan. 15, 2011, 3:24 p.m.
+1 vote/
Getting A's at ashford is the normal. If you didn't get an A that means you didn't turn anything in. It's such a corrupt educational system. The business side has tainted it.
Jan. 19, 2011, 7:17 p.m.
+1 vote/
I received my masters degree from Ashford in November, 2010 and it was a very rewarding experience.  The professors are highly qualified, well attentive and will not let you get away with just posting anything. Like any school there are some good points and some bad points but my overall educational experience was great.  I highly recommend this school
Jan. 21, 2011, 4:34 p.m.
+1 vote/
I have recieves jobs at a major bank and Morgan Stanley smith Barney with a degree from Ashford. It's not necessarily important where you go for school, but if you go to school. Relatively speaking ofcourse. I mean I'm talking about the average person here...
Jan. 22, 2011, 10:15 a.m.
+1 vote/
Hello!

I recently graduated from Ashford in November 2010 with a Communications Studies degree and was very shocked to learn that I would not be graduating Summa cum laude, which I earned, because I was 7 credits short of their erroneous number (55) credit cut-off point.Instead I get a "With Distinction" honor.

I was wondering if anyone has a problem with the way some schools issue latin honors. Especially when it comes to online students. Ashford's policy is cut and dry. Through research, I have found out that the top online schools have made provisions (for Latin honors) so online students who work hard but do not have the required 55 credits still have an opportunity to receive these high honors instead of "With Distinction". I do not even understand what that means.

In my case, I received 48 credits from Ashford. My lowest percentile was 93% and my highest was 100%. In essence, 16 classes, straight A's. Someone please explain to me how I am not graduating Summa Cum Laude?

Maybe most online students are in school for 2 years or more, but there are some who are not, but attended for at least a year which means approximately 30 credits. I feel that they should receive the same honors because they did the work! 

The school only requires a 3.9 for Summa cum laude and I made a strong 4.0. That alone should be the exception. They could also do as other schools and split it up. A certain G.P.A. for 55 credits and a higher G.P.A. for qualification if you have less than the prescribed credits or like some schools who just require 30 credits across the board. Either way these are better and fairer solutions than the status quo. 

As an alumnist now, I am going to campaign against this policy. They will probably not change my degree but maybel I can help others.

As it stand now, my family and friends who have been with me through it all are just not going to understand this. How do you go from the top 2% of your graduating class to some generic term? 

What are your thoughts?
Jan. 30, 2011, 11:51 p.m.
+1 vote/
Jazzy, this school gives out As. They tell their professors in not so many words that you are an adult learner, and if you do any work at all, give an A. Unfortunately the open enrollment of this school (a purely profit business decision) forces them to make this policy, because any buffoon can be enrolled at Ashford. If they didn't have the A for work policy, 90% of the Ashford students would of flunked out or dropped out. The business side has tainted the education. Bottom line, there is no educational value to Ashford.
Feb. 3, 2011, 10:45 a.m.
+1 vote/
To Easy A Jazzy your statement is completely fallicious.  My husband also attends Ashford puts in his hard work and he is a B sometimes C student.  To even make a statement like that is absurd.  Sure some professors are easier than other but to say the school gives out A's is completely false.  The bottom line is you have to work to get good grades.  
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:29 p.m.
+1 vote/
Shareholders Foundation (an consumer advocacy group) is currently investigating Bridgepoint Education (which is the parent compnay of Ashford University) for fraud. All current and former students are encouraged to contact them at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com. You can go to their website click on investigations and find Bridgepoint Education for more information
Feb. 9, 2011, 4:40 a.m.
+1 vote/
Bridgepoint Education knowingly Mis-represents their "Ashford University."  A failing distressed property was purchased in 2005 in Clinton, Iowa.  Andrew S. Clark along with Warburg Pincus Investments misrepresent this property as Ashford University.  Ashford has been around for less then a decade while they will gladly tell you they are over 100 years old.  The campus has about 1000 students while the online division has upwards of 70,000 students at this point.  Andrew S. Clark is selling 1 million dollars of stock every month.  The University is only interested in enrolling as many students as humanly possible.  Ashford University is an elaborate scam in the highest order.  The degrees are indeed accredited, but beyond that believe nothing.  The "admissions counselors" get two weeks of training before becoming tasked with advising students on what is right for them.  If these "counselors" do not enroll enough students they get fired.  In Short, the for profit nature of Bridgepoint comes at a HUGE detriment to the students they serve.  As a former employee it is actually very comical how they try to position themselves as anything more then a money making juggernaut.  They exist in this country as a siphon for title four funding from the government.  Their doors are closed the same day the government says enough is enough.  The degrees are virtually worthless in the real world and will almost certainly be associated with fraud in the near future.  Very commonly myself and many of my fellow "Admissions Counselors" were referred to as "garbage" because we didn't enroll enough students.  The atmosphere as an employee is incredibly sophomoric, and un-necessarily high pressured.  It is commonplace for an "Admissions Counselor" to finish what sounds like a great conversation on the phone with a student only to laugh at them afterwards, gloating about the fact that they enrolled a "dumbass."  Any prospective student must never believe the sincerity of Ashford University.  Some of their "Admissions Counselors" get paid six figures because they are so good at making people believe the sincerity of th university.  How many legit operations call prospective clients upwards of 15 times a day until they literally need to put themselves on an official DO NOT CALL list............none.
Feb. 9, 2011, 6:02 p.m.
+1 vote/
I want to clear up one point I made in my previous comment as to be completely beyond reproach.  Ashford will proudly boast being founded in 1918, thus making them 93 years old.  Most "Admissions Counselors" will generalize and say 100 years, but the better ones don't.  Most of the people within the organization are decent people, and some are actually pretty impressive.  The unfortunate truth is the business model Bridgepoint employs encourages so much juvinile behavior.  The company virtually forces bright people to act un-ethically in order to "succeed".  The company operates as if a grade school bully set the guidelines.  It is absolutely standard behavior to hear "managers" scream at the top of their lungs that one of their "Admissions Counselors" is "on the board."  Meaning that they convinced someone(prospective student) to take out federal loans to attend Ashford.  REST ASSURED if you enroll two people it is better then one, and who cares about two if you can enroll three, three is old news if you can enroll four, and so on and so on.  The best Ashford can say is that they are in compliance with the laws that govern them.  Boy scouts they are not.  The real shame of it is the students they serve.  They are nothing more then a point on the board, and they get nothing but mediocrity from their university.  It is so hit and miss, with the Admissions Counselors, financial aid representatives, academic advisors etc.  One student can deal with a series of competent people, while the next student is stuck with a nightmare experience.  With regards to the "admissions counselors" the content of their calls are USUALLY respectful and not harassing in nature, but the fact that they call so often even after the prospective student has tried to politely say they are not interested is highly harassing.  In almost all cases it is not the Admissions Counselor him/her self, it is the business model they are forced to adhere to.
Feb. 14, 2011, 5:17 a.m.
+1 vote/
Sorry, if you're not getting As at a school like this, then that just proves they let ANYONE in. As are the norm. You are basically 'failing' if you're getting Bs or Cs. Sorry its the truth. And they are briefed to give As. The business side wins always with for profits. Hence the nickname for profit. It's not 'for-education' it's 'for-profit'. No wonder the DOE is relooking and federal funds for these businesses.
Feb. 25, 2011, 4:19 a.m.
+1 vote/
where these teachers because I have been at Ashford for over 2 years now and I have had some rough teachers. I have had teachers tell me that I was off subject or I need to put some personal experience in my discussions. the only problem I have had with Ashford is their financial aid department (they really suck). All my classes from previous schools was transferred. 
March 1, 2011, 6:55 p.m.
+1 vote/
I Graduated from Ashford University in June 2010.  My experience was GREAT. I would advise others to attend this school....
March 3, 2011, 11:10 p.m.
+1 vote/
For those that seriously think you can complete a semesters worth of learning in 5 and a half weeks, think again.

It is so accelerated and so high level, it's a joke.  Here's your money (wink wink), here is your degree (wink, wink)
March 4, 2011, 8:24 a.m.
+1 vote/
I have been attending Ashford University since March of 2010 and will be graduating with my Master's in April 2011.  I haven't had any problems with any departments.  It has been a smooth ride...
March 8, 2011, 3:59 p.m.
+1 vote/
Are you jealous that you spent too much money for the same degree. Ivy league schools are just like brand name products. You pay for the name.
March 9, 2011, 7:58 p.m.
+1 vote/
here is the hierarchy

-high school grad
-Ashford University grad(Phoenix,Kaplan,doesn't matter)
-community college grad
-state college grad
-private university grad
-blue chip private university grad(Ivey league, Stanford, MIT etc.)


if you graduate with your bachelors from Ashford you are entering the job market as a step ahead of high school grads, but behind everybody else.  with the amount of fierce competition for the best jobs there is your Ashford degree is virtually worthless.  In fact one could go a step further and say that if you present an Ashford Univerity degree to any employer you are basically communicating to the employer that you are a sucker.  If your resume sits in a pile with 10+ others then you literally have no shot unless you have significant work experience in whatever field you are trying to get into.    

Lets talk about some of the inside stuff that goes on at Ashford University, as I am a former employee.  I just could not stand waking up every day and lying for a living.  Pretty good living too, made $72,000 a year duping some of the country's most gullible people into taking on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans for a virtually worthless degree.  
-first off Ashford only gives a shyte if the student passes their first class, it is at that point they get to keep the loan money.  because of that fact they make the first class insanely easy and mandatory to take.
-Ashford employees are instructed to "get at the pain" of prospective students.  this basically means to show them how much their life sucks professionally and convince them an Ashford degree will make a difference.
-you have a GED and are not in default on a previous student loan you are in.  It can get a little more complicated then that at times, but basically that is it.
-the more students you enroll as an enrollment advisor, the more you get paid......of course they will tell you to enroll quality students, but in reality they do not care as long as the student is a warm body.
-extremely juvenile business model in general, as if eighth graders are running the place.
-It is flat out mis-representation to claim that they are a traditional campus school with an online program.  the campus has 1,000 students while the online program has 70,000+ at this point.  The students that go to the physical campus pay nothing to go to school if they maintain a 3.5 or better, and 80% off tuition if they maintain a 3.0 or better.  Bridgepoint makes nothing off of them, they are their only to maintain the appearance of a physical campus.
-in short, Ashford's financial aid department is TERRIBLE. absolute trash.  not to mention purposefully un-ethical.
-Ashford is nothing more then corporate U.  their mascot should be a man in a business suit.
-you have to realize that the purpose of a business is to make as much money as possible. thats it.  Just imagine how much greed and corporate bureaucratic shyte play a huge role in everything that is Ashford.  
March 13, 2011, 2:51 a.m.
+1 vote/
I might be missing something Angela, but if not, you are coming off very incoherent.  I think if you allow yourself to take a broader view on things perhaps things will start making sense.
April 7, 2011, 3:33 a.m.
+1 vote/
Search the Huffington Post for Ashford. Great article about this so called "college".
May 2, 2011, 7:51 p.m.
+1 vote/
First of all i want to say that Ashford University is a great online school for those of us that have to work and take care of home.  I had no problems with registration, the advisors, or my classes.  Everything and everybody was pretty straightforward.  My thing is when you want to achieve something as an individual you have to work hard at it. I did.  I am 43 years old and i did the university thing coming out of highschool and its  no different.  As far as the financial part of it, if you are not making the grade, your money suffers.  i am a true witness. I have just finished in March 20ll with a BA in Psychology and because i failed a math class twice, i cannot receive my certificate or transcript because i owe a balance but that wasn't their fault, that was on me. So i am trying to find a job to pay them so i can get my papers.  Ashford is great!  I wished i could have been on the actual campus.  Please don't blame others for your failures!!!!!
May 25, 2011, 4:47 a.m.
+1 vote/
mindy, PLEEEEEEASE don't fool yourself that an AU degree will mean anything for you.  Job market is impossibly difficult, AU will not do anything for you.  sad truth.  but at least its the truth.
June 30, 2011, 6:01 p.m.
+1 vote/
You are right there is a lot of hate. Did you read the recent article from Huffington post that 98% or so of students are on-line; there is no football team no blah, blah!! it's all a fake from Bridgepoint in CA to milk the government out of $$$ and yours also.  The college cannot get  accredited for teaching some courses as they are "fakes"......not waste your money and get laughed at at a job interveiw...for wasting your money. Just buy a crackerjacks box and get your degree out of there...about the same.
July 4, 2011, 1:16 p.m.
+1 vote/
Lots of people flunk out or default on their student loans from regular schools too, how is that the school's fault? How many people haven't paid back their state university government loans? Probably in the millions. Let's investigate state universities recruiting policies. Ridiculous.
Aug. 22, 2011, 3:17 a.m.
+1 vote/
DO NOT GO HERE!!!!! the first few classes go Great, then they purposely give you failing grades so they can get more money from you. The Instructors are rude and arrogant and office personnel are never in!
Aug. 30, 2011, 3:10 p.m.
+1 vote/
I'm not sure if you can see my e-mail or not but if you can I encourage you to respond. I am a former employee of this university and am working on organizing a set of statements to the board of education regarding the treatment of employees and students. A statement from you would be appreciated and your name is not needed.
Nov. 19, 2011, 8:30 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am finding it more and more embarrassing that I am attending Ashford University. We are required to write weekly discussions about material pertaining to the course, and I am finding that posts done by fellow COLLEGE students have the spelling, punctuation, and grammar of a fourth grade class. When our PROFESSORS are supposed to be helping us expand our learning and critiquing our posts, they are allowing this detestable grammar to occur WITHOUT any consequence. What is worse is that these same professors are commenting "Great job" to posts that make no sense and make me dumber, just by reading them. This is completely unacceptable. I find it insulting that I am required to respond to some of these ridiculous posts. I feel that I am now wasting my intelligence attending this school.
Although I understand that this is an online course of study, I came in to this university believing the same level of expectation as an on campus route of study. If this university is dumbing down their online courses this much, online courses should NOT be continued. If the level of expectation of the online learning is the same as the on-campus learning, I am appalled. 
Nov. 29, 2011, 6:26 p.m.
+1 vote/
Given positive comments I've read from actual graduate students on various forums, I'm surprised to see so much bile being spilled here about the school.  I realize they're under scrutiny as a for-profit school and they've been aggressive in recruiting some students, but I've yet to hear anything elsewhere along the lines of what's been posted here.  Makes me wonder if some competitor is trying to make them look bad.
Jan. 12, 2012, 6:20 p.m.
+1 vote/
So you were put off because they called your promptly after you put in the request, trying to offer you supreme customer service? Interesting. 
Feb. 28, 2012, 1:57 a.m.
+1 vote/
I am just finishing my 2nd week at ashford.with all i just read ,im really concerned!!!I still havent heared anything about my student aid or grant.shouldnt i know by now .. please reply
March 5, 2012, 3:30 a.m.
+1 vote/
I enrolled in Ashford University in June 2011 and had financial aid problems in the beginning.  I went to this school 3 months before getting aid.  Then, the financial aid advisor emailed me and called me to say that I wasn't using the 2012 taxes and I called another financial advisor and he told me that I was getting aid.  What the f***?  That's not all!  Every time I try to call my FA advisor or student advisor, I never received a phone call or even an email ever since I enrolled in this school.  Nobody answers the phone!  F****** terrible!  Plus, I wanted to change my major and my academic Advisor sent me a password reset.  I even called tech support and student services.  What a bunch of dumbasses, dude!  It didn't work, and now I'm stuck with this useless degree.  Every time I try to withdraw, the academic advisor,whom I haven't talked to since enrollment, uses tactics to keep me in there.  Something is f****** wrong here!  Did anybody else experience the same things I went through?  Please email me to give me some real evidence of crooked people there.  
March 8, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
+1 vote/
This school is THE WORST school I have ever attended. Their is a community college in my city that handles their information better than this school. The teachers don't give a crap about their students. I send questions to my teacher and never received a response. Their financial aid department is  dumper than a bunch of rocks. They send you information about disbursement dates and then they don't send you your money. They say their is a processing time which is a load of crap. I didn't receive my funds for two weeks. I can't even believe this is an accredited school. If you are thinking about going to this school, DON'T. It is not worth $12,000 a year for. Take the time to go to a real school because this school is a joke! This school is NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!
March 8, 2012, 5:13 p.m.
+1 vote/
What does applying yourself have to do with the school? I apply myself and my financial aid adviser is an idiot. Do you guy just hire anybody to work for you? Even if you do apply yourself, you don't get answers from anybody. Managers and Sups will not have answers to questions and transfer you to wrong department. It feels like all you guys care about is receiving your money and thats it! Its not my educational self worth that is the problem, its the SCHOOL! I  am spending a lot of money at this school and for them to not care is rude. Trust me, i care about my educational expenses and the degree I am receiving! You guys make excuses like oh people don't work for their grades, have you not read the comments on this page? it has nothing to do with that, it is about your department and how ridiculous you all are. This school has lied to me more than once on recording even! I had an adviser have to apologize because they were telling me wrong information! AN ACADEMIC ADVISER TELLING ME LIES! unacceptable. So whats your excuse for this?
May 31, 2012, 4:49 p.m.
+1 vote/
Actually, you can take a total of 45 days a year off, if you wish to take them all at once then so be it.  I have been at Ashford since November 2010, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I do not have problems with financial aid, I do not have problems with any of my teachers, and I do not have problems with my financial aid or academic advisor.  However, I can read, write and speak at college level, and do not expect everyone to lead me around by the hand to do everything.  I have read all of these whiny people complaining about their financial aid problems, their teachers not helping them enough, etc., etc., and not one of them can even spell or write correctly.  This is college, folks, not junior high.  Take responsibility for yourselves and stop blaming other people when you do not succeed.  Grow up!  
Aug. 2, 2012, 6:02 a.m.
+1 vote/
Ashford University is not good  because academic advisor area does not help at all and not very friendly people working in the academic advisor. not very helpful school when you need the help no one want to help me out when i need.
Nov. 17, 2010, 1:44 a.m.
0 votes/
Does anyone gets jobs after graduating from Ashford?
Nov. 19, 2010, 9:14 p.m.
0 votes/
Samantha you take an under 22 test which is uberly easy and you are okay
Nov. 30, 2010, 10:55 p.m.
0 votes/
I graduated in June from Ashford and it was a great school. I received a BA in Psychology. All of the instructors were highly qualified and concerned with their students learning. If you are attending Ashford, make sure you go through their graduation, if you can get there
Dec. 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m.
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Ashford University is nothing but a joke! I have told my "ex" advisor about 3 months ago, that I was no longer interested transferring to Ashford through email.  She replies back to me, asked me to call her and she wanted to work something out, which I decided not to bother.  Few weeks later after that, she calls me repeatedly! I thought maybe if I ignore her, she will get the hint, but I guess not.  Not to mention, she will not no for an answer.

Recently, 2 days before Thanksgiving, she calls me again.  I have told her, I was no longer interested, goodbye! She decides to be a tattletale and has her supervisor calls my sister (my sister is a student at Ashford), instead of confirm the problem to me! Even though she had NO rights telling my sister that I was being rude.  Maybe if she would of listened to me and stop calling me, I wouldn't be angry with her.  My sister hates me now because I was being "rude" to her precious advisor! I have tried to tell my sister that her advisor isn't all that great, especially when she creates a phone harassment! She won't believe anything I say, but she will believe her advisor, who is telling her nothing but lies.  I thought my sister would look for out for me and defend me, but I guess I was wrong.  Pathetic? I think so!

Yesterday afternoon, I have been trying to get a hold of her manager and he has not return my phone call yet.  If he ever calls me back, I am going to give him a piece of my mind!

Seriously, this is not a joke! This is what happened to me and I don't approve this at all! I have lost all respect to Ashford and that pathetic advisor! They sure can make a person's life like a living hell, not mention trying to ruin my family.

I am not trying to convince people to boycott Ashford.  Some people do have good experience at Ashford.  If you feel Ashford would be a great beneficial to your education needs, then go for it! Just be aware, this could happen to any of you, which I hope it doesn't.
Dec. 19, 2010, 2:15 p.m.
0 votes/
I am going to take online classes with Ashford within the next 6 months and would like to know from the experience of other former as well as current students in an online format environment; on a scale of 0-5 with 5 being the best, do you recommend it? 

To all graduates; are you employed in a field you desired as a direct result of Ashford U.? 0 = NO, 1 = will be, 2 = YES.      

-Thanks   
Dec. 23, 2010, 9:13 p.m.
0 votes/
I was on here to see the kinds of jobs that students are getting after they graduate, but I see that there are some people who are just not sure what they want to do.  Alterior motives, working angles, and blaming others for past mistakes are all signs of childishness.  If you find a better school then be thankful for your experience at Ashford and move on.  Yes, the school has less money, but for those of us who are really trying and want to graduate, it's an excellent school.  The inappropriate comments are just that.  Just pick your self up, get your emotions together and move on.  Maybe to those who are pregnant the negative comments are understandable because of the over abundance of hormones, otherwise, move on. Enrollment advisors are the equvalent of a mentor. Financial advisors always get back to me.  Just like getting hired for a job, some people are just impossible to please and get along with.  However, when you realize that it's so important to consider and focus on what you can offer rather than what you can receive then you will be much more satisfied.  Try it!  I know what I am talking about. If you could have gone to another school, then you would have, in my opinion.
Dec. 29, 2010, 3:11 a.m.
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For those of you who are complaining about the Technology fee that you did not know about it and that you didn't know it was non-refundable then it is your fault for not fully researching something before you sign on for it. It is all over thier website. 
Jan. 9, 2011, 3:39 p.m.
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I enrolled in Ashford because the advisor was outstanding. His attention to detail was awesome and he really cared. I got moved to another advisor who was equally as good. I loved the Ashford experience. Recently, I got moved to another advisor who was not very detail oriented. I dropped a class, but it took him 10 days to get me out; now I am in "default" because thay want me to pay for the class. The biggest issue is that this school is so insulated, I cannot get through the switchboard to escalate my concerns. They only forward my call to the same person who has not returned my calls for 2 months.
I did love Ashford; now I am in a credit battle because of thier mistake. They would rather send me to collections than get 2 more years of tuition out of me. I am currently looking for another school.
Jan. 13, 2011, 2 a.m.
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I don't know where you went but Ashford was to through when I went there. They would  not let me go until they got my credits for the high school that I went to. This School is pretty good so far accept for a few of the teachers are rude, but all in all it is a very good School.
Jan. 18, 2011, 8:10 p.m.
0 votes/
I have to agree with a lot of the comments made here, but if you are someone like me who really can't go back to a traditional campus, Ashford is a pretty good alternative.  I've found a couple of people at the University who really seem to care about me and my goals and have found that I am really learning a lot in my classes.  I also use Student Portal Buddy to get additional help with my assignments which has made a huge difference for me personally.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:35 a.m.
0 votes/
100k on student loans? How many degrees did you get, 4?  My financial doesn't even total over 30k for three years of school...I dont get where your logic in finances come from.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:39 a.m.
0 votes/
Not true. I worked VERY hard for my A's here at Ashford and A's are not guaranteed.  You dont do the work = poor grades.  The teachers are very picky about the work you submit and I have never gotten a perfect 100% in a class.  Revise your thinking.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:56 a.m.
0 votes/
Once again, a clueless Ashford student.  I also requested that my excess funds in student loans and grants be sent to me within 14 days of disbursement and guess what?  They come SOONER than 14 days! It is your job as an adult to escalate the issue if you feel you are being treated unfairly.  I have never had a financial problem with Ashford.  Also, Ashford is very military friendly.  Since I'm a vet, I get reduced tuition, NO technology fee, free books...etc.  Just food for thought. Ashford does not trick anyone. They are not allowed to keep money if you email the stipends department and you get a response email from them saying your request is being processed.  It seems like you are not being that proactive and I suggest you get on your job and do so!
Jan. 21, 2011, 4:34 p.m.
0 votes/
I have recieves jobs at a major bank and Morgan Stanley smith Barney with a degree from Ashford. It's not necessarily important where you go for school, but if you go to school. Relatively speaking ofcourse. I mean I'm talking about the average person here...
Jan. 28, 2011, 12:09 a.m.
0 votes/
I am going into my 4th course at Ashford and I am very pleased with the experience so far.  Many of the negative comments revolve around financial aid.  As long as your classes are being paid for, and you're not being asked for money by the school, then what's the problem?
Feb. 1, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
0 votes/
I am currently enrolled in  Ashford's online program and I am completely and utterly unhappy with the quality of the program. In three classes I have done three assignments on procrastination/time management and three assignments on my decision to attend college. Discussion post topics are mostly irrelevant and focus too much on self reflection. Discussion posts are filled with the life histories of every miserable person there. If you want expensive group therapy this is the place for you!
Feb. 24, 2011, 1:14 a.m.
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I am enrolled in Ashford University now and I received a phone call from my sister telling me I need to get away from this school. Does anyone know of any way out of this situation? Reading through everyone's posts on this page and others I have researched I am becoming very uncomfortable with being enrolled in their school. I am worried I am going to owe a lot of money and I cannot afford it. Can anyone give me anymore information? Am I in more trouble than I think? I need help and I need to figure things out now before I end up owing for the rest of my life. HELP!
Feb. 25, 2011, 4:25 a.m.
0 votes/
How did you receive your diploma? Was it mailed to you or did you have the choice to walk across the stage? Do they give you an option to receive your diploma at a college near you? 

Just wondering
April 16, 2011, 1:20 p.m.
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It seems to me that those who want something for nothing have commented negatively about Ashford.  Welcome to reality; you have to WORK to get your degree.  It is NOT a degree mill, it is college.  The only difference if you were in a traditional brick-and-mortar campus is that that school wouldn't take you; you'd be too stupid to meet their enrollment requirements.  Maybe Ashford should review who it accepts into the school.  People who are serious about their education and want to learn should be the focus, not people who can't form a sentence and sit around drinking beer all weekend.
May 21, 2011, 3:20 a.m.
0 votes/
I am an Ashford Student, and I love it. I dislike my Academic advisor, which I can rarely get a hold of, but I couldn't ask for a better financial aid advisor. I am hoping to complete my BA in Social and Criminal Justice in 2014 
June 2, 2011, 7:33 p.m.
0 votes/
I did a background check on my current professor and found that he has served time in 11 prisons with the charges of drug dealing, robbery, fighting, and RAPE!!!  I am disgusted that Ashford would hire someone with this history.  I loved school at Ashford up until this point.  Now I am disgusted to even enter my online classroom.  Every time I see his name I cringe.
June 3, 2011, 11:01 a.m.
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I would like to agree with alot of the students comment. I wish I would have read alot of these comments before I had started. I only been going to this school for 6 weeks and it is the worst experience I have ever been through. They are so unproffessional. My academic advisor is never in nor is my admission rep. The only way you can get a whole of them is through there supervor and when you do get to them they cold transfer you to another rep. They when they make an error they don't want to take responsibilities for what they do wrong. This is the worst school I ever attended and I am so glad after the class I am in I will be attending another school.
June 7, 2011, 1:55 a.m.
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Do not go to Ashford. Save yourself the hardship you will have to deal with every semester. I have been with Ashford University since November 2007 and now that it is graduation time, I am being treated like crap. Basically, they had me doubled up on courses and my graduation was set. Now they have changed my schedule, last minute, to have me graduate in January. After I have not only purchased my class ring and paid dues for graduation. I was also accepted to a school, and now I can not attend until next Spring. This school just rips people off and could honestly care less about you. My advice is to get into a physical campus and walk in everyday. Then you will be able to deal with these people face to face. This has totally ruined my perception of schools and I am just sick of it to the point that attaining a Masters scares me. I don't want another experience life this ever! Just do yourself a favor and go anywhere else. 
June 8, 2011, 9:52 p.m.
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I am a current student there and after reading these reviews I am a little scared to continue! I would like to hear from some of those who have graduated and have used your degree. I want to know if you have had any trouble getting jobs with this online degree. I read ones post that it did not work in NY. That is where I am moving when I am finished with school!!! I am really starting to freak out about whether this is a waste of my time and if after I have finished it will be worthless to me :(  Please everyone respond that can give me help or advise!!!! 
July 16, 2011, 7:50 p.m.
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Just letting everyone know that Ashford will wait until you are almost done with your classes, then tell you that there is not more financial aid. If you are getting enrolled in this school prepare yourself. You will not receive your degree because they WILL have a huge bill waiting for you and hold your degree hostage!Go to a different school. They are all just as easy to get into as Ashford is.I have heard of many people experiencing this issue. Walk away now and save yourself the drama that I am now going through.
Aug. 21, 2011, 6:12 p.m.
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I see alot of the same complaints as I have had. I would NOT give this school a half way decent rating as they are a scam. I wish there were legal recourse available to those of us who paid out so much money to a school who withheld financail aid from us! I had to pay $5,398.00 plus the graduation fee in order to graduate, needless to say, they said I had no more financial aid funds available to me! LIE I have over $3,000 still available and it was NOT used. SCAM SCHOOL and they should pay back all teh money of those who had to pay but had financial aid available! Any lawyers out there want a case? 
Sept. 29, 2011, 4:47 p.m.
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I could not be happier with the help I am receiving at Ashford University. From the beginning my admissions counselor and I hit it off and everything just clicked. I am in my first class and I am already looking forward to my next class. If you really want to do well and your and mind is made up then this is the college for you, but if you want to mess around and not do the work then please go somewhere else because you would not do well.
Oct. 12, 2011, 4:31 p.m.
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I enrolled at Ashford as an adult freshman.My fafsa was submitted months ago but they couldnt seem to get it because my name is hyphenated. Anyway , they had already posted a schedule of courses and I had began one on the 27th.I really do not know what to think about them noew because suddenly all of my courses were removed. Finaid at Ashford verified they had gotten the fafsa but my ad visor just stopped emailing or responding . It just bothers me that no one gave me any explanation. It was like I just fell off the earth after 3 plus emails daily.Lol. So what do you all think? Advice?. I would like your Opinions before pursuing them further. to ?I do not know what to think. I am thinking they since they just got mt fafsa , are taking time to figure out my finaid. Is thier financial aid dept. any good because tuition is not cheap and I did not see for for expenses.Thank you. xoxo TXSWEETS
Oct. 12, 2011, 4:57 p.m.
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I believe there is  a form regarding this on thier site you can sign?  I believe ,with all docs that you sign upon applying .. I did not sign for them to hold extra money. They first said mandatory , but I just told them we would know whether or not I was going to be registered for a class prior to 14 days and that is plenty of time for me to pay anything  if that is the case. I hope that works out. Do they have rights to " discriminate" if you do not? You sound like you may know something about this so I'd like your opinion.
Nov. 13, 2011, 7:20 a.m.
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Ashford is a joke, the classes are way too easy, I just got my degree and never bothered to buy my text books. If you turn in anything your going to pass. They want your FA money, they will stick you with extra bills. They don't care about you. If you just want a degree, fine, but if you want to learn something go some where else. I learned more in HS. The teachers will pass anyone !
Nov. 19, 2011, 4:33 p.m.
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I have to say I am very surprised because I attended Ashford for two years and I have never had single issue with them.
Jan. 9, 2012, 4:21 p.m.
0 votes/
Ashford's online program is decent, however the staff in the financial aid office are deceitful.  I was well into the semester when the financial aid office told me a disbursement was sent to me, however I never received it.  My student portal listed a credit of $3,400.00 but the bursar's office claimed they were never paid for the courses. I tried to find out what happened to the funds, but the financial aid advisor had resigned and no one could find my file.? I am now receiving a letter from their collections department. 
Jan. 9, 2012, 7:53 p.m.
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The online curriculum has been good, and my professors have been pretty good as well.  However, I'll agree with many here that the support can be lacking.  I've tried to get in touch with my academic advisor for days at a time with no luck, and finally called their main line and used a different advisor.  I'm 3 classes away from finishing my BA, and I can say that Ashford has afforded me the flexibility to earn my degree while I continue to work full-time.  That's meant alot to me, and I hope to stay with them to start a Master's program. 
Jan. 16, 2012, 5:05 p.m.
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What with my work  I need my home work now.
Jan. 17, 2012, 2:22 a.m.
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I am earning my MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management at Ashford University. It is a good school and I hope to be able to teach at the college level when I graduate in October 2012. My only reservation about the school is that I wish I had asked about breaks in between classes. Even a week would do me some good. The two week break at Christmas is the only break year round, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Has anyone graduate from Ashford with an MBA and succeeded in finding a good job paying at least $70,000 a year?
Jan. 17, 2012, 6:46 a.m.
0 votes/
fyi you can take up to a 45 day break in between your classes
Jan. 20, 2012, 11:05 p.m.
0 votes/
Did you think about maybe answering your phone and scheduling a better time to talk?
Jan. 24, 2012, 7:25 p.m.
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@Me If you're responding to my post: On numerous occasions, both by phone and email I would suggest better times that I could be reached. So yes, I obviously thought about it. And did it. 
Feb. 5, 2012, 4:11 a.m.
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Not true. I still purchase my books from ebay and amazon.
Feb. 20, 2012, 8:33 p.m.
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this is because they want your money and dont care about your education at all. They are a corporate entity scamming the govt and students for financial aid money. the co. name isnt Ashford University it is called Bridgepoint Education, LLC and are affliated with Universal Co. of California that is into movies and enertainment not schooling. They put your fund into there stocks and bonds and interest bearing accounts and scam, lie, cheat and screw students like u and me over daily to the tune of billions of dollars. They  have been and are bieng investigated for fraud. They own the brick and mortar school in clinton, Iowa. They hire kids/young students to run the advisor sections and promise them free tuition and books to attend there boguss colleges where no transcripts are given, no credits transfer at all. They pressure these young twenty years old to market and push students into there colleges so they can make money off of them they dont give a rats butt about you or your education at all. The teacher dont have teaching degrees they are computer whizzes.. that scam us all.. sorry to say for us unsuspecting consumers we get the raw end of the deal here.. dont believe a word they say at all..
Feb. 20, 2012, 8:37 p.m.
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This is true they failed me on my second class one week before it ended the teacher was a boguss jerk and wouldnt help me at all. This is so they can charge you twice for the class. They also will make you take a fifth class for the term you failed in so that they make money off of you failing three times.. I totally agree there financial aid and academic advisor are young kids that have maybe a associates degree if that..lol what a joke this place is.
Feb. 20, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
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Bridgpoint education is right there a corporate business in california..they dont even know where Ashford University is at physically.. I was shocked when the admissions advisor lady had no clue where the real school was at.. lol.
Feb. 22, 2012, 11:36 p.m.
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I have been attending Ashford online for about a year. The school is excellent, and the professors are tough but fair. I spread my time to work a little each day on my assignments although two days are the requirement. I am in my 60's and am maintaining a 4.0 and on the Dean's List. I have gone to other schools in the past, including University of Phoenix, and was not happy but did OK on my grades. I am majoring in Gerontology which is a much needed field for the growing number of boomers and aging seniors. I highly recommend Ashford University.  
Feb. 22, 2012, 11:43 p.m.
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Good deal, Justin. I agree with you. I have been very happy at Ashford too and my experiences have all been good. And, yes, I agree that all schools are in business to make a profit. Why wouldn't they be? 
Feb. 28, 2012, 6:45 p.m.
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My experience with Ashford was good the at first but i unexpectedly had to withdraw in Dec 2010. I was never contacted again, then I got a check for $1700 in May 2011 from the school. Come to find out they still had to me enrolled after 5 months of absences and was collecting my grants and loans. They charged me 5xs for a English class I never signed into. Now I have to pay that money back and they also have a collection agency hounding me saying I owe them money. I think this is a crime!! On to of that they are withholding my credits from my new school. I will never enroll in another online college.
March 8, 2012, 5:02 p.m.
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I agree with you. I am so frustrated with this school. I'm pretty sure the academic advisers are just idiots at a call center. My fiance is even going to the school and her academic adviser won't even call her back! Get out of this school asap b/c even if you do graduate your degree is probably a joke. How is this school federally accredited? And no one ever knows what is going on. This school sucks
 
April 27, 2012, 12:57 a.m.
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I have been going to Ashford University for a little over two years. I just found out last week that the program I was going for does not really exists any more. I was going for my Bachelors to become an elementary school teacher. I found out that the contract with Ashford and Rio Salado was cancelled but I was not informed and that was over a year ago. I called the Department of Education in North Dakota and asked what I should do, they stated that Ashford does not have an approved Education Program and that my degree would be worthless in this state. I am withdrawing and going to complete my studies at WGU, which does have an approved program. I just hope that at least some of my credits will be able to transfer.   
April 28, 2012, 7:56 p.m.
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Ashford University isn't into student uplifting, they are not teaching there, it's only money they are after. I am a student there and I am looking to get out of that program ASAP. I request that the teachers help me out in my work and I have been met with nothing but opposition and I am really disappointed in the fact that they call themselves an SCHOOL... When you go to school you expect to learn something new and expect to be guided in the learning process, this school is a poor excuse for learning, ADVISING YOU NOT TO GO THERE.
May 7, 2012, 12:01 p.m.
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I WAS going to apply for this school, but after the rep called my 6 times in one day, forced me to sign up on the phone, and then called me 5 times a day after I told them I needed time to think about my decision, I was discouraged about enrolling. I emailed my rep to let them know I was no longer interested, but still received 3-5 calls a day after the fact. I had to block their number from my phone.
May 18, 2012, 3:50 p.m.
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I have been at Ashford for over a year, about 33 credits so far. I have pros and cons.

 I think it is a very well organized structure.  Every single class follows the same pattern, first day is Tuesday, first assignments due Thursday, quiz by Sunday, final assignment of the week by Monday.  So, the predictability about what is due and when is incredibly helpful.  Of course, how much is required and how it is graded is just like any other school.  Some instructors are easier, some are harder.  One of my most assignment intensive classes was a 100 level class, Intro to Computers - which should have been called "researching out new technology and doing lame-brain assignments on a lot of different software" because it had nothing to do with an intro to computers. However, other classes have been much more informative and on point.  Note - though they have options for Mac users, they are not as Mac-friendly as they could be.

The online library is wonderful!  I can't imagine the time people use to spend with card catalogs and pulling books off shelves! 

 Based on my one year of on-campus college, I would say it's similar in difficulty level, maybe a little easier but that could be because this format really works for me.  I can read through the whole class at the beginning, look at my work schedule/calendar, and plan ahead for my busier weeks and lighter weeks.  That makes going back to school as a mom and Realtor much more manageable.

As with other schools, some professors/TAs respond quickly, some slowly, and some not at all.  Overall I've been pleased with the course load and the instructors.

Complaints - My first academic advisor was a pain and my financial advisor was a numbskull.  Now they've combined the positions and my current advisor is much better.  They've raised tuition twice since I enrolled a little over a year ago.  If the government increases the military stipend, they increase tuition.  Also, my biggest complaint and the reason I'm looking for another school; if you change majors, you also have to follow any changes to general ed.  Example: I am in my final general ed. class, and at nearly 70 credits.  I have decided to change majors. Since most of my credits are general ed. and electives it should work just fine. They changed general ed. requirements last year so if I change majors, I now have 3 more general ed. classes, two of which are math classes - and the math class I just took will not count toward general ed., it becomes an elective.  This is obnoxious.  Most schools keep you on the same general ed. requirement track from when you started, even if you switch majors.  This is a major deal killer for me and as I said before, the reason I will be transferring to another school.  
May 31, 2012, 5:05 p.m.
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Unfortunately, you will likely never get an answer to that.  People who are happy, have their degrees and working are no longer trolling these sites for advice or complaints.  The people you see here, other than a few current students that are happy, are all people who, through their own faults, were unable to complete their education.  They were either not up to the academic rigors of college, or too lazy to work at it, and so do nothing but complain.  Read their posts, if you can make any sense of them, and that should give you a clue as to why they were unsuccessful at everything but complaining.  
June 3, 2012, 2:43 a.m.
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GO GET AN ATTORNEY I DID AND ALLOW THEM TO VIEW YOUR ACCOUNTING AND OTHER ISSUES YOU MAYBE HAVING! I BET THINGS WOULD START MOVING ON YOUR BEHALF. SOME ATTORNEIES GIVE A 30 MINUTE FREE COUNSEL OR 1 HOUR. 
June 8, 2012, 9:29 p.m.
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I wish I'd had the time to go to a really good university. I could only do online. At Ashford, I could have done the work in my sleep (and I gave my classwork an immense of amount of attention). No challenge, no feeling that I came out with more than a piece of paper, posts of students with no real encouragement to give anything of substance to their thoughts. Only one instructor (ONE) had any real value. The instructors pumped out class after class with no care or connection to the material or to the students. Upper level classes with students writing posts with no capitals, no punctuation, no idea at all how to write a sentence, and no idea how to answer questions. It was like reading fifth grade material- and we all received a degree.  That should not be passed as university level education.
My advisor sounded like she had just come out of high school and what responses I painstakingly received from her were from the same high school perspective. How can you be a collegiate advisor and know nothing about giving advice to your students? My husband's university advisor met with him weekly and made sure he was on track, enjoying himself, and helped if he had questions about what to do with his future. 
I knew I wasn't going to be going to Ivy League but I thought a university degree should at least have some meat on it! 
Now I have a loan to repay and feel I'm only paying off that paper that says I graduated. Real shame...make sure it is what you are really looking for before you put your John Hancock on the line.
June 19, 2012, 8:01 p.m.
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I had shown interest in Ashford University and even talked with an advisor. I was considering them but then found somewhere I liked better and was a little more affordable. I e-mailed the advisor to tell him of my decision and I never heard back. How unprofessional is it to not even get an acknowledgment of my e-mail. I realize he's probably not happy about my decision but who cares. If you want people to consider you in the future, you should make the effort. 
June 28, 2012, 11:03 p.m.
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I should have listened to my education counselor and not went with ashford university ,all I have to say is " good luck finding a job with an ashford degree  being listed in your resume "  it's joke.
July 10, 2012, 9:51 p.m.
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I too have had problems with Ashford University. When I try to contact my advisor or anyone else for help all I get is the run around and generic answers. I am currently looking for a different University.
July 10, 2012, 9:54 p.m.
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I second that! This school is the worst I have ever encountered.
July 25, 2012, 12:32 a.m.
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same exact thing happened to me! i still get calls from them its annoying 
July 25, 2012, 12:32 a.m.
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same exact thing happened to me! i still get calls from them its annoying 
Aug. 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
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I am interested in attending classed with you and want additional information. 
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:06 p.m.
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They change the Gen Ed course requirements so when you finish one bachelor's, you cannot turn around and change your major back and receive another one without paying for more tuition. 
Sept. 19, 2012, 2:03 a.m.
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That's funny. I graduated from Ashford in April 2010 and got a great job with great pay (paid off my loans in 2 yrs) the following month at a local college. They loved that I was from Ashford. They think, as most do, that online education is innovative and independent learning. A person must be motivated to get all A's (as I did) when the education is just online. Sorry for your bad experience but I am going back there for my Master's when I want to get back in "school mode". 
Sept. 26, 2012, 7:02 p.m.
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If you're writing to a random board of reviews for more information on a school, it's a pretty good indication that you're not ready to attend.
Sept. 26, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
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Yeah, that's smart. Pay more money for an attorney if you already feel that you're getting ripped off.
Sept. 26, 2012, 7:07 p.m.
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If this truly happened, you need to call the US Dept of Ed and consult with an attorney.
Dec. 7, 2012, 6:06 p.m.
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Frank, as an employer I can tell you that a degree does not get you a job. It may earn you an interview, or the qualification for requirements. If you can not give. Good interview this will automatically disqualify you for many positions. Best of luck with your job search.
Feb. 23, 2007, 6:08 a.m.
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I am so impressed with the attention I am receiving from my enrollment counselor and academic advisor! I've never felt so secure about going back to school. This is a great place.
-Z.
March 20, 2007, 1:31 p.m.
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I am thinking about enrolling in their on line BA/ teacher certification program. Does anyone have any comments about that program?
June 8, 2007, 7:53 p.m.
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Thank you all for your kind comments. I am an Enrollment Advisor here and am proud of the help I provide. Choosing the correct university is a huge decision. What I find rewarding is the fact that we don't "sell" our school, we are truly looking for motivated individuals who have goals. If I can be of assistance answering your pre-application questions please feel free to call me 877.241.9893 ext. 7157. or email jason.thomas@ashford.edu.
May 5, 2007, 11:17 p.m.
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Hi All!

I did some research on AU and I was pretty impressed by the advisors and the programs they offer. I learned too that they just raised the number of credits they can accept in transfer to 99. That is a lot more than most schools. They do have a partnership with Rio Salado College to help those take some of their Education courses with AU and transfer them into Rio's Education program after completing the BA, which is sort of like double dipping. 

My recommendation is that you call them and take the time to ask all of your questions until you are satisfied with the answers. Then, get started! Best of success!

Sheila
May 10, 2007, 11:27 p.m.
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Hi Everyone,

I am a Enrollment Advisor with Ashford University and I truly do love my job.  I do pre-evaluations and help students through the admissions process.  I am a great source of information about financial aid, grants, military benefits, and transfer credits.  We award more credits than any other legitimate university.  Which can save you years of classes and thousands in tuition!  I would be happy to assist anyone interested in finding a great school.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, I am happy to help :) 

pamela.carmichael@ashford.edu
June 20, 2007, 11:18 p.m.
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Unfortunately my reviews for Ashford University aren't to good. I would encourage any and all students to do their research before settling or committing to any program whether it be for an MBA, PhD, MA, BA etc. I can attest to the breakdown in communication when it comes to the Enrollment Advisors. Be sure to ask all the "right" questions regarding application fees, enrollment fees, any additional charges when it comes to their Online Degree Programs. They promise you in the beginning that the Application Fee is waived yet still require that you enter a credit card while applying for Graduate Studies online. After 1 1/2 months after deciding not to attend Ashford University, I received a $55 charge for my application. How ironic!! Overall, I think this University offers good programs in certain areas but as stated above, be sure to do your homework. They allow or advertise for "99 Transfer Credits" but this doesn’t apply to Graduate Courses, so its important to make sure if you are a Transfer Student to way all the pros and cons.
June 21, 2007, 12:21 a.m.
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My experience with Ashford University was terrible. I think the Enrollment Advisors do an okay job, but providing you with specifics and details on the many programs they offer, they seem lacking in knowledge.Yes they call you and email you 500 times a week but they need to be more prepared to answer more in-depth questions. My friend graduated from Ashford University but she will be enrolling in another University's Graduate Program.
July 20, 2007, 3:49 p.m.
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Ashford is a joke. I should have known better when the enrollment advisor screwed EVERYTHING up from day one. He listed me with the wrong major. He emailed me information for my first class, which turned out to NOT be the class that he enrolled me for. In turn, I purchased the books for thr wrong class. 3 weeks later, I finally got the textbooks (that part, as far as I know, was the bookstore's fault not the school), only to then find out that I had the wrong books. They sent me the correct books overnighted and THEY paid for it, which was wonderful. They gave me a student advisor who proved to be the ONLY person that knew what the heck she was doing, so she is the reason I gave them another chance. Their textbooks are specific editions to their school and after 2 classes, I realized that neither textbook was organized well, did nothing in terms of explaining ANYTHING, and was written like someone with ADHD and dyslexia. The second instructor I had made no attempts at interacting with most of the students, and my emails were left completely ignored. When I had finally had enough and asked to be withdrawn, the financial aid person says to me, in her exact words mind you, "Well since you are withdrawing so soon you know you'll have to pay us some money for it right?" EXCUSE ME?! I was never told this (and who would have told me besides the enrollment advisor who admittedly did not know what he was doing)? I am not paying them a penny, and I flat out told them that after EVERYTHING with them, how dare they expect a penny more from me. I mentioned this to my student advisor and she said that she would look into it and take care of that for me. These people are incredibly clueless and not at all organized and I would absolutely advise people AGAINST Ashford University online.
July 21, 2007, 5:31 a.m.
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im talkin with ashford now.  They are very convincing on the phone that they have the best online school. I would save gas and time commuting by using ashford.  They also said my FAFSA will pay for it.  I dont know because now they are pushing a STAFFORD loan on me.  That doesnt sound like what they origionaly said.  Anyways the units are $302 a unit.  That is way too expensive.  community colleges only charge $14 a unit and Im sure cal state universities arent too much more!  Im feeling kinda iffy about this already.
July 23, 2007, 1:58 a.m.
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I am not going to use my real name, because it seems like there are ashford employees reading these posts and I am currently, seriously looking into going to this online school. I am soooo nervouse because everything sounds so good, like the amount of credits they transfer and the price compared to other online schools is really good. The stuff about the instructors not answering e-mails doesn't sound very good. I might wait a while before I make my decision. Financial aid is good until sometime in 2008 so I am not going to rush it. I am so glad I found this comments page.
July 23, 2007, 1:58 a.m.
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You get out of college what you put into it whether on site or off site and if you are self motivated a strong online program like Ashford can benefit you but if you need to have your hand held through life online is probably not for you. I just chuckle at some of the negative posts on here which sound more like a disgruntled tirade than a well thought out disagreement. I say for those perspective students if you do your due diligence and work hard Ashford will work just fine for you. Best of luck in your college career no matter what you do.
Aug. 4, 2007, 2:10 a.m.
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I just enrolled in Ashford Univeristy.  I'm anxious to go to school!  Everything sounds "so good," and I think their programs are good!  After reading these comments, now I'm "ify".  I'm wondering if what I did was right or stupid?  I don't like loans, but they set me up for a stafford loan.  I'm just going to set aside what I don't use and then pay it back.  I'm trying to be optimisitic about all of this, and hoping they don't mess anything up.  Hopefully, everything turns out great!
Aug. 5, 2007, 1:24 a.m.
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Ashford University is not cheap! units are $240 - $320 each? thats about 600 to $1000 a class. Community colleges are offering classes at $20 a unit.  Ashford is a FOR PROFIT organization.
Aug. 6, 2007, 7:21 p.m.
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Aloha.  Ashford University has so far been like a new beginning for me.  My advisor has been very helpful to me. I do think he sees my concern though.  Like the saying goes, "if it seems to good to be true, it probably is."  But I do start tomorrow and I'll give it a chance. If all is well and all my credits transfer, I should have a bachelors in organizational management in one year.  The company I work for just came out with a new educational financial aid.  Everything will be paid for if I make "A's."  So the exitement starts tomorrow.
Aug. 7, 2007, 12:40 a.m.
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Would you recommend Ashford over University of Phoenix, Strayer or AIU?  Why?
Aug. 10, 2007, 1:43 a.m.
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Ashford does sound very expensive. When I talk to the financial aid dept about it they make it sound like I don't have to worry about it because everthing is paid for by financial aid, but I was hoping that I could have some of the loan for some of my needs here at home like, upgrading my computer and buying some supplies. Using the money for clothes, computers, books, even bills to keep your internet and phone are perfectly legal. At a traditional college you can have the loan money sent to you directly and then use it for what you need. They tell me that with online school I must sign over ALL of the money that is awarded to me by fafsa and whatever is left over after their fees will get sent to me. I will probably be lucky to get 5 bucks for a pad and a pencil. I was also told that they would give me a voucher for books. Because I complained that I would have a problem paying for their outrageously expensive books. Believe me, I have gone to a traditional college, a for-profit technical school and now I am applying for my bachelor's w/ Ashford and I think they take advantage of people and squeeze them dry of every cent they can get. Honestly, its pretty disgusting how students are trying to make an honest effort and schools just want to rip you off. Sorry, for sounding so bitter, but it's how I feel at this point after so much education and such little return. I really hope that in a year I am raving at how wonderful Ashford was and how I was wrong about this whole comment, but I guess we all have to take the risk and hope that in the end it's all worth it.
Aug. 12, 2007, 4:59 a.m.
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I am not sure about Ashford, but I can say that most community colleges in IL run about $200 a class, and state schools charge about $1500 a class.  Whoever was saying $20 a unit, which I take is a credit hour, is off.
Aug. 11, 2007, 1:33 a.m.
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Hi,

I had enrolled into Ashford University back in March of 07. 
My advisor set me up for everything..I wanted to make sure this class would go to my degree, so I asked him if it would.. and he specifically explained to me:

Thanks for the email. After this class, you will be taking the class that applies to your degree. Remember that this is the FIRST course to get you "acclimated into online environment". We want to make sure you are academically proficient. 

So I was under the impression that this course was only to see if you would be prepared for online courses with Ashford University.. 

After 2 days of realizing that I this was not for me, & would not work with my 2 jobs that I was working at the time.. I decided to notify my advisor and let him know that I no longer wanted to attend the class.. We left the conversation under the assumtion that I was no longer going to further my education with Ashford. 

I attended a University in Texas & had taken an online course.. our teachers always advised us to double check & make sure if the class was dropped! So the third week I logged back on to the class to see if I was dropped..\

 I received a "phone call" from Ashford a couple days ago & they explained to me that "I was enrolled in a REAL class & that I needed to pay Ashford $900 dollars!!" If I didnt, he would report it to the Collection Agency on 8/14/07!! I couldn't hardly believe what I was hearing! So I explained to him what had happened, and he said it doesn't matter.. i still had to pay! So I asked to speak with a manager above him, and he never would transfer me! He was super rude to me!

oooo it gets better!

So I contacted the School and explained what had happened, and they transfered me to a manager.. I spoke with her, explained to her what the problem was.. and she turned around and emailed me explaining to me that yes, I do have to pay the school 900 dollars! 

Today I call the school again to get the dean of Ashford University.. and the Receptionist explained to me that she didn't know who the Dean was or the office number or the address for the school so I could write a letter lol..!! Then to TOP IT.. she told me not to tell her boss.. WOOW!How unprofessional is THIS!? I would NEVER refer anyone to this unproffesional school!
Aug. 11, 2007, 1:34 a.m.
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also I contacted my advisor explaining to him what was going on and he never has responded back..
Aug. 15, 2007, 12:30 a.m.
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Where are the comments from students who are still studying and ones about to graduate?
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:59 a.m.
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I am currently enrolled and have had very few negative experiences with Ashford.  I have been most impressed to date.  In comparison, I have also experienced other community and online programs that have had their negatives as well.  My advise to someone who is signing up for any program is to read the fine print and ask questions.  It is human nature to blame others for our own mistakes.  In dealing with people, we are always going to be dissapointed with situational outcomes that are not in our favor.  It is how one deals with these dissapointments that defines a person.
Sept. 10, 2007, 2:08 a.m.
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Ashford University is owned by Bridgepoint Education, Inc which is a for-profit company. "Bridgepoint Education is unique in the for-profit education industry ..."

http://www.bridgepointeducation.com/about

At the top of this page - "For-Profit: No"    ?????
Oct. 4, 2007, 11:08 p.m.
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"ASHFORD ORGANIZED CRIME?" Get real!!
Sept. 19, 2007, 1:57 a.m.
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I don't understand how someone could have a bad experience? The process of enrollment, ordering books and taking classes online is quite simple.  If you are computer literate, motivated and disciplined with your time you should have no problems.  I am currently a student at Ashford with one more class to graduate with a B.A. in Organizational Management.  My experience with Asford has been excellent.  I was skeptical at first, but I did plenty of research and decided Ashford fit my needs. I originally transferred 75 credits(the maximim allowed at the time)from a traditional campus university I had attended.  Ashford eventually raised the maximum number of transferrable credits to 99 which I took adavantage of, and I will graduate sooner than expected.  I plan on continuing my education with Ashford, enrolling in their M.A.O.M. program.  I highly recommend Ashford University.
Oct. 1, 2007, 6:03 p.m.
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ASHFORD ORGANIZED CRIME?

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is in addition to the complaint against Ashford University, in regards to college loan that they are refusing to refund. 

The reasoning behind my assumption that Ashford University is part of a conglomerate that is money laundering is that I believe that Ashford University is either creating identities of instructors on-line, or buying the right to use the names of individuals with qualifications and then creating web sites to confirm and legitimize the information. Many of these web sites appear to dead end. There appears to be no governing law that requires identities to be confirmed or any system that would allow for that. Congress should enact legislation that would confirm identities for all on-line instructors. It is much like the mortgage crisis that is gripping the country. People that are not qualified for mortgages are not required to provide income verification. Unqualified borrowers are defaulting at an exponential rate. In contrast, unqualified and or phony instructors are instructing the classes in a marginal way and may have many different identities. This may include support personnel, such as financial aid counselors, as well.

 I would also like to state that an on-line college would be a great place to engage in money laundering, as it would provide a thorough way of inflating enrollment by thousands or tens of thousands of persons and funnel that income through the organization. Ashford University can make up any number that they would like for enrollment. What a great cover for organized crime! I would like to add that it is a well known fact that organized Crime buys companies that are highly labor intensive, such as Ashford University, in order to engage in money laundering. It is a claasic example! This could be a huge scheme, right there in Middle America. There is a smoking gun here and with some research it should be easy to uncover. It does sound like a great conspiracy theory, doesn’t it? It could even be that the financial aid department and/or related departments are actually double-crossing the organization. There is something going on here and it includes corruption and dishonesty. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the million dollar tax abatement for Ashford University in 2005 and I would like you to read the following letter from the community newspaper in Clinton, Iowa. It makes a lot of sense.
Oct. 10, 2007, 2 a.m.
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I thoroughly checked out Ashford's accreditation & it is legitimate, so I seriously doubt that a lot of your crack pot theories are on target. Yes...a lot of colleges online are made up just for scams & profit...but this one is actually a real physical school with legitimate accreditaion...so I really see no merit in your argument & I think you need some serious meds for your paranoia &/or psychosis!
Oct. 15, 2007, 9:11 a.m.
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I have had a fantastic experience with Ashford University since before I began classes in May 2007. Marcus Hillman was my Enrollment Advisor. I was his first student to enroll, and he was great with me on the phone, answered all of my questions, followed up with me in a timely manner, called periodically to ask me if I had any questions, and even informed me of my new Enrollment Advisor once he was promoted. Erik Piepenbrink is my academic advisor and has also been very helpful and timely in response to my questions. Leo Dulay, my Financial Aid Advisor has been very supportive throughout the entire financial aid process. The instructors have been great and one even made himself available on a Sunday to support me with some questions I had. 

The online format is simple to use and I am able to use it at any hour of the day. Most of the time I am up late at night, so this is when I do my assignments. 

I am getting a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences degree with a concentration in Education to become a teacher. There are very few online universities who offer a bachelor degree in education. 

Organized crime? Hardly. Expensive? Try pricing University of Phoenix or Western Governor's University and you will find Ashford is less expensive. 

Additionally, the credits I received from training in massage therapy transferred as elective credits, which cuts half a year off of my graduation time and tuition. 

I am sorry for the people who have had bad experiences, but I feel that it takes two to tango in any relationship. For example, I took a three week leave of absence for my grandmother's funeral. I was going to Dallas and knew I wouldn't be doing any assignments. I e-mailed my enrollment advisor and my academic advisor to explain the situation. I also called to make sure that I had been withdrawn from my current class so that I would not be charged for it. To make sure, I specifically asked, "So I am withdrawn from this class and I will not be charged, correct?" There was no confusion about it, and I was perfectly clear what was happening. 

I know I am 100% responsible for my own life and my own education and making it "someone else's job" and blaming other people is not productive to my becoming a college education person. It is my job to ask questions until I am sure about the answer and because I am willing to take that action, my experience has been brilliant!

If you need someone to hold your hand throughout the process (although the support team has done this with me without my request), I suggest you reconsider attending an online university. It takes a special kind of student to perform well without the interaction you would have in a formal classroom setting, and online education is not for everyone.
Oct. 18, 2007, 7:26 p.m.
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I LUVVVVV THIS SCHOOL FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 20, 2007, 4:17 p.m.
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There are many words flying about here-- as you will find in every comment venue, but all readers need to understand that there are a great many factors that play in any business transaction situation or whenever two or more parties interact with one another.

Ashford is a business, just as all other schools are-- regardless of whether the institution is private, public, for-profit or not-for-profit.  Every business needs to make money to stay in business.  No school is 100% free.  Nothing in life is 100% free, for that matter.  To think that anything should be is rather silly.  The facilities, materials that help facilitate teaching/ learning, faculty and staff, etc. all cost money to build, train and maintain.  These things do not come free.  In order to create and maintain an academic institution for students to learn in, all necessary elements must be in-- and remain-- in place.  This costs money-- regardless of how it is obtained, you will pay for it if you expect the institution to give you something (such as a degree).

There are distinct differences between Community Colleges and four-year schools.  Community Colleges are two-year degree- (Associates degrees only) awarding institutions, while four-year schools award AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, etc. degrees.  The type of education offered at by a Community College is very different that than available through a four-year academic institution.  Community College education is, essentially, "prep" work-- and an extension of the education received at the secondary education level.  To attempt to compare the two types of schools is akin to comparing dogs and leaves.

With respect to the Advisor you speak with on the phone, representing Ashford University, University of Phoenix, Western Governors, DeVry, etc., s/he may or may not be well trained.   Unfortunately, it is hit-or-miss with regard to whether you are greeted by a person who possesses a comprehensive understanding of the procedures, programs and protocol of the institution s/he represents.  If you are not satisfied with the service you are receiving, simply request a different Advisor.

Schools like Ashford University would not hold the Education Accreditation they do if they operated their businesses in any illegal or dishonest fashion.  This is simple truth.
Oct. 20, 2007, 4:19 p.m.
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comment continued...

Whenever you enter a contract; make a purchase of any kind; you should always make certain that you understand the terms and conditions of the agreement.  In trouble situations such as the one wherein a disenrolled student is charged for the time s/he spent as an enrolled student before deciding to withdraw, the fact is that terms of the enrollment agreement explicitly explain these charges and why the student is charged.  You will pay for what you use.  It is your responsibility, as a consumer, to take the time to read your contract and ask as many questions as necessary so that you are clear about what to expect and what is expected of you.

Know that people who complain "loudly" are, generally, people who are the parties responsible for the discrepancies or misfortunes they complain about.  If you are interested in learning or buying something, do the necessary research on the product(s) you are considering purchasing and, as importantly, the merchants for and manufacturers of those products.  Read customer/ client reviews carefully and do not let the overly-excited energy of those who rant and rave inaccurately colour your growing opinion of said product(s).  Conduct your research wisely and think of yourself first, in every regard; it is YOUR decision, your investment and your future.  True, but also understand that an academic institution is making an investment in you as well.  It costs a school upward of $2800 (average) to enroll a single student and the school needs to make sure that they will be able to make a solid return on this investment-- if for nothing else that the good of those students who are committed to completing their education.
Nov. 12, 2007, 8:55 a.m.
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Hello, I'm a student at AU and so far it's been a great choice. I am in enrolled to complete my BAHCA and I am excited to know that Ashford is on my side. Kimberly Wolf is my student advisor and she's great. I did my research and came to the conclusion that Ashford had the most value. They offer a high quality experience to those who are purpose driven. If you are chasing your passion and/or motivated, You and Ashford will work well together. If you do your research, you'll draw the same conclusion. Thanks Ashford and you too Kimberly Wolf, for putting up with us!
Nov. 12, 2007, 9:18 a.m.
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I really can't see why or how anyone could have a bad experience at Ashford. They really have done wonders in helping me achieve my goals. I enjoy my classes and have had the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people. Ashford University will provide a great learning atmosphere if your willing to learn. If your not serious, don't bother. Anyone who isn't ready to succeed, will ultimately fail at everything they do.
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:52 p.m.
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Lets be honest about whats going on here. No matter how many great comments you leave, we will concentrate on the bad. There is a reason for this! You can get great experiences with any institution, but its how badly they treat the students is what counts. Thank you for all who left a bad comment. NO TO ASHFORD!! i dont have time for games.
Nov. 21, 2007, 12:14 a.m.
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I guess there are no comments from people who are currently taking classes or about to graduate from ashford because they are happy. It would be nice to hear from those happy people, instead of these fake comments of just how GREAT ashford is from the advisors and employees. I wouldnt pay attention to these sites anyways.
Nov. 24, 2007, 3:19 p.m.
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For the poster who keeps asking for someone who's currently taking classes, well I am one of those people.  So far my experience at Ashford has been great!  I've been enrolled since March and started from the very beginning because I didn't have any college credits.  My enrollment adviser said she would waive the enrollment fee for me and she did.  I also got help applying for financial aid and getting my G.I. Bill.  I've been able to buy most of my books used online at amazon.com or abebooks.com, then sold them back when the class was over.  Every so often my academic adviser calls me to make sure everything is okay.  Personally, I have nothing but good things to say about Ashford.
Nov. 26, 2007, 3:06 p.m.
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I don't know about everyone else, but I had a great experience with Ashford. From the very begenning, everyone was professional, phone calls and e-mails were returned in a timely manner and I never had any issues. I hear alot of stories about books and the book store. For all the college students out there, Who pays full price for books? You can go to half.com and buy book for 30-50% off the school price. I think I only had to buy 2 custom books from Ashford, the rest I bought else where. Other than that I just finished and I have no complaints. Ashford is a good school and is very convenient for working class people like myself. So I give it two thumbs up.. Oh yeah! If this school was scaming they would not be accredited, actually they were just ranked one of the top schools of 2008 in America's Best Colleges, so how did that happen if they are so horrible. Go figure! It is just with everything else in life, everything is not for everybody.
Nov. 27, 2007, 8:46 p.m.
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It works for me!

I am currently in the MBA program at Ashford University and enjoying the experience. I previously received my Bachelor's of Science in Management at Kaplan University; I could have gotten the MBA through them, but I was used to their system I wanted a new challenge. Ashford offers challenging course-work; the professors and university staff are very helpful. I use the online format because of the time restraints I have with work and it serves me in the best possible way. I am sure not everyone will have a good experience, but I have no complaints.

Regards,
Don

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